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Best of FingerGaming: From Blades of Fury To Madden NFL 10

Gamasutra rounds up the week's top iPhone news and reviews from sister site FingerGaming -- from Madden NFL 10 and Blades of Fury to the release of upgraded iPod Touch hardware.
[Every week, Gamasutra rounds up sister iPhone site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent -- and increasingly exciting -- portable games platform, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.] This week, FingerGaming reviews Disney's arcade puzzler Breakspin, and highlights recent releases like Magical Drop Touch, Madden NFL 10 and Blades of Fury. Here are the top stories from the last seven days: - iPhone Version of Madden NFL 10 Premieres in App Store "EA Sports announced the release of the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Madden NFL 10, which boasts a platform-specific control scheme and a full roster of NFL teams and players." - Apple Reveals Third-Generation iPod Touch with OpenGL ES 2.0 Support "Like the iPhone 3GS, Apple claims that third-generation iPod Touch devices will load and run applications up to 50 percent faster than the current second-generation hardware. New iPod Touch devices will also feature support for OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API, which allows for speedier framerates and richer graphics in downloadable games and applications." - Gameloft Releases SoulCalibur-Like 3D Fighter Blades of Fury "With Blades of Fury, Gameloft attempts to solve potential control issues with an interesting control setup. A virtual analog stick controls player movement, while various types of screen swipes determine which attacks are used." - Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week "Uno Free trumps last week's chart champion Boxed In, as a demo version of the recently released platformer Mr. AahH!! takes third in today's free app rankings." - Review: Breakspin "This fast-paced arcade game from Disney is as fun as it is enjoyable to look at -- for the first ten levels. After that, each level feels like the next." - G-mode Brings Classic Puzzler Magical Drop Touch to iPhone "G-mode brings one of Data East's most popular franchises to the iPhone with the release of Magical Drop Touch, a competitive and frantic color-matching puzzler." - Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week "Geared leads App Store software sales for the second week running, while the Diner Dash spinoff Cooking Dash moves up a spot to take second." - Taito's Arkanoid Debuts in App Store "The iPhone version of Arkanoid is a new entry in Taito's classic brick-breaking franchise, and features a slide-based control scheme, 100 levels, and a two-player versus mode playable on a single iPhone or iPod Touch." - Bolt Creative: Over 50% of Pocket God Players Own an iPod Touch "Bolt Creative notes that iPod Touch users typically account for an average of 30% of sales for other applications, and claims that Pocket God has attracted twice as many iPod Touch users as the majority of games available in the iTunes App Store."

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