[Gamasutra rounds up the week's top news and reviews from iPhone site FingerGaming, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Gameloft's World War II shooter sequel Brothers in Arms 2
and reviews Square Enix's iPhone remake of Final Fantasy
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Gameloft Launches World War II Shooter Sequel Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front
"Gameloft wowed early iPhone adopters with Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes
, one of the first App Store releases to demonstrate the platform's strengths in the third-person shooter genre. Today, Gameloft releases the awaited sequel."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Plants vs. Zombies On Top, Brothers in Arms 2 Takes Second
"Activision's Call of Duty: World at War Zombies
settles for third place after taking second last week. EA's Monopoly
returns to the top ten at fourth, as Words with Friends
moves up from eighth place to finish sixth."
- Square Enix's Final Fantasy I and II Now Available in App Store
"The new iPhone editions of Final Fantasy I
boast an all-new gameplay interface, enabling players to sort through menus and target enemies in battle using the iPhone's touch screen."
- Apple Targets An Estimated 5,000 'Sexy' Apps for Deletion
"Over the weekend, Apple removed a large quantity of games and applications from the iTunes App Store, citing a sudden change in guidelines for acceptable content banning sexually suggestive material."
- Top Free Game App Downloads: Sexy's Revenge
"Apple's decision to remove all sexually suggestive material from the App Store has resulted in a sudden rise in popularity for the iPhone's few remaining sex-themed games."
- iPhone Plants vs. Zombies Earns $1M in First Nine Days
"Casual games publisher PopCap reports that the iPhone and iPod Touch version of its popular tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies
has sold more than 300,000 units in its first nine days of availability, setting a new sales record for App Store debuts."
- Review: Final Fantasy
"The storyline is classic stuff, the dialog is well-translated, and the process of leveling up your characters and outfitting them with more powerful equipment will always be fun. Ultimately, though, the iPhone version's flaws just make the experience more frustrating than it should be."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: Plants vs. Zombies, Gamebox Lead Daily Sales
"PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies
takes the top spot in the App Store's paid app charts. Triniti Interactive's app compilation All-in-1 Gamebox
again finishes at second place, as Clickgamer's recently updated Angry Birds
follows at third."
- Street Fighter IV Playable Characters Revealed, Gameplay Video Released
"Street Fighter IV
for the iPhone includes eight fighters -- Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Blanka, Guile, Dhalsim, Abel, and M. Bison. Sorry, Rufus fans."
- Opinion: iPhone Butts Drive Me Nuts
"These games aren't good for anyone. They take minimal effort to develop, contain no original content, and make an already crowded app catalog much more difficult to navigate."