[Every week, Gamasutra sums 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 Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
, highlights recent releases like Gangstar
, and looks in detail at the top free and paid iPhone games for the week.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Review: Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
"In The Secret of Bryce Manor
, players control a spider, using finger taps and flicks to travel around rooms and to create webs. The spider, unlike many other game protagonists, is entirely invincible."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"A recently released free demo of Parachute Panic
trails behind Sheep Launcher
at second place, as last week's second-place title Slingshot Cowboy
- Gameloft's GTA-Styled Gangstar Debuts in App Store
"The iPhone has previously seen Grand Theft Auto
-like adventure games in Car Jack Streets
, but no iPhone GTA
clone thus far has been as ambitious as Gameloft's Gangstar: West Coast Hustle
- Taito Releases iPhone Version of Bust-A-Move
"Released in other regions as Puzzle Bobble, Bust-A-Move
collects characters from Taito's classic arcade franchises for a series of puzzles in the single-player Story Mode, and pits them against one another in the competitive Vs. Mode."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Occamy Games' Moto X Mayhem
has seen a steady climb up the App Store's paid app charts in the past week, and finishes first in today's rankings. Cartoon Wars
drops to second place, as Civilization Revolution
holds steady at third."
- Interview: Space Invaders Infinity Gene Designer Reisuke Ishida
"Primarily the work of one man, Reisuke Ishida, Infinity Gene
might be the best of the new wave, its sleek graphics, Zuntata-designed sound and evolutionary bent not only pushing Space Invaders
forward, but shooters as a whole on the iPhone."
- Sony Announces Hero of Sparta, Minigore for PSP
"In addition to the previously announced PSP version of the iPhone tower defense title Fieldrunners
, the PSP will also soon host downloadable ports of Mountain Sheep's twin-stick shooter Minigore
and Gameloft's third-person action title Hero of Sparta
- Marble Shooting Puzzler Luxor Comes to iPhone
"MumboJumbo's hit marble-shooting title Luxor
arrived in the App Store earlier today, boasting 88 levels of gameplay and social networking functionality across Facebook and ngmoco's Plus+ network."