[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 reviewers Tim Lockridge and Louise Yang.]
This week, FingerGaming details the release of the 3D terrain-deforming platformer Caster
and explores the GPS-driven adventure title The Hidden Park
. Featured reviews for this week cover ZombieGame
and 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2009
- Free App Roundup, May 2nd - 8th Edition
"This week's free releases include demo editions of UniWar
, along with free full versions of Battalion
and Bug Landing
- Review: ZombieGame
"While the game takes place in a first-person perspective, it's inaccurate to call it a first-person shooter. You don't actually move forward in the game. Imagine standing in a room where all you can do is turn left and right and that's exactly the perspective you get in ZombieGame
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Konami's free demo version of Metal Gear Solid Touch
finds immense popularity among App Store customers in its first week of release, but ultimately comes up short against Exoweb Labs' Pee Monkey Toilet Trainer
- GPS Adventure Game The Hidden Park Debuts in App Store
"Developer bulpadok takes the concept of location-based gameplay several steps forward with The Hidden Park
, an adventure title that tracks the player's physical location and movement."
- Review: Saucelifter
"As developers struggle with this touch-centered platform, the role of classic and retro titles comes into question. Can arcade games work and succeed within the iPhone's constraints? If the titles are anything like Saucelifter, then the answer is 'Absolutely, yes.'"
- ngmoco Releases Rolando 2 Gameplay Trailer
sports a new, 2.5D look that meshes well with the series' lighthearted aesthetic, and the sequel offers expanded gameplay variety in levels that will see Rolandoland's denizens rolling underwater, flying through the air, and riding in mine carts."
- Review: Magnificent Gizmos and Gadgets
"If you've played the popular Flash game Fantastic Contraption
, you'll feel right at home with Publisher X's Magnificent Gizmos and Gadgets
. You build gadgets using a handful of wheels, pipes, and ropes to move a pink ball from its starting point to the goal area of each stage."
- iPhSoft Ports Flight of the Amazon Queen to iPhone
"The Secret of Monkey Island
-inspired Flight of the Amazon Queen
is very similar to many LucasArts adventure titles released during the same period, and runs on a modified version of LucasArts' Scumm engine."
- Review: 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2009
attempts to deliver a robust baseball experience, and in that capacity, it's a successful title. Players select a team and work through an extensive season by either playing or simulating games."
- Top Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Glu’s 3D flight simulation title Glyder
takes third place in today's App Store sales list, finishing behind reigning chart champions StickWars
and Flight Control
- Terrain-Deforming 3D Action Game Caster Hits App Store
"Elecorn's debut iPhone effort Caster
is remarkable, not only because it's impressive from a technical standpoint — players can deform the 3D terrain in real time — but because it also manages to be both playable and fun."