[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 guest editors Danny Cowan and Mathew Kumar.]
This week's notable items in the iPhone gaming space, as covered by FingerGaming, include Taito's port of Cooking Mama
, the debut of Secret Exit's Zen Bound
, and a look at the upcoming horror-themed interactive movie Hysteria Project
Here are the top stories:
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Skyworks' skeeball sim Arcade Bowling
is the only title to make an appearance on both the free and paid charts this week. Pole Position: Remix
and Vault Breaker
also make impressive showings, while former chart leader Super Monkey Ball Lite
drops to tenth place."
- Taito Ports Cooking Mama to iPhone
"After making its iPhone debut only a few days ago with the release of Space Invaders
, Taito forges onward with its second release for the platform: a port of the Nintendo DS and Wii cooking sim Cooking Mama
- Zen Bound Now Available in App Store
"Described as more of a 'tactile experience' than a traditional goal-oriented video game, Zen Bound
challenges players to wrap rope around sculpted objects throughout its 51 included levels."
- Winners Announced at International Mobile Gaming Awards 2009
"Real Arcade's iPhone app Tiki Towers
earned this year's Best Casual Game award. Firemint's Real Racing
won the Excellence in Creativity award, as the multiplayer GPS-based title Fast Foot Challenge
from Urban Team in Germany took the prize for Best Real World Game."
- Review: Magnetic Joe
makes a near-flawless transition from mobile phone platforms to the iPhone, thanks to its simple control setup. Gameplay involves only one possible input from the player, and as a result, hardware-related control mishaps are nonexistent."
- Hysteria Project Brings Interactive Movie Action to iPhone
's full-motion video-driven gameplay uses a mixture of quick-time events and 'choose your own adventure'-styled story branching to create an interactive movie experience."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"A positive critical reception and a low initial price point helped to boost the recently released iDracula
to today's top App Store sales spot. Last week's chart winner Blocked
falls to second place, as the price-dropped Flick Fishing
comes in at third."