[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 Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers new and upcoming iPhone App Store titles including Eliminate: Co-Op
and Square Enix's upcoming App Store-exclusive RPG Chaos Rings
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as a look at a Bandai iPhone oddity and specifics on the unique game-centric Gamebone controller peripheral for iPhone.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Street Fighter IV, Where’s Waldo? Lead App Store Rankings
"Capcom’s iPhone version of Street Fighter IV
leads the App Store’s top-grossing sales chart in its first week of release. Ludia’s adaptation of Where’s Waldo?
rises to second place, as last week’s chart winner Monopoly
falls to third."
- Ngmoco Launches Free Cooperative FPS Eliminate: Co-Op
"Ngmoco has released an updated version of its free-to-play online multiplayer first-person shooter Eliminate Pro. Eliminate: Co-Op
allows players to team up in a new online gameplay mode for additional gear and bonus items."
- Square Enix Releases First Chaos Rings Screenshots, Trailer
"Developed by Media Vision, Chaos Rings
will be Square Enix’s first RPG developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game, currently in final testing, boasts rich 3D graphics and a team-based battle system."
- 22Moo Updates GameBone Peripheral, Announces Commodore 64, Amiga Support
"Australian hardware manufacturer 22Moo has revealed an updated, streamlined version of the GameBone, an upcoming accessory that will bring console-style controls to supported iPhone and iPod Touch applications."
- Top Free Game App Downloads: iPhone Owners Love Snake and Simon
"Find the Differences
ranks in at first place in the App Store's free app charts, while the Snake
clone A Snake
takes second. An unlicensed clone version of the classic memory game Simon
- Zits & Giggles Pulled from App Store Following $400 Pricing Experiment
"Days after developer Tommy Refenes publicly lambasted the iTunes App Store for its lack of quality, Apple has removed Refenes’ $400 novelty game Zits & Giggles
from its app catalog."
- iPhone Oddities: Go Go CARDDASS READER!
is an extension application for Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O
, a game that’s one part arcade machine and one part collectible card game. The application allows you to use your iPhone’s camera to take pictures of Super Sentai Battle cards to unlock promotional material."
- EA Mobile Announces SimCity Deluxe, 2010 FIFA World Cup
includes a new gameplay interface, and brings additional scenarios and a selection of new buildings. 2010 FIFA World Cup
will sport updated graphics and new team management features."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: Where’s Waldo? Drops in Price, Takes First Place
"Last week’s third-place title Alpine Crawler World
falls to sixth place this week, as All-in-1 Gamebox
and Doodle Jump
remain steady sellers at second and third."