[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPad/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 Tucker Dean and Jason Johnson.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Cave's bullet hell shooter Espgaluda II
and Sega's soccer team management title Football Manager Handheld 2010
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Flare Elite
and Creepy Caverns
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Mirror’s Edge, Doodle Jump Move Up the Charts
"EA’s The Sims 3
expansion World Adventures
tops the iPhone charts for the second week in a row. Monopoly
once again finishes at second place, as Bejeweled 2
climbs up to third after finishing eighth last week."
- Cave’s Bullet-Hell Shooter Espgaluda II Released for iPhone 3GS
"Cave is famous for its finely crafted yet often extremely difficult arcade shooters (including DoDonPachi
), and this port is the developer's first effort for the iPhone."
- Review: Flare Elite
is a quality iPhone shooter. It doesn’t sit on the top shelf with the likes of Infinity Gene
, but it’s a contender for the best of the rest."
- Unreleased, Iraqi-Developed Babylonian Twins Finds New Life on iPhone and iPad
"Inspired by a recent outpouring of support from the close-knit Amiga community, the game’s original development team reunited to finish its abandoned project for an App Store release."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Plants vs. Zombies Challenges Real Racing HD
has seen a significant rise in popularity after being featured as Apple’s 'iPad App of the Week,' and places behind Flight Control HD
at fifth in today’s sales rankings."
- Review: Creepy Caverns
"In this jumping platformer, the player’s character, Dr. Archibald, jumps automatically as soon as he hits the ground. Players simply tilt the phone one way or the other to send him leaping off in the chosen direction."
- Com2uS Brings Free MMORPG IMO: The World of Magic to iPhone
"Players can team up with friends over a local Wi-Fi connection or over 3G internet to take on hordes of monsters and explore loot-filled dungeons. Though IMO
is completely free to play, players will earn unique items and perks through in-app purchases."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Doodle Jump, Brain Trainer Lead Charts
"Lumosity’s Brain Trainer
leads the free app charts following a recent update, as a free points promotion for Storm8’s Vampires Live
takes second place."
- Sega Ports Football Manager Handheld 2010 to App Store
"While it never gained much traction stateside, Sega’s Football Manager
franchise is immensely popular in other parts of the world. The latest PSP sequel, Football Manager Handheld 2010
, is now available for the iPhone."
- Unity CEO Promises 'Uninterrupted Service' in Wake of iPhone OS 4.0 TOS Change
"Analysts suggest that the change in Apple's TOS was made to prohibit App Store developers from using tools such as MonoTouch and Adobe’s upcoming Flash-to-iPhone compiler. It remains unclear as to whether titles developed using the Unity platform are affected by the change."