[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad 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, Jason Johnson, Ryan Hibbeler, and Mike Rose.]
This week, FingerGaming examines some of the major stories happening in the iPhone and iPad games space, covering an App Store adaptation of Zynga's FarmVille
and the release of the iOS 4 firmware update.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for eBoy FixPix, Carcassonne
, and Pix'n Love Rush
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: EA Takes Over Charts During Catalog Sale
"Several Electronic Arts-published titles are featured among today's top sellers, thanks to an ongoing sale that drops the price of many of the company's popular iPhone and iPod Touch games."
- iOS 4 Software Update Released, Now Available as Free Download
"Apple's free iOS 4 software update adds over 100 new features, including much-requested multitasking functionality for iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod Touch devices."
- iPhone 4 Now Shipping; Firemint Releases Upgrades for Real Racing, Flight Control
"Coinciding with the device's early launch, App Store developer Firemint has released iPhone 4-optimized versions of Real Racing
and Flight Control
, adding new features and enhanced graphics for both titles."
- Review: Carcassonne
is really quite wonderful, and deserves a place on every gamer's iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. You're guaranteed to have a blast with it, and you may just find yourself completely hooked."
- Zynga's Free-to-Play Farming Sim FarmVille Now Available in App Store
"The iPhone version of FarmVille
includes a set of exclusive items not found in the Facebook edition of the game, along with minor gameplay upgrades."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Tiger Woods No Match for Angry Birds
"Last week's sales champion FIFA World Cup falls to eighth place in today's results, as Clickgamer's Angry Birds
and Lima Sky's Doodle Jump
take its place at the top of the App Store's paid game charts."
- Review: eBoy FixPix
"While there's not a lot of traditional gameplay or puzzle-solving on offer, players looking for something a bit different would do well to take a closer look, especially those who are fans of pixel art."
- Apple Features 50 of the "Best Games You've Never Played"
"Surprisingly, much of the list skews toward the hardcore end of the gaming spectrum, featuring lesser-known but excellent offerings like Cave's Espgaluda II
, Square Enix's Hills and Rivers Remain
, and indie standouts Eliss
- Top iPad Game Apps: GT Racing, Castle Warriors Enter Top Ten
"Clickgamer's Angry Birds HD
tops this week's paid iPad games chart, as Gameloft's racing sim GT Racing: Motor Academy HD
and GameResort's real-time strategy title Castle Warriors HD
see strong first-week sales."
- Review: Pix'n Love Rush
"Pix'n Love Rush
would feel right at home on the Island of Misfit Toys. But somehow, that's okay. It might even be better for it."