[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 Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming reviews the monster-themed racer Horror Racing
, and covers recent releases like EA Sports' FIFA 10
, Daniel Johnston tribute game Hi, How Are You
, and an adaptation of the popular Flash game Canabalt
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- EA Sports Releases iPhone Version of Soccer Sim FIFA 10
"Remarkably, the iPhone port of FIFA 10
is the first edition of this year's FIFA
game to see release in North America -- versions for other consoles and portable platforms are not scheduled for U.S. release until later this month.
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Real Soccer 2010 Finishes Fourth in Debut Week
"Madden NFL 10
takes the top spot in the App Store's top-grossing games chart for the third week in a row. Modern Combat: Sandstorm
drops to sixth place after an impressive second-place showing last week, as Bejeweled 2
rises up to take its spot."
- Inaugural iPhone Game Jam Proves a Rousing Success
creator Noel Llopis headed an iPhone Game Jam event at this week's 360iDev conference. The overnight challenge resulted in a group of more than 20 sleep-deprived developers creating 17 new iPhone game projects in 10 hours."
- Popular Flash Game Canabalt Gets App Store Release
"It sounds simplistic, but what makes Canabalt
special is its extraordinary sense of urgency. The backgrounds are rich with detail and menace, and there's an engaging, cinematic quality to the action."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Last week's chart champion TightWire Lite
falls out of the top ten in today's results, as A Quest of Knights Onrush
and Papaya Farm
climb up to second and third place in its absence."
- Review: Horror Racing
"The game's isometric perspective and steering wheel control setup may seem like a bad combination at first, but after a shallow five-minute learning curve, maneuvering the vehicles becomes second-nature."
- SingSong Karaoke Brings SingStar to Your iPhone
, similar in concept to titles like SingStar
and Karaoke Revolution
, turns karaoke into a competitive challenge. Players are scored by singing into the iPhone's microphone and matching pitches with a selected music track."
- Daniel Johnston Tribute Game Hi, How Are You Debuts in App Store
"Described as 'the first toon-shaded 3D puzzle-platform game to arrive on the iPhone,' Hi, How Are You
challenges players to guide Jeremiah the frog through more than 25 levels as he quests to free himself from Satan's curse and find true love."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"The castle defense title Cartoon Wars
makes a surprise return to the top ten this week, landing behind the reigning chart champion Frogger
. Last week's second-place title geoDefense Swarm
falls to fifth in today's results, as F.A.S.T.
climbs up to third."
- NaturalMotion's Backbreaker Football Delivers Hard-Hitting Gridiron Action
"The arcade-styled action in Backbreaker Football
rewards players for moving the ball up the field as fast as possible. As yardage is gained, players can rack up combos and score multipliers by dodging the defending team."