[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 highlights upcoming titles like Duke Nukem 3D
, and reviews the recent releases TapStar
and My Brute
Here's the highlights from the last seven days:
- This Week's Notable Free Apps
"This week's free releases include demo editions of Zenonia
and Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles
, along with free full versions of Jimney Chimney
and Climb Unlimited
- Pocket God Revenue Stream Analyzed, Reveals Sales Data for Chart-Topping Apps
's creators offer a rare glimpse at the sales numbers required to breach Apple's top ten. At second place, Pocket God
sold around 10,000 copies per day. When it fell to fifth place, the app earned 6,000 downloads daily."
- Review: My Brute
"In Bulkypix's My Brute
, you don't play the game, it plays you
. Well, sort of. Players who are familiar with the Flash arena fighting game of the same name will feel right at home with this iPhone adaptation."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"After spending two weeks at the top of the free app charts, Wild West Pinball
drops to fifth place in today's rankings. In its place is a recently released trial version of Gameloft's Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles
- Gameloft Announces GTA-Like Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle
"Gang$star: West Coast Hustle
's environments are fully 3D, there's a lock-on targeting system for melee combat, and yes, you get to throw people out of their cars and drive off in them, to the irritation of the local police."
- Ragdoll Pain Sim Max Injury Denied App Store Release
"Box Shaped Games calls its rejection into question, citing Apple's approval of similar titles. Ouch!
allows users to virtually abuse a ragdoll figure that reacts realistically to injury, while Mr. Smith
features a human-like character in a number of dangerous and painful situations."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Gameloft once again finds itself in the top chart spot with Hero of Sparta. Sally's Spa
falls to fourth place in today's results, as Flight Control
move up to take second and third."
- Prey Invasion Developer Bringing Duke Nukem 3D to iPhone
"MachineWorks Northwest, the developer behind the iPhone-adapted first-person shooter Prey Invasion
, announced that an iPhone port of Duke Nukem 3D
is on its way to the iTunes App Store."
- iTunes App Store Turns 1, Apple Lists Favorite Games
"In celebration of the App Store's first birthday, Apple has launched a new section at the iTunes Store highlighting standout titles like Zen Bound, Edge
, and Real Racing
- Review: TapStar
has the potential to offer greater musical variety than any previous game in the rhythm genre, its unprecedented licensing agreement with Sony is squandered on a title that suffers from a disappointing tracklist and mediocre gameplay."
- FingerGaming's Weekly App Sale Roundup
"This week's discounted titles include Two Tribes' puzzle-platformer Toki Tori
, the interstellar harmony sim Eliss
, Studio Radiolaris' synaesthetic lock-on shooter Radio Flare
, and Majesco's multiplayer strategy game KarmaStar