[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 Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, Ryan Hibbeler, and Mike Rose.]
This week, FingerGaming covers upcoming releases like Final Fantasy Tactics
and Secret of Mana
, along with recent standouts like Geometry Wars: Touch
, Pix'n Love Rush
, and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, 180
, and Leap Sheep
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: FIFA World Cup Trumps Angry Birds, Guitar Hero
"EA's FIFA World Cup
finishes as today's top-grossing iPhone game app, following a recent price drop and renewed customer interest thanks to the ongoing World Cup tournament."
- Geometry Wars: Touch Goes Universal; iPhone Version of Zen Bound 2 On Its Way
"Activision's Geometry Wars: Touch
and Secret Exit's Zen Bound 2
were standouts in the iPad's launch lineup, and iPhone and iPod Touch owners will now be able to experience both titles for the first time."
- Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions Announced for iPhone
"Square Enix announced at E3 that it will bring its 16-bit action-RPG Secret of Mana
and genre-defining strategy-RPG Final Fantasy Tactics
to the App Store later this year."
- Review: Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney
"If you didn't play the original release on DS, this is essential iPhone gaming. If you did, you might want to grab it anyway and re-live it all over again. For $4.99 for 15+ hours of gameplay, you definitely will not be disappointed."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: FIFA World Cup Leads App Store Sales
"Armor Games' gravity-shifting puzzle-platformer Shift
leads today's chart results. A free expansion app for TeamLava's free-to-play Farm Story
ranks in at second place, while a demo version of Parachute Ninja
- Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Back in App Store After Brief Hiatus
"Though the original console version of Warrior Within
was criticized for its moody aesthetic, the platforming and fighting elements won widespread acclaim, and the game remains a solid entry in the Sands of Time
- Review: 180
"What makes the game interesting is that every piece has two sides, with images like moons, hearts, musical notes, and so forth printed on each face. Before launching a piece, the player can flip it to make a better match."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Galcon Fusion, Where's Waldo? Climb App Store Charts
"Gameprom's Pinball HD
reclaims the top sales spot in the iPad game charts this week, leaving EA's Scrabble
and Clickgamer's Angry Birds HD
at second and third place."
- GodFinger, ESPN Pinball Make the Jump from iPad to iPhone
, originally launched as an iPad exclusive, has proven very popular, and regularly ranks among the platform's top free downloads."
- Capcom Reveals Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights II, 1942: First Strike for iPhone
"Capcom has announced the upcoming release of two iPhone-exclusive titles based on its classic arcade franchises 1942
and Ghosts 'n Goblins
- Bulkypix and Pastagames Launch Retro-Styled Platformer Pix'n Love Rush
"You may recognize Pix'n Love Rush
as being reminiscent of Pastagames' highly-rated Xbox Live Indie Games platformer 03 Pixel
. Both games star the same main character, and both feature similar gameplay."
- Review: Leap Sheep
is the first iPhone title from spin-off division Turtle Rock Garage, part of Left 4 Dead
co-developer Turtle Rock Studios, and it's a rather more casual affair than the studio's usual work."