[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 covers the upcoming titles Golvellius: Valley of Doom
and Pac-Man Remix
, and highlights recent releases like The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Pinball Fantasies
and Zombies vs. Sheep
Here's the top stories from the last seven days:
- LucasArts Ports The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition to iPhone
"LucasArts makes its iPhone debut today with the release of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
, an upgraded port of the company's landmark PC point-and-click adventure title."
- Free App Releases: Car Jack Streets, Space Ace, and More
"This week's free releases include demo editions of Car Jack Streets
and Space Ace
, along with free full versions of All 51 Games Free
and Axe Pogo Extreme
- Sega Master System RPG Golvellius: Valley of Doom Coming Soon to iPhone
"One of the 8-bit Sega Master System's greatest offerings, the action-RPG Golvellius: Valley of Doom
, will soon see new life in an iPhone port, courtesy of publisher D4 Enterprise and French retro emulation specialist DotEmu."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Dare Digital's 3D water slide simulator Waterslide Extreme
tops the App Store's free app chart in its first week of release. Rope'n'Fly Lite
moves up to second place after finishing seventh last week — a jump that has given the paid version a significant boost in popularity."
- Namco Announces Apple Games Division; Pac-Man Remix to be Released This Week
"Following up on its previous ports of Galaga
and Dig Dug
, Namco Bandai is readying yet another iPhone adaptation of one of its classic arcade franchises. Pac-Man Remix
has been submitted to Apple for review, and will appear in the App Store later this week."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"The mining simulator I Dig It
and rope swinging action title Rope'n'Fly
lead this week's paid apps chart. Sales for Harbor Master
have risen dramatically following the recent release of a new pirate-themed episode, while the conceptually similar Flight Control
drops to fourth place."
- Pinball Dreams Sequel Pinball Fantasies Hits App Store
includes four tables, each with its own unique theme and layout. All tables feature remastered graphics, but are otherwise completely faithful to their original Amiga versions in terms of gameplay."
- Studio Radiolaris Debuts Radio Flare Follow-Up Zombies vs. Sheep
"The game's visual style is striking; all on-screen objects are rendered as cardboard cut-outs, complete with moving strings and wires. The visual detail translates well to the gameplay -- players can snipe individual limbs off of zombies, and each bullet fired leaves an appropriate mark on the painted backdrop."