[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 Taito's bubble-bursting puzzler Bust-A-Move
, and highlights recent releases like iMech
and Penguin-Kun Wars
Also noted are Nickelodeon's launch of the AddictingGames brand on iPhone, plus the latest free and pay download charts for the week.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- FMV Action Game Scream in the Dark Debuts in App Store
"The full motion video genre is enjoying a resurgence on the iPhone, with titles like Hysteria Project, The Odyssey
, and now the horror-themed Scream in the Dark
providing the kind of interactive movie action that many thought died out with the 3DO and Sega CD."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Sheep Launcher and Parachute Panic lead the free app charts for the second week in a row. Paper Toss recovers after falling to eighth place last week, while Waterslide Extreme lands just behind The Oregon Trail Free at seventh place."
- Enterbrain Makes iPhone Debut with Penguin-Kun Wars
"Japanese media company Enterbrain has released Penguin-Kun Wars
-- an upgraded port of a 1985 arcade game, originally developed by UPL and later ported to the Famicom and MSX home computer in Japan."
- Review: Bust-A-Move
"All of the core gameplay mechanics are here, and aside from some framerate hiccups and long load times, the game is still the same bubble-popping game we all know and love."
- Nickelodeon Launches AddictingGames Brand in App Store
"Nickelodeon has released iPhone versions of some of its most popular titles from the AddictingGames online casual games portal. 50 States, World Wars
, and iParkIt!
are now available for download from the App Store for 99 cents each."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Moto X Mayhem
tops the App Store's paid app charts for the second week in a row, though EA's Scrabble
and Konami's iPhone port of Frogger
prove to be tough competitors."
- Q Entertainment Announces iPhone Version of Lumines
"Created by Rez
designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Lumines
is a puzzler that places heavy emphasis on rhythm, momentum, and chained combos. The iPhone port will feature a selection of exclusive music tracks, each of which will be accompanied by a new graphics skin."
- Online 8-Player Shooter iMech Debuts in App Store
"iPhone gamers have long waited for a mech combat game to call their own. Flying Dino's iMech
arrives in the App Store boasting real-time 3D combat and 8-player online multiplayer gameplay."