[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 Disney's Split/Second
and the space exploration title Kometen
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Skate It
and The Iron Horse
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Skate It, Zombie Infection Enter iPhone Charts
"Clickgamer’s Angry Birds
continues its month-long reign as the App Store’s highest-grossing game app, as PopCap’s Bejeweled 2
and Gameloft’s Iron Man 2
finish at second and third place."
- Review: Skate It
embodies everything that made the Skate
series popular -- the open-world exploring, the simple interface, the self-creation tools -- everything but the control scheme which has gathered it such a following."
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Coming to iPhone
"Sega's back-to-basics platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4
will arrive in the App Store later this year alongside previously announced versions for Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, and the PlayStation Network."
- Disney Launches Combat Racer Split/Second
"Developed in cooperation with Pure
creator Black Rock Studio, Split/Second
is an explosive racing title presented in the context of a reality television show."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Angry Birds HD Takes On Pinball HD
"Real Racing HD, Plants vs. Zombies HD
, and Flight Control HD
remain big sellers, as Brothers in Arms 2, Shanghai Mahjong
, and Asphalt 5 HD
enter the chart behind Words With Friends HD
- Review: Kometen
"There’s heaviness beneath the lighthearted demeanor of our tongue-wagging protagonist, but it isn’t heavy-handed. The creators give the player freedom to assign a meaning, or lack thereof, to its world."
- Ubisoft Reveals Prince of Persia Retro for iPhone
"Judging from the screenshots Ubisoft has released so far, the new iPhone port of Prince of Persia
(based on the 1992 Macintosh edition) appears faithful to the original game in terms of graphics and level layouts."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: The Impossible Game Climbs the Charts
"FlukeDude’s challenging platformer The Impossible Game
has seen a steady rise in popularity since its release last month, and Apple currently promotes the title as its 'iPhone App of the Week.'"
- Phoenix Spirit: A Lush, Exploration-Based Adventure Title
"App Store first-timer Spearhead Entertainment has released Phoenix Spirit
, an exploration-based action-adventure game in the vein of Super Metroid
and the post-Symphony of the Night Castlevania
- Review: The Iron Horse
"The Iron Horse
takes us on a short tour through the ages from steam-powered trains to electric beasts. It’s gorgeous, split-second-reaction gaming which just doesn’t offer enough in terms of content and variety of play."