[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent -- and increasingly exciting -- portable game platforms, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Madden NFL 11, The Incident
, and So Long, Oregon!
, among other notable debuts.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Finger Balance
and Rocket Sheep Rampage
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Madden NFL 11 Out Now for iPhone and iPad
"Though it was beaten to the App Store by Gameloft's NFL 2011
, Electronic Arts strikes back this week with the iPhone 4-optimized Madden NFL 11
and Madden NFL 11 for iPad
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Madden NFL 11 Sells Big on iPhone, Tops iPad Charts
"EA's Madden NFL 11
leads as today's highest-grossing iPad game app, dropping last week's sales leader Angry Birds HD
to second place. Scrabble for iPad
trails at third, as the free-to-play Fishies
and We Farm
take fourth and fifth place."
- So Long, Oregon!: A Worthy Follow-Up to Enviro-Bear 2010
"While The Oregon Trail
is more geared toward simulation-styled gameplay, So Long, Oregon!
presents its semi-educational content in the context of a side-view stunt racing game in the vein of titles like Excitebike
and Trials HD
- Review: Finger Balance
"It's not that it fails as a game -- actually, it's not half bad -- but this ball-rolling high-wire act sits a tad too high on the horse, constantly condemning you for the slightest misstep."
- The Incident: A Retro-Styled, Cataclysmic Action Game for iPhone and iPad
"Big Bucket Software's universal iPhone and iPad game The Incident
challenges players to dodge falling objects and climb a growing stack of furniture, musical instruments, vehicles, and other everyday junk that endlessly rains from the sky."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Osmos Charts High in Debut Week
"Hungry Shark: Part 2
climbs up to second place in App Store game sales as the Discovery Channel's Shark Week concludes. Angry Birds
keeps the top spot, as a recent content-expanding update puts Fragger
ahead of Doodle Jump
- 2K Brings Hit Wii Minigame Compilation Carnival Games to iPhone
"2K won big with Carnival Games
upon its initial release in 2007. Wii owners were charmed by the game's easy-to-grasp gameplay and lighthearted midway aesthetic, and the title went on to sell more than 6 million units worldwide."
- Review: Rocket Sheep Rampage
"If you happen to be slightly off-kilter and have an affinity for old electronic handheld games like Auto Race
and its numerous variations, think of Rocket Sheep
as a sequel 35 years in the making."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Madden NFL 11, AirAttack Head Paid Charts
"Jet Set Games makes an impressive showing with its iPad strategy title Highborn HD
this week, landing ahead of Wheel of Fortune HD
and Scrabble for iPad
at fifth place.
- Square Enix Debuts Chaos Rings for iPad, Announces App Store Catalog Sale
"Square Enix has released an iPad version of its iOS-exclusive role-playing game Chaos Rings
, and has dropped the price of every other game in its App Store catalog to mark the occasion."