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Best of FingerGaming: From Metal Gear Solid Touch to LiveFire

Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent portable games platform -- this time covering LiveFire, Metal Gear Solid Touch, and Escape from Wi
[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 guest editor Danny Cowan.] This week's notable items in the iPhone gaming space, as covered by FingerGaming, include the release of the free movie tie-in title Escape from Witch Mountain, an update regarding the DLC-pioneering multiplayer FPS LiveWire, and the debut of an exclusive new entry in Konami's Metal Gear Solid series. - Gameloft Revenues Up Following 2 Million iPhone Game Downloads "Gameloft boasts exceptional performance in the iPhone arena, claiming that 16 of its 27 available titles for the platform have charted among the iTunes top ten daily app downloads. A handful of these titles have even made repeat chart appearances, in some cases more than six months after their initial release." - Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week "After a two-week run at the top of the App Store free chart, Tap Tap Revenge 2 falls to third place in the face of competition from Digital Chocolate's Breakout clone 3D Brick Breaker Revolution Free and the tug of war simulator Tap of War." - Free App Roundup for the Week "This week’s free releases include demo editions of Edge and Payback, along with free full versions of Hex a Hop and Escape from Witch Mountain." - Rolando Updated, Adds New Levels "ngmoco's landmark iPhone release Rolando has received its first major update, adding five entirely new secret levels. These new levels add to Rolando's already expansive collection of 36 stages spread across four worlds." - Metal Gear Solid Touch Premieres in App Store "Eschewing the series' traditional stealth-based gameplay, Metal Gear Solid Touch instead offers shooting gallery-styled gameplay that takes place in the Metal Gear Solid universe." - iPhone OS 3.0 Update Brings DLC, Improved Multiplayer "In addition to adding long-awaited features like landscape message viewing and a text copy-and-paste function, the 3.0 upgrade will bring improvements to game applications, including paid downloadable content and enhanced multiplayer matchmaking." - ngmoco Details LiveFire Gameplay, DLC Integration "Regardless of the final version's downloadable content integration, the rocket launcher will still be available to those who choose not to purchase optional DLC. ngmoco plans to implement an experience system that could make all weapons and upgrades eventually available to all users, provided they can accumulate enough in-game currency." - Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week "Flick Fishing again takes top honors in the App Store paid charts, finishing at first place for the second week in a row. Gameloft's port of the classic educational PC title The Oregon Trail proves extremely popular in its debut week, meanwhile, as Zombieville USA moves up to take third."

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