[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 reviewers Tim Lockridge and Louise Yang.]
This week, FingerGaming details the premiere of the iPhone's first MLB-licensed baseball title and the release of an upgraded version of Through the Looking Glass
. Featured reviews for this week cover Hysteria Project
- Free App Roundup, April 11th - 17th Edition
"This week’s free releases include demo editions of Freeballin’
and Balloon Headed Boy
, along with free full versions of Find Junk
and Spirit Board
- Review: Hysteria Project
"For Hysteria Project
to fully realize its potential, Bulkypix will have to re-envision narrative gameplay with the same sort of progressive thought that they’ve brought to cinematics and visuals."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"WordSearch Unlimited Lite
swipes the top spot from last week's chart leader iFighter
, which falls to third place in today's rankings. Namco's Galaga Remix Lite
lands at second place this week, as the recently released Mafia
- Officially Licensed MLB World Series 2009 Debuts in App Store
"MLB World Series 2009
features 30 official MLB teams (but no player names, strangely) and four different stadiums. Multiple career modes are included -- players can either play through a full season or skip straight to the postseason leading up to the World Series."
- Review: Oceanic
"I really wanted to like this game. The visuals are bright and colorful, and the characters are whimsical. The screenshots just remind me of Saturday morning cartoons, when they were good."
- Apple Reveals All-Time Top Paid App Sellers
"Topping the chart is Vivendi's Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
, an early App Store release that won a sizable share of the iPhone's audience with simple gameplay, impressive graphics, and effective use of the device's accelerometer functions."
- Steve Capps Rebuilds Macintosh Classic Through the Looking Glass for iPhone
's presence on the iPhone is significant, as many consider the original version to be 'the Macintosh's first great game.' It was also the only first-party title Apple ever released for the platform."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Firemint's air traffic control sim Flight Control
finishes at the top of the charts for the third week running. The recently released Scorched Earth
arrives at second place this week, pushing the tile puzzler ParkingLot
down to third."