[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 Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers PopCap's "flower defense" title Plants vs. Zombies
, Katamari Damacy
creator Keita Takahashi's virtual playground Noby Noby Boy
, and Capcom's upcoming port of Street Fighter IV
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies Comes to iPhone
"The zombies are coming, and your gardening skills are your last line of defense against an army of the undead. Players must skillfully plant 49 different kinds of flowers to slow down, confuse, and eventually destroy the approaching hordes."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Plants vs. Zombies Leads in Premiere Week
"PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies
takes top honors in its first week of release. Activision's Call of Duty: World at War Zombies
also sees a successful week, with sales boosted by a recent content-expanding update."
- Katamari Damacy Creator Unleashes Noby Noby Boy in App Store
"Noby Noby Boy
is a game about stretching a little worm-like fellow (named BOY) as far as possible. Players can either stretch BOY manually in the application itself, or enable a GPS tracking mode, which virtually stretches him during physical travel."
- Street Fighter IV Coming to iPhone in March
"After testing the App Store waters with safe bets like Cash Cab
and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
, console games publisher Capcom is set to make a major commitment to the iPhone and iPod Touch with an upcoming port of its hit one-on-one fighter Street Fighter IV
- OpenFeint X Offers Social Features for Free-to-Play iPhone Games
"Social gaming infrastructure developer Aurora Feint announced the launch of a private beta for OpenFeint X, a social platform focused on free-to-play, microtransaction-supported games for the iPhone and iPod Touch."
- Rolando 3 Canceled as ngmoco Shifts to Free-to-Play Model
"ngmoco co-founder Neil Young confirmed that development for the company's anticipated puzzle-platformer Rolando 3
has ceased in the wake of the company's shift to a free-to-play release strategy for all of its upcoming titles."
- Top Free Game App Downloads: Sunday Lawn Takes First Place
"Donut Games leads this week's chart with its recently released grass mowing sim Sunday Lawn
. Last week's chart winner Red Ball
drops to seventh place, as a trial version of Digital Chocolate's New York 3D Rollercoaster Rush
premieres at second."
- Industry Veterans Crane, Kitchen Launch Smartphone Publisher AppStar Games
"Activision co-founder David Crane and Garry Kitchen announced the formation of AppStar Games, a publisher focused on 'small footprint' titles for smartphones, wireless tablets, and handheld consoles."
- Namco Brings iPhone Hit Flight Control to Mobile Platforms
"Namco Networks has partnered with iPhone developer Firemint to bring the popular air traffic management sim Flight Control
to Java, Windows Mobile, Brew, and Android platforms in July."
- Freeverse App Store Sales Top Five Million
"Freeverse's most successful App Store titles to date are Flick Fishing
, each of which surpassed one million sales units last year."