[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 editors Danny Cowan and Mathew Kumar.]
This week's notable items in the iPhone gaming space, as covered by FingerGaming, include the release of the horror-themed shooter iDracula
and the debut of Jason Rohrer's second App Store title Primrose
Here are the top stories:
- iDracula Debuts in App Store
includes six different weapons, an experience-based 'perk' system, and two game modes. The developer will continue to support the release after launch, as new levels, enemies, weapons, and modes are planned for free future upgrades."
- i Love Katamari Receives Free Lite Version
"If you also shied away from buying I Love Katamari
due to the largely negative reception it found upon its initial release, I Love Katamari Lite
gives you just enough free gameplay to let you decide whether or not the full version is worth $7.99."
- Jason Rohrer Releases iPhone Puzzler Primrose
"Indie game designer and Passage
developer Jason Rohrer has released his second iPhone title, Primrose
. In a departure from his earlier arthouse PC titles, Primrose
is a comparatively straightforward puzzler, though it does feature an intriguing set of mechanics all its own."
- Review: Time Crisis Strike
"while I've always expected on-rails shooters to be easy to play on my iPod Touch, I've usually found them a bit inaccurate. Because the system relies on pudgy fingers to strike at baddies - who can often be small on screen - I often miss in my urge to strike as fast as possible."
- Top Free Game App Downloads For The Week
"Fastlane Street Racing Lite
takes top free app honors for the second week in a row, beating out competition from the recently released demo version of Skyworks’ skeeball sim Arcade Bowling
. Bounce On Lite
drops slightly in this week’s results, as Rolando Lite
moves up several places to take fourth."
- Ideaworks3D Brings Morpheme Engine to iPhone
"Mobile technology developer Ideaworks3D has announced the Airplay Partners Program, an initiative that pairs NaturalMotion's morpheme animation middleware with Ideaworks3D's Airplay software development kit. The partnership makes the morpheme engine available to iPhone and smartphone software developers."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps For The Week
"The sliding-block puzzler Blocked
surpasses last week’s sales champion LightBike
to become this week’s best-selling App Store title. Bejeweled 2
continues to move up the charts, meanwhile, finishing at third place in the weekly results."