Best of FingerGaming: From QWOP to Minotaur Rescue

Gamasutra rounds up the week's top news and releases from sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming -- this time covering QWOP, Weird Worlds, and Minotaur Rescue.
[Gamasutra rounds up the week's top news and releases from sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.] This week, FingerGaming covers QWOP, Weird Worlds, Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2, and Minotaur Rescue, among other notable debuts. Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, along with a look at Apple's recently launched Mac App Store. Here are the top stories from the last seven days: - Top-Grossing Game Apps: Call of Duty, Osmos Climb Post-Holiday Charts "Activision’s Call of Duty: Zombies and EA's The Sims 3 see a sales boost in the wake of the holiday season, as new iPhone and iPod Touch owners flock to many popular entries in the App Store’s back catalog." - Mac App Store Opens with 74 Games "Among the Mac App Store’s launch lineup are new editions of the iOS hits Angry Birds, Zen Bound 2, Osmos, Flight Control, and The Incident. Upgraded versions of classic iOS games like Enigmo, Ancient Frog, and Peggle are also available." - Fling Introduces Tactile Control Solution for iPad "Attached via suction cups at the edge of the iPad’s touch screen, Fling rests above an in-game virtual d-pad or joystick. The stick is transparent, and offers appropriate resistance and auto-centering -- key elements that virtual control setups currently lack." - Jeff Minter Launches Atari 2600 Tribute Minotaur Rescue "Veteran game designer Jeff Minter (creator of Space Giraffe, Gridrunner, and Tempest 2000) has released Minotaur Rescue, an arcade-styled shooter for the iPhone and iPad that pays homage to Atari-era classic gaming." - Top iPad Game Apps: ZombieSmash, Osmos Report Strong Sales "ZombieSmash rises up to second place following a recent price drop. Cut the Rope HD reports big earnings this week at third place, as Osmos for iPad returns to the top ten after being named Apple’s iPad game of the year." - Challenging Flash Game QWOP Now Available for iOS Platforms "Despite (or perhaps because of) its difficulty, QWOP is a strangely compelling game, urging players to master its goofy mechanics and bizarre physics. Over the holidays, an expanded version was released in the App Store." - IGF-Winning Space Exploration Game Weird Worlds Debuts for iPad "The winner of the 'Innovation in Audio' category at the 2006 Independent Games Festival, Weird Worlds begins in a randomly generated universe, in which players must search for treasure aboard wayward space hulks." - Top iPhone Game Apps: Angry Birds, Cut the Rope Head New Year’s Charts "Angry Birds remains the iPhone’s top-selling game in the first week of 2011, leading over fellow longtime favorites Cut the Rope and Fruit Ninja." - Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 Now Available from Koei "Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 offers deep simulation gameplay, giving players control over military tactics, diplomacy, and domestic policies during China’s warring Three Kingdoms period." - FingerGaming's Top 5 iOS Games of 2010 "2010 saw the iOS marketplace grow exponentially, and the platform’s brief history is already filled with meteoric success stories. Here are some of the best iOS games released in 2010."

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