[Gamasutra rounds up the week's top news and reviews from sister iPhone site FingerGaming, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming highlights recent releases like Namco's Ridge Racer: Accelerated
, EA's street racing sim Need for Speed: Shift
, and Gameloft's Halo
-like FPS N.O.V.A.
The site also checks out the top free and paid iPhone games of the week, as well as examining an update to hit title Canabalt
, and other notable App Store debuts such as SNK's Metal Slug
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Where's Waldo? Beats Call of Duty
"Activision's Call of Duty: World at War Zombies
drops to second place in today's rankings, as Ludia's iPhone adaptation of the Where's Waldo?
series of puzzle books climbs up to the top."
- Gameloft's N.O.V.A. Now Available for iPhone
"Gameloft's sci-fi first-person shooter N.O.V.A.
turned heads when it was revealed earlier this year, both for its impressive graphics and because of its obvious similarity to Bungie's Halo
- EA Releases Need for Speed: Shift for iPhone
is a sim-styled street racing title that features a lineup of 20 licensed cars. Each vehicle can be customized in both performance and in appearance -- players can choose from a variety of spoilers, rims, and specialized paint jobs."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Donut Games' Traffic Rush
tops the free charts for the second week in a row. RuneScape
developer Jagex comes in at second place with its debut iPhone title Bouncedown
, as Storm8's iMobsters
takes third place."
- Canabalt Updates with Global Leaderboards, New Obstacles
"Think you've finally beaten your Canabalt
addiction? Think again. Semi Secret Software has rolled out a Canabalt update that includes new gameplay elements, a new music track, and global leaderboards."
- Ridge Racer: Accelerated Premieres for iPhone
features much of the same drift-heavy racing that defined previous entries in the series. In a controversial move, however, Namco has locked the majority of the game's content away as optional in-app purchases."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
tops the paid app charts in its debut week. The recently updated Doodle Jump
drops to second place, as Bejeweled 2
follows at third."
- SNK Playmore Premieres in App Store with Metal Slug Touch
"Metal Slug Touch
is simplified take on SNK's run-and-gun franchise -- one that could be better suited to the iPhone's capabilities. Players control the Metal Slug vehicles using the accelerometer, with an on-screen button triggering alternate fire."