[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent portable game platforms, as written by editor-in-chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Road Blaster, iDOS
, and Dead Space
, among other notable titles.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, along with a review for Spirits
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: World of Goo Climbs iPad Sales Rankings
"2D Boy's World of Goo
makes an impressive showing in this week's iPad charts, surging to second place following a drop in price. Angry Birds HD
remains the platform's highest-grossing title, as the free-to-play Smurfs' Village
and Bakery Story
follow at third and fourth place."
- Revolutionary Concepts Brings FMV Action Game Road Blaster to iPhone
"App Store developer Revolutionary Concepts, following up on its previous retro revivals Karate Champ
and Cobra Command
, has released an upgraded iOS version of Data East's 1985 laserdisc game Road Blaster
- Review: Spirits
' greatest asset isn't its art, nor is it the peculiar nature of its jellyfish-like creatures. What impresses me the most is how believable it is that these creatures live in this imaginary place – as if they sprung from the land itself."
- EA Releases Dead Space iOS Gameplay Video
"Promising to link the stories between 2008's Dead Space
and its sequel, Dead Space
for the iPhone and iPad offers tense third-person shooter gameplay throughout a unique set of iOS-exclusive environments."
- Top iPad Game Apps: World of Goo, Angry Birds Continue to Lead Charts
"Chillingo's Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition
finishes its debut week at sixth place, outselling Ludia's price-dropped The Price is Right HD
and the popular favorites Pinball HD, Plants vs. Zombies HD
, and Scrabble for iPad
- DOS Emulator iDOS Returns as a Free Download
"Version 2.0.1 of iDOS
(now unavailable) offers an array of bug fixes, performance tweaks, and control improvements over the version released in October, along with a packaged library of shareware games from 3D Realms."
- Metal Slug Touch Updated with New Control Scheme, Lower Price
"Metal Slug Touch
previously controlled with a confusing mix of on-screen action buttons and accelerometer input for movement. Now, players have access to 'fixed pad' and 'flexible pad' options, which add on-screen movement controls to the game."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: EA's The Game of Life Returns to Charts
"App Store newcomer Nay Games captures the top spot in today's free games chart with its hit physics puzzler Bubble Ball
. Bryan Mitchell's Geared 2
returns at second place, while Cookie Maker
overtakes Angry Birds Seasons Free
- BulkyPix's Hysteria Project Goes Free to Promote Upcoming Hysteria Project 2
challenges players to perform specific actions in response to on-screen prompts that pop up throughout a video sequence. Select portions of the game resemble a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' novel, in which players must make the correct choice from a list of options."