[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 Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming highlights notable titles like ngmoco's Rolando 2
, id Software's Doom: Resurrection
, and EpicTilt's TapStar
- ngmoco's Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid Debuts in App Store
"Players can expect several new gameplay elements in Rolando 2
, as the Rolando characters can now fly, float, and command a number of vehicles. Rolando 2
features 45 levels of platforming action, and sports a new 2.5D look that adds greater depth to its tropical environments."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"I-Play's recently released free version of Fast & Furious The Game
nearly tops the App Store's free charts this week, but comes up short against last week's winner Wild West Pinball
. The firing range simulator Target Practice
moves up to third place this week, as Paper Toss
drops to fourth."
- id Software's Doom: Resurrection Premieres in App Store
"Using elements from id's 2004 console and PC FPS Doom 3
as a base, Doom: Resurrection
crafts a guided first-person experience that automatically controls player movement and perspective."
- Review: Must.Eat.Birds.
is frantic, silly, and just plain fun. Players are tasked with defending their spread of delicious picnic sweets against hungry birds parachuting down from the sky."
- Nickelodeon's AddictingGames Announces Upcoming iPhone Lineup
"Nickelodeon announced today that its AddictingGames brand will debut in the iTunes App Store later this month. The move will bring several popular Flash games from the AddictingGames free online games portal to the iPhone and the iPod Touch."
- TapStar: Rhythm Action with Sony's Music Catalog
"After recently securing a unique licensing agreement from Sony Music Entertainment, iPhone developer EpicTilt has released TapStar, a Dance Dance Revolution
-like rhythm game that features a growing library of downloadable music from a number of popular Sony artists."
- Cuttlefish Engine Bridges Development for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
"Using Cuttlefish's visual designer and editor functionality, developers will be able to build a complete mobile game and instantly view its simulated performance on any of the three supported devices."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Gameloft's Hero of Sparta
surges to the top of this week's App Store sales chart, boosted by a drop in price to 99 cents. Sally's Spa
remains a popular pick at second place, as StoneLoops! of Jurassica
moves up a spot to take third."