[Every week, Gamasutra rounds 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 covers Square Enix's accelerometer-controlled RTS Sliding Heroes
, Q Entertainment's iPhone port of Lumines
, and the emulated Sega Master System action-RPG Golvellius: The Valley of Doom
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Square Enix Releases Sliding Heroes, Announces Two More Titles at TGS
"Square Enix has significantly stepped up its support for the iPhone platform, announcing the release of the accelerometer-based RTS Sliding Heroes
and revealing that two more titles -- Song Summoner
and Hills and Rivers Remain
-- are on the way to the App Store in the months ahead."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Konami's iPhone port of Frogger
comes out on top in today's paid app charts, with sales boosted by a recent drop in price to 99 cents. geoDefense Swarm
debuts this week at second place, as TightWire takes fourth following the release of a popular Lite version."
- Lumines: Touch Fusion Gameplay Impressions
"Previously released on the PSP and other platforms, Lumines
challenges players to match same-colored bricks in square formations. Successful matches are cleared away by a line that sweeps across the playfield to the beat of a background music track."
- Sega Master System Action-RPG Golvellius Released for iPhone
"iPhone owners looking for a The Legend of Zelda
-like experience can look no further than Golvellius: The Valley of Doom
, an excellent (and often overlooked) Sega Master System action-RPG that finds new life in the App Store thanks to developer DotEmu."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps for the Week
"Madden NFL 10
reigns atop today's top-grossing apps chart, and also finishes among this week's top sellers by volume. Gameloft's first-person shooter Modern Combat: Sandstorm
trails at second place, while Uno
take third and fourth."
- Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe Brings CyberJoke 3000 to iPhone
collects more than 100 of Lowe's personal favorite jokes, all of which are read aloud by a professional comedian. Users can save favorites to a customizable list, and rate individual jokes in an online global scoring system."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"iBright Studios' debut App Store effort TightWire Lite
has seen a steady climb up the free app charts, and finishes as today's top download in the Games category. Zynga's Word Scramble 2
follows at second place, while A Quest of Knights Onrush
- Spore Origins Developer Releases Social Puzzler Puff
"High scores are tracked via GPS, and player location is listed along with scores on Puff
's online leaderboards. Players are also able to design a custom balloon avatar to show off in their online profile, and can issue challenges to friends via e-mail invites."