[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 Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Capcom's iPhone port of Street Fighter IV
and interviews IGF winners Randy Smith, Jetro Lauha and Jani Kahrama.
Also in this set of stories are the advent of The Graveyard
on Apple's system, the top-selling and highest-grossing apps, and a number of other notable news and analysis pieces.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Street Fighter IV Now Available in App Store
"The iPhone version of Street Fighter IV
includes eight playable characters -- Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Blanka, Guile, Dhalsim, Abel, and M. Bison. Each fighter retains his or her full move set, including specials, focus attacks, and ultra combos."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Monopoly Overtakes Final Fantasy
finishes as this week’s highest-grossing game in the App Store. Square Enix’s former chart leader Final Fantasy
drops to second place, while Backflip Studios’ physics puzzler Ragdoll Blaster 2
takes third in its debut week."
- Road to the IGF Mobile: Spider’s Randy Smith
"Having recently won the IGF Mobile Best iPhone game award, FingerGaming spoke to industry veteran and Tiger Style head Randy Smith about the studio’s stunning debut heading into the IGF."
- Eliss Creator Reveals Faraway for iPhone
’s outer space setting and vector graphic style, and introduces a new single-input gameplay mechanic revolving around gravitational pull."
- Top Free Game App Downloads: FingerZilla, Sniper Strike Lead Daily Rankings
"Inert Soap’s destruction sim FingerZilla
captures the free app chart’s top spot. Donoma Games’ shooter Sniper Strike
finishes at second place, as BayView Labs’ virtual aquarium Tap Fish
- Road to the IGF Mobile: Stair Dismount Developer Secret Exit
"Taking time out from working on their sequel to Zen Bound, Stair Dismount
mastermind Jetro Lauha and cohort Jani Kahrama took time out of their busy schedule to speak to FingerGaming about the development of their IGF Mobile finalist sequel."
- Gameloft Shows Off Splinter Cell: Conviction, Zombie Infection at GDC
"Splinter Cell: Conviction
is a third-person shooter built using an upgraded version of Gameloft's N.O.V.A.
engine, while Zombie Infection
clones the survival horror gameplay of Capcom's Resident Evil 5
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: Alpine Crawler World Debuts in Top Three
"Dimension Technics’ physics-based offroading sim Alpine Crawler World
sees fast sales in its premiere week, and finishes behind All-in-1 Gamebox
and Doodle Jump
in today's chart."
- Indie Art Game The Graveyard Arrives on iPhone
"Indie games developer Tale of Tales has released a free iPhone version of its 'explorable painting' The Graveyard
, with a paid edition offering the possibility of a different ending."