[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 guest editor Danny Cowan.]
This week's notable items in the iPhone gaming space, as covered by FingerGaming, include a series of planned ports for the Submachine
series, the premiere of the Flashpoint faculty-developed BLiP Bloink
, and free trial releases for iDracula
and Ancient Frog
- Free Game App Roundup, March 28th - April 3rd Edition
"This week’s free releases include demo editions of iDracula
and Ancient Frog
, along with free full versions of EGGY
and Cat Game
- Pastel Games Ports Submachine Point-and-Click Series to iPhone
"Karol Konwerski and Mateusz Skutnik at Pastel Games bring word that their company's popular point-and-click Flash series Submachine
is being ported to the iPhone. The first episode, Submachine 1: The Basement
, is now available for download from the App Store."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"After recently becoming free-to-play, Zynga's popular Facebook-linked application Word Scramble
finishes at the top of today's App Store sales chart, as the multi-week chart leader 3D Brick Breaker Revolution
falls to second place."
- Flashpoint Academy Professor Releases BLiP Bloink
"Flashpoint Academy’s Chair of Game Development, Simeon Peebler, has released his first iPhone title — the puzzler BLiP Bloink
. Peebler teaches game programming and design at the Chicago-based private college, and believes that the experience of developing an iPhone title will provide valuable material for future classroom lectures."
- Nintendo Issues Cease and Desist Order to Maker of iPhone Game & Watch Clones
"Mobile 1UP, the makers of iPhone Game & Watch clones such as GW Octopus, GW Helmet, GW Fire
, and GW Chef
, have received a cease and desist order from Nintendo of America. The developer has been ordered to discontinue the sale of its Game & Watch clones."
- Apex Designs Reveals App Store Sales Data for Payback
"James Daniels at developer Apex Designs has posted App Store sales data recorded over Payback
's first two months of release, revealing that the title has sold 65,000 copies so far for a revenue total of $400,000."
- Sony Announces Ghostbusters, James Bond Titles for iPhone
"Sony has revealed little information about either title, though it's currently known that James Bond: Top Agent
will feature a multiplayer mode and a collection of well-known villains from the film series."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Firemint's air traffic control simulator Flight Control
sees a sharp rise in popularity this week, likely due to the positive buzz surrounding the upcoming release of Firemint Real Racing. Zombieville USA
finishes second in this week's results, while id Software's port of Wolfenstein 3D