[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 reviewers Tim Lockridge and Louise Yang.]
This week, FingerGaming details a major upgrade for Metal Gear Solid Touch
and reports on the release of 12-year-old Nicholas Weintraut's Moo Cow Fury
. Featured reviews for this week cover Flower Garden, Tap of the Dead
- Review: Flower Garden
encapsulates the best parts of the simulation genre while avoiding its pitfalls. The daily responsibility aspect of its gameplay made me want to keep coming back to unlock more flowers, and the presentation quality is uniquely charming."
- Free App Roundup, April 18th - 24th Edition
"This week’s free releases include demo editions of Kamikaze Robots
and Airport Mania
, along with free full versions of Dark Nova
and Land of the Lost: Crystal Adventure
- Review: Tap of the Dead
"Tap of the Dead
takes the infamous Typing of the Dead
and translates the zombie-filled game to the iPhone. Instead of typing out pseudo-words and practicing your asdf skills, Tap of the Dead
has you tapping one of four symbols located on the corners of the screen."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Odasoft's puzzler Catcha Mouse
has seen a sharp rise in popularity, and finishes first in today’s free game app charts. The 'Five Finger Fillet' simulator iDare
comes in at second place this week, as the recently released strategy title Flood-It!
arrives at third."
- Metal Gear Solid Touch Gets Major 'Complete Version' Upgrade
"Metal Gear Solid Touch
2.0 features eight all-new missions. One of the new stages features a sniper battle with classic series villain Sniper Wolf, while another pits Metal Gear REX against Metal Gear RAY."
- Review: Age of Curling
"Age of Curling
is well-polished and worthwhile title. If Blackish would push out a more developed audio experience via an update, Age of Curling
would be a top-tier sports title -- one that could bring new fans to the sport. As is, however, it's a solid game with a great deal of potential."
- 12-Year-Old Releases Debut iPhone App Moo Cow Fury
"12-year-old Nicholas Weintraut has released his very first iPhone app — the side-scrolling racing game Moo Cow Fury
. Weintraut developed the game entirely on his own after spending two weeks studying programming manuals, and additionally created all of the in-game sound and artwork."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
's presence in Apple’s all-time best-selling app chart has boosted the sales numbers of its follow-up title iHunt 3D
. The game finishes second in this week's results, finishing just behind reigning champion Flight Control