[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent portable game platforms, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Square Enix's Voice Fantasy
and the indie sequel Today I Die Again
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Capcom Arcade
and ChuChu Rocket!
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Restaurant Story, Original Gangstaz Enter iPhone Charts
"TeamLava's free-to-play Restaurant Story
sees a boost in popularity after recently adding Game Center support, as Original Gangstaz
and Streetview's zoo management sim Tap Zoo
also rank as top sellers."
- Review: Capcom Arcade
"It pains me to see some of my favorite games treated this way. The basic idea behind Capcom Arcade isn't a bad one, but until its many major performance issues can be resolved, none of the included games are worth playing."
- Square Enix Launches Voice-Controlled RPG Voice Fantasy
"In Voice Fantasy
, all player characters are created by speaking into a microphone -- many varieties of paladins and mages will spring to life depending on the pitch and volume of a player's recorded audio sample."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Let's Golf HD Drops in Price, Leads Charts
"Gameloft's Let's Golf HD
takes the top spot in today's paid games chart after dropping in price to 99 cents, pushing last week's sales leader Angry Birds Halloween HD
to second place."
- John Carmack Reveals RAGE Spinoff Mutant Bash TV for iPhone
"Carmack describes the upcoming Mutant Bash TV
as an arcade-styled first-person shooter featuring many elements from the console and PC version of RAGE
- Fool's Gold: Bastard Pigeon
wins a Fool's Gold badge for its truly wonderful name. I was tempted to award it the honor of 'best game about pooping,' but I'm still hoping for a port of the Ubisoft juggernaut Imagine: Babyz
- Indie Standout Today I Die Gets iPhone Remake
"As the game progresses, new words will begin to appear on the gameplay screen. Players must touch and drag the words to modify the poem, with each new word bringing changes to the surrounding world and an eventual escape for the protagonist."
- Review: ChuChu Rocket!
"Not putting an online multiplayer mode in ChuChu Rocket
is Sega's most boneheaded move yet. Multiplayer is ChuChu Rocket
. The iPhone is
online. Never mind that the original version had online multiplayer over 10 years ago — on a 56k modem, no less."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Angry Birds Halloween Heads Holiday Sales
"Cut the Rope
, along with Angry Birds
and its Halloween-themed expansion lead iPhone app sales this week, as Plants vs. Zombies
returns to the top ten following a drop in price."
- Fruit Ninja‘s 'Biggest Update Ever' Adds New Arcade Mode
"Arcade Mode includes an exclusive weekly leaderboard, adding a new layer of competition on top of the previously added Game Center score charts and multiplayer modes."