[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 the debut of a reworked Wolfenstein 3D
, news of an upcoming port of Noby Noby Boy
, and the release of PopCap's Bookworm
- iPhone is 'Better Than the DS, Better Than the PSP,' Says ngmoco's Young
"Speaking today at a Game Developers Conference Mobile keynote address, ngmoco CEO Neil Young praised the iPhone as being 'better than the DS, better than the PSP,' citing its always-on functionality and lack of first-party games as critical factors for mobile game developers."
- Free Game App Roundup, March 19th - 27th Edition
"This week's free releases include demo editions of WordJong
and Wild West Guns
, along with free full versions of Bottleneck'd
and Mugen Pop Pop
- Keita Takahashi's Noby Noby Boy Bound for iPhone
"The need for an iPhone version arose when Takahashi noticed that at the current rate of GIRL's growth, it would take around 820 years or so until it lapped the entire solar system. 'This is a problem,' he noted. 'I'm going to be dead by then.'"
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Manic Marble Free
makes a promising start this week at second place. Bike or Die 2
also makes significant headway in this week's rankings, jumping up to third place after finishing last week at tenth."
- Apple Spotlights IGF Finalists in App Store
"Finalists in the 2009 Independent Games Festival Mobile are now getting more recognition than ever, as Apple has collected the competition's nominated iPhone and iPod Touch titles in a section featured on the front page of the iTunes App Store."
- id Software Releases Wolfenstein 3D Port for iPhone
"id Software founder and Doom
programmer John Carmack has released an iPhone port of the classic PC first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D
. Built from the ground up with the iPhone in mind, Wolfenstein 3D Classic
features an all-new slide-based control scheme."
- PopCap's Bookworm Debuts in iTunes App Store
"Today, PopCap ports another one of its most popular franchises to the iPhone with the release of Bookworm. Bookworm
's premise should be familiar to iPhone users by now — players must link connected letters to form words."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"This week's results are weighed heavily in favor of popular recent releases like AirCoaster 3D
and Metal Gear Solid Touch
, which push longtime chart favorites like iDracula, Tetris
, and Touchgrind
out of the top ten."