[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 Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming reviews Mecho Wars
and Sentinel 2
, and highlights recent releases like Worms, Power Pros Touch
, and Zombies & Me
- Review: Mecho Wars
"While the story isn't anything to write home about, Mecho Wars
offers iPhone owners a way to play Advance Wars
on their system, even if it isn't the official thing."
- EA Launches iPhone Subsidiary 8lb Gorilla with Zombies & Me
"Electronic Arts announced the formation of 8lb Gorilla, a development studio focused on the development of low-cost, casual-oriented iPhone games. 8lb Gorilla's first title, Zombies & Me
, is now available for purchase at the iTunes App Store."
- This Week's App Sale Roundup
"This week brings a variety of notable discounted titles, including Gamevil's action-RPG Zenonia
, Elecorn's terrain-deforming 3D shooter Caster
, and Gameloft's sugary sweet time management sim Chocolate Shop Frenzy
- Team17 Ports Turn-Based Artillery Classic Worms to iPhone
arrives on the iPhone complete with its goofy cast of worm characters and a variety of outlandish weapons. Players can expect to lob banana bombs and deploy exploding sheep using a new control scheme specially designed for the iPhone's touch screen."
- iPhone Resident Evil 4 Update: U.S. Release Due Soon
"After the minor debacle that was Resident Evil 4
's premature Japanese release earlier this week
, Capcom has announced that a real, final release will make its way to the App Store in Japan at the end of this month, with a U.S. version debuting 'shortly thereafter.'"
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles
tops Apple's free app charts for the second week in a row, and the paid version continues to see boosted sales as a result. Newcomer Wooden Labyrinth 3D Free
ranks in at second place this week, as Tic Tac Toe Free
joins the chart at third place."
- Edge Removed from App Store, Again; Lite Version Released
"Just when it seemed that Edge
's long-running legal battle had finally cooled, developer Mobigame has been dealt yet another critical blow. Its acclaimed puzzler Edge
has again been removed from the App Store."
- Review: Sentinel 2: Earth Defense
"Earth is once again under attack by alien life forms. What's a human to do? Build towers to defend it, of course. Sentinel 2: Earth Defense
is Origin8's latest entry in the already crowded tower defense genre, but what a praiseworthy entry it is."
- Konami's Flagship Baseball Sim Franchise Hits iPhone with Power Pros Touch
"Today, Konami debuts the first iPhone entry in its Powerful Pro Yakyuu
series, Power Pros Touch
. Though it lacks the MLB licensing of recent console releases, Konami promises that the iPhone edition features much of the same gameplay that has made the series a compelling play over the past 15 years."
- Taito Announces Space Invaders Infinity Gene for iPhone
"Taito plans to continue its support for the iPhone platform with Space Invaders Infinity Gene
, a fast-paced shooter that combines the series' classic aesthetic with a variety of new challenges."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
"Robot Super Brain's tilt-based block breaking title GloBall
rises up to take the top spot in this week's paid app chart. Last week's winner Hero of Sparta
drops to fourth, as Flight Control
move up to finish at second and third place."