[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 port of the classic sports sim Earl Weaver Baseball
, the release of a multiplayer online Watchmen
title, and the debut of Tap Tap Revenge 2
Here are the top stories:
- Review: Edge
"What sets Edge apart is a combination of factors, ranging from its striking aesthetic to its smooth controls to its challenging gameplay. Every element in Edge
has obviously been given very careful attention to detail, and the result is a product that feels altogether complete and satisfying."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"A swarm of new releases descends on the top free app chart this week, pushing many of last week's most popular titles out of the top ten. Tapulous' recently released Tap Tap Revenge 2
tops this week's results, while the racer Finger Sprint Free
and action title Scribattle Lite
rank in at second and third place."
- Free App Roundup for the Week
"This week's free releases include demo versions of Enigmo
and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
, along with full versions of games like Consumed
and Fly Must Die!
- Demiforce Cancels Development of Onyx Online
"Onyx Online was to be a freely distributed Xbox Live Arcade-like ecosystem for independently developed iPhone applications. Applications with Onyx's infrastructure would have featured standardized leaderboards, achievements, and forums."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
tops the App Store sales chart for the second week running, fending off competition from Flick Fishing
, which moves up a place in this week's results. A price drop and the release of a well-received Lite version places the tank-based action title Heavy Mach
at third place, while sales remain steady for Blocked
- Warner Bros. Announces Online Multiplayer Watchmen Title for iPhone
"Warner Bros. has announced the upcoming iPhone release of Watchmen: Justice is Coming
, an online adventure title that allows up to 1,000 players to play simultaneously in each in-game area."
- Classic Sports Sim Earl Weaver Baseball Bound for iPhone
"Earl Weaver Baseball
represented a major step forward for the sports simulation genre. While previous console and computer sports titles featured simple, arcade-like gameplay, Earl Weaver Baseball
's focus on realism made it a standout in its time, and its success helped to establish Electronic Arts' EA Sports brand."