[Every week, Gamasutra rounds 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 the fast-paced gardening puzzler Green Fingers
, and highlights recent releases like Krazy Kart Racers
and Modern Combat: Sandstorm
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Beaterator Coming to iPhone
"Rockstar Games announced today that it will bring a pair of titles to the iPhone and iPod Touch later this year. App Store customers can look for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Hudson Announces Four iPhone Releases for September
franchise developer Hudson Entertainment has announced a lineup of four iPhone titles set to hit the App Store throughout September. iPhone owners can expect to see Knights of the Phantom Castle, Military Madness: Neo Nectaris, Aqua Forest 2
and World RPS
later this month."
- Review: Green Fingers
"Oh, if only maintaining a verdant garden full of brightly blooming blossoms could be as easy as Green Fingers
makes it seem! This garden simulator is a fast-paced puzzle game that, like any addictive game, is both simple in concept and challenging in later levels of gameplay."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Dennis Mengelt's full-version Sokoban
clone Boxed In
takes top honors in today's free app charts. A demo version of Gameloft's Uno
debuts this week at second place, as a trial edition of the recent paid app chart favorite Geared
- Gameloft Launches FPS Modern Combat: Sandstorm in App Store
"Gameloft is trying its hand at adapting the first-person shooter genre to the iPhone with Modern Combat: Sandstorm
, an original game inspired by Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
, among other titles."
- Konami Releases Krazy Kart Racers for iPhone
"Konami has made good on its promise to bring a mascot-themed kart racer to the iPhone. Krazy Kart Racers
mixes Mario Kart
-styled multiplayer battle racing with many of Konami's famous franchise characters."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
debuts as this week's top-selling paid game application in the iTunes App Store. The recently released zombie shooter Alive 4-Ever
finishes close behind at second place, while PlayFirst's Diner Dash
spinoff Cooking Dash
- Free Cross-Platform Multiplayer Title Word Ace Debuts for Pre, iPhone
"Mobile developer Self Aware Games has released the puzzler Word Ace
, which the company claims is the first game to feature cross-compatible multiplayer gameplay for the Palm Pre, iPhone, and iPod Touch."
- Popular Japanese Visual Novel Memories Off Comes to iPhone
"This release is a significant one for the App Store and for publisher 5pb, and if it finds an audience among iPhone owners, Memories Off
could be the first in a series of visual novel apps from 5pb and other prominent publishers."