[Gamasutra rounds up the week's top news and reviews from sister iPhone site FingerGaming,, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers recent releases like EA's music simulation title Rock Band
, the Volkswagen-sponsored Real Racing GTI
, and Gameloft's remake of the 16-bit platformer classic Earthworm Jim
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- EA Releases Rock Band for iPhone
"iPhone Rock Band trades in the instrument-shaped peripherals of its console versions for a touch-based interface that allows a solo player to perform the guitar, bass, drums, or vocals portions of each song. The game also includes a four-person multiplayer mode."
- Gameloft’s Remake of Earthworm Jim Premieres in App Store
"Gameloft’s iPhone adaptation of Earthworm Jim
features redrawn graphics, remastered sound (including rerecorded voice acting for Jim), and a modified control scheme that uses touch-based controls for the platforming levels and tilt controls for the wormhole bonus stages."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Rock Band Takes Top Chart Spot in Premiere Week
"Last week’s chart leader Tap Tap Revenge 3
is down to fifth place this week, with rival rhythm title Rock Band
taking the top chart position in its first week of release."
- Capcom Reveals Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Gold Knights for iPhone
"Capcom has unveiled the latest sequel in its Ghosts ‘N Goblins
franchise -- and it’s an iPhone exclusive. Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Gold Knights
will be the first title in the series to offer two playable characters, and will feature all-new levels and enemies not seen in previous games."
- Soul Trapper Author Inks Three-Book Publishing Deal
’s future may remain uncertain on the iPhone, but Publishers Weekly reports that franchise author F.J. Lennon has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to produce a series of three novels based on the Soul Trapper
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"The color-matching puzzler Line Up Free
finishes as the App Store’s most popular free game download for the second week in a row. Fling Free
moves up a spot to finish second, while a free points promotion lands Storm8’s Kingdoms Live
at third place."
- Volkswagen Launches New 2010 GTI Through Firemint’s Real Racing
"Firemint’s Real Racing GTI
is more than just a free Lite demo of the developer’s popular sim-styled racer Real Racing
. Car manufacturer Volkswagen is sponsoring its release, and the app marks the official introduction of the upcoming 2010 GTI automobile brand."
- iPhone Oddities: Friskies’ Wonderland Quest
"The iPhone's library is host to good games, bad games, and a select few oddities that could never be released on any other platform. Example: Wonderland Quest
, a hidden-object game published by Friskies. Yes. The cat food brand."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
moves up to take second place in today’s results, while Tap Tap Revenge 3
tops the charts for the second week running. Backbreaker Football
also moves up a spot in this week’s chart, leaving Cartoon Wars
at fourth place."
- Com2uS Releases Online Multiplayer Sniper Sim Sniper vs. Sniper Online
"Com2uS injects new life into the sniper genre with the release of Sniper vs. Sniper Online
, adding a new element of suspense to a standard gameplay formula with an online multiplayer mode and in-game voice chat."