[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 Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
and takes an early look at Square Enix's upcoming ports of Final Fantasy I
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Debuts for iPhone
"App Store customer response indicates that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
is every bit as big of a game as it was on the DS and PSP -- an impressive technical feat, considering the wide variety of its featured content."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: GTA Chinatown Wars Takes Over in Premiere Week
"Rockstar Games' recently released iPhone port of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
takes the top chart spot in today's App Store sales results by revenue, pushing Activision's longtime sales leader Call of Duty: World at War Zombies
to second place."
- Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy I and II for iPhone
"After testing the App Store market with releases like Song Summoner
and Sliding Heroes
, Square Enix will at last bring its flagship Final Fantasy
franchise to the iPhone later this year with remakes of Final Fantasy
and Final Fantasy II
- Flower Garden Sees Major Sales Boost Through In-App Purchases
"Snappy Touch founder Noel Llopis has charted the lifetime sales of his iPhone gardening sim Flower Garden
, revealing a number of interesting details about the App Store marketplace and documenting the effectiveness of in-app purchases."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Poulet Maison's physics-based bungee jumping sim Bungee Stickmen 2010: Space Edition
earns the top spot this week, as last week's chart winner iDrag Paper Free
drops to fourth place."
- Pocket God Becomes First App to Sell Over 2 Million Units
"Introduced as a casual-oriented entertainment title with limited player interaction, Pocket God
has since seen 29 gameplay-expanding 'episodes' released over its lifetime, each featuring new gameplay mechanics and interactive environments."
- Sega Launching Official Genesis Emulator App Next Month
"The Sega Genesis Ultimate Collection app
will be released as a free download bundled with an emulated version of Space Harrier II
. In a strategy similar to Manomio's Commodore 64
app, Sega plans to make additional games available as in-app purchases."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: Doodle Jump Back on Top
"Last week's surprise hit Trenches
drops to fifth this week, after previously taking third. Paper Toss: World Tour
and The Game of Life
remain steady sellers at sixth and seventh."
- Sword & Poker: An RPG-Puzzler in the Vein of Puzzle Quest
"Sword & Poker
is an RPG-like adventure with puzzler mechanics. Players and monsters engage in battle by placing cards on a playfield. Once either side makes a valid poker hand vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, the opponent takes damage based on the strength of the hand played."