[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 the DIY shoot-'em-up Sketch Nation Shooter
and ngmoco's GodFinger
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as an early look at the new features included in iPhone OS 4.0.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Apple Announces Multitasking, App Sorting for iPhone OS 4.0
"Chief among OS 4.0's upgrades is a multitasking feature that will allow applications to run as background processes. In another much-requested addition, OS 4.0 will give users the ability to sort downloaded applications in customizable subfolders."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: The Sims 3 WA, Real Racing HD Head Chart Results
"EA's The Sims 3
expansion World Adventures
takes top honors in the iPhone charts in its first week of release, as Real Racing HD
head sales for the iPad."
- Ngmoco Launches iPad-Exclusive GodFinger
is a free-to-play simulation title that gives players control over a planet and its primitive inhabitants, with the goal being to cultivate the planet's surface and establish a working economy for its people."
- Apple Announces 'Game Center' Social Network For iPhone
"Apple is increasing its focus on gamers with the upcoming 'Game Center,' a social gaming network that includes automatic matchmaking, achievements, leaderboards and other features."
- Game Creation Toolkit Sketch Nation Shooter Released in App Store
"Sketch Nation Shooter
is a feature-rich game development toolkit that allows players to build and customize their own vertically scrolling shooters using real-world sketches."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: The Simpsons Arcade, Real Racing HD Lead Charts
"EA's The Simpsons Arcade
heads iPhone sales following a drop in price to 99 cents, while Real Racing HD
lead the iPad charts."
- Capcom's Retro Platformer Dark Void Zero Coming to iPhone
"Originally released as a DSiWare exclusive, Dark Void Zero
condenses the 3D jetpacking action of its console parent title into a 2D sidescrolling platformer that mimics the audio and visual quality of an 8-bit NES game."
- Report: Games Comprise Over One-Third of iPad Apps
"Of the 2,385 iPad-exclusive applications released as of April 6th, 833 titles (35 percent) are games. The App Store's second-largest iPad application category, 'Entertainment,' includes 260 apps (11 percent)."
- Zits & Giggles Developer Strikes Back at App Store with Super Meat Boy Handheld
"Following a GDC rant in which he likened the App Store to Tiger's LCD handheld games, indie developer Tommy Refenes' $400 joke app Zits & Giggles
was removed from Apple's online store. His response? Super Meat Boy Handheld