[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent portable game platforms, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers EA's The Sims 3: Ambitions
and a slate of upcoming sequels from Gameloft.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Puzzle Agent
and So Long, Oregon
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Tap Zoo Challenges Madden in App Store Sales
"EA’s Madden NFL 11
recovers to take second place after falling to seventh in last week’s chart, as Streetview Labs’ free-to-play simulation game Tap Zoo
earns enough microtransaction revenue to land at third place."
- Apple Poised to Overtake Nintendo as U.S. Portable Gaming Market Leader
"Newzoo reports that more than 40.1 million Americans over the age of 10 play video games on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, placing Apple in close proximity to the Nintendo DS’s domestic userbase of 41 million gamers."
- Review: Puzzle Agent
is a well-planned and produced game, but while each of its pieces fit, none of them are remarkable. The writing, the puzzles, and the graphical adventure trappings are underwhelming, and the results are too."
- Gameloft Details Upcoming Gangstar, Dungeon Hunter, Modern Combat Sequels
"Gameloft has released a spate of new trailers and screenshots for upcoming sequels to its hit Modern Warfare
clone Modern Combat: Sandstorm
-like Dungeon Hunter
, and GTA
-styled Gangstar: West Coast Hustle
- Top iPad Game Apps: Angry Birds, Chinatown Wars Lead Paid Charts
"Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
moves up to second place after premiering at third last week, rivaling chart mainstay Angry Birds HD
for the top spot."
- The Sims 3: Ambitions Now Available, Includes Babies
includes a newly expanded Build Mode, which equips players with advanced home customization tools. The new Career Mode features several different jobs to pursue, each of which boasts its own unique set of goals."
- Review: So Long, Oregon
"So Long, Oregon
is definitely lacking in polish, but the game more than makes up for it with a healthy dose of nostalgia and a decent amount of challenge."
- Fruit Ninja Update Adds Game Center Online Multiplayer
"Halfbrick notes that additional Game Center features, including leaderboards, achievements, and post-game chat, will be introduced in a forthcoming update."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Stick Stunt Biker Charts High in Debut Week
"Firemint’s Flight Control
sees a sales boost in the wake of a recent update adding support for Apple’s Game Center, and finishes ahead of Doodle Jump
and The Oregon Trail
in today’s chart results."
- 22Moo Updates GameBone Controller Specs, Adds iPad Support
"iPad support is now available via an interchangeable core. 22Moo has also confirmed the inclusion of two shoulder triggers in addition to four face buttons, along with an internal battery that extends the charge of connected devices."