[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 Capcom's Mr. Bill
and Taito's Cooking Mama
sequel Gardening Mama
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for Monster Dash
and DoDonPachi Resurrection
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Sims 3 Ambitions, Updated Street Fighter IV Climb Charts
"EA's The Sims 3 Ambitions
premieres as this week's highest-grossing iPhone game. Tetris
takes third, as Capcom's recently updated Street Fighter IV
returns to the chart at fourth."
- Review: DoDonPachi Resurrection
"It's mind-melting -- a sensory overload of electric bullets, shiny bronze medals, and neon lasers unleashed in relentless waves of hellish madness."
- Taito Launches Cooking Mama Sequel Gardening Mama
follows up on Mama's previous culinary efforts with gameplay focused on cultivating a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs."
- 24 Billion Fruits Disemboweled Across Two Million Copies of Fruit Ninja
has remained a steady seller for Halfbrick, surpassing one million units sold in its first 74 days of release, then reaching the two million mark 78 days later."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Pocket Frogs Leads Free Download Charts
"NimbleBit's free-to-play frog breeding sim Pocket Frogs
has seen a steady rise up the charts since its debut last week, and outranks ADS Software's Art Puzzles HD
as today's top free iPad game download."
- Review: Monster Dash
"Despite coming out in the wake of several other successful takes on the Canabalt
format, Monster Dash
still manages to be great fun, and one of the most polished iPhone games around."
- Oh Nooo! Mr. Bill Has an iPhone Game!
"Capcom, a company once dedicated to the cause of bringing licensed properties like the Domino's Pizza Noid and the California Raisins to gaming platforms in the 1980s, has returned to its old ways with the release of Mr. Bill
for the iPhone and iPod Touch."
- Gamestop Joins the Canabalt Craze with Buck and the Coin of Destiny
"Software retailer Gamestop has launched Buck and the Coin of Destiny
, a Canabalt
-like action game starring the coin-hungry bunny featured in its current advertising campaign."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Tetris Topples Angry Birds
overtakes Angry Birds
as the App Store's biggest-selling game during a weekend-long price drop to 99 cents, and continues to see increased sales even after returning to its initial price point."
- Gameloft Exceeds 20 Million App Store Paid Downloads
"Gameloft, a major player in the mobile games marketplace, notes that 42 of its 47 App Store games released in 2010 have ranked as top-five sellers in Apple's iPhone and iPad sales charts."