This week, June 20-24, 148Apps interviewed top application developer Dave Castelnuovo, lead programmer behind Pocket God. The interview is the first in a series focusing on the top sellers in the App Store, as part of the 500,000 App milestone. The application has become a multi-media phenomenon in the mobile app industry, spawning weekly episode updates, fan art, a Facebook game and even a line of comic books. "When I asked Dave where he got his inspiration from, he explained that he’s always had a love of good stories" writes Gianna LaPin, who interviewed the programmer. "An avid comic book reader and collector, he explained that he wanted his new line of Pocket God-inspired comic books – just released and already outselling Marvel and DC in the App Store — to be more than 'just a bunch of stories all strung together'. He sees cohesive plot lines tying the series together, with unanswered questions creating a sense of mystery." Read the full interview here.
On the applications front, 1-Bit Ninja picked up this week's Editor's Choice award for its consistent re-play value and excellent gameplay. The $1.99 game received four stars, even though it is only in its first version. "1-bit Ninja might borrow elements from former classics, but I think it is only to pay tribute to a golden age of gaming" writes Timothy Smith. "[The game] is a worthwhile purchase for old schoolers, new schoolers, and anyone else looking for a challenging retro platformer." Read all about it right here, and click below to download.
Chillingo has been a notable worker in the App Store lately, releasing four new titles on top of its extensive range of games. D.A.R.K. is a dual stick shooter with action-packed gameplay; Powerslide Penguin is quite the opposite; Peter Packer is a fast-paced parcel-packing game that tests speed and agility; and Ewe Doodle is a cute game where you direct sheep to safety. There really is a game for everyone.
148Apps Founder Jeff Scott commented on iOS console gaming this week, noting AirPlay's Mirroring feature as Apple's ticket into the console world, whereby an iPad 2 screen is mirrored onto your TV via an AppleTV at up to 1080p. "We can also see that if games are developed like Real Racing 2 HD, they can provide full screen output on your TV, not just the 1024×768 window that you will see otherwise. Real Racing 2 HD looks absolutely amazing when output full screen on a TV." Phil Harrison, former Sony boss, also weighed in on the topic, estimating: "[fast] forward for ten years – if [Apple] carry on unrestrained in their growth, then there’s a pretty good chance that [they] will be the games industry." More details here.
Finally, Episode 90 of The Portable Podcast is now available, featuring guests Zach Gage of Bit Pilot and Jeff Ruediger & Pete Parisi of FuzzyCube Software. Download now.
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