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"Madness? This is Sparta!" Hero of Sparta has been maddening developer rivals, dominating the sales charts. It offers fast, addictive hack and slash in the vein of Diablo or Gauntlet.

Pinky is back in the new Doom Resurrection tracked tap-and-shoot game for the iPhone which sports hellishly sweet graphics.
We take a peek at the hottest iPhone games on the App store

The iPhone is hot, and not just because it's overheating -- its also hot because it has some of the best handheld games on the market.  In this first edition of our iPhone gaming update we look at what's new on the App store scene and what games are selling the best.

This week's top 15 paid apps are:

  1. Hero of Sparta (Gameloft)
  2. Sally's Spa (Games Cafe Inc.)
  3. Flight Control (Firemint)
  4. StoneLoops! of Jurassica (PlayCreek)
  5. Real Soccer 2009 (Gameloft)
  6. Fast & Furious The Game (I-Play)
  7. Bejeweled 2 (PopCap Games, Inc.)
  8. Doom Resurrection (id Software)
  9. Bloons (Digital Goldfish Ltd.)
  10. Knights Onrush (Chillingo Ltd.)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Tetris (17), Sally's Salon (13), The Sims 3 (20), and F.A.S.T. Fleet Air Superiority Training (11)

Hero of Sparta continues to be the App store's hottest seller, priced at $0.99.  This hack-and-slash adventure released in December 2008 features some pretty impressive 3D graphics and slick storytelling cut-scenes.  The game will give you about four hours of solid gameplay, or about 6-10 for obsessive types -- not bad for the price.  This one is recommended for fans of the God of War, Gauntlet, or Diablo franchises.

Despite a relatively high price of $9.99, Doom Resurrection has also smoked its way up sales charts like a bat out of Dante's Inferno.  Currently residing in eighth place for iPhone games a mere seven days after its release, the game brings all the grizzle, action, and graphical pizazz one would expect from a game whose engine was hand-coded by John Carmack.  The game's major disappoint is that you don't get to control movement, but a solid tap-to-shoot control scheme and minimum 2-3 hours of gameplay (over 8 levels) guarantee a decent experience for Doom fans.  The game is a new entry in the Doom series and not a port as some mistakenly have claimed.

On the lighter side Sally's Spa and Salon are seeing strong sales.  These casual games are great for fans of Harvest Moon or Nintendo's time management games.  They put you in control of a business complete with endearing anime-style graphics.

To wrap, up here's a few other titles to check out that aren't top sellers, but are a fun experience.  One to try out is Dream Chronicles, a Myst-like adventure game played in landscape mode.  Another fun title is RoboFighters, which offers 3D mega-robot battles against players worldwide. Galactic Gunner is another recent release, which gives gameplay similar to the Interplay classic Descent.  Finally, check out Quantum Collapse for an addictive fantasy-genre real time strategy title -- its graphics are exquisite.

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Mac Games
By AndMatt on 7/3/2009 2:16:01 PM , Rating: 3
Now if only Apple could leverage the success of games being made for the iPhone into games being made for the Mac!

RE: Mac Games
By inperfectdarkness on 7/3/2009 2:58:05 PM , Rating: 2
i'd settle for compatibility, instead of exclusive games.

personally, i don't get the iphone (figuratively & literally). my cell phone was free; and for the cost of an iphone, i have a ds and about 2 dozen + games.

oh...that AND nintendo's reliability. although to apple's credit, the iphone has lower failure rates than the xbox 360.

RE: Mac Games
By MonkeyPaw on 7/3/2009 3:07:28 PM , Rating: 5
Considering that the failure rates of both are not freely published, this is only opinion. However, if your 360 overheats, MS will fix it for free. If your iPhone overheats, Apple expects you to move someplace cooler.

RE: Mac Games
By cparka23 on 7/3/2009 4:40:43 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, free.. for $100 if you're out of warranty. Never hurts to throw in the details.

RE: Mac Games
By someguy123 on 7/3/2009 8:47:46 PM , Rating: 5
not really sure what the problem is here. if it survived long enough under warranty to be out of warranty you would have to buy a new system from any other manufacturer if it failed.

RE: Mac Games
By LordanSS on 7/4/2009 11:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure about you, but if I spend a good amount of money in an electronic device, I expect it to last. A long time. Very long time.

Just so you can have an idea, my Atari 2600 console STILL works. And my NES and SNES. My Playstation 1 gave out a couple years after it's purchase, but was the CD-drive motor giving out... I never bothered to have it serviced, but could be fixed.

That was the last of my consoles, I kept to PC-gaming since then. If it's a moving-part defect, like a drive, I can understand the failure, as those are prone to break sooner or later. Other than that though, it's simply poor design, period.

RE: Mac Games
By icanhascpu on 7/4/2009 10:19:48 AM , Rating: 1
Yes because Phone = Gaming console

But lets rate you up because these here forums are full of raging Apple haters.

RE: Mac Games
By dark matter on 7/5/2009 11:42:31 AM , Rating: 4
Come on dude.

Apple have made a phone that has a thermal cut off point lower than the temperature of the human body.

"Sorry sir, you cannot have a replacement phone as you failed in your duty of care"

"But all I have ever done is hold it in my hand and make phone calls, I don't even go on the inernet, or in sunlight, or live somewhere warm"

"Exactly sir, you held it in your hand and put it next to your head. The iPhone has a cut off point of 35 degrees. You sir ar 37 degrees. You are in breach of the guidelines and therefore not due a replacement"

"How on Earth am I supposed to use it then. I demand a replacement"

"Sorry Sir, company policy states we cannot give you a refund. You should have made an informed choice before you purchased. Although we can sell you these iMitts. They are thermally insulated gloves for use with the iPhone"

RE: Mac Games
By nafhan on 7/4/2009 10:28:48 AM , Rating: 3
Speaking of iPhone's overheating, I found Apple's advice on keeping the iPhone cool pretty funny. They advise not "listening to music while in direct sunlight"

RE: Mac Games
By chmilz on 7/3/2009 5:02:24 PM , Rating: 2
Half of the games listed are free to play on your favorite flash games website...

RE: Mac Games
By WikiChici on 7/4/2009 9:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
Games on the Mac would be suprisingly good, however i fear that the graphic chipsets used in the lower models would stop them gaming...

However since the OSX platform is quite locked down Apple would have a advantage over Windows here in terms of compatability, its a shame the Imac have not gone quad core yet though... oh well!

RE: Mac Games
By Pirks on 7/5/2009 3:18:31 AM , Rating: 3
Quad core is a waste gaming-wise, fast dual core rules for that. iMac only needs decent mobile GPU to become a cool gaming machine. It's almost there, but Apple's too much into thin cases and silence these days, sigh...

RE: Mac Games
By Chaser on 7/6/2009 8:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention enough computers in homes to even make it worth while for investors, developers, etc.

Blizzard and a handful of others supports Apple but thats more an "Apple friendly" write off more than anything else.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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