Flight Control

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EA lands Flight Control developer

Firemint to "accelerate" mobile domination.

The developer behind iOS hits Flight Control and Real Racing is the latest smartphone specialist to be snapped up by publisher EA.

Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

Gravitron! Flight! Inferno! Spider! Man!

Yet again, the best download games available this week end up being the cheapest. It's been a running theme for some time, but it seems that precious few of the games that demand more of our money are any good. Often caught in a tricky middle-ground between being not boxed product material, but being too expensive to develop to warrant throwing out at an impulse price, it's a graveyard for all but the very best.

Download discounting is everywhere right now, with numerous high-profile offerings including Alien Breed Impact and the entire Sam & Max range (including the still-fresh season 3) slashed in price.

It's hardly surprising. When you see truly great games going for 59p, who would take a punt on something 10 or 15 times the price unless it was absolutely brilliant? As someone tasked with wading through all manner of mediocrity, it's surprisingly rare to come across much worth bothering with above the 2 mark. And yet with so much dross released on PSP Minis, WiiWare and DSiWare at well above that level, you have to wonder how anyone's selling anything when there are so many quality alternatives elsewhere at a fraction of the price.

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New Phoenix, Monkey Island on WiiWare

Flight Control and poker for DSiWare.

WiiWare is updated with new episodes in the sagas of Phoenix Wright and Monkey Island today, while DSi receives a port of Firemint's touchscreen classic for the iPhone, Flight Control.

There is something of an irony in Eurogamer's technology editor drawing this particular game: there are no 3D visuals, it doesn't run on a state-of-the-art engine and you don't require cutting-edge technology to play it. And yet Firemint's Flight Control is a work of gaming genius that stands proud alongside the likes of Uncharted 2 and Assassin's Creed II as one of the best games of the year, and at 59p it's the cheapest too.