ta_logo_whiteOur October game ratings are in place now, and here are the top of the heap. Our monthly "best of" round-up summarizes the top rated games that we looked at in the previous month. Each game reviewed receives a 1-5 star rating relative to the other games from that month. Generally, a 3 or higher is considered a "good" rating.

Our final scores are not the product of any traditionally objective measures such as graphics or sound, but simply reflect the games we would most recommend to others.

October's "Best iPhone Games" are highlighted here:

5 Stars

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Soosiz - This is the best platforming game that we've played on the iPhone. It adopts the usual trappings of a traditional 2d platformer but perfectly mixes in a gravity defying mechanism that turns out to be a lot more than just a cute gimmick. Combine that with great controls and a ton of content, and you have one of our favorite iPhone games. (Review, App Store)

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Canabalt - This isn't a particularly deep game. In fact, the average gaming session is probably measured in seconds rather than minutes. But with its simplicity and style, it managed to keep us coming back again and again throughout the month. You can try out the identical Flash version for free at Canabalt.com. (Review, App Store)

4.5 Stars

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2XL ATV Offroad - We described this as a "console quality" iPhone racer. The game is technically impressive with beautiful graphics and manages to combine it with varied tracks, a proper career mode and Wi-Fi multiplayer to deliver one of the best racers in the App Store. (Review, App Store)

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Boost 3D - We might not have been too over the top about the game when we first reviewed it, but over time we realized that Boost 3D is a game that we love to play. There's something hypnotic about this tunnel runner that had us coming back to play it throughout the month. (Review, App Store)

And some highlights from the 4 star games from October which we also enjoyed quite a bit: Doom Classic, Hook Champ, Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered, and Super KO Boxing 2. The rest of October game ratings can be seen in their respective rating categories (also found in the sidebar navigation): 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3.5 Stars, 3 Stars, 2.5 Stars, and 2 Stars.

As always, we expect there will be some debate about relative scores, but keep in mind that everyone's personal ratings may vary based on individual tastes.

  • LBG

    I think that 2XL ATV Offroad is the best. The graphics are just amazing, even better than any PSP graphics I have ever seen.

    Novermber should be good month for gaming. We have just had Asphalt 5, Nova and Ravensword shouldn't be far off either, and hopefully Ace Combat will be released in Novemeber, maybe even X2 Football 10.

    • Frej

      True that! Offroad is beautifull! but u forgot some games! Eliminate, just got out, free, Rally master Pro, it's fun, but asphalt is better, it's more like an Arcade racer, Rally Master you have this kind male voice telling you where to go, and it doesn't get that fast-paced racer thingy.. sad..
      Well, Boost is on sale, go buy it, it's really fun.

  • LBG

    I think that 2XL ATV Offroad is the best. The graphics are just amazing, even better than any PSP graphics I have ever seen.

    Novermber should be good month for gaming. We have just had Asphalt 5, Nova and Ravensword shouldn't be far off either, and hopefully Ace Combat will be released in Novemeber, maybe even X2 Football 10.

    • Frej

      True that! Offroad is beautifull! but u forgot some games! Eliminate, just got out, free, Rally master Pro, it\'s fun, but asphalt is better, it\'s more like an Arcade racer, Rally Master you have this kind male voice telling you where to go, and it doesn\'t get that fast-paced racer thingy.. sad..
      Well, Boost is on sale, go buy it, it\'s really fun.

  • Billy

    Not sure about the 5-star rated games (haven't played Soosiz, found Canabalt to be just average), but the two 4.5-star rated games are well-deserving of the accolade. 2XL ATV is quickly becoming one of my most-played games.

  • Billy

    Not sure about the 5-star rated games (haven't played Soosiz, found Canabalt to be just average), but the two 4.5-star rated games are well-deserving of the accolade. 2XL ATV is quickly becoming one of my most-played games.

  • Stevie

    Wow, shame on you Touch Arcade. Hook Champ was without a doubt the best game released.

    • Ooops

      I second what Stevie says. I haven"t played Soosiz (although, I probably will) but come one, how is Canabalt any better than Hook Champ ? Hook Champ is in my top 3 of all time !

      I realize scoring is personal, but Hook Champ is definitely the most accomplished, polished, full-featured of the two, and does not lose on the fun factor either.

      I demand an apologetic note ;-)

  • Stevie

    Wow, shame on you Touch Arcade. Hook Champ was without a doubt the best game released.

    • Ooops

      I second what Stevie says. I haven"t played Soosiz (although, I probably will) but come one, how is Canabalt any better than Hook Champ ? Hook Champ is in my top 3 of all time !

      I realize scoring is personal, but Hook Champ is definitely the most accomplished, polished, full-featured of the two, and does not lose on the fun factor either.

      I demand an apologetic note ;-)

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    yeah shame on you Touch Arcade

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    yeah shame on you Touch Arcade

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Hook Champ is sweet. Period. Nothing more...
    Fun to play but nothing compared to the titles mentioned above.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Hook Champ is sweet. Period. Nothing more...
    Fun to play but nothing compared to the titles mentioned above.

  • Booch138

    Hook Champ did pwn. A lot...

  • Booch138

    Hook Champ did pwn. A lot...

  • mr proper

    Yeah where is Hook Champ and the great shump Roswell Fighter? love this two games!

  • mr proper

    Yeah where is Hook Champ and the great shump Roswell Fighter? love this two games!

  • wegmans

    Boost 3D.... reachinggggg

  • wegmans

    Boost 3D.... reachinggggg

  • DaverJ

    TA... thanks for the monthly "best of" wrap-up. This is a great way to revisit anything that might have been overlooked, even if it causes some disagreements (which are also good to hear too).

  • DaverJ

    TA... thanks for the monthly "best of" wrap-up. This is a great way to revisit anything that might have been overlooked, even if it causes some disagreements (which are also good to hear too).

  • Tristan Sylvan

    Canabalt got 5 stars? And Galcon Labs, an online multiplayer real time strategy game? Soosiz deserved it but it's kind of weird TA thought Canabalt deserved it.

    • TKO

      Yup.. Canabalt is really addictive. It's even been getting mentioned in generic gaming podcasts I've been listening to, which doesn't often happen for iPhone games. Its 5 stars is well deserved IMHO.

      Of course game reviews are always a subjective thing. You're welcome to disagree. :)

  • Tristan Sylvan

    Canabalt got 5 stars? And Galcon Labs, an online multiplayer real time strategy game? Soosiz deserved it but it's kind of weird TA thought Canabalt deserved it.

    • TKO

      Yup.. Canabalt is really addictive. It's even been getting mentioned in generic gaming podcasts I've been listening to, which doesn't often happen for iPhone games. Its 5 stars is well deserved IMHO.

      Of course game reviews are always a subjective thing. You're welcome to disagree. :)

  • monkeys

    Canabalt deserves five stars as much as anything. That game is the tits.

    • TKO

      See? It's the monkey's tits. Enough said. :)

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Considering the depth and quality of some of the truly great games for the iPhone, this is one of the dumbest comments I've read in quite some time.

    • TKO

      Wow.. You almost managed to form a coherent argument there. This is a dumb comment because of how deep some of the iPhone games are? Care to relate it to how the sky is blue? Or how orange juice is yummy? There might be relationships there too. You might wanna check.

      While you're at it, check your sense of humour is still functioning, then come back.

  • monkeys

    Canabalt deserves five stars as much as anything. That game is the tits.

    • TKO

      See? It's the monkey's tits. Enough said. :)

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Considering the depth and quality of some of the truly great games for the iPhone, this is one of the dumbest comments I've read in quite some time.

    • TKO

      Wow.. You almost managed to form a coherent argument there. This is a dumb comment because of how deep some of the iPhone games are? Care to relate it to how the sky is blue? Or how orange juice is yummy? There might be relationships there too. You might wanna check.

      While you're at it, check your sense of humour is still functioning, then come back.

  • Lukeb

    I agree with Boost 3D @ 4.5 stars. Not quite perfect, but damn good.

  • Lukeb

    I agree with Boost 3D @ 4.5 stars. Not quite perfect, but damn good.

  • EatKodosDaily

    I'm hooked on Soosiz :)

    About the only one able to combat it for my attention is my girlfriend.

  • EatKodosDaily

    I'm hooked on Soosiz :)

    About the only one able to combat it for my attention is my girlfriend.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I honestly don't understand the hype about Canabalt. As it was only a couple bucks, I bought it when Touch Arcade ran its first piece about how great it was.

    While the presentation is nice, the game is very one-dimensional, and I found it got boring within 15 minutes. There's no depth to it whatsoever, and nothing to inspire me to keep playing. You just tap the screen until your inevitable death, and that's it. You can try again if you like, but it's nearly the exact same experience every time. There are no goals to reach. There are no different levels to try.

    Honestly, giving a game like that 5 stars just tarnishes the reputation of Touch Arcade and its reviewers. I'll be much more hesitant to buy any other games based on glowing reviews I've read here.

    • monkeys

      I'm embarrassed for you after this post.

      Leaving aside your silly hissy-fit over a difference of opinion (is there a universal standard for what is a fun and compelling game?), Toucharcade was quite explicit about how basic the gameplay of Canabalt is. They called it "extremely simple" in their review. They even embedded the game in their review! I certainly played the game before I purchased it and therefore knew what I was getting into. Didn't you? Where do you get off blaming Toucharcade because you don't like Canabalt? How about a little personal responsibility? Absolutely no one is at fault but you here for having purchased a game you don't like.

      I'll be much more hesitant to buy any other games based on glowing reviews I've read here.

      Hopefully this means less inane comments from you on these posts.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Dude, get a life.

      • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

        @monkeys... Totally dude, get a life... Are you affiliated with the developers of Canabalt or are you the dev of Canabalt?

        way to go StormChild!

    • TKO

      Weird .. You can play the exact same game for free on your browser. The review said it was simple. And then you bought it without trying, and complain because it is what they told you it was. Why do you even visit Touch Arcade if you're going to ignore the demo's and advice that allow you to make an informed choice?

      It got five stars because people find it *fun*. Evidently this isn't your type of game. You should have been smarter about your purchases rather than complaining after the fact because it lacks things it never claimed to have. ..or even blaming the star rating, because it sounds like you thought that must mean universal appeal. It doesn't. Get over it.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I honestly don't understand the hype about Canabalt. As it was only a couple bucks, I bought it when Touch Arcade ran its first piece about how great it was.

    While the presentation is nice, the game is very one-dimensional, and I found it got boring within 15 minutes. There's no depth to it whatsoever, and nothing to inspire me to keep playing. You just tap the screen until your inevitable death, and that's it. You can try again if you like, but it's nearly the exact same experience every time. There are no goals to reach. There are no different levels to try.

    Honestly, giving a game like that 5 stars just tarnishes the reputation of Touch Arcade and its reviewers. I'll be much more hesitant to buy any other games based on glowing reviews I've read here.

    • monkeys

      I'm embarrassed for you after this post.

      Leaving aside your silly hissy-fit over a difference of opinion (is there a universal standard for what is a fun and compelling game?), Toucharcade was quite explicit about how basic the gameplay of Canabalt is. They called it "extremely simple" in their review. They even embedded the game in their review! I certainly played the game before I purchased it and therefore knew what I was getting into. Didn't you? Where do you get off blaming Toucharcade because you don't like Canabalt? How about a little personal responsibility? Absolutely no one is at fault but you here for having purchased a game you don't like.

      I'll be much more hesitant to buy any other games based on glowing reviews I've read here.

      Hopefully this means less inane comments from you on these posts.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Dude, get a life.

      • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

        @monkeys... Totally dude, get a life... Are you affiliated with the developers of Canabalt or are you the dev of Canabalt?

        way to go StormChild!

    • TKO

      Weird .. You can play the exact same game for free on your browser. The review said it was simple. And then you bought it without trying, and complain because it is what they told you it was. Why do you even visit Touch Arcade if you're going to ignore the demo's and advice that allow you to make an informed choice?

      It got five stars because people find it *fun*. Evidently this isn't your type of game. You should have been smarter about your purchases rather than complaining after the fact because it lacks things it never claimed to have. ..or even blaming the star rating, because it sounds like you thought that must mean universal appeal. It doesn't. Get over it.

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    Totally agreed with Stormchild. I strongly believe that guys at TA have some hookups with some developers and they generate "false" hype... Canabalt is a result. Maybe they don't realize and do these reviews coz they know these devs from their previous popular games... what do you fellow think? What happened to unbiased reviews?

    • monkeys

      what do you fellow think? What happened to unbiased reviews?

      I think you're really unintelligent. The game has a 4.5 rating on Itunes. What percentage of games on the App Store can boast that? Less than one, surely. Face the facts: Canabalt is almost universally popular. Just because you don't like the game doesn't mean there's a conspiracy.

      • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

        well, I think monkey's are smart but not you in particular... hahah
        Do you know what devs are doing to rack up their reviews?
        They go to great lengths to generate Shill Reviews, there are sites helping them get that... you have no clue moneky (a nic well chosen :))

    • TKO

      Ah, wonderful. A conspiracy theorist.

      If you were right, if it wasn't actually good/fun, and was merely overhyped, then the web version wouldn't be hugely popular, would it?
      Nor would it be getting 4.5 star ratings on the iTunes stores I've looked at it on. ..that means that most people who've *bought* it think it's great too.

      Sorry you didn't like it. It's really a lot of fun (if it's your thing.) :)

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    Totally agreed with Stormchild. I strongly believe that guys at TA have some hookups with some developers and they generate "false" hype... Canabalt is a result. Maybe they don't realize and do these reviews coz they know these devs from their previous popular games... what do you fellow think? What happened to unbiased reviews?

    • monkeys

      what do you fellow think? What happened to unbiased reviews?

      I think you're really unintelligent. The game has a 4.5 rating on Itunes. What percentage of games on the App Store can boast that? Less than one, surely. Face the facts: Canabalt is almost universally popular. Just because you don't like the game doesn't mean there's a conspiracy.

      • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

        well, I think monkey's are smart but not you in particular... hahah
        Do you know what devs are doing to rack up their reviews?
        They go to great lengths to generate Shill Reviews, there are sites helping them get that... you have no clue moneky (a nic well chosen :))

    • TKO

      Ah, wonderful. A conspiracy theorist.

      If you were right, if it wasn't actually good/fun, and was merely overhyped, then the web version wouldn't be hugely popular, would it?
      Nor would it be getting 4.5 star ratings on the iTunes stores I've looked at it on. ..that means that most people who've *bought* it think it's great too.

      Sorry you didn't like it. It's really a lot of fun (if it's your thing.) :)

  • Cookies

    I can't help but say that Soosiz really is awesome, I'm definitelt liking the quirky platforming games that are coming out lately, even rolando is pretty fun for a loco roco rip-off.

  • Cookies

    I can't help but say that Soosiz really is awesome, I'm definitelt liking the quirky platforming games that are coming out lately, even rolando is pretty fun for a loco roco rip-off.

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    I like to play the games on my pc my console and on my cell phone..
    this article was related to games & also related to technology and i had also hobby to search gadget and latest gadgets and many more so this article was really great in my opinion.

  • http://www.r4-ds.com.ar r4ds

    I like to play the games on my pc my console and on my cell phone..
    this article was related to games & also related to technology and i had also hobby to search gadget and latest gadgets and many more so this article was really great in my opinion.

  • http://www.golfarcade.net Greg

    I agree, Boost 3D is a great addicting game.

  • http://www.golfarcade.net Greg

    I agree, Boost 3D is a great addicting game.

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  • http://www.farango.com/ R4i Gold

    Since it's christmas time, I enjoy X-Mas sweeper and Angry Birds seasons quite a lot right now. Infinity Blade or Cut the rope should be a good choice as well.