bestofApple has compiled a list of what they consider the best iPhone games of 2009. The list is part of their iTunes Rewind 2009 where they are highlighting the best content across 2009 in music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, podcasts, and apps.

Apps are broken down into games and more traditional applications. Anyone who follows TouchArcade regularly should be familiar with most of the games on this list. While we've only recently given out star ratings, our currently rated 5 star games are well represented in the list.

The game names are linked to iTunes alongside links to our own reviews of the games.

Congratulations to the developers who made the list. We'll be compiling our own "best of" list for 2009 in the coming weeks.

  • Billy

    WTH, not even ONE game from EA?? Seriously there are some games in this list I would not download even for free! Fail, Apple.

    • EatKodosDaily

      t.t

      At least Apple realizes EA represents their polar opposite: huge amounts of products with little to no depth or quality.

      • Spats

        So all the sports games they put out have absolutely no depth or quality what so all? Yet Nazi Zombies (although a quality app) is up there after a few weeks?

    • Ape lover

      absolutely right. this list is so biased cannot even tell. but the sheep will run to d/l if they missed one. "HEY, SJ told us it's great!"

  • Billy

    WTH, not even ONE game from EA?? Seriously there are some games in this list I would not download even for free! Fail, Apple.

    • EatKodosDaily

      t.t

      At least Apple realizes EA represents their polar opposite: huge amounts of products with little to no depth or quality.

      • Spats

        So all the sports games they put out have absolutely no depth or quality what so all? Yet Nazi Zombies (although a quality app) is up there after a few weeks?

    • Ape lover

      absolutely right. this list is so biased cannot even tell. but the sheep will run to d/l if they missed one. "HEY, SJ told us it's great!"

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  • HistorySchol

    No Toki Tori? iDracula? Soosiz? Dungeon Hunter?

    • tsharpfilm

      Exactly. Sally's Spa and Canabalt are on the list, but no Soosiz or Dungeon Hunter?? This list is flawed. Sally's Spa is a girly maintenance game that's popularly primarily because Megan Fox mentioned it, and Canabalt is a cheap 1 button game with about a week of gameplay. I demand a recount. :P

  • HistorySchol

    No Toki Tori? iDracula? Soosiz? Dungeon Hunter?

    • tsharpfilm

      Exactly. Sally's Spa and Canabalt are on the list, but no Soosiz or Dungeon Hunter?? This list is flawed. Sally's Spa is a girly maintenance game that's popularly primarily because Megan Fox mentioned it, and Canabalt is a cheap 1 button game with about a week of gameplay. I demand a recount. :P

  • EatKodosDaily

    Where is Soosiz!?

  • EatKodosDaily

    Where is Soosiz!?

  • http://spencereholtaway.wordpress.com Spencer

    Congrats to Jet Car Stunts - great game and relatively new to make this list, no?

  • http://spencereholtaway.wordpress.com Spencer

    Congrats to Jet Car Stunts - great game and relatively new to make this list, no?

  • S_Bruv

    Er... Civ? Does ANYONE at Apple actually know/feel anything about games..?

  • S_Bruv

    Er... Civ? Does ANYONE at Apple actually know/feel anything about games..?

  • Colorsound

    Thought Peggle would be on there

  • Colorsound

    Thought Peggle would be on there

  • Kugi_igi

    Blade of fury is there?! no MC or other games from Gameloft?
    and where's EA?
    Rock Band or FIFA 10 could be there

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      "Rock Band or FIFA 10 could be there"

      The only award Rock Band deserves is the "polished turd" award. It's not a horrible title, but it's not exactly a well-designed or deep one. For $10 (now $7) you get very little gameplay with absolute crap for expandability. The controls are difficult for anyone with big hands (raises hand) and the different instruments are more gimmick than reality.

      Rock Band feels like a cell phone game, plays like a cell phone game, and is thus recognized as a cell phone game. Until EA gets serious about the iPhone as an independent platform, they're not going to get very far.

  • Kugi_igi

    Blade of fury is there?! no MC or other games from Gameloft?
    and where's EA?
    Rock Band or FIFA 10 could be there

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      "Rock Band or FIFA 10 could be there"

      The only award Rock Band deserves is the "polished turd" award. It's not a horrible title, but it's not exactly a well-designed or deep one. For $10 (now $7) you get very little gameplay with absolute crap for expandability. The controls are difficult for anyone with big hands (raises hand) and the different instruments are more gimmick than reality.

      Rock Band feels like a cell phone game, plays like a cell phone game, and is thus recognized as a cell phone game. Until EA gets serious about the iPhone as an independent platform, they're not going to get very far.

  • Deluxe

    Edge?
    Thanks for the fuss, Langdell =/

  • Deluxe

    Edge?
    Thanks for the fuss, Langdell =/

  • ichi

    Too bad my fave Orbital didn't make it...

  • ichi

    Too bad my fave Orbital didn't make it...

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I'm pretty sure these lists aren't hand-picked, and I believe they differ from country to country. Surely Hockey Night in Canada isn't one of the top apps of 2009 in the US store…and it's a pretty lousy app, so I really doubt it was chosen by a person.

    From what I can tell these lists are just the top downloads of the year.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      …In other words, there's no point in discussing the lists as if there was any thought put into them. Seems pretty clear they're automatically generated.

      • arn

        no, there's a separate list for top downloads

        arn

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Regardless of what stats it was generated from, it's obviously not a hand-picked list, since the lists are different in every store.

      • arn

        I don't see how that means anything. Apple can't have local people hand picking in each store?

        arn

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

      The lists are different for each country. The german list has Modern Combat and some EA and Team 17 stuff. Also you can see that the lists are created automatically: One of the _audio_ classics of podcasts is the _video_ podcast for Happy Tree Friends...

      • arn

        I don't see how this is an automated list. No offense to Boost 3D, but it's not going to make an automated list.

        arn

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    I'm pretty sure these lists aren't hand-picked, and I believe they differ from country to country. Surely Hockey Night in Canada isn't one of the top apps of 2009 in the US store…and it's a pretty lousy app, so I really doubt it was chosen by a person.

    From what I can tell these lists are just the top downloads of the year.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      …In other words, there's no point in discussing the lists as if there was any thought put into them. Seems pretty clear they're automatically generated.

      • arn

        no, there's a separate list for top downloads

        arn

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Regardless of what stats it was generated from, it's obviously not a hand-picked list, since the lists are different in every store.

      • arn

        I don't see how that means anything. Apple can't have local people hand picking in each store?

        arn

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

      The lists are different for each country. The german list has Modern Combat and some EA and Team 17 stuff. Also you can see that the lists are created automatically: One of the _audio_ classics of podcasts is the _video_ podcast for Happy Tree Friends...

      • arn

        I don't see how this is an automated list. No offense to Boost 3D, but it's not going to make an automated list.

        arn

  • GJD

    The Settlers is hands down the most engrossing iPhone game out there - admittedly I was a big fan of the Amiga original, but after paying GBP£30 for the DualScreen version, I am astonished at how much better the GBP£4 version on the iPhone is.

  • GJD

    The Settlers is hands down the most engrossing iPhone game out there - admittedly I was a big fan of the Amiga original, but after paying GBP£30 for the DualScreen version, I am astonished at how much better the GBP£4 version on the iPhone is.

  • blackHorse

    Stick Wars? The rest must be pretty good, too... Or they just sold a lot.

  • blackHorse

    Stick Wars? The rest must be pretty good, too... Or they just sold a lot.

  • jase23

    I'm glad to see Earth vs. Moon make the list. What a superb, polished, challenging, and amusing game. It never seemed to get the attention it deserved, IMHO. It's the best missile command style game ever. But there are also levels that recall other classic games such as Pong and Space Invaders.

    • Grace @ Low Five Games

      Thank you for your support Jase! You've been great.

  • jase23

    I'm glad to see Earth vs. Moon make the list. What a superb, polished, challenging, and amusing game. It never seemed to get the attention it deserved, IMHO. It's the best missile command style game ever. But there are also levels that recall other classic games such as Pong and Space Invaders.

    • Grace @ Low Five Games

      Thank you for your support Jase! You've been great.

  • araczynski

    too bad a price wasn't tied to each one of them. some of us do care about that you know :)

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      What, clicking a link too difficult?

  • araczynski

    too bad a price wasn't tied to each one of them. some of us do care about that you know :)

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      What, clicking a link too difficult?

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

    Very cool, that Jet Car Stunts made it onto the list!
    Many, many great choices, even if automatic ones.

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

    Very cool, that Jet Car Stunts made it onto the list!
    Many, many great choices, even if automatic ones.

  • Oliath

    Great list.
    Thanks for linking alongside reviews.
    I'll be passing this around toy iPhone buddies always asking me what game I would reccomend to them.

  • Oliath

    Great list.
    Thanks for linking alongside reviews.
    I'll be passing this around toy iPhone buddies always asking me what game I would reccomend to them.

  • Corbier

    Where is the wonderful platformer Nicky Boom ?

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

      You are joking right?
      It's way beyond "wonderful".
      It's sweet. But there are thousands of sweet games in the store.

  • Corbier

    Where is the wonderful platformer Nicky Boom ?

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

      You are joking right?
      It's way beyond "wonderful".
      It's sweet. But there are thousands of sweet games in the store.

  • http://ifonekit.com bomber

    There is nothing automatic, even the best-seller list is hand picked (at least in european countries)

  • http://ifonekit.com bomber

    There is nothing automatic, even the best-seller list is hand picked (at least in european countries)

  • Champagne01

    Yeah to see some of those and not Soosiz, Labyrinth 2 (probably out too late..) etc. is a shame. Still, glad to see Illusion Labs have a game up there. I guess Skater Nation made it simply because it's the first of its type!?

  • Champagne01

    Yeah to see some of those and not Soosiz, Labyrinth 2 (probably out too late..) etc. is a shame. Still, glad to see Illusion Labs have a game up there. I guess Skater Nation made it simply because it's the first of its type!?

  • Champagne01

    Caveat - Skater Nation was on the UK list - doesn't seem to be on the US one.

  • Champagne01

    Caveat - Skater Nation was on the UK list - doesn't seem to be on the US one.

  • http://www.madfingergames.com Mad Finger Games

    Yup, IMHO is not automatic... We didnt have really big sales, we were not in top 100 apps in US ... I think, that best place was around 50 in top game in US, but we were 5th in Japan, 2nd best game in Honkong, 1st in Taiwan, 1st in Poland, 1st in Czech...

    Still dont know, why they choose us, because they dont promote us too much..

    Anyway, Samurai is on best game without selling success ;)

    • http://www.madfingergames.com Mad Finger Games

      Anyway, thank you very much Apple !!!!

      • areg

        for doing their job?

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        No, for including the game he developed -- Samurai -- on the Best of 2009 list.

  • http://www.madfingergames.com Mad Finger Games

    Yup, IMHO is not automatic... We didnt have really big sales, we were not in top 100 apps in US ... I think, that best place was around 50 in top game in US, but we were 5th in Japan, 2nd best game in Honkong, 1st in Taiwan, 1st in Poland, 1st in Czech...

    Still dont know, why they choose us, because they dont promote us too much..

    Anyway, Samurai is on best game without selling success ;)

    • http://www.madfingergames.com Mad Finger Games

      Anyway, thank you very much Apple !!!!

      • areg

        for doing their job?

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        No, for including the game he developed -- Samurai -- on the Best of 2009 list.

  • Nausicaa

    Of course no list is perfect, but I think this one is pretty good. Plenty of my favorite games on there like Spider, Samurai, Canabalt, and iBomber. Most of the other games on this list that I've played are quite good as well.

  • Nausicaa

    Of course no list is perfect, but I think this one is pretty good. Plenty of my favorite games on there like Spider, Samurai, Canabalt, and iBomber. Most of the other games on this list that I've played are quite good as well.

  • Vedder

    Where's Defender Chronicles. I know you can only have so many on a top (whatever) list, but to not include Defender Chronicles is injustice.

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      That's a good point. Defender Chronicles is one of the best games (quite possibly THE best) on the iPhone today. It's upsetting to see Apple miss it in their list.

      Chillingo and Gimka still get the last laugh, though. All the way to the bank. Much better than any award. ;)

      • Bobster

        It could be great.. if you didn't have to do all the grinding, which is a lazy man's way to extend a game.

  • Vedder

    Where's Defender Chronicles. I know you can only have so many on a top (whatever) list, but to not include Defender Chronicles is injustice.

    • http://www.wolf3dmaps.com thewiirocks

      That's a good point. Defender Chronicles is one of the best games (quite possibly THE best) on the iPhone today. It's upsetting to see Apple miss it in their list.

      Chillingo and Gimka still get the last laugh, though. All the way to the bank. Much better than any award. ;)

      • Bobster

        It could be great.. if you didn't have to do all the grinding, which is a lazy man's way to extend a game.

  • yo

    backbreaker and jet car stunts deserve it 100%.

  • yo

    backbreaker and jet car stunts deserve it 100%.

  • Bunny[KrUnited]

    Where the hell is minigore????? So apple is saying that minigore don't deserve to be in the top game ha? Lol. Minigore should be the best out of best in there. apple such an epic fail..... If I need choose too tech brand. It would been. Sony,Samsung,Toshiba,Lg, and last Failed apple!!!!!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      And yet you heap such slavish praise on a game that runs only on an Apple product. Ironic, isn't it?

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

      Grow up! This is not even funny anymore!
      What is worse than an Apple fanboy? A Minigore fanboy.

  • http://Msn Bunny[KrUnited]

    Where the hell is minigore????? So apple is saying that minigore don't deserve to be in the top game ha? Lol. Minigore should be the best out of best in there. apple such an epic fail..... If I need choose too tech brand. It would been. Sony,Samsung,Toshiba,Lg, and last Failed apple!!!!!

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      And yet you heap such slavish praise on a game that runs only on an Apple product. Ironic, isn't it?

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

      Grow up! This is not even funny anymore!
      What is worse than an Apple fanboy? A Minigore fanboy.

  • David Tiger

    Wow, we are blown away by the placement of Spider on that list.

    Thank you, Apple!

    • Gekkota

      Yep...right at the top of the list. Just where it belongs! Congrats!
      Hope to see another game from you guys real soon.

      • David Tiger

        Thanks Gekkota!

        We are very, very close to submitting our big Director's Cut update, and then it's on to Game #2. Exciting times :)

  • David Tiger

    Wow, we are blown away by the placement of Spider on that list.

    Thank you, Apple!

    • Gekkota

      Yep...right at the top of the list. Just where it belongs! Congrats!
      Hope to see another game from you guys real soon.

      • David Tiger

        Thanks Gekkota!

        We are very, very close to submitting our big Director's Cut update, and then it's on to Game #2. Exciting times :)

  • Ed

    A reasonable list. Computer generated or no they seem to be picking titles
    that aren't on other platforms.

    I think I'd add Peggle and Minigore for their polish and great gameplay.

  • Ed

    A reasonable list. Computer generated or no they seem to be picking titles
    that aren't on other platforms.

    I think I'd add Peggle and Minigore for their polish and great gameplay.

  • yesplease

    Archon, Groundeffect and "i dig it" are my favourites ...

  • yesplease

    Archon, Groundeffect and "i dig it" are my favourites ...

  • Grace @ Low Five Games

    We are completely astounded and amazed that Earth Vs Moon was featured as one of the best of 2009! That is such an amazing honor and we wanted to thank TouchArcade and all of the TA users for the love and support. We're a tiny little operation and can't believe this! Our moms can finally be proud of us.

    • Billy

      Congrats! ;)

  • Grace @ Low Five Games

    We are completely astounded and amazed that Earth Vs Moon was featured as one of the best of 2009! That is such an amazing honor and we wanted to thank TouchArcade and all of the TA users for the love and support. We're a tiny little operation and can't believe this! Our moms can finally be proud of us.

    • Billy

      Congrats! ;)

  • LB

    We've got 2 games on the list...Whoohoo for us!

  • LB

    We've got 2 games on the list...Whoohoo for us!

  • jase23

    To pick the 25 "best" games of 2009, out of the tens of thousands that were released in the app store, is very tough. But this is not a bad list. I think that I would have included "Archibald's Adventure", but most of these games are quite deserving of being in the top 1% of all app store games.

  • jase23

    To pick the 25 "best" games of 2009, out of the tens of thousands that were released in the app store, is very tough. But this is not a bad list. I think that I would have included "Archibald's Adventure", but most of these games are quite deserving of being in the top 1% of all app store games.

  • http://www.illusionlabs.com Anders

    Yay, Sway!

  • http://www.illusionlabs.com Anders

    Yay, Sway!

  • Jon

    uhhh...space invaders infinity gene??!

  • Jon

    uhhh...space invaders infinity gene??!

  • MrMuesli

    Strange that Apple give us a best of 2009 when the we still have a little less than 1/12 of it still to go. Some real crackers came along since Apple clearly couldn't help themselve....Sword of Fargoal for example....

    • MrMuesli

      I'd take all this with apinch of salt honestly. It's clear that Apple are releasing this early to peek interest for christmas sales.

  • MrMuesli

    Strange that Apple give us a best of 2009 when the we still have a little less than 1/12 of it still to go. Some real crackers came along since Apple clearly couldn't help themselve....Sword of Fargoal for example....

    • MrMuesli

      I'd take all this with apinch of salt honestly. It's clear that Apple are releasing this early to peek interest for christmas sales.

  • Tyk

    Lists like these are good for casual gamers like looking for some starting points. There will always be games left off the list. But by reading these comments I've received more leads on quality games to check out.

  • Tyk

    Lists like these are good for casual gamers like looking for some starting points. There will always be games left off the list. But by reading these comments I've received more leads on quality games to check out.

  • SicMX

    Jet Car Stunts is the only one i really enjoy playing from that list (obviously haven't tried ALL of them though)

  • SicMX

    Jet Car Stunts is the only one i really enjoy playing from that list (obviously haven't tried ALL of them though)

  • Mike Johnson

    I don't see how Modern Combat is not on the list. It finally made FPS not just look good but play good on the iPhone.

  • Mike Johnson

    I don't see how Modern Combat is not on the list. It finally made FPS not just look good but play good on the iPhone.

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    I like Megan Fox, I think she is really sexy!

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