ta_logo_whiteWhile the App Store had clearly been a huge success in 2008, the continued growth and explosion of iPhone game releases in 2009 was beyond everyone's expectations. The number of apps in the App Store soared past 100,000 with hundreds of new games being released every day.

We sat down trying to figure out the best iPhone games of 2009 and found the task of narrowing down the list to a select few to be near impossible. Instead, we've organized our year in review into categories with what we feel is an excellent cross section of games from 2009. If you just got an iPhone or iPod Touch for Christmas, this list is an excellent starting place to catch you up.


2009 iPhone Game of the Year

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor - We choose Tiger Style Games' Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor for our 2009 Game of the Year first and foremost because it's a great game, but also because it perfectly represents the promise of iPhone gaming. Spider is an original concept built specifically for the iPhone by a small self funded team. It's this low barrier to entry which provides customers with a huge selection of games including unique and polished gems like Spider. You really should experience this one. (Review, App Store)


Classics

Doodle Jump - While we have to give props to PapiJump as the clear inspiration for Doodle Jump, Lima Sky has managed to take the game to a whole new level and succeeded in creating a true iPhone classic. Doodle Jump has sold over a million copies to date and even been casually referenced on primetime TV sitcoms. Every day we hear from up and coming developers who claim they have come up with "the next Doodle Jump" but so far Lima Sky's title hasn't truly been dethroned. (Review, App Store)

Flight Control - Another iPhone game that will go down in history as one of the classics for the platform. Firemint's CEO Rob Murray took some of his free time during last year's Christmas break to whip up a prototype of a game that eventually became Flight Control. The game has single handedly defined a genre on the iPhone of "line drawing" games and has been endlessly imitated throughout the year. (Review, App Store)

iDracula - iDracula was one of the original dual-stick survival shooters. It wasn't the first, but it's the one that popularized the concept and opened the doors to a ton of play-alikes. (Article, App Store)


Only on iPhone

Zen Bound - Ok, technically this started life as a PC Game, but Zen Bound didn't really come into its own until it became an iPhone game in 2009. The game just came to life on the iPhone with multi-touch and tilt controls along with mood and music to perfectly and completely engross you as a player. An experience as much as a game. (Review, App Store)

Eliss - A multi-touch masterpiece. Eliss delivers a unique, challenging and undeniably iPhone experience. Pinching and combining on-screen planets without letting them touch make for some frantic and riveting gameplay. (Review, App Store)

Sway - The unique multi-touch "swinging" controls of Sway may have ultimately been its downfall. If you can master the steep learning curve of the game's controls, an amazing iPhone platforming experience awaits. (Review, App Store)

Space Ninja - A great use of the iPhone's accelerometer that allows you to dodge enemy fire and invoke slow motion "bullet time". Unfortunately, a recent 3GS update adds some strange and distracting visual effects, though the developer is said to be working on making those optional in a future release. (Review, App Store)


Arcade

Meteor Blitz - This is the best space shooter we've seen for the iPhone. It delivers 6 unlockable worlds with a good variety of enemies, perfect dual stick controls, and a lot of fun. The art and animation are top notch with all the flourishes you'd expect. (Review, App Store)

Space Invaders Infinity Gene - A really fresh and amazing modernization of the classic Space Invaders formula. Great controls, plenty of unlockables, as well as a unique music-based level generator. (Review, App Store)

Pac Man CE - Developed by the original Pac-Man designer, Tōru Iwatani, Pac-Man Championship Edition succeeds in breathing new life in to this arcade classic. With great controls, colorful graphics, and fast-paced game modes, Pac-Man Championship Edition is by far the best Pac-Man game on the platform. (Review, App Store)

I Dig It / I Dig It Expeditions - Take your tractor turned subterranean digger underground to search for valuable diggins to save the family farm. In the sequel, you take your digger on the road and search for lost treasure in several different environments including the antarctic and even underwater. Both games in the series are worth owning, although Expeditions does offer improvements over the original. (Review, I Dig It / I Dig It Expeditions)


Platformer

Rolando 2 - Sequel to one of the iPhone's early original games, Rolando 2 did great justice to the series with 3D level effects, more great music and larger levels. (Review, App Store)

Soosiz - This game 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)

Hook Champ - Take the same swinging gameplay mechanics popularized by other games, add an RPG style equipment upgrade system, seamless online leaderboards, and fantastic pixelated retro graphics and you've got Hook Champ. (Review, App Store)


Retro Games

Saucelifter - A wonderful Choplifter-inspired action shooter with great controls that should appeal to both retro and modern gamers. (Review, App Store)

Rogue Touch - The definitive version of Rogue on the App Store. Consistently updated throughout the year based on community feedback, and enhanced for the iPhone. All the brutal difficulty of the original remains, and there's even online leaderboards tracking the wealthiest saviors of the Amulet of Yendor. (Review, App Store)

Sword of Fargoal - By far the most approachable roguelike, Sword of Fargoal is a classic dungeon crawler with randomly generated levels which provide nearly infinite replay value. Aside from being a fantastic game, Sword of Fargoal also serves as an excellent example of how retro ports should be done. The iPhone version preserves the look and feel of the original while adding new OpenGL effects and other modern graphical flare. If you've never played a roguelike before, Sword of Fargoal is a great introduction to the genre. (Review, App Store)

Beneath a Steel Sky - An iPhone adaptation of the classic point and click adventure. While we loved the compete overhaul of Secret of Monkey Island which is absent from this release, Beneath a Steel Sky delivered something even better: great iPhone controls. A classic adventure game that is worthy for both fans and newcomers to the series. (Review, App Store)


Racing

Real Racing - Perhaps we should have categorized this as a "classic", but Real Racing was the first iPhone racing game that really blew us away. The great graphics, perfect controls and AI all combined to make this one of the best iPhone racing games that still holds up today. (Review, App Store)

Need for Speed Shift - EA's latest entry in to the genre can easily stand next to the best racing games on the platform in terms of the amount of included licensed materials, different game modes, and overall fun-factor. With control settings and driving assist options that range from the game practically playing itself to a competent racing simulation complete with a manual transmission mode, Need For Speed: Shift is a must-have for any fan of racing games. (Review, App Store)

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)

Jet Car Stunts - A remarkably fun jet car racer/platformer that had us coming back again and again due to its great controls, fresh visual style and mind boggling levels. The only real complaint we've seen voiced has been the relative difficulty of the game, but, honestly, that's what made it so addicting. (Review, App Store)


Puzzle

Toki Tori - A cute and challenging puzzle platformer that has been excellently adapted to the iPhone. Beautifully animated and ramps up nicely to provide plenty of gameplay. (Review, App Store)

Bobby Carrot Forever - Another excellent level-based puzzle game that requires you to navigate obstacles in order to collect all the carrots and reach the exit. 60 levels provide a refreshingly challenging puzzle game that offers well over 15 hours of gameplay. (Review, App Store)


Casual

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. You can try out the identical Flash version for free at Canabalt.com. (Review, App Store)

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 again and again. (Review, App Store)

Harbor Master - Among the first of the avalanche of Flight Control inspired games, Harbor Master mixes things up by having the player dock cargo ships and send them back out to sea on a variety of different levels-- Each with a different layout and some with additional gameplay elements such as pirate ships to shoot or sea monsters to fight off. (Review, App Store)

Labyrinth 2 - The sequel to the game that pioneered the marble rolling genre on the iPhone before the App Store even existed, Labyrinth 2 takes the standard wooden labyrinth game and adds even more obstacles, fantastic 3D graphics, and a full featured online level editor. The user created content community has already exploded and you can load up Labyrinth 2 every day and have a new batch of levels to play through, all of which download almost instantly inside of the game. (Review, App Store)


First Person Shooters

Eliminate Pro - We know some readers were unable to get past this game's pay model, but we've logged more hours in this game than almost every other… and we never paid a single penny for it. Online FPS deathmatch with our friends and quick sessions throughout the day kept us playing this regularly. (Review, App Store)

N.O.V.A. - Drawing inspiration from Sci-Fi console classics, NOVA is a surprisingly complete and full featured iPhone first person shooter. With an epic single player campaign that will take you several hours to complete, graphics which are among the best currently available on the platform, and four player online deathmatch modes, NOVA has successfully lived up to the insane amount of pre-release hype. (Review, App Store)


Word

Bookworm - A game that should need no introduction, Popcap's word searching classic fits great on the iPhone. The touch controls work effortlessly, and the gameplay is perfect for the casual play style of many iPhone gamers. (Review, App Store)

Words with Friends - Asynchronous online multiplayer not-quite-Scrabble that can either be played for free with in-game ads or without for a couple bucks. A recent update added push notifications to tell you when it's your turn and according to Newtoy, the average player spends 1.5 hours each day playing. (Review, App Store)


Weird/Funny Games

Enviro-Bear 2010 - The best bear driving a car simulator available on any platform. Aside from just being a really crazy game, Enviro-Bear 2010 features some really clever interactions between items and if you survive long enough you'll even earn yourself a slick coon skin cap. (Review, App Store)

Must Eat Birds - This simple slingshot-powered pastry defense game is delightfully Japanese, its ridiculous premise is rivaled only by "maximum bake" mode which must be experienced to truly appreciate. (Review, App Store)

Hi, How Are You - A wonderful tribute to the life, music, and art of Daniel Johnston-- And a fun puzzle platformer game with great cell shaded graphics to boot. If you've never heard of Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You is a good place to start. (Review, App Store)

Battle Bears - The ridiculous premise of this survival shooter involving a bear commando mowing down swarms of pink bears that spew rainbows when they die is worth the price of admission alone. As if the game couldn't get more silly, a recent update added a Colbear boss, zombie bears, and even a rap theme song.
(Review, App Store)


Cult Classics

Minigore - This dual stick shooter isn't necessarily any better than other dual stick shooters on the platform, but the extent that it has managed to captivate our community is rivaled by very few games. Stricken by problems with Apple's approval process, MiniGore is only now beginning to see the features Mountain Sheep intended on implementing long ago. (Review, App Store)

Pocket God - It's hard to even categorize or summarize Pocket God. Existing somewhere in between a entertainment app and a collection of mini games, Bolt Creative has managed to amass an army of millions of fans worldwide by consistently releasing free content updates and making players feel like they're a part of the project by constantly interacting with and implementing ideas generated by the community. You KNOW you like Pocket God. (Review, App Store)


Strategy

geoDefense / geoDefense Swarm - Whether you prefer open field or fixed path tower defense games, the geoDefense series are among the best available on the platform. Featuring difficulty levels that range from difficult to really really difficult, geoDefense is balanced in a way which will always keep you on your toes. (Review, geoDefense / Swarm)

Defender Chronicles - This odd hybrid between a tower defense game and an RPG has seen an absolute ridiculous amount of content added to it since its initial release. 20 different types of units, hundreds of items, multiple difficulty levels and game modes along with online leaderboards and voiceovers make Defender Chronicles among the best in its genre. (Review, App Store)

Chess with Friends - The iPhone equivalent to snail mail correspondence chess-- You can play the ad-based version for free, or upgrade to the premium version to play without ads. Recently added push notifications that alert you when its your turn and an endless supply of human opponents makes this the best chess game available on the platform. (Article, App Store)


Role Playing

Zenonia - While the amount of grinding to level up may have lessened the experience for some, Zenonia still seems to be the benchmark that most RPG's are compared to amongst our community. The game will take you around 40 hours to complete, and the five included character classes will tempt you to play through it multiple times. (Review, App Store)

Underworlds - A great dungeon crawler with tons of monsters to slay and loot to pick up. Underworlds was the first of its kind on the platform, and a recent content update made it even better.
(Review, App Store)

Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone - The sequel of The Chronicles of Inotia sports considerable improvements to nearly all aspects of the game. Multiple character classes, a well designed battle system, mercenaries that can be added to your party, and a surprisingly full featured online component combine in to a game that will be hard for fans of roleplaying games to pass up. (Review, App Store)

Ravensword - While this RPG may lack some gameplay elements which have become standard in modern games, it marks an amazing accomplishment in iPhone development. Created by a team of two, RavenSword features an expansive and beautiful open world filled with quests to complete, hidden areas to find, and countless monsters to slay. (Review, App Store)


Physics

Peggle - If you don't know what Peggle is by now, you must have spent the past few years on Mars with your eyes closed and fingers in your ears. Inspired by pachinko and loaded with style, gratuitous graphical effects, and the Ode To Joy, this may be the perfect casual game. (Review, App Store)

Ragdoll Blaster - Fire ragdolls out of a cannon to complete over 100 different levels. Frustrating at times, Ragdoll Blaster is fun enough to keep you coming back for more-- Even after you've spent the last 15 minutes retrying the same level so many times that you lost count. (Review, App Store)

iBlast Moki - The goal is to get the Mokis from point A to point B through the use of bombs, ropes, balloons, wheels and more as you traverse through the 6 worlds and 70 levels. The overall quality of iBlast Moki as well as the inclusion of a level editor with sharable levels make this game really stand out. (Review, App Store)


Sports

Baseball Superstars 2010 - Not only a great baseball game, it is also packed with RPG elements that add an amazing amount of depth. Aside from playing standard games of baseball, both super batters and super pitchers can be leveled up in season modes. These characters can be customized in a number of ways, allowing for hours upon hours of gameplay with each character. (Review, App Store)

Homerun Battle 3D - This one will always be known as Baseball Slugger to us, but since changed its name to Homerun Battle 3D. If you're not a sports game fan, don't let the sports theme throw you off, Homerun Battle 3D is one of the best. It also represented the first massively successful online matchup system we've seen in the App Store allowing you to easily compete head-to-head against others around the world. (Review, App Store)

Backbreaker Football - While nowhere near as deep as the "full" football games on the platform, Backbreaker is probably more fun. The game is laid out in series of challenges where you guide your player to the end zone, hopefully scoring bonus points by "showboating". (Review, App Store)

Let's Golf - The closest thing available on the App Store to Hot Shots Golf. This arcade golf game features 63 holes, local multiplayer, and different control modes that appeal to both casual players and those looking for a slightly more technical game of golf. (Review, App Store)


Conclusion

We spent weeks sorting through the hundreds of games we've reviewed this year, and found excuse after excuse to keep adding to the list. Even so, there were still plenty of games we quite enjoyed that didn't make it to this list. Feel free to add your suggestions to the comments if we missed one of your favorites.

  • iMario

    Ocarina should've been added, and so are a lot of other games, but oh well...

    • areg

      No Monkey Island SE on this list? lame, yet again!!

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        I agree with Monkey Island not being on the list. While I love the series and the remake was fantastic, Beneath A Steel Sky is just as classic and the iPhone port was a shining example of how an adventure game should play on the device. This is the only adventure game that feels actually natural and therefore it deserves a place above Monkey Island.

      • Secret

        I luv monkey island!

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com/hook/ Kepa

      I forgot about that one. It's weird, Ocarina just kind of seemingly disappeared from not only the charts, but people's minds.

  • iMario

    Ocarina should've been added, and so are a lot of other games, but oh well...

    • areg

      No Monkey Island SE on this list? lame, yet again!!

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        I agree with Monkey Island not being on the list. While I love the series and the remake was fantastic, Beneath A Steel Sky is just as classic and the iPhone port was a shining example of how an adventure game should play on the device. This is the only adventure game that feels actually natural and therefore it deserves a place above Monkey Island.

      • Secret

        I luv monkey island!

    • http://www.rocketcat-games.com/hook/ Kepa

      I forgot about that one. It's weird, Ocarina just kind of seemingly disappeared from not only the charts, but people's minds.

  • Noah

    Good list, I agree with the Game of the Year. Super fun!

    And Words with Friends is fraking AWESOME :)

  • Noah

    Good list, I agree with the Game of the Year. Super fun!

    And Words with Friends is fraking AWESOME :)

  • munkee

    Fieldrunners should be on Classics as it started the whole TD craze on iPhone.

    • Secret

      Where is field runners!

      • Trotsky40

        Fieldrunners came out in 2008.

  • munkee

    Fieldrunners should be on Classics as it started the whole TD craze on iPhone.

    • Secret

      Where is field runners!

      • Trotsky40

        Fieldrunners came out in 2008.

  • munkee

    Tamena Sonner and Ninja Honda Karate should be added under weird games.

  • munkee

    Tamena Sonner and Ninja Honda Karate should be added under weird games.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Orbital should definitely be on the list. I've bought hundreds of games last year, but Orbital is the only one that keeps me coming back for more.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

    Orbital should definitely be on the list. I've bought hundreds of games last year, but Orbital is the only one that keeps me coming back for more.

  • Audi

    Thanks for another year of great gaming info guys!!!!!!!

  • Audi

    Thanks for another year of great gaming info guys!!!!!!!

  • Jakarta

    No Alive 4-ever? Seriously? Everyone loves it, and it actually has content without a ton of bugs unlike that other game.

    Where are the great Gameloft games? Dungeon Hunter? Gangstar? Blades of Fury? Asphalt 5? They are well regarded critically and in popularity on forums.

    • MidianGTX

      Haha, "great" Gameloft games.

  • Jakarta

    No Alive 4-ever? Seriously? Everyone loves it, and it actually has content without a ton of bugs unlike that other game.

    Where are the great Gameloft games? Dungeon Hunter? Gangstar? Blades of Fury? Asphalt 5? They are well regarded critically and in popularity on forums.

    • MidianGTX

      Haha, "great" Gameloft games.

  • gospel9

    If there was a music genre... Rock Band and TTR3 would make that list I suppose.

    Is Toki Tori better than Ice Age?

    Baseball Superstars 2010 - going to try that now. Never really paid attention.

    Can't believe Must Eat Birds made the list. Hmm... (goes to sync the app back and play it now)

  • gospel9

    If there was a music genre... Rock Band and TTR3 would make that list I suppose.

    Is Toki Tori better than Ice Age?

    Baseball Superstars 2010 - going to try that now. Never really paid attention.

    Can't believe Must Eat Birds made the list. Hmm... (goes to sync the app back and play it now)

  • gospel9

    @Jakarta - yeah all of those titles seem to deserve a good mention I think. Gameloft has been cookin' this year. The Settlers should definitely make the Strategy list.

  • gospel9

    @Jakarta - yeah all of those titles seem to deserve a good mention I think. Gameloft has been cookin' this year. The Settlers should definitely make the Strategy list.

  • Acidbottle

    totally agree with game of the year. it was a bit of a gamble for the dev team and really pleased for them it paid off, tho i still dont think it got the recognition it deserved (sales wise) but its stand out game of the year fer me to.

    as for the rest of the choices, some good some bad, too many games to give credit for really :)

  • Acidbottle

    totally agree with game of the year. it was a bit of a gamble for the dev team and really pleased for them it paid off, tho i still dont think it got the recognition it deserved (sales wise) but its stand out game of the year fer me to.

    as for the rest of the choices, some good some bad, too many games to give credit for really :)

  • SLY

    Interesting list. Agree with game of the year as well. But as mentioned, what happened to some Gameloft greats? Games that should have made the list are:

    Battle for Wesnoth
    The Secret of Monkey Island
    Avatar (this should have been the Best in platformer and placed Rolando series in the Only on iPhone category)
    Red Conquest
    Rogue Planet (seriously, that Strategy list is bland, maybe more on the Classic nostalgia side of things)

  • SLY

    Interesting list. Agree with game of the year as well. But as mentioned, what happened to some Gameloft greats? Games that should have made the list are:

    Battle for Wesnoth
    The Secret of Monkey Island
    Avatar (this should have been the Best in platformer and placed Rolando series in the Only on iPhone category)
    Red Conquest
    Rogue Planet (seriously, that Strategy list is bland, maybe more on the Classic nostalgia side of things)

  • Tower_Defender

    I totally agree with Defenders Chronicles being on the list of best strategy games or most noteworthy. That game is fun and I've been playing it since its release. The devs for that game put 200% into the game and listens to their community. Heck one of the units in the game (banshee) originated as my idea from when they were asking the community for what kind of new enemy unit should be added into the game.

  • Tower_Defender

    I totally agree with Defenders Chronicles being on the list of best strategy games or most noteworthy. That game is fun and I've been playing it since its release. The devs for that game put 200% into the game and listens to their community. Heck one of the units in the game (banshee) originated as my idea from when they were asking the community for what kind of new enemy unit should be added into the game.

  • William T -Ph

    Glyder 2 should be on the list. Only on iPhone and great flight sim. Where else can you explore huge open landscapes (on portable via accelerometer), the experience is unforgettable, and one game where if you plan to play 5 minutes, you would end up playing for hours.

    As for Racing, I wished Speed Forge Extreme had make it to the list. Shift and Real Racing are of the same ilk. Both are good, but wished the futuristic racing field was represented.

    Word Game? Bookworm is a good port but I would have gone with Moxie.

    And another game that I understand is too simplistic to make any such list but is addictive and have that one-more-go charm is Rocket Bird.

  • William T -Ph

    Glyder 2 should be on the list. Only on iPhone and great flight sim. Where else can you explore huge open landscapes (on portable via accelerometer), the experience is unforgettable, and one game where if you plan to play 5 minutes, you would end up playing for hours.

    As for Racing, I wished Speed Forge Extreme had make it to the list. Shift and Real Racing are of the same ilk. Both are good, but wished the futuristic racing field was represented.

    Word Game? Bookworm is a good port but I would have gone with Moxie.

    And another game that I understand is too simplistic to make any such list but is addictive and have that one-more-go charm is Rocket Bird.

  • SLY

    Agree with Glyder 2. I'm glad Pocketgamer gave a not on that game.

    • SLY

      edit: "gave a nod"

  • SLY

    Agree with Glyder 2. I'm glad Pocketgamer gave a not on that game.

    • SLY

      edit: "gave a nod"

  • Rob S

    i hate to be one of those guys who guts cut up that a game he really likes is not on the list but......... DUNGEON HUNTER i love that game, but i guess i also love a lot other games on that list. so good job i guess

  • Rob S

    i hate to be one of those guys who guts cut up that a game he really likes is not on the list but......... DUNGEON HUNTER i love that game, but i guess i also love a lot other games on that list. so good job i guess

  • SLY

    Music Category: Rock Band and Auditorium.

    Also, I wonder where's the Flight Sim category. Tom Clancy's HAWX really deserves a recognition.

    Nevertheless, it's an awesome list. Just needs a few more. :D

    Thanks, TA.

  • SLY

    Music Category: Rock Band and Auditorium.

    Also, I wonder where's the Flight Sim category. Tom Clancy's HAWX really deserves a recognition.

    Nevertheless, it's an awesome list. Just needs a few more. :D

    Thanks, TA.

  • Afroshmam

    Could I suggest superball 3 and Gomi, both brilliant games!

  • Afroshmam

    Could I suggest superball 3 and Gomi, both brilliant games!

  • exalep

    You didn't include a music category! There were many great music games

  • exalep

    You didn't include a music category! There were many great music games

  • riverlake

    FIFA 10
    Dark Nebula
    Ragdoll Legends

  • riverlake

    FIFA 10
    Dark Nebula
    Ragdoll Legends

  • Fedorov

    StarBall should be up there with Doodle Jump as one of the simplest and most addictive games!

  • Fedorov

    StarBall should be up there with Doodle Jump as one of the simplest and most addictive games!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    I've never even heard of that Spider game.

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    I've never even heard of that Spider game.

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

    The Spider never got me, don't know why. It's a sweet idea, presentation is ok, But I lost interest after playing for 5 minutes. But fantastic list in here. My personal game of the year: Jet Car Stunts.

    • MrMuesli

      Yup, +1 for Jet Car Stunts: ) On first looking at the screen shots, tbh, I didn't think it would be all that great, but once I got my thumbs behind the wheel, that was it! Every human dreams of being able to fly, and this app seems to evoke that feeling more for me than any of the actual 'flying' games out there. Brilliant: )

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

    The Spider never got me, don't know why. It's a sweet idea, presentation is ok, But I lost interest after playing for 5 minutes. But fantastic list in here. My personal game of the year: Jet Car Stunts.

    • MrMuesli

      Yup, +1 for Jet Car Stunts: ) On first looking at the screen shots, tbh, I didn't think it would be all that great, but once I got my thumbs behind the wheel, that was it! Every human dreams of being able to fly, and this app seems to evoke that feeling more for me than any of the actual 'flying' games out there. Brilliant: )

  • Will

    Simply an A+ article.

  • Will

    Simply an A+ article.

  • Rodriguez

    I found Doom for the iphone much more enjoable then the somewhat bland Eliminate.
    It should have been mentioned at least...

    • MrMuesli

      Do you mean Resurrection or Classic? A good story, as with Resurrection, will suck me in more than endlessly fragging people, as with Eliminate. NOVA of course has the best of both worlds. However I feel Resurrection has the edge (may I use that word; ) in terms of atmosphere.
      Also, Resurrection was a brave move from id to pare down the beloved free roaming experience to fit the iDevices 'limited' control system. I personally think the 'on rails' system doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Since it's release though, NOVA and Eliminate, as well as COD and Sandstorm, have stepped up the ante, and proved in varying ways, that free roaming IS possible. I'm very curious how things will evolve yet further in 2010.

      • Rodriguez

        Ah, I was talking about Doom Classic ;)
        Resurrection was also quite nice though

  • Rodriguez

    I found Doom for the iphone much more enjoable then the somewhat bland Eliminate.
    It should have been mentioned at least...

    • MrMuesli

      Do you mean Resurrection or Classic? A good story, as with Resurrection, will suck me in more than endlessly fragging people, as with Eliminate. NOVA of course has the best of both worlds. However I feel Resurrection has the edge (may I use that word; ) in terms of atmosphere.
      Also, Resurrection was a brave move from id to pare down the beloved free roaming experience to fit the iDevices 'limited' control system. I personally think the 'on rails' system doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Since it's release though, NOVA and Eliminate, as well as COD and Sandstorm, have stepped up the ante, and proved in varying ways, that free roaming IS possible. I'm very curious how things will evolve yet further in 2010.

      • Rodriguez

        Ah, I was talking about Doom Classic ;)
        Resurrection was also quite nice though

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    I'm surprised Rally Master Pro is not here... Since it identifies the whole rally racing genre in the AppStore... You have two simulators tough

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    I'm surprised Rally Master Pro is not here... Since it identifies the whole rally racing genre in the AppStore... You have two simulators tough

  • http://communitylinkfeed.blogspot.com/ communitylinkfeed

    great information right here. i like crossword game

  • http://communitylinkfeed.blogspot.com/ communitylinkfeed

    great information right here. i like crossword game

  • tsharpfilm

    This is a very good wrap-up.

    The only game that I would add is Fritz Chess as best boardgame. The AI is stronger than Shredder, and the interface is beautiful.

    • warzin

      t chess is also well presented with great options.

  • tsharpfilm

    This is a very good wrap-up.

    The only game that I would add is Fritz Chess as best boardgame. The AI is stronger than Shredder, and the interface is beautiful.

    • warzin

      t chess is also well presented with great options.

  • GodSon

    Very respectable list. There are a few not on that are personal favorites of mine but I do see a lot of justice within Toucharcades list. Merry Christmas and Have a blessed day to all! Thanks for the best (Hands Down) iTouch Gaming sight ever made. xD

  • GodSon

    Very respectable list. There are a few not on that are personal favorites of mine but I do see a lot of justice within Toucharcades list. Merry Christmas and Have a blessed day to all! Thanks for the best (Hands Down) iTouch Gaming sight ever made. xD

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    I agree that Orbital should def be on the list. It's my Game of the Year for sure. I've played it every single day since I got it about 2 weeks after release. At one point I had the top score and have been trying to get it back ever since.

    It's supposed to be updated any now with a new mode...

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    I agree that Orbital should def be on the list. It's my Game of the Year for sure. I've played it every single day since I got it about 2 weeks after release. At one point I had the top score and have been trying to get it back ever since.

    It's supposed to be updated any now with a new mode...

  • Billy

    Agree with most picks, but in the sports category, I would've picked Tiger Woods Golf instead of Let's Golf. Anywho, great list, and YES, like many on TA, I'm a closet Pocket God lover! ;) Happy holidays, everybody.

  • Billy

    Agree with most picks, but in the sports category, I would've picked Tiger Woods Golf instead of Let's Golf. Anywho, great list, and YES, like many on TA, I'm a closet Pocket God lover! ;) Happy holidays, everybody.

  • sandy

    Inclusion of games like Minigore and Harbor Master, but exclusion of Glyder (1 or 2) sums the selection up for me. It's not a credible list.

  • sandy

    Inclusion of games like Minigore and Harbor Master, but exclusion of Glyder (1 or 2) sums the selection up for me. It's not a credible list.

  • araczynski

    i don't agree with most of that list, but whatever, everyone has different tastes.

    sad to see there were no special xmas sales going on (i mean on the 25th only kind of a thing). oh well, maybe something interesting for new years'.

    i suppose my backlog of several hundred games will allow me to wait out a few more years...

    • araczynski

      ok, maybe not 'most' of the list, just half of it :)

    • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

      Devs can't do Christmas sales - iTunes Connect is down Dec 23-28, so we can't make any changes.

      Apple is probably making sure we devs don't mess anything up during the Christmas rush :)

    • Radioactiveyoda

      No Christmas sales? Were you uninformed regarding the Appvent calendar? There was a free game every day December 1-22. Another company put up a big list of freebies and sales for new year's. The appvent calendar was so successful that they have said they will be doing easter sales as well.

      But yeah great list, Spider is awesome, but I thikn the game that has taken most of my time is Jet Car Stunts. (I know it already got mentioned a ton but it ROCKS).

  • araczynski

    i don't agree with most of that list, but whatever, everyone has different tastes.

    sad to see there were no special xmas sales going on (i mean on the 25th only kind of a thing). oh well, maybe something interesting for new years'.

    i suppose my backlog of several hundred games will allow me to wait out a few more years...

    • araczynski

      ok, maybe not 'most' of the list, just half of it :)

    • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

      Devs can't do Christmas sales - iTunes Connect is down Dec 23-28, so we can't make any changes.

      Apple is probably making sure we devs don't mess anything up during the Christmas rush :)

    • Radioactiveyoda

      No Christmas sales? Were you uninformed regarding the Appvent calendar? There was a free game every day December 1-22. Another company put up a big list of freebies and sales for new year's. The appvent calendar was so successful that they have said they will be doing easter sales as well.

      But yeah great list, Spider is awesome, but I thikn the game that has taken most of my time is Jet Car Stunts. (I know it already got mentioned a ton but it ROCKS).

  • dumas1000

    Hard not to include a flight sim Category, with F.A.S.T, H.A.W.K, Skies of Glory, & Ace Combat. I agree with that point.

    Also hack'n slash/action-RPG. There may not be another game in the Appstore like Dungeon Hunter, other than Underworld. You can't put these games into the same category as Inonia, Crusade of Destiny, or Ravensword. They deserve mention.

    Openworld: Driver, Payback, Carjack Streets, Gangstar.

    Three fps games clearly standout above the rest. But Modern Combat serves as the real pioneer here. Until it's release nobody though a fps could be adequately controlled on the iPhone. Also, the 3d engine Gameloft created here is like nothing we had ever seen before. Modern Combat really deserves a mention.

    • GodSon

      BIG +1 To F.A.S.T. and Skies of Glory!

    • Will

      On flight sims, there's no reason to include a category if the category as a whole just isn't that fun. Dungeon Hunter is a terrible game. Of the open world games you mentioned, only Gangstar is worth talking about. And regarding Modern Combat, yes it's a pioneer, but it's inferior in every way to NOVA. This is an article of game recommendations, so there's no reason to include MC.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Hate to say it, but you're right about Dungeon Hunter. I'm a huge fan of Diablo, and loved the idea of a similar game on the iPhone, but hated the result. It's only superficially similar to Blizzard's masterpieces. The gameplay is extremely tedious, not challenging or fun at all, and it feels more like a chore than a game.

    • http://www.bitwiseops.com/AmazingTips AmazingTips

      Once again, Skies of Glory should have been mentioned....

  • dumas1000

    Hard not to include a flight sim Category, with F.A.S.T, H.A.W.K, Skies of Glory, & Ace Combat. I agree with that point.

    Also hack'n slash/action-RPG. There may not be another game in the Appstore like Dungeon Hunter, other than Underworld. You can't put these games into the same category as Inonia, Crusade of Destiny, or Ravensword. They deserve mention.

    Openworld: Driver, Payback, Carjack Streets, Gangstar.

    Three fps games clearly standout above the rest. But Modern Combat serves as the real pioneer here. Until it's release nobody though a fps could be adequately controlled on the iPhone. Also, the 3d engine Gameloft created here is like nothing we had ever seen before. Modern Combat really deserves a mention.

    • GodSon

      BIG +1 To F.A.S.T. and Skies of Glory!

    • Will

      On flight sims, there's no reason to include a category if the category as a whole just isn't that fun. Dungeon Hunter is a terrible game. Of the open world games you mentioned, only Gangstar is worth talking about. And regarding Modern Combat, yes it's a pioneer, but it's inferior in every way to NOVA. This is an article of game recommendations, so there's no reason to include MC.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Hate to say it, but you're right about Dungeon Hunter. I'm a huge fan of Diablo, and loved the idea of a similar game on the iPhone, but hated the result. It's only superficially similar to Blizzard's masterpieces. The gameplay is extremely tedious, not challenging or fun at all, and it feels more like a chore than a game.

    • http://www.bitwiseops.com/AmazingTips AmazingTips

      Once again, Skies of Glory should have been mentioned....

  • dumas1000

    Isotope too, for top-down duel joystick shooter. Many, me included, would argue that Isotope is better than Meteor Blitz.

  • dumas1000

    Isotope too, for top-down duel joystick shooter. Many, me included, would argue that Isotope is better than Meteor Blitz.

  • http://www.wedotech.net Bax

    Very surprised nobody has mentioned Modern Combat: Sandstorm.

  • http://www.wedotech.net Bax

    Very surprised nobody has mentioned Modern Combat: Sandstorm.

  • Somebody

    I own as lot of these games, here's my take on some of your reviews:

    Eliss: Excellent concept, great use of the device capabilities, great design, BUT, ridiculously difficult. The developer does few upgrades. One of the most frustrating games I've ever played in my life.

    Canabalt: Simple concept, incredibly fun game. A must have.

    Labyrinth 2: Awesome.

    Space Invaders Infinity Gene: Should have included the classic mode.

    Games that should have been on the list:

    RETRO GAMES - Squareball
    FIRST PERSON SHOOTER - Doom Classic
    ROLE PLAYING: The Sims 3

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      While The Sims sort of includes a role-playing aspect, it's not what is meant by a role-playing game. It's more of a sandbox title.

  • Somebody

    I own as lot of these games, here's my take on some of your reviews:

    Eliss: Excellent concept, great use of the device capabilities, great design, BUT, ridiculously difficult. The developer does few upgrades. One of the most frustrating games I've ever played in my life.

    Canabalt: Simple concept, incredibly fun game. A must have.

    Labyrinth 2: Awesome.

    Space Invaders Infinity Gene: Should have included the classic mode.

    Games that should have been on the list:

    RETRO GAMES - Squareball
    FIRST PERSON SHOOTER - Doom Classic
    ROLE PLAYING: The Sims 3

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      While The Sims sort of includes a role-playing aspect, it's not what is meant by a role-playing game. It's more of a sandbox title.

  • Flocked

    Please add a Music-Category with this games:
    Tap Tap Revenge 3
    Rock Band
    Auditorium
    Beat it!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      And DDR S if you want a game that's actually challenging -- it's by far the hardest of the music tapping games, which makes it the most fun for those of us who find all those other games too easy.

      However, the music selections in DDR S are probably a turn-off for a lot of people. Guess it depends if you prefer to tap along with your favorite songs, or are looking for the best gameplay. The music in DDR S is tuned for the latter.

  • Flocked

    Please add a Music-Category with this games:
    Tap Tap Revenge 3
    Rock Band
    Auditorium
    Beat it!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      And DDR S if you want a game that's actually challenging -- it's by far the hardest of the music tapping games, which makes it the most fun for those of us who find all those other games too easy.

      However, the music selections in DDR S are probably a turn-off for a lot of people. Guess it depends if you prefer to tap along with your favorite songs, or are looking for the best gameplay. The music in DDR S is tuned for the latter.

  • Tom Homely

    I also enjoyed Knights Onrush, Lion Pride, Galcon Labs, Mecho Wars, Alive 4-Ever, Bailout Wars, Nick Chase, Sentinel 2: Earth Defense, Rogue Planet, and Castle Warriors.

    An embarrassing wealth of gaming awesomeness this past year and all at bargain prices during our global depression. As Dicky V says: "Serendipity, bay-BEE!"

  • Tom Homely

    I also enjoyed Knights Onrush, Lion Pride, Galcon Labs, Mecho Wars, Alive 4-Ever, Bailout Wars, Nick Chase, Sentinel 2: Earth Defense, Rogue Planet, and Castle Warriors.

    An embarrassing wealth of gaming awesomeness this past year and all at bargain prices during our global depression. As Dicky V says: "Serendipity, bay-BEE!"

  • http://anelson.ca Ashley

    I got all of 'em games dudes!

  • http://anelson.ca Ashley

    I got all of 'em games dudes!

  • um

    wheres call of duty zombies on this list? not only is it innotive in its graphics, its being probably one of the best on the iplatform to date, but its gameplay and co-op play is unmatched to any other title out so far.

  • um

    wheres call of duty zombies on this list? not only is it innotive in its graphics, its being probably one of the best on the iplatform to date, but its gameplay and co-op play is unmatched to any other title out so far.

  • B Bright

    How could Pandemonium and Spy Bot Chronicles be left off yout list of best platformer games??? Pandemonium has amazing graphics, challenging levels and creative enemies. Spy Bot also has challenging levels and an interesting stort line. Both games have long play time and are great platformer type games. I have to also give a mention to Rick Rocketson Pro... another great platformer. I know it's a matter of personal opinion, but when rating games of the year, how these could be overlooked and Rolando and Doodle Jump given props instead is a bit disconcerning. The way Rolando was hyped by your website when it first came out made me wonder if you don't have a financial stake in it's success. Now after seeing these ratings, I'm once again wondering if the cozy relationships you have with some of these developers is tainting your reviews???

  • B Bright

    How could Pandemonium and Spy Bot Chronicles be left off yout list of best platformer games??? Pandemonium has amazing graphics, challenging levels and creative enemies. Spy Bot also has challenging levels and an interesting stort line. Both games have long play time and are great platformer type games. I have to also give a mention to Rick Rocketson Pro... another great platformer. I know it's a matter of personal opinion, but when rating games of the year, how these could be overlooked and Rolando and Doodle Jump given props instead is a bit disconcerning. The way Rolando was hyped by your website when it first came out made me wonder if you don't have a financial stake in it's success. Now after seeing these ratings, I'm once again wondering if the cozy relationships you have with some of these developers is tainting your reviews???

  • jase23

    I like most of your selections, but you left out arguably the best arcade game, Earth vs Moon. Also, Glyder 1/2 should have found a spot on the list. Mecho Wars is the best turn-based strategy game with the best online multiplayer options. And an excellent puzzle-solving/plaformer such as Archibald's Adventure should have made the list.

  • jase23

    I like most of your selections, but you left out arguably the best arcade game, Earth vs Moon. Also, Glyder 1/2 should have found a spot on the list. Mecho Wars is the best turn-based strategy game with the best online multiplayer options. And an excellent puzzle-solving/plaformer such as Archibald's Adventure should have made the list.

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    Great list Arn, thanks for posting. There were a few like Sway and Sword of Fargoal that I still hadn't played but hope to over the next couple of days. Thanks for really comprehensive game and industry coverage throughout this year.

  • http://www.backflipstudios.com Backflip Studios

    Great list Arn, thanks for posting. There were a few like Sway and Sword of Fargoal that I still hadn't played but hope to over the next couple of days. Thanks for really comprehensive game and industry coverage throughout this year.

  • jase23

    Ground Effect! That game even has 3-D now.

  • jase23

    Ground Effect! That game even has 3-D now.

  • kdaddy

    This list are just a big joke, I understand you guys are trying to help the indies but because of this list, i will stop coming to this site.. How could Dungeon Hunter, The Settlers, Driver, Avatar, COD:ZOMBIE, TTR3, Modern Combat : Sandstorm, Assassin's Creed and FiFa 10 not be there? I am against this list. There is really No uniqueness in your list.. This is a great site and if you wanted to do something like this, you could have created a poll and seek peoples opinion to see which one wins at the end. You don't just go to bed and dream of a list to put up here because its something that will be in records. Good luck with your site.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      I suppose you can go make your own site then ... I see no problem in promoting the indies and little guys. Gameloft and EA can look after themselves.

      I thought it was a great list!

    • JimB

      Most of those games you listed are copies of games on other consoles or conversions from consoles 10 years ago... Good luck with looking for a new site.

      This list is a good choice and is a good cross section of games for anybody that has just got an iPod or iPhone.

      • Arta

        But leaving out some of the best games on the platform because they aren't indie titles is absurd, bordering on retarded.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Yup, that's the basic problem around here.

  • kdaddy

    This list are just a big joke, I understand you guys are trying to help the indies but because of this list, i will stop coming to this site.. How could Dungeon Hunter, The Settlers, Driver, Avatar, COD:ZOMBIE, TTR3, Modern Combat : Sandstorm, Assassin's Creed and FiFa 10 not be there? I am against this list. There is really No uniqueness in your list.. This is a great site and if you wanted to do something like this, you could have created a poll and seek peoples opinion to see which one wins at the end. You don't just go to bed and dream of a list to put up here because its something that will be in records. Good luck with your site.

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      I suppose you can go make your own site then ... I see no problem in promoting the indies and little guys. Gameloft and EA can look after themselves.

      I thought it was a great list!

    • JimB

      Most of those games you listed are copies of games on other consoles or conversions from consoles 10 years ago... Good luck with looking for a new site.

      This list is a good choice and is a good cross section of games for anybody that has just got an iPod or iPhone.

      • Arta

        But leaving out some of the best games on the platform because they aren't indie titles is absurd, bordering on retarded.

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        Yup, that's the basic problem around here.

  • d1554573r

    What's minigore-crap doing there?! Fix it and swap it with alive-4-ever....

  • d1554573r

    What's minigore-crap doing there?! Fix it and swap it with alive-4-ever....

  • Narziss

    Where the f*** is COD:Zombies and Dungeon Hunter??

  • Narziss

    Where the f*** is COD:Zombies and Dungeon Hunter??

  • jeffyg3

    It's really sad that you listed Eliminate but not Modern Warfare...why isn't Modern Warfare on here?!? It's far far far better than Eliminate.

  • jeffyg3

    It's really sad that you listed Eliminate but not Modern Warfare...why isn't Modern Warfare on here?!? It's far far far better than Eliminate.

  • BushDoc

    my vote on 4x4 jam, great offroad fun

  • BushDoc

    my vote on 4x4 jam, great offroad fun

  • sam

    This is a great list, though FIFA 10 is the best sports game in the App Store and is miles ahead of all of the other sports games mentioned, unless BACKBREAKER DECIDES TO THROW IN A STIFF ARM AND HURDLE MOVE!

    Just bought NOVA and snagged Soosiz for a buck and am looking for a racer. I've read bad things about NFS:Shift and nothing but good things about Real Racing. Anyone have suggestions? (Thanks in advance)

    • MrMuesli

      I'm having a blast with Shift right now, working my way through the tracks and getting all the achievements and so on. The optional manual shift adds a good sim-like quality to the game, which is more fun and challenging than including manual accelerator imo (let's face it, most people just floor it anyway; ) which is all you get with RR. There's a heavy emphasis on drifting, which is fun to try and master. I guess it's some sort of hybrid between arcade and sim. Also, Shift uses licensed cars if that's a factor for you (personally I couldn't care less). The graphics/scenery are great too.
      Having said all that RR cars behave much more realistically. The opponents are more aggressive and in general I feel more engaged in the race.
      Some have accused Shift of being 'on-rails', and in comparison with RR it probably is to a degree as it's auto accelerate, you can't turn round ( as if you would want to: /) and in comparison with RR the car handles less realistically.
      Take ya pick. Both great in their own ways really.

      • sam

        Thanks, I think I'm going with RR so I have enough on my gift card for Chuzzle.

    • munkee

      Get NFS Shift.

      I agree FIFA 10 is the best sports game for iPhone. It's the most console-quality title with a great depth, content and replayability plus manager and be-a-pro mode.

      But then it's America and they know nothing about football (their football uses hands more than feet).

    • SLY

      I don't know but must have something to do with "love for indie devs" in TA's part. The list just screams that. I love Spider but it's quite puzzling to me that it grabbed the GOY award. With respect to Arn. The list is good and it covered most of the greats. It's just a bit... "Enviro-Bear-ish". :D

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        I get exactly the same feeling. These guys love to root for the underdog and hate the big guys (this is just human nature, I guess) -- there certainly seems to be an anti-EA bias around here.

      • Mike

        I disagree. most of the front page "new release" articles are from big companies, at least for the past several months. There were 5 Gameloft games at one point all on the same page. The big guys get plenty of recognition here.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Absolutely. FIFA is fantastic and should have been mentioned. Why there are two baseball games on the list, and no soccer games, is beyond me. A more balanced coverage of all sports games -- not just the sports preferred by the author of the article -- would have been nice.

      Also, I think Tiger Woods should be on the list too (it depends if you prefer a realistic simulation vs. an arcade-style game, I guess), but I imagine there's a bit of a stigma about mentioning anything with that particular golfer's name on it now. Bit of a shame, if that's the only reason it was excluded, as it's by far the best golf simulation on the platform.

  • sam

    This is a great list, though FIFA 10 is the best sports game in the App Store and is miles ahead of all of the other sports games mentioned, unless BACKBREAKER DECIDES TO THROW IN A STIFF ARM AND HURDLE MOVE!

    Just bought NOVA and snagged Soosiz for a buck and am looking for a racer. I've read bad things about NFS:Shift and nothing but good things about Real Racing. Anyone have suggestions? (Thanks in advance)

    • MrMuesli

      I'm having a blast with Shift right now, working my way through the tracks and getting all the achievements and so on. The optional manual shift adds a good sim-like quality to the game, which is more fun and challenging than including manual accelerator imo (let's face it, most people just floor it anyway; ) which is all you get with RR. There's a heavy emphasis on drifting, which is fun to try and master. I guess it's some sort of hybrid between arcade and sim. Also, Shift uses licensed cars if that's a factor for you (personally I couldn't care less). The graphics/scenery are great too.
      Having said all that RR cars behave much more realistically. The opponents are more aggressive and in general I feel more engaged in the race.
      Some have accused Shift of being 'on-rails', and in comparison with RR it probably is to a degree as it's auto accelerate, you can't turn round ( as if you would want to: /) and in comparison with RR the car handles less realistically.
      Take ya pick. Both great in their own ways really.

      • sam

        Thanks, I think I'm going with RR so I have enough on my gift card for Chuzzle.

    • munkee

      Get NFS Shift.

      I agree FIFA 10 is the best sports game for iPhone. It's the most console-quality title with a great depth, content and replayability plus manager and be-a-pro mode.

      But then it's America and they know nothing about football (their football uses hands more than feet).

    • SLY

      I don't know but must have something to do with "love for indie devs" in TA's part. The list just screams that. I love Spider but it's quite puzzling to me that it grabbed the GOY award. With respect to Arn. The list is good and it covered most of the greats. It's just a bit... "Enviro-Bear-ish". :D

      • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

        I get exactly the same feeling. These guys love to root for the underdog and hate the big guys (this is just human nature, I guess) -- there certainly seems to be an anti-EA bias around here.

      • Mike

        I disagree. most of the front page "new release" articles are from big companies, at least for the past several months. There were 5 Gameloft games at one point all on the same page. The big guys get plenty of recognition here.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Absolutely. FIFA is fantastic and should have been mentioned. Why there are two baseball games on the list, and no soccer games, is beyond me. A more balanced coverage of all sports games -- not just the sports preferred by the author of the article -- would have been nice.

      Also, I think Tiger Woods should be on the list too (it depends if you prefer a realistic simulation vs. an arcade-style game, I guess), but I imagine there's a bit of a stigma about mentioning anything with that particular golfer's name on it now. Bit of a shame, if that's the only reason it was excluded, as it's by far the best golf simulation on the platform.

  • EatKodosDaily

    Seriously, not a single ball roller on the list?

    I think Super Monkey Balls 2 deserves a spot.

    Your review for it is so incredibly misleading. I have played the game in many moving vehicles with nary an issue (granted, I've only made it to level 50 or so of 100.) When you just have some time to kill, it's smooth as silk. The only disappointment for me thus far has been...
    no hot seat multiplayer (at least non that I can see... it'd be like in SMB 1 & 2)
    no ability to jump (like in Banana Blitz)
    no Doctor (again, like in Banana Blitz)
    no Bosses (... Banana Blitz again.)
    Oh, and the interface is a tad quirky up until the game starts. Like, some of the menus really beg to be tilted, when in fact you must swipe them.

    • SLY

      quote: "Seriously, not a single ball roller on the list?"

      Labyrinth 2 is there. :P

  • EatKodosDaily

    Seriously, not a single ball roller on the list?

    I think Super Monkey Balls 2 deserves a spot.

    Your review for it is so incredibly misleading. I have played the game in many moving vehicles with nary an issue (granted, I've only made it to level 50 or so of 100.) When you just have some time to kill, it's smooth as silk. The only disappointment for me thus far has been...
    no hot seat multiplayer (at least non that I can see... it'd be like in SMB 1 & 2)
    no ability to jump (like in Banana Blitz)
    no Doctor (again, like in Banana Blitz)
    no Bosses (... Banana Blitz again.)
    Oh, and the interface is a tad quirky up until the game starts. Like, some of the menus really beg to be tilted, when in fact you must swipe them.

    • SLY

      quote: "Seriously, not a single ball roller on the list?"

      Labyrinth 2 is there. :P

  • Jaime

    Its all about elimnate for me

  • Jaime

    Its all about elimnate for me

  • http://next.iepa.net AlexL

    Great list thank you! Makes so easy to spot the best games for those like me that are new to the iPhone game scenario. I would add Skies of Glory, that game is awesome, top notch fun and quality like a real console! :) Cheers from Italy

  • http://next.iepa.net AlexL

    Great list thank you! Makes so easy to spot the best games for those like me that are new to the iPhone game scenario. I would add Skies of Glory, that game is awesome, top notch fun and quality like a real console! :) Cheers from Italy

  • Piasintein

    I like MiniSquadron, too. But good list, though.

    • http://flare.lefora.com/ Omada61

      ya minisquadron shoulda been on here. and COD zombies shoulda been in the FPS list. good list overall though

  • Piasintein

    I like MiniSquadron, too. But good list, though.

    • http://flare.lefora.com/ Omada61

      ya minisquadron shoulda been on here. and COD zombies shoulda been in the FPS list. good list overall though

  • Elkas

    I think that you Guys Missed TTR3, Rock band, FAST and HAWX.

  • Elkas

    I think that you Guys Missed TTR3, Rock band, FAST and HAWX.

  • PsYkikGMR

    Modern Combat: Sandstorm. Was Toucharcade.com on crack when they decided not to put this game on the FPS list?

    • http://techulous.com diffusion8r

      Not when it was completely phased out by NOVA.

      • PsYkikGMR

        Phased out? So then why was Eliminate up there? That game is very mediocre.

        With the new multiplayer update for Modern Combat, it has bread new life into the game and with it's good single player campaign along with a better online multiplayer, it's a much better game overall than that old hat Eliminate.

      • http://flare.lefora.com/ Omada61

        i disagree. the multiplayer is glitchy and unoriginal. Eliminate may have its faults but it is addictive and the credits/upgrading system keeps people playing.

      • touchg3

        Eliminate got old real quick. Modern Combat's multiplayer isn't that great, but neither is Eliminate, but at least Modern Combat's single player is very good. People just got sucked in the beginning with Eliminate, but after playing after playing long, people found what Eliminate really is...a mediocre mess.

  • PsYkikGMR

    Modern Combat: Sandstorm. Was Toucharcade.com on crack when they decided not to put this game on the FPS list?

    • http://techulous.com diffusion8r

      Not when it was completely phased out by NOVA.

      • PsYkikGMR

        Phased out? So then why was Eliminate up there? That game is very mediocre.

        With the new multiplayer update for Modern Combat, it has bread new life into the game and with it's good single player campaign along with a better online multiplayer, it's a much better game overall than that old hat Eliminate.

      • http://flare.lefora.com/ Omada61

        i disagree. the multiplayer is glitchy and unoriginal. Eliminate may have its faults but it is addictive and the credits/upgrading system keeps people playing.

      • touchg3

        Eliminate got old real quick. Modern Combat's multiplayer isn't that great, but neither is Eliminate, but at least Modern Combat's single player is very good. People just got sucked in the beginning with Eliminate, but after playing after playing long, people found what Eliminate really is...a mediocre mess.

  • nlx

    Franfly it's rather strange not seeing Galcon and Galcon Labs in the list, for me it's one of the best iPhone games EVER.

  • nlx

    Franfly it's rather strange not seeing Galcon and Galcon Labs in the list, for me it's one of the best iPhone games EVER.

  • nlx

    + it's deceptive to see that 'Strategy' is filled with games that have nothing related to strategy games… I think the category should have been filled with games like UniWar or Civilisation for exemple. Tower Defense games are not strategy games !

    • MrMuesli

      In what way are they not strategic??

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Actually, tower defense games are a type of real-time strategy game (the concept was derived from "turtling" strategies in RTS games such as Warcraft II and Starcraft). They are in the correct category.

  • nlx

    + it's deceptive to see that 'Strategy' is filled with games that have nothing related to strategy games… I think the category should have been filled with games like UniWar or Civilisation for exemple. Tower Defense games are not strategy games !

    • MrMuesli

      In what way are they not strategic??

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Actually, tower defense games are a type of real-time strategy game (the concept was derived from "turtling" strategies in RTS games such as Warcraft II and Starcraft). They are in the correct category.

  • Oli

    +2 for Archibald's Adventure

  • Oli

    +2 for Archibald's Adventure

  • Mr. Reeee

    Good List.

    Lemme add...

    Modern Combat: Sandstorm ..how did THAT not make it to the list?

    EDGE

    Orbital

  • Mr. Reeee

    Good List.

    Lemme add...

    Modern Combat: Sandstorm ..how did THAT not make it to the list?

    EDGE

    Orbital

  • http://www.kuyimobile.com/ egarayblas

    How about a Card Games category? :)

  • http://www.kuyimobile.com/ egarayblas

    How about a Card Games category? :)

  • B

    YES. Enviro-bear 2010 looks awesome. I can't wait to play it.

  • B

    YES. Enviro-bear 2010 looks awesome. I can't wait to play it.

  • Tom Homely

    Going to disagree heavily on Spider as Game of the Year. I'm even going to go so far as to call into question the motivation behind Touch Arcade putting it there. Game of the Year, in my view, ought to be the best game period. Best all-around game, art direction, sound, multiplayer (ideally), the whole package.

    After having listened to the recent TA podcast with Tiger Style, it makes me wonder if this isn't a case of latest-greatest, forgetting all of the absolute classic games that came out this year, and just raving about the last sandwich you ate when you were really hungry. And maybe trying to promote a game that you think ought to be recognized. Well, if that's the case, you made a sale. I bought it based on your recommendation. But I regret it. And I won't do that again. And Game of the Year shouldn't be Game We Think You Ought to Give a Chance. It's best game. Period.

    I really, really hate when game reviewers skew their response to a game to advocate on its behalf. That's usually, in my experience, a bad thing. When you find yourself goosing a score because people "ought" to be playing this, you're not reviewing the game. You're evangelizing, and maybe you should draw a salary from the game company, if that's how you roll.

    I think the game is overrated and rather dull. Sure, I played about 20 levels, but only because I kept hoping there was MORE. I consider it similar to Myst, that much over-heralded game that gamers loathe and non-gamers love. In other words, no game play to speak of, but lots of ambient prettiness.

    Where to start on Spider...

    Well, nice concept. I'm a big fan of Bad Mojo, the game where you solve a mystery about being transformed into a cockroach ala Kafka. That game, however, was grimy, dangerous, and fun in a twisted and cheesy way. It would make an AWESOME conversion to the iPhone. Spider is just about, ONLY about, the web thing. Catching bugs. The art direction is only just okay. There are so many other games out there that are more polished, more imaginative, more... what's that word again... FUN!

    And here's another thing... to all of the porn directors out there, game developers, and just general video making people who think we need to hear some music, any music during the proceedings, we DON'T. The annoying syntho easy listening muzak that runs throughout Spider is just public domain, off-the-shelf narco-crap. If you don't have the talent, or a buddy who does, to create a compelling soundtrack, just leave it out entirely. It is so very rare in video games to hear music that's worth listening to. Why not just ambient sounds? The game is realistic. Why not keep it that way with rattling windows, pipes, creaking boards, and such? You can turn the music off, but then you hear nothing.

    I'd also like to interact with the environment more. And is there a point to the "mysteries" of the manor or is that just atmosphere? Sure, maybe if I play another 20 levels, I'll know, but a gamer ought to be compelled to play the entire game for amusement, not to see if the time he's dumped into a game will pay off EVENTUALLY. I'd say this game is a very average 3 stars. Absolutely not the best out there and frankly an insult as Game of the Year.

    Frankly, I suppose it's my own fault, since I should have downloaded the demo Hornet game. Then I would have known. But my thinking was "TA says Game of the Year. How can this game not be worth my money?" I'm here to tell you, it was.

    It may seem like I loathe this game, but I don't. It's a good game. I'm just reacting to Game of the Year thing. That's all.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      This is probably the best review that has ever appeared on this site. If you did your own iPhone game reviews elsewhere, I'd look there first.

    • djflippy

      @Tom Homely - You neglected to mention your choice for Game of the Year.

    • MrMuesli

      I agree with you about Spider. I'm also curious what YOUR GOY would be??

      • Tom Homely

        Lots of games had a piece of the puzzle, but no one game really put them all together. For me, I'd like to see excellence in the following areas:

        1) Innovative game play
        Something new or a different take on an old, but satisfying game mechanic. I don't expect a game to reinvent the wheel, but I like to be surprised and feel like the game comes from The Future. (Flight Control, Rolando 2)

        2) iPhone-centric control
        A game that uses the strengths of the iPhone control scheme without trying to shoehorn other control schemes onto the device. (Flight Control, Rolando 2, Canabalt)

        3) Lebensraum
        Precious screen space used for game play, not kludgy HUD and virtual d-pads. (Flight Control, Rolando 2, Harbor Master, Doodle Jump, Parachute Panic)

        4) Art direction
        I will, and have, bought many games on the iPhone based entirely on really creative and compelling art direction. (Hi, How Are You?, Parachute Panic, Rolando 2)

        5) Wi-Fi multiplayer
        For me the dream is just to pick up and play without having to login, friend code, Bluetooth. Any time anywhere anyone. (Mecho Wars, UniWar, Robocalypse)

        6) Leaderboards
        OpenFeint is okay, but I find that often seems like a bolt-on and diminishes overall design ever so slightly. Flight Control really, really distinguished itself in this area and Firemint ought to be going head-to-head with OpenFeint to become the defacto standard.

        7) Characters
        I don't need this, but I like it. I'll play Pac-Man and love it and don't need to know back story, motivation, or whatever. (He eats pellets. There are ghosts. What?) This is not a big deal, but if the characters are compelling, funny, or memorable, that's gravy. (Rolando 2, Nick Chase, Rogue Planet)

        8) Sound
        Less ear spam. I would very much like to skip the music unless it really, really lends itself to the experience, which in my view, is like 2% of the time. And even if game music is enjoyable, it almost always becomes obnoxious at some point (all games should include the ability to play your own music by default). Canabalt is noteworthy and should be a real wake-up call to iPhone game developers since the music deserves 50% of the credit for that game's well-deserved success. I'd compare it to Asteroids. A game whose ridiculously simple "soundtrack" (duh-DUH duh-DUH) and classic gameplay makes it enjoyable to this day. If a game doesn't have good music, I'd say just go with ambient sounds or compelling sound effects. (Canabalt, geoDefense, Sentinel 2, Rolando 2)

        9) Extensible game interaction
        Can be enjoyed for seconds or hours. (Harbor Master, geoDefense, Galcon Labs, Knights Onrush, Alive 4-Ever)

        10) Story
        As with characters, nice to have, but not necessary. (Rolando 2, Nick Chase)

        11) Humor
        Teh funny is also teh gravy. Like.
        (Minigore, Enviro-Bear 2010, Bailout Wars)

        12) Regular DLC/updates
        I'd even put this in the gravy category. If a game is fully realized from the beginning, I don't feel a need to have downloadable extras. It's just nice when it does come down. But I am also willing to purchase a half-baked game that shows promise (Minigore) and am entirely content to wait for the rest of it to come down eventually. (Rolando 2, Flight Control, Doodle Jump)

        13) Lasting appeal
        A lot of great games this year, but only a few endure. You know what I'm talking about... the games that get heavy rotation on the toilet. Am I right, fellas?
        (Harbor Master, Flight Control, Doodle Jump, Alive 4-Ever)

        So, for me the top contenders for GotY are:

        -- geoDefense (geoDefense Swarm is close enough to the first game that I don't feel the need to differentiate)
        -- Flight Control
        -- Rolando 2
        -- Harbor Master

        I would have included Mecho Wars in here because I'm a big Advance Wars fan and I enjoyed their very flexible and very easy Wi-Fi multiplayer, but I just found the game too unbalanced (same criticism of UniWar) and had issues with the crowded HUD, and I lost interest.

        Flight Control is innovative, spawned an entire genre, set the high water mark for leaderboards, is clean and simple, and is accessible to all ages, but offers endless challenge. Ultimately though, there are only four (very excellent, mind you) maps.

        Harbor Master, in my opinion, is a SLIGHTLY better game play experience (out Flight Controls Flight Control), better art direction, and this is the iPhone game I spent the most hours on in 2009.

        geoDefense sounds great, features perfect game balance, AND tickles my very prominent sweet spot for vector (am an old school Vectrex fetishist) graphics, and is a great tower defense standout while paying homage to Atari arcade vector classics like Tempest. Tons of levels, totally accessible, but also bad-ass for the hardcore.

        Having said all of that, Rolando 2, in my view, comes closest to being the total package. Sure, Rolando 2 is made by ngmoco, but it is humorous, features tons of regular DLC, is a clear and substantive improvement over the already excellent Rolando, has great music, sound effects, innovative iPhone-centric game control, and an amusing story.

        Could the developers of the other contending games produce a game on par with Rolando 2 with a comparable budget? No doubt at all. But here the deeper pockets and experience of ngmoco's team made Rolando 2 simply the best game of the year on the iPhone for 2009.

      • MrMuesli

        Thanks for the really insightful reply. Stormchild is right, you have the makings of a fine reviewer (at least, to my eyes).
        Of the line drawing games, I was very impressed with The Battle of Pirate Bay. Somehow it held my attention throughout the year more for me than either Harbor Master or Flight Control, and fulfills many of your 'Thirteen steps to heaven'; )

  • Tom Homely

    Going to disagree heavily on Spider as Game of the Year. I'm even going to go so far as to call into question the motivation behind Touch Arcade putting it there. Game of the Year, in my view, ought to be the best game period. Best all-around game, art direction, sound, multiplayer (ideally), the whole package.

    After having listened to the recent TA podcast with Tiger Style, it makes me wonder if this isn't a case of latest-greatest, forgetting all of the absolute classic games that came out this year, and just raving about the last sandwich you ate when you were really hungry. And maybe trying to promote a game that you think ought to be recognized. Well, if that's the case, you made a sale. I bought it based on your recommendation. But I regret it. And I won't do that again. And Game of the Year shouldn't be Game We Think You Ought to Give a Chance. It's best game. Period.

    I really, really hate when game reviewers skew their response to a game to advocate on its behalf. That's usually, in my experience, a bad thing. When you find yourself goosing a score because people "ought" to be playing this, you're not reviewing the game. You're evangelizing, and maybe you should draw a salary from the game company, if that's how you roll.

    I think the game is overrated and rather dull. Sure, I played about 20 levels, but only because I kept hoping there was MORE. I consider it similar to Myst, that much over-heralded game that gamers loathe and non-gamers love. In other words, no game play to speak of, but lots of ambient prettiness.

    Where to start on Spider...

    Well, nice concept. I'm a big fan of Bad Mojo, the game where you solve a mystery about being transformed into a cockroach ala Kafka. That game, however, was grimy, dangerous, and fun in a twisted and cheesy way. It would make an AWESOME conversion to the iPhone. Spider is just about, ONLY about, the web thing. Catching bugs. The art direction is only just okay. There are so many other games out there that are more polished, more imaginative, more... what's that word again... FUN!

    And here's another thing... to all of the porn directors out there, game developers, and just general video making people who think we need to hear some music, any music during the proceedings, we DON'T. The annoying syntho easy listening muzak that runs throughout Spider is just public domain, off-the-shelf narco-crap. If you don't have the talent, or a buddy who does, to create a compelling soundtrack, just leave it out entirely. It is so very rare in video games to hear music that's worth listening to. Why not just ambient sounds? The game is realistic. Why not keep it that way with rattling windows, pipes, creaking boards, and such? You can turn the music off, but then you hear nothing.

    I'd also like to interact with the environment more. And is there a point to the "mysteries" of the manor or is that just atmosphere? Sure, maybe if I play another 20 levels, I'll know, but a gamer ought to be compelled to play the entire game for amusement, not to see if the time he's dumped into a game will pay off EVENTUALLY. I'd say this game is a very average 3 stars. Absolutely not the best out there and frankly an insult as Game of the Year.

    Frankly, I suppose it's my own fault, since I should have downloaded the demo Hornet game. Then I would have known. But my thinking was "TA says Game of the Year. How can this game not be worth my money?" I'm here to tell you, it was.

    It may seem like I loathe this game, but I don't. It's a good game. I'm just reacting to Game of the Year thing. That's all.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      This is probably the best review that has ever appeared on this site. If you did your own iPhone game reviews elsewhere, I'd look there first.

    • djflippy

      @Tom Homely - You neglected to mention your choice for Game of the Year.

    • MrMuesli

      I agree with you about Spider. I'm also curious what YOUR GOY would be??

      • Tom Homely

        Lots of games had a piece of the puzzle, but no one game really put them all together. For me, I'd like to see excellence in the following areas:

        1) Innovative game play
        Something new or a different take on an old, but satisfying game mechanic. I don't expect a game to reinvent the wheel, but I like to be surprised and feel like the game comes from The Future. (Flight Control, Rolando 2)

        2) iPhone-centric control
        A game that uses the strengths of the iPhone control scheme without trying to shoehorn other control schemes onto the device. (Flight Control, Rolando 2, Canabalt)

        3) Lebensraum
        Precious screen space used for game play, not kludgy HUD and virtual d-pads. (Flight Control, Rolando 2, Harbor Master, Doodle Jump, Parachute Panic)

        4) Art direction
        I will, and have, bought many games on the iPhone based entirely on really creative and compelling art direction. (Hi, How Are You?, Parachute Panic, Rolando 2)

        5) Wi-Fi multiplayer
        For me the dream is just to pick up and play without having to login, friend code, Bluetooth. Any time anywhere anyone. (Mecho Wars, UniWar, Robocalypse)

        6) Leaderboards
        OpenFeint is okay, but I find that often seems like a bolt-on and diminishes overall design ever so slightly. Flight Control really, really distinguished itself in this area and Firemint ought to be going head-to-head with OpenFeint to become the defacto standard.

        7) Characters
        I don't need this, but I like it. I'll play Pac-Man and love it and don't need to know back story, motivation, or whatever. (He eats pellets. There are ghosts. What?) This is not a big deal, but if the characters are compelling, funny, or memorable, that's gravy. (Rolando 2, Nick Chase, Rogue Planet)

        8) Sound
        Less ear spam. I would very much like to skip the music unless it really, really lends itself to the experience, which in my view, is like 2% of the time. And even if game music is enjoyable, it almost always becomes obnoxious at some point (all games should include the ability to play your own music by default). Canabalt is noteworthy and should be a real wake-up call to iPhone game developers since the music deserves 50% of the credit for that game's well-deserved success. I'd compare it to Asteroids. A game whose ridiculously simple "soundtrack" (duh-DUH duh-DUH) and classic gameplay makes it enjoyable to this day. If a game doesn't have good music, I'd say just go with ambient sounds or compelling sound effects. (Canabalt, geoDefense, Sentinel 2, Rolando 2)

        9) Extensible game interaction
        Can be enjoyed for seconds or hours. (Harbor Master, geoDefense, Galcon Labs, Knights Onrush, Alive 4-Ever)

        10) Story
        As with characters, nice to have, but not necessary. (Rolando 2, Nick Chase)

        11) Humor
        Teh funny is also teh gravy. Like.
        (Minigore, Enviro-Bear 2010, Bailout Wars)

        12) Regular DLC/updates
        I'd even put this in the gravy category. If a game is fully realized from the beginning, I don't feel a need to have downloadable extras. It's just nice when it does come down. But I am also willing to purchase a half-baked game that shows promise (Minigore) and am entirely content to wait for the rest of it to come down eventually. (Rolando 2, Flight Control, Doodle Jump)

        13) Lasting appeal
        A lot of great games this year, but only a few endure. You know what I'm talking about... the games that get heavy rotation on the toilet. Am I right, fellas?
        (Harbor Master, Flight Control, Doodle Jump, Alive 4-Ever)

        So, for me the top contenders for GotY are:

        -- geoDefense (geoDefense Swarm is close enough to the first game that I don't feel the need to differentiate)
        -- Flight Control
        -- Rolando 2
        -- Harbor Master

        I would have included Mecho Wars in here because I'm a big Advance Wars fan and I enjoyed their very flexible and very easy Wi-Fi multiplayer, but I just found the game too unbalanced (same criticism of UniWar) and had issues with the crowded HUD, and I lost interest.

        Flight Control is innovative, spawned an entire genre, set the high water mark for leaderboards, is clean and simple, and is accessible to all ages, but offers endless challenge. Ultimately though, there are only four (very excellent, mind you) maps.

        Harbor Master, in my opinion, is a SLIGHTLY better game play experience (out Flight Controls Flight Control), better art direction, and this is the iPhone game I spent the most hours on in 2009.

        geoDefense sounds great, features perfect game balance, AND tickles my very prominent sweet spot for vector (am an old school Vectrex fetishist) graphics, and is a great tower defense standout while paying homage to Atari arcade vector classics like Tempest. Tons of levels, totally accessible, but also bad-ass for the hardcore.

        Having said all of that, Rolando 2, in my view, comes closest to being the total package. Sure, Rolando 2 is made by ngmoco, but it is humorous, features tons of regular DLC, is a clear and substantive improvement over the already excellent Rolando, has great music, sound effects, innovative iPhone-centric game control, and an amusing story.

        Could the developers of the other contending games produce a game on par with Rolando 2 with a comparable budget? No doubt at all. But here the deeper pockets and experience of ngmoco's team made Rolando 2 simply the best game of the year on the iPhone for 2009.

      • MrMuesli

        Thanks for the really insightful reply. Stormchild is right, you have the makings of a fine reviewer (at least, to my eyes).
        Of the line drawing games, I was very impressed with The Battle of Pirate Bay. Somehow it held my attention throughout the year more for me than either Harbor Master or Flight Control, and fulfills many of your 'Thirteen steps to heaven'; )

  • gcl

    Nice list.

    I have all the Strategy games listed, but where's

    CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION?!

    Also Auditorium has a classic timeless quality, so I'd nominate that one too.

  • gcl

    Nice list.

    I have all the Strategy games listed, but where's

    CIVILIZATION REVOLUTION?!

    Also Auditorium has a classic timeless quality, so I'd nominate that one too.

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    Thanks you guys for doing such a fantastic job!

    • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

      And yes nearly forgot as someone who has bought over 400 games.
      Most time spent on a game ORIONS: Legend of Wizards
      The only game I've played over 100 times.

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    Thanks you guys for doing such a fantastic job!

    • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

      And yes nearly forgot as someone who has bought over 400 games.
      Most time spent on a game ORIONS: Legend of Wizards
      The only game I've played over 100 times.

  • Techie

    http://www.technology-bay.com usefull links and articles

  • Techie

    http://www.technology-bay.com usefull links and articles

  • djflippy

    This is an excellent article. It is very difficult to weed through the thousands of game released in a whole year and populate the top tier of each category, as you did. Of course, everyone has their own suggestions of could have been there, but that is a symptom of this type of list, not this specific list. That can even be part of the fun. While poring over your choices, I find myself already looking forward to the list you guys put together next year. Great job!

  • djflippy

    This is an excellent article. It is very difficult to weed through the thousands of game released in a whole year and populate the top tier of each category, as you did. Of course, everyone has their own suggestions of could have been there, but that is a symptom of this type of list, not this specific list. That can even be part of the fun. While poring over your choices, I find myself already looking forward to the list you guys put together next year. Great job!

  • Anthony

    the SPIDER app was indeed fun i played it for many hours and it was a long indepth mode that kept u coming for more. and the nice replay value of the app also pulls you trying to defeat others and yourself high scores. And now they updated the app to make that much better. But my favorite app was probably Eliminate Pro just because I played it so many times and i also thought the upgrading and controls was a nice feature. But after about 2 months the app got boring and then NOVA was released which is far better and much more improved in every aspect of Eliminate pro

    if you found this helpful please check out my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AppEachDay

  • Anthony

    the SPIDER app was indeed fun i played it for many hours and it was a long indepth mode that kept u coming for more. and the nice replay value of the app also pulls you trying to defeat others and yourself high scores. And now they updated the app to make that much better. But my favorite app was probably Eliminate Pro just because I played it so many times and i also thought the upgrading and controls was a nice feature. But after about 2 months the app got boring and then NOVA was released which is far better and much more improved in every aspect of Eliminate pro

    if you found this helpful please check out my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AppEachDay

  • pavja2

    I am shocked that Warfare incorporated did not manage to make the "Strategy" list. While it was under-hyped compared to the other strategy games the most recent multiplayer update makes it easily the best RTS for the iphone, combining seamless graphics and control scheme with a full featured online play it is well worth $4.99

  • pavja2

    I am shocked that Warfare incorporated did not manage to make the "Strategy" list. While it was under-hyped compared to the other strategy games the most recent multiplayer update makes it easily the best RTS for the iphone, combining seamless graphics and control scheme with a full featured online play it is well worth $4.99

  • Olympus God

    Since when are there 5 classes in Zenonia?

  • Olympus God

    Since when are there 5 classes in Zenonia?

  • wlanboy

    Normal game reviews are "not that easy", but there are a lot of iPhone games that are working on something special. Like Doodle Jump, nothing for me, but I can image how thousands of played gameing hours happend.

    My personal list would be like:

    Strategy realtime:
    - Galcon Labs
    - Dungeon Defense
    - Trenches
    - Battle Zone
    - earthVSmoon
    - Sentinel

    Strategy turnbased:
    - Judgement Day War
    - Rogue Planet

    Shooter:
    - Deer Hunting
    - Snipver vs Sniper: Online
    - MGS Touch

    Brawler & Slayer
    - Draw Slasher
    - Tap-Fu
    - Samurai
    - Twin Blades

    Flight:
    - MiniSquadron

    New Genre:
    - Hook Champ
    - Backbreaker
    - Parachute Panic
    - Orbital
    - Implode
    - Bombardier
    - Ramp Champ

    I like the "best of month/year" articles, because I found half of my games through the comments postet on these articles.

    • Doxxic

      Galcon Labs, yes!

      I download about everything that is recommended here, but I'm indeed playing Galcon Labs more than twice more often than the rest altogether. It's biggest competitor is the original Galcon from 2008, when there are no open slots at the multiplayer servers for too long.

      It illustrates the iPhone's potential for gaming just like Spider does and then a little more: you play a really deep strategy game in 3 minutes *against anyone in the world*.

      It has been developed and released by one single person and is more than perfectly suited to the iPhone.

  • wlanboy

    Normal game reviews are "not that easy", but there are a lot of iPhone games that are working on something special. Like Doodle Jump, nothing for me, but I can image how thousands of played gameing hours happend.

    My personal list would be like:

    Strategy realtime:
    - Galcon Labs
    - Dungeon Defense
    - Trenches
    - Battle Zone
    - earthVSmoon
    - Sentinel

    Strategy turnbased:
    - Judgement Day War
    - Rogue Planet

    Shooter:
    - Deer Hunting
    - Snipver vs Sniper: Online
    - MGS Touch

    Brawler & Slayer
    - Draw Slasher
    - Tap-Fu
    - Samurai
    - Twin Blades

    Flight:
    - MiniSquadron

    New Genre:
    - Hook Champ
    - Backbreaker
    - Parachute Panic
    - Orbital
    - Implode
    - Bombardier
    - Ramp Champ

    I like the "best of month/year" articles, because I found half of my games through the comments postet on these articles.

    • Doxxic

      Galcon Labs, yes!

      I download about everything that is recommended here, but I'm indeed playing Galcon Labs more than twice more often than the rest altogether. It's biggest competitor is the original Galcon from 2008, when there are no open slots at the multiplayer servers for too long.

      It illustrates the iPhone's potential for gaming just like Spider does and then a little more: you play a really deep strategy game in 3 minutes *against anyone in the world*.

      It has been developed and released by one single person and is more than perfectly suited to the iPhone.

  • touchg3

    Touch Arcade should be ashamed of themselves for not listing Modern Combat under FPS

  • touchg3

    Touch Arcade should be ashamed of themselves for not listing Modern Combat under FPS

  • mt0708

    Toucharcade, congratz on such a successful year. Your my number 1 source for apps! Looking forward to the big 10, keep up the good work!

  • mt0708

    Toucharcade, congratz on such a successful year. Your my number 1 source for apps! Looking forward to the big 10, keep up the good work!

  • http://conscripts.bandcamp.com Sinistar

    Great list guys, and don't listen to the cynics complaining about whatever game was or wasn't on the list. It's your personal opinion and I'll be taking a lot of the recommendations.

  • http://conscripts.bandcamp.com Sinistar

    Great list guys, and don't listen to the cynics complaining about whatever game was or wasn't on the list. It's your personal opinion and I'll be taking a lot of the recommendations.

  • Charlie Bing

    Fascinating list... one a week + a bonus! I rather like an usual game that uses physics to replicate an old English pub game. It's called Bump'ny. You actually get to bump the bottom of the phone to do the action on screen. Have seen a couple of games that try to do something similar, but neither are as good. List it as "retro".

  • Charlie Bing

    Fascinating list... one a week + a bonus! I rather like an usual game that uses physics to replicate an old English pub game. It's called Bump'ny. You actually get to bump the bottom of the phone to do the action on screen. Have seen a couple of games that try to do something similar, but neither are as good. List it as "retro".

  • MacGuido

    Ah yes, Bumpny. One of my favs!

  • MacGuido

    Ah yes, Bumpny. One of my favs!

  • stlreader

    No mention here of ScruzzleWord??????

    It should have been listed under word games.

    It's a classic of the iPhone platform.

  • stlreader

    No mention here of ScruzzleWord??????

    It should have been listed under word games.

    It's a classic of the iPhone platform.

  • Dany

    CALL OF DUTY WORLD AT WAR ZOMBIES

  • Dany

    CALL OF DUTY WORLD AT WAR ZOMBIES

  • http://twitter.com/contentwritten Houston Litteer

    Hey! Just thought I'd respond. I honestly loved your post. Keep up the awesome work.

  • http://twitter.com/contentwritten Houston Litteer

    Hey! Just thought I'd respond. I honestly loved your post. Keep up the awesome work.

  • http://www.muyyabess790.com Tabitha

    Thank you very much! I shall try it out tomorrow!,lucy

  • http://www.muyyabess790.com Tabitha

    Thank you very much! I shall try it out tomorrow!,lucy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CAVMN5VX4WUCZW65GEHWDEW7GA iGuy

    Great games! Thank you very much for this list! In addition to those listed above I also recommend Tarantula vs Snake.