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

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

5 Stars


Broken Sword - The remake of this 1996 point and click adventure was wonderfully brought to the iPhone. The story and all around high-quality production values of Broken Sword sucked us in. Whether you're an old fan of the original game, a newcomer to the series, or even someone who's never played a point-and-click adventure before, Broken Sword is a game with mass appeal that will draw you in. (Review, App Store)


Sword & Poker - Mix poker with a loose RPG and you get one of the most surprisingly compelling games from January. The variety of monsters, weapons and levels adds enough content to kept us coming back throughout the month. Even if the premise sounds strange to you, give the Lite a try. (Review, App Store, Lite)

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - A great adaptation of a DS/PSP game, Chinatown Wars offers a level of depth rarely seen on the App Store. If you complete everything in game, playtime will need to be measured in days, not hours. The weapon targeting system can use improvement, but barely detracts from an otherwise phenomenal game. (Review, App Store)

4.5 Stars

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Cogs - Cogs is a mechanical puzzler that challenges you to bring to life a series of increasingly complex machines by way of arranging sets of tiles, gears, pipes, and the like in such a way as to connect varying energy sources to their ultimate outlets across 50 different 2.5D and 3D environments It has become one of our favorite iPhone puzzlers. (Review, App Store)

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The Deep - The Deep is all about exploring environments and finding important items that allow access to other parts of the map or give unique abilities to the main character. Unique level designs, the pleasant art, and that addictive, upgrade-focused exploratory gameplay kept us captive for hours (Review, App Store)

The rest of January game ratings can be seen in their respective rating categories (also found in the sidebar navigation): 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3.5 Stars, 3 Stars, and 2.5 Stars.

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

  • 1337brian

    By far GTA was the best game to happen in Jan, if not of all time! Cogs was also a really nice game that made a great transition from PC to the iphone...

    • sonny jim

      plants vs zombies dick slaps all other games of 2010

      • Sam

        agreed!
        PvZ is by far the best game out there

  • 1337brian

    By far GTA was the best game to happen in Jan, if not of all time! Cogs was also a really nice game that made a great transition from PC to the iphone...

    • sonny jim

      plants vs zombies dick slaps all other games of 2010

      • Sam

        agreed!
        PvZ is by far the best game out there

  • rich_952000

    I think The Horrible Vikings was a great game released just a few into January. I saw a TA article by Hodapp, shouldn't it be on here?

    Richard

    • SalsaMD

      Its in the 4 star list

  • rich_952000

    I think The Horrible Vikings was a great game released just a few into January. I saw a TA article by Hodapp, shouldn't it be on here?

    Richard

    • SalsaMD

      Its in the 4 star list

  • http://iptapp.wordpress.com SunriseMoon

    No Assasin's Creed 2?

    • SalsaMD

      4 star list

    • Ryan Rigney

      Of course not. *shields face*

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        The reaction to AC2 has been very mixed -- don't think you need flame shields on that one. (Personally, I love it, but I can accept that some people don't.)

    • Deewin

      It's a fun and very well polished game but I don't think it's anything special.

  • http://iptapp.wordpress.com SunriseMoon

    No Assasin's Creed 2?

    • SalsaMD

      4 star list

    • Ryan Rigney

      Of course not. *shields face*

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        The reaction to AC2 has been very mixed -- don't think you need flame shields on that one. (Personally, I love it, but I can accept that some people don't.)

    • Deewin

      It's a fun and very well polished game but I don't think it's anything special.

  • MrMuesli

    Well, I'm going to mention Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain because no-one else probably will. Glad to see there is a small renaissance for the gamebooks again. Having done a bit of research, I have seen that they are publishing a handful of news stories too (in book form). I might have to put my iPod down for a while: )

  • MrMuesli

    Well, I'm going to mention Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain because no-one else probably will. Glad to see there is a small renaissance for the gamebooks again. Having done a bit of research, I have seen that they are publishing a handful of news stories too (in book form). I might have to put my iPod down for a while: )

  • Wicked

    Sword and Poker is fantastic. Thanks for turning me on to this game. We have shared it around the office and everyone loves it. Great game!

  • Wicked

    Sword and Poker is fantastic. Thanks for turning me on to this game. We have shared it around the office and everyone loves it. Great game!

  • starmonkey101

    im disappointed battle blasters only got a 3.5

    once BT multiplayer arrives, will its rating increase?

  • starmonkey101

    im disappointed battle blasters only got a 3.5

    once BT multiplayer arrives, will its rating increase?

  • starmonkey101

    hey tA, the deep came out in december :/

  • starmonkey101

    hey tA, the deep came out in december :/

  • Squeaker

    Cogs is 4.5 stars here but in the 5 stars link?

  • Squeaker

    Cogs is 4.5 stars here but in the 5 stars link?

  • Deewin

    I own all these games and have yet to complete any of them heh.

  • Deewin

    I own all these games and have yet to complete any of them heh.

  • Priscilla

    Awesome list!

    Have you checked out Spider Pebble?

    It's a great action puzzle game!

  • Priscilla

    Awesome list!

    Have you checked out Spider Pebble?

    It's a great action puzzle game!

  • Stephen

    I downloaded the lite version of Sword & Poker last night and then the full version last night...and stayed up until 5 in the morning last night/this morning. UGH! Great game! Just one more battle and the Final Fantasy-type music...just always gets me pumped.

    P.S. Poker Smash would work great on the iphone! Anyone?

  • Stephen

    I downloaded the lite version of Sword & Poker last night and then the full version last night...and stayed up until 5 in the morning last night/this morning. UGH! Great game! Just one more battle and the Final Fantasy-type music...just always gets me pumped.

    P.S. Poker Smash would work great on the iphone! Anyone?

  • http://www.fullbellek.com Haber

    It looks like a fun game... thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.fullbellek.com Haber

    It looks like a fun game... thank you for sharing.

  • xKeri

    My favourites are Bejeweled and Soosiz <3 I can play them for hours and they are super addictive there are some good games i found from here

    http://www.tech4girls.com/guides/the-best-most-addictive-iphoneipod-touch-games/

    Keri x

  • xKeri

    My favourites are Bejeweled and Soosiz <3 I can play them for hours and they are super addictive there are some good games i found from here

    http://www.tech4girls.com/guides/the-best-most-addictive-iphoneipod-touch-games/

    Keri x