ta_logo_whiteOur March 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


Tilt to Live - Tilt to Live is a game that draws you in with its edgy personality and inescapable 'just one more go' gameplay. It is gorgeously crafted and presented and has a wicked sense of humor to boot (just take a look at the loading screens to see what I mean). Completing its challenges and unlocking weapons has the added benefit of enabling you to achieve even higher scores and multipliers, meaning even those not normally counting themselves as completionists may be eager to experience the width and breadth of what Tilt to Live has to offer. This is one game that will remain a fixture on my iPhone for a long time to come. (Review, App Store)

4.5 Stars

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Bounce On 2 - Bounce On 2: Drallo's Demise succeeds in delivering highly enjoyable platform gameplay to the iPhone. The original was fun, but the sequel goes well beyond, feeling notably more "fleshed out," with a good deal more eye-candy. While there's certainly room for more quality platformers in the App Store, Bounce On 2 is among the current best. (Review, App Store)

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ZombieSmash - ZombieSmash has evidently received a lot of love from the developers, who have attempted to liven up the stale flicking gameplay that comes with most castle defense games. As a result, ZombieSmash really does stand head and shoulders above its competition. (Review, App Store)

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Street Fighter 4 - Street Fighter 4 is easily recommended to any Street Fighter fan or fighting game aficionado. At its core it is a lightweight port of the exceptional console title, so don't go expecting anything different if you've had your SF4 fill. On the other hand, it is amazing that such a game was ported to the AppStore in the first place and the simple fact that you can now bring Street Fighter 4 around in your pocket should be enough to sway many an eager button masher. (Review, App Store)

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Ragdoll Blaster 2 - The sequel reveals a more polished title than the original, discarding the hand-drawn art and instead drawing heavily from the steampunk genre to create a rich game world of oiled cogs and shiny bronze contraptions. It is thanks to these machinations that the gameplay in Ragdoll Blaster 2 does vary a little to the original, if still sharing that same overall feel of blasting (and resetting) over and over again until you reach your target in as few shots as possible. (Review, App Store)

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Vector Tanks Extreme - The game is basically an exercise in GO GO GO, watch the map to dodge enemy fire, swing behind an obstacle for shielding, and lay down the smack as fast and as hard as you can. And if the aforementioned obstacle is slowing you down, just blow it away. (Review, App Store)

The rest of March 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 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.

  • Will

    Will you be doing this for iPad games?

    • Gekkota

      I would also like to see a monthly "best games" for the iPad...

    • JCat

      Yes, some iPad monthly lovin' too.

    • Vidya

      Why do we need a special list for the ipad? They're going to be the same games. Just have a notation for games that are enhanced on the ipad. I don't own one and never will, why alienate me and thousands of others with this ipad stuff.

      • Will

        How would that alienate you? You're not obligated to read every post. Just skip it.

      • needler

        In other words, Vildya wants the entire site tailored to his/her needs, with no one else taken into consideration.

  • Will

    Will you be doing this for iPad games?

    • Gekkota

      I would also like to see a monthly "best games" for the iPad...

    • JCat

      Yes, some iPad monthly lovin' too.

    • Vidya

      Why do we need a special list for the ipad? They're going to be the same games. Just have a notation for games that are enhanced on the ipad. I don't own one and never will, why alienate me and thousands of others with this ipad stuff.

      • Will

        How would that alienate you? You're not obligated to read every post. Just skip it.

      • needler

        In other words, Vildya wants the entire site tailored to his/her needs, with no one else taken into consideration.

  • Hitch

    I agree with all of your ratings except for the hero. That game seems strangly under-rated. Now I know that 4 stars is still very good, but I'd put it above Ragdoll Blaster 2.
    To each his own, but if you're reading this and haven't checked out The Hero, I really recommend you do.

  • Hitch

    I agree with all of your ratings except for the hero. That game seems strangly under-rated. Now I know that 4 stars is still very good, but I'd put it above Ragdoll Blaster 2.
    To each his own, but if you're reading this and haven't checked out The Hero, I really recommend you do.

  • munkee

    Street Fighter II should get 5 stars, it's such an awesome game! :D

    • Rosh

      I still think that blades of fury had more depth and better graphics. Although I agree that SF is a damn good game.
      Now, If only someone would port Mortal Kombat to the iPhone, I'd jizz in my pants.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Thanks for the laugh -- I needed one.

  • munkee

    Street Fighter II should get 5 stars, it's such an awesome game! :D

    • Rosh

      I still think that blades of fury had more depth and better graphics. Although I agree that SF is a damn good game.
      Now, If only someone would port Mortal Kombat to the iPhone, I'd jizz in my pants.

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Thanks for the laugh -- I needed one.

  • Toad In The Hole

    Tilt To Live was actually released Feb 24th so technically NOT March Game of the Month and is way over-rated(ok for 6 yr olds like mine though) Would put SuperFall,The Hero,Ragdoll Blaster 2,Street Fighter IV & Zenonia 2 above Tilt To Live,but as always lists are subjective and everyone will have there own favourites.

    • arn

      It's based on TouchArcade review date, not app release date.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        Which makes no sense, I think.
        You also don't say, Rambo 3 is your best movie of 2009, just because you haven't seen it before. I guess, to take the release date would be way better.

      • HelperMonkey

        So, Silent Rocco.. You would like them to include a game in the "best of" for a given month before they have actually reviewed it? Don't they need to review a game before they know if it's one of the best releases for the previous month?

      • The Theory

        Who cares whether a site like this defines "monthly" by release date or review date? The important thing is that they're giving nice monthly summaries of some of their highest rated games.

        (for what it's worth, it is probably easier for them to sort by review date, rather than trying to dig up release dates)

  • Toad In The Hole

    Tilt To Live was actually released Feb 24th so technically NOT March Game of the Month and is way over-rated(ok for 6 yr olds like mine though) Would put SuperFall,The Hero,Ragdoll Blaster 2,Street Fighter IV & Zenonia 2 above Tilt To Live,but as always lists are subjective and everyone will have there own favourites.

    • arn

      It's based on TouchArcade review date, not app release date.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        Which makes no sense, I think.
        You also don't say, Rambo 3 is your best movie of 2009, just because you haven't seen it before. I guess, to take the release date would be way better.

      • HelperMonkey

        So, Silent Rocco.. You would like them to include a game in the "best of" for a given month before they have actually reviewed it? Don't they need to review a game before they know if it's one of the best releases for the previous month?

      • The Theory

        Who cares whether a site like this defines "monthly" by release date or review date? The important thing is that they're giving nice monthly summaries of some of their highest rated games.

        (for what it's worth, it is probably easier for them to sort by review date, rather than trying to dig up release dates)

  • festival

    Sure Tilt to Live is overrated....I give his 3 Stars....becuase after some minutes..it's boring.

    Ok they had the banners here :-)

  • festival

    Sure Tilt to Live is overrated....I give his 3 Stars....becuase after some minutes..it's boring.

    Ok they had the banners here :-)

  • Piasintein

    It's impossibile to satisfy everybody. I like TA's reviews...
    However, it's better *read* them, stars are not all. :)

  • Piasintein

    It's impossibile to satisfy everybody. I like TA's reviews...
    However, it's better *read* them, stars are not all. :)

  • MrMuesli

    Tilt to Live was certainly well presented, but I have to agree that it wasn't mind blowing. The 'survive as long as you can' games are a delicate balance. Games like Doodle Jump, Canabalt and ABOVE I keep coming back to, but TtL has been deleted.

  • MrMuesli

    Tilt to Live was certainly well presented, but I have to agree that it wasn't mind blowing. The 'survive as long as you can' games are a delicate balance. Games like Doodle Jump, Canabalt and ABOVE I keep coming back to, but TtL has been deleted.

  • Piasintein

    Castle Fantasy isn't rated. I'd give it 4 Stars...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      After the control and new game mode updates, would give it 4.5 stars. One of the few games that I finished on easy and felt compelled to start over at a higher difficulty immediately.

  • Piasintein

    Castle Fantasy isn't rated. I'd give it 4 Stars...

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      After the control and new game mode updates, would give it 4.5 stars. One of the few games that I finished on easy and felt compelled to start over at a higher difficulty immediately.

  • Jindo Fox

    Vector Tanks Extreme on the ipad is simply amazing. Big fat vector graphics, nice chunky grabbable controls, and a noisy soundtrack with obnoxious voices. That's the closest I've gotten to the old school arcade feeling on an idevice yet.

    • http://zombiesmash.gamedrs.com Matthias

      Thanks for listing us (ZombieSmash) in this nice round :)

      I agree that Tilt to Live deserves 5 star ranking. It's simple but ingeniously simple for my taste. Looking forward to the update.

    • Lukeb

      "chunky grabbable controls" - perfect way to describe VTE

  • Jindo Fox

    Vector Tanks Extreme on the ipad is simply amazing. Big fat vector graphics, nice chunky grabbable controls, and a noisy soundtrack with obnoxious voices. That's the closest I've gotten to the old school arcade feeling on an idevice yet.

    • http://zombiesmash.gamedrs.com Matthias

      Thanks for listing us (ZombieSmash) in this nice round :)

      I agree that Tilt to Live deserves 5 star ranking. It's simple but ingeniously simple for my taste. Looking forward to the update.

    • Lukeb

      "chunky grabbable controls" - perfect way to describe VTE

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    I need Best iPad games

    • Vidya

      Look up the best iphone games, voila

  • http://www.techzang.com Jack

    I need Best iPad games

    • Vidya

      Look up the best iphone games, voila

  • Chris

    Tilt to Live is EXTREMELY addictive, but I would only give it 4 stars because it starts too slowly every time you play it. After the new update comes out, 5 stars all the way.

  • Chris

    Tilt to Live is EXTREMELY addictive, but I would only give it 4 stars because it starts too slowly every time you play it. After the new update comes out, 5 stars all the way.

  • Fruho

    Disappointed that The Hero only got 4 stars- I was quite impressed by its frenetic action, and would certainly rank it above Zombiesmash-and wasn't Street Fighter released in February?

  • Fruho

    Disappointed that The Hero only got 4 stars- I was quite impressed by its frenetic action, and would certainly rank it above Zombiesmash-and wasn't Street Fighter released in February?

  • Goimot

    I didn't see on this list:
    Chop Chop Runner
    PandaMania
    Mad'O'Ball 3D
    ???

  • Goimot

    I didn't see on this list:
    Chop Chop Runner
    PandaMania
    Mad'O'Ball 3D
    ???

  • Brian Dunkle

    I dunno...I just really didn't enjoy castle fantasy. The overall feel is like I don't have complete control over what happens, like even if I time it right I might get hit in mid-jump or mid-attack...best way I can describe it is like a loose, keyboard-controlled flash-based minigame where you expect the controls to suck and the results to be a little arbitrary. Frustrating rather than fun.
    The art was entertaining, though.

    I like Hero okay so far...silly.

  • Brian Dunkle

    I dunno...I just really didn't enjoy castle fantasy. The overall feel is like I don't have complete control over what happens, like even if I time it right I might get hit in mid-jump or mid-attack...best way I can describe it is like a loose, keyboard-controlled flash-based minigame where you expect the controls to suck and the results to be a little arbitrary. Frustrating rather than fun.
    The art was entertaining, though.

    I like Hero okay so far...silly.

  • Darkedhunter

    WOW... I'm so disappointed you give Street Fighter props for being a lightweight portable version of the console version, but knocked Resident Evil 4 for doing the exact same thing. Hypocritical failure of review much?

  • Darkedhunter

    WOW... I'm so disappointed you give Street Fighter props for being a lightweight portable version of the console version, but knocked Resident Evil 4 for doing the exact same thing. Hypocritical failure of review much?

  • http://www.madoball3d.com Breakdown Studios

    We hope to see our game in the best of April list!
    After all, we properly were on the store with both Free and Full version only the 13th of march. Will see!

    Thanks to Goimot for proposing it for this month.

    Tom

  • http://www.madoball3d.com Breakdown Studios

    We hope to see our game in the best of April list!
    After all, we properly were on the store with both Free and Full version only the 13th of march. Will see!

    Thanks to Goimot for proposing it for this month.

    Tom

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