Our ratings for games we reviewed April are now in place, and we now present to you the ones that are on the top of the heap. 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

Gears, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Crescent Moon Games has made a name for themselves on the App Store peddling high quality RPG's, but it turns out they can make simple casual games just as well. Gears is a ball rolling game, a genre that works fantastically with the tilt-based controls of the iPhone. But, if you don't like tilt, the game can also be controlled by touch which I almost find myself preferring.

Tactical Soldier - Undead Rising, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Tactical Soldier is a pleasant surprise for fans of tactical turn-based strategy games. It’s incredibly challenging, but as such it’s also incredibly satisfying when you figure out the best way to deal with the many scenarios in the game. A player in our forums described the game as Resident Evil Tactics, should that game actually exist, and I think that totally nails it.

Death Rally, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Death Rally actually came out in March, but we've been playing it so much and it has gotten so much better through updates that we decided to up it to 5 stars and feature it again in our April game listings. Don't miss this crazy vehicular combat racer.

4.5 Stars

Snuggle Truck, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Even though its controversial subject matter was stripped out to appease Apple, Snuggle Truck is still a ridiculously fun physics-based side-scrolling racer. It might even be better that the original theme was removed because it's causing us to focus on the game being fun rather than the point it's trying to prove.

Coin Drop!, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - If you're the kind of person who has played through both Peggle and the Peggle Nights add-on and are chomping at the bit for even more, Coin Drop! is just what you need. The game does a wonderful job of taking the things that made Peggle the worldwide sensation that it is while providing a new spin on gameplay to make Coin Drop! feel like something almost entirely new.

Atari's Greatest Hits, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Without a doubt the single most significant retro title to hit the App Store yet, Atari's Greatest Hits comes packed with 100 different games, 18 from arcades and an additional 92 from the Atari 2600. Some of them even feature bluetooth multiplayer for two player head to head play. Original cabinet and box art is included, and each game has been wonderfully adapted to be touch controlled.

Mos Speedrun, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Mos Speedrun is definitely another solid entry in the iOS platforming genre. The levels are interesting, the controls are spot on, and the game uses adorable pixel art graphics and an awesome chiptune soundtrack. Plus, despite not having a huge number of levels, the ones that are there will put up a good fight and are a joy to play through.

Special Mention

Order & Chaos Online, Free - [Initial Impressions: Part 1 / Part 2] - [Forum Thread] - It's hard to really rate an MMORPG since so much of what makes a game like this good is the community and developer support, neither of which have had a chance to mature yet in Order & Chaos. Regardless, the game is an incredibly accurate clone of World of Warcraft, and being able to get your WoW fix on your iPhone or iPad is both appealing and appalling. If you haven't yet, join the TouchArcade guild as playing the game is infinitely more fun with tons of helpful guildmates.


The rest of the 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.

  • gee

    what? no zenonia 3 on the list? ? >:0

  • Andy C

    I like how TA doesn't give out 5 stars to games all willy nilly, like some other reviewers are want to do. If TA gives a game top marks, you know it's earned it.

    Great job guys, thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Cough cough SLIDE TO PLAY cough cough
      Yeah, I agree with 99.99999999999% of TA's reviews.

      • Octagone

        Yeah the only one I disagreed with is when they were ragging on Crysis

    • Anonymous

      Yet they gave it to Gears which has a rather decent share of flaws.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        "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."

      • Eleven

        Based on WHAT criteria. If not graphics or sound, then what? Obviously other companies who review games positively also recommend them to others. So your argument holds no water.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        The criteria is whether or not we enjoyed them, and how much.

  • Zatos

    I am really surprised there is no mention of Sword & Sworcery. I know it came out in March for iPad, but I wasn't able to play it until April because of the iPhone/IpodTouch version. No knocks though, good list!

    • gee

      agreed!!

  • Anonymous

    No Sword and Sorcery? Hmm, Ima go get me Gears now!

  • backtothis

    Didn't know Coin Drop was so good. It's the only one I'm missing from the list. Thanks for the heads up. Definitely an interesting list this month. Not one I completely agree with, but it's pretty well done like always.

  • http://appenthusiast.blogspot.com Eric Pramono

    You might have overlooked one great game that was released on Apr 22.
    If you love the challenges of Cut the Rope, you'll love this game called Jump Out!
    The game has excellent gameplay and mechanics whose ideas have great potentials for exploration in the future.
    You should definitely check 'em out: http://bit.ly/if8ikY
    If I'm asked to give my vote for Best Games of the Year 2011, I think this is the big candidate for that.

  • uaq

    What? No Zenonia 3? No Sword and Sworcery? For shame!

  • Eleven

    I can't recommend Atari for the simple fact that other companies own the rights to most of the good games so they aren't even available from that app.

  • EastsideStompers

    Atari's Greatest Hits - The UI is great, but many of the games housed within are a bit of a disappointment. The sprites are sometimes so small you need a magnifying glass on the iPhone. Anyone with the original app store outing of Centipede that Atari released ages ago that included the classic mode (which was later removed) will appreciate how you can retain the 'classic' feel whilst tinkering with it enough to make it playable on a new (and totally unrelated) platform.

  • GiHub

    Gears and Coin Drop are just plain boring games. I really don't see what the excitement is about. Yes, they have a neat presentation but that's about it.

  • Driveby

    "being able to get your WoW fix on your iPhone or iPad is both appealing and appalling"

    Someone reads Penny Arcade...

  • Anonymous

    I can't believe you gave Atari's Greatest Hits 4.5 stars. It's been a big disappointment to me. The controls just aren't very good. Some are pretty good, but most of the ones I've tried play pretty horrible. I bought the full unlock and regret it. The biggest disappointment is Warlords which ought to support 4 players on one iPad, but doesn't support more then 1, and aside from the that the control scheme is ill conceived and very difficult to get use to. I give the collection 2 stars. I hope that there will be updates to dramatically improve the controls, but I'm not very hopeful for it.

    • iJuice

      Agree, i'm was disappointed on the release. 2.5 stars maximum !! 4.5 ?? Never f* ever !!

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand I agree with both Gears and Coin Drop. Those are both great games, especially on an iPad 2. Gears is pretty stunning on the iPad 2 in particular. Nerve-wracking fun in that one and a fantastic casual game in Coin Drop. Coin Drop is better on the iPad, IMHO, where shaking to bump isn't disorienting.

  • Chopinluver

    What about Air Penguin? It topped Angry Birds, Angry Brids Rio & Tiny Wings for at least a week in Appstore in April.

    • Anonymous

      That doesn't mean it's automatically a game of the month.

    • Anonymous

      I second Air Penguin. Great game.

      • Anonymous

        I just can't seem to get used to the control of that game!

  • Chopinluver

    What about Air Penguin? It topped Angry Birds, Angry Brids Rio & Tiny Wings for at least a week in Appstore in April.

  • Dina

    What about this game!!! If anyone played regular Tic Tac Toe, you will not believe where is this game concept now! Check it out! Playing it with your friends is a LOT of fun!!!

    Tic Tac Toe Logic

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/tic-tac-toe-logic/id429184915?mt=8#

    Tic Tac Toe Logic is the next generation puzzle/board game that offers an ultimate contest experience and truly makes you think before performing every move throughout the game.

    Aren’t you tired of playing your favorite Tic Tac Toe game on the same board over and over again?! Challenge yourself against computer or your rivals in 15 different levels and try to beat your opponent in the shortest time possible.

    Tic Tac Toe Logic will allow you to master board/puzzle gaming skills and practice different wining strategies on all easy and difficult levels.

  • Dina

    What about this game!!! If anyone played regular Tic Tac Toe, you will not believe where is this game concept now! Check it out! Playing it with your friends is a LOT of fun!!!

    Tic Tac Toe Logic

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/tic-tac-toe-logic/id429184915?mt=8#

    Tic Tac Toe Logic is the next generation puzzle/board game that offers an ultimate contest experience and truly makes you think before performing every move throughout the game.

    Aren’t you tired of playing your favorite Tic Tac Toe game on the same board over and over again?! Challenge yourself against computer or your rivals in 15 different levels and try to beat your opponent in the shortest time possible.

    Tic Tac Toe Logic will allow you to master board/puzzle gaming skills and practice different wining strategies on all easy and difficult levels.

  • Gamezee

    i like none of the games here. can you please, suggest cool different games for me?