If you're new to iOS devices, or haven't been following the scene as closely as you should have been over the last year, Apple's year end feature App Store Rewind 2011 has an incredible amount of must-have games and apps that, in my opinion, you can basically just blindly download as they did a great job of picking out the cream of the crop.

Apple's iPhone game of the year is NimbleBit's Tiny Tower [Free], a great free to play little tower building simulator that we loved in our review. If you haven't tried it yet, you really should. Runners up to iPhone game of the year include Tiny Wings [99¢], which shockingly enough we also thought was great. Illusion Labs' Touchgrind BMX [$4.99] also made the cut, and, believe it or not, we positively reviewed it as well.

On the iPad side of things, Dead Space for iPad [$4.99] took home the title of game of the year. We had some issues with the title when it first launched, which we mention in our review, but all those things were massaged away with subsequent updates. Keep in mind, even if you don't have an iPad, Dead Space [$6.99] is also available for smaller screen devices, although I can't really explain the price discrepancy.

Runners up include Contre Jour HD [$2.99], which we gave 4.5 stars to in our review. Contre Jour [99¢] also comes in a non-HD variety for non-iPad owners. Last, but certainly not least by any stretch of the imagination is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP [$4.99]. We've got an exhaustive review and if you don't feel like springing for the universal version, you can save a couple bucks by grabbing Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Micro [$2.99] which is only optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch.

We'll be releasing our games of the year with out year-end roundup closer to the holidays, but needless to say, Apple has assembled a fine list of games here.

  • Anonymous

    *Insert random generic complaint about game choice selection*

    *insert games that should have been chosen*

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      *indignant rebuttal about how wrong your opinion is*

      • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

        *continuation of argument about how biased this site is*

        *further theorizes that Apple paid you off to promote their GOTY 2011 AppStore Rewind*

      • Anonymous

        *random android/apple flame war that has nothing to do with anything being said*

      • http://twitter.com/ZwilnikSF Aaron Fothergill

        *inappropriate accusation of mods/posters acting like nazis*

      • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

        *inappropriate touching of self*

      • Peter Cohen

        *invocation of Godwin's Law*

      • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

        *dub Godwin's Law something wildly inappropriate and childish*

      • http://twitter.com/DaKleine Mark

        *random spam advertising for pants*

      • http://twitter.com/ImANinjah The Real Ninja

        *a comment complaining of how I'm late to the commenting party*

  • http://twitter.com/eeen Ian Marsh

    *SPAM*

    • http://twitter.com/mikekasprzak Mike Kasprzak

      *single word comment about being "first", but doing it wrong*

    • Anonymous

      *fake user telling how SPAM product actually worked great for him*

  • http://twitter.com/phillryu Phill Ryu

    *Comment whining about how the other comments are whiny*

    • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

      *reply about how you should refrain from posting if you think things are too whiny*

      *continues to complain about people who whine about people who whine when there are important things to be discussed on this thread*

  • http://twitter.com/MarkusN Markus Nigrin

    *complain about [insert game with price > $0.99] devs being greedy and suggest to wait for price drop to $0.99 or free

    • http://www.AppUnwrapper.com App Unwrapper

      *whine about how you beat me to it*

  • http://www.AppUnwrapper.com App Unwrapper

    *complaint about how they didn't give all the games away for free*

  • http://onefps.net David Chartier

    *Comment complaining the ratings are way, way too high on those crummy apps. Inevitable illogical conclusion that the awards were rigged.*

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      *say something mildly passive aggressive in response to allegations of being paid off*

      • http://twitter.com/MarkusN Markus Nigrin

        *dismiss above comment and suggest to google Brad because then "you will see"

      • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

        *argue that millions of people buy apps and the four thousand who cared enough to rate don't count as a majority.*

      • M:E

        *lecture about statistics and representative sampling*

  • hida23

    *Start talking about iphone 5 and ipad 3*

  • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

    * interrupting fart*

  • http://twitter.com/haveblue7 Mark Levin

    *complaint about number of stars awarded*

  • http://twitter.com/ZwilnikSF Aaron Fothergill

    *accidental double post*

  • http://twitter.com/ZwilnikSF Aaron Fothergill

    *accidental double post*

  • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

    *comment about first paragraph only because didn't read anything else*

  • http://twitter.com/haveblue7 Mark Levin

    [not pictured: passive-aggressive tweet]

  • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

    *sweeping statement about the state of "gaming journalism," whatever that means.

  • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

    C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER.

    • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

      *congratulatory comment about how much this comment wins*

  • http://twitter.com/StarkGumbus James Preston

    *Annoying, meme-based, non-sequitur comment about arrows and knees*

  • Patrick Hogan

    *grammatically-mangled, active-aggressive comment by angst-ridden 12-year-old, yo*

  • http://twitter.com/Scarypharaoh Scarypharaoh

    *comment enquiring as to the status of the iPad version of final fantasy tactics*

  • http://twitter.com/AC_Gamer Andy Charalambous

    *dream about the 3 bucks that will saved when Infinity Blade 2 goes on sale.

  • Joel Julian

    *insert out-of-context Angry Birds comment*

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      *continue blasting away at Angry Birds*

  • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

    *insert wild rant about how much better Minecraft is than your whole life*

    • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

      What if Minecraft is your whole life?

      Minecraft > Minecraft

      *my head asplode*

  • hida23

    *start ipad 3 rumors*

  • Ben Ruddock

    *amusingly ironic comment contained within asterisks*

  • http://twitter.com/The_BenMears Ben Mears

    *insert comment about how much mobile gaming sucks and state that console gaming is most definitely "the shit" *

  • http://gadlaw.com Gilbert Davis

    Well this looks like a Reddit thread with all the amusing jokes playing off each previous post. First fifteen were funny but doesn't anyone have any non hyperbolic opinions about their favorite games and apps of the year? Maybe this thread is over at Reddit with actual opinions. Time to open up another tab and check it out. 

  • http://igotitgames.com/ David McGraw

    *crappy comment from a lurker who finally thought he/she had something good to say*

    • http://gadlaw.com gadlaw

      Is that directed at me? I'm not criticizing, just observing. It does look like a reddit thread with everyone riffing off the same joke about the direction of comments. Isn't your comment calling someone else a name another cliche post? I did look at the Rewind list and saw app or two I hadn't seen and thought they were good, I thought maybe that's what the comments would be about, you know, commenting on the subject of the article and all. 

      • http://igotitgames.com/ David McGraw

        Nope, not at you!

      • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

        *inserts 'u mad bro' line*

  • http://twitter.com/back2this Sean Yuan

    TouchArpade

    @back2this:twitter

  • http://twitter.com/The_BenMears Ben Mears

    *insert non-Gilbert directioned comment about how the thread has gone off topic and nobody cares about having meaningful discussions anymore*

  • http://twitter.com/StarkGumbus James Preston

    Yess. I was commenter number 15. Officially STILL FUNNY.

  • http://gadlaw.com gadlaw

    It's all still funny. I'll go back to yelling at random annoying clouds now. Darn 14 hour work days got me rambling sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OoOoOomonkey John Usher

    Well I'm breaking the chain of nonsense replys to say. What a load of crap that selection is. Tiny tower wtf! Tiny wings eh?
    Both games were ok but got boring fast and don't deserve G.O.T.Y.
    What happened to jet pack joyride, where's my water, whale trial etc. there's been loads of better games this year.

    • http://twitter.com/mikekasprzak Mike Kasprzak

      *Bitter way late supportive response, as if posts this far down mattered*

  • Anonymous

    Why would I want to play tiny wings or tiny tower over jetpack joyride? or modern combat 3? or drawrace 2? or infinity field? or edge extended? or First Touch Soccer? This
    Apple list is horrible!

    • Anonymous

      I think apple's list of games represents a broad appeal for a wide number of users. While I agree that each of the games listed are superior to those in apples list I think games like edge extended are going to have a lot smaller group of people that would potentially be fans just because of the difficulty/the lack of accessibility compared to a game like tiny wings. In any case I like apples list of games as well just not as much as some others

  • http://twitter.com/mikekasprzak Mike Kasprzak

    *single word comment about being "first", but still doing it wrong*

  • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

    I used to always be first post, but then I took an arrow in the knee.

  • Anonymous

    C-C-C-C--C-COMBO BREAKER

    • http://twitter.com/Skater1405 Devin

      I beat you to it. ;)

      • Anonymous

        :(

  • Anonymous

    I love how Eli wants nothing to do with all this tomfoolery.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I was sleeping!

    • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

      What! He started it! =P

  • KrispyJones

    All your thread are belong to us.

  • http://twitter.com/AC_Gamer Andy Charalambous

    TouchArcade wins all of the internets.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HWFBLUKORPPHWEQXBLSY7OAXZI Sokun Ros

    Ahh man...I'm feeling headache just looking at these comments. Anyway, back to topic I think this Apple list looks like sh*t. There are many more deserving games than the games on the list. Why the hell isn't games like Infinity Blade 2 or Dead Space appear in this list? And here we thought why the IOS doesn't have many hardcore game...

    • K H

      Lolwut? Dead Space is GOTY...

  • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

    Upon reading these comments it took me a while to realise that the world would be a better place edited. Dead space Nov 28th 9.99, Dec 7th 4.99. It's been doing this for a while now claiming its on sale. While I don't give a toss about my bucks It annoys me to see that there marketing strat revolves around them whacking a sale sticker on it.
    -rant

    Why when I click the link do I get a different set of games? Are the awards App store country based? Top grossing game smurfs village!

  • Anonymous

    i show tiny tower as game of the year.  WTF?  i thought it sucked, dead space for ipad??? the pc version rocked, but the ipad translation is weak. 

  • http://twitter.com/revolutionaryco RevolutionryConcepts

    Add obligatory remark about why no mention of the differences in Game of the Year nominees in Europe/UK. Forget to mention personal bias toward one of the Runners-up :D

  • Anonymous

    Say something witty so far down in the thread that no-one is going to read it so you probably shouldn't have bothered