Our ratings for games we reviewed in January 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 three-star 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. Keep in mind, this listing is comprised of games we reviewed in January, and not necessarily games that were specifically released in January.

5 Stars

Super Crate Box, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Vlambeer knocks it out of the park with this ultra-frantic crate collecting game. With great virtual controls, and gameplay that is great for pick up and play mobile gaming sessions, Super Crate Box is a game you shouldn't miss.

4.5 Stars

Blockwick, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - A really slick puzzle game that you can try for free. After that, level packs of increasing difficulty are sold in bundles of 60 for 99¢ a pop. Don't let the initial pack it comes with turn you off, think of it more as a really long tutorial.

Hero Academy, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - This multiplayer tactical game by Robot Entertainment has become incredibly popular amongst our community, and even was the topic of a recent Penny Arcade comic. If you're looking for people to play with, hit the forum link and you'll find tons of people looking for a game.

Run Roo Run, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - From the creators of Scribblenauts comes this super-fun mini-level jumping game. Most levels will only take a few moments to complete, but thankfully, there's a ton of them. Clearing a world unlocks some really difficult levels that'll really put you to the test.

Smash Cops, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Not only does Smash Cops have great graphics, but it also has a new control method that we haven't seen before for controlling your cop car. You use your finger to "push" the car where you want to go. It sounds strange, but it works great.

Triple Town, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - There's a definite learning curve to Triple Town but once you get over that hump and come to grips with how the mechanics of the game works, you'll be building amazing towns and cursing at bears in no time. Argh, those bears. They ruin everything.

Windosill, $2.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - This iPad exclusive puzzle game originally started its life as a Flash title. It's aged incredibly well, and feels like a perfect fit for the iPad. Multitouch adds so much, even if you played the original, it's worth trying again on the iPad.


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.

For more of our favorite iOS games, check out our "Best iPhone Games" category which includes all of these monthly posts as well as other special compilations of the greatest games the App Store has to offer.

  • jumpman475

    Nice list...and Super Crate Box stands alone.

  • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

    January was a weird month.

    • http://twitter.com/philterdesign Philip Chung

      Wierd in what way?

      • http://twitter.com/digiNex M. C.

        Weird in that less people than usual screamed and ran away in fear from me.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Not many great games since everyone blew everything they had on the holiday season.

      • Anonymous

        That sounds more like a typical January rather than a weird on.

      • http://twitter.com/philterdesign Philip Chung

        Sounds like a good time to release a game! Will note for future.

  • Anonymous

    Man, I wanted to enjoy Hero Academy so badly, but the async setup for the game puts me off so much that I just couldnt play it anymore. I deleted that game a week after it came out, and it still bums me out.

    • Anonymous

      A 5 star review is the opinion of just one person. Don't feel bad for not liking as much as another. There are plenty of game that have received very high game review scores that I just didn't find appealing. Often it's just not my cup of tea. The nice thing about iOS is that there are so many games that there has to be a game you'll love. And it might be one that a reviewer only gave 3 stars for. 

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I did like the game, very much, thats why I was so bummed about getting rid of it.

  • http://www.the-app-shack.com Matt F

    Super Crate Box is January game of the month and probably a firm candidate for GOTY

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

      heres to hoping GOTY isn't a Port of an already successful game.

  • Michael Matzat

    I still stand by my sugestion that super crat box is great but no 5 star game because it just issent perfect for touch controlls. Tripple Town "might" have deserverd that if i consider how much time i spend on it, but all ina ll this was a weak month and i feel like you guys overrated some stuff a bit.

  • http://twitter.com/krx74b krx74b

    I wish you would stop referring to games like Triple Town as free. It's not free. Your first 1500 moves are free. Then if you want to carry on playing, it's buy moves forever and ever, buy the unlimited moves unlock, or wait a week. And it isn't cheap, even if you buy unlimited moves.

    It skews charts and lists to refer to games that are blatant money grabs as free.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      But by the time you use 1,500 turns you know for sure if Triple Town is a game you like or not. If you do, you can fork out for some coins of unlimited turns. If you don't, well, you're out nothing. I'm not sure how that's a "blatant money grab," maybe you can explain.

      • http://twitter.com/krx74b krx74b

        How does that make it free? Just because you will know whether you WILL fork out money for it after the free bit. Lots of games have demos. The only remotely different tactic they employ in TT is that they drip feed you turns 'for free' after your initial allocation is up. But at a rate that means it'll take about a week to play another game. Presumably you don't consider that viable either, since you didn't even venture the suggestion of waiting, rather than paying for this 'free' game.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Well, turns in Triple Town are supposed to regenerate. I'm not sure if that bug has been fixed or not. So, it is intended to be free, if you don't mind waiting. I'm still curious how it's a "blatant money grab" though.

      • http://twitter.com/krx74b krx74b

        paying constantly for turns? paying for coin to substitute the piece you're given for the perfect piece on the board to maximise your score without using any skill whatsoever? (rendering scoreboards utterly pointless). Forgive me for thinking that's a money grab...

        If it were ONE in app purchase from 'Triple Town Lite' to Triple Town, I might feel differently.

        BTW, I bought Triple Town unlimited turns at their
        reduced price of £2.49. Wouldn't pay £4.99 for a matching game. I could
        buy 5 or more games with far more longevity than TT for that. And I certainly wouldn't buy coin.

        I would rather pay up front for my games and know what I'm getting for my money than find out after I play it that it's going to cost far more than my average game spend, especially when it's advertised all over as 'Free'.

        At the end of the day, describe it however you like... it's your site. But every time I find myself being mislead by a site, I trust that site a little less. *shrug*

  • Anonymous

    My favorite game at the moment is paladog! from fazecat

  • Anonymous

    Eli, have you guys recently done a round-up of recommended games for 2 or more people using one device? Whether it's play-and-pass like Scrabble, or just working together on a puzzle or word game, it would be neat to know what the best games out there are today.

  • http://twitter.com/ozskip ozskip

    Caverns of Minos?!?

  • http://www.games.99k.org/ games

    cool il be sure to get all of these games