While we're still diligently working away at our various year-end "Best Of" posts, Apple has jumped the gun on their featuring- Making us wonder if there's not going to be any huge releases next week before the freeze. (Some forum members were suggesting a surprise appearance from Real Racing 3 as a potential holiday surprises.) Oh well. Either way, you can hit up Apple's best picks of the year by mashing this link here.

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Rayman Jungle Run [$2.99] takes Apple's Game of the Year award while Letterpress [Free] scores the runner-up position. We've reviewed both, and enjoyed Rayman quite a bit, but I personally like Letterpress way more.

Either way, this collection is a great way to get started with your iOS game library or to fill in things you might've missed over the year so be sure to check it out.

  • Nick S

    I have The Room as GotY and Waking Mars for the runner up.

    • mikeg1234

      Those two are for iPad best and runner up. Rayman and Letterpress are iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    I did not enjoy any other game this year quite as much as I did Bastion.

  • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

    For me, my iPad GotY is Battle Academy. It's all a matter of opinion, right? 🙂

  • Arash Bazrafshan

    laughable pick if i may say so. havent actually played the GotY (rayman) but seen the vids. My (i)phone alone is stuffed with 2012 games that are far better, more rich and ambitious than that!

    Just going through my TA app watch list has quite a dozen of games that i and (i believe) many others regard as better than the rayman game

    • dancj

      The Rayman game you haven't actually played.

      • armilla

        My thoughts exactly.

      • Arash Bazrafshan

        i stand by what i said; watched the vids, seen the reviews. watching tons of gameplay vids gives a fair idea of a game wouldnt u agree, or are u gonna argue that if u are the one doing all the tapping and sliding then suddenly u gonna go "wow, how wrong i was"? no, gameplay vids give a good view of the game, its main concept and idea, gameplay mechanics, unique properties of the game ( innovation if u will), etc. watching good vids helps determining what is good and what u like among the options. the alternative would be to buy them all, a bit expensive wouldnt u say?

        or are u gonna argue that those crowning ios GotY have played every single (even fairly notable) game out there? no, besides from playing the top picks, they initially used a much cruder method than gameplay vids; game reputation n popularity.

        rayman? 2012 was better than that to iOS gaming.

      • Doctorossi

        If you want anyone to care about your opinion, inform it.

      • 1Fcm

        If you haven't played it then you have zero credibility. Watching a video and reading reviews is not the same. What if TA decided to write all their reviews based on just watching gameplay videos?

      • Matthew Rossman

        I thought Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery looked like crap from gameplay videos. Then I played it. Now it's my favorite game (of all platforms, not just iOS) of all time.

        Also you seem to have some things backwards. Popular games don't get awards just because they're popular, generally they are awarded because they are fantastic games, which is WHY they're popular. And yeah, it's almost definite that the judges have at least played ALL notable games from this year, and incredibly likely that they've played plenty of not very notable ones as well. Not to shock you too much, but y'know-Apple's a pretty big company 😛

        Did you even like Rayman Origins to begin with? If not, your entire argument is kind of hopeless anyways, so we can just get this over with.

  • Nick

    Rayman: Jungle Run is the best iOS game I've played, period. I love that game. Good choice for sure.

  • Guest

    Also worth mentioning - that's just the iPhone game of the year. "The Room" is the iPad game of the year with "Eufloria HD" as runner up.

  • bitbit

    Super Hexagon was my favorite iOS release this year.

  • ImJPaul

    Rayman was definitely good. No doubting that. I'm not sure GOTY good though. On my top 20 but I feel there's far more ambitious games then an auto runner, even if it did do it perfectly and look damn good while it did it.

  • Gamer_Kev

    In fairness, hopefully Apple will consider any releases between now and the Holidays shut down as part of next year's releases.

    For me it would be hard to pick as I've enjoyed quite a few games this year. Mikey Shorts would definitely be a contender. Any of the RPGs done by Spiderweb that came out this year as well. Aldo I really liked Civil War 1863 a lot. If it does get released next week, the new Ravensword game could also get my personal GotY choice.

    Still I'm wondering if anything big that was coming out next week might end up getting pushed off to next year thanks to Apple jumping the gun before everything was out for the year.

  • lena98765

    In the Dutch Appstore Super Hexagon gets Runner Up. I thought that was cool (Rayman gets GOTY here as well, which I thought was surprising). Also liked that Mikey Shorts and 10000000 got a mention in the retro category.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

    the big Freeze? i assume this means nothing comes out untill next year?

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

    Rayman Jungle Run deserves it.... and I will check Letterpress and I havent heard from it before

  • mekman96

    The Room was fantastic especially when considering that "Real Myst" is available on the same platform.

  • rodgerodger

    Raymen doesn't play or even feel like an auto runner, which is what makes it great. Maybe not my choice, but I'm OK with that pick. It's certainly the best action iOS game.

    I don't understand letterpress. Every game seems to be a game of chicken going back and forth using the same letters until someone gets bored or finds a word to use all the remaining white letters.

  • WarMachine

    Raymond? I've played it and it feels like any other iOS game aside from the name. What about Bastion? TWEWY? Walking dead?

  • http://twitter.com/truguers Kevin Cerdà

    Nihilumbra is there as well! One of the hidden gems!

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