2012, like the years before it, have been incredible times for iOS gamers. This year was a little strange in that due to the magic of the App Store, a lot of the great games from 2011 continued to shine even brighter via updates throughout the year. Instead of one stand-out title like last year's Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP [$4.99], we ended the year with a list of fabulous games and ended up splitting hairs over which to socket into which positions. These five games are absolute must have titles that anyone with an iOS device should own.

Keep in mind, all next week during the iTunes freeze we're going to be running various "Best of" lists, so if you don't see a hat tip to a game you love in this particular list, chances are it'll make an appearance somewhere next week as we conclude our 2012 coverage of iOS games and move on to bigger and better things in 2013.

TouchArcade Game of the Year

Waking Mars, $4.99 by Tiger Style Games - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The same studio blew us away with our 2009 Game of the Year pick, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)], and only a few years later does it again with Waking Mars. In the game, you play as an explorer who has landed on Mars and through a Metrovania-style adventure you explore the inner depths of the planet.

Numerous things set Waking Mars ahead of the pack, including a great graphical style and fantastic storytelling. What truly gripped us though, is how the game is entirely non-violent. It would've been all too easy for Tiger Style to give your character a gun and have you blasting through Martian caves until you're blue in the face. Instead, you're forced to meld with the ecosystems you discover and overcome challenges and puzzles utilizing the seeds of the various plant life you encounter.

Games these days entirely too often seem to hinge on how many things you can blow up, kill, or otherwise annihilate. Waking Mars provides a remarkably unique experience in that mastery of the game hinges on creation and harmony rather than destruction and mayhem.

TouchArcade Game of the Year Runner Up

10000000, $2.99 by EightyEight Games - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - This incredibly deep match three perfectly embodies the promise of the App Store. Here we've got a genre that's beyond saturated in every way imaginable, and then a single developer comes entirely out of the blue and blows our collective minds. Here's the gist- Everything you do in this game matters. On the surface, it's a simple row sliding-based match three, but once you play through the tutorial you begin to realize that it's more about managing the board state over forming any single specific match.

For instance, you'll need sword and stave blocks in an immediate sense, as matching those is how you attack enemies. However, without managing removal of the stone and wood tiles, you quickly run out of available board space for swords and staves. Stone and wood are used for upgrading and repairing your castle, adding a sense of over-arching progression between individual match three dungeon crawling sessions. There's a totally cool story behind the development of the game too, be sure to check out our bonus podcast where we interview the developer.

TouchArcade Game of the Year Honorable Mentions

Devil's Attorney, $2.99 by 1337 Game Design - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The end result of sky-high production values, courtroom comedy, and gameplay that almost seems like a strategic card game, Devil's Attorney absolutely blew us away. As you progress through the game you expand your career as a lawyer, complete with increasingly tacky wardrobe upgrades, heinous apartment tweaks, and so much more. Court battles hinge on defending your own credibility while attacking that of the opposing lawyers, evidence, and witnesses. Depending on your path of upgrades, you gain access to different abilities, which potentially substantially alter your courtroom strategy.

The Room Pocket, Free / The Room for iPad, $1.99 by Fireproof Games - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Few games succeed at providing the level of immersion of The Room. Play it on your iPad if you can, but otherwise, grab your headphones, turn down the lights, and dive in. As a player you're put to the task of unraveling the riddles of a curious mechanical box. Secrets are everywhere to discover, and each "layer" of the box reveals an increasingly detailed puzzle to solve. The only real down-side to The Room is that it ends shockingly abruptly, leaving you remarkably hungry for more. Fingers crossed for The Room 2 in 2013.

Super Hexagon, $2.99 by Terry Cavanagh - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Perfectly playing on the need to play "just one more," games in Super Hexagon can last mere seconds. All you need to do is avoid the incoming hexagon. Sounds easy, right? See if you can last longer than ten seconds. Keep playing and suddenly you'll be able to last 20, then 30, then much more. The sense of progression is incredible when you consider your typical game session (unless you're just really, really good) often lasts less than a minute.

  • Guest

    Is this a end of the world joke?

  • Thiago Nobre

    Is this an end of the world joke?

    • MidianGTX

      If I didn't know better and truly believed this was the best iOS could do, I'd stop coming here. They're decent games, but I've been wowed more by games from every other current platform than I have by the ones on this list.

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      It would have been it if TA had voted for an Multi-Million-Dollar Franchise as their Game of the Year instead of something unqiue, fresh and inspiring.

      I don`t wanna see the iOS/Android Plattform becoming an place where we get Year after Year the same recycled Content.

      I wanna literally get surprised each time I load up the iTunes App Store and not just get an 1:1 Copy of my Steam/PSN/Xbox Live Store.

      The Walking Dead might be a good Game but at no Point it would have become the Game of the Year if you would think the same Way many of us obviously are thinking things should be...

      • MrSpud

        Why would I not want a copy of Steam/PSN/Xbox Live to play on my iPad? I dream about this everyday, why can't we have both?

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Stagnation is helping noone. I wanna see everyone setting new Standards in the upcoming Years Apple/Samsung push new Devices out on the Market.

        The Times are over where we should accept just the X Clone of some Runner/Birds/Town Game. 2013/2014 should become the Years where every Publisher/Developer that isn`t pushing the Gaming Industry to the next Level should get the boot.

        Since there is no current Jailbreak for iOS 6 there is absolutly no reason why we shouldn`t finally see some Publisher/Developer risking more then before and start to think out of the Box and I`m not talking about about the black Box in Curiosity.

      • Stranded87

        While a clone of another marketplace wouldn't be the best answer, Steam/PSN/Xbox Live basically have the most fresh, innovative and original games out there. More so than disc releases and yes, more so than iOS. So if it was going to copy anything, those would be the things to copy.

      • MrSpud

        That doesn't answer my question at all, you're just repeating yourself. Why can't we have both? Are you afraid the app store is going to run out of room?

  • lr1919

    Easily my fav of the year as well.

  • DannyWalkman

    Weird choice, in spite of that, Waking Mars is one of the best experiences that i had on a iOS device.

  • Stranded87

    I'm guessing you're only including iOS originals (rather than ports and multi-platform games)? Otherwise this is a rather strange list since it excludes the likes of The Walking Dead, The Last Express, Baldur's Gate and The World Ends With You.

    • bigE1669

      I'm guessing the same, because this game would barely make it in my top ten.

    • JJE

      Walking Dead is the x-platform GOTH. The unprecedented success of that title is epic.

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      Don´t you think that`s it an signal to all those smaller Publisher/Developer out there to be creative and create unique Brands and Franchise for the iOS/Android World. TA did the right thing and many seem to still don`t understand that everything else wouldn`t helped anyone in the longer run.

      • Stranded87

        I agree that it's nice to highlight fresh, original content. But at the end of the day if the original stuff isn't the best of the year (which it's not) then it shouldn't win GOTY awards. UNLESS, you put a caveat in that you're only looking at originals for the list for that very reason. Which they haven't. That said I haven't listened to the podcast yet, so maybe that will shed some light on things.

      • MidianGTX

        Going by the comments on this article alone... no. I don't.

  • http://twitter.com/skip_au skip

    Gridrunner?

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.wiley.3 Todd Wiley

    When reviewed, I thought I read how Punch Quest was the frontrunner for Game of the Year.

    • lr1919

      The problem with Punch Quest is that it became more and more flawed with updates. Now with IAP you can buy longer runs with hat knock offs and 60 hit combos to put them back on...

      • tigerclaws

        yes, where is Punch Quest? and personally, i thought the updates made the game more enjoyable rather than flawed in any way

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Why would they add an iAP-Runner in the GOTY Section?

      • Guest

        didn't stop TA from thinking about it last year. read the first sentence... http://toucharcade.com/2011/12/19/jetpack-joyride-is-available-now-at-zero-dollars/

      • tigerclaws

        why not? they considered Jetpack Joyride for GOTY last year and Punch Quest is 100 times more fun than that game. plus on the same token, i can ask why would they include a match-3 game in the GOTY section?

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Maybe because the Game did turned over the last couple of Weeks into something the Staff don`t wanna see in the GOTY Section? Sometimes you have to make a cut even if it does mean you don`t mention Games you are playing on a daily base.

      • tigerclaws

        are you psychic? where are you even getting this from besides making assumptions that TA wouldn't consider an endless runner for GOTY (when again, they already did last year) because you don't think they should.

        and again, i can just as easily say, why is a match-3 game there, or a metroidvania platformer, or a game that sounds like Myst? none of these genres are exactly new or groundbreaking

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Gosh, just listen to the Podcast then you should know why the throw out Punch Quest out of the GOTY List.

      • tigerclaws

        hey man, who brought up the iap in the first place? if you didn't think the game was worthy enough, that's all you needed to say. now excuse me while i gather the bits of brain that exploded from my head...

      • B4rl3y

        Lol, you need to take a chill pill

    • Alex K

      PQ was my #1 game for this year. You can see it over on YT under "TangentsLP"

  • http://twitter.com/jordandev Jordan Lee

    Obviously this must be excluding ports.
    10000000 for me.
    Also - Minigore 2, Magic 2013, Bad Piggies

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    I think I'd have voted for Gridrunner. It's easily the best of Minter's iOS releases, and I play it periodically to this day. Great game that has endless replay value. 10000000 is great, but I don't play it any more. Once you hit 10000000 there isn't much reason to keep playing. I can't comment on Waking Mars, as I haven't played it.

  • jamarohn

    There's just been a boatload of excellent titles this year... It's practically impossible to pick a title that rings "obviously the best of the bunch."

    I think it's time to institute categorical awards like they do for consoles. Best RPG, Best Strategy, Best Puzzle/Casual, etc.

    While I liked Waking Mars just fine, I didn't get into it as much as titles like Bastion, Field Runners 2, Walking Dead... Good lord... All of them are GOTY really.

    • Roland1580

      Bastion is just a port
      yeah, it's a great game, but everybody's played it few years ago

      • jamarohn

        And so is Baldurs Gate, World ends with you, Another world, etc. so maybe a category for Best Port Award?

  • Adam

    I purchased Waking Mars after reading your review, and honestly, I couldn't get into it at all. The controls weren't great (I hate having to move my whole arm just to press where to go on my ipad), and the story and graphics seemed poor. I only played for a couple hours, but it never seemed to get past that basic game, into something greater.

  • nickmorgs

    Can't agree with the choice this year. I thought Waking Mars was decidedly average.

    • psac

      I can understand the pic for the reasons given, but I completely agree with you, I stopped playing WM half-way through. I got really bored of the whole spores and plants thing. If we're speaking of iOS originals, I would have given it to Swordigo. Fantastic platformer that everyone should give a try.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12816433 Jon Kean

      I agree. I gave Walking Mars a go, and found it really boring.

  • shero89

    10000000 would definitely get my vote as GOTY

  • LordOfLetterbox

    Wow what a joke! Waking Mars GOTY? Really? That's like giving RavenSword: Shadowlands a perfect score when the game is far from perfect.

    • Jason Bourne

      The editors of this site are definitely in bed with the advertisers, that's the only explanation. At least Apple picked some decent Game of the Year/Runner-Up (which was Rayman Jungle Run and Letterpress if you were wondering)

      • mikeg1234

        Umm... As I replied to your other comment, Apple picked Waking Mars as the runner up for the iPad. Might want to rethink your comment here...

      • B4rl3y

        Boo Hoo, they didn't choose what you thought they should so they are corrupt, The IGN boards are crying out for people like you.
        I don't agree with the G.O.T.Y either, but its subjective, you don't have to accept the verdict or buy the game........

      • nickmorgs

        +1 for Letterpress. I'm hooked on it.

    • Doctorossi

      What's a "perfect" score?

  • Flare_TM

    Where's Bastion, Walking Dead, Vice City, FieldRunners 2, Kingdom Rush, Where's my Perry, list goes on. I know you said there's other polls but really...

    • Roland1580

      bastion was game of the 2010
      vice city - game of the 2002

      and so on

      fieldrunners 2, kingdom rush - yeah, one of the best games in their genres, but... not great games

      but Waking Mars is it

      • Flare_TM

        Not on IOS

      • Jason Bourne

        Bastion JUST came out for iOS.

    • JCat_NY

      I agree with you for the most part, but to be honest, if "Where's my Perry" was somewhere in those top scores, I'd be equally distraught.

      • Flare_TM

        How can you say wheres my water/perry is a bad game? its one of the most innovative and influential games on ios

      • JCat_NY

        Never said it was bad at all - just not a top five is what I was getting at.

  • http://narziss.net Narziss

    This must be a joke
    (just noticed someone else just said this too, but I had the same reaction)

  • araczynski

    hehe, well, you know what they say about opinions... can't say i have even a shred of interest in any of those games. but to each their own.

    well, ok, i lied, i do have the 1000000whatever game, its 'ok'.

    • http://narziss.net Narziss

      yeah, but this isn't one opinion, and it doesn't purport to be just an opinion. touch arcade represents a lot more than that, and their choices this year are like a late april fools joke

      • araczynski

        it can purport to be the gospel of jesus for all i care, its still an opinion. if someone isn't intelligent enough to come up with their own opinion on the matter, then by all means, i suppose this one will matter.

      • Eegah

        yeah i may or may not agree with the list but let me write a bunch of words about how little i care for anyone's opinion

      • http://www.appleoutsider.de/ AppleOutsider.de - Sebastian P

        Not anyone's. Specifically Eli's.

        One could get the impression that you didn't even read that "bunch of words" to begin with.

        He basically said that he doesn't agree with TA's choice for game of the year and that the reader should be able to make their own choice, that they should be able to make an informed decision.

        I myself found that while TA is a great site with a lot of opinions, they often enough are useless to me because the way especially Eli rates games is so completely different from what I value in games.

        Which boils down to me _always_ checking the forum threads and the comments when I read a review as well as the iTunes Store reviews and other websites instead of relying on the star-ratings of TA.

        Basically I am not a sheep that agrees with TA on everything and never will just like aracynski. Saying that doesn't mean that he doesn't care for ANYONE'S opinion but rather TA's choices.

        It might be a total novel concept for you but you CAN be a reader of a website without having to agree with everything that is written there nor do you have to write comments generalizing what another person said.

        I mean you CAN do that but it makes you look like a fanboy.

      • Jason Bourne

        He routinely gives games 5 out of 5 stars when they have serious exploits, known bugs, or design flaws. Maybe they need to move to the 100 out of 100 system so they have more numbers to play with?

      • MrAlbum

        I don't think that would help. Eli's mentioned before that if he could abolish number scores and yet keep the mainstream attraction number scores generate, he would. Having more numbers might just aggravate him, and Lord knows what'll happen then.

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Bugs & Exploits can get easily fixed and the so called Designer Flaws... name one Game that Eli had rated with 5/5 that had "Design Flaws" and everyone else had said that those are a Game Breaker.

      • B4rl3y

        Well said AppleOutsider, just like any other media you would be a fool to take one person or organisations word on anything without doing the research yourself.

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

    Wise choices. Both GoTY and runner up. Two outstanding, unique experiences. And Waking Mars is just as good and unique as last year's winner Sword & Sworcery.

  • http://narziss.net Narziss

    anyone else feel like Touch Arcade has been twisted by a vested interest in representing friends and an inner network of developers?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Clearly there is no other reasonable alternative to a difference in opinion aside from conspiracy theories and underhanded deals.

      • http://narziss.net Narziss

        Yes, I'm trying to think of a reasonable alternative

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Waking Mars was Apple's Game of the Year Runner Up, in your universe are they also part of the same developer illuminati that we are?

      • bradnicholson

        i want to believe.

      • Jason Bourne

        Where are you getting your information, Eli? On my iPhone 5 when I visit the App Store and click on the banner that says "App Store Best of 2012" it shows Rayman Jungle Run as the Game of the Year and Letterpress as the Runner-Up. Waking Mars is not even mentioned on that page.

      • mikeg1234

        Check the iPad side. Apple's iPad Best of 2012 is The Room and runner up is Waking Mars.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        My head hurts so bad right now it's like a migraine mixed with brain freeze while listening to GWAR at double space shuttle launch volumes.

      • Stranded87

        Eli can you confirm whether multi-platform games and ports were excluded from consideration? If they were then I can get behind this list (though it should have that caveat in the intro text). If not it's one of the worst/most questionable GOTY lists I've ever seen.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        You should listen to our GOTY discussion podcast that going up in a few hours for the answers to all this and more.

      • toxiccheese

        You can't win. It doesn't matter what game you pick for GOTY... You would still have the same amount of complaints. I don't always agree with your reviews but I can take them into consideration and make up my own mind.

        Have a happy holiday and look forward to another great year of TouchArcade!

    • B4rl3y

      Yawn

  • Janelle Brown

    Waking Mars? Really? It wasn't a bad game, but GOTY? Really? The fact that The Walking Dead wasn't even mentioned was an egregious error. And what about Plague Inc?

  • swatbot

    At least The Room was on the runner's up list. It's short, but what's there is very polished and fleshed out, it would be a quality atmospheric puzzle title on any platform.

  • .Asa

    Super Hexagon was a good choice :)

  • rodgerodger

    I don't agree with these picks (well, The Room and Super Hexagon are excellent), but most of these still manage to beat some of the other selections mentioned in the comments. With the notable exception of Walking Dead I have yet to play a game that was ported from console/PC/handheld that wasn't severely gimped on iOS.

    • Stranded87

      The Last Express is pretty seamlessly ported (and just about the best point and click style game on any format ever) and bugs aside Baldur's Gate works quite well. But, again, I'm assuming ports and multi-format things were excluded, would be nice if they could clarify that though.

      • rodgerodger

        I forgot about Last Express. Good call. I haven't played BG, and so I otherwise stand by what I said:)

  • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

    Great list, have every game except devil's attourney. Might pick that up later.

    Contrary to most comments, I'm glad to see you haven't chosen safe 'please-everyone' titles like MC4 or Vice City.

    • rodgerodger

      I can't recommend Devil's Attorney. While people fight over the GOTY pick I actually think picking DA as a runner-up is a worse choice. The game looks nice, but is very mediocre. Wouldn't make my top 25 of the year.

      • Jason Bourne

        The opening dialog sequence of each case in Devil's Attorney is what keeps me going back.

      • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

        Did you even played it further then the Intro? Somehow I get the feeling you didn`t even watched my Gameplay Trailer...

  • Novaro Thompson

    For once I actually have no complaint over the selections, both were fun unique games tailor made for iOS. Both had little to no flaws. Will other persons find games they believe superior? Of course but then again it's always an opinion

  • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

    I vote Rodman Freethrow for Game of the Year.

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      Someone should change this Man`s Tag from Mod to God

    • felipe

      haha great one!

      :)

  • Flare

    How come The Walking Dead is not the GOTY?

    Waking Mars? 10000000??? What is this?
    I've lost my faith in TouchArcade.

    • Jason Bourne

      You JUST now lost your faith?

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      Just give it a try. I`m sure you will enjoy playing those two Games you have never heard of more then probably even playing The Walking Dead.

  • nizy

    Waking Mars is a great game, and I don't mind that being GOTY. As for the rest of the list, well they are ok games. However, not a single one, including Waking Mars remains on either my iPad or iPod, and I think that says it all really.

    Not even giving The Walking Dead a 'notable mention' seems really odd to me. Even more so given the discussion on the podcast a few weeks back of it and its potential to be GOTY.

  • http://twitter.com/weheartscott Scott Broughton

    People need to chill the fuck out. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on the GOTY, no need to hate on anyone - we're talking about video games here!

    Keep up the good work Touch Arcade, you're the best iOS site out there. Believe it or not, there are actually plenty of people that appreciate your work...

  • tigerclaws

    10000000, vastly overrated. true story

  • Gamer_Kev

    I only recently started playing Waking Mars and have been really enjoying it. It's well worthy of being picked. It reminds me a little bit of Exile, the exploration action game from the 80's. Come to think of it, wasn't someone remaking Exile for iOS? I wonder what ever happened with that.

  • Jason Bourne

    Wow. I don't think any of those games were on Apple's list of best games of 2012.

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      The Room - iPad Game of the Year

      Waking Mars - iPad Game of the Year Runner-Up!

  • http://twitter.com/SamF15h Sam Pepper

    Really? Puzzle games? None of these games interest me and it looks like the only mentions a re games that are compatible with every device.

    • http://twitter.com/Sanuku Sanuku

      What would have been your Game of the Year nominees?

  • Illuminerdy

    Good choice. Anyone who disagrees with it has no soul, empathy. I am so glad it wasn't a game where the primary objective is to kill everything. Disagreements are null in this case. All haters go get a degree, then we'll talk.

    • Stranded87

      That's some great trolling right there. Trying to come off as superior just makes you look stupid. Anyway, I have a degree and my overall GOTY is Journey- which has no killing. Now that's not out on iOS but The Walking Dead is and that has very little killing (and a lot of people think it should be GOTY). Equally The Last Express is easily one of the best iOS games of the year and has next to no killing. So not agreeing with the list doesn't mean you're uneducated or only like violent games. If you genuinely believe it does then while you might have a degree you are obviously incredibly ignorant and probably quite stupid. More likely though you're just trolling, which is no better.

      Anyway it's all irrelevant now as most people's issues have been addressed in the podcast, though the choices really should have been explained better in the GOTY post to avoid all this in the first place.

  • MrAlbum

    "Keep in mind, all next week during the iTunes freeze we're going to be running various "Best of" lists, so if you don't see a hat tip to a game you love in this particular list, chances are it'll make an appearance somewhere next week as we conclude our 2012 coverage of iOS games and move on to bigger and better things in 2013."

    Near the beginning of the article.

    READ, YOU FOOLS!

  • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

    I encourage everyone who is mad as hell about this list to give today's podcast a listen- http://toucharcade.com/2012/12/21/the-toucharcade-show-83-game-of-the-year-discussion-2012-edition/

    • Guibs

      This is your own doing and mistake. People shouldn't have to relate to a different article/podcast to get precision. It should be stated in the same article in how and why you decided to pick theses games as GOTY.

  • GiHubb

    Each one to his own opinion, that's fair, and of course different people have different taste. My own personal list (if anyone cares...):
    GOTY: Kingdom Rush
    Runner-up: New Star Soccer
    I'm neither a TD fan nor do I play FIFA, but I spent many happy hours with these two gems.

  • Decaf Table

    IMO Magic 2013 was and is the best iPad game. It has a ton of decks with lots of depth and a large online community to compete against.

    Even though Modern Combat 4 is uninspired, the visuals are unmatched with a fun campaign. Runner up!

  • MarkyMarc

    You can't please everyone...clearly. Keep doing your thing TA, looking forward to reviews in 2013. Merry Christmas!

  • Brian Hobbs

    I'm kind of bummed by all the negative comments towards Waking Mars. It's games like that, with excellent storytelling, exciting new ideas, and unique gameplay that inspire me to make games. With all this derision, though, it makes me wonder why I bother.

    Of course, it could also be that the kind of people who like Waking Mars don't get particularly up-in-arms about GOTY lists...

  • ioahaij

    Played none of the games listed above. Perhaps it is time to relook at my games?

  • Jeff432

    None of these games interest me.

    I don't really play games on my iPhone 5 because most of them require you to be sitting down and willing to spend several minutes at a time playing it, during which I'd much rather play a Xbox 360 game, but I still could of easily picked better games than these.

    • HelperMonkey

      Well, we can't all be superior to everyone else, because who, then, would be inferior? So thank goodness you're around.

      I guess you must travel with your Xbox. But if you didn't, what games would you recommend that don't require sitting down or spending several minutes to play?
      What is your "standing up for a few seconds" game of the year?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601731551 Stuart Phillips

    HA HA HA

    Where is The Walking Dead? Best game on any platform this year, never mind iOS.

  • http://twitter.com/grumblechris Chris Morley

    My original forum account got banned for posting an open discussion about advertorials and journalistic bias in relation to certain games, with no explanation or response to my request to get the account reactivated. Yet for some reason I stuck with Touch Arcade. This is the tipping point though. What is the point in coming to a site if you can't decipher the real content from advertising? It's just become a blog full of ads, with each review and feature a reflection of how much the developer pays to get featured. TA is now off by bookmarks bar and the app uninstalled. I'm not saying I'll never visit the site again, I probably will from time to time, but it is now no longer part of my regular browsing routine.

    This article is absolutely ridiculous.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Hopefully this means you won't be commenting on any more articles as these sort of conspiracy theories are just insane. 2/5 of the games nominated here are developed by one person. If these slots were paid for, wouldn't they all be from big studios who presumably could afford to do it?

      Also, from the developer of 10000000- https://twitter.com/LucaRedwood/status/282515968121528323

    • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

      Comparing TA with IGN, Gamespot, Gametrailers,... TA is a desert if it comes to ads...

    • mikeg1234

      Ha, your comment is absolutely ridiculous. As one (of two) of the devs of Mikey Shorts, I can guarantee we had absolutely ZERO money for any marketing, let alone bribing a site like TA. I also don't personally know anyone that works for TA, so there is no "friends" benefit. Yet we managed to get a 5 star review, and made it into the top 7 for GoTY contention if you listen to the podcast.

      You can disagree with the picks, but your baseless accusations are what is ridiculous. Even if they picked 5 you like, then there would be the next person to complain about those 5 and accuse TA of wrong-doings.

  • elgingo

    After listening to The podcast I can see how the games were selected, there was a lot of bias but that's to expected when there are just 3 guys trying to decide a top 5 from a countless number of games.

    Few points of note though.

    Devils attorney just seemed to slip into the top 5, you guys even admitted it wasn't as good as the others, and wasn't compared to the others and there was no discussion on it after this was decided. When really every game in the top 5 should be GOTY worthy, and to see it so easily discarded proved how it shouldn't haven been there.

    Waking mars seems to be the GOTY simply because it's different, and once again no comparison to the other games.

    That left 10000000 , the room and super hexagon all battling it out for runner up, which actually had some discussion and debate. Its easy to tell you guys love 10000000 cause of its 1 man development which seemed to work big in its favour. And I can't help feel that influenced your decision too much.

    Some your contenders were written off too quickly too. Like Letterpress , which is the best word game of the year, which is no small feat considering word games are a dime a dozen on the app store. Yes there's no tutorial but if it had one would that make it top 5 ?

    Also there was some glaring omissions that didn't even make your contenders list for each catergory, here's a few of the big ones

    Super crate box
    Beat sneak
    Nihilumbra
    Splice
    Organ trail
    Dream of pixels
    The world ends with you
    Kingdom rush( although 2011 it came out on like the 31st December)

    I know you guys have an aversion to iap, hence you top list doesn't have a game with iap, but it's the norm now and you won't be able to hold it against games forever

    On ravensword, I understand why it wasn't included but I think it should have. It's the best of its kind on Ios and will be hard to top. It's a showpiece game that really shows off what iOS can do now, much like infinity blade before it. I just think it might look silly when you do all this again next year, and say nothing else does what it does better and then your stuck with a possible GOTY that's over a year old, and maybe kind of forgotten about abit by that point.

    I don't agree with disregarding ports entirely like the walking dead on the basis it runs better on another platform. Being on iOS doesn't affect the experience of the game enough for it to bd thrown out. That being said I did agree that the game itself isn't necessarily best experienced in a mobile platform. It can be hard to find time for a few uninterrupted hours to play a an engrossing game like the walking dead properly on ios. I do agree on throwing things like bastion and gta vc because these are older games releases in previous years, making these sorts of things GOTY makes a mockery of the whole thing.

    All this being said I really enjoyed the podcast, and enjoy the site, and just wanna thank you for providing me with all the latest news and games over the past year.

    • Zeldaniac

      I agree with everything said here, except what you said about IAPs. They're a complete rip off. I paid for the freaking game, I shouldn't have to pay more to actually enjoy it fully. I respect TA for not including IAP games.

      • Telltales

        Yeah, hell with those game developers that ruin games with lame replenishable coin IAP. Ruining games, glad they weren't listed

  • elgingo

    One thing I forgot to mention was the lack of multiplayer games in your list of games up for contention. I didn't like how hero academy and outwitters where thrown out cause of asynchronous multiplayer, this the multiplayer best suited for ios. Yes the action is slow but that's what multiple games are for.

    There's nothing more annoying than playing a game of carcassonne online and someone calls me pretty much ending my game. Asynchronous multiplayer and multiple games would have easily made carcassonne my favourite game of all time on ios.

    In this age of social networking and multiplayer games, which excellently expressed through ios devices the games on your list suggests that the best games on iOS are still very much a solitary affair. I just do not think this reflects fully what iOS gaming is all about.

  • http://twitter.com/Ju5stin justin

    What!.where's walking dead, Battle Academy, Battle of the bulge, Baldurs gate, Vice city, Uplink, Bastion, Crazy Taxi. I guess you didn't include ports even though quite clearly they have been the best games of 012.

    So you should call this list " best games of 012 minus any ports that might actually be the best games of 012"

    • fan who complains

      wat bout mc4

  • Gemutlichkeit

    No game has captured my attention this year than Rayman Jungle Run. I 100%'d the game and currently craving more levels!

  • Cameron Stark

    Great choices for original games this year. I agree that ports shouldn't really be counted for lists like this.

  • jptsetung

    My GOTY is Super Hexagon for the outstanding character design and story telling.

  • B4rl3y

    Lol, this reads like a list of spoilt little brats, if you don't trust the integrity of the site then why are you wasting your time here? That makes you a very silly person and that's putting it lightly.

    Touch Arcade is a great site, one of the best at what they do..........

  • damronjamesa

    You were spot-on with this year's picks.

    Waking Mars was my personal favorite and I definitely put a ton of hours into 10000000. The Room was perfect, aside from the fact that it ended right about when I was getting super hooked - similar to what you guys indicated.

    Unfortunately, I didn't play Devil's Attorney, but it looks like I will be
    trying it out very soon. Great job, guys.

  • Daveiszzzzzzz

    I actually think this is well deserved. TA you so crazy sometimes.