So maybe the physical arcade is dead, but the spirit and experience of the arcade lives on in the App Store. It's a platform with a ton of simple titles with one goal: score a lot of points. It's also a platform rife with disposable games -- games that have kick, but allow you to walk away easily whenever the real world starts calling.

In that way, arcade games are the ultimate mobile games. Neither lean forward or lean back, arcade games fill in the spare moments of our lives before we have to get off the bus and start walking to work or clock back in after a break.

In 2012, we saw a lot more super impressive arcade-style games that had us shooting for high scores or flicking out our phones constantly. This is our list of our favorite ones that hit this year.










  • Paulo Filipe

    Really glad to see Cool Pizza on someone's list!

    • Aaron Y

      Cool Pizza also wins the Best "Really? There's no IAP? It's completely free?!" Game award.

  • Andy Charalambous

    I'm glad you guys didn't forget about ZiGGURAT, as it was released very early in the year. Awesome game.

    I'd also like to give a shout out to EEK! A game which has had woefully little visibility thus far, but remains one of my favourite high score games this year.

  • mark

    Great games on this list! You missed Stickman Trampoline though! One of my favorite Arcade games this year for sure!

  • Lorenzo Pilia

    Thanks for all these best of 2012 lists, there's some stuff I missed which I will definitely check out! By the way, the authors of Tower of Fortune released a similar game last month called War of Eclipse which didn't get much promotion, in my opinion it's worth buying if you liked ToF.

  • Megagator

    I'm not sure if it is categorized as arcade but I would have to go with super crate box. It was released this year.

  • Matt F

    Agree about PlicPlic and Super Hexagon

  • rodgerodger

    I've spent more time playing Super Hexagon than I care to admit.

  • Rasec46

    =OO!! How did i miss a gem like Super Hexagon.
    Thanks for the top i went and bought this game and it's amazing!!! *___*
    Totally addicted to it. ^_^

  • Th3R3n3gad3

    No midway arcade?