2012 had a lot of cool surprises and good games, as you've probably noticed. But not all of those good games could be neatly categorized. This post is for the weirdos, the games that straddled too many genre lines or are members of genres that have too few rad games to sufficiently flesh out a "best of" post.

You'll see some oddities in this listing -- games that really stretch the meaning of game or apps that just have stupendous gaming elements. There's also titles that can be firmly categorized, and would have been, if there was more to celebrate.

It'll be interesting to see what 2013 will bring. Will we see way more card games than we did this year? What about open-world god games? New trends might have us re-thinking the way we categorize and the lists we bring to you.

For now, though, here's our best of the best of the rest of 2012.

Topia World Builder, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Topia World Builder has the creation and the emergent systems we look for in a solid god game, but shrugs off messy scenarios. In the game, you can build valleys, rivers, trees, and animals. Then, you can watch world you've created work. It's kinda wild.

Hatchi - A retro virtual pet, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Hatchi is a spiritual successor to the Tamagotchi. In the game, you hatch a pet monster and then care for it, subtly changing the way it grows and forms as you do so. The retro visuals and simplistic mechanics might be a drag for some, but for those of us who had a pet monster on a keychain, they struck the right chord.

Magic 2013, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is a brilliant follow-up to a rad series that not only show you how to play Magic the right way, but allows you to jump in without plunking down dollars for cards. It's also nice that the core action of Magic is front and center throughout. This is truly a joy.

Zombies, Run!, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - If you like jogging, but hate the tedium that can sometimes come along with it, consider giving Zombies, Run a try. It measures the distance you run and all of that jazz, but it also tells you a great survival story in the process. The audio has some neat hooks in it that gets you running faster, as well as systems that reward you for the effort.

Shufflepuck Cantina, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Shufflepuck Cantina is what happens with adventure game meets sports game. Presented as a "space western," Cantina tasks you with dominating a bar's shufflepuck table, while also learning about the world's creatures, characters, and mysteries. It's weird, but we think you'll dig the game's commitment to seeing its premise through.

Organ Trail: Director's Cut, $2.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Organ Trail is an awesome little satire that rips on Oregon Trail. In the game, you play as a survivor of a zombie apocalypse on a journey to get his friends to a so-called Safe Haven. Along the way, you'll have to hunt for food, as well as repair your car's tires and mufflers. This is one you shouldn't miss.

Micro Miners, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - This is a weird one. In Micro Miners, you control a horde of little miners and are tasked with collecting every possible scrap of resource as a screen scrolls eternally downward. Solid controls bolster the experience, while a great art style really sells it.

Skee-Ball 2, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Skee-Ball 2 is, oddly, a big favorite around here. It's a Skee-Ball game through and through, but it feels remarkably good, boasts a ton of lanes and balls, as well as a good amount of collectibles to obtain as you rock out.

  • Jonas

    You know, some of these I disagree with. But then, some of them are good.

  • Skullinton

    All that is now missing is a zombie category.

  • GiHub

    You've never reviewed New Star Soccer which would rank at the top of this list and possibly the top of any list this year.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      These lists are our favorite games, of which New Star Soccer is not one of... So, no, it wouldn't be on the top of any of our lists. I don't think you understand the purpose of these posts.

      • GiHub

        I've never heard TA ever mention NSS before, so I have no clue how you feel about the game. All I was saying is that personally I believe it belongs on top of this list and being a personal favorite would rank high on my overall list as well. The game is highly regarded by other sites as well and it always seemed a bit odd it was completely ignored by TA being a true labor of love of 1 developer and deserving some attention in any case. If you feel it is a lackluster game compared to the likes of skeeball, shufflepuck and hatchi, well, that's amusing but ok then. To each his own opinion.

  • bones boy

    The new Skee-Ball (in relation to the first Skee-Ball) lost me, in the aspect that it really limits your ability to get monstrously high scores. The first iteration would go 4x or 5x rather easily and stay that way until you underperformed. The newer one depends on these stupid coins and things to get a higher score. Big fail for me.

  • HelperMonkey

    Organ Trail was a stroke of genius. Perfect marriage of concept and execution.

  • pauljam

    no mention of Crazy Teppanyaki Chef its awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattschramer Matthew Schramer

    Great list of games. I definitely want to play Organ Trail. Also when it comes out, I want to play Halfling Wars. It's on Kickstarter right now though, so alas I have to wait.

  • http://iPhonage.com/ joshua logan

    great list, would you be coming with an updated list of 2013?