Happy New Year, everyone! Now that we've finally got another year of raw site traffic analytics under our belt, it's always fun to go back and see which stories were our most popular. Keep in mind, these are just articles that were posted in 2012, as for whatever reason, things like this five paragraph story on Words With Friends is consistently one or most trafficked pages with comments from many people who apparently assume we were the creators of the game. (And wouldn't that be nice?)

Anyway, here's the top 25 TouchArcade articles that got the most hits last year, and it doesn't take too long of reading down it to see a definite trend in the previous year:

  1. 'Tiny Tower' Ripoff 'Dream Heights' Hits US App Store; Zynga Employees "Love It"
  2. Looking for a 'Pocket Planes' Flight Crew? Join #TouchArcade for Fabulous Prizes
  3. Zynga Shamelessly Rips Off 'Tiny Tower' With Canadian Release of 'Dream Heights'
  4. 'Subway Surfers' Review - Endless Running Refined
  5. 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out' Gets New Quests And Characters
  6. Top Ten Best iPad Games That'll Tax Your New iPad 4 GPU
  7. 'Inotia 4: Assassin of Berkel' Review - A Less Than Perfect But Still Strangely Satisfying KRPG
  8. Huge List of Sales from EA, Chillingo, Firemonkeys and PopCap
  9. Best iOS Games January 2012
  10. 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' Update Set for Early Next Month Will Lay the Groundwork for the Future
  11. Weekend Sales from Gameloft, Sega, and More to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday
  12. '10000000' Review - A Bad Icon and Terrible Name, But an Absolutely Awesome Puzzle Game
  13. 'Pocket Planes' Review - Now Boarding for NimbleBit's Next Classic
  14. Newest 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' Update Now Available, Adds Paintings, Mushroom Farming, Zombie Pigmen and More
  15. Hands-on with the New iPhone 5 and iPod touch
  16. Apple Reveals iPhone 5 and New iPod touch
  17. 'Swordigo' Review - The Hack and Slash Adventure We've Been Waiting For
  18. 'Tetris'-Loving iPad Owners Just Got EA'd Hard
  19. 'N.O.V.A. 3' Single Player Review – Volterites Never Looked This Good
  20. Check Out These Crazy 'Draw Something' Drawings
  21. 'Temple Run' Comics Are In The Works
  22. UPDATE: Non-Functional 'Pokemon Yellow' App Hits The App Store, Then Apple Pulls It
  23. In Celebration of the New iPhone 5, Here's a HUGE List of Games on Sale
  24. Here's An In-Game Glimpse Of 'Hunger Games: Girl On Fire'
  25. 'Plague Inc' Review - Rid the World of Those Pesky Humans

What's crazy is that looking at the numbers, the NimbleBit versus Zynga drama generated so much traffic that they're basically in a league of their own. Oh, and people really apparently are into the TouchArcade Pocket Planes [Free] Flight Crew. I can't wait to see what the top stories list of 2013 brings. I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year. We're taking it easy today around here, but tomorrow we're going to kick the tires and light the fires on making 2013 the best year for TouchArcade yet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.marroquin.106 Aaron Marroquin

    For what it's worth, the podcast with the 10000000 million developer was one of my favorite things from 2012. Also, typing that number out is such a chore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.marroquin.106 Aaron Marroquin

    For what it's worth, my favorite thing of 2012 was the podcast that featured the 10000000 developer. It was awesome. Also, typing that number is such a chore!

  • Apegoat

    Wait, you mean you guys aren't the developers of all the games you write about?

    Mind = blown

    • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.marroquin.106 Aaron Marroquin

      What is that supposed to mean? They are writers/reviewers. "Keeping you in touch with the latest in iOS gaming." It's their slogan yo!

      • Apegoat

        It was in response to what was said in the article about people thinking the TA crew was behind Words With Friends. And it was also meant facetiously.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.marroquin.106 Aaron Marroquin

        ah right!

  • Michael

    Considering the stories about Zynga copying NimbleBit are right at the top, I'm surprised the story about that Armored Heroes game actually ripping assets out of Runic's game, Torchlight, was not on the list.

  • psac

    So Swordigo was the Hack and Slash Adventure [You've] Been Waiting For, but not enough to make any of the GOTY lists...

  • pauljam

    Nah best new game for 2012 was crazy teppanyaki chef friggan awesome game so addictive like fruit ninja...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    How did Subway Surfers get so many hits? Is that like the ultimate 2012 gem that I missed?

    • MrAlbum

      It's a Temple Run clone with smooth touch controls (no tilt!) and a cartoon aesthetic. It's alright, it's just that it was really popular is all.