Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99], a game surrounded with cloning drama, got a much-deserved nod from Apple today in the form of the iPhone Game of the Year nomination as part of their Best of 2013 feature. If for some insane reason you still haven't downloaded Ridiculous Fishing, I'm not sure the evidence to do so could get any stronger. We gave it five stars in our review, and it's still high on the list of my personal favorite iPhone games, even months after its release.

The game's premise is super simple- You cast off, tilt your phone to avoid fish as your lure goes deeper and deeper, and as soon as you hook something the game goes in reverse and instead you need to catch as many fish as possible. Once they surface, you tap to shoot 'em out of the sky. It's a ton of fun, and greatly enhanced by the amount of unlockables and upgrades cross your path before finally hitting the endless mode and competing on the online leaderboards.

Additionally, Badland [$3.99] took home the iPad Game of the Year trophy. It's another universally adored title, which we detailed in our review. Badland is from the makers of the Trials series, and comes packed with some awesome controls, a great art style, and through updates, loads of content.

It's a game of avoidance, and trial and error (Much like Trials!) and has a bit of a Limbo vibe to it with insta-death from hitting obstacles and needing to figure out how to retry subsections in each level to get through them.

Both Badland and Ridiculous Fishing are awesome games, and better yet- They're both universal, so even though Apple has given each iPhone and iPad awards, they're both worth playing regardless of which device you have.

  • dribblejam

    What? Ridiculous fishing?

    • theorangeipod

      Ridiculous fishing is amazing and the graphics/art are top notch. Great reply value

  • drlemon

    They both deserved it

  • Phoenix24

    Badland 100% is the best game I have played on iOS in 2013, whilst Ridiculous Fishing is a great game, but was too easy to complete and I haven't gone back to it in months.

    Congrats to both developers.

  • KaoseT

    Kinda embarrassed to admit this, but when I got Ridiculous Fishing I was already kinda burned out because I had played Ninja Fishing so much before. Difference in quality, but not enough in the gameplay for me back then to be wanting to play it for hours like some other great iOS games.

    • falco

      I played Ninja Fishing before Ridiculous fishing, I can tell you Ridiculous is the good way to play it because in Ninja Fishing the fishes are so big that you can't tilt to avoid catching the fishes also A clone of fruit ninja and Ninja fishing.

  • JJE McManus

    Thus Apple focuses on short time span games. I give them credit for bypassing AAA IAP troughs like RR3, but still it's a bland decision.
    It says don't expect a proper external controller anytime soon because it doesn't matter.
    It says that style wins over substance. Back in the day video cabinets called it the Attract Mode.
    I think I have my pick for GotY and neither fishing nor badlands is it.

    • swarmster

      A game that requires a controller wouldn't be a very good iPhone game. The iPhone is a portable device, and portable games will win every time.

  • FookedonHonix

    I think Ridiculous fishing is boring.

    • QWERTYthebold

      I thought there was something off about the tilt controls. Ninja fishing's controls were much smoother.

  • riChchestMat

    Ha. IPad game of the year and TA refer to Limbo. Can open. Worms everywhere.

  • christopherrocs

    Rediculous fishing was really fun, I played the original in 2010 as well, and it's tons of fun. I think badlands is a bit overrated, but it's gotten tons of free updates so its great as well. Gratz to the both of them

  • sivad

    Unless I'm viewing this wrong, not much love to good RPGs. I see oceanhorn but how can warhammer quest be overlooked?

    • M M

      GOTY tends to go to extremely simple games. The real in depth games, with strong values, lose every time to the mindless games people play when they have 5 minutes to kill.

      So many games deserved the awards over these.

      • NOEN

        I kinda have to agree with you there. I'm sure the big RPGs do very well on the AppStore, but not as well as a lot of the more casual games. Those seem to be the ones at the top of the charts all the time. I'm just surprised there isn't something with Angry Birds in the title. How many of those came out this year?

        And my GOTY nominee would have to go with anything with Shaq in it!

      • nini

        Yeah but that's the thing, hardcore gamers are a minority of a minority. I can't see why they'd try and pick a lengthy game when most people don't want that.

  • Retro Nug

    Rediculous Fishing was a lot of fun, but I really with they'd put out some sort of content update.

  • jabbasoft

    Xcom, transport tycoon... I guess I'm living in the past and should embrace new games, but these have real staying power and days/weeks/months of gameplay/longevity. Star command, welder are nice in my pocket too in short bursts.. Will give the winners a try, always good to be enlightened.

    • NinjaKitteh

      Your other choices I can get behind, bit not Star Command. I finally went back and read what that game is supposed to be based on their kick starter campaign. I don't think an Alpha build game deserves GTOY. They never delivered away missions, a vast galaxy filled with many systems to explore, many many more things that just aren't there. If it was the game they said they were going to make I'd totally agree. But really all they made was a battle simulator, and not that great of one to boot.

      • Jake7905

        Star Command- Disappointment of the Year.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Despite all the Star Command hate, keep in mind these people pitched an idea, got funding, and made a game which tried very hard to satisfy their fans.
        I backed SC, I played SC, and I was disappointed -- BUT I'm completely in favor of Kickstarter games vs 'large production-house' games.
        Keep this in mind -- this is an *ENTIRELY NEW* funding model for business ventures, helping people with little try to do bigger things. And it works. And it's "free market" driven (more or less).

  • Phantom Bruiser

    I'm glad people enjoy Badlands. I just didn't like it. I got it for free and deleted it with less than an hour of play time.

    • dancj

      I recommend you give it another try.

      I wasn't that impressed with Badlands at first when I was just playing through the levels. It was only when I went back to leeks that if already done to try to get three stars that I got really addicted.

    • miumius

      It's the same-device multiplayer. Play that and you'll immediately fall in love with the game. It's pretty much insanity

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

    That fishing game is pretty great, but GOTY? :) Badland earned it though! THAT title is brilliant! Even on the iPhone.

  • NinjaKitteh

    I think these GOTY choices bring up a good deal to discuss. There seems to be a lot of opinions about what mobile gaming is on touch devices, but no one has ever really defined it. Certainly not google or apple. I myself feel that the lack of stereotypical physical control methods other devices use definitely makes touch gaming a different entity from traditional standards such as consoles and PCs tend to share.

  • Jake7905

    Though I don't agree that this is GOTY, I really didn't expect Apple to pick XCOM or WHQ, so I'm OK with this pick. Plus, it's not a freemium game.

  • CandyCaneNJ

    I also didn't like Badland and deleted it soon after. I have no interest in the fishing game. Odd choices for GOTY in my humble opinion

  • dariusjr98

    I've heard these are both great games, but c'mon...

    ...well, I suppose I do know why they picked these: they also appeal to the casual gamers audience, which is the group they make the most money off of.

    I can guarantee you the TA GotY will be different.

  • Guest

    Badland was boring deleted it

  • RellekWVU

    Ridiculous Fishing was good and all but GOTY? Eh... Oceanhorn, rymdkapsel, EMPIRE, Star Command, Tiny Thief, just to name a few.

  • Taclys

    Badlands is a perfect pick. Phenomenal game. But Ridiculous Fishing? Fun and enjoyable, but greatly overhyped. I put in 3 or 4 hours, beat the main game, and haven't touched it since. What about other excellent releases this year?