Logo2013 is coming to a close, and this has been a monumental year for iOS gamers. We got iOS 7, redesigned iPads, finally a Retina Display on the iPad mini, faster iPhones, Apple-blessed physical controllers, and tons more. As of today, the App Store has had 83,880 games released this year, and of those games we reviewed 521 of them. Now, we distill that down further to a single game of the year, one of 83,880.

Last year we tipped our hat at Tiger Style's amazing Waking Mars [$2.99] and this years pick is similarly a must-have title that everyone should play.

TouchArcade Game of the Year

Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption, $2.99 [Review] [Forum Thread]
Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing has continually been the game we've been unable to put down since its release. It has a ridiculously fun gameplay loop that revolves around fishing, tilting your phone to avoid fish to get as deep as you can, then similarly tilting to catch as many fish as you can on the way up. From there, you tap he screen like mad to shoot the fish out of the sky, collect cash, unlock upgrades, and do it all over again.

The truly clever thing about Ridiculous Fishing is that the story mode included in game is actually just an incredibly extended tutorial to prepare you for competing in online leaderboards by playing the endless mode. A great "ending" combined with loads of secrets to discover provides tons of reasons to keep going back. As a universal app, Ridiculous Fishing is the game everyone should have on their iOS device.

Runner Up

The Room Two, $2.99 [Forum Thread]
We absolutely loved The Room [Free / $0.99 (HD)] when it launched, with the only real complaint being that we wish there was more. The Room Two, in a nutshell, is way more of The Room. The puzzle box solving gameplay has been expanded into much larger environments, holding multiple objects, which has greatly amplified how tricky solving the puzzles has gotten.

A great hint system provides bread crumbs to follow if you get lost, and I can't wait to see where Fireproof Games takes The Room next. The universe they're crafting is awesome, and much like the original, the worst part about The Room Two is that it ends. If you've got an iPad, you need this game. If you've got a device with a smaller screen, stay tuned for a release in early 2014.

Honorable Mention

Year Walk, $3.99 [Review] [Forum Thread]
It's crazy looking back at the history of the App Store and seeing the evolution of the super simple games we saw when the App Store first launched to games that craft a world so deep that they require a companion app. This is the case with Simogo's Year Walk. The Year Walk Companion [Free] serves as your supplemental tour guide through this must-play highly atmospheric puzzle-packed adventure that is as much of an experience as it is a game.

The tricky thing about Year Walk is that much like other fantastic adventure titles like Sword & Sworcery [$4.99], the less you know about it before playing, the better the whole experience will be. If the trailer piqued your interest, download this game, grab some headphones, turn the lights down, and prepare for something special.

  • repapermunky

    Ridiculous Fishing is the TA's GOTY? Well okay...

    • repapermunky

      People, I never said that TA was wrong. I was simply surprised, after all the games that came out, RF was the one chosen for the GOTY award. I have not even played the game, so I couldn't say whether or not I agree; just surprised! Congrats to Vlambeer, btw. I know I love SCB.

      • vlambeer

        Thanks. We'd love to know what you think if you ever do give it a go!

      • M M

        I personally disagree with the selection but to each their own.

    • LarryWP

      I agree.

      • LarryWP

        And I have played it a lot.

    • Hampus Jensen

      My thought's exactly. TA and Apple both selected this as GOTY, what? How? Why?

      Even if we ignore ports like XCOM, KOTOR and GTA that should be obvious candidates there are still games like Oceanhorn, Infinity Blade 3 and Replublique...

  • Megagator

    Not even a mention of Oceanhorn ... shame

    • otakuzod

      Maybe it can be Zelda game of the year...

      • Cevan7

        A Link Between Worlds took that title.

    • Phenomen

      Oceanhorn is boring and repetetive. Story is stupid. Lack of directions is frustrating. I had zero fun playing it. Total waste of $4

  • seinfeld95

    If they price Ridiculous Fishing at $1, then I'll buy it. It's Christmas, for f**k's sake.

    • runliketurtles

      It's three whole dollars for Pete's sake...

      • Laszlo Tuss

        And you CAN get three games you intrested for that price.

        I would pay more if i interested, but i don't. So i will maybe buy it for a bucks, but not more.

    • vlambeer

      Like we've said often, Ridiculous Fishing feels like it is worth $3 to us, so that's what it's priced. Pricing will always remain slightly arbitrary and random, but we don't like the whole discount culture, nor do we think pricing games down is good for anybody. The race to the bottom is the reason why exploitative F2P implementations are so big and gaining ground - there is no way to earn a viable income without it if nobody is willing to pay more than a dollar.

      The only way to get more quality games without compromises for monetisation is by pricing games what they're worth, instead of what the developers think people are willing to pay. You're free to choose what games you want to support, and if it's not Ridiculous Fishing, we sincerely hope you'll buy another high-quality premium title. The two other titles were pretty great.

      Maybe help out a developer you like by buying a game. It is Christmas, after all.

      Happy holidays.

      • schnitselking

        The game is priced exactly right. I'd pay $3 for a game this caliber any day.

      • garret44

        People are gonna hate. I personally think there's no game quite like ridiculous fishing,it feels creatively put together and definitely worth $3

        I appreciate your guys view on premium games,if it wasn't for devs like you,mobile would be an awful gaming platform

        Looking forward to your future projects,keep it up vlambeer

      • TomDy

        Hi, just my two cents.

        I think its wrong on hating someone because they want a reduction in price. 'Its the price of a coffee' or 'a couple of candy bars' isn't quite right, the AppStore is full of games with prices, a lot of people (inc. myself), often buy games, play once and then have 'buyer remorse', this is why I'm always hesitant to buy games on the AppStore.

        I have purchased Ridiculous Fishing and think its great, I've got a good four or five hours of entertainment from it, but I don't blame people for thinking that $3 is a lot, it is on the AppStore

        I also think F2P games are great, and I think the AppStore NEEDS F2P games like Ridiculous Fishing. Why?! I'm a firm believer that not all free games are a con, and a developer like vlambeer would create a great F2P game and show many people that F2P games aren't a con at all, its just another way to play games.

        I also think that it would have made a lot more money as a F2P game (but I appreciate that vlambeer aren't in it for the money like some).

        Merry Christmas all and vlambeer, I would love a F2P game from you in 2014, I think it would be great and very successful!

      • ScotDamn

        You should hold on to your two cents and save it for a premium. $3 is less than a gallon of gas. If $3 is expensive to you, try buying a game on any other platform. You'll soon realize you have the wrong hobby.

        Freemium hurts core gamers, support the premium developers.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Uh...you have, in the least, a three hundred dollar device in your hand right now. How the hell is three dollars too much? Listen to yourself. You can give the largest electronics company in the world your hard earned cash, but it's a pain for you to support a small dev house with only a few folks running it? Hypocrite much? WTF is wrong with a THREE dollar game?

      • Jake7905

        I paid $3 on day one, and considering that Ridiculous Fishing is still on my device, I feel $3 is a bargain.

      • falco

        Don't forget cloud save!

      • Bool Zero

        You know, I have said the same thing and got ridiculed for it (even by TA's own folks)! I'm glad that a developer actually feels the same way that I do about the situation!

      • curtisrshideler

        Amen. If I hadn't bought it months ago, your comment would have just sold it to me! It's definitely a $3 game (disguised as a game worth way more). That'll never change. Merry Christmas to you to.

      • M M

        It's certainly worth $3. It's certainly not worth more though.

      • rando

        Best post ever.

      • EZ Ice

        Post of the year 2013! Well played!

    • Hoggy110

      You are the reason why Ninja Fishing exists

  • Ramaz1234

    Ridiculous fishing..... I don't know what to say ;-; mine game of the year was Oceanhorn, than GTA: SA, Terraria third. But than I got Inginity Blade 3 and Skulls of Shogun so idk. So many game are so much better than Ridiculius fishing ;-;

    • Xissoric

      Yep, for me Skulls of the Shogun and Junk Jack X are faaaaaar better than Ridiculous Fishing; and provide far more hours of entertainment.

      • Xissoric

        Still, congrats to Vlambeer on the award; and hopefully you guys continue to crank out awesome games. Just not my cup-of-tea, however.

    • greatnoob

      Then for grammar's sake!

    • http://twitter.com/a_w_young a_w_young

      Not my first pick, but surely better than derivatives and ports of other games. I like seeing innovative new ideas being recognized.

  • christopherrocs

    You guys are wrong, rediculous fishing is just hours of truly addictive game play! Yeap, the only other game of the year of mine is ski safari, and that didn't even come out this year

  • rich_952000

    It's new but I REALLY think Colossatron is it for me. Ridiculous Fishing has a coveted spot on my quick play arcade games page, and granted it's great fun, but I agree with the above posters that there are a lot of better picks. Now, beyond my opinion, you all at TA rock and I can see that your opinions are to be respected.

  • runliketurtles

    Year Walk is great, but I think Device 6 is even better.

  • Ramaz1234

    Ok I decided to make a list of all the games that deserve GOTY over ridiculous fishing... In no particular order

    Oceanhorn
    GTA:SA
    Terraria
    Junk Jack X
    Plants Vs Zombies 2
    Cut the rope 2
    Skulls of the Shogun
    Infinity Blade 3
    Star Wars: KOTOR
    Sonic 2
    Icycle: On thin Ice
    Survival Craft
    Rayman: Fiesta Run
    The Walking Dead: Season 2
    Angry Birds: Star Wars
    Angry Birds: Star Wars 2
    Space Chicks
    Mikey Hooks

    All so, so, so!, much more deserving of GOTY than Ridiculous Fishing imo ;-;

    • Laszlo Tuss

      Angry birds on a GOTY list? For real?

      • Ramaz1234

        I'm guessing you havnt played Angry Birds: Star Wars 2?

      • wildperson

        Nothing innovative about it though. It's the same thing as every other angry birds, but with a theme that's been tried and true for nearly 40 years - Star Wars.

  • cobbyco

    And to think I got Ridiculous Fishing for free a few weeks ago from Starbucks…

    • Kane

      I got 11 codes from SB... I took one and gave the rest to members of TA :) I didn't even buy coffee ;)

  • Bischi777

    Mine is warhammer quest... I didnt like ridiculous fishing that much.

    • Amenbrother

      With you on that!

  • Dammster

    Relax people. Reviews are genre based on personal opinion. It is just their opinion and you might have different. So stop complaining and put up your GOTY. :)
    For me, it might be GTA: SA or Colossatron. And many other games deserve this award.

  • Pete Osborne

    I'm one of those weird people that didn't really enjoy Ridiculous Fishing but then that's the beauty of opinions; I doubt many will agree with my choice of 9th Dawn! I think we can definitely agree that it was a damn good year for iOS though!

    • TrexlerRanger

      Very solid choice

  • Ramaz1234

    Well thinking about it more, I originally gave my GOTY to Oceanhorn. But than Skulls of the Shogun became free and I got it and it's absolutely amaZing 0.0. Best strategy game Ive played on IOS it has so much Depth and I'm loving it

    My GOTY is Skulls of the shogun

    Runner up Oceanhorn

    Honorable Meniton everything else on my list above lol

    • timb

      If you were better at picking good games, perhaps you'd actually be writing for a gaming site, instead of posting pointless "lists" in the comments of one. ;)

  • Lazer Kat

    Let's be honest. This isn't their pick for game of the year. It isn't. Period. They don't think it's goty any more than anyone else in this thread does.
    This pick was purely political. It's their pick based on the redemption factor.
    The story of it finally being released, and them overcoming adversity is much better than the game.

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

      Well, no. Not even in the slightest. The backstory is great, don't get me wrong, but this was simply our favorite game of the year. Is it really THAT hard to believe?

      • Lazer Kat

        It IS an incredible game, yes...
        But I just don't think most people would put it in the top 20 iOS games this year.
        Either way, it's a great game and it's you guys decision to make...

      • Ramaz1234

        It's alittle hard to believe. So many other games came out that are better. I'm sure this game is fun, I played ninja fishing (only because it's free!) and it's just a arcade game that's fun for when u have a minute of 2.

      • curtisrshideler

        Exactly! Perfect for waiting in line, going to the bathroom, or waiting for siblings to unwrap a present. It's found a perfect home on mobile! I stinkin love the LEGO games, but they don't translate well to iOS thanks to the lack of saving anywhere. But RF is designed for you to play on the go in short (or long) amounts of time.

      • Womble

        Actually, yes it's pretty hard to believe! Seriously.

      • mclifford82

        It is for me, but that's because I don't hold it in high regard like you do. But that's why it's your list not mine. Doesn't bother me one bit, just surprising :)

      • CandyCaneNJ

        Actually, YES it is but hey, your preference not mine :)

    • NinjaKitteh

      I can see this. I still play RF all the time when I need a quick bit of arcade action, and that's what mobile gaming is all about, quick interaction. Anyone saying that a port of ten year old games deserves it is smoking something special. No, patently, GTA:SA nor KOTOR should even be considered. They're great games, that came out a decade ago. Period.

      • Jake7905

        And if you told someone a decade ago that they'd be able to play both KOTOR & GTA: SA on your phone, they'd accuse you of smoking something special.

      • NinjaKitteh

        If I was accused of that a decade ago they'd be right. lol

      • Ramaz1234

        Hahahahahahaha!

    • NinjaKitteh

      Ah crap, that was my post, not reply to you...here was my reply. "What a douche!"

      That's better.

      • Lazer Kat

        I think you, and everyone else here, know I'm right.
        Whether Jared or Eli admit it, is pointless.
        But...if RF had have been released as planned, and Ninja a Fishing had have not been released, this WOULD NOT be the TA GOTY !!!
        If you honestly think this pick wasn't based on the redemption factor, then you are more naive than I had realized.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Again...what a douche.

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

        It is weird that you are so hell bent on believing that we don't just simply love the game for what it is. It epitomizes what I think makes a perfect mobile game.

        - It costs more than free (yes I consider that a positive) with no IAP
        - It uses one of the unique elements of iOS devices, tilt, better than any game I can think of. Seriously, the tilt control in RF is the best I've ever seen.
        - It has unique visuals that look timeless. In twenty years, this game won't look dated. I love the art style so much.
        - It has incredible music, which sounds good even when it's played backwards lol.
        - It has a surprisingly touching story. I literally teared up at the end, and I can't even say I did that with The Walking Dead.
        - It has an actual campaign that you can "beat", but they were also smart enough to include an endless mode so it's a game that can be played over and over and over again.
        - The various upgrades, the fish designs, the fake twitter system… RF just oozes personality all over the place. And it feels "polished" in every way. People have said it has "Nintendo quality" and I completely agree, which is rare for an iOS game to have nowadays.

        Obviously there were tons of amazing games released this year, but none ticked as many boxes for me as Ridiculous Fishing. I couldn't really care any less about "the redemption factor" or any of that. It was just our collective favorite of the year, period.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp
      • NinjaKitteh

        I should clarify my statement. I respect your opinion RF shouldn't be GOTY. Everyone has the right to their own opinion. I think you're a DOUCHE because assuming you know how anyone else thinks, or whether they're naive or not, is what DOUCHES do.
        See what I did there? I respected your opinion and still pointed out why your a DOUCHE. Now run along and go back to cleaning dirty lady parts...

    • timb

      I WANT TO BELIEVE

  • iMario

    Infinity Blade III for me. That's what I've been playing lately.

    • Jay G

      Hahaha! Now THAT would have been a ridiculous choice for GOTY, eh?
      (see what I did there?)

  • GaZ-OiD

    RIDICULOUS choice lol :)

  • vlambeer

    We're honored! So much happened this year, from the crazy release day to the Apple Design Award, the Apple Game of the Year and now the TouchArcade Game of the Year as well. This has been -and continues to be- an amazing ride for us. Thanks so much, TouchArcade crew!

    • jstein360

      Congrats! You guys deserve this honor here and at Apple. I recently started over, and I'm enjoying it even more the second time!

  • Lazer Kat

    My goty top 10 list, in no particular order:

    Incredipede
    Device 6
    Year walk
    Type:Rider
    Bit.Trip.Run
    Collosatron
    Rayman Fiesta Run
    Ski Safari:Adventure Time
    Icycle: on thin ice
    Slayin'

    My game of the year:
    Year Walk

  • Nekizalb

    How bout we respect TA's opinion? I for one think Ridiculous Fishing was an emotional joyride of a game, and I can understand why they chose it. Even though I may not fully agree with their decision, I respect it and that's that.

  • spsummer

    I'd go with KOTOR, it's awesome on the iPad. Oceanhorn would probably be runner-up.

  • C. Stubb

    Not "Alpaca Evolution"? :)

    • handhoney

      This was probably my most memorable gaming experience of this year.

      I watch the touch arcade review of it every once in awhile for big laughs. :P

  • dwerny

    Looks like I'll be picking up Ridiculous Fishing sometime soon.

    Device 6 was my favorite of all the games I played this year.

  • Bliquid

    I'd go for Scurvy Scalliwags or Tiny Thief, but i haven't played Ridiculous Fishing yet.
    Can i hope for a Apple gift or you want my money now?

    • your personal robot

      Found both games to be MUCH more fun than Ridiculous Fishing, which is still a great game.

  • SuperMario7

    I'm one of those who really enjoyed Ridiculous Fishing, Vlambeer could have taken the easy route and loaded it with IAP but didn't. I found it very addictive and quite charming

    At least Infinity Blade 3 wasn't on the list, its one franchise that I really have taken a dislike to now, this latest one was so reliant on very expensive IAP that it really should have been launched as a freemium title. They introduced a new 2nd currency, timers in a supposed premium app and average enemies were always levelled up 5-6 times more than your character which meant either you spent hours grinding for in game gold to buy a decent sword or shelling out on IAP.... how boring, these kind of gaming models need to die, and we need more games to follow the fine work of Simogo and Vlambeer

    • curtisrshideler

      I wouldn't have purchased or downloaded it if it had a ton of IAP or if it was f2p.

  • Ramaz1234

    I will be picking up Ridiculous fishing and Year walk for sure before the 2014 year starts.

  • Lyra

    Yes I love this game. Totally deserving.

  • Ph0lly

    Really, what moron considers this GOTY? Good yes, GOTY no.

  • Jake7905

    I loved Ridiculous Fishing, but for GOTY I'd have to go with XCOM. Besides being one of the best strategy games ever, it also marks the moment when releasing AAA games at AAA prices (no IAP) became possible.

    • Lazer Kat

      $20 isn't a AAA price

  • nini

    Badland got my GOTY as I enjoyed it and for all the games I got throughout 2013, that one held my interest the longest. Ridiculous Fishing still has a happy home on my devices but others clearly have way better hand control than me to complete it quickly.

    • your personal robot

      Badland was my best iOS gaming experience this year as well. Apart from Bastion which was a hell of a fantastic port.

      • Lazer Kat

        I loved badland, but found Type:Rider to do everything badland did but better.

  • orangecan

    I thought it was an ok game and well worth the price but in absolutely no way shape or form GOTY or anything close.... Fair play to toucharcade and I know it's all down to personal opinion but I was surprised by this....

  • godelescherbach

    Device 6 would be my choice, it was the most interesting, creative and engaging gaming experience I've had this year on any platform.

  • Megagator

    Limbo?

    • spsummer

      GOTY?

  • RenTin850

    Apple told us the game of the year like 2 weeks ago. Did you guys just find out?

    • dariusjr98

      Open palm.

      Insert face.

  • Womble

    Wow, it's a good game, but wow.. opinions huh.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    Ha! Okay. Did NOT see that one coming.

  • Zeillusion

    Lol!

  • Nicholas Baker

    Totally agree with TA! Ridiculous Fishing was one of the most creative and visually stunning games of the year. Congrats Vlambeer!

  • Hoodie78

    Ridiculous Fishing is a gorgeous, original game that fits smaller iOS devices perfectly, and I can't think of a more deserving GOTY. A lot of the games people are suggesting are console ports or adaptations of console-style games to iOS, and even the best of them feel compromised in the touchscreen format. If a game plays better with a controller, why should TA hold it up as an example of the best of iOS gaming? Congrats to Vlambeer on their win, both here and on the App Store!

  • Papa Deuce

    I would have gone with the 2nd Kingdom Rush..... I have not played RF, but that is because the whole idea has no interest to me. If it was free, and had no IAP, I likely still would not try it.

    Runner up for me is Towncraft.

  • rewind

    Game of the year is such a hard decision. Hell, even reviewing games can be difficult. Of course there's the controversy, but everyone has their favorites. Personally, I love Ridiculous Fishing and think that it's worthy enough of the award. Sure, I was surprised, but that's because there was no obvious winner here. 2013 was packed with great releases, and I'm glad RF was recognized.

    Also, one reason I like TA is because they don't review based on what others would say. LIMBO would be a perfect example. And I doubt that any other site chose RF as the GOTY, which proves this even further. TA might be a bit biased toward certain devs and premium games, but they're firm in their decisions, and that's all I care about.

  • dariusjr98

    The moral of this story is that the TA staff can't win. Like, ever.

  • Dueler

    Year Walk is so specific a game I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone as it isn't any fun at all. Its something you would recommend to someone you know might like these things but as a general suggestion it's just a waste of money as most people like me would just find it boring.

  • gmattergames

    While these are not my top games, all three are superb. The iOS game market is almost too big to evaluate a GotY.

  • ImLegend

    Ridiculous Fishing is GOTY, totally "ridiculous"!
    This game I bought coz of the review in TA, played 5 minutes and deleted...
    Some ppl like it but it is not my cup of tea for sure

  • falco

    How about a list of best Arcade, best puzzle, best racing game etc...

    • falco

      For 2013

  • Reignmaker

    My GOTY was Junk Jack X. It will be one of my go-to apps for a long time.

    • timb

      No one cares what your GOTY was.

      • Reignmaker

        You cared enough to type that. What's the matter? Did Santa leave poop in your stocking?

      • timb

        Doesn't mean I care what your GOTY is. No poop in my stocking, but your old lady's pink stocking left some poop on my...Dick Clarke is going to be missed this New Year's Eve.

  • Allanon

    How much did TA get paid to make this goty lmao... Capitalism wins again...

    • Bliquid

      Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars because, you know, indie developers are disgutingly rich and stuff.

    • Ph0lly

      That are they are friends with the dev.

    • timb

      Idiot.

  • Dailion Ando

    My Goty is Paper,Please.

  • darthstuey

    Injustice is my game of the year by far
    It gets played every day by me and my sons
    The challenges and card collecting aspect have made it an obsession
    I played ridiculous fishing for about a week then deleted it- everyone else I know who gave played it feel it's okay for a quick game but there is nothing there to keep you coming back

    • timb

      Let's be real, you have no friends.

  • Goggles789

    As surprising as this choice of goty is to me, I sat down and thought of a game of the year for iOS...and to my further surprise, came up with nothing! I still feel that in many ways, app store is playing catch up with it's gaming selections. I don't feel like there is anything mind blowing on the platform yet to name a solid goty. All the iOS games I've played have such short shelf lives. I played Ridiculous Fishing for quite a while and enjoyed it immensely, especially for the flavor text in the fishopedia. But, goty? Hm, I'm stumped. :/

  • Zaraf

    What's really funny is that other gaming sites like IGN have Device 6 in their list of "Which will be GOTY?". I was really expecting to see Device 6 somewhere on the list.

  • Grummie

    Ridicules in my opinion

  • Ramaz1234

    Ok so I cracked and bought RF I'll be back in like 10 minutes to share my opinions.

    • Ramaz1234

      I'm back.. The game is a lot of fun. For sure worth 5 stars. GOTY? Still no

  • josefk

    Just my 2 cents... I know that choosing a GOTY by genre (Action, Adventure, Puzzle, Runners, etc) could mean too much work for you guys. However, I think that just choosing one single game, with all I L - O - V - E Ridiculous Fishing, is a bit unfair.

    One alternative I believe would work better than the previous ones would be just splitting the selection into 2 big categories: Best Original Game (where we would have jewels like Ridiculous Fishing, Tiny Thief, Badland, Colossatron, Year Walk, Device 6, Icycle and The Room) and Best Port/Adaptation/Episode, where we could have Plants vs Zombies 2/Cut the Rope 2/Angry Birds 343827/Asphalt x, The Walking Dead, GTA: SA, KOTOR, XCOM, Junk Jack, CoD ST, etc.

  • JD214

    Overrated

    • timb

      Dumbass.

  • philsmtx

    Ridiculous!

  • clompah

    It amazes me to no end why there is no way to down vote on the mobile app?
    Like I seriously want to downvote a lot of people here.

  • timb

    Moron.