Logo_on_whiteWell, it was another banner year in the world of iOS gaming, with so many great games released in 2015 that it made our head spin trying to whittle it down to the list you see before you. When it came to our Game of the Year pick, it really came down to the nitty gritty between two particular titles. In the end, one just barely inched out the other for reasons we'll get to in a second. Following the Game of the Year and Runner Up picks are 25 of what we feel were the best games of 2015. Of course this list doesn't include many other great games that came out this year, and to be honest it could have easily been three or four times the size. However, we thought this was a nice cross selection of genres and truly the best of the best of this year. If a game you adored this year isn't featured here, feel free to list it in the comments below, we love hearing about what games people enjoy playing on their iOS devices.

Now, without further ado…

 

Game of the Year 2015: 'Land Sliders'


Land Sliders, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - It seems like the best mobile games latch onto a simple mechanic that feels natural on a touchscreen device and then builds an entire game around it. Slicing fruit in Fruit Ninja, drawing lines in Flight Control, even tilting back and forth in Doodle Jump are all great examples of this. Those simple actions spawned countless copycats and even entire genres in the mobile space over the years, but it's rare that a game can come along and create a mobile game that feels truly unique and native to the platform.

In 2015, I don't think any game accomplished that goal as well as Land Sliders, the first game from Australian developer Prettygreat, did. Land Sliders is a game that's built around inertial scrolling. What is inertial scrolling? Well, when you're scrolling through a list on your iOS device, say your list of emails or a list of songs in the Music app, inertial scrolling is the thing that allows you to scroll fast with a quick swipe and the screen will gradually slow down as it runs out of inertia.

It sounds like an incredibly boring concept for a game, but inertial scrolling is something that iOS devices have nailed since the beginning, and I believe it's one of the things that truly put the iPhone ahead of the pack in the early days of smartphones. Early iPhone rivals had pretty janky touchscreens which didn't have the smoothness of an iPhone. Scrolling around on iOS devices is fun and satisfying. Flicking a swipe fast and knowing you can stop the screen from scrolling on a dime if you want. It's really cool.

It's not a bad idea to try and capture that feeling and create a game around it, but how exactly does that work? I saw a very early prototype of Land Sliders at GDC this year and thought it was a clever concept and the sliding around the world felt great. But honestly I had no idea how they would craft a compelling game around it, and figured it would end up as one of those "hmmm, that's neat!" tech demo type of games and be fun for a few days before being forgotten.

That ended up not being the case at all, and besides its unique concept, I think that's shows the brilliance of Prettygreat. Not only have they created a full-fledged high-scoring game with endlessly replayable randomly-generated levels and a wide cast of neat characters to unlock, but they've created this is a way that's easy to add on to, and given the popularity of Land Sliders this seems like the kind of game that can continue living on for years and years with a constant flow of new content.

Besides the game itself, developer Prettygreat also created an insane real-life meta game that they incorporated into Land Sliders that has kept our forums on fire for months since the game's release. If you haven't read the lengthy thread in our forums, but if you like treasure hunts or ARGs, it's worth the read as the lengths Prettygreat went to to create this global game are pretty astounding. In fact, the ARG is still going and hasn't been completely solved yet.

Sliding your character around the world of Land Sliders just FEELS right, and developer Prettygreat did a wonderful job of building a whimsical world and cast of characters around that unique mechanic. There were other great games in 2015, but Land Sliders is a great mobile game through and through, and isn't the kind of game that could work on a platform other than mobile. For all these reasons it'll be something that I continue to play daily and will always have a home on my device, and it earns our nod for Game of the Year 2015


 

GotY Runner Up 2015: 'Downwell'


Downwell, $2.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Downwell is one of those games that had so much buzz prior to its release, I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. I was very happy to have been proven wrong about that. Downwell is an action platformer about a character trying to make it to the bottom of a well while avoiding being killed by numerous types of nasty enemies and hazards. Your character accomplishes this by using gun boots – literally boots that fire bullets straight down – to both take out enemies and use as a levitation device while falling.

Kind of a wacky premise, but so are the plots behind some of the most beloved games of all time. The crazy thing about Downwell is that it doesn't seem like much on first blush. I remember anticipating this game forever, and when it finally released and I laid into it for the first time, after a few minutes of playing I found myself saying "That's it?" It wasn't that I thought the game was bad or anything, I just was expecting something more, you know? It wasn't until I read this excellent piece over at Polygon about Downwell that I was tipped off to some of the finer points behind the game.

Along with a myriad of little secrets and special features, it was really the combo system in Downwell that really busted the game wide open for me. It became a game within the game to try and stomp as many enemies in succession without touching the ground as possible so as to rack up a huge combo. The brilliant thing is that by doing this I actually found myself making it further and further in the game than I ever had previously. Downwell is a very difficult game, but it's the kind of game where skill trumps all and you can actually witness yourself getting better at it the more you play and practice.

Downwell is a masterpiece of great game design, and is one of those games that can be played over and over for a lifetime as you continue to figure out its little tricks and secrets. It's one of my all-time favorite games, and while it feels most at home to me on my iPhone it's also a game that would be fantastic no matter what platform it's on. I have no doubt that there will be a dedicated contingent of people still playing Downwell for decades to come.


 

Best iOS Games of 2015


AG Drive, $3.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Futuristic racers have been a staple of gaming for some time now, and AG Drive executes the formula flawlessly. Absolutely gorgeous visuals, an incredible sense of speed, a novel use of 3D Touch on capable devices, and a multitude of race types easily make this one of the App Store's top racing games.

AirAttack 2, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - AirAttack 2 may have only just come out in early December, but it immediately made an impact on the iOS gaming world. Absolutely jaw-dropping visuals coupled with tried and true shoot 'em up gameplay that wasn't scared to divert from tradition made AirAttack 2 one of the most memorable games of the year even in just a few short weeks.

Alto's Adventure, $3.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Side-scrolling endless runners are a tough sell on mobile because there's so many, but Alto's Adventure had no problem setting itself apart from the pack with its incredibly stylish visuals, engaging scoring mechanics, and tons of hidden little details that made it worth coming back to throughout 2015.

BADLAND 2, $3.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The original Badland is an absolute classic, and is a tough act to follow. Somehow developer Frogmind was able to surpass their original work with Badland 2. Major changes to the formula like free movement, dastardly new hazards, and even more gorgeous visuals and lighting effects make this another mobile classic.

Call of Champions, Free - [GotW] - [Forum Thread] - The MOBA genre is one that's trying hard to make an impression in the mobile world. Vainglory set the benchmark last year, but Call of Champions with its promise of five minute matches has swooped in and offered entertaining and competitive MOBA action that truly feels made for the mobile platform.

CHAOS RINGS Ⅲ, $19.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The Chaos Rings series is a staple on mobile and significant for being a mobile-exclusive series from a large, renowned developer – Square Enix. The third entry in the series mixes up the formula in many ways, and also ratchets up the visuals to a fully 3D world. Despite some changes, it's still a Chaos Rings game through and through, and one of the best original RPGs on mobile this year.

Does not Commute, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - A totally unique premise and polish out the ears made Does Not Commute one of the most entertaining games of the year. Route various vehicles across a map from point A to point B, but beware, as with each new vehicle you must route your previously routed vehicles are following the path you laid out for them. As more cars are introduced things get crazy, hectic, and tons of fun.

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The hit PC and console action-adventure survival game Don't Starve made its way to iOS this year in a special Pocket Edition. It wasn't very pocketable at first though due to it being iPad only, but a Universal update brought it to iPhones as well, and allowed even more players to see just how well this game could shine on the mobile platform. Punishingly difficult, but a total must-play.

Dust: An Elysian Tail, $5.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - A passion project of a lone developer for over 4 years paid off big time when Dust: An Elysian Tail released for the Xbox to extreme critical acclaim in the summer of 2012. Given its button-heavy nature, an iOS port seemed unlikely, until it surprise released in early October. And you know what? Dust translated very well to the touchscreen and is an incredible journey everyone should take.

The Executive, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - If you thought fighting games, auto-runners, rhythm games, and idle clickers couldn't be combined into one experience, The Executive is here to prove you wrong. Somehow that amalgamation of genres made total sense here, and it was delivered in an incredibly stylish, challenging, and content-rich package.

Furdemption - A Quest For Wings, $2.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Platforming games can be heavy on action, heavy on puzzling, or heavy on both as was the case with Furdemption. Ingenious level designs really made this game shine, as did its stellar art style and animation. Plus, there was something oddly satisfying about seeing a cute bunny die over and over in a multitude of gruesome ways. Hooray!

Galactic Keep, $3.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Galactic Keep is something of a legend around TouchArcade, as its development originally started way back in 2009 and started/stopped several times in the years since. Miraculously, it was finished this year, and somehow turned out to be the utterly compelling board game/RPG we always hoped it would be.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, $9.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Geometry Wars is sort of the granddaddy of dual-stick space shooters, and dual-stick space shooters work supremely well on touchscreen devices. Which makes the stellar Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions a perfect fit for iOS, and it absolutely was when it launched on the App Store in the first half of the year.

Her Story, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Full motion video games, or FMV games, are a black mark on the history of video games. They're notoriously terrible. However, developer Sam Barlow utilized FMV sequences to create a compelling murder mystery with Her Story, proving that if put in the right hands FMV games can be a viable medium to tell amazing stories.

Horizon Chase - World Tour, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Some "retro-inspired" games go full monty and actually feel like a game that came out decades ago. Others capture that retro essence while still making something that feels decidedly modern. Horizon Chase falls in the latter category, and despite its pixelated facade and retro nods it is actually a visually stunning and exhilarating racing experience.

Implosion - Never Lose Hope, $9.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Character action games are known for complex, button-heavy combat mechanics, which makes them ill-suited for touchscreens. Somehow developer Rayark was able to craft a combat system that played well on touchscreen while still feeling appropriately complex and satisfying. Coupled with incredible visuals and an exciting sci-fi universe, and it's no wonder Implosion was such a critical and commercial success.

Lara Croft GO, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - It takes a talented developer to take a legendary action adventure franchise like Tomb Raider and turn it into a puzzle game, and somehow still have it "feel" like a Tomb Raider game. That's exactly what Square Enix Montreal did with Lara Croft GO, just as they did last year with Hitman GO, and both are sublime experiences.

PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - It's tough to mess around with a classic like Pac-Man, but somehow Crossy Road developer Hipster Whale managed to take the iconic Pac-Man arcade game and "Crossy Road-ize" it into an absolutely fantastic endless high-score chaser with tons of personality.

Prune, $3.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - A game about pruning a tree sure doesn't sound very exciting on paper, but developer Joel McDonald managed to craft something incredibly beautiful with Prune, where you're doing just that. This is the perfect blending of art and puzzle, and although the experience doesn't last all that long it's one that will stay with you long after you're finished.

The Room Three, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The Room series of puzzle games are iOS classics, and the way in which they utilize the touchscreen to directly interact with its intricate puzzle boxes is a deeply personal experience. The third entry in the series does all that but takes it to the next level with tons more content and puzzles to solve.

Sorcery! 3, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Inkle has set the benchmark for digital gamebooks with their Sorcery! series and 80 Days, but Sorcery! 3 takes things to a whole new level even for them. Crazy time-manipulation mechanics and a big open-world map to explore in any order you wish pushed this release head and shoulders above other digital gamebooks.

Space Marshals, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Space Marshals dropped in the beginning of the year and proved dual-stick shooters could be strategic and stealthy rather than mindless blast-a-thons. Several major updates throughout the year added tons of great new content and cemented it as one of our favorites of 2015.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, $4.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - The long-awaited sequel to our 2009 Game of the Year proved it was more than worth the wait with tons of interesting new places to explore as a tiny little spider, new puzzles to solve, and another compelling story to tell. New tricks like a tie-in to real world time and weather and multiple playable spider types (and a walrus!) made this new Spider game another memorable experience.

This War of Mine, $14.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - War is almost always glorified in video games, but This War of Mine looked at what war does to the everyday people caught in the middle. It's technically a strategy survival game, but more than that it's a sobering and somber look at a part of war that's often overlooked, and it's incredibly powerful stuff. Despite hitting PC first, This War of Mine feels most at home on the touchscreen.

  • ffaust

    Wow, didn't see that coming. Landsliders and Downwell didn't last more than 15 minutes on my phone. All the great games out there and that's what gets game of the year? What about Card Crawl, that's hands down better than either of those.

    • serjical

      I thought Horizon Chase was going to be the one.

      • scottsoapbox

        Horizon Chase or Space Marshals are far more deserving.

      • Milotorou

        Seeing how the TA team was all wet over it when it came out, i was sure that was going to be the one !

      • Tallgeese

        "You were the chosen one!"

    • cy@n

      Same here

    • Jack111

      I agree i thought it was a boring game that doesnt deserve to be on any goty list

      • Tallgeese

        Obviously it should've been the Witcher 3!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Fallout 4.

      • Tallgeese

        heehee

      • Gray Games

        Did some of these developers pay for this

    • EvanJO14

      I'm gonna show some Christmas spirit and not question the goty. I thought it was a really ingenious game myself.

  • Luigi_Mario

    Feels like kind of a lackluster year for mobile gaming. I've enjoyed a lot of games on this list, but nearly all had significant flaws that prevented them from being all-time classics. I think there are a bunch of problems related to monetization, Apple's App Store mismanagement, clone apps, and the remaining hardware gap with other platforms that are holding back mobile. Yet I do think a lot of these issues can be improved, so here's hoping to a better 2016!

    • speedyph

      😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑go to consoles then if u think this year was lackluster cuz u are high if this wasn't a great year for mobile implosion this war of mine Lara craft go and Rex rocket don't starve hero emblems landslides THE AWSOME AIR ATTACK 2 wow Kidd u don't enjoy gaming at all if u don't see the instant classics we got IM APPALED U SAID THAT 😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑

      • korossyl

        In fairness, having several incredible titles released is not mutually exclusive with having a lackluster year. Perhaps it's a testament to the much-maligned App Store, but EVERY year seems to have had some really spectacular games. I think that -- relatively speaking -- it may, indeed, have been a slightly below-par year, which takes away NOTHING from the great games that were released, or from TA's invaluable work in announcing and reviewing them for us.

    • Mj1ggy

      Yeah I agree, nothing really grabbed me this year like Threes, Hoplite, or Out There, just to name a few past games that I could not put down after downloading. I played Pacman 256, Horizon Chase, and Downwell the most but none of them are particularly memorable or gripping. Agree that the combo system brings Downwell to a new level but the comparisons to Spelunky, probably one of the top 5 games I've played in the last 5+ years, are ridiculous IMO.

    • Tallgeese

      Well you're on deck for 2016, Nintendo-san! がんばって!!!

  • sakara214ever

    Lol land sliders game of the year? I mean it is a really good game but come on!!!!!!

    • Tallgeese

      G.O.B.: "W-Worse that can happen is can I spill some on my $3,000 suit. Come on! Oh, yeah, yeah. The guy in the... the $4,000 suit is holding the elevator for a guy who doesn’t make that in three months. Come on! Oh. Why don’t I just take a whiz through this $5,000 suit?!"

  • ROGER-NL

    Mine is Cut the Rope:Magic, now that was fun.

  • Fangbone

    Landsliders GOTY? C'mon man!!

    • Tallgeese

      "Oh, that’s... that’s-that’s great. The guy who’s dirty dancing with his niece is going to tell the guy in the thirty-six hundred dollar suit how to run the business. Come on!"

  • jared9876

    Land Sliders is a fantastic game that I sunk hours and hours in but I feel like Downwell is the superior game. That game is just fabulous and hooks you like no other game did this year. Also the games that are ports feel kinda cheap cause the better versions of the games are on PC and console. Just my two cents. Otherwise great list of games that I already have most of! Will go get the rest that I don't

  • Steven Lewis

    A nice list of games. However, Land Sliders would be nowhere in the list of the year's best games for me.

  • dancj

    Land Sliders seemed pretty crap to me.

    • LarryWP

      I hated it after about an hour.

      • LarryWP

        Cont....

        However, for what it is it's a really good game. Just not my favorite type. It works very well and I can't imagine how many hours went into programming a game like this. I just get tired of getting killed. 😡

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

      The link doesn't work from the app

      • cloudpuff

        Coly and paste works 🙂

      • dancj

        Not in the app it doesn't.

      • Tallgeese

        If you go back to the article and hit the button in the top right and select "open in Safari" (at least that's how it is on mine) you can see and click on the non-truncated links. The youtube video is [Watsy and Wax - Give a Hater a Hug] I prefer Chappelle's [Haters' Ball].

  • boydstr

    Is the game off the year selected by the TA reviewers,should be great to let the forum users off TA pick a yearly winnner,the game that won the title was surely not my favorite (understatement)but there will be always many different preferences in games,what is great for one is terrible for another.

    • Wizard_Mike

      The forum users do pick their own GOTY (and GOTW and even GOTM, I believe). This is done in the .... Wait for it..... Waaaait fooor iiiit.... The forums! 🙂

      • boydstr

        So it's likely that I missed the info to bring my vote for the game of the year,I am surfing at least once a day to TouchArcade but zero info about the GOTY election?

      • Wizard_Mike

        You misunderstood. The forum users pick THEIR OWN game of the year. It's completely independent from TA's game of the year. If you want to participate in the forum user's GOTY pick, visit the forums. The game of the week and game of the year threads are stickied at the top of the iPhone/iPad Games forum. You can't miss them.

  • Shkrbby

    Landsliders?! Orl?

    Good troll is good.

  • Ivica

    Im happy land sliders won the Goty, the game deserved it.

    🙂

  • Biggavelli

    I thought Warhammer Deathwatch would of been game of the year. Land sliders, not so much (it's a fun, cute little game). Goty no. Downwell is a solid runner up. No gripe with Downwell pick.

  • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

    Once again I'm super happy we spent so much time this week (instead of taking time off, spending it with family/friends/etc.) going through all the games this year to whiddle down what were our personal favorites for comments like these. You guys are truly just the best.

    • Andrew Fretz

      Commenters bless us, everyone!

      • Tallgeese

        Hmmmm, it's just doesn't feel like Christmas unless I ignore my family in order to tell complete strangers to fight me IRL...

    • Rip73

      I think it's a very, very solid list.
      I might reposition one or two higher or lower but as you said yourself, with a list as good as that, it really just comes down to a the nitty gritty.
      Nothing but top notch quality in there and one or two that I haven't tried myself but certainly will have to now.

      Thanks to you and the team for doing it.
      It is, as always, greatly appreciated by the silent majority.

    • ZEROFACES

      Considering these are HUMANS you're dealing with (a species with unimaginable varying opinions and senses of self entitlement), what do you honestly expect? There was literally NO game you could have chosen to get a better reaction. People feel what they feel, good or bad, and this is the Internet, so they'll make sure every one reads about it. On that note, your constant use of sarcasm and belittlement of your readers isn't helping the already negative comment sections. It's bad enough when I come to the comments and find dozens of whiny teenagers angry that THEY'RE favourite game didn't make it; but then to also continually find your snarky comments, it just makes the TA site feel so immature. If you're commenters are acting like children, then treat them like children: ignore their selfishness and only give attention to the one who are positive. If you only responded to the reasonable and generally positive commenters, I bet the negativity would really slow down. People just want attention; make a habit of giving attention to the less whiny and the rest will follow. ---- Anyway, great choice of Land Sliders for GOTY! I was really shocked when I saw what you picked, but the article convinced me that it made sense. Of all the iOS games in 2015, it was definitely the one of the only games I can think of that had a very original and unique gameplay mechanic! Personally, Downwell was my GOTY =)

      • houseofg

        So very well put. Love ya, Eli, but you really need thicker skin, especially for a site of this nature.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        We've all got thick skin around here, you have to in order to endure internet commenters. It's just increasingly tiring how the posts that take us the most amount of time get consistently slammed with a tidal wave of negativity. It took nearly four hours before a comment showed up that did more than just take a dump on this article.

      • houseofg

        Nothing's going to bring out differing and dissenting opinions like GOTY. Just the nature of the beast. And disagreeing is far from not appreciating. We all know the yeoman's effort it takes to put out quality content on a daily basis, and most appreciate it.

      • jared9876

        I don't think that is true. I said the game prob wasn't my GOTY but I loved this list. I come on TA every day and love it so much. I would never have played Land Sliders if not for TA and I would have missed out on an amazing game!! I'm sorry if I sounded negative at all cause I love the work y'all do here and I appreciate it very very much. Keep up the awesome work Eil!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Yeah dude, it's a really good game. Glad you like it. Merry Christmas. 🙂

      • 3rd_Strongest_Bunny

        If you actually had thick skin, as you claim, then you wouldn't have responded with such childish belittlement. You would have formed your opinion personally, and taken these comments in stride. The fact that you posted sarcastic, passive-aggressive quips not just once, but multiple times, makes me stunned that you have the audacity to hold out your hand for Patreon donations in the same breath.

        Either stand by your choice despite criticism, and be the better person, or don't bother posting it.There are plenty of others who save face better in worse situations who you could learn from.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        A Venn diagram of chronically negative commenters and Patreon backers would be two circles. Our Patreon backers are an awesome group of hardcore fans, long-time developers, and other awesome people who appreciate what we do and are stellar members of our community. I think there's likely a large age difference there too.

      • 3rd_Strongest_Bunny

        Then you have a responsibility here. You must be the person who the backers are proud of, who acts positively and calmly in the face of criticism. And you must also show your critics by example, leading them to believe in your product through your actions. One subtle, sarcastic quip would have been enough, but repeated belittlement and patronization brings down how your donors think of you, hurts your site's image, and doesn't convince anyone that their hostile posts might have been inappropriate.

        The sooner you drop the defensive stance, the sooner you can start learning from your mistake.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        What's kind of fascinating about running a Patreon is it's always the people who aren't backers trying to tell you what your existing supporters want. I've personally emailed all of our substantial backers, and have regular dialogs with many of them that steer the direction of the site. Considering our Patreon has wildly exceeded our expectations and we haven't seen any drop-off in support, I'd say we're on the right track.

      • 3rd_Strongest_Bunny

        I'm not talking about what the backers want, or the site itself, or its direction, or your expectations. I was trying to help you understand how your words here could negatively affect how people view this site, and why you should consider being more polite in the future. You are either quite averse to admitting fault, or you don't understand how belittling your site's users can result in negative opinions of what you represent here.

        Even in your response to me, somone who is genuinely trying to point out something to you that you might not see in yourself, you address me condescendingly. You appear more concerned about saving face than doing right by the people you are offended by. This usually doesn't end well, and I think you should try to avoid it, but that's up to you.

        I won't waste any more of your time, or mine.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Ok.

      • StealthDawg

        I totally
        Hear what you are saying. Eli just doesn't it man. A mature adult would have no problem in admitting fault And apologize for belittling its users with sarcastic comments and responses. Eli if you can't say something nice in response then just ignore the mean comments and move on. You make it worse with your rude responses. Pretty disappointed in you.

      • Tallgeese

        A. He said "ok"
        B. I hate Christmantine interventions and one-sidedness, even when it may have good intentions
        C. I don't know that that's entirely fair. For someone to continually take a metaphorical beating online and not vent in any manner would be polite but it's also not who some people are, or an entirely healthy response if that one Simpsons' episode "Moaning Lisa" is to be believed:
        .Marge: "It doesn't matter how you feel inside, you know. It's what shows up on the outside that counts. Take all your bad feelings and push them down, all the way down past your knees, until you're almost walking on them. And then you'll fit in, and you'll be invited to parties, and boys will like you. And happiness will follow,"
        .but in that episode they also learn that bottling emotions leads to rage and passive-aggression.
        .If he was rude wantonly that would be trolling, but being rude in response, although not "adult" by everyone's standards, should be an option that is up to the individual. It is important for someone to understand the ramifications of their actions (I once interloped on behalf of a lady-wolverine fan I thought some were being unkind to, only to find out everything was chill for all parties, so sometimes in text form it's also hard to judge intent). So if people are actually feeling bullied they should say so and I'd ugh... What the hell am I writing...
        D. People are human, and if everyone was kind all the time things would be rather boring. (weak)
        E. Gah, I'm not trying to make anyone the bad guy here because that doesn't help anyone. Anyone can "get" something, it just doesn't help if you actually say, "you don't get it," that's like telling someone to "just calm down," it's kinda only good at doing the opposite...

      • Tallgeese

        Well he didn't pick Candy Crush or Clash of Clans which would have been strange because I'm pretty sure they weren't made this year. He also didn't pick a really obscure game or non-game app that no one's heard of, but he would have gotten double points from me if it's been a really obscure game he had made, like "El Hodapapins's Miek Tysen's Panch Owt 2: Panch 2 teh balz! Amerika Aktivate!" So I mean he could have done worse, hypothetically... Landslider's meta sounds cool. I'll have to try and Googs an article on that...

    • ZeroVoid

      And once again I am pleased to see Eli denigrate the users of this site in the comments section. You expect people who visit the site to act more mature than yourself? I expect nothing less from you at this point.

      • Seth Henson

        Right nothing like having the editors use sarcastic pompous comments to stir the pot more

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Merry Christmas!

      • ZeroVoid

        Yep I worked a full day today and am expected back at work on Monday. Making a list of iOS games is pretty hard though, I'm sure.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Merry Christmas to you too!

    • greeneggsnham89

      I don't understand why ppl take the time to leave crap comments. It's apparently hard for ppl to just go on with their lives without trying to anger others. Y'all did a good job all year. They are games ppl! Merry Christmas 🙂

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's just really easy for people to anonymously complain online.

    • leogodoy

      C'mon, it's not like this isn't your (or our, I'm a fellow journalist) job.

    • HardyRawls

      You bemoan the fact you couldn't spend more time with family and friends and yet you return to this thread to read and comment every couple of hours.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's almost like moderating comments is part of my job.

      • HardyRawls

        Happy holidays, Eli. You're a masochist and a wuss. Please further confirm this by responding.

      • Tallgeese

        Hey, Eli! Poop poop poop poop pooop poooputy pooopins!

      • Tallgeese

        It's like Christmas and youuuu're our family, Eli! You gots to hang with us! Just like in the Twilight Zone!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I consider you family.

      • Tallgeese

        Awwwwwwww! I have family! But I thought they all died in a freak gasoline fight accident ;)...

    • FrehleyzComet

      I think you guys should have spent that time with family instead of this, but that's my two cents. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • Schpank

    Notice that only 4 of TA's 26 best are freemium. What was that about the future of mobile gaming again?

    • Andrew Fretz

      If only TA could make the market ignore the $ facts as well as you are able to.

  • eska992

    For me GOTY are : Gta LCS , This War of Mine , Horizon Chase , Lara Croft GO , Galactic Keep , Badland 2 , Cut the rope Magic , Geometry Wars , Downhill , Fallout Shelter and much more .... 😀

    • eska992

      *Downwell .... and these all games here

  • Wizard_Mike

    Yes! I'm happy that Land Sliders took home the GOTY title. Were there other games that were "bigger", deeper, more complex, etc,? Sure. But other than Her Story, none of those games really did much of anything different, in terms of new gameplay features and innovations. I will admit that I haven't played Downwell yet, so it may be more innovative than the videos appear to me, but it doesn't seem to be that much more than a run-n-gun, only going down rather than to the side. Land Sliders is not a complex game, but the simple concept of sliding the world around your character via touch-screen was a really clever use of the mobile platform. You guys have to remember that this isn't simply a game review site, it's a MOBILE game review site, so not only are games evaluated as games, they are also evaluated in how they fit the mobile platform. Land Sliders nailed it, plain and simple. Whether you personally like the game or not isn't a criterion for determining the GOTY.

    • Wizard_Mike

      Sorry for the block-o-text. TA app ignores paragraphing and just mashes it all together.

      • Tallgeese

        Sometimes you can get.
        .lucky
        .like
        .this
        .but it's not perfect
        I suppose you're right about the whole "mobile limitations best of" thing. Game jams are pretty great in that regard (the game "expat" is my fave jam game that I know of, you can find it for free online for pc).

    • Modjular

      But that's the thing. It was most definitely the most innovative game of the year (sliding and whatnot) but game of the year is typically the most well-rounded game, the fullest experience, and Land sliders was only average I that respect. Compared to the other titles at least.

  • araczynski

    absolutely 0 interest in any of those...

  • cakewalker

    Space Marshals hands down for me!

  • pillzhereish

    Mine was (is) Horizon Chase. What a gem...

  • Alexythimia23

    No mention for Dark Fear, man i thought that was great!

  • Timmy2x

    Here we go again another harmless comment awaiting to be approved, what other sites are good for mobile reviews?

  • dingdongfootball

    Land sliders was cool but I wouldn't call it GOTY but then again this isn't my site. That being said thank you TA for another solid year of updates and reporting and great reading and news regarding the iOS gaming world. If it weren't for you guys the community wouldn't be half of what it is today and is only growing. So while everyone doesn't always or ever agree on what games are good or bad or best or worst we should all agree that touch arcade does us an incredible service and for that I'm super thankful. Long Live TA.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Thanks man! Happy Holidays!

    • houseofg

      Hear hear!

    • Ty-Ty2020

      Was gonna leave a comment like this but I can't say it any better than you just did.

  • MarsMachine

    Thanks Jared&Co. for taking the time to put together this awesome list! Got most of them bit still need to add a few. Nice picks!

  • Adsinjapan

    Landsliders? Huh! Well can't personally say it was the best. Barely touched the game since installing it. While pretty and well developed, it ended up just being a repetitive push-around with a now all-too-familiar freemium mechanic.

  • Zaraf

    What is the Landsliders ARG that was mentioned?

    • Tallgeese

      .Gamezebo has an article that mentions Toucharcade (as friends) and the TA forums and the Augmented Reality Game in "Land Sliders' Mysterious Coordinates Send Players on a Global Adventure." Which sounds pretty freakin' sweet.
      .My faves viral marketing thing (besides the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Mooninite Gridlock of Boston in 2007, real thing, own wikipedia page!) Is dolphinately Bioshock 2, I read about it on the Bioshock wiki and it sounded really cool and complex, it added a lot to the backstory of how Rapture was made and its location.

  • korossyl

    My first reaction to Land Sliders GOTY was outrage -- I played it for about three minutes, deleted it, and forgot about it until now. And, in truth, I can't understand a light, "casual" game getting this nod (over Galactic Keep, even!?). BUT, while it's not my cup of tea, I could imagine something like this being released in the NES/SNES era -- with a $40 price tag -- and becoming a classic: then we'd have comments like, "Mobile gaming these days! Remember when they used to make REAL games like Land Sliders, instead of all this Clash of Clans crap?" So, I'll take others' words that it was implemented perfectly and was a stand-out game. And just look at the other games on this list.

  • Seth Henson

    Hm

    • speedyph

      FANTASTIC PLASTIC REALLY 😐😐😐😐😐😐out of all these games u men in n that free to play 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

  • korossyl

    Will the individual editors also be releasing separate lists again this year?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      Yes, those are coming early next week.

      • korossyl

        Yaaaay! 🙂

      • Tallgeese

        #SpoilertAlert the answer is actually "boo" to all opinions with the exception of MINE!!!

  • HelperMonkey

    Great list. Thanks, TA, for filtering the crap and highlighting quality.. Not just here, but every week.
    I would add Super Sharp, Sproggiwood, Gunpowder, and Subterfuge.
    Now, let's bring in the new year. I'm eager to play some CrashLanders and Banner Saga 2.

  • dancj

    Out of that list I loved:
    Furdemption
    The Executive
    Horizon Chase
    Geometry Wars 3

    Working on and may reach loving:
    Air Attack 2

    Really didn't like:
    Land Sliders
    Does Bot Commute

    And Eli - no need to get snarky about people disagreeing. The discussion that follows is the main point of these end of year lists.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Your first comment on this story was you racing to tell us our GOTY pick was crap. Surely you don't feel that contributes to any kind of meaningful discussion?

      • dancj

        That's why I expanded on it later. It's still better than your sarcastic responses.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I will agree to disagree.

      • Tallgeese

        Whoa, man, DNC is super baller... So much so that it dolphinately won my super ballerest game of the year award* (*category: free car game with awesome easter egg). And if y'all don't share my no-nonsense oh-god-white-people-are-somehow-endangered common values, I'm afraid you must be with the terries.

      • Andrew Fretz

        by terries do you mean tories as in the slang term for british soldiers during the american civil war? that would be pretty rad if you meant that.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        One if by land, two if by IAP.

      • Tallgeese

        Dang it didn't post wither time. Tory is a Brit. conservative or was kind of like a colonial quisling. "Terries" is a Key and Peele reference! "Prepared for Terries" is a good sketch. Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho

    • houseofg

      It's funny, this article lit up my watched game update notifications like a, well, Christmas tree.

  • ffaust

    Crowntakers is deserving of a mention. I spent more time with it, horizon chase and Subaracity than anything else this year.

  • SpaceTiger

    Nothing for Heroes and Castles 2???

    • Psac42

      I was also going to mention H&C2. It took an already great concept and took it up a notch. Definitely my favorite game of the year.

  • GiHubb

    A solid list overall but Land Sliders I played for about 10 minutes and deleted. Didn't see much in it. In all honesty, I can't see why you guys loved it so much even to declare it your favorite game of the year. A small solid diversion, sure, but game of the year? Personally my GOTY is Dust (even though it's a port - I loved it) followed by Skiing Yeti Mountain (I got gold on all 841 levels - that says something!) and I also enjoyed Crowntakers a lot. Eli - don't be so harsh with your readers, they are your readers after all! You just end up lowering yourself. I also didn't find a lot of these comments to be so disrespectful as yours were actually. And finally, you can't make fun of your readers, and then ask them to support you by Petreon.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I can say with 100% certainty that the people who continually comment here despite disliking everything we do are not Patreon backers, or ever will be. Thanks for the comment though, I loved Dust as well.

      • GiHubb

        Thanks. Just to make it clear - I highly value and enjoy TA and is one of main gaming sources. Heck, I even listen to the podcast regularly! You guys are a fun bunch. In this case though, I disagree with your GOTY pick but it's all good. People have different opinions - makes life so much more interesting!

  • blindmuggy

    Nope nope nope ........nope!

  • baldeagle86

    Although I've never tried land sliders, I'll give it a nice go now 🙂 super appreciate the team at TA and the effort you guys give! It's too bad there's so much negativity around this post, although I've found some games based on people's "WTF ___________ should be GOTY!" You guys are super awesome and hopefully these crazy people don't get you down. Merry Christmas!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Thanks man, have a great holiday(s). 😀

  • khann

    Doorkickers for the iPad was GOTY for me. It is fun but randomly generated levels did it for me. Endless fun.

  • Afello

    Wut? No love for Lumino City?!? Ridiculous...

    • Tallgeese

      It's on The Weekly Humble Bundle sale and it looks beautiful! They handin' out free artbooks too! Usually I have to do unspeakable things for artbooks!

      • Afello

        This game is in my top five favorite games on all platforms this year and definitely the most gorgeous iOS title that launched this year. I let the folks of Touch Arcade do their thing, I love them for that and afterall it's not my list. But not seeing this game anywhere in the list does feel like a mistake... which I think science could prove to be a mistake, somehow 😋 Now for that artbook, I need to get me on of those, thanks for the tip!

  • Aragorn01

    Is it bad that I've only played 1 games on this list? XD
    Ps. Thanks TA for all the time put into this kind of stuff!

  • paulkane

    I love Land Sliders! It inspired me to have an afternoon adventure to Boulder, CO in search of a clue (thumb drive) to help unlock one of the biggest secrets in the game. I had a great time doing it, even if I got bloody knuckles in the process (there's a large rock somewhere with some of my DNA on it). Did any other game have a real life egg hunt secretly layered into it? Landsliders also spawned the craziest skyrocketing forum thread I've ever followed. There were so many things going on in that thread, it was mind boggling. Plus, the game itself while seemingly casual at the beginning becomes crushingly difficult after about 5/6 levels in. Is it me or is there something special in the Aussie water? So many great games have come out of Australia in the last year or so. Go Land Sliders!!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Seriously, I can't wait to see what they release next. Following along with the forum thread as people were uncovering the game's riddles is one of the coolest things our community did this year.

      • Wizard_Mike

        Not to mention the fact that the dev running it was able to plant clues to the puzzle within an international game developer's conference as well as inside another company's game. Muscat has been pretty slick with it all.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        He's a pretty slick dude.

  • scottsoapbox

    I'm just glad I already own all but two of these games. Otherwise it could have been an expensive post for me. ;). Everyone have a Merry Christmas tomorrow playing lots of games!

  • slamraman

    Great list - I pretty much overlooked Skylanders as I something shinier must have come along. Looks like I'll have to re-download. Merry Christmas, all.

    • slamraman

      *Landsliders too.

  • Von Strubel

    Just for the record: I know i am alone here but i found Landsliders boring and stupid. I am happy you liked it, but sad that such a mediocre game should have been the BEST of 2015.

    • Tallgeese

      Awww don't be alone! It's Christmas! I found it to be pretty boorish too, but I only tried it for a bit. It brought some other people joy and that's what the season is all about! That and watching John McClane blast up on some terries!

  • areion

    Land sliders wtf that game lasted 2 min on my phone before un installing

  • Grail

    Good list of games, a great year for iOS 🙂 personal shout out to Card Crawl one of my top 3 this year not on the list. Happy Holidays and New Year to all the touch arcade staff, you guys do fantastic work no matter what the mindless horde may say.

  • Dodjem

    Mabinogi Duel is one I keep going back to, production values are stunning

  • poopguy69

    My top three:

    1) Downwell
    2) Pac-man 256
    3) Land Sliders

    So I kinda agree with toucharcade here. Great write up!!

  • Es Burroughs

    Tallowmere isn't making it on any Best Of lists and that's a real shame and disservice to one of the better titles out there. And I HATE platformers, but I love Tallowmere. No other game got more of my time.

  • TouchMint

    Pretty solid list. Thanks for not just copying Apples Featured list like all the other iOS gaming sites do.

    That said there are a few left off the list and even a few I had not heard of but that's cool it gives me some games to check out. Thanks guys!

  • delirium38

    Not the best year in the history of IOS gaming, but still enough to keep me interested and thanks to this list will check a few more games out.
    Not sure about Landsliders being GOTY, it's definitely a polished and fun game, but also played the similar looking Tearaway on Vita this year and that's more the kind of gaming experience I associate with a GOTY game.
    Although my 4 year old kid would disagree with me as he loves pushing the Panda around the screen.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Something to keep in mind with this year in iOS gaming is that the trends in mobile gaming have shifted in a *major* way towards evergreen titles. It seems like a ton of the games I love came out a year or two ago and have been incessantly updated ever since. It feels like ever since the games as a service model has become a thing, games need nearly a year to mature and hit their stride. We had some discussions on how to handle this, could a game that came out in 2014 but got much better over 2015 through endless updates count as a best game of 2015? We eventually decided on only including games that were specifically released in 2015, but, that could be why this list feels a little weird, as most of the "big" games of 2015 didn't come out in 2015.

  • Milotorou

    While Land Sliders was a total miss for me, i still respect TA's picks, everyone got their own tastes ! People mad at this need some therapy xD

    Most of the games on this list do make sense, and i do understand why land sliders is well perceived, it just didnt click with me...

    My top 3 for this year would be :

    1. Subterfuge
    2. Chaos Rings 3
    3. Would be a tie between Dust and Implosion

    I did not play downwell, i might try it even though it isnt really my type, and i loved the executive a lot too !

  • Tallgeese

    1. Rocket League
    2. Hamami 1 and 2
    bits of Transistor and Dishonored... Intro to Destiny...crap... Is that all I played this year? That's so lame 🙁 I purchased so many sale games... Oh Portal 1... I wish they'd updated Deus Ex: The Fall (That's like the only mobile game I remember 'cept Terra Battle)... Bioshock Infinite? No that was... 2013!!!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      1. Fallout 4, 2. Fallout 4, 3. Fallout 4

      • Tallgeese

        I'll play Skyrim SciFi... ahem Syfy edition soon, saw my friend play it and I'm always happy to wait a bit until those amazing modders make some amazing tweaks!

  • Doom

    Merry Christmas to all! Thanks to the staff at TA for all their hard work this year! This coming year is going to be even more amazing for iOS games!

  • cadaei

    Merry Christmas!

    I have a number of the games on the list but never tried landsliders... I might, the FTP ones never hold my interest. I seem to need to pay something to feel I have skin in the game or something...

    Anyway, love TA and I likely wouldn't have found or tried many of the games here without it. I was really surprised with how much fun Horizon Chase was!!!

    Keep up the good work and the great reviews!

  • Montanx HS

    Landsliders winning is like Undertale wich just got voted best video game OF ALL TIME by Gamefaqs lol.

    • Tallgeese

      Totes psyched to play that!

  • Son of Anarchy

    Merry Christmas Eli, Shaun, Jared, Carter and the whole TA Crew... Thanks for everything you've done through out the year to make TA my no#1 daily visited site. I may not agree with every word written/review etc, but that's cool, I have a great amount of respect for you all simply for putting yourselves out there and doing what you do. Once again, thankyou.

    • Tallgeese

      Well that's not very anarchic but it's an awfully nice thing to say! Merry Christmas to youuuuuu toooo!

      • Tallgeese

        and thank you!

      • Modjular

        Are you an alt?

      • Tallgeese

        of?

  • Tallgeese

    Stop reading! To bed or no santa! Only Krampus!!!

  • oscar123967

    Why is no one talking about you must build a boat?

    • oscar123967

      Definitely should be recognized in some way. I remember you guys loved it. Love the list, its just missing one thing :p

  • veryggyy

    To be or not to be!

  • veryggyy

    Mcpe story mode!
    FS 16
    Lifeline

  • Derprozess

    My best for 2015 are CR3 and Horizon Chase
    Merry Christmas TA, the only site for gaming I respect and trust

  • Jason

    This is a joke, right? This was slightly amusing for about 15 minutes, then I deleted it. So many great games this year...are you friends with the developer or something?

  • Dawn Stung atoms

    Horizon Chase was fun during my short game sessions so it's my 2015 release best. But my best purchased game of the year is definitely Wayward Souls.

    • Milotorou

      Wayward souls was 2014 TA goty for a reason, truly amazing game

  • Thiago

    That is a very good list! If it was last month, I would look at Land Sliders and just say "meh"because I played it for maybe a few minutes before. But after the last update, the perks on the different characters just hooked me - I really got to catch them all, if you know what I mean. And boy, this game is very polished.
    On my list This War of Mine is such a great experience too, I will sure remember this one for a long time. however it is a little depressing, even I wouldn't put it on a list, specially on this time of year 😉
    I'm waiting for the list of each one of you!

  • http://www.fivefans.net JeffFromFFP

    Thanks for this list. As a small indie it is good to see what people like. Although seeing the comments it's clear that so many people have different tastes in games. I believe it does take a lot of luck for a game to become mainstream these days. Good luck to us as we create more games. :). Merry Christmas to all and to all a good gameday.

  • Derprozess

    BTW where is H&C2? I don't think that it was left outside the list on purpose..

  • yoshthug

    For my money I liked Radiation Island, Drylands, Horizon Chase and Cavernaut. Merry Christmas TA!!

  • baelnor

    It really was a poor year for the sort of games I like on iOS. Great list though! Best part of these best of year lists is that they guide me to consider purchasing stuff I would never play.

  • ion677

    Landsliders is free to play junk. Downwell is the best game I've played this year on any platform.

  • JRich865

    I'm shocked at this choice of game of the year tbh. Out of all of those on the list, I thought Downwell, The Executive or Horizon Chase were much better mobile gaming experiences for me . Not to say that I didn't enjoy Landsliders, but overall the other games felt more unique artistically and gameplay wise compared to the TA winner.

  • karma32

    I would have never put those 2 games on top 2. They lasted maybe a day or 2 on my phone and they were for the most part a quick but fun games that was short lived. Dust, FF7, Adventures of Pip, etc. so much better games you guys could have picked from.

    Land Sliders seems a bit laughable as a GOTY

  • Shkrbby

    It's called click bait.

  • bearcav

    It's tough to make a call between a game like Land Sliders, which seems at first like a throwaway game with okay mechanics but winds up being some gigantic ARG, and Downwell, which is wonderful right out of the gate, but a little limited in scope. It's like comparing some acquired-taste local specialty done really well versus the best bar of chocolate you've ever tasted. Downwell is my mobile game of the year and my go-to, but I appreciate the puzzles behind the easy-to-play facade of Land Sliders.

    This is why GOTY discussions should only be there to point out games you liked and direct readers to them. I'll stand by my choice of Nuclear Throne as my GOTY, but I understand when someone picks The Witcher III or Undertale over it, they're so good and so different.

  • AAAgentX

    I'm pretty surprised that Fallout Shelter isn't even on the list. I would have rated it #1, but I understand that others may not have, but it deserves a place on the list at least. It's one of the best management games out there, easily.

    Also, there's a pretty small game called Drive Ahead that's slowly been growing in popularity that I thought was pretty good also.

  • Tco Tco

    No Transistor means this list is already flawed. For me the #1 but not even in the list just means this is a list that is just randomly put together from some well rated reviews.

  • Mark Cee

    I have to replay Land sliders as surprised by that choice. But good list of games.

  • poisonedtea

    Horizon Chase is my number one.

  • Press2Play

    I vote for don't starve but without the digital analog stick it sucks and it's a port so my vote would have been implosion,that's just me.

  • diaskeaus

    Land Sliders is boring, repetitive, and not deserving of this kind of mention, when so many excellent games came out this year. It's an innovative runner, I'll give it that. But it's too difficult, lacks story or any kind of persistent quality (besides weird costumes), and is too procedural to really stand the test of time. In a few years, unless changes are made, it will be forgotten, shoved into the slush pile set aside for games that could have been better but never were because the developers weren't looking to make quality, only quantity, and games designed like a slot machine preying on the weak. Please go through a more hefty process when you choose games for this kind of award!

  • nicoper

    I played Land Sliders a few times, but it was running like shit on my iPod, so I haven't touched it since. It was a fun-for-a-while one-trick pony in my opinion. I'm no big fan of the Crossy Road-like unlocking system that every single free game seems to have nowadays, sure, it was fun the first few games, but now it's just annoying. I really can't see how Land Sliders became your GOTY, when there was so many other games released this year, but then again, everyone have their own opinions. Have a happy holiday season, and a happy new year!

    • nicoper

      To be honest though, Land Sliders is a decent game, I'm just getting really reeeaaallly tired of all these games riding the Crossy Road wave (which also was a decent game). Let's hope that 2016 brings more unique and intresting games.

  • Desertking24

    To be honest this year sure there were a lot of good games on the devices...but not many were keepers to keep on my device once I beat them.

  • Lohengriehn

    tse....wieviel wurde bezahlt, damit es goty wurde? f2p junk als goty? gehts noch? ta wird immer schlechter. es wird zeit, zumindest die app schonmal zu löschen. in bälde gefolgt vom enfernen des yt kanals und anschliessendem geändertem surfverhalten. unglaublich.

  • MC

    My wife and I both downloaded Land Sliders after I read this article. Both of us gave it two 20 minute play sessions at different times on Christmas Eve and Day during the lulls of visiting with family. Both of us agree the game is a bit underwhelming for a "game of the year" caliber game. I don't think either of us will keep it on our phones. No big deal since it was free.

    Would anyone else highly recommend the purchase of Downwell?

  • Pepelutin

    I've tried both of them, because they are five stars games, but even after hours and hours, days after days, i can't understand why they are so appreciated. I'm a bit disappointed with TA, while i understand that everybody is different. How such games can be games of the year? A mistery! Anyway, thanks to TouchArcade for allowing us to discover so much games, year after year!

  • Shane Rogers

    I tried landsliders when it came out, hated the controls, and uninstalled. Decided to give it a second shot based on this article. Still hated it until I went into settings and clicked "reversed controls." This simple change made the game ten times more enjoyable. Game of the year? Prolly not, but a solid game.

  • Big Papa

    I'm not going to argue one way or another about Land Sliders being a good game, I personally thought it was rubbish, but perhaps it's just not my cup of tea. HOWEVER, I have to point out a glaring issue with crowning it GOTY for 2015... which one of your writers actually liked it?!

    Allow me to elaborate. You guys crown Land Sliders as GOTY for 2015, and Eli goes all bonkers and whines about how long it took you all to come up with a decision and how people are being mean and stupid for questioning it in the comments section (rather snarky responses to your followers, I might add). So far TA has put out FIVE articles which detail 2015 favorites for individual authors. Not a single one so far has mentioned it on their list of favorites.

    Nathan Reinauer - No mention of Land Sliders
    Andrew Fretz - No mention of Land Sliders
    Tasos Lazarides - No mention of Land Sliders
    Eric Ford - No mention of Land Sliders
    Shaun Musgrave - No mention of Land Sliders

    When I say "no mention of Land Sliders" I mean it in the most literal sense. Not only did none of the five authors say it was their favorite game of 2015, there wasn't a single mention of it at all in any of their articles. I suppose at this point, someone has to ask the question:

    How much did Prettygreat pay TA for the GOTY nod?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      The point of those articles is to highlight other games. You probably shouldn't read TouchArcade if you trust us so little you think we are selling our Game of the Year award.

  • http://mateuszjanczewski.pl Mateusz Janczewski

    You missed Puzzle Craft 2:(

  • pinta_vodki

    I think there were only two games that really hooked me this year: You Must Build a Boat and Samurai Blitz. Oh, and Fallout Shelter, but just for a week or two. I guess sometimes perfecting a formula can be more effective than something new, at lest for me. Land Sliders or Pac-Man 256 just seemed bland... Maybe I'm getting old! 😀

    I appreciate your dedication to mobile gameplay though. Many would say Her Story and This War of Mine could be on top, but those are really just ports of PC games which could have their own Best Port award maybe?