by Staff Writer
December 31, 2010
2010 was a great year for iPhone gaming with so many new releases pushing the bounds of what is considered mobile gaming. We picked the very best games of 2010 for each gaming category. Now we've narrowed it down to the top 5 including our game of the year. Oddly enough finalizing our picks for the top 5 took longer than picking the very best games in each category. Without further ado I present the iPhone game of the year:
iPhone Game of the Year - Tilt to LiveTilt to Live ($2.99) - When it comes to the level of fun and excitement, there are few, if any, other titles that can compete with OneManLeft's endless avoidance game. Jam packed with 5 chaotic play modes and powerful weapons and backed by silky smooth accelerometer controls, polished artwork, and a simply amazing concept, Tilt to Live stands alone as the most addictive and best iPhone game of 2010.
#2 - Real Racing 2Real Racing 2 ($9.99) - Firemint's sequel to the most realistic racer in the app store was beyond impressive and "did laps around the original in almost every regard". A redesigned and brilliantly challenging career with real-life cars and variation in events provides an unmatched experience that sets a new standard for iPhone gaming. And since when could you race against 15 other people around the world on gorgeous tracks with destructible vehicles on a mobile phone? Real Racing 2 is no doubt deserving of the iPhone game of the year as well, but Tilt to Live has stood the test of time since its release early on in the year and is just as enjoyable as it was back in February.
#3 - Fruit NinjaFruit Ninja ($0.99) - In the past several months, Halfbrick Studios has inflicted tremendous amounts of fear in the minds of pineapples and oranges and gotten millions of people hooked on slicing through juicy fruits. After 10 content updates, Fruit Ninja now includes 4 game modes, including online multiplayer, blades and backgrounds to unlock, and more fruits to obliterate than ever. Perfect for almost any occasion, Fruit Ninja has dominated the top paid app charts and will continue to reign as an elite title in casual gaming.
#4 - Dark Nebula - Episode TwoDark Nebula - Episode Two ($1.99) - The second chapter in 1337 Game Design's hardcore labyrinth-style series is about as well-done as a ball-rolling game can be. Besides finding your way through mazes in highly detailed environments, you also get to utilize a marvelous battle system to destroy enemies and obstacles. Dark Nebula Episode Two is a genius of a game that keeps you glued to the screen for all 19 action-packed levels.
#5 - ZombieSmashZombieSmash ($1.99) - For some reason, this gore-littered title stands out at a level above even the best zombie games in the app store. Gamedoctors' twist on the castle defense genre is a fast-paced game that is worth every minute of play time. There are countless ways to kill zombies, from burning them in the chimney to using a massive chaingun. The only downer is that your fingers might hurt after smashing the green creatures for a few hours because you can't put it down.
Dark Nebula - Episode Two
1337 Game Design
Real Racing 2
Firemint Pty Ltd
Tilt to Live
One Man Left