For many (if not most), 2016 was “the worst year ever,” what with the political upheavals, celebrity casualties, and tragic hostilities that transpired throughout its 12 difficult months. But on reflection, it’s not all that bad. For one thing — without, of course, the slightest intention to trivialize any of the serious misfortunes that befell the world in the past year — we iOS gamers can say that 2016 was one of the best years for iOS gaming. Heck, it’s the year Nintendo’s platformer pioneer finally found its way to iPhone and iPad in the form of Super Mario Run. So with this in mind, we here at AppAdvice (most notably the iOS gamer extraordinaire Trevor Sheridan), looked back on the year that was to come up with our list of the 50 best iOS games of 2016.
Now you might be wondering why we’re publishing this just now, a week into 2017, and not a week ago, when everyone and their dog were doing their year-end summaries. Well, it’s because there were a few games, particularly those that were released at the very tail-end of 2016, that we didn’t have enough time to properly test. But we wanted to be thorough, and we decided that, at least in this case, it was more important to be right rather than on time. So without further ado, we give you our picks for the 50 best iOS games of 2016.
Click here to view AppAdvice’s collection of the 50 best iOS games of 2016.
We’d like to point out that the collection presents a ranking of the 50 best iOS games of 2016, i.e., these are the top 50 titles from the past year, across different categories, organized as an ordered list.
Moreover, for each of the 50 best iOS games of 2016, we tell you whom it’s most likely to appeal to and why it comes recommended.
And perhaps most noteworthy of all, all entries in the collection are accompanied by what we like to call AppPlays, which are looping videos of actual gameplay footage (like the one you see here, for Super Mario Run). In lieu of boring screenshots and marketing-laden trailers, AppPlays do a great job of letting you know at a glance how a game looks and plays like and helping you decide whether it really is something you’d like to try or buy.
So as we look forward to more great titles in 2017, go ahead and have a look at AppAdvice’s 50 best iOS games of 2016. And let us know in the comments what you think: Do you see any of your favorites in the collection? Have you found in the list a hidden gem that you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered? Is Super Mario Run super?