Over the past two years, iOS has made amazing strides in its journey to become a "true" gaming platform. Looking at it now, one would probably not realize how far-fetched it seemed in 2008 to make the iPhone a successful gaming machine.
Traditional gamers, such as myself thought that a phone would have a very difficult time ever becoming something that could compete with the DS or the PSP. All the platforms have their place, and all are great gaming machines. Still, it's time to give credit where credit is due.
Let's take a look at some of the best games to hit the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad over 2010:
1) Cut the Rope (99 cents)
We are fans of all types of games, but we have said it before: Games, especially iPhone games, always seem to work best when the controls are simple. This one is as simple as the game's name–you just cut the rope. Cutting the rope causes the attached piece of candy to drop, and feed the little green monster. The simplicity of the came combined with the reasonable price and the fact that it's easily grasped by anyone who plays makes this our top choice. Yes, there were games that were technically superior (Rage HD and Infinity Blade) this one was just plain fun.
2) Plants vs Zombies ($2.99)
This game has been around for a while, but it made it's iPhone debut in early 2010. It's probably the most popular of the tower defense games, and the object of the game is simple. Players place plants and flowers on the playing field in order to keep the approaching hoard of zombies at bay. It's addictive, and it's well-designed. We enjoy the iPhone version the most, because it goes where we go.
3) Game Dev Story ($3.99)
This game lets you live the life as the head of a game development studio. It's a simple sim game, and we know that this game is about as close to doing real development as Call of Duty is to being in a war, we have to say that it's very fun. You build your studio and improve the skills of your employees building games for various platforms. What's truly fun, especially for fans of gaming, is that it throws in a lot of references to classic gaming consoles and games.
4) Infinity Blade ($5.99)
This game shows what the iOS platform is capable of from a graphics standpoint. Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, it's probably the most technically advanced game on the platform up there with Rage HD. While both were very fun games, we think this one has a bit of an edge over Rage simply because Rage was very short and served as more of a tech demo to show us the power of id's engine than an actual game.
5) Capcom Arcade (Free)
The "Arcade" itself free. Each day you are given "tokens" to play any three games (just like when you were a kid). When you have wasted three "lives" you can either wait until the next day, or purchase additional tokens. If you are VERY fond of the game, you can just purchase the arcade cabinet for $2.99 for play as often as you want. Some players may not appreciate this game as much as the old farts who were born in the 80s, but games like Street Fighter II, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Commando and 1942 are just very hard for fans of the classic games to pass up. Controlling joysticks and buttons on a touchscreen is still far from ideal, but we will forgive it because we love these games.
What we missed…
Man, we realized we missed a lot of games that we really enjoyed. Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of space and a limited amount of time. Our biggest fear is that we may not have even played the best iOS game available right now. If that's the case, we will keep an eye out for it. For now, this list makes up the stuff that kept us playing the longest, and each is worth checking out.