As 2011 comes to a close we take a look back at the year that was in the App Store. Thousands upon thousands of apps have been released this year, and a majority of them in the games category. We have looked over all the games that were released this year, and have selected the 100 best games of 2011 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Also this week, we will be revealing our top apps, non-games, of 2011.
Now we’re moving on to numbers 20-11, following 35-21, 50-36, and 51-100 yesterday. Our rankings are based on a five person board focusing on value, comparison to other games, and overall enjoyment & experience.
11 Scribblenauts Remix ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: One amazing gaming experience that you just won’t be able to get enough of. There are practically no limits to what you can create, and it’s great seeing anything you can think of come to life. The game also includes a Sandbox mode for your imagination to run wild, and we just can’t give enough credit to the developer’s imaginations to create it all to be requested. Scribblenauts Remix is a must buy that combines puzzles and creations for a really enjoyable and unique experience that is unmatched.
12 Anomaly Warzone Earth ($0.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad) [Review]: The game reinvents an entire genre, and blows away any similar games in the process. Playing the invaders trying to get through the towers keeps you engaged in the action throughout, and there’s plenty of action as well. The game is exceptionally well designed, and the gameplay is still even better making this one of the best iOS gaming experiences available. Anomaly Warzone Earth is a must buy for the price that can appeal to anyone, and all will enjoy every single minute of playing it.
13 Dark Meadow ($5.99, Universal) [Review]: A thrilling iOS gaming experience that perfectly balances horror filled exploration and creepy battle sequences. The game is exceptionally well designed to full immerse you in the Dark Meadow world. Once you start you’ll just want to finish, and it’s just so great moving about the hospital, using the crossbow, and then finishing with the sword. Dark Meadow is one of the very best iOS games, and is an experience not to be missed, making it a must buy for the price. Also a word of warning, don’t play this one in the dark.
14 Groove Coaster ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An amazing audio visual experience that completely immerses you. The game tantalizes your senses, and is such a treat to your eyes, ears, and fingers. Groover Coaster is an absolute must buy that is the definitive music game in the App Store, and one of the best games overall.
15 Dead Space ($0.99, iPhone / $0.99, iPad) Now you can immerse yourself in the world of Dead Space as EA has transferred the console game to iOS. The game gives immersion a whole new meaning as the iOS version of Dead Space pits you right in the suit of the main character. There’s plenty of action, and all of it is up close and personal as enemies pop up anywhere and at any time always keeping you on edge. Like Dark Meadow, this is a game that you don’t want to play in the dark. Dead Space is a great addition to the App Store that does the franchise proud.
16 Coin Drop ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An iOS gaming masterpiece that combines all the elements to make such an entertaining gaming experience. The game actually builds upon Peggle, which is a great feat in itself, and improves it. You’ll just keep coming back to it over and over, and there’s not one moment that you won’t have a smile on your face while playing it. Everyone who plays Coin drop will fall in love with it, and it’s a must buy.
17 Temple Run (Free, iPhone) [Review]: The game really gets everything right so there’s never a dull moment, and so much entertainment throughout. Temple Run has a brilliant pace as you face all kinds of obstacles with each requiring different actions. There is an exquisite design from the silky smooth controls to the excellent visuals. Overall, the gameplay is just so engaging that you’ll keep coming back to it, and the style is perfect for short bursts, and you’ll be surprised after you’ve been enjoying it for an hour. Temple Run is a must buy for $1 that is the best endless running game in the App Store that you’ll love every minute of.
18 Tiny Tower (Free, Universal) [Review]: The game comes with great bit graphics which just seem to fit with the whole tiny theme. There is also a lovely soundtrack which further enhances the overall experience, and they’re the kind of tunes you wish they played in elevators. Tiny Tower is the best simulation game so far for iOS, which you’ll likely play more than any other game released this year. There’s so much to do each and every time you enter the app, and it’s so much fun growing your bustling tower ecosystem. There’s not much more to say about Tiny Tower. It’s one of the best downloads you can make on your iOS device, and it’s an app that is dock worthy.
19 Jetpack Joyride (Free, Universal) [Review]: A must buy for the minimal price, and it would be tough to put this game in front of any iOS device owner, and find they didn’t enjoy it. The game is the new definition of iOS gaming with the casual pick up and play style that’s main challenge is trying to put it back down. Halfbrick has done it again, and Jetpack Joyride is their best game yet.
20 FIFA Soccer 12 ($0.99, iPhone / $0.99, iPad) [Review]: The best sports game in the App Store with the free flowing nature and authentic style. The gameplay is simply superb because of the open world feel which lets you react to the realistic ball bounces, and player movements. EA must have a different team in charge of their Fifa franchise as compared to their other sports games. because this one is simply great. Fifa 12 is a must buy for the price that soccer and non-soccer fans will throughly enjoy.