2012 has officially come to a close, and 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 many in the games category. We have looked over all the games that were released in 2012, and have selected the 100 best games of 2012 for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch.
All this week, we will feature the top 50 games of 2012, and we will reveal 10 games at a time. Stay tuned all week for:
11.) Mega Run (Free, Universal) [Review]: Mega Jump is the best endless jumping game in the App Store, and Mega Jump is even better with a completely new gameplay style. Redford returns for the running action in an actual platformer adventure with game speed reminiscent of Sonic, rather than just an endless affair. The game includes four worlds with 64 stages total to run through, and each one is packed with action. There are multiple paths to take, randomly generated level, tons of enemies scattered about, and of course an overload of coins. There’s so many intricacies to each level, and the definition of the future of iOS as well as the evolution of the endless genre. Radford has become the new Sonic.
12.) Need for Speed Most Wanted ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The game sets a new standard for iOS games, and it’s an absolute must buy that you will thoroughly enjoy as it nails every single aspect of any game on any platform. The most noticeable major difference is the graphics system which creates one of the most technologically advanced looking game on iOS to date. There are brand new collision effects with sparks flying when you scrap against guard rails or opponent’s cars. It’s such a treat to see the destruction as you slam a cop sideways into the wall as the action slows down so you can enjoy the devastation.
13.) Pizza vs. Skeletons ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A super creative app that has you playing as on oversized pizza rolling over, and crushing skeletons. The app includes 110 levels across 11 chapters, and every single level offers a unique challenge that fits perfectly with the outlandish theme. The art style is exquisite, the gameplay is phenomenal, and there are outstanding tilt controls. The game is bursting at the seams with personality as you crush skeletons, roll down ski slopes, sumo wrestle giant skulls, rescue puppies, smash various worlds, dive in the sea, and go up into space. There’s no game with more style, and the variation and enjoyment is unrivaled.
14.) Incoboto ($3.99, iPad / $1.99, iPhone) [Review]: A truly unique and imaginative iOS game as you try to collect star pieces in each level to feed the last remaining sun to relight the galaxy. Each level presents a few small planets to travel between, and you’ll end up using gravity beams, jetpacks, grappling hooks, teleports and more to travel between planets. You get to walk around each planet trying to figure out the given puzzle to advance to the next planet. There’s a mysterious storyline as well, and the puzzle adventure elements will keep you intrigued throughout. Incoboto connects with the user like very few games, and creates such a wonderfully engrossing journey through the stars.
15.) Inferno+ ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: Radiangames is an excellent development studio, and Inferno+ is their best game to date by advancing their great dual stick shooter style with over the top neon graphics. Inferno+ takes the style, and turns it into an adventure game complete with 40 levels, maze layouts, hidden sections to explore, and even boss battles. The combination of action and adventure may be unmatched, and Inferno+ beautifully builds upon the greatness of Fireball SE & Ballistic SE. There’s truly nothing not like that nails every single aspect of a game that also takes an entire genre up a notch.
16.) Waking Mars ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A game revolving around bio-diversity as you cultivate Mars with various plant lifeforms. It’s a puzzle adventure that fits so well on iOS with the touch controls, intriguing storyline, perfect pick up and play style, and yet a surprising amount of depth. It’s a brilliantly designed futuristic mystery that will keep you thoroughly engaged throughout. There’s such exquisite world design with new plant life introduced in each cave section you explore which changes the challenge and strategy required to keep moving through the adventure. It’s completely unique, and though there are some drawbacks, it’s a full on experience that is not to be missed.
17.) Smash Cops ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: One exhilarating experience for iOS, as instead of smashing cops, you actually play as the cops trying to smash fleeing suspects. It changes up the whole cops and robbers idea in games, and you get to go on the offensive ramming the getaway cars. There are 30 challenging missions across a wide map layout with a fully interactive city which is destructible in a number of ways. It’s great to see the 3D action in motion with outlandish car physics allowing for huge demolitions, and suspects cars being flipped into the air from the force of your ram. It’s one enjoyable spectacle that’s unlike anything else in the App Store.
18.) Extinction Squad ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An action packed game where your goal is bounce animals diving off cliffs to safety. The game is absolutely overflowing with action, enjoyment, and personality with great challenges and unlockables mixed in. There’s the great Adult Swim style, and then so much going on at once with multiple types of animals requiring unique challenges. Then there’s different locations, multiple game modes, and so much intrinsic replayability that you can’t hep but love all that’s included.
19.) Punch Quest (Free, Universal) [Review]: A retro inspired fighting game that delivers a side scrolling beat ‘em up style with just two on screen buttons. Your goal is to simply punch your way through everything in sight with jabs, uppercuts, slams, and more. Punch Quest absolutely nails the “one one more time” attitude so that the second you lose you think of replaying to best your last effort. The punching action is extremely engaging with multiple enemies on screen at once with many ready to attack you as well. There’s never a dull moment with so much on screen at all times, and there’s forking pathways too so that there’s always fresh action. You will love every punch of it.
20.) Subway Surfers (Free, Universal) [Review]: A 3D endless runner that truly changed the genre by taking the basis of Temple Run, and adding three lanes to run in. It means you can swipe to move between different columns while dealing with the typical obstacles in each individual column. Subway Surfers takes it to the next level by introducing moving trains, and the ability to run and jump between the train rooftops. There are so many potential avenues to move forward for such an engaging and action packed endless runner that is the best one of the year.