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:
31.) Beat Sneak Bandit ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A stealth game from the makers of Bumpy Road, and Kosmo Spin that may be the most innovative game of 2012. You need to tap to the beat to move forward, and once you figure it out, it feels so good to tap to the beat, and you really get your whole body in-tuned to the distinct beat of each level. There are plenty of puzzle elements as you need to sneak past all kinds of obstacles while contending with moving to the best. The level design is simply superb, and it’s a game to truly savor every move forward. The only thing that drags it down from the top 10 is that the controls don’t allow for the most leeway, but every other part of the game is right up there with the best of 2012 status.
32.) The Room ($1.99, iPad / $1.99, iPhone): The most mysterious game of 2012 that is the ultimate in puzzles as you need to open up a safe inside a room. There are so many various steps that you will need to uncover the crack the safe, and each puzzle is completely unique from each other as well as other games you have played. There’s a super 3D graphics engine to behold, and a super simple touch control scheme to explore every nook & cranny of the safe. The ultimate highlight as that it’s so easy to pick up, and start playing, but so hard to put it down as you will want to find out the secrets inside.
33.) Pudding Monsters ($0.99, iPhone / $0.99, iPad) [Review]: The makers of Cut The Rope are back at it with a brand new puzzle experience that offers some familiar and new elements. It’s a block sliding puzzle game that replaces the blocks with pudding pieces, and your goal is to stick all of the separated pudding pieces together to make one big pudding monster. There are 75 levels at launch with every few introducing a brand new mechanic to contend. Zeptolab continues their expertise at making a game accessible to everyone that never feels too easy or too hard while introducing all kinds of intricacies to keep the game fresh, and keep you playing.
34.) Wimp: Who Stole My Pants ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A platformer that uses a green blob to create brand new platforming mechanics. As you advance through 50 levels, you can stick to surfaces, explode for double jumps, use in-air controls, and more that are unlocked as you go. The levels have nice puzzle elements as you need to flip switches, move boxes, dodge or push enemies, avoid toxic sludge, move shifting platforms, and tons more. Wimp combines the classic platformer elements with brand new mechanics based on the slime ball form.
35.) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The 10 year old game made it to iOS, and it’s still great a decade later. You play in an 80s style Miami as a mob enforcer, and play through such a deluxe and intricate storyline that offers so many hours of gameplay. You can follow the main storyline or go off on your own because it’d a 3D open world action adventure that provides so much to see, and do all now on iOS. The 3D design is retina-fied, and the touch controls get the job done, although they’re pretty much just virtual controls.
36.) Jack Lumber ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A game instantly familiar to Fruit Ninja, but turned into a puzzle adventure as compared to a speedy arcade game. Wood flies on screen instead of fruit, and you need to slice it away. The slicing revolves around precision as you need to slice every piece of wood on screen, and there are tons of special wood types for extra challenge. There are tons of level included with unique objectives, and there’s an overarching storyline as well. It’s such a finely crafted game that is just so enjoyable as you chop wood like never before.
37.) Horn ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: A third person action adventure game that provides battles against huge enemies where you dodge their attacks, and then swipe to perform your own attacks. The deluxe 3D graphics engine offers an amazing design of the environments and characters. The scale of the mechanical beasts you battle is tremendous, and the background environments and animations are really well detailed. It’s a grand scale iOS adventure that pushes the platform forward, and takes adventure games to the next level. There’s nothing to take away from all of the great aspects involved. Phosphor Games has done a great job of building upon their exceptional first effort Dark Meadow ($5.99, Universal) [Review], which was one of our best of 2011.
38.) Organ Trail: Director’s Cut ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A perfect example of how to bring a classic up to date while maintaining what makes it a classic in the first place. It’s based on the Apple 2 classic, Oregon Trail, but with a zombie apocalypse theme. The idea is the same, but made with a present day theme, and packed with personality and charm. The same pixel art style graphics are included, as well as the memorable cues of someone getting dysentery or losing food due to an unforeseen event. It’s the original resource management game redone with a hilarious theme without sacrificing any of the qualities that made the original great.
39.) N.O.V.A. 3 ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: The best shooter in the App Store when it launched back in May, and one of the most deluxe game experiences on the platform. The most amazing aspect is that Gameloft has delivered so much, and yet it’s only $7. N.O.V.A. 3 is a must buy that is such an engaging Sci-Fi adventure which will provide so much more than the purchase price. You’re always moving to new areas, and there’s so much to appreciate in the background on top of all the action in the foreground. The game design is simply superb, and it’s one the closest games to console quality, and for FPS’, it’s only really topped by Gamelof’ts Modern Combat 4.
40.) iBomber Attack ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The iBomber series is one of the best in the App Store with an aerial arcade game, two tower defense variations, and now a tank assault version. You get to pilot a tank rolling around 24 expansive WWII themed levels destroying everything in sight. It’s a bit like a dual stick shooter, but with so much power at your finger tips as you blast away soldiers, gunners, other tanks, and bunkers. The gameplay is the ultimate highlight with such intense action as you face multiple enemies at once coming at you from 360 degrees. All of the destruction is beautifully detailed as well.