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. We begin today with games #51-100 simply sorted alphabetically.
Later 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:
Our rankings are based on a five person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. Without further ado, we present the top 100 games of 2012 numbers 100-51, alphabetically.
Angry Birds Space ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) [Review]: The classic App Store physics puzzler launched into space in 2012 infused with all new space physics revolving around varying gravitational pull. The game was updated throughout the year with new levels as usual for Rovio, and the Space version is the breath of fresh air that the series needed.
ARC Squadron ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An on-rails space shooter a bit similar to Star Fox as your ship flies through space automatically, and you simply move the ship around the screen to dodge attacks, and shoot enemy ships. There’s great graphics, and a one touch control scheme to thoroughly enjoy the 64 level campaign.
Avengers Initiative ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A deluxe 3D action adventure game set in the Marvel universe with a style reminiscent of Infinity Blade. You use gestures to battle as Avengers against authentic Marvel enemies with great 3D character modeling, and the Hulk & Captain America included right now.
Bad Hotel ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An extremely intriguing game where you protect your central hotel by adding additional rooms. It’s a bit like tower defense as you protect against enemy attacks, and the gameplay is also tied to musical beats.
Bad Piggies ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) [Review]: An Angry Birds spin-off that focuses on the green pigs. The gameplay is like Fantastic Contraption as you need to use various elements to create a vehicle to get the pigs to the eggs across tons of levels.
Beat Hazard Ultra ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A dual stick space shooter that uses the music stored on your device to trigger the enemies, explosions, and graphics. The game is absolutely packed with action, and it uses your music in such an ingenious way.
Catapult King ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The game takes the physics puzzle genre 3D as you catapult projectiles into medieval structures. You can attack from multiple angles, and there’s more to the structures with the 3D level layouts.
Coaster Crazy (Free, Universal) [Review]: It’s like Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 on your iOS device. You can craft roller coasters by just dragging your finger on screen, and then you can ride them as well with the first person 3D camera.
Coco Loco ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: Another physics puzzler, but the difference is the liquid physics as you use hot cocoa to destroy the various structures. This one is quite imaginative, and excellently designed.
Cubis Creatures ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The classic match three puzzle game comes to iOS with tons of levels where you’re matching cubes in 3D. Beyond the single player, there’s daily online challenges.
Darkside (Free, Universal) [Review]: A 3D dual stick shooter based on the classic game of Asteroid, but with a 3D element as you battle on the surface of 3D planets shooting asteroids, and enemy ships.
Dead Trigger ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A great graphical showcase that provides brilliant 3D graphics. The game itself is another first person zombie shooter, but it looks amazing as you’re blasting away zombies across multiple environments with varying objectives.
Fibble ($1.99, iPhone / $4.99, iPad) [Review]: A game from the makers of Crysis that has you launching a ball like character through ornate obstacle courses using various special abilities from other characters.
Fireball SE ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The game provides constant action, and is reminiscent of Tilt To Live, and FlipShip. You move a fireball around a geometric grid while being chased by swarms of enemies, and trying to trigger bombs to deplete the swarm.
Hank Hazard ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A super creative game where you guide a hamster through stunt filled obstacle courses that include fire, bombs, spikes, and more. There’s a great balance of puzzle and action elements combined with the great stunt hamster theme.
Happy Street (Free, Universal) [Review]: A great free to play game from the makers of iBlast Moki. You create a bustling street of various shops and houses with great style, and plenty of personality packed into the animal characters.
Heads Up! Hot Dogs ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: Hilarious as it is enjoyable that is an action packed arcade game. You drag hot dogs on to the heads of people walking across the screen, and there are multiple environments, and various types of people with unique challenges.
League of Evil 2 ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The original was outstanding, and the sequel is even better with the same great touch controls, and even more action. There’s also a refined graphics engine too.
Lili ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A completely unique adventure that is beautifully designed for iOS. You help Lili is a fantasy world trying to uncover secrets through a deluxe 3D world while plucking flowers off of the backs of enemies.
Lost Winds2: Winter of the Melodies ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A platforming adventure game that uses the wind to transport your character through expansive environments. The sequel picks up where the original left off, and focuses on snow and cold weather this time.
Luxor Evolved ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A retro inspired version of Luxor with neon arcade graphics, and fast paced action. The game is reminiscent of Pac-Man Championship Edition and Space Invaders Infinity Gene where classic games are revitalizes with retro arcade action.
Munch Time ($0.99 -> Free, iPhone) [Review]: A physics puzzler that is reminiscent of Cut The Rope as your goal is to feed a cute little character, and collect three stars along the way. In this case, you control a chameleon, and you tap the screen to launch its tongue to travel about each level.
Nihilumbra ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A completely unique adventure with an extremely deluxe existentialism storyline that unfolds across multiple hours of gameplay. The game introduces a brand new game mechanic where you can paint different colors on screen to give your character different abilities.
Pitfall ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The classic game came to iOS that offers a Temple Run style with the 3D endless runner, and explorer/Indiana Jones theme. You will jump, slide, turn, and more through jungles, caves, the inside of a volcano. There’s simply so much going on at once, and that includes enemies to dispose of, ropes to swing across, and shifting environments.
Puzzlejuice ($1.99, Universal): A word game that combines elements of word games, color matching, and Tetris that provides so much enjoyable challenge in a brilliantly designed package.
Rayman Jungle Run ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The game connects to Rayman’s roots, but provides an auto-runner style so you simply focus on jump, climbing, flying, and more. It’s action packed to say the least, and the level design is so creative.
Real Boxing ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The most realistic boxing sim on iOS with deluxe 3D graphics, and a super authentic physics engine. The character design with sweat and blood modeling is unmatched on iOS.
Ring Fling ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A multiplayer experience that is a new age board game with two players on iPhone, and up to four on iPad. You flick rings to knock the center object into the goals on the respective sides of the screen.
Robokill 2: Leviathan Fire ($0.99, iPad) [Review]: A top down dual stick shooter sequel that is a room based adventure. You travel from room to room of various space stations blasting everything in sight with 600 rooms includes for tons of action and content.
Run Roo Run ($0.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad) [Review]: The game provides classic platformer elements split up into small chunks so every level is on one screen. You simply need to tap the screen to perform the required action as Roo moves automatically, and there’s such great challenge from the ornate level design.
Saturday Morning RPG (Free, Universal) [Review]: A turn based strategy game with all kinds of RPG elements. The highlight is the retro inspired theme that applies to the characters, storyline, and objects used in battle.
Skee-Ball 2 ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The classic boardwalk and iOS game now has a sequel with the same great touch controls as you flick the ball up to the ramp into one of seven holes. There’s enhanced graphics and physics engines as well as online multiplayer and hundreds of collectibles.
Ski Safari ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An endless runner where you help Sven ski down the slopes trying to stay ahead of the relentless avalanche. Along the way you’ll run into penguins, eagles, snowmobiles, and even Yetis. Sven can use all of them to speed his decent in an attempt to avoid the avalanche a little longer.
Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The ultimate aerial combat game in the App Store that is really ranked #51 in our list. The 3D graphics of the planes and landscapes you fly over are exquisite, and all of the aerial action is easily controllable.
Sky Gnomes ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: You pilot snow engines with gnomes in a sky diving race. The racing aspect provides online multiplayer that offers a new twist as there is asynchronous racing where you race against recorded runs of other users. The main distinction and highlight is daily multiplayer tournaments that provide something new to do everyday.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: Sonic is back racing on iOS with the classic Sonic speed combined with new age graphics and level design. Episode II has even better touch controls, and frame rate on iOS, plus Tails joins the fun.
SoulCalibur ($14.99, Universal) [Review]: Sets the new standard at which all ports will be judged by in the future in terms of a silky smooth iOS experience in a classic action packed game. It’s the classic SoulCalibur fighting action now on iOS.
Spice Invaders (Free, Universal) [Review]: Was the best tower defense game of 2012 until Fieldrunners 2 came out. The game is designed for great action with multiple objectives across very distinct and unique levels.
Spongebob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) [Review]: The game combines brick breaking and pachinko with unique challenges and jellyfish. There’s an anime style applied to Sponebob and Patrick, and there’s so much personality packed in.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A seuqle that ups the action on an already action packed game. You swipe to remove apartment floors to feed to huge monsters, and create huge bonuses. There’s always a chance for your apartment tower to topple if you feed the wrong colors to the monsters.
Tiny Wings HD ($0.99, iPad/$0.99, iPhone) [Review]: The game is absolutely perfect for iOS. The game is super easy to control, but with a surprising amount of complexity. It’s great to play in short bursts or extended sessions. The2.0t update also added the new Flight School race mode with four tiny birds.
Topia World Builder ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A world creation tool that lets you manipulate an entire planet with your fingertips. you can create ocean, mountains, rivers, valleys, and more while adding various animal life too.
Trigger Fist ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An online multiplayer third person shooter built for mobile with a great touch control control scheme. The game features six environments and four game modes whether you’re playing online or against the computer.
Triple Town (Free, Universal) [Review]: Games shouldn’t be described as addicting, as it’s never a good thing, but Triple Town is one that is. It’s a match three, but much more challenging as each match creates a new bigger object, and you try to keep leveling up your matches.
True Skate ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A super authentic and realistic skateboarding simulation. There’s a deluxe 3D design with a great physics engine allowing you to skate around a skatepark performing all kinds of tricks.
Virtua Tennis Challenge ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Easily the best tennis game on iOS that provides a very realistic tennis experience with intuitive touch controls. It’s such a great simulation and sports game that provides the great feel of tennis.
Where’s My Perry ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: Where’s My Water was our game of the year for 2011, and in 2012 there’s a new version with Perry the Platypus from Phineas & Ferb. The new version does the original proud with all new lasers that can transform the water into three states from water to steam or ice.
Wonderputt ($0.99 -> Free, iPad) [Review]: A miniature golf game, that isn’t just a traditional hole set-up, but rather there’s one intrinsically designed world with multiple moving parts to create an 18 hole layout. The entire course is laid out on screen in one world, and it’s like an adventure to advance through all 18 holes.