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 week, we featured the top 50 games of 2012, while revealing 10 games at a time, and finally it’s the Top 10! Our rankings are based on a five person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. It’s now time for the Top 10, following:
Game Of The Year:
1.) Minigore 2: Zombies ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: If you’re unfamiliar with the original, it’s a dual stick shooter that is all about action as a constant supply of furries of various sizes rush at you so the screen is always filled with enemies. Minigore 2: Zombies takes the same style, and upgrades it to a factor of ten for one of the most over the top action games on any platform. The furries have been replaced by zombies, and the zombies come in all varieties with 60 enemy types to face. All of the characters from the original as well as a host of new ones are back in zombie form coming right at you in various sizes, including massive proportions. Some of the enemies can fire back at you, and the game can support up to 150 zombies on screen at once.
2.) Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: It isn’t just the best modern combat yet, but may be the best game yet for iOS. The realistic deluxe first person shooter from Gameloft returns, but it comes with a brand new graphics engine that is truly the first that deserves the moniker, “console quality”. From the opening cut scene, you can tell you’re in for a treat, and as soon as it’s over you’re thrown right into the action storming a beach, and the action never lets up from there. The game features an intricate, and varied single player campaign as the most engaging online multiplayer experience for iOS.
3.) Bastion ($0.99, iPad) [Review] A game changer for the iOS platform, and its addition improves the App Store catalog as a whole. Bastion is an absolute must that you will enjoy every minute of, and it’s one of the very best games you can buy for your iPad. The gameplay is extremely captivating, simply because there’s so much action at all times, and there’s always reason to keep battling forward. The most unique aspect of Bastion is the constant narration that dictates and describes all of the action on screen, and how it relates to the overall story, which is remarkable in its own right. There’s so much to discover, and the total deluxe graphical package from XBLA and PC comes to the iPad.
Complete Top 10:
4.) Mikey Shorts ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: One of the best games in the App Store due to nailing the iOS platform. It delivers classic gaming bliss on the new platform, while providing pixel perfect controls, great pick up and play style, and something you can play in short bursts or long sessions. The game is virtually flawless with six unique environments, a story and challenge mode, and great friend challenges. The level design is absolutely superb, and the race against the clock style with the three star scoring system provides great replayability. The retro stylized graphics, superb soundtrack, and all of the unlockable disguises round out the outstanding total package.
5.) Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: It’s a game like no other in the App Store delivering a deluxe adventure through the body of a mad scientist with a dolphin head. You play as a four limbed creature moving through the blood vessels, intestines, and inner workings of the mad scientist. There’s a very touch friendly control scheme to move your creature as you simply tap where you want to move, and one limb is moved with each tap. The game features 40 levels that introduce spinning blades, spiked walls, detonating cells, peptic acid, and huge boss battles. Tentacles is an absolute must buy that really nails every single aspect while delivering such a captivating experience that you will enjoy every minute of.
6.) Swordigo ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The game provides classic action RPG gameplay that fits today’s touch standards. The game is packed with action as enemies, boss battles, hidden areas, and more continuously come at you. It perfectly fits iOS, and is beautifully designed with amazing 2.5D graphics of 3D in the foreground and 2D in the background. There’s really nothing not to like as you advance through multiple worlds in a single game that makes the iOS platform better as a whole.
7.) Walking Dead: The Game ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Walking Dead is an outstanding iOS game that just happens to have a zombie theme to tie-in to Halloween. It’s an experience unlike any other that is an interactive movie where you tap and swipe to advance through the perfectly balanced dialogue and action sequences. The game comes in five episodes, with a consistent storyline where you dialogue choices in the early episodes have an impact in the later episodes. The game is all about choice, and it’s a throughly engaging storyline throughout.
8.) Ravensword: Shadowlands ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: Shadowlands is powered by the Unity engine, and delivers exquisite 3D visuals that are extraordinary to see on your iOS device. The entire game is an open world action RPG, and the world design just may be the best on the platform with such an expansive and varied world to explore. Ravensword: Shadowlands is all about exploration so you can go your own way, and it’s an absolute treat to discover each part of the map. Ravensword: Shadowlands is a monumental achievement for iOS that delivers the most expansive and engaging RPG in the App Store.
9.) Fieldrunners 2 ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) [Review]: We’ve seen a number of sequels in the App Store, but none have had as stark a difference as Fieldrunners 2. The base elements return with classic tower defense action, easy drag and drop controls for towers, and the pint sized red coated Fieldrunners. The sequel takes all of the base elements, and builds upon them masterfully to make the game accessible to all. The main change revolves around the gameplay with brand new game modes including sudden death, puzzle, and time trial. There are also over 20 intricate levels that alternate between the different modes to keep the action fresh throughout. Fieldrunners 2 is an absolute masterpiece that is more that just an amazing tower defense or iOS game, but masterful game making on any platform.
10.) Blast-A-Way ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A relatively new physics puzzle that supplies intricate 3D levels with varying materials that need to be strategically blown up. You need to blast your way through certain pieces in puzzles with ever increasing difficulty. The gameplay is top notch, and it’s amazing to see the fluid action in motion. The 3D environments are so clean and highly polished, and they make the retina display shine whether on iPhone or iPad. The best part may be seeing the bomb detonations and resulting destruction as the environment explodes outward 360 degrees, with brilliant wave effects across every element on screen.