The 50 Best Games Of 2013 – Apple’N’Apps Picks #50-41

What a year 2013 was for the App Store. We saw the five year anniversary50 billion app milestone, and tons of major releases. Now, it’s time to take a look back at all of the games released in 2013, and pick the best ones. Our rankings are based on a three person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. It’s now time for #50-41.

All this week, we will feature the top 50 games of 2013, and we will reveal 10 games at a time. Stay tuned all week for:


Mr. Crab41.) Mr. Crab ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: It’s an arcade ascent where Mr. Crab moves automatically, and you simply tap for him to jump as you keep spinning upwards to the top. The game could be a simple endless riser, but Illusion Labs has transformed the style into an action packed platformer complete with 44 levels, and eight boss battles. Every single level makes for a surprisingly complex adventure with the ever spinning tower that features spiraling pathways with plenty of forks.

strata42.) Strata ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: A brain teasing puzzle game that is unlike anything else by focusing on creating cross-stitches of various colors. Each level is set-up with a grid that requires certain colors, and you need to send a colored strand across each row and column. Your goal is to have the second color ribbon match the color of the square below it across the entire grid. It’s essentially a weaving puzzle game that really couldn’t be easier to understand, and then the game just branches out from there.

mzl.stagkygx.175x175 75 ’N Action Video: Icycle: On Thin Ice   Pedaling A Unique Adventure43.) Icycle: On Thin Ice ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: An adventure unlike anything else in the App Store. The game begins with Dennis who is in the nude on a tiny bicycle stuck in a frozen post apocalyptic world. There’s an ornate design with elements of James Bond movie openings as well as Monty Python absurdity. The levels transform as you move through them to open up new pathways just by interacting with certain objects.

mzl.hpewtbhf.175x175 75 Apps For Free Daily: Combo Crew, Chromic, DrawRace 2, And More44.) Combo Crew ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The game is based on brawler classics like Streets of Rage, Final Fight, and Street Fighter, but the major difference is that the developers didn’t just shoehorn in virtual controls, and instead came up with a whole new gesture control scheme. There’s a lengthy campaign as well as an endless mode, and the entire time you’re trying to build up insane combos.

 Apps For Free Daily: Mimpi, Highlight by Cohdoo, Chimpact, And More45.) Mimpi ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The game is named after a cute little white dog, who is the star, and is sent to strange new lands. There are eight worlds to play through, and each one relies on a delicate mix of puzzles, and platforming. The game aligns more with a point and click adventure, than anything else, but the classic platforming elements are there as well. The heart of the game is really getting you to question the path forward, and force you to actually stop, and think about what to do.

pixel people You Got A New iOS Device For Christmas?   The First Games To Install46.) Pixel People (Free, Universal) [Review]: You begin in space, set to build your own Utpoia building by building while splicing together genes to craft clones into new roles. Every single thing you do in Pixel People is designed to push your city forward pixel by pixel. There are 150 pixel people to create, each with their own special role, and most bring a new building along with them. You create your town piece by piece by combining two existing characters, and it’s quite extraordinary to see your town come together.

Pivvot47.) Pivvot ($2.99 -> Free, Universal) [Review]: Pivvot is a fast paced arcade game that offers a minimalistic style that focuses on simply testing your reflexes as you try to react to a wide variety of obstacles. In the game, a central dot rides along a spiraling line, and there’s another circle that can spin 360 degrees around that dot. You control the movement of the outer circle, and you simply spin it back and forth to make sure it doesn’t collide with anything.

mzl.oxjntlqz.175x175 75 App Of The Day: Heads Up!   Multiplayer Fun From Ellen & Impending48.) Heads Up! ($0.99, iPhone) [Review]: The game is all about local multiplayer face to face whether you’re playing at home with family members, or with friends at a party. The gameplay style is based on the simple game of grabbing a card, and putting it on your head, and then having others give you clues to guess what’s on your card. Each game is a 60 second rush to try to guess as many cards as you can with your friends help, and it’s a great way to use your iOS device to play with friends.

mzl.kzdyncpe.175x175 75 ‘N Action Video: Riptide GP 2   Racing In An All New Flow 49.) Riptide GP 2 ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: Jump on your jet ski, and get ready to ride across the waves as you race in futuristic courses. Riptide GP is a racing game for iOS that focuses on water craft racing, and all kinds of stunts. The game features realistic water physics, and highly detailed graphics, that really look great in motion. The sequel enhances the speed, tricks, courses, and racing action.

mzl.cbyyakfh.175x175 75 Apps For Free Daily: Soundscape 2, Static Motion, And More50.) Zombies & Trains (Free, iPhone / Free, iPad) [Review]: It’s as enjoyable as it is humorous which is a sight to behold across each of the unique and thoroughly engaging game modes. You get to send trains to plow over zombies, time after time. There’s more zombie smashing at once in this game than any other in the App Store. It’s an endless high score based arcade game with four different game modes to keep things fresh.

*Note, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead Season 2, and Republique have only seen one of five potential episodes, so they will be included in Best of 2014 lists. Each one shows great potential after just one episode, but it’s too soon to be on any best of 2013 list with a majority of the series still to play out.


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2 Comments on "The 50 Best Games Of 2013 – Apple’N’Apps Picks #50-41"

  1. Evan S. December 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM -

    Wow, loved Icycle, Heads Up, and Riptide 2. Excited to see what’s ranked above.

  2. nburcombe January 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM -

    Grrat list! But Mr Crab is better than Table Top Racing? 🙂

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