Best iPhone games
It’s been a great year for the iPhone gamer, and we’ve run down the best titles to hit the App Store in 2010. Check them out below.
Infinity Blade is the top of the line when it comes to iPhone games, and its tight touch controls, addictive action and on-going customization make it a game you’ll have a hard time putting down.
N.O.V.A. has pretty much become the top of the line as far as first-person shooters go on the iPhone. The graphics are beautiful, and Gameloft has created a game that does a great job of melding touch and motion controls for an immersive experience.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
It is a arcade game with lots of different challenges, Guardian of Light was originally a console download title that’s ported pretty much in its entirety to iOS.
Zombie Wonderland combines strategic defense with fast-paced action. You’re charged with defending a building from zombies who want to come in and eat you, as well as make the floor dirty.
The game has you controlling a small gear that you steer around the game using tilt controls, with movement and jumping being your only means of interacting with the game.
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto universe, Chinatown Wars captures the feel of the console and PC versions of the game, while using virtual controls on the iPhone’s touchscreen.
There is few better competitors than Fruit Ninja. Fruit is tossed into the air on the screen, and you have to slice through it using a swipe on the touchscreen — the more you slice, the more points you get.
Angry Birds masters challenge and simplicity. Slinging birds into various structures to take out pigs sounds weird, but this game is tough to put down, and it’s packed full of levels.
Cut the Rope
Cutting certain ropes at certain times will help you solve the puzzles with better scores. It’s so simple and intuitive, this is one you’ll have a hard time putting down.
Another super-casual game that gets a lot of attention is Doodle Jump, which has perfected the endless vertical jumping game genre. Tilting back and forth guides your character up in the air as you bounce off different platforms, trying to get as high as possible.
Zen Bound 2
There are more than 100 levels in this innovative puzzler that, like its predecessor, has you using the iPhone’s touch and motion controls to wrap a rope around a wooden model on your screen. The rope spreads paint onto the model.
Finger Physics: Thumb Wars
There are lots of puzzle games out there, but few of them use the iPhone’s physics-recreating capabilities as well as Finger Physics does. Combining two kinds of puzzles — stacking objects to beat gravity and getting a ball to roll down to a goal — there’s a lot to keep you playing, and plenty to keep you thinking.
Plants vs. Zombies
PopCap has come up with a great combination of a fun, cartoony graphical style and a challenging, strategic tower-defense action. As zombies tromp across your lawn, you’ll have to use quick moves, planning and planting to defend your house from the undead.
Real Racing 2
You’ll be amazed at the kinds of graphics the iPhone 4 can generate when you fire up Real Racing 2, which sets a new bar with its 16-competitor online multiplayer mode as well.
Need for Speed
There’s also a lot of racing action in the story mode, which puts you in the role of an undercover cop. It’s not quite as real as Real Racing 2, but Need for Speed will keep your attention with its amped-up action.