The Best iPhone Games of 2008
1 year after the iPhone was launched, Apple decided to create the App Store. Why Apple didn’t do this with the launch of the iPhone is beyond me. . .but in any case, the App Store has brought even more attention to Apple’s iPhone(and loads of revenue).
If you’re a gamer, then you probably already know about the VGAs, which will air on Sunday night to reward the best console games of 2008. No matter what Apple wants you to think, the iPhone is not a gaming console. But, even though it’s not a console, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some great games released in the App Store.
Below I would like to highlight some of the best iPhone games of 2008. With so many games(it is the App Store’s most popular category) it was hard to only pick 10. . .but here they are.
In Bugdom 2 you play as Skip McFly, a grasshopper where you encounter both friends and enemies while you explores the inside of a house and around the yard. The beautiful 3D animation and graphics get you interested. . .and the gameplay keeps you playing. They even have a free demo for Mac OS X users – www.pangeasoft.net/bug2
Enigmo was one of the first premiere iPhone games to be released in the App Store. In this puzzle game your goal is to direct the flowing water(or fire) to their own canisters. You get tools to achieve this goal but as the levels go on, the levels get more and more difficult. This is one of those puzzle games that when you first look at a level you think ‘there’s no way I can figure this out’. . .and then it hits you. With 50 levels to play through, Enigmo will keep you busy for hours and hours.
Uno isn’t technically a ‘board game’ but it is in the category. If you don’t know what Uno is then you’ll probably love this game even more than the people that played it when they were kids. You must play the same color cards. . .or a card with the same number(changing the color). If you don’t have anything to play you have to draw a card until you can. And don’t forget about the wild cards!
Wurdle is a completely customizable boggle/word search style game that is easy to pick up and play at any time of the day. You must spell out words by touching letters that are connected to each other(either up/down/left/right and even diagonals). If you think the grid is too small, make it bigger. . .if you think the board is dull, change the tiles. With an online leaderboard you have a goal while you’re playing(besides beating your own high score).
Real Soccer 2009 is a completely 3D soccer game that was actually released on other gaming platforms along side it. Critics have also said that the iPhone version is much better than some of the others. This is a game that soccer fans with an iPhone(or iPod Touch) have been waiting for. Over 150 teams, a dozen stadiums, and a real-time multi-player mode(over WiFi), it’s hard to get bored with this game.
With the success of games like Brain Age and Big Brain Acadamy on the NDS and Wii it was inevitable for clones to come out. I haven’t seen either of these hit the iPhone’s App Store yet, but we do have some great alternatives. Brain Challenge isn’t a cheap knock-off either. With original exercises, Brain Challenge gives your brain the workout it needs, and tracks your daily progress too.
With casual games flooding the App Store there hasn’t been much room for any of the major genres to shine. Thankfully with games like Vay and Chronicles of Inotia, RPG fans like myself finally get something to play. If you’re looking for an old school action RPG then look no further. With highly polished graphics and well thought out controls you almost forget that you’re even playing a game on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
The iPhone is a great platform for all types of games, especially strategy/tactics games. Fieldrunners takes the ‘Tower Defense’ concept, and ‘runs’ with it. With stunning graphics, it really lets you focus in on the most important part. . .the gameplay. Fieldrunners keeps you thinking at all times and makes you stay on top of your strategy. Don’t slip. . .because it could create a crack in your defense that takes you down.
Brother in Arms bring the 3rd person shooter genre to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The concept of a 1st person and 3rd person shooter for the iPhone just doesn’t sound like it would play well at all. Somehow these developers were able to port this PS2 game to the iPhone and do it in a way that makes it quite enjoyable. With an aim-assist feature, you don’t have to aim it perfect. . .if you get it close enough the crosshair slides into the correct position. Some think this is cheap, but with the controls it would be insanely hard without it.
This was one of those games that was initially released for the jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch(at least the demo was). Trism takes the age-old concept of matching the same colors with one another to create a chain(much like bejeweled), but adds flavor to the game to keep it fresh. Instead of squares, it’s triangles, which actually add another layer of strategy to the game. Using the accelerometer to guide the other blocks into place, you can really plan out the perfect move. With 5 different game modes, over 20 achievements to collect, and the ability to pick up and play at any time(it will save your game whenever you close it). . .Trism is one of those games you’ll be playing for years to come.