For my G of the Y blog, I'll be splitting it up by platform. The first one is for my choices on iOS.
To me, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad have firmly planted themselves somewhere between last generation handsets, current generation handheld gaming systems and computers. Though the iPhone and iPod fit easily into a pants or jacket pocket and can be used to Skype or stream or game or whatever, the iPad is the size of a small netbook, even though it is easier to use while standing or moving.
By now it is common knowledge that the devices don't play well with the so-called "hardcore" genres like shooters, but the things they can do with casual games like racers and puzzles is actually kind of revolutionary. Multitap, whether we like it or not, is here to stay. Anyway, with out further ado, the list:
3. Hook Worlds ($.99)
2. Real Racing 2 ($9.99)
Weighing in as the most expensive entry on the list, Real Racing 2 also looks the best and drains battery the fastest. Taking a few concepts from the Gran Turismo and Forza franchises, this driving sim manages to hold it's ground even when compared to more expensive driving titles like Gran Turismo PSP. Aside from it executing the concept in an incredibly addictive and rewarding fashion, there isn't anything else to say about this game except that it looks about as good as Infinity Blade, and provides a good return-on-investment.
1. Tilt to Live ($2.99 + $.99)
Funny story, I didn't even remember this game came out in 2010 until I did a brief look back at 2010.
Tilt to Live is simply the most addictive game I have ever played. You control an arrow using the accelerometer controls, which is actually a lot more accurate than you might think. It's your job to avoid incoming red dots and destroy them using unlockable pickups to gain points. From that basic premise, no less than five game modes exist within the three dollar app, one of which needs to be unlocked with an in-app purchase.
Aside from being hugely addicting, this game also features crisp retina graphics and a twangy spaghetti western inspired soundtrack and achievements that will keep you busy for hours. Without a doubt, it's the best four dollars you can spend on the app store.