In the spate of top ten lists popping up as we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century, I've spotted a few dedicated to this topic. So I thought here might be a good place to highlight any gems you come across in the vast app store catalogue. I'll start by listing a few of my favourites.
I think a lot of us have played it online, but with the addition of leaderboards and the more subtle control the touch interface brings, I've been totally sucked in to the mobile version in a way the browser game didn't inspire.
Another one that's available for free online, I've found it to be similarly addictive. Its pixellated, isometric view and the worryingly satisfying squeaks made by the crewmen as they're sucked out into space charmed me from the outset.
Somewhat similar to Canabalt in its focus on avoiding obstacles to progress as far as you can before dying, this appeals to whatever bit of me it was that loved zooming upside down over a speed boost pad in F-Zero on the Gamecube. Best use of accelerometer controls I've come across.
If you've played Xbox indie title I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT!!!1 you'll be at home here. Survive as long as you can against hordes of rampant beasties. What really makes this stand out from the crowd is the slick character design, graphics and soundbites. I can't resist the urge to keep playing, if only to unlock more characters.
Basically Diablo in your pocket, it's not as long as I'd like, but it's a pretty deep RPG with impressive graphics.
An interesting twist on the old tile-swapping puzzler, with a decent soundtrack, but perhaps most importantly it's currently FREE.
Chase The Dot Plus
appoftheday.com features an app daily, though they tend to be tools rather than games
app.itize.us is similar, but focuses on indie titles
Top 53 on Gizmodo
10 Sweet iPhone Games on TIGSource
Top 5 iPhone Games of 2009 on FingerGaming
Please release me column on BoingBoing
Edited by prank munkey, 14 January 2010 - 02:08 PM.