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20 best iPhone games of 2009

10. Zenonia

Price: $2.99
Free demo available? Yes

Why we love it: When will App Store developers learn to stop ripping off casual fare like Doodle Jump or Pocket God, and start following the example of more elaborate and ambitious fare like Zenonia? This RPG plays a lot like Zelda, but will remind you of numerous other SNES-era masterpieces as well. The graphics, music, story and characters are top-notch, and as far as value is concerned, Zenonia will give you more hours than anything else the iPhone has to offer.


9. Ravensword: The Fallen King

Price: $6.99
Free demo available? No

Why we love it: Ravensword suffers from quite a few bugs and visual glitches, but considering how unbelievably gorgeous the graphics are and how surprisingly similar the gameplay is to Elder Scrolls, we have little reason to complain. Let’s repeat that, in case you were reading too quickly – Elder Scrolls on the iPhone. Everyone with an iPhone should see this game to have an idea of what the system is truly capable of delivering.


8. Need for Speed: Shift

Price: $6.99
Free demo available? No

Why we love it: If we included every iPhone racing game that impressed us in 2009, this list would be painfully boring. Asphalt 5, Real Racing and Need for Speed: Undercover are all worthy of inclusion and separate entries, but with flawless control and an innovative career mode, Shift is by far the best. It’s amazing to see something made for consoles come together this successfully on the iPhone.


7. Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid

Price: $4.99
Free demo available? Yes

Why we love it: Look at those cute little blobs. How can you resist them? They won our hearts in the original Rolando, but this sequel elaborated on the core platforming gameplay and brought the series into a sleeker 2.5D presentation. Rolando 2 is also notable for being one of the first iPhone games to gain (relative) acceptance in the mainstream gaming press, paving the way for meatier, more substantial experiences in the future.


6. Hybrid: Eternal Whisper

Price: $2.99
Free demo available? Yes

Why we love it: After practicing the art of the iPhone RPG with our #10 entry, Zenonia, developer Gamevil returned just four months later with a brand new action-RPG that trumps its predecessor in nearly every way. Hybrid boasts a complex story with an epic mythology, but the real focus this time is a combat system that reminded us strongly of Devil May Cry, and an extremely deep leveling process.

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25 comments

  • DoctorCrazy - February 17, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Where is the Quest!!!!!!!!!!
  • WayByWind - February 2, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    I'd like to see a dedicated iPhone/Touch section of GamesRadar, and these bite-sized little paragraphs seem like a great review format.
  • kare123ty - February 1, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    I don't know if Canabalt is worth $3 because you can just play it online... Also, N.O.V.A. is a really good game, even without any joysticks or buttons because the controls are in good locations and work well. There is what I think is a fantastic pot of Mega Man 2, with even more modes than the original, but I don't know if it was released in 2009.
  • EricBratcher - January 29, 2010 1 a.m.

    Chinatown Wars was actually released in 2010, so it's not eligible for this article. Stay tuned. We'll probably be doing a bit more iPhone stuff going forward, especially if you guys make clear to us that you want it by clicking and commenting.
  • Gonzobot - January 28, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    The simple fact that you've got FPS games in a toplist for a system with NO BUTTONS OR JOYSTICK shows that you know jack shit about good games.
  • uupinko - January 28, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    Great article but I would have like to have seen Doom Classic closer to the top of the list. Jess www.online-privacy.int.tc
  • MattyBoomLol - January 28, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Canabalt is truly awesome... but where is Train Conductor? :D
  • highsox20 - January 28, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Solid list, WHERE IS NAZI ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best iphone game hands down
  • testertap99 - January 27, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    Drop7 is the best game on the iPhone, no question.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 27, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    @ NotBraze Well seeing as GamesRadar only really review the big titles now in their super reviews, with a couple slipping through on the side (Machinarium, Rogue Warrior) I doubt they'd actually review many if any of the iPhone games themselves. I'm not sure how many of their Future owned partners review iPhone games either, so you'd probably end up with a blank section seeing as the reviews on this site have to come from GamesRadar or a Future partner (for obvious reasons).
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  • iKOemos - January 27, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    NOVA looks awesome. I'm getting it.
  • raxafrax - January 27, 2010 5:09 a.m.

    Baseball Superstars 2010 is really good too.
  • NotBraze - January 27, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    You've had several articles now about how the iPhone (and, by extension, the iPod Touch) is a legitimate gaming platform, yet you guys still don't have a section dedicated to it like you do with everything else. These compilation reviews are great but I'd like to see iPhone games get individual reviews as well.
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Doom but no Myst? It's only like 5 bucks now and has a demo. Myst is more of what an iPhone game should be, since it's pretty chill (you won't be screaming at your iPhone while standing in line at the DMV) and there's a guide that comes with the game, something I didn't have back in the ftp days of the interwebz.
  • Hobojedi - January 27, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    THANK YOU. I've been looking for something good to play on my little iPod. Also GeoDefenseSwarm is great if you like the TD games. It gets hard fast though
  • Yeager1122 - January 27, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    Hmmmmmm now im thinking i got to get nova.
  • Ocelot3997 - January 27, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    @Darkmagshin Chinatown Wars is amazing, but it came out in January 2010. It will almost certainly be on next year's list though. At this point it's the #1 of 2010.
  • Cyberninja - January 26, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    still sad i dont have a ipod touch

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