The Apple App Store crew released its
list of top North American apps for 2011 this week, naming EA's Dead
Space as its choice for best iPad game and NimbleBit's skyscraper-sim
Tiny Tower as its favorite pick for iPhones.
as part of iTunes' Rewind 2011 feature, the mobile games were chosen
by the App Store team for their creativity, production values, and
overall contributions to the iOS gaming; and not necessarily how much
digital coin they raked in over the past year.
selection of Tiny Tower to Wired.com, for instance, Apple reps said
it was the sim's freemium model that attracted them most, explaining,
“We believe that Tiny Tower’s success
has sprung from putting players first and giving them a fun and
unique game that truly is free to play. There is nothing in the game
that you can only get by paying, and a lot of players really respect
while Isaac Clarke and tiny workers ruled out West, the
results were different across the globe. In the
UK, Chillingo's Contre Jour was named number one for
iPads, while Andreas Illiger's one-tap Tiny Wings flapped into first
place for iPhones. Elsewhere, Firemint's (also EA) Real Racing 2 was reported as Apple's favorite iPad game in its Australia and New
about mobile games all you want, but we can't disagree with Apple's
picks. Both Dead Space, Tiny Tower, and we certainly developed a crush on Tiny
Wings as well. What do you make of these App Store honorees?