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The month's best new iPhone games (February 2010)

This was one hell of a month for the iPhone gaming scene. Not only did we get a slew of awesome new titles, but also the bombshell news that Street Fighter IV is heading to the platform. Plus, the first two entries in the Final Fantasy series were released onto the App Store with some nice graphical additions. Too bad the gameplay wasn't improved as well… the RPG has seen tons of advancements over the years, and it would take more than a few pairs of rose-colored glasses to get through the insane difficulty and relatively dry combat systems of these incredibly important but sadly outdated relics.

But you're here to read about the best of the best, right? Without further ado, we present the greatest toilet-time entertainment in the month of February.


Game of the Month: Plants vs Zombies


Price: $2.99
Free demo available? No

Plants vs Zombies' adorable brain-munchers blew us away when they first stormed the PC last year, and now the inevitable iPhone version has finally arrived. You didn't seriously think the iPhone would miss out on an opportunity for yet another tower defense game, did you? Thankfully, all of the original's clever humor and personality has migrated to the new version. Plus, if the PC's $9.99 price tag was still too expensive for you, now you can buy this must-play experience for a meager $2.99. You no longer have any excuses.


2) Brothers in Arms: Global Front


Price: $7.99
Free demo available? No

When the iPhone gaming scene first launched under two years ago, who would have guessed we'd be reviewing so many first person shooters? The genre has turned out to be one of the system's strongest, though nobody is making them quite as well as Gameloft. The app developer really impressed us last year with NOVA – our pick for 2009's best iPhone game – and now they've struck gold again with their second Brothers in Arms. They've refined their shooters' core elements to a high-polished sheen, plus added a cool new cover system.


3) Doom 2 RPG


Price: $3.99
Free demo available? No

Though it obviously draws a lot of inspiration from Wolfenstein RPG, Doom 2 RPG still manages to distinguish itself quite well. The game's got a surprisingly good sense of humor, and it never misses an opportunity to laugh at its own B-movie premise. Doom 2 can be a bit repetitive, but we never tired of blasting open the alien menace, then looting their corpses and sifting through their jellied remains to see what we would find. Favorites so far? Human fingers, rusty wrenches and even tasty snacks!


4) GT Racing: Motor Academy


Price: $6.99
Free demo available? No

The iPhone has been blessed with many great racing games in the past, and more continue to release, each new one topping the last. GT Racing continues that tradition. The only caveat is that the app comes with some pretty epic load times. If you're willing to spend some extra time waiting in exchange for fantastic graphics, however, then this is another quality genre pick.


5) Across Age


Price: $6.99
Free demo available? No

We wanted to include either of the newly re-released Final Fantasy games in the top five this month… we really did. Setting nostalgia aside, though, the first two entries in the franchise have not aged gracefully. Instead, we're going with Across Age, a much more modern action RPG with a time-traveling twist. It's not perfect, and the first version released suffered from some bad combat issues and annoying faults, but the developer finished an update extremely quickly which took care of many of the game's problems. Now this is just a good, solid RPG experience with a fun story and a great art style.


And the WORST of the month...

Crap of Defense
Price:
$1.99
Free demo available? No

The developers of Crap of Defense make no bones about the fact that their game is, in fact, crappy. We might have played along with the joke if the game was free, but they got greedy and are asking $1.99 for a product that is purposefully awful. It's an insult.


Rise of the Triad
Price:
$4.99
Free demo available? No

This game had everything going for it. The original was made by Apogee Software, the same studio that later became 3D Realms and made Duke Nukem 3D. It was highly lauded in its own time, billed as being an all fronts advancement on everything that made early FPS games awesome. But wow, they really screwed up the iPhone port. The controls are downright awful, the levels are poorly laid out and playing on anything but the easiest difficulty will get your face blasted into an ugly pixelated mess within five seconds flat.

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7 comments

  • Fulop - March 21, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    I am sorry Mr Groen but have you ever played in Crap of Defense? Game is gaining really great reviews every time and it looks like you've just read the name and promo sentence and put it here as the worst. Of course if you played on it and really think that it's so wrong - then all right. But I thought that you didn't take the chance to play on COD. Many people told that COD is better game then Plants vs. Zombies so just would like to make sure that you know what you are writing about
  • banjokazoozie - March 7, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    Plants vs zombies is amazing
  • BeastlyB - March 5, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    Bought PvZ the moment I saw it, they now have final fantasy 1 and 2 on the app store for only 9 dollars each. I bought 1 and it ran near perfectly. New favorite game on my iTouch, period.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 3, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    I WANT PLANTS VS ZOMBIES NAOW!!!!
  • yoyoguy - March 3, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    as soon as i saw PvZ available in the store i bought it. fuckin awesome game
  • Cyberninja - March 2, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    so many rpgs make me want a ipod touch but sadly i dont have the money.
  • Metroidhunter32 - March 2, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    I still have an excuse not to buy Plants vs. Zombies. I don't have an iphone. HA!!

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