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Top 5 iPhone games of January 2010

You know the biggest problem with iPhone games? Volume. About a thousand of them come out each month and no gamer has the time or the cash flow to sift through the mountains of sludge and search out the good stuff. That’s where we come in. We’ve navigated the iMinefield of cash-ins, wannabes, and just plain crap to deliver to you the five mega-funnest, most addictive, and flat-out best games released during the past month. Then, because we care about you, we went ahead and toe-tagged two truly awful games that you MUST avoid even if they give you the puppy dog eyes from the window. They might look cute, but they stink so badly, even zombies think they smell rotten.


5) Tractor Beam
Price:
$0.99
Free Demo Available? No

This is a bit of a dark horse candidate to make the monthly top five, but this game is just impossible to put down. You begin as a spaceship that has run out of fuel. It's only method of propulsion is to latch onto nearby asteroids with its tractor beam. This creates an awesome new mass vs momentum type of motion. It's almost Doodle Jump-esque in its never ending goal to get further into the sky, but the way in which you move is so addictive and challenging that it elevates this one above the herd.

It's a bit frustrating and difficult to learn at first, but you'll pick it up quickly. Soon you'll be swinging through the rocks at full speed making 90 degree turns and stopping on a dime. Without exception this is one of the most tense and fun games we've ever found at $0.99.


4) Cogs
Price: $0.99
Free Demo Available? No



Cogs is one of the coolest, most unique puzzle games on the iPhone, a system with literally thousands of shoddy match-3 games and bewildering sliding block soft-core-porn-puzzles (seriously, why not just go find real porn?) Normally we're not the biggest fans of the genre in general, but Cogs changes the rules a bit. Many of the puzzles exist as one side of a 3D object. You have to piece all of the gears together in order to make the object operate.

It's not going to change your mind if you're not already a fan of puzzle games, but it's an interesting twist for those who have been frustrated by the lack of innovation in this genre.


3) Assassin's Creed II: Discovery
Price:
$11.99
Free Demo Available? No



Didn't get enough of Ezio Auditore da Firenze's delicious accent when Assassin's Creed II released back in November? Well now you can get your fill on the iPhone because the NDS version has been ported over with some tweaks and optimizations.

The core gameplay is a mixture of combat and free-running sections (which are among the best in the game) that give an unexpected sense of speed that is reminiscent of Canabalt at times. The only reason to stay away from this game is the fairly steep price. It's still far cheaper than the DS version, but $11.99 makes it one of the most expensive games on the App Store. You may want to wait for the price to drop, but snatch it up once it does.


2) Guerrilla Bob
Price:
$2.99
Free Demo Available? No



Considering Chinatown Wars made its way onto the App Store without a peep from Rockstar, you would have been justified in thinking that Guerrilla Bob must be the second coming of Christ judging by how much Chillingo talked it up pre-release.

In truth, Guerrilla Bob doesn't transcend its simple 2.5D shoot-em-up roots, but it's still a damn good shooter. The real story for GB is that it actually has a unique personality. On the iPhone, hundreds of developers fall flat on their face when trying to make their games unique and funny, but GB's attitude and cavalier approach to political correctness are refreshing. Sometimes it feels a bit like they're trying too hard, but mowing down thousands of little Bin Laden's never really gets old.

Next page: Our pick for iPhone Game of the Month and two games you absolutely need to avoid

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10 comments

  • nik00726 - November 3, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    HI thanks for games! While browse through net i found updated list for 5 best games november 2011 http://www.latestsmartphoneapps.com/2011/11/01/5-best-iphone-games-november-december-2011/
  • mdmushtaq78 - June 1, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    great selection here's another link to 5 top casual games http://iphoneandyou.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/appstore-top-5-casual-games/
  • JohnHarrison - February 10, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    Another worthwhile variation on Asteroids on the iPhone is Battle for Vesta. It actually places you in the cockpit of a ship and you blast asteroids and enemies in 3D. http://www.batteforvesta.com/
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 9, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    Monthly feature plz? I want GTA: CW BAAAAD!
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - February 9, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    "You were coming here and a paper was attached on your shoe..." Best cliffhanger ever!
  • Bossco - February 9, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    I've got GTA on my iPhone and now I spend 200% longer on the toilet at work. People are starting to wonder about the sounds of gunfire coming from the end cubicle. I tell people its just my diet but they don't believe me. You should check out ipoo as well. It's wrong but very funny.
  • Kruiser - February 9, 2010 7:29 a.m.

    I was wondering why GTA wasn't on the top games of 2009. Thanks for the reviews guys, keep them coming... You nailed it with that volume thing, and I can't always rely on the user reviews.
  • lewis42025 - February 9, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    love the feature! would my life so much easier if you'd keep this up every month
  • Hobojedi - February 9, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Heh, keep this up a monthly feature - it helps me pick the good games that are out there and not waste my dollars.
  • Cyberninja - February 8, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    still wish i had a ipod touch how much are they?d

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