Top 12 iPhone and iPad Games of 2012

As more and more games and apps flood the App Store, it’s getting harder to find apps that truly stand out. For 2012, I expanded the list to include 12 notable games.

The following were chosen because they feel like they were made for the iOS mobile device and make good use of its touchscreen (this applies to PC/Xbox/PSN ports, too!), flawlessly designed, and bring something new and/or great to their respective genres. In addition, as a casual gamer, these games are relatively light, fun and quick to play.

In no particular order, appSIZED’s notable games of 2012 are:

fieldrunners 2 HD on appSIZED

Gloriously fun and beautiful to play

FIELDRUNNERS 2 HD
(iPad only)

The much awaited sequel to the iOS tower defense (TD) forerunner Fieldrunners does not disappoint. It’s gorgeously designed, flawlessly implemented and fiendishly difficult at times. I love the cheeky humor, too! Despite their notable hiatus from the iOS game development scene, the guys at Subatomic Studios were clearly cooking up this masterpiece. (Read the full review here)

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Scrabble meets chess in Letterpress

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iOS App Review: Great Little War Game HD

A deep, highly polished and addictive turn-based strategy game brimming over with humor, wit and a lot of heart, Great Little War Game HD, true to its name, is a gore-free and exciting take on the underrepresented genre of turn-based strategy.

The App Store is chock full of war games and war is well represented in tower defense, action adventures, first person shooters, and strategy games. As far as war games go, Great Little War Game HD travels down a path less trodden, trading the familiarity of one-on-one combat and tower-building in favor of something more complex but just as satisfying.

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Sale Alert! NyxQuest, Artsy Wallpapers & Backgrounds, and Worms HD

Today is a quiet day in terms of apps on sale or gone free, but luckily there are some nice new finds.

I picked up NyxQuest HD for $0.99 yesterday after weeks of waiting and wondering if I should go pick it up. This gorgeous love story wrapped up in a quest for our heroine Nyx who’s gone looking for her lover Icarus in this platformer adventure promises to be an interesting and beautiful ride. The iPhone version of NyxQuest is also $0.99 for a limited time. Grab these games while they’re still on sale!

Artsy Wallpapers & Backgrounds for the iPhone is FREE for a limited time, down from $2.99. Check out the nice drawings – the app promises 100 categories of high quality art to choose from.

Finally, popular turn-based strategy game Worms HD for the iPad is also on sale at $2.99, and is 50% off for a limited time.

If I missed something, feel free to leave a message in the comments section. Happy (app) shopping!