2009 was certainly a fantastic year for iPhone and iPod gamers. With the iTunes App Store hitting well over 120,000 titles, the year is certainly a nod to the fact that mobile gaming is mainstream. Of course, with so many apps to choose from, we wanted to bring together a list of our favorites from 2009. So without further ado, here are the AppSmile.com picks of the top 20 iPhone and iPod touch apps and games of 2009.
Shrouded in beautifully rendered graphics, Homerun Battle 3D is what a casual sports game should be. If you have a hankerin’ for some baseball spankerin’ head on over and pick up Homerun Battle 3D today. It won’t disappoint.
The point of Ancient Frog is to manipulate your toad just so for him to catch a fly that’s right out of reach -- and probably driving him nuts! The frog renderings are beautiful and the movement is realistic. You should be impressed with the sound effects. They put you right in the middle of the Amazon.
The AppSmile Team is impressed by Origin8’s ingenious graphics and controls. We have yet to find a tower defense game that can rival Sentinel 2’s customization options, eerie soundtrack, and online accessibility.
DrawRace puts you in control of the speed and path of a racecar as you compete in Time Trials, Race Against Personal Best, or Race Against Network Opponent. We can see ourselves running our batteries down for days to come as we strive to be number one. At $2.99, this game belongs on everyone’s iDevice, without question.
Lacking the arcade-style, Hollywood-infused, teenage-rebel elements like nitrous boosters, as well as the racing simulation amenities like spending points on tuning your vehicle and buying spoiler upgrades, Real Racing has settled nicely into that middle ground where racing itself is king and all the rest of the distractions can go take a hike.
MouthOff uses your voice to generate 45 funny and entertaining mouths that speak what you say. ustwo has launched a website where you can share your MouthOff videos. Just film yourself using MouthOff, upload your video to YouTube, tag them with showusyourmouthoff, and it’ll display on ustwo’s MouthOff site within 15 mins!
This is a high quality puzzle game with great attention to detail and challenging gameplay. With its attractive animations, clean interface, and fiendishly clever gameplay, Triazzle is sure to delight puzzle gamers of all ages.
10 Pin Shuffle is a highly addictive sports-based iPhone app featuring both shuffleboard and bowling. With its beautiful 3D environments, highly accurate physics engine, and addictive gameplay, 10 Pin Shuffle is one of the best deals available in the app store.
Although other games such as Rolando have harvested this much anticipation in the past, the AppSmile team believes iBlast Moki lives up the hype. iBlast Moki is a well honed, gorgeous platformer that will keep you playing for days.
Navigon’s MobileNavigator certainly lived up to our expectations for a great turn-by-turn GPS solution on the iPhone. We awarded it our highest rating due to its simply elegant interface, smart and responsive inputs, and accurate guidance.
Jet Car Stunts puts you in control of a modified F1 race car, capable of high speeds on land as well as acrobatic maneuvers in mid-air. Our review led us to the conclusion that this is one of the best games on the iPhone.
At the time of its release there was simply nothing like Spider in the app store. It still stands proudly. Entertain yourself by attempting to capture all bugs, unlocking all achievements, or just having fun spinning webs and enjoying the spider’s control scheme. We can’t praise the game enough for bringing something new, exciting, and addicting to the app store.
While the original Labyrinth was strictly about avoiding the holes found throughout each level, Labyrinth 2 kicks it up a serious notch or two by incorporating tons of new devices, including bumpers, doors, fans, lasers, ball splitters, ball shrinkers, cannons, and plenty of other objects that increase the challenge, as well as the fun.
So, there are the AppSmile picks for the top 20 apps and games to hit iDevice screens in 2009. We’re sure you have your picks as well. We want to hear about them, so please feel free to leave them in the comments below!