The next batch of games on our road to the top 10.
Here we are, the best iOS games of the year. We started with a list of 200, whittled that down to about 100, then the gloves came off, as we fought to include certain titles and said painful goodbyes to others. The result is a snapshot of 2012, the 50 iPhone and iPad games that stood out the most. That said, join us each day as we make the countdown. On that note, it's time for games 20-11.
20. Dead Trigger
Anyone who thinks smartphone and tablet graphics will never rival those on consoles clearly hasn't seen Madfinger Games' first-person zombie shooter, Dead Trigger. Environments, weapons and monsters look phenomenal regardless of which iOS or even Android device you play it on. Beyond that, it's a shining example of how mobile games evolve over time, with the developers adding new stages, enemies and weapons since it first debuted last summer.
19. Mutant Mudds
iPhone and iPad platformers don't get much better than Mutant Mudds. A port of the exquisite 3DS eShop title, this delightful gem casts players as a young boy out to take down a bunch of aliens. What makes it unique is the ability to jump between 2D planes, effortlessly transitioning to the foreground and background while marveling at the 8-bit NES style graphics and music. No glasses free 3D, but seeing Mudds on the bigger iPad screen is a fine tradeoff.
18. Guide The Light
One of the last great puzzle games of 2012, AppyNation's Guide The Light isn't a game for the faint-hearted, as it packs in a seriously tough challenge right from the start. Your task is to guide beams of light around a series of underground caverns using beam-splitters, mirrors and special prismatic blocks. If you fancy yourself a hardened puzzle gamer, Guide The Light will give your brain a workout like no other.
Polara hasn't enjoyed nearly as much success as it deserves on both of the app stores, and we hope we can convince you to do your bit to remedy that. The game combines endless-running with some devilishly tricky platform challenges as you switch the color of your runner to pass safely through colored obstacles. There are some great challenge modes in the game, ensuring that you'll get huge value for money from this highly recommended title
16. Plague Inc.
With flu season in full swing, it's a great idea to stay indoors enjoying this surprise hit infection simulator. The goal? Unleash deadly germs upon the world and do your best to make the disease of choice spread across all seven continents in the hope of eradicating the human race before those pesky scientists find a cure. Evolve your creation and watch as the population dwindles. Meanwhile, an at times humorous and twisted news ticker keeps you updated with mankind's plight. Sure, Plague Inc. is sick and twisted, but it's also a guilty pleasure worth indulging.
15. Asphalt 7: Heat
Arcade racing fans will find a lot to love about this gorgeous effort. Not only does it include over 60 real-world rides from the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin, but also a variety of detailed tracks inspired by exotic places, such as Hawaii, Shanghai and Iceland, complete with a very active volcano. Race solo against the computer, or challenge up to five friends via online/Wi-Fi. Just make sure you have the 1.27GB of free space to download it.
14. Rayman Jungle Run
Apple named Rayman Jungle Run the 2012 iPhone game of the year, and for good reason. It's essentially a snapshot of the console favorite, Rayman Origins, but with endless running gameplay. As such, players will explore a fantastically-detailed world filled with bizarre-looking critters and scenery. Tricky stages, a mountain of collectibles and captivating music. What's not to like?
Officially the world's most annoying game title to Google, 10000000 is nevertheless a fantastic puzzle game that deserves a home on every mobile phone. The challenge is simple but endlessly compelling: as your runner races along the top of the screen, you need to furiously create match-threes that help him negotiate monsters, doors and locked chests. A bizarre blend of endless-running, match-three and RPG upgrades.
12. The Room
One of 2012's finest example of the room-escape genre is the simply titled puzzle game, The Room. Reminiscent of the beguiling mystery of the classic PC game, Myst, you'll have to tease away at a series of steampunk puzzles to slowly unweave the enigma of The Room. Notes, clues and puzzles abound as you pick apart this adventure that makes fantastic use of touchscreen technology. Don't miss out one of the most atmospheric games of 2012.
Don't let the decade-old graphics of Uplink stop you from making the game an essential purchase. Paying tribute to hacking culture as portrayed by cinema, this game is one of the most atmospheric and immersive titles you'll ever play on a tablet. Using nimble wits and fingers, you'll have to progress up through the ranks of a shadowy hacking organization, framing the competition and always making sure to cover your tracks.