The Best iPhone Games Of 2013 So Far
The ten best iPhone games we've played all year.
With the first six months of 2013 well behind us now, it's a great time to take stock of the year in mobile gaming so far. From puzzle platformers to grisly shooters - not to mention an endless runner or two - here are the must-have games we've played since the new year rolled around. Want to know more about each game? Check out the reviews and game guides we've included as well.
Ridiculous Fishing suffered a troubled development process after the original Flash game was cloned and slapped onto the App Store, but Vlambeer bounced back to deliver one of Metacritic's most acclaimed games of 2013. Set up your fishing line, dangle it down into the ocean depths, hook up as many fish as you can, and then blast them out of the sky with a delicious collection of high-powered weaponry. Simple, but very satisfying to play.
Download Ridiculous Fishing - iOS
Robot Unicorn Attack 2
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 took everything that was gloriously daft about the original game, and made it all even better the second time around. Race along some gorgeous backdrops as the titular unicorn, dodging stars, fighting trolls and hoovering up currency for those all-important upgrades. Will you fight for the powers of light or darkness? You'll have to decide for yourself. What we do know is that it won't take you long to hand over a dollar to enjoy the game to the soundtrack of The Neverending Story...
Download Robot Unicorn Attack 2 - iOS
This touchscreen edition of the console Joe Danger series blew us away when we reviewed the game back in January, and it even managed to pick up a rare Modojo 5 out of 5 for its effortlessly slick controls and faithful recreation of the Joe Danger experience. Not only was this a very early Christmas present for every mobile gamer, it's since been wrapped up in an ever bigger campaign - get stuck in.
Download Joe Danger - iOS
The creators of Parking Mania came back from the undead with Dead Ahead, a game that's all about surviving a drive through a zombie apocalypse, while making use of some very tasty weapons to give those zombies a good taste of their own medicine. Plenty of daft humor rounds off the package, and there are lots of weapons and vehicle upgrades to be unlocked as you master the game.
Modojo's Dead Ahead coverage - Review
Download Dead Ahead - iOS
The least surprising game to make the list is Limbo, released earlier this month and more than deserving of the widespread acclaim it received. After wowing the console crowd with its bleak but beautiful gameplay back in 2010, we're delighted to be able to take this puzzle platformer on the go with us.
Modojo's Limbo coverage - Review
Download Limbo - iOS
Running With Friends
Running With Friends kicked off this year's craze of making the endless runner genre just a little more, well, interesting. This particular runner packs in plenty of twists, turns and surprises as you race through the streets of Pamplona, desperately trying to avoid the chasing bulls behind you. As befits a runner, there are plenty of upgrades and costumes to be unlocked and keep you coming back for more.
Whether you take to the storyline of Quell Memento or not, there's no denying that this game offers up some of the most wonderfully well-crafted puzzles in the history of mobile games. If variety's important to you, rest assured that Quell Memento builds upon its core orb manipulation gameplay with extraordinary imagination across many, many levels. An essential download for any puzzle game fan.
Download Quell Memento - iOS
The House Of The Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels
The House Of The Dead Overkill gets a facelift in this Lost Reels edition, with plenty of remixed worlds from the original game to get stuck into. Fortunately, all of the expected zombie-splattering action has been retained, it's got some very solid shooting mechanics, and there's even a Survival mode to embrace once you really feel ready for a stiff challenge. At $4.99, it's a little more expensive than your average app, but there's plenty of classic gameplay to be enjoyed here.
Modojo's House Of The Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels coverage - Review
Download The House Of The Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels - iOS
It may be a little on the short side, but this follow up to the original Sprinkle game adds so much to the existing core gameplay that it left us nothing short of dazzled. Take charge of a now-mobile firetruck and navigate some tricky but fun levels, sploshing water around with all of the physics-puzzling prowess that made the first game such a firm favorite.
This 2D pixel-art title mixes up classic RPG upgrade elements with old-school action to deliver one of the most charming mobile gaming experiences we've enjoyed this year. Don't be put off by the game's surface simplicity - the challenge here soon gets seriously tasty. Fortunately, there's bags of weapons, armor and spells to unlock and enhance your character with. Be warned - you'll find it very hard to put Slayin down once you've started playing.
Download Slayin - iOS