Top 50 iPhone And iPad Games Of 2013: 40-31
Here's the second part of our annual round-up of the best new App Store games in 2013.
40. Paint It Back
Picross fans shouldn't expect anything too revolutionary in Paint It Back, but what you can be assured of here is a superbly polished take on the popular puzzling genre. Newcomers are well catered for as well, with a selection of perfect tutorial levels to lead you by the hand towards your next addiction...
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39. Star Command
Star Command won us over completely with its gorgeous, retro pixellated graphics and superb starbound gameplay. You'll have to carefully manage the evolution of your own starship, manage your crew, and stay alive long enough to survive the game's unpredictable encounters.
38. Dead Effect
Zombies in space? Sure, why not? Bulkypix really delivered with this surprise first-person shooter, a creepy adventure that casts you as a gung-ho hero on a derelict spaceship stuffed to the brim with the undead. While not the most original premise in the world, the spooky corridors and gore kept us glued to our screens.
The developers at Cornfox & Bros are probably getting a little tired of hearing their game get compared to Zelda but, well, that's what you get for designing a mobile game that's more than a bit like Zelda. Consider that high praise though for an RPG that's packed to the brim with fantastic dungeons, puzzles and exploration.
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36. Frozen Synapse
Frozen Synapse won't win any prizes for friendliness, but when it comes to tactical depth there really is very little to compare this outstanding game to. Starkly minimalist, this tense game takes quite some getting to grips with, but you'll be rewarded with some of the best competitive gameplay you can get for your tablet.
35. Robot Unicorn Attack 2
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is the free sequel to one of the most addictive mobile games we've ever played. This time around, there are multiple ways to upgrade one's unicorn, a variety of tracks to listen to, and two vastly different worlds to gallop through. Ah yes, and you can pledge allegiance to Team Rainbow or Team Inferno this time around, with the chance to win prizes. Now excuse us while we fire it up just one more time...
34. Deer Hunter 2014
Guilty pleasures don't come much guiltier than Deer Hunter 2014, but this sniper shooting game makes for a strangely compelling experience - even as you prepare the bullet with the name of Bambi's mother's on it. The game's still riding high in the charts following its September release, so at least we're not alone in enjoying this distinctly dark side of mobile gaming.
33. Magic 2014
The Magic series is going to need some rapid evolution if it's to make it into next year's top 50 round-up - particularly with the threat of Blizzard's Hearthstone on the horizon - but the sealed deck gameplay thrown in with the 2014 edition was just enough to make us fall in love with the king of TCGs all over again.
32. Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Injustice: Gods Among Us console game turned out to be one of this year's best fighters, and this mobile version of the game is no watered-down port. As well as featuring close-quarters combat, it's also a card game that lets you build the ultimate team of heroes and villains while upgrading their stats. It's a smart fusion that works, and comic book fans should definitely download this free-to-play game.
31. Pixel People
Pixel People's instantly charming presentation is followed up briskly with some of the most frighteningly addictive gameplay we've enjoyed all year. There's a huge population of people to be unlocked in the game, and a sprawling utopia to be constructed as you do so. Get ready to lose hours of your life to this marvellous management game from Chillingo.
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