What exactly defines 10 of the Top 50 iPhone Games 2009 as “surprise games”? Well bear with me here, but these games are the ones that we had most doubts about before release OR completely surpasses all odds and expectations. Let’s run down the list, and you’ll understand why we categorized them as such.
BACKBREAKER FOOTBALL, we wanted to start off the list with a game that had every capacity of failing. What with the memory hogging (in looks) console like graphics, this game actually plays VERY smoothly and is one of the most addicting games we’ve played all year.
SPACE INVADERS INFINITY GENE, OMG! Did Taito really just released this game? I wouldn’t name names but retro ports usually suck. This game however is rebuilt from the ground up to create an experience exclusive for the iPhone.
GLYDER 2, I’ve heard the comments before “the controls are too hard”. Well guess what? This game is not for sissies. The controls do take a while to master, but once you get it all dialed in, you’ll simply be enthralled by this amazing game.
DARK NEBULA, sure Labyrinth 2 covered all the ground on ball tilting right? Wrong! What began as a highly doubtful ball tilting slash platformer game became one of the most polished games we’ve seen this year. When episode two hits later this year, we’ll be ecstatic!
SQUAREBALL, when every brick breaker is played vertically, Squareball switches the game horizontally and transforms it to a “mini-platformer game”. Though not as epic as EDGE (which was released last year), this game still deserves a spot on our list.
CROSS FINGERS, my first impressions were that’s it’s “MEHH-ful”. Once I played the game though, which really focuses on multitouch than puzzle difficulty, I was hooked. Never did I have to use my fingers as frantically since this next game.
ELISS, Eliss looks like one of those way out there kind of game: bizarre graphics, funky sounds and weird color palettes. Everything comes together as soon as you play your first game. Wonderful, unique, and challenging levels await for those who are brave!
ORBITAL, Bust-A-Move should have taken the world of the ball busting genre. Instead, Orbital comes along to redefine the game by upping the difficulty up a bit. With the just added “Supernova” mode, Orbital becomes a must have game.
We’re about halfway done with our countdown. Twenty more to go! Did we miss anything? Any thoughts on these 10?