This year in shooters has been pretty good, with Gameloft bringing more console-like games, some cool tech demos, and more indie goodness. With the introduction of a gyroscope to the new iOS devices, it also opened up a whole new world for controls.
Archetype , one of the first games to support the retina display, as well as being an impressive online multiplayer FPS. It’s in the top 100 for doing such a good job at a online multiplayer shooter.
Dodonpachi Resurrection , while it may not look like much, it’s a fast, smooth game breathing new life into a top down shooter, and is great for both casual gamers, and hardcore gun nuts.
Guerrilla Bob Guerrilla Bob takes the dual stick genre to new levels, and set the predecessor to the genre the same way Flight Control did for line drawing, and breaking out of the “linear” feel of these games.
Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus , Gameloft did a wonderful job at bringing a console quality shooter to the iPhone, and this one is one of the iPhone’s best FPS this year. Redefining multiplayer and improving campaign, it is an awesome game.
NOVA 2 , the sequel rose up to the challenge left behind by the original game, living up to everybody’s expectations to be a superior shooter. It incorporated all the improvements from Modern Combat 2 and overall, it might just be the best shooter I played this year.
Rage HD , although RAGE is more of a tech demo, it still is a functional game, and is pretty fun. With fantastic graphics, leaderboards (added in latest update), and a ridiculously low price, this is an awesome shooter.
Revolt , this game is one of the ones we had to go back and forth on whether we’ll add it to the list or not. In the end, the witty use of dual stick, graphics, story and universal support helped us make this decision.
Shadow Guardian , this game is barely a shooter we know, but we just stick it in this category. Shadow Guardian is super intense and made super good it sometimes make Uncharted look like a fool (in mobile-speak of course).
Space Miner: Space Ore Bust , this game is one of the best surprises this year. It looked like a decent space shooter, but ended up being something more. Venan Entertainment’s funny and witty story coupled with intense gameplay made it one of the best “first releases” in the iOS gaming world.
For reference, here’s our Top 50 iPhone Games 2009. Note that this list is in alphabetical order, final rankings won’t be available until the site’s second year anniversary on January 18, 2011. Please reserve comments about games not appearing on our top 100 UNTIL the full list has been revealed sometime tomorrow.