iPhone Game of the Month, December 2010: Infinity Blade

In the best month ever for iPhone gaming, we awarded 15 iPhone games our coveted Must Have rating. And while we think there’s no shortage of quality, cutting-edge entertainment available for your iOS device, one game makes us even more excited for 2011: Infinity Blade.

Infinity Blade is easily the best-looking mobile game ever made. Using the Unreal Engine, Infinity Blade realistically renders an epic citadel and a cast of vicious-looking knights and monsters. The game plays great, too: it’s what our reviewer Chris called a combination of Punch-Out and Shadow of the Colossus.

Infinity Blade also has a unique gameplay mechanic. Players are expected to die the first time they come across the castle’s big, bad boss, and then they can pass on their armor and gear to subsequent “generations” of knights. We also enjoyed the way you can only gain experience by using new gear– once it’s mastered, you might as well scrap it and start over with something else.

Our runner-up this month is Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Aralon is a much, much deeper game than Infinity Blade, and it’s a proper open-world RPG instead of just an action game with RPG elements. While Aralon has a few too many bugs for our liking, it’s still amazing, with a huge game world and a jaw-dropping amount of sidequests.

Congratulations to Chair Entertainment and Crescent Moon Games for making this month’s two best games– which are also two of the year’s best games. The other top-scoring, Must Have iPhone games this month were Real Racing 2, NOVA 2, Secret of Mana, Tron Legacy, Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, Riven: The Sequel to Myst, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Max Adventure, Dungeon Hunter 2, Puzzle Quest 2, Illusia, Sentinel 3: Homeworld, and Kosmo Spin. Like we said, best month ever.

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