iPhone Game of the Month, September 2010: Rimelands: Hammer of Thor

This has been an absolutely amazing month for iPhone games. We’ll give you our full list of September’s Must Have games, but our Game of the Month is an RPG that wowed us with a brand-new dice-based combat system.

Rimelands: Hammer of Thor, from Crescent Moon Games and Dice Works, is a fantasy RPG set in a steampunk future that’s a cross between Fallout and Lord of the Rings. Your character, Rose, can master either melee, ranged, or magic combat, and your strength with each will determine how many dice you have to play with in the game’s constant battles.

Rolling dice is to Rimelands what pressing the “attack” button is in most other games. If you come up with skulls on the offense, your attacks will strike and possibly pierce your opponent. If you roll shields during defense, your enemy’s blows will glance off you without causing damage.

Even with this random element, there’s lots of room for strategy. Your mana supply will let you cast powerful spells and activate abilities, and you can re-roll disappointing dice. This engaging combat system, along with beautiful graphics and an interesting story, make Rimelands the top game for this month.

Our runner-up is Spider-Man: Total Mayhem, which just squeaked into September at the last minute. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is a beautiful, action-packed platformer with some of the best fight animation we’ve seen on the iPhone. It’s some of Gameloft’s finest work to date.

Congratulations to Crescent Moon Games, Dice Works, and Gameloft for making this month’s top two iPhone games. But don’t miss out on this month’s other great games, whether you’re into puzzles (Beyond Ynth, Zentomino, Heroes of Kalevala, iAssociate 2), sim games (Sims 3 Ambitions, Virtual City), trivia (MovieCat!), hidden object (Time Geeks: Find All!), or action (Gangstar: Miami Vindication, Time Crisis 2nd Strike, Mirror’s Edge). Whew, that’s a lot of Must Have games!