The 25 Best iOS Games of 2013, So Far

It’s our job to sift through the thousands of games that hit the App Store every year. We know that your time is precious, and you want to read about the best of the best. At the end of the year, as usual, we’ll rank our top 50 games in order. But for now, we’ll just highlight our 25 favorite games that have hit the App Store so far in 2013.

Anomaly Korea

Bottom Line: If you liked the first game, this is an absolute must-buy.
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Badland

Game of the Month, April 2013
Bottom Line: Badland’s unique gameplay and atmosphere make it a must-download.
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Block Fortress

Bottom Line: Block Fortress’s combination of Minecraft plus tower defense plus first-person shooter teeters on the edge of too much shooter, but the combination is a blast to play.
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Combo Crew

Bottom Line: Combo Crew is a tongue-in-cheek brawler that succeeds at being both accessible and deep.
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Dungelot

Bottom Line: Dungelot is a traditional rogue-like game with a casual attitude.
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Fetch

Game of the Month Runner Up, March 2013
Bottom Line: Fetch is an adventure game with some action elements, but it could have easily become a classic cartoon or e-book. It’s a rare, warm story in a cold, mechanized world.
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Final Fantasy V

Bottom Line: Final Fantasy V is a game that enhances everything that’s come before in the series, and provides one of the most enthralling RPG experiences you’ll find.
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Frozen Synapse

Bottom Line: There are few games that can claim the depth of gameplay and the polished experience that Frozen Synapse presents. Strategy fans should rejoice.
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Haunted Hollow

Bottom Line: As a free download, Haunted Hollow will give you many hours of enjoyment. It’s beautifully designed, well-balanced, and has a lot of charm.
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Heroes and Castles

Game of the Month, January 2013
Bottom Line: Heroes and Castles goes far beyond any tower defense game you’ve played before.
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Hundreds

Bottom Line: Hundreds is a wonderfully creative and simplistic puzzle game that constantly surprises and entertains.
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Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1

Bottom Line: The 3D visuals, full voice-overs, and engaging puzzles make Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery a top-tier iOS puzzle adventure.
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Little Inferno

Game of the Month Runner Up, February 2013
Bottom Line: Dark, weird, and very different, Little Inferno is great for those looking for something different.
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Magicka

Bottom Line: The iOS version of Magicka has been simplified, but it’s just as much fun as its big brother PC game.
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Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

Game of the Month Runner Up, January 2013
Bottom Line: If you haven’t joined the war against the demons, it’s time to get off your butt and start sifting through colors.
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Pixel People

Bottom Line: Pixel People is a highly appealing freemium game that just about everyone should try.
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Poker Night 2

Bottom Line: Poker Night 2 isn’t virtual poker; it’s a night with your buddies.
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Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption

Game of the Month, March 2013
Bottom Line: Ridiculous Fishing brings joy and happiness to the App Store.
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Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Game of the Month Runner Up, April 2013
Bottom Line: Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is a gloriously bizarre game that uses its freemium model responsibly.
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Sorcery!

Bottom Line: Sorcery! is one of those games that can have you almost thinking you actually were inside this fabulously well drawn and realized world. We just wish it were a little bit longer.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Game of the Month, May 2013
Bottom Line: KOTOR. iPad. ‘Nuff Said.
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Table Top Racing

Game of the Month, February 2013
Bottom Line: A great arcade racer with plenty to for both single and multiplayers.
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Temple Run 2

Bottom Line: Temple Run 2 is a firecracker of a game that every iOS gamer should download.
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Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops

Bottom Line: More than just more of the same, Tiny Troopers 2 is a shining example of how to do a sequel right.
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Warhammer Quest

Game of the Month Runner Up, May 2013
Bottom Line: Warhammer fans and fantasy fans in general will find a whole lot to like with Warhammer Quest.
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9 thoughts on “The 25 Best iOS Games of 2013, So Far

  1. There’s a lot of junk in that list, I guess that’s what happens when your standards are set so low by mobile gaming.

  2. A lot of crap games. Never understood why temple run was so popular. Mobile gaming has def brought down standards, or brought in non-gamers.

    • I wish you “real” gamers would get over yourselves, not everyone has the time and money to invest in a console. For people like me, who doesn’t have all day to play games and also enjoys other forms of entertainment, mobile gaming is the best thing to happen to gaming.

    • At least they are games. The shit that gets me annoyed are the FarmVille smurfs village tiny tower type non-games that ask for your money so you can get things and then get more things

  3. I think this is a pretty solid list actually, and I’ve played a good chunk of these games. Most of them aren’t really groundbreaking games, but really good versions of a recycled genre. I’m excited for more in the second half of 2013!

  4. A decent list. Some games I agree are great, and a couple I regret buying (I won’t name which one:) But there are a few missed games that are near the top of my list. Hopefully these won’t be forgotten on the end of year list…

    Ace Patrol
    Joe Danger Touch
    Year Walk

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