Our look back at the best iPhone games of 2010 continues today with numbers 40-31. Every one of these games comes highly recommended, even if some are recommended slightly higher than others. Don’t you just love lists?
#40: Puzzle Quest 2
Match-3 games usually require a twist or two to make them more appealing, but Puzzle Quest 2 has dozens. There’s your character’s rich spellbook, a nearly endless supply of fantasy opponents, minigames for every minor action, and a lengthy and intriguing storyline. Puzzle Quest 2 is a full PC game that feels right at home on your iOS device.
Our Bottom Line: Puzzle Quest 2 is the definitive Match-3 game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
#39: Beyond Ynth
Beyond Ynth, from FDG Entertainment, is a challenging puzzle game with a unique premise. You play as a bug who must topple boxes end-over-end to reach your goal. Clever level design and additional replay value in the form of bonus diamonds will keep you thinking all the way through.
Our Bottom Line: Beyond Ynth is as tough as nails due to levels crafted with high finesse. This puzzler isn’t for the faint of heart.
Another great puzzle game, Trainyard is an indie gem that starts simple but ends up maddeningly complex. Your goal is to guide colored trains to their respective stations by drawing tracks, but eventually you’ll have to merge trains with precise timing and avoid crashes.
Our Bottom Line: Trainyard is a unique puzzle game that gives you tons of content but stays fresh throughout.
#37: Ragdoll Blaster 2
Ragdoll Blaster 2, a physics puzzler with firepower, is one of those games that makes you feel smarter as you advance. Solving each complex, Rube Goldberg-like stage requires thoughtful aiming and rapid-fire reflexes.
Our Bottom Line: The ragdoll-launching phenomenon is back, and even more of a blast than before.
Carcassonne is based on a popular German board game, but this iPhone version is amazing in its own right. Playing against the computer or other players online, you have to lay down tiles to create a scenic landscape filled with towns, roads, and fields. You gain points by laying down tiny figurines called meeple, and that’s just the start of this deep, strategic board game.
Our Bottom Line: This award-winning board game is also an amazing app, loaded with multiplayer features.
#35: Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge
Adventure games have found a new home on Apple’s handheld devices, and one series we’re glad to have back is Monkey Island. LeChuck’s Revenge is a hilarious and memorable adventure, and this Special Edition comes with improved graphics and audio. For a nostalgic kick, you can always swipe over to the original presentation.
Our Bottom Line: Classic adventure fans and newbies to the genre alike will fall in love with the brilliance of Monkey Island at what many would call its peak. One of the best games of all time is magically even better.
#34: Super Mega Worm
Like in the movie Tremors, Super Mega Worm is about a giant, subterranean worm that eats cars and people. This arcade-like action game lets you cause horrific havoc above ground, and we got a big kick out of its retro graphics and sense of humor. Even better: SMW has declared war on Santa.
Our Bottom Line: Super Mega Worm is pure kitschy fun. There’s not much to it, but its charm and high level of ridiculousness will keep you smiling the whole way through.
#33: Space Miner: Space Ore Bust
We gots meta-tears from laughing so much at this game’s ridiculous dialogue, but it’s the action that kept us coming back. In this twist on Asteroids, you have to clear dense fields of space rocks and suck up their precious ore into your cargo bay. Then it’s off to Uncle’s farm to sell your harvest, buy some new equipment, and stake your claim in a new part of the galaxy.
Our Bottom Line: Asteroid blasting has never been so fun’¦ and profitable.
#32: Street Fighter IV
Easily the best one-on-one fighting game on the iPhone, Street Fighter IV started off great and has only gotten better with time. Major updates every few months have added new characters and features, and the single-player dojo training will give you plenty of optional challenges to take on.
Our Bottom Line: Street Fighter IV sets the golden standard for iPhone fighters.
#31: Super QuickHook
Rocketcat’s Hook series reached its peak with Super QuickHook, a game that manages to combine an endless survival mode with level-based progression, character customization, online high-score challenges, and exploration. It’s got a great sense of humor as well, and might be the only game on this list with a shameless love of hats.
Our Bottom Line: Super QuickHook is a worthy sequel to Hook Champ in every way. Don’t let our minor quibbles stop you from swinging to the App Store and grappling it up.
You can read the first part of our 50 Best iPhone Games of 2010 series here, and be sure to come back tomorrow for part three!