2014 was a prolific year for the App Store with over 135,000 new games over the last calendar year. Now, it’s time to take a look back at all of the games released in 2014, and pick the best ones. Our rankings are based on a three person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience.
Here is our complete list of the 50 best iOS games of 2014.
1.) Monument Valley ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A game that doesn’t have a direct comparison, and instead is a game that is uniquely its own. It’s a puzzle adventure that uses malleable ornate 3D architecture that you use to create the path forward. The game relies on optical illusions that are reminiscent of MC Escher creations to create a single structure that can transform in numerous ways. There are ten main levels composed of multiple monument temples, and palaces filled with hidden pathways just waiting to be discovered. There’s a mysterious air that hangs over the entire experience, and then there are multiple discoveries to unfold.
2.) Threes! ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: You begin by adding one plus two to make three, then match two threes to form six, combine two sixes to equal twelve, and so on. There are so many possible ways a board can unfold, you’re always thinking that you can do better next time by changing up when you make certain matches.The game couldn’t be simpler to pick up and start playing, and yet there are so many intricate strategic elements as you go. Threes! is absolutely perfect for on the go gaming with the effortless controls, great replay factor, engrossing puzzle style, relatively quick play sessions, and over the top polish.
3.) Leo’s Fortune ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The first thing you notice is an absolutely gorgeous design that offers quite an ornate level of detail to every varied world.The ultimate highlight is the platformer gameplay that truly nails the classic elements, while infusing the style with all new twists. There are sequences that resemble games of the past, and then there are others that are unique to Leo’s Fortune. It’s simply amazing to have these ornately crafted levels at your fingertips as you leap across swaying blocks, circle around spinning blades, dodge wrecking balls, and more. You can execute all of the challenging maneuvers flawlessly, and there’s such a high level of variety from level to level. The game also brilliantly balances fast paced action sequences with straight puzzle objectives to switch around your brain from timing to thought, and back again.
Complete List: 4.) Banner Saga ($9.99, Universal): A deluxe strategy experience that is sent to great heights thanks to an extremely involved, and compelling storyline. The main game revolves around turn based strategy letting you play as giants, and humans battling against robotic creatures across an expansive map. You have multiple characters, and abilities to control at all times to make every move matter. There’s a lengthy journey to partake in where you actually have two completely different playable parties to control. One of the best parts is that your decisions, and strategic performance have consequences in the development of the story. There’s just so much to appreciate that it’s release improved the entire App Store.
5.) Wayward Souls ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The game delivers an intriguing juxtaposition of simplicity, and depth, while offering an RPG dungeon crawler infused with an action adventure style. The game is effortless to pick up, and start enjoying, but there are so many complexities to unearth as you explore the expansive environment. What really makes the game different is the procedurally generated random levels, so that no two games play exactly the same. There’s a huge source to draw from to create these worlds with 13 area types, over a hundred enemy types, and unique encounters. The game gives you six different heroes to play as, with each one giving you a different strategy whether it’s the close combat of the warrior, the distant attacks of the mage, or others in between. The heart of Wayward Souls is battling enemies with fast paced action to earn loot, and get as far as you can.
6.) 80 Days ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A new iOS game based on the Jules Verne classic, but updated with a steampunk world filled with all kinds of intriguing contraptions. The classic story of Phileas Fogg’s wager is included, but now it’s a choose your own adventure with an over 500,000 word script waiting to be explored. You get to play as Passepartout, Mr. Fogg’s valet, in charge of of trips, lodging, and Mr. Fogg’s well being. 80 Days is a text based adventure above all else, that offers various dialogue choices that can completely change the progression of the story. While text is a key to the game, there’s a great deal of strategy involved in choosing the path to travel around the world with multiple potential choices ready to be discovered.
7.) Rules! ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A game where you will want to follow the rules that come at you quickly, and you will need to remember them. What really makes Rules! stand out is that the rules stack upon one another, and integrate a bit of Memory too. You’re given the description of each new rule, and you clear cards for as long as you can based on that rule. Soon, you will have to keep a handle on ten different rules, and the order in which they appear, which you will now face in reverse. It’s quite a challenge, and to increase the difficulty, you’re given just 20 seconds, that will be maintained through the game. The rules are so varied, and yet logical to help your brain work under the time constraints to handle clearing off the ten different cards.
8.) Pair Solitaire (Free, Universal) [Review]: A brand new take on the solo card game that relies on matching cards in attempt to clear the whole deck of 52 cards. You can make matches based off suit, or rank as long as the cards are one apart. It’s a relatively simple mechanic to let anyone get playing in an instant. With that said, there’s a surprising amount of strategy to contend with since all 52 cards are laid out in a straight line. Every single move you make will have an impact later on, because every card you remove takes away one potential match. You need to think a few moves ahead, and how the line of cards will condense with each card that is removed. Pair Solitaire is simply an outstanding idea executed as well as can be to make it an absolute must have iOS experience.
9.) Thomas Was Alone ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: Thomas is a computer glitch in the form of a red rectangle, slowly becoming cognizant of his surroundings, and looking to explore. Thomas begins alone, but soon comes across new shape characters, each with their own special traits, which will be used over the course of the puzzle platformer. There’s always a fresh challenge around the bend by using puzzle mechanics that highlight each character working together. The story of Thomas Was Alone is what really distinguishes the entire experience with a narrator supplying intricate emotions to the various colors shapes. They may be 2D shapes, but these characters have depth with various emotions that question love, mystery, existentialism, reliance on one another, trust, and more.
10.) Modern Combat 5: Blackout ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: The fifth installment is all about intense action throughout, since the game is made with iOS in mind. The lengthy storyline is composed of a series of very focused missions, that don’t take the most time, but sure pack a lot of action in. The levels are made to be played on the go for short bursts of FPS challenge, but they also set-up to be played in quick succession in longer sittings. There is never a dull moment, and this is the first Modern Combat that keeps you coming back to play through it in its entirety. There’s also a surprising amount of variety across the different missions whether it’s the level set-up, weapon assortment, or specialized scenarios.
11.) Papers, Please ($7.99, iPad) [Review]: You get to play as a border inspector in the communist state of Arstotzka, and your goal is to check travelers documents for any discrepancies. Papers, Please is the question you ask to each new visitor as you weed through proper immigrants, and visitors looking to find smugglers, spies, and terrorists. There’s an ornately crafted world to experience that puts you in a retro inspired dystopian world filled with asides based on Cold War ideals. Each day gives you a new batch of potential immigrants to sort through, and you have to go through the documents with a fine tooth comb to identify potential threats. Papers, Please creates an immersive experience in a fully fleshed out environment that is a must have app.
12.) Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft (Free, iPad) [Review]: A card battling game where the heroes you battle with, and the cards that are used are sourced from the Warcraft universe. There are nine heroes to play as, with each one offering their own set of unique cards, as well as special abilities to be activated by the draw of the cards. Even though there are simple beginnings to Hearthstone, there’s a whole lot of strategy in balancing when to use specific cards, when to focus on minions, and when to focus on the opposing hero, all while trying to stay ahead of an opponent deciding the same things. It’s great to see a match unfold where a lot of skill is involved despite the inherent randomness in the cards that you get. You can keep trying out different strategies, and heroes since there’s so many experimenting possibilities.
13.) Framed ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: An iOS puzzle game that offers a relatively unique mechanic that lets you drag, and drop comic panels to guide the main character forward. It’s a brand new experience that is delivered with a film-noir art style where the characters are dark silhouettes accented by white accessories. The game is quite a treat to see in motion, especially since each panel on the screen comes to life in sequence. Framed lets you essentially rework a storyboard to change the outcome, and you get to see the progression of the story frame by frame. Framed offers a thoroughly entertaining puzzle adventure that will keep you glued to your iOS device.
14.) Tengami ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A 3D pop-up book applied to a game. There’s a point and click adventure style where you get to flip, unfold, and slide parts of the world to unveil the path forward. It’s a brand new game expereince accentuated by a gorgeous 3D paper world with such a high degree of detail to everything on screen. There’s also a deluxe soundtrack to further immerse you in the ancient Japanese world that pits you to figure out why the last Cherry Blossom died. There’s a lot to behold with an air of mystery overlaying the entire experience.
15.) Mikey Boots ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: the third installment of the platformer series with each one maintaining an action packed speed run, but with a unique way to play. Shorts was a pure platformer, Hooks introduced grappling hooks to swing through levels, and now Boots introduces hover boots to glide through levels. No matter which way Mikey transports around, there are still pin point controls, and that’s no different in Mikey Boots. The game has the familiar style, but it feels different enough at the same time with a whole new way to maneuver through levels. It also allows for all new levels design, which emphasizes quick reaction, and the ability to switch things up on the fly, literally. Each level doesn’t even take a minute, but it’s an intense burst of platforming goodness as you aim to complete the level, collect all the coins, and do it as fast as possible.
16.) The Sailor’s Dream ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: The app beckons a new way to tell a story by taking full advantage of iOS devices, and using multiple senses to create such a worthwhile experience that you won’t soon forget. There’s so much that went into crafting all that you will interact with, and yet it’s so seamlessly integrated that it all just blends into the overall compelling nature. What really makes the app is the interface, and there’s an all new way to interact with an app. It’s not quite on the level of Device 6, or Year Walk, but Simogo sure makes compelling mysteries that extend through the story, the interface, and overall experience.
17.) The Wolf Among Us (Free, Universal) [Review]: Imagine Law & Order set in a gritty world filled with disenfranchised fairy tale characters. If you can picture that, then you have the basis for the new game The Wolf Among Us, based on the Fables comic book series. You play as Bigby Wolf, the Sheriff of Fabletown, beginning on a five episode adventure where your choices will have consequences on the way the story develops. The game design is similar to The Walking Dead as you make timely dialogue choices, tap on interactive items, and use various taps and swipes in action sequences. The same great 3D art style, voice work, writing, and gritty style are present, just with all new source material. All five episodes are now available in the app, and the download gets you episode one for free.
18.) Valiant Hearts: The Great War ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A game set during World War I that provides a point, and click adventure style that has now been ported to the touch platform. There’s an animated comic book art style, and yet the game is relatively historically accurate, which is quite a surprise. The game storyline follows the timeline of the actual war, and the diverse characters each play a key role. You go from the French countryside to German prisoner on through to trench warfare, all while solving puzzles along the way. The story of Valiant Hearts is highly engaging to keep you actively pursuing the progression to see what happens next. It’s a thoroughly engaging, and entertaining story driven experience that is a must have title
19.) Smash Hit (Free, Universal) [Review]: The game has lived up to its name to top the App Store charts, and deservedly so. It’s an amazing iOS experience with an immersive set-up to pit you in gorgeously designed 3D worlds. It’s an endless flyer unlike any other as you toss steel balls to break through glass obstacles. The physics engine is absolutely superb offering authentic glass shattering effects based on the trajectory of each ball that you toss. There are 11 worlds to make your way through, and the challenge, and ornate nature continues to increase as you go.
20.) Tilt to Live Gauntlet’s Revenge ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The third in the series builds upon the Gauntlet mode update in the original. There’s the familiar tilt control to guide an arrow through a complex obstacle course, but the difficulty has been increased by a factor of ten. There’s a 2D side scrolling set-up reminiscent of Jetpack Joyride, but with tilt controls, and a whole lot more challenge. Tilt to Live Gauntlet’s Revenge features three different gauntlets to make your way through with each one offering a unique set-up, and obstacle collection. There’s the gauntlet with throwing darts, the gauntlet with flying pigs, and finally the evil carnival with spinning blades.
21.) Hitman GO ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The game is unlike any other Hitman before, by offering a puzzle set-up. Hitman GO is fashioned after 1950s style board games, as each level presents a model construction kit to interact with. The game revolves around fixed paths to slide on with a turn based set-up where you move Agent 47, and then the enemies respond, with all moving across the fixed paths. It’s a completely unexpected twist that is intricately well designed to really stand on its own merits. Every single level presents a unique challenge that emphasizes the stealth component of the franchise.
22.) Kingdom Rush Origins ($2.99, iPhone / $4.99, iPad) [Review]: The name is tower defense on iOS, and they’re back at it with an all new prequel in the form of Kingdom Rush Origins. The new environments act as a new backdrop for new enemies, level layouts, and incentive to play the fixed path tower defense style anew. Kingdom Rush Origins maintains what has made the first two installments so good allowing you to focus on building just a few specifically placed towers, and upgrading them extensively. The highlight of any Kingdom Rush game is the gameplay balance, so that every single wave offers a consistent challenge. Kingdom Rush Origins maintains this style, and takes it up a notch for an even more compelling game of tower defense that delivers an engaging experience throughout. Each wave that comes through is balanced for the towers that you can build up to at that given wave, so that you always have a chance to lose. In addition, you can turn the tables with properly timed temporary boosts, so you always need to be ready to place them.
23.) Space Age ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A classically styled point and click adventure that emphasizes exploration of an alien world. You’re play as a private on a space mission that has landed on Kepler-16, which is relatively similar to Earth, but with purple trees. For the entire game, most of the screen is shrouded in darkness, until you travel further, and uncover what’s included. The highlight of Space Age is the Science Fiction tale within that is told through an interactive exploration of an alien planet. It’s a highly compelling story that is filled with personality, and humor to fill in the gaps of the overarching storyline.
24.) Crossy Road (Free, Universal) [Review]: It’s an endless arcade game reminiscent of Frogger as you hop forward through traffic, across rivers, and for simply as long as you can. It’s Frogger for a new generation as the first thing that stands out is a great looking 3D art style to depict all that you’re hopping through. The familiar style invites you in, and the core gameplay keeps you coming back again, and again. There’s a fast paced flow to the entire game, so that you can quickly dash through traffic, and it seems every hop forward is a brush with death. It’s an intense challenge that will keep you constantly engaged until the inevitable mistake. This is the type of game that the second you lose, you want to get back at it, as you know you can do better.
25.) Botanicula ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The makers of Machinarium released a new game in 2014 that offers a similar puzzle adventure style to translate point and click to touch. In the case of Botanicula, you get to lead a band of five plant creatures in an attempt to save a tree, dying from a plant sucking parasite. You will need to use the special abilities of each creature to make it past various obstacles in a crazy world. There are finely crafted odd creatures to encounter, just by exploring, and tapping various items on the different branches of the tree. There are 150 unique scenes to explore filled with great artistry, and humorous animations, all while tantalizing your puzzler.
26.) Twisty Hollow ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A time management game that requires you to get the town businesses flowing again. Every level gives you three rings to spin with the rings giving you workers, tools, and items to work with, and you need to align them properly. For instance, the butcher needs to align with the knife, and the pig to create bacon for the demanding customer. You will also need to gather fish, wood, milk, and more across over 50 different levels that continue to introduce new goods to make. The highlight of Twisty Hollow is that every single one of the levels introduces a new twist to contend with.
27.) Battleheart Legacy ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: The sequel redefines the entire fantasy RPG that the developers already created. The most noticeable difference is that the game has gone from 2D cartoon artwork to a 3D world, which allows for a more fluid real time combat system. The heart of Battleheart Legacy is that you get to choose your own path in more ways than one. There’s so much potential play time to be drawn from Battleheart Legacy, and the game draws you to keep coming back. The constant supply of numerous choices at your disposal is what really makes the game shine, so that two people could have completely different experiences, and the same goes for replaying the entire journey.
28.) Kiwanuka ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The basis of the game revolves around use of a magical staff to guide citizens across various space structures in an attempt to save trapped members of the clan. The heart of the game is building bridges out of townsfolk to help cross various gaps, and you do so by dragging a lightning bolt straight up in the air. The citizens stack on top of each other to the height that you draw out, and then you push the stack to have it fall into bridge position. As you advance you will need to create various size bridges, and push in either direction to combat the introduction of dangerous parts of the environment that cancel out the magical bridges you create. There are so many intricacies to the level design for a continuous supply of variation that will keep you actively engaged, and challenged throughout.
29.) The Nightmare Cooperative ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: Play with a band of diverse characters aiming to gather gold from various dungeons to help replenish their city’s coffers. The game has a familiar RPG dungeon crawler set-up with some roguelike elements, but mixed with a puzzle flavor. The co-op nature doesn’t come from online play, but rather from different characters you play with that move together. It’s another neat idea from Lucky Frame, the makers of Bad Hotel, and Wave Trip.
30.) FTL Faster Than Light ($9.99, iPad) [Review]: The full length original game is included, as well as new content to contend with to create all new mission scenarios. It’s a chaos management game with spaceship simulation features. The game begins with a galaxy map letting you explore each point on the map, while being prepared for anything to happen. There are over hundreds of text based scenarios to encounter, though most result in combat. The main takeaway is that the more you put into FTL, the more you can get out of it.
31.) Castle Doombad ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A tower defense game that is able to provide a relatively unique twist. You’re given an assortment of traps and minions to place strategically within a tower to stop the invading heroes before they rescue the princess in the very top room of the tower. Finally, you get to vanquish Prince Charming as he leads his way up the tower, and you get to do so with floor spikes, bomb minions, da boot trap, trap doors, slimy tentacles, fat trolls, and much more. It’s great to see the whole game in motion, and the theme is what really ties the whole experience together.
32.) Inferno 2 ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: We hope you like action, because Inferno 2 is bursting at the seams with over the top dual stick shooting. It’s a sequel to the 2012 hit Inferno+, and offers a similar idea of combining arcade dual sticking shooting with an RPG adventure. Rather than endless blasting away enemies, there are over 80 levels to fire your way through with each one offering a unique challenge, and layout. The basics are familiar, but the considerable amount of action in Inferno+ has been amplified significantly to a nearly overwhelming amount in Inferno 2. The main thing you notice about Inferno 2 is that it lights up your screen like no other game, and has so much going on at once.
33.) Third Eye Crime ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A stealth based adventure where you try to snag gems, capture paintings, and figure out clues while avoiding various enemies. You simply drag the path of your character, and try to avoid the line of vision of the enemies. Your character also has a third eye sense, which lets him spot where the enemies think that you are. All of the action is presented with a stylized film noir art style. There are over 120 levels included across eight different environments that present tougher, and tougher enemies to avoid.
34.) Walking Dead: The Game Season 2 ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Season 2 continues the story of Clementine’s new harrowing adventure with an all new cast of characters to interact with. You’re still neck deep in a zombie filled world with the obvious dangers from the unded, but perhaps even greater danger from the living. The basis of The Walking Dead: The Game remains, but taken up a notch for more thought provoking, and more consequential decisions in the point and click adventure. All five episodes are now available in the app, and the download gets you episode one for free.
35.) VVVVVV ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: The 2010 PC challenge came to iOS this year. You need to continually flip gravity to traverse through difficult levels that are all combined together for one lengthy adventure. The game is set in space when a multi-dimensional disturbance causes the crew to be scattered about the universe, and it’s up to the captain to rescue them. There isn’t a direct linear path, and instead you simply start exploring room by room to find new teleporters, and regions. The rooms include spikes, moving platforms, and bouncing obstacles, and it all comes down to flipping gravity at the right time to make it through surprisingly ornate challenges.
36.) Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath ($5.99, Universal): A complete port from the Xbox game that delivers a deluxe adventure now for iOS. You get to play as a bounty hunter in a Spaghetti Western themed area of the alien planet Oddworld. The game lets you consistently switch between third person action, and first person shooter as you track down particular enemies. There’s an expansive world to explore with hours of engaging play time. The game does have virtual on screen controls that aren’t always the best, but they’re fully customizable to let you completely enjoy all that Oddworld: Strangers Wrath has to offer.
37.) Out There ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: An intriguing game set in space, which offers a game book adventure style where you get to explore the cosmos, while coming across other worldly encounters. The entire experience is a mystery, and you simply set out traveling between stars ready for whatever may come your way. You’re simply trying to survive while collecting resources to keep you ship going to make it to the next star. There are over 300 game book adventure choices with a choose your own ending set-up that can lead through an ornate storyline with three different endings. You will die often as you figure out the path forward, and each new run offers a fresh procedurally generated galaxy to explore, so no two games are the same.
38.) … and then it rained ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A game unlike anything else for iOS, by combining relaxing minimalism, with arcade challenge. The main game gives you seven colored towers with colored rain drops coming in from the top of the screen. Your goal is to drag the towers, so that the colors match up, and the rain drop falls into the right tower. The game starts out deceptively simple with one drop at a time, coming in nice, and slowly. There are 48 levels though, and each one introduces an increased challenge with multiple drops at once, quicker pace, and alternating challenge of catching a certain number of drops, or lasting for a specific amount of time. The core gameplay is intricately well designed, and perfectly suited for touch as you drag the colored stacks into position. The mechanic can stand by itself, but it’s made even better with the overarching rainy theme.
39.) Sunburn! ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: You’re the captain of a starship that has been hit by a comet, stranding the crew in the far reaches of space. There’s no hope for survival, and instead your last mission is to make sure no one dies alone. It’s a relatively morbid premise, but it’s set up with a fun loving theme complete with 8-bit art style, and personality infused characters that have accepted their fate. At the most basic level, it’s a planet hopping platformer, but it also has elements of physics puzzler. No matter how you look at it though, it’s a creative iOS experience that is like no other around. You need to jetpack to various planets to pick up stranded crew members, and string them altogether to then fly right into the sun.
40.) Golfinity (Free, Universal) [Review]: Mini-golf with a minimalistic design that presents a colored hole on a single screen floating in white space. Each hole offers a unique challenge with each one building upon elements from everyday mini-golf including hills, pits, blocks, and more. On the flip side, there are nuances highlighted by stairs, gaps, loops, and floating platforms with no boundaries. With the infinite supply of holes, the game keeps mixing these various elements together, while stringing them together for greater complexity. It’s always a fresh challenge, and there’s a continuous supply of surprises to golf through by pressing the next button. The holes all look quite fetching as well in the shapes, and colors used floating in the white void.
41.) Hellraid: The Escape ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: Is there a fate worse than death? The answer is yes, if you were in the situation of the protagonist in Hellraid: The Escape. You’re pitted in a labyrinth of dungeons filled with demonic creatures, and torturous traps, all controlled by a dark wizard. It’s up to you to find a way out, and escape eternal damnation in this 3D puzzle adventure. The game is a bit similar to The Room in terms of style, but offers up a whole new setting with an intriguing puzzle set-up. Each chamber offers an intense challenge with numerous ways to die as you figure out the path forward.
42.) The Silent Age 2 (Free, Universal) [Review]: The Silent Age offers a relatively familiar point, and click adventure style as you need to search different rooms to gather items that you then need to use to advance. What really changes it up is the time travel inclusion allowing you to flip time to see the same room, but in a different time with new potential items. There’s a whole new layer of puzzle intrigue thanks to having a second time period in the same setting. The main takeaway is that you will fully enjoy the adventure while playing, and will also remember the experience with all of the little subtleties to appreciate within the cohesive storytelling, and puzzle implementation.
43.) Skullduggery ($4.99, Universal): The game delivers a slingshot based platformer as you launch a skull through tricky level layouts by simply pulling back, and letting go. As you’re slingshotting along, you will try to collect gems and coins, break through walls, headshot enemy skeletons, and stay ahead of moving walls. Each level offers a unique challenge, and it’s all just faced paced fun. There’s never a dull moment with constant slingshotting required to deal with all of the obstacles, and enemies that will come your way. It’s also a treat to see in motion with the skull slinging forward through polished design, and varied environments.
44.) The Collectables (Free, Universal) [Review]: The game offers some of the most advanced 3D graphics available on iOS. The graphics engine sets the stage for an intense combat fueled game where you guide a band of four mercenaries battling in distant locales against all kinds of enemy soldiers. Everything in the game is designed for touch as you simply tap to move your group ahead, and you can drag particular routes of soldiers for specific plans of attack, or to go into cover. The game also includes special power-ups in the form of collectable cards, and you can deploy them right within the flow of the battle. Just drag from the card shelf at the bottom of the screen right into the battlefield where you want to use the card.
45.) Broken Age ($9.99, iPad) [Review]: There are two story lines to embark on with two teenagers, one boy, one girl, with two vastly different story lines. The neatest part of Broken Age is that you can switch between the two story lines at will, and each one has a lot to be entertained by. Broken Age is a point and click adventure game that is actually more of an interactive storybook. There are puzzles to solve, items to discover, and mysteries to uncover, but it still feels more like a story than a game. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing with excellent writing composing both story lines that are packed with humor, peculiar settings, and even odder characters.
46.) Twelve a Dozen ($4.99, iPad) [Review]: In Twelve a Dozen, the main way to advance is to add, subtract, multiple or divide the initial 12 to whatever number is required. You will pick up small numbers to work with to combine in various ways to activate switches. There are also special abilities attached to specific numbers. Anyone can enjoy the game though, to use the power of various digits to make your way through a collapsing world. Part of the enjoyment is that you’re learning, and reinforcing mathematics concepts without really thinking about learning.
47.) Reckless Racing 3 ($2.99, Universal): The third installment revitalizes the series with an all new physics engine for ornate car collisions, and environmental interaction. It feels like a brand new racing experience that emphasizes chaos above all else in a mad dash to the finish line. There are also all new game modes, car types, and challenges to give you a whole lot to race through. It’s easily a stand out racing experience of 2014.
48.) Highrise Heroes (Free, Universal) [Review]: Highrise Heroes presents a familiar word game style as you can form words by combining letters in every direction, but each match has greater meaning. Each level is one floor of the skyscraper, and you’re not just making words, but trying to clear a path to rescue the survivors. There are a lot of appealing nuances in Highrise Heroes as the characters all have limited oxygen, and you need to make some words with specific characters to replenish their oxygen levels. As you move down the skyscraper, you will need to deal with metal tiles, tough debris, batteries that will detonate, and more. One of the best parts of the game is the storyline with deluxe dialogue setting up each new level. You will come across new characters, and there’s a lot of personality infused into the journey down the 90 story tower.
49.) Aliens Drive Me Crazy ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: The game begins with a side scrolling set-up where your car drives automatically, and you simply swipe up to jump, or swipe down to smash. There are various enemies scattered along the road, whether they’re in houses, driving other cars, or just standing around shooting at you. The driving portion is part hilarious, part challenging, and completely chaotic as you crash through walls, run over aliens, detonate explosives, and just have fun. It’s quite extraordinary how the game becomes more enjoyable as you go, and kind of counteracts the law of diminishing returns thanks to the new elements that are continually introduced.
50.) Godfire ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: The game offers a God of War style 3D action adventure set-up. You get to play in a world of Greek mythology battling all kinds of minions as well as large scale bosses. The game is a bit comparable to Infinity Blade, but rather than the truncated set-up of deliberate periods to defend, or attack, it’s a free flowing sword slicing attack. There are seven lengthy stages to battle through combined with an endless survival arena, both giving you tons of dual sword slicing action. The game looks absolutely gorgeous with so much detail to the character animations as well as the dire looking backgrounds.