I wrote this up for GamesBeat early on in my time with them as a freelance writer. I had fun putting it together, and learning how to write to a more “Top Ten” crowd than ever before. Here is part of it, and be sure to link through for the whole thing.
What makes a great mobile game? Eye popping visuals? Solid gameplay and controls? Ease of entry, pick up and play features? Are casual games the best suited for Apple’s disruptive gaming device? What about core gaming, is it yet possible on these magical devices? What about social games, shooters, platformers?
The answer: Yes. All of these make great games, and the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad will play them.
Apple’s iOS devices and operating system have proven to be a popular and disruptive force in gaming. Games of all stripe compete in the same marketplace; there are games for just about every type of gamer – and non-gamer – out there. From simple to complex, intuitive to intelligent, iOS games are the next big thing to happen in the gaming world. Since there are more than 100,000 titles to choose from, we thought it might be fun to take a moment here to look at our picks for the top ten iOS games from 2011.