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Celebrate the App Store's birthday with Best App Ever

By , on July 9, 2013
Last modified 4 years, 10 months ago

It's hard to believe that just half a decade ago, apps weren't a "thing". Back then,if you wanted to game on the go or be productive while mobile, your choices were few. Plus, you were often limited to the in-built software on your phone.

With apps, though, pretty much anything is possible. You can use your phone to call, text, write documents, find recipes, DJ, play all manner of games, and much more.

So with this in mind, we're celebrating this landmark along with our friends at Pocket Gamer,, 148Apps and beyond, over on the Best App Ever Facebook Page.

Our editors and regular contributors will be documenting their five favourite apps and games of the last five years, along with their hopes for the App Store in the future.

We'd love for you to be a part of it too. Share your favourite five games - and your wishes for the store moving forward - over on the Best App Ever Facebook Wall.


nagash 4 years, 10 months ago

looks like my taste for ios games is really different from most... I really coudn't care less for the port of big titles or nextgen graphics. It's difficult to pinpoint only 5 games, but here's my list...

1. TinyWings
2. Knights of Pen and Paper
3. Battle Heart
4. Triple Town
5. Nimble Quest

(excluding Kairosoft games, although I've spend more time with them than with all the above combined)

BghMc 4 years, 10 months ago

Personally, I get bored of apps easily, I've bought over a dozen apps and I play each one of them for half an hour or more then let them virtually dust or delete them. But, there's an exception. Minecraft. I know, Minecraft? Minecraft. Why not play it on PC you ask? Well, because I have the oldest computer in the world so I have to manage. And manage I have. I have put over 10 hours on this game and I love it. Why do I love it? Because it's endless, there is no end to this game, it keeps going, you have freedom to do whatever you want, and that's what the App Store needs. The App Store needs a game much like Minecraft or Skyrim, a game with freedom and exploration. However, so far, Minecraft has satisfied my lust for good game, for now. Also, I spend a lot of time on Minecraft PE because I've been a long time fan since October 2010 when I had a good computer. Now for my favorite games.

1. Minecraft (DUR)
2. Bike Baron
3. Bastion
4. Infinity Blade II
5. N.O.V.A 3

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

I dislike Minecraft simply for two reasons:
1) The world space is limited.
2) The materials and creation options are far behind the PC and XBox versions.

The closest thing we have to Skyrim on the App Store, so far, is Ravensword 2. But, even then, you're better off playing Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Hopefully that'll help your want for that kind of game. (:

DarkScience 4 years, 10 months ago

Currently the app that gets most of my time is Infinity Blade 2. I played the first one and whilst I liked it it was repetitive and you got little back from playing. The new version is so much better, different weapon classes mean different fighting and defending styles, the gem mods mean you can pack some massive damage if you come across or forge the right gems. There seems to be more story and more routing options too. Whilst its core gameplay is still quite repetitive its much more fun than checking your jurassic park zoo for income!! With the icloud support I can play the same game on ipad or phone making it accessible all the time!

I am really waiting for a starwars battle front port - its just crying out for multiplayer battles!

My top 5 would be:
1: StarWars KOTOR
2: Baldur's Gate
3: NOVA 3 (purely for multiplayer instagib and jet packs!)
4: Machinarium
5: Pumped: BMX

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you; I'm also waiting for a Battlefront port!! Just give it the same control layout as the Modern Combat series and it's good to go!

Shinny 4 years, 10 months ago

1) Walking Mars
2) Solomons Boneyard
3) Devils Attorney
4) Tenacle Wars
5) Plague Inc

Those games are all great, i spend like 10 hours for each, i wish more iOS originals would come out like the list above :D

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

I did like playing Solomon's Boneyard. The only thing that got me about it was that there didn't see to be any real progression- just a 'survive as long as possible' arena. It's a good time-killer though, and I'd happily put in a couple more hours on it.

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm still wishing and waiting for a Fallout/Elder Scrolls kind of game to come out. I know, I know, we have Aralon:Sword and Shadow, and Ravensword... But, honestly, they're both not where they should be. Now, if Aralon got a graphical update, rendering update, additional content, som more additions to the skill trees, and added a more fluid combat system- and if Ravensword would fix all the bugs and issues it has, and make more of a story/map to go through- then that would be just perfect.

But, on the flip side, I do want to see a Fallout-esque game come to the App Store, if not just see a port of Fallout 3 or New Vegas come along.

I'm also still waiting for Star Wars: Empire at War to get ported to iPads... It's a simple point-click interface and the game is well built to suit touchscreens...

That's my hope for the future.

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

As for my 'favorite five' it's a tough call.

But, looking on it, I'd have to say it's as follows, in no particular order:

1) Meteor Blitz
2) LostStar: Tactics
3) Block Fortress
4) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
5) Star Battalion

odd 4 years, 10 months ago

I totally agree with the point that there should be a Fallout and Elderscolls game on the app store!!
But it is very difficult to convert the (awesome) atmosphere of the games onto a app. Also it is very expensive for the producers to create such an app.
Nevertheless I would definitely buy these apps and play them all day long. :)

TheAspieFox 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd easily pay $25 or $30 to play a Fallout or Elder Scrolls game on my iPad!

I'm pretty sure that any of the Elder Scrolls games that came before Oblivion could be ported with some effort backed behind it.

Outside of that, if, as I said before, Ravensword 2 would get its shit together and both fix all of its issues and bugs, and expand the game it'd be a good partner for a fan of the Elder Scrolls games.