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The Question

By Dave Flodine, on July 28, 2013
Last modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey there loyal Appspy readers. It's Monday (or approaching Monday if you live in the northern hemisphere), and as there's usually not much news that breaks over the weekend, I thought we'd try something different this week (and see if it's well received).

I'm going to pose a question to you about iOS gaming. The point is to foster some discussion on the topic in the comments (remembering to keep it civil, and respectful of course).

On Friday I will answer the question myself, and if it turns out to be something the community enjoys, we can repeat the whole process next week.

Ready? Of course you are!

This week I thought i’d start broad. What is your favourite iOS game, and why?

Maybe it’s the game you’ve spent the most time with. Maybe it’s the game that when playing it, you thought to yourself, “Wow, I couldn’t have had this experience on any other platform”. Maybe it’s the game that you always turn to when you’re waiting in a queue, or are on the toilet.

Whatever the reason, there’s always an interesting story behind it, and we’d love for you to share it with us and the rest of the Appspy community.

Have a ponder, and we’ll be looking forward to your answers.


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thejbiddy 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Peggle, Jetpack Joyride, Sonic Dash, Sonic Jump, Dead Ahead, Spell Sword

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thejbiddy 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Can't believe I forgot to mention Puzzle Juice. It's impossible to pick a favorite but those are all tied for favorite. It seems to me that the thing that all these games have in common are lack of an in-depth story so you get right to the gameplay, with simple gameplay mechanics that prove to be enough to provide a challenge.

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dobre2 8 months, 3 weeks ago

galaxy on fire 2, the best game i ever played, from the first aparition, i have all the expansion packs, it's a verry deep game with deep gameplay and fantastic graphics, the storry line is fantastic, the caracters is verry carismatic and you can play an endless game, because the game actualy is never finished, you can be a miner, a pirate, a head hunter, a comerciant or a colectionar, you can explore the universe to find new parteners in battle, or to find new and unique blueprints of tehnologies, like divice that make your ship invisible in battels or to slow down time etc, etc...

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Deebs 8 months, 3 weeks ago

My first addiction was Canabalt. While I may have enjoyed many games more since that, during my exams I didn't have the time for console games and having Canabalt meant a lot to me.

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Shinypoint 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Magic the gathering Duels of the Planeswalker series is my choice. I Started playing because of nostalgia and got hooked. It is the singular paid app that i had no hesitation to buy.
Reason i like the app is beause I am sucker for strategy game and i am also competitive player who likes to win against other players.

Other games that ilike are Cytus and Little inferno. Cytus because it is good introduction to rhythm game that makes good use of touch screen and Little inferno because it is good port from non-mobile platform to ios that shows capability of the mobile devices.

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GiHubb 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I'd have to vote for Super Stickman Golf even though I'm a little embarrassed to admit it. I've spent so many happy multiplayer hours on it.
A close 2nd is New Star Soccer, that game is digital crack.

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DarkScience 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Tall ask breaking it down to 1 game!

I too loved walking mars, until my game save got corrupted way over half way through, since I lost it I haven't tried to reply - one day I will!!

I have spent hours playing Mad Skill MX, they kept the game alive by running global tournaments where any one can enter and compete for the best time, it just gave you that extra will to keep going, but getting in top 1000 was almost impossible.

On consoles I love 1st person shooters so Nova 3 and MC3 were both great to play for the multiplayer side, as I was never on xbox live.

Currently Im playing Limbo, and block fortress and loving them tonnes.

But I have probably put the most time into Baldurs Gate, I know its currently not on the App store but i'm sure it will be back. You just don't get games like this these days with the same look and feel.

(I must also admit to loosing hours of my life to Kairosoft creations and any other games with such a rewarding leveling up / growth aspect, infinity Blade 2 is another one Im still Playing!!)


But I love turn based games, so the games I have engaged with most are probably Total War battles, Autumn Dynasty

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DarkScience 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Not much of a No.1 game in that lot, sorry about that! I have varied tastes!
Im going to revive walking mars after writing this though, forgot how good that was.

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Taekon 8 months, 3 weeks ago

It's a three-way tie for me:

Battleheart: I have always loved RPG fantasy games. The strategy involved in controlling your troop precisely and efficiently really made me love the game. The variety of the classes, the spells and the equipment was simply amazing.

Game Dev Story: such a simple concept but done so right. I get attached to the characters so easily and it's just so much fun to root for my team and cheering them on.

Grand Prix Story: this one helped me waste time when I moved away from my home country. I love this game the same way I love Game Dev Story: the art style is easy on the eye, the characters are so easy to get attached to and the whole cheering and rooting for your team is amazingly fun.

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Chesco 8 months, 3 weeks ago

-Talisman Prologue [1980's Cult Board Game] on sale from $4.99 to $.99 today only!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUi4ewHM0JA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw7m3FCTNtc
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id631215960

-Fav PERSONAL iOS Game is `Bubble Bobble`, the arcade masterpiece of the 1980`s! I use to dump savings accounts of quarters in that game as a young child! http://www.appspy.com/review/4593/bubble-bobble-double

Also, all 7 of the `Fighting Fantasy`game book series for the iOS (an 8`th is scheduled for Aug.), they are the EXACT story page by page of the paperback choose your own adventure series. There were 50 books made, and they are slowly making all those books into iOS games. WOW!
http://www.appspy.com/search/fighting-fantasy

To be able to play it on the iOS is a 90`s kid`s wetdream!

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Allerdyce 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Fav iOS game?
Hands down "Jet Car Stunts". Never been much into racing except for the Mario Kart party games, but this one just worked for me. Excellent difficulty, perfect controls. The HD update gave my iPad3 an amazingly beautiful game to enjoy all over again.

A very close second is Bike Baron. So good. I get all my friends hooked on it too.

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kieranlillis05 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Impossible road is without doubt my favourite game of all time. The simplistic yet addictive game play make it stand out from any other game game I have played before (except perhaps super hexagon which comes a close second). Can't wait for Pivvot to come out.

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stooney 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Definitely Waking Mars!
No other game ever captured me like that and had me playing on and on.

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DocNiok 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Without doubt it's Waking mars, incredible and compelling story, appalling graphics, interesting gameplay. This game has it all

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SqFKYo 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I think it has to be Game Dev Story. First game to make me fall in love in the Kairosoft games, and the only one of them to make me actually lose sleep over with the "I want to publish one more title before I close my eyes" mentality.

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wheat 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Dark Meadow. It was refreshing take on the already dulled Infinity Blade idea. The whole horror theme didn't feel gimmicky at all and was extremely well done. The environments were well done and had a cool claustrophobic element to them, and the story, while not perfect, was well paced and funny/spooky enough to gain its own charm.

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Djrella659 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Posing in a "favorite" for me is, well... Hard.

I guess I could bring up the Chaos Rings games- moreso the original Chaos Rings, and Chaos Rings: Omega. I loved these games when I first played them and even moreso when I finished.

There have only been a handful of games that have ever drawn more than a quiver of the lip from their stories and emotional immersion, and Chaos Rings: Omega was one of them. ((SPOILER)) The portion in which Olgar sacrifices himself to save Vahti and Ohm and passes on his title to Veig was that last straw which broke my Carmel's emotional back. As well as that, it was only broken further when Yorath stopped Cyllis and died with her on the outside of the Ark.. And let's not get into Ayuta and Theia's whole thing... The story is so intricate in that game alone.

The original Chaos Rings game stands with its prequel because of its five game paths, all arcing over the same exact story that meets up at the end. I also (having played the games in chronological order) loved that Olgar and Vahti were brought back as a playable pair. It didn't matter which way you played the game, for me, Olgar and Vahti's path (either when you killed them or played as them) was the most emotional simply because of their prior experience on the Ark. Plus, old couples are the best. xD

Of course, how could it be possible to mention this JRPG without bringing up the lovable Alexander Piulitzer (Piu-Piu)? Aside from just being a shopkeeper with cardboard ladies, Piu-Piu makes great comic relief for the game. Sure he's a wacky character, but he's one of the most memorable, too.

Chaos Rings II would have been a favorite of mine up with the previous two games, but it didn't follow with the storyline... Escher had a reference made as a member of one of the early "rites", but nothing else.. Though, Piu-Piu was still a character, which brought up questions that weren't answered in the game. So, that's that. It was a great game with its "choose your path" system, but it didn't meet expectations.

There's also a ton of other games that I could consider favorites, but Chaos Rings seems to be the most memorable.

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Jonman 8 months, 3 weeks ago

super hexagon

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makedonii 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Tower Defence games, they are the best time wasters! I can play for short bursts and at the same time addicted of playing it for hours in and out!

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sasuke2525 8 months, 3 weeks ago

cut the rope series is my favorite ios game because it has a lot of smart and fun
but the question is very hard because i have many good games on my iphone