And so it begins! January kicks off the year by bringing things down to a mellow level compared to last month, but it has certainly had its highlights.
Being the first of many videos to come, we're hoping to improve the process, but for now I thought I'd provide a minor insight in to the selection process. Firstly we have restricted our choices to those titles we have been able to review - this means our list isn't definitive, so if you believe we've missed something critical, let us know! Secondly, games released on the cusp of a new month (within a few days of the month ending) will be grouped in to the following month - this is to cover the possibility of weekends/holidays interfering with our top lists.
A transcript is available below the video, so please be aware of spoilers and don't forget to comment about your favorite game for the month!
It's never easy trying to follow-up the titles released during the holiday period, but January had more than its share of surprises despite such a glowing December of 2010. However, with so many hefty games being released last month, it's the smaller titles that have been given an opportunity to shine and fill the gaps between lengthier gaming sessions.
With this in mind I present "AppSpy's Top 3 iOS Games for January 2011".
3. Pocket Halfpipe
There have been few games that have managed to inspire the same balance of frustration and elation in me as the early Tony Hawk titles did, but Pocket Halfpipe almost nailed it to completely. While not immediately intuitive, once you get a feel of the rhythm you'll be flipping out in style like a skater possessed.
2. Grim Joggers
Go on. Admit it. You still enjoy endless runners, but finding one that manages to push all the right buttons of remaining challenging while providing a decent amount of variety is a rarity. Grim Joggers doesn't stray far from the path, but the added challenge of keeping multiple runners alive and the joy of letting them perish makes for an amusing time-waster.
1. Dead Space
OK, perhaps this isn't quite in keeping with the short 'Arcade' style titles, but despite only taking a few hours to complete, Dead Space for iOS devices throws player in to a whirlwind of horror that sets the stage for Dead Space 2. And in keeping with this month's theme the game weighs in at a measly 300mb, which is positively tiny when comparing the beautiful and terrifying visuals to other similar releases. A definite must-grab for those who have played or are going to play the sequel to this chilling series.
And that's it for this month's Top 3! Additional notable mentions of the month include Cave Bowling, Bug Heroes and Hamlet or the last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement. February is already shaping up to be a solid month, so keep on watching this space!