After looking back at the games that punctuated the month of September, it was clear who the winners and grinners really were. That isn't to say we were lacking in decent games to choose from, but the best of the best managed to reach stellar levels, making this an amazing (and surprisingly cheap) month for fans of top-shelf gaming.
Is it just me, or did September just manage to drag on and on, and on, and on, and on? After looking through the archives to work out the Top 3 iPhone games for September it dawned on me that it's probably because we had five major release days throughout the month (including the odd special release here or there) - that's a heck of a lot of big titles to deal with. Thankfully, this month also happened to be one of the easiest months to compile a list for, so I'm not really complaining!
3. Monsters Ate My Condo (Adult Swim - Pik Pok) $0.99 Universal
As Dave put it in his review, Adult Swim don't mess around when it comes to releasing games on the App Store. This may in part have something to do with having tested the waters ahead of time via their web browser based game portal, but who cares when the end result is a game like Monsters Ate My Condo by Pik Pok. Despite featuring deceptively simple gameplay (just swipe and play) this visual extravaganza is anything but simple as you balance gaining special building blocks with annoying (or gaining favor) with each monster to maximize your score. Madcap, fast and fun, it's everything you could want to burn up a few minutes of your day.
2. Where's My Water? (Disney - Creature Feep) $0.99 Universal
In many ways, Where's My Water? by Disney and Creature Feep had me gladly eating my own words after bemoaning 'yet another' physics puzzler with a cute character and 'three stars'. Your objective is simply to shift water across the screen and in to Swampy's shower, but a mix of dirt, poison, acid and mechanical gizmos makes this harder than you think. Add in to this a series of rubber duckies that soak up the water while also acting as the always required 'three stars' and you'll be scrambling to find the optimal path in each level. Better still, the 80 currently available levels pack a whole lot of variety (along with some gameplay changing bonus stage), making this a great grab for those who expect value for money.
1. Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios) $0.99 Universal
Oh how I bet you're sick of hearing me talk about Jetpack Joyride by now - I'd apologize, but when September kicks off with a game like this it's a small miracle that any other game can manage to compare. After only one month the jetpack-based adventures of Barry Steakfries has already received its first content upgrade, including a new vehicle, a cameo by none-other than the PR superman that is Phil and a fruity jetpack to compliment the assortment of crazy flying machines already on offer. With a combination of hair-splitting finessed controls, fun and whacky contraptions and a host of objectives to keep you coming back for more, Jetpack Joyride makes for a supersonic guided missile of fun - the fact that it's only bound to get better over time is the icing and cherry on the top of an already delicious cake.
You'd think things would end here, but September has been a glorious month for releases and I'd be mad not to point out a few extra titles for those after some more variety. DrawRace 2 by Chillingo and RedLynx takes the line-drawing racer to a whole new level, packing in gorgeous 3D graphics and a new turbo system to push your car to the limits. Another World - 20th Anniversary breathes life back in to a classic adventure title, challenging you to master its secrets while following the adventures of a very lost scientist. Lastly, if you enjoy games out on the edge, give GoatUp a go - the subversive gameplay from the notorious experimental developers at Llamasoft will make your eyes vomit rainbows; yes I just said that - deal with it!
And that's the Top iPhone Games for September 2011 - if it's any indicator of things to come, October could be a real blinder, but we'll just have to sit back and see. Until then feel free to like and subscribe you want more feature pieces from AppSpy, or jump on to Twitter and Facebook to give me a poke; I'm always happy to hear from our viewers!
DrawRace 2 Review - http://www.appspy.com/drawrace-2-review
Another World - 20th Anniversary Review - http://www.appspy.com/another-world-20th-anniversary-review
GoatUp Review - http://www.appspy.com/goatup-review