The AppSpy end of year awards: The 3 best games for iPhone and iPad of January 2017

By , on December 23, 2017

It's that time of year again. We're all getting excited that 2017 is nearly over, looking forward with naïve hope that maybe, just maybe, 2018 is going to be slightly better. But there's still time to squeeze some content out of the dregs of the year.

So what we're going to do here at App Spy is have a look back at the last 12 months of iOS gaming, and tell you which were the three best games that came out each month in 2017. Because that's just the sort of thing we like to do.

January 2017

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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It might be a port, it might not be perfect on mobile, but The Binding of Isaac is still one of the best roguelikes you can download from the App Store. It's a super slick, super entertaining, super gross experience that will sink its teeth, claws, and various other appendages into you with disgusting aplomb.


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A clever mix of mobile ideas. It's part RTS, part base defence game, part MOBA. There's a lot to take in, and if you're not a fan of free to play you're going to find it a little underwhelming. Still though, there's a lot to like here, and you're going to have fun pushing your face and fingers into it.

Splitter Critters

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A clever puzzling platformer that's all about cutting up the world. You slice the platforms you're walking on with a swipe of your fingers. Then use the resulting combinations to get the titular critters where they need to go. Fun, slick, and the sort of thing you're going to keep coming back to time and time again.