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GDC - What are the Best Handheld Games for 2011?

February 25th, 2011 by admin

Game Developers Conference

Every year at around this time the Game Choice Awards are announced at the GDC  annual game show event. There are several categories and while they are all interesting to gamers, for iPhone (and iPad and Touch) owners it is really the games in the handheld class that are of interest.

That means the Best Handheld Games Award is the one to check out for insight into top games. This award recognizes the game that was the “overall best game commercially released on any handheld platform during the previous year.

Last year the winner and nominees in this category were:

Winner:  Scribblenauts (5th Cell) (not on iPhone platform)


  • Flight Control - This game is available on the iPhone platform in both the  free (lite) and full versions for $.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - This is also available for play on our iPhones in the free (Lite) and full ($9.99) versions.
  • Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor - This is available for play on iPhones but only the full version at $2.99. This game has received a 4 star rating from over 400 players.
  • Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo EAD) Not available for iPhones.
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift

Although quite a few of these nominated games are available for play on iPhones there are still some really top rated games that we cannot play. Hopefully more developers will realize they are missing a huge market and will develop an iPhone version of their games! Unfortunately, quite a few of the games nominated this year are NOT available for play on our iPhones.

This year the  nominations for the Best Handheld Game 2011, are:

  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Ready At Dawn/SCE Santa Monica) not available on the iPhone platform
  •  Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab) - currently my favorite game with several free versions available on the iPhone platform plus a full version for $.99
  •  Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima Productions). Not available for play on our iPhones.
  • Game Dev Story (Kairosoft) - there is also a free version of this game on the iPhone platform plus a full version for a mere $.99. This has had very good reception from iPhone raters at an average 4-stars.
  • Dragon Quest IX (Level 5). Also not available for play on iPhones.

Pity so many of the good ones are not available for us on iPhones as the ones on this nominations list that are available for iPhone are really excellent games. They are also pretty cheap as well.

Random Acts of Advice for the Best iPhone Apps…

February 21st, 2011 by admin

Best iPhone Apps

The great thing about twitter is that people share the results of their hard work quite freely with the rest of the world. So if we want to get hints and tips - we no longer need to read those boring “best 5/7/10  tips on …. whatever” articles. We can just go to Twitter and browse. The upside is that we get exposed to a really wide set of results. Much more interesting, too!

So today we asked Twitter to find us what people (at 5PM ET) were saying was the “best iPhone App”. And, as always, we got an interesting array of results:

1) @MarKByZzLe try @Twitbird it’s the best iPhone app for twitter - free version

2) Phone2Anything #Best iPhone #app is available in the #appstore. This  iPhone app is mainly for travelers with the aim of helping them to find anything anywhere - its free.

3) @finaorio: Best iPhone app TigerText, deletes messages from the sender and the recipient’s phones
Free texting to anyone else who also has this app. (App is free)

4) walter25: Just have to say #boxcar is the best #iPhone app ever. Manage all your social media with this one free app.

5) eliseSMILE: Best iPhone app “do good” just one little deed a day… Provides hints for ways to “do Good” and also the means to do it. (Free App)

6) rowjoelane: So what is the best iPhone app you have found “free” of course? Currently
I’m using Viber and am rating that as my current #1.  Phone anyone who has vider app for free. Worth getting all your friends and family using the app!

7) ADanGrenier: OMG! Just discovered the best #iPhone app ever! @audiogalaxy is amazing! Streamin my whole iTunes library & its free! Keepin playlists too! Stream all your music and videos from your computer to your iPhone.

8 ) _creebby: @jaydez just get Echofon its the best iPhone app! That’s what my sister uses: Another Twitter streaming app that is also free.

I’m getting boxcar!

Best iPhone Games To Download - Ever!

February 17th, 2011 by admin

We got these recommends right from the coal face of action!`We did a Twitter search for “best iPhone game” and got 7 top rated games in the first 15 results that show. Which we consider a great result. Prices vary from zero to $6.99 but all actually do have 4+star ratings in iTunes. So proof this is a good way to find great iPhone games.

Here are the conversations in the order they appeared in Twitter:

1)  JayFrechette: Really enjoying Battleheart for iPhone/iPad. Great art & combat. Anyone else playing it? ABIFont: It’s really really good. Probably one of, if not the best iPhone game I’ve played
Our research: - Battleheart  for iPhone has received a solid 4.5 star rating with the latest version just released.  But comes with a price tag of $2.99 and no freebie version.:(

Battleheart for iPhone

2) MissBlossyMUA: Photo: Tappi Bear xD best iPhone game everrrr!
Our research: - Tappi Bear has 8 versions of the game @ $.99 each - some versions get a 4 to 5 star ratings. There is also a recently released free version

3) maydaymag: Associate this- best iPhone game
Our research: - Associate This is an unusual game with 4 different versions - all are free and all get 3.5 stars or more.

4) MDearworth: Wow. NBA Jam for the iPhone is stellar. Best iPhone game I’ve played in a while. Two other rave revues including -  RYANESN: RT @jo5h11a: Can’t nap due to all this BOOMSHAKALAKA action. Hands down, best iPhone game EVER!
Our research: - NBA Jam is one of the Electronic Arts products - so also one of the more expensive games at $4.99. The game was recently released (1 week ago) and already has 61 raters giving it a 4.5 star rating!

NBA Jam for iPhone

5) KevinWiebe: Spiderman is by far the best iPhone game I’ve played.
Our research: - Spiderman was released last October and now has 234 raters giving it a 4.5 start rating. It cost $6.99 but there is a free version to try out and see if you like it. Free version has had 916 raters giving it a 4 star rating - so Im convinced!

Spiderman for iPhone

6) AdamMcAvoy: Played game dev story (the best iPhone game in history) for 3 hours straight,
Our research: - Game Dev Story has had 484/576 raters gave it a 5 star thumbs up! That’s a pretty amazing result. Costs $.99 and there is a free version with similar good ratings

7) jonnyrockunit: Dead space on the iphone is seriously good. Best iphone game so far
Our research: - Dead Space is another Electronic Arts game with the usual high price ($6.99 for this one) It was only  released jan 25 and has already received 153 ratings giving it 4.5 stars.

Dead Space for iphone

Now neither NBA Jam nor Dead Space have free versions out - YET! We say that because Electronic Arts have 25 free (Lite) versions of their games on offer in iTunes for iPhones. It is quite possible that they will eventually bring out free versions of these two games as well.

Our conclusion? Tweets are a great way to find great iphone games. In iPhonegizmo’s last post we asked readers to let us know how easy / hard they find iTunes to use and so far 42% have rated it at “hard” to “super hard”.

In this post we have shown you a way to make finding good games a bit easier.

How Hard Is It To Find Good iPhone Downloads in Itunes?

February 12th, 2011 by admin

The iPhonegizmo team reckon it is shamefully difficult to find apps - ANY apps - in iTunes. That is what we think. But are we alone? We decided to ask:

Please get your friends to answer the quiz as well by clicking “share below!

Oldies But Goodies - Free iPhone Games

February 3rd, 2011 by admin

In February two years ago we did a review of free iPhone games available at that time (can you believe it, the number of iPhone games had just reached 1000!!) We paid particular attention to the free games listed in the top ten in iTunes. We found that the ones listed in iTunes may have had a lot of downloads but often had poor ratings. In fact the iPhonegizmo team concluded at that time that most free games were a waste of time to download.

However, we did find several that were ranked well by users:

Top Free iPhoneGames (rated by users as 3.5 stars or better):

Bounce On Lite free iPhone game

1) iShoot Lite - 4 stars (Released Dec 08 );
2) Galcon lite - 3.5 stars (Released Sep 08);
3) Bounce On Lite - 3.5 stars (Released Jan 09);
4) Fastlane Street Racing Lite - 3.5 stars (Released Jan 09),
5) Downhill Bowling Lite - 3.5 stars (Released Feb 09);
6) Trace - 3.5 stars (US) (Released Oct 08)
7) Tap Defence - 3.5 stars (US) (Released Nov 08)

These games are still free, still have the same (or better) ratings and most have been updated since Dec 2010.

And just to add a more current flavor - if you haven’t already got it- go try “Cut the Rope“  - it is one of the best free games out there.