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  • As we all know, it can be hit or miss on the App Store and your hard-earned dollars

  • can easily be dropped on some very unworthy titles.

  • In today's special episode will be focusing on the

  • very best iOS releases of 2012.

  • So if you receive an iTunes gift card over the holidays,

  • or you're just looking for some very worthy titles for an upcoming roadtrip,

  • you've come to the right place. Broken down in to four categories

  • here's my top

  • iOS games for 2012.

  • Best graphics:

  • Third place.

  • Offroad Legends

  • A physics based monster truck

  • game might not sound like a contender for the best graphics of 2012

  • but when you see Offroad Legends in motion,

  • the stunning backgrounds and nice 3D models really give the game a sense of

  • realism.

  • That is of course until you flip, crash and your wheels fall off.

  • Best Graphics: Runner Up.

  • Bladeslinger

  • This is as close to console quality as I've seen on a mobile device.

  • This action game sees the player navigating an old-school western

  • landscape with a horrific twist.

  • The level of detail on the backgrounds and character models is astounding

  • and the atmosphere

  • really lends itself to the game's immersion.

  • If this was being displayed on a television, you'd have a hard time

  • telling it apart from its console brethren.

  • Best Graphics of 2012: Lili

  • Running on the on Unreal Engine, this mobile title is nothing short of breathtaking.

  • From the awe-inspiring view to the amazing lighting and particle effects,

  • Lily easily claims top spot for graphics this year. The animation is incredibly smooth and

  • because the interface is so intuitive,

  • it is truly a joy to play.

  • Best Music:

  • Third place.

  • Extreme Road Trip 2.

  • Music in games should amplify everything good about the title.

  • The energetic dance beats combined with electro rock

  • brought to us by Big Giant Circles, easily puts Extreme Road Trip 2 in our

  • top three for this reason.

  • Not only does it get your heart pumping, but it fits so well with the exciting,

  • addictive gameplay.

  • Best Music: Runner Up.

  • Gear Jack.

  • Uncle Pipe is an electro rock band coming to us from Manchester in the United Kingdom.

  • Thrashy synth guitars, fast bass riffs and electronic squeals and pops

  • blend together to form some of the most compelling game music I've heard

  • not only on a mobile device but for this generation.

  • Best Music 2012.

  • Zombies.

  • While the game itself is very simplistic and the controls quite unwieldy

  • Zombies. soundtrack is by far and away its standout triumph.

  • It simply melts your ears with its retro-funk chiptune fusion.

  • This, combined with some hilarious voice-over, really add to the

  • retro feel of the glorious pixel art.

  • This is the first title ever to compel me to purchase the accompanying

  • soundtrack.

  • Simply amazing.

  • Most addictive: Third place.

  • Plague, Inc.

  • Plauge, Inc. puts you in control of a biological outbreak.

  • A silent, invisible assassin. Your mission is to eliminate the entire population of

  • the planet.

  • You do this by tactically evolving your strain tweaking its defenses,

  • transmission method and attack mechanisms.

  • Kill the infected before it's able to spread throughout the populace and it's

  • mission failed.

  • Spread the disease successfully but don't mutate its symptoms before a cure

  • is found...

  • Same result.

  • There's many different ways to play Plague, Inc., and there's many different types of

  • diseases to unlock.

  • All of which you can name, giving the mass genocide of the world's population

  • that personal touch.

  • Most addictive:

  • Runner up.

  • Hill Climb Racing.

  • Despite this title having incredibly bad graphics, music and sound,

  • it's easily one of the most addictive games of the year.

  • if you can look past it's very dull veneer, you'll see the solid, fun

  • gameplay underneath.

  • Get as far as you can using various vehicles with various upgrades.

  • It's a simple concept, but the guys over at FingerSolft have created a title that will

  • consume your time.

  • Yes, your friends will laugh at you and yes, people will wonder what's going on inside

  • your head...

  • but just trust me on this one.

  • Most addictive game of 2012.

  • Super Hexagon.

  • Not only is Super Hexagon the most addictive, but easily the most difficult

  • game of 2012.

  • Games can often last

  • just a few seconds before you have to restart.

  • It exemplifies the term "just one more game"

  • and Terry Cavanagh got the formula just right. I challenge you to find a more addictive game.

  • Super Hexagon also gets a special mention for its soundtrack.

  • It wouldn't be fair of me to list

  • in two separate categories, but Northern Ireland's Chipzel gives this game

  • a little something special.

  • Well worthy of your time.

  • Best Overall Game:

  • Third Place. The Room.

  • Puzzle games in general don't necessarily give the user a sense of exploration or

  • intrigue.

  • The Room not only gives you that, but wraps it with lovely graphics and

  • an intuitive interface.

  • You're in a locked room. Empty, except for an ornate lock box on the floor.

  • There's no clear instructions on what you need to do.

  • It's your own curiosity the pushes you forward and you examine the lockbox.

  • Swiping, poking, turning,

  • pushing and twisting every inch of it,

  • trying to work out its mystery.

  • That's where this game shines. Outside of the tutorial, it doesn't hold your

  • hand.

  • It's up to you to figure out what that lens does what that key is for and

  • how to rotate that dial.

  • It's a very visceral and tactile experience due to the wonderful

  • touch interface.

  • The Room is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable game and every step forward is

  • incredibly rewarding.

  • Best overall game: Runner up.

  • Minigore 2.

  • It drew me in from the moment i loaded it up to stunningly sharp graphics and smooth

  • animation.

  • Minigore 2 gets everything right.

  • Other than the loads of weapons, enemy types, arenas and

  • challenges available,

  • the polish of the game is what truly stands out.

  • Every detail of the sound, humor,

  • upgrade and mission systems

  • to the user interface has been finely crafted.

  • The graphics engine is capable of displaying 150 enemies

  • on-screen at any given time

  • with no signs of slowdown. It's clear that a lot of work went in to the

  • production of Minigore 2

  • and I highly recommend picking it up.

  • The best game of 2012. Punch Quest.

  • My love of Punch Quest is no secret.

  • Upon the game's launch, I praised its fun, colorful, fast action, familiar sound

  • effects and addictive gameplay.

  • Well, I'm still playing it. As a user who managed to pick it up for free at game's launch,

  • upon hearing about the financial miscalculation on the part of Madgarden

  • and Rocketcat.

  • I immediately purchased the Puncho Doubler.

  • A $1.99 addon that doubles the amount of currency you earn

  • from each playthrough.

  • Given that I'd already sunk about ten hours into this title by the time i found that out,

  • I felt no buyer's remorse

  • whatsoever.

  • The fact that Madgarden's Paul Pridham is one of the nicest Canadian dudes alive,

  • really doesn't hurt things either.

  • There was no real question as to what my game of the year would be.

  • Punch Quest is stupidly addictive.

  • It's one of those simple to play, tough to master pieces of art that you'll never want to put down. Buy it. Play it. Love it.

  • Well, there we have it folks. The very best iOS games 2012

  • has to offer.

  • There will be a link for each game in the description of this video. If you'd like

  • to add to this list, by all means post a comment below and join the conversation.

  • Thank you so much for joining me for today's very special episode.

  • My name's Alex and I'll see you again next time. Have a wonderful holiday folks,

  • and stay safe.

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