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Top Ten iOS Games of 2013

The staff at App Saga have spent the past year giving their opinions on the games that you love. Now, we’ve come together to declare the Top 10 iPad and iPhone Games of 2013. These are ten games that you absolutely, positively should experience on your iOS devices.

Game of the Year


1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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5 Stars [Read the Review]

It’s common to see older games imported to the App Store (Sonic the Hedgehog, 7th Guest), or for modern games to get mobile versions (Deus Ex: The Fall, Assassin’s Creed Pirates). But this year, 2K Games did something new: they ported a current gen console game to iOS without sacrificing story or gameplay. XCOM: Enemy Unknown was yet more evidence that iOS is a powerful gaming platform capable of handling even top gaming experiences.  And to top it off, 2K even implemented a touch control system that is more elegant and functional than an XBox controller. If you haven’t yet tried XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the game is on sale for 50% off as of this writing. It is a true gaming experience and definitely worthy of Game of the Year.


The Runners Up


2. Device 6

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Universal App
$3.99
5 Stars [Read the Review]

If XCOM hadn’t been released, it’s very possible that this clever, unconventional puzzle adventure would have made the top spot. Sporting lots of text and a layout that looks like it was designed on Prezi, Device 6 has you tapping, listening, flipping your device, and scrutinizing every image for clues as you try to solve the story’s central mystery. It’s well written, highly polished, and designed to make use of the mobile platform’s unique strengths. And it’s not easy; players not paying attention to detail (or who have their sound turned down) can get just as lost as central character Anna in the game’s mystery and puzzles.


3. Republique

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Universal App
Free
5 Stars [Read the Review]

Releasing just before Christmas, the first episode of this highly anticipated stealth survival game definitely delivered. It is a AAA gaming experience developed by an untested studio (albeit with industry veterans) with Kickstarted funds. The game is gorgeous, the gameplay is engaging, the interface is novel, and the story is nuanced. If the rest of the chapters are as good as the first, Republique could end up on next year’s Game of the Year list, too.


4. Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption

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Universal App
$2.99
4.5 Stars [Read the Review]

Not only is Ridiculous Fishing an excellent one-more-try pocket game, but it also does a great job of making use of the mobile platform. You’ll be tilting, tapping, and swiping your way to fishing victory, and then going back to do it all again. The retro pixel graphics and catchy music also help to make this one a winner. Ridiculous Fishing is definitely this year’s best “play it while you wait” game.


5. Icycle: On Thin Ice

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Universal App
$2.99
5 Stars [Read the Review]

In our review of this charming, surreal game, we said that “the combination of design and gameplay is what truly makes this game work”. That’s really all you need to know about this little gem of a game. This game is a visual treat that can also be challenging. It’s especially enjoyable on the iPad, where the excellent visuals can be better appreciated.


The Rest of the Best


6. The Room Two

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iPad App
$1.99
5 Stars [Read the Review]

This sequel builds nicely off the premise of the original game, with more complex puzzles and more varied settings. The story also gets more unusual as you chase your mentor from puzzle to puzzle. Like its predecessor, The Room Two has top-notch graphics and game play that makes great use of the touch interface.


7. Infinity Blade III

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5 Stars [Read the Review]

Infinity Blade is the iPad’s first successful high-quality franchise, and this satisfying conclusion to the trilogy was worth the play. The game has “grown up” as the iPad has, and the final game is as much a leap from the original as the iPad Air is from the original iPad, while still maintaining that touch-intuitive combat interface made for the mobile screen.


Tiny Thief

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Universal App
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4.5 Stars [Read the Review]

Rovio released a lot of games this year, and Tiny Thief feels like the overlooked gem of the lot. It’s a cute and challenging stealth puzzle game with great design and a sense of humor. The only downside to this game is that there hasn’t been any real additional content added since its release.


9. Real Racing 3

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Universal App
Free
4 Stars [Read the Review]

The Real Racing games, like the Infinity Blade games, have been there iterating right along with the newest iPads with stellar graphics that make the best use of the device’s capabilities. They’re also great racing games. Real Racing 3 is just as good as its predecessors, even if it took the unfortunate step of going freemium.


10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Universal App
$9.99

Our Top Ten list opened with a console port, and it finishes with one as well. Though KotOR is a decade old, it still holds up as an engaging RPG experience. There were several Star Wars games released on iOS this year, but the best by far was KotOR.

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  1. Xcom is great but it’s still a port. I feel like device 6 should be #1. I’m not saying Xcom is bad but it already won game of the year for consoles.

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