If ever there was a year where we needed some entertaining escapes 2016 was it. It was another strong year for iOS gaming, and once again it was tough to narrow my list down to the inevitable top ten.
Now obviously, I did not play EVERY single new iOS game released in 2016 (apparently there were 233,000 of them), but I certainly played more than the average mobile gamer so I had quite a few games to choose from.
In 2016, we continued to see quite a few really high-quality PC ports come to iOS. In my beloved point and click adventure genre Infamous Machine, Day of the Tentacle Remastered, Samarost 3 and Primordia captivated and entertained us as did original mobile adventures like Rusty Lake Roots, Isoland and The Forgotten Room. Other amazing ports included Human Resource Machine, Party Hard, Mini Metro, Solitairica, SteamWorld Heist, The Westport Independent and Road Not Taken.
Digital board games continued to flourish with great adaptations of Colt Express, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Patchwork The Game, Paperback: The Game, Sushi Go!, Tsuro, Forbidden Desert, Cthulhu Realms and Qwixx, just to name a few. That doesn’t even include originals like One Man Left’s Space Food Truck, ColePowered Games’s Concrete Jungle and Cartoon Network’s Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go! Figure Battles and Card Wars Kingdom.
There are plenty of exciting new digital board gaming experiences slated for 2017 including Mysterium, Potion Explosion and Spot it! Dobble Challenges from Asmodee and other rumored titles include Smash Up!, 7 Wonders (maybe), King of Tokyo, Codenames, Through The Ages, Spot It!, Terra Mystica and lots more, plus the iOS client for the Tabletopia platform.
Storytelling was big in 2016. Telltale continued to entertain mobile gamers with exciting new franchises like Batman and more adventures in the Walking Dead universe with The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. 2017 looks good for the studio with a Guardians of the Galaxy series planned as well as Game of Thrones: Season 2 and more. Warner Bros. and TT Games released awesome iOS ports of LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens and LEGO® Jurassic World™. Inkle completed the Sorcery! series, iClassics brought numerous literary classics to life, the interactive film Late Shift let viewers control the story and Replica brought a whole new level of immersion to narrative iPhone gaming.
All in all, it was a great year for iOS gaming.
Before I get into my list, I just wanted to highlight my 9 year-old daughter Emily and 7 year-old daughter Claire’s favorite new titles of the year. As you can see they liked a lot of imaginative play and Disney apps!
My Daughters’ Top iOS Games of 2016
*or really ANY of the other new Toca Life titles.
**or really ANY of the other new My Town titles.
My top 10 favorite iOS gaming experiences of 2016
These titles very nearly made it into my top ten and are worth mentioning as they represent some of the finest iOS gaming experiences of last year.