As has been the case for the past six holidays, on Christmas morning many will find an iPod under the Christmas tree. Nowadays the number is in the millions. Whether you've just torn open a shuffle, a nano, a classic, or a touch: welcome!
Aurora Feint: The Beginning
In case you're unaware, there's a world of accessories out there to help personalize your iPod and make it your own. What's more, there's a solid selection of games available for the click wheel iPods [iTunes link]. But that's only a shadow of the myriad apps and games available for the iPod touch and iPhone in the iTunes App Store [iTunes link]--over 10,000 at the moment.
iPhone and iPod touch game news and review site Touch Arcade has just posted a roundup of 12 favorite "must have" games for the iPod touch.
Since a single "best" list is such a hard list to come up with due to individual tastes, we've instead compiled a list of games that we consider to an excellent cross section of iPhone gaming and could be seen as "required reading" for iPhone and iPod Touch gamers
The list includes:
* Aurora Feint: The Beginning (Free) - Amongst the first games in the App Store, this may have been an eye opener for many iPhone gamers. The game offers a polished match-3 (Bejeweled-like) puzzler in the setting of a role playing game. Progressive accomplishments in the puzzle portion of the game provides you with resources to level up and gain increasing skills.
* Dropship ($0.99) - We confidently declared this to be the best shooter in the App Store. Excellent and innovative controls with well balanced gameplay made this one of our most enjoyed games. This is how an iPhone game should play and at $0.99, it’s a no brainer.
* Fieldrunners ($4.99) - Tower Defense. Heard of it? If you haven’t, this is the game for you. Even if you have, this is probably the game for you. Named one of Time Magazine's Top 10 video games of the year, we at Touch Arcade feel the title is well deserved. This game has significant cross-over appeal that has introduced countless iPhone users to the genre of Tower Defense (TD). Despite the proliferation of TD games in the App Store, many still consider this one the best.
* Rolando ($9.99) - Rolando was one of the most anticipated iPhone games of the year. Even though Ngmoco is a sponsor of this site, I still feel confident that I can unbiasedly say that the game delivered on much of the hype. The game offers an iPhone-specific platformer that incorporates the iPhone’s touch screen and accelerometer into a wonderfully produced game.
See Touch Arcade's full article for more details and...happy iPod gaming!