Battle of the Bulge, The Lords of Midnight, and Bastion are among the top-reviewed iPad games of 2012
2012 was another incredible year for iPad gaming, with quite literally thousands of titles released on the App Store. Some of them were brilliant. Some of them weren't.
This annual round-up is here to highlight the former and shun (in the nicest possible way) the latter.
While Punch Quest
sparked an outbreak of high score fever in 2012, and Anomaly Korea
easily lived up to its "most anticipated iOS sequel this year" billing, which were the best-reviewed games?
To answer that very question (strangely enough), here's the iPad Quality Index
) round-up for 2012.
Aggregating the reviews from the world's best websites, such as 148Apps
, Pocket Gamer
, and Gamezebo
, the Quality Index
uses a unique metric to create a single definitive score for each iPad title.Make war, not love
According to the iPad Qi
chart, Shenandoah Studio's Battle of the Bulge
was the best-reviewed iPad game of 2012. This highly polished strategy war game really made an impression with its engrossing turn-based gameplay.
In fifth place on our end-of-year leaderboard, meanwhile, is Bastion
, a lush action-RPG with an ambitious story. While it started life on the Xbox 360 console, it feels perfectly home on iPad - as the review scores would indicate.
Down at #8 in the chart, Rocketcat Games's aforementioned Punch Quest
impressed a whole host of iOS app critics with its novel mash-up of the modern endless-runner and old skool beat-'em-up.
Just below Punch Quest
in the #9 slot is Magic 2013
, whose creator, Wizards of the Coast, has taken card battles and made them work superbly on a 10-inch screen.
Qi's Top 10 iPad games of 2012
|1.|| Battle of the Bulge||9.6||5|
|3.|| The Lords of Midnight||9.5||3|
|4.|| Angry Birds Space HD Free||9.5||3|
|6.|| Beat Hazard Ultra||9.4||12|
|7.|| Tiny Wings HD||9.4||10|
|8.|| Punch Quest||9.3||14|
|9.|| Magic 2013||9.3||14|
|10.|| Word Wonders: The Tower of Babel||9.3||4|
N.B. While we only display the average score to one decimal place, the list is generated to further significant figures. We just don't show them all.
And, naturally, this is a static graph based on live listings which are subject to constant change as new releases and reviews emerge.
In order to provide a regular marker of the critical zeitgeist, however, we will continue to round up the best of the iPad games released each month to provide definitive Qi top tens throughout 2013.
iPad Quality Index