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TA's "Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2012: Endless Runners" List Discussion

12-26-2012, 08:44 AM
#1
TA's "Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2012: Endless Runners" List Discussion

Here's the link to the article: Click Here

Here is a summary of TA's Best Endless Runners of 2012:

Into the Dead
Verticus
Pitfall!
Temple Run Brave
Subway Surfers
Punch Quest
Ski Safari

Your thoughts?

EDIT: added the link to TA's article

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword

Last edited by Exact-Psience; 12-26-2012 at 10:04 AM.
12-26-2012, 08:50 AM
#2
First thing that came into my mind was... No Blood Roofs? No Polara? What about TA's controversial 5-star God of Blades? Sure both titles have "stages" early on, but then there are the endless modes that make these games more of the forever titles.

Im also a little sad that Darkness Rush, Zombie Tsunami, One Epic Knight, TheEndApp and Agent Dash didnt make the list.

I know it isnt as deep as the other runner titles (which shouldnt have to be at all), but i was hoping the most aesthetically satisfying Infinite Warrior was gonna be considered too.

And then there's the fresh but fantastic Ronin.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword

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12-26-2012, 09:13 AM
#3
I don't like runner games in general, but I agree that Zombie tsunami, Blood roofs, Infinite warrior and One epic knight deserved to be on this list.

Those games would make my list + Into the dead.

God of blades was more like a "meh" experience to me. It's to easy, to short and kinda boring. Crossing RPGs with runner games is a mistake (in my opinion) anyway. Oh and no "Temple run" clone deserves to be on the list either (specifically aiming at Temple run brave, Subway surfers, The end app and Agent dash).
12-26-2012, 09:18 AM
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I was totally pissed seeing no Polara nor Rayman Jungle Run on that list. But then I realized that these are more runner-platformers (and hence come under the platformer category) rather than endless runner per se.

In any case, I do not play outright endless runners. Of Ta's list, the only one I've played is Pitfall and I didn't like it. Not into this genre of games at all.

Edit: Ok, I did get Ronin. It was OK. I didn't play too much, but I really can't say if it deserves to be on that list or not simply because I've not played many endless runners.
12-26-2012, 09:46 AM
#5
Their list is fine and safe choices to me. Maybe their list has more of the "safe", more well known choices. I can see the mass appeal of most of their choices.

Just as you guys mentioned missing a few games. I'd say Blood Roof should be there. I really should give Polara another shot. I can see God of Blades being good, but I just can't get the timing down...and it takes so long to restart a run. I like Infinite Warrior. Ronin seems fun..but like Subway Surfer..I'm not a fan of earning score multipliers for high score game. But if I feel up to it, I should give it a try since most of you give it positive feedback.

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12-26-2012, 10:01 AM
#6
Rayman isnt endless and doesnt have any endless modes. Polara does though.

I think having no Blood Roofs on the list is what im disappointed the most with. Then Polara.

Was also surprised there's only 7 titles on their list, when other Best Ofs have more than 10.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
12-26-2012, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
First thing that came into my mind was... No Blood Roofs? No Polara? What about TA's controversial 5-star God of Blades? Sure both titles have "stages" early on, but then there are the endless modes that make these games more of the forever titles.

Im also a little sad that Darkness Rush, Zombie Tsunami, One Epic Knight, TheEndApp and Agent Dash didnt make the list.

I know it isnt as deep as the other runner titles (which shouldnt have to be at all), but i was hoping the most aesthetically satisfying Infinite Warrior was gonna be considered too.

And then there's the fresh but fantastic Ronin.
I think this about sums it up ... we each have our individual favorites, and as regular forum participants many of us seem to be on the same page that is somewhat out of step with the TA facilitators (No Arc Squadron, no Swordigo?). I suggest that after the series of articles are completed that we start a thread of our own, a Best of 2012 Forum Member's Supplement where we each submit our personal lists using the article categories.

Last edited by retr0spective; 12-26-2012 at 02:53 PM.
12-26-2012, 10:13 AM
#8
Ah... Just up... Best of Platformers, and they do have Polara, Rayman Jungle Run and Mega Run on the list.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
12-26-2012, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
Ah... Just up... Best of Platformers, and they do have Polara, Rayman Jungle Run and Mega Run on the list.
That. Made. My. Day. I feel like huggin' good 'ol Eli to thank him for recognizing Polara as a brilliant platformer. Not sure if it sitting at the bottom of the pile means it just made it though.
12-26-2012, 11:38 AM
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Got to this thread late, but yeah, glad to see Polara and Rayman Jungle Run at least make the platformer list.

Blood Roofs was by far my favorite BTB "runner" of the year (with Polara being my favorite horizonal runner). It may have been a little more niche than the others as a lot of people didn't like the jumping/flying controls and camera even after the fix. But if you took the time to get used to it, it was one of the most unique and atmospheric experiences on the iOS -- even outside of runners. The boss fights and just overall demonic invasion / save the girl flow was fantastic to me.

Also, even though this is off topic, think there were some other platformers that should be recognized such as Nihilumbra and, IMO, the largely unnoticed Mini Dash, which again may be due to the controls, but is just a fantastic, challenging and imaginative platformer.

Last edited by awp69; 12-26-2012 at 11:41 AM.