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

12-26-2012, 11:38 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, 12:38 PM
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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 12:41 PM.
12-26-2012, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by tops2 View Post
This. We all just have different taste in games and there's no right or wrong. I don't think the regulars' taste is reflective of the "mainstream" people if you just take a look at the AppStore charts.
I agree that it is largely a matter of taste while I also have a lot of respect for the objectivity and experienced assessments of the TA staff. At the same time, anyone who's favorites don't get picked is going to be a little disappointed so I will definitely start up a readers 2012 picks when the articles are finished if one doesn't pop up sooner. We may find out some hidden gems that we missed as well.
12-26-2012, 04:31 PM
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TA's list is fine. My 2 favorite endless runners by a wide margin are One Epic Knight and Ski Safari. Into the Dead could have been a contender, but the ads and an updated version's increased difficulty killed it for me.

The original post mentioned Polara which is certainly one of my best games of the year. I agree with TA categorizing that best as a platformer.

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12-26-2012, 04:33 PM
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The TA list is pretty comprehensive, especially with the add-on of the list of platformers. Also, no more threads like this until all the lists are all posted by the end of this week.


Next day: "Oh, it's on a different list."

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12-26-2012, 04:42 PM
I'm so tired of runners. SO tired.

Devs need to start treating iOS as a gaming platform more seriously. There are way too many "me too" cash-ins in the app store.