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Old 12-25-2013, 12:54 PM
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Default Behind the scenes of the TouchArcade Game of the Year and Best Games Posts

We always get lots of flak from people for "forgetting" or "missing" games in these best of posts, so I figured we'd post our huge list of what we considered and discussed for our GOTY and "Best Of" posts.

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GOTY
GTA San Andreas
Year Walk
Ridiculous Fishing
Oceanhorn
Asphalt 8
Device 6
Infinity Blade III
The Room 2

Action
GTA San Andreas
Gangstar Vegas
Heroes and Castles
Badland
Bloodmasque
Epoch 2
Tiny Troopers 2
Monster Adventures

Adventure
Leisure Suit Larry
Riven: The Sequel to Myst
Year Walk
Shivah Kosher Edition
The Journey Down
Gemini Rue
Tiny Thief
Walking Dead The Game Season 2
The Wolf Among Us
Republique

Arcade
Ridiculous Fishing
Tilt to Live 2
Nimble Quest
Backflip Madness
King Cashing 2
Slayin'
Ooga Jump
Knightmare Tower
Crabitron
Bouncy! Trampoline
Smash Bandits

Brawler
Combo Crew
Fangz
Maximus
BAMF
Fist of Awesome
Double Dragon Trilogy

Card/Casino Game
Magic 2014
Las Vegas
Empire: Deck Building Strategy Game

Crafting
The Blockheads
Block Fortress
Junk Jack X
Survivalcraft
Terraria

Dungeon Crawler/Roguelike
Questlord
Dungeon Plunder
Wazhack
868-HACK
Heroes of Loot
Deep Dungeons of Doom
Dungeonism

Endless Runner
Time Surfer
Temple Run 2
Banana Kong
Outland Games
Sonic Dash
TMNT Rooftop Run
Robot Unicorn Attack 2
Worm Run
Despicable Me minion Rush
Bit Trip Run
Ski Safari Adventure Time

Fighting
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Samurai Shodown II
Kinetic Damage
Cool Clash
Infinity Blade III
King of Fighters 97

First/Third Person Shooter
Gun Commando
Blitz Brigade
Deus Ex The Fall
Call of Duty Strike Team
Dead Effect
Dead Trigger 2
Neon Shadow

Gamebook
Sorcery!
Fighting Fantasy The Forest of Doom
Device 6
Blackbar
Sorcery 2
Joe Devers Lone Wolf

Music
Dropchord
Wave Trip
Deemo

Pinball
Momoga Pinball Adventures
Star Wars Pinball
Marvel Pinball

Platformer
Mutant Mudds
Mikey Hooks
The Other Brothers
Ms. Splosion Man
Trace 2
League of Evil 3
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Mr. Crab
Kid Tripp
Rayman Fiesta Run
Penumbear
Sonic 1
Sonic 2

Puzzle
Hundreds
Little Luca
Where's My Mickey
Angry Birds Star Wars II
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Dungelot
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage
Scurvy Scallywags
Bridgy Jones
Cut the Rope 2
The Room 2

Racing
Repulze
Table Top Racing
Real Racing 3
Asphalt 8
Colin Mcrae Rally
Riptide GP 2
2K Drive
GT Racing 2

RPG
Final Fantasy IV
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition
Final Fantasy V
Oceanhorn
Star Wars KOTOR
Spiral Episode 1
Shadowrun Returns
The Shadow Sun

Shoot 'em Up
R-Type
Sine Mora
Danmaku Unlimited 2
Dot Space Hero

Simulation
Pixel People
Beastie Bay
Pocket Trains
Star Wars Tiny Death Star
Pocket Stables
Band Stars
Fiz: The Brewery Management Game

Sports
Baseball Superstars 2013
Football Heroes
Super Stickman Golf 2
Stickman Tennis
Pro Strategy Football 2013
Touchgrind Skate 2
Stickman Soccer
Joe Danger

Strategy
Battle of the Bulge
Haunted Hollow
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Star Command
Ace Patrol
Rymdkapsel
Mecho Wars HD
Transport Tycoon
Combat Monsters
Ace Patrol Pacific Skies
Skulls of the Shogun
Slitherine's Legion
Warhammer Quest
Ravenmark Mercenaries
Space Hulk

Twitch
Pivvot
Boson X
1001 Attempts
Duet
Octagon
1800

Tower Defense
Anomaly Korea
Plants vs Zombies 2
Go Home Dinosaurs
Kingdom Rush Frontiers
Siegecraft TD
Anomaly 2
Castlemine

Virtual Pet
Hatch
Clumsy Ninja

On the Fence
Liberation Maiden
Unmechanical
House of the Dead Overkill
Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD
The Cave
Quadropus Rampage
They Need to Be Fed 2
Cloud Spin
Incredipede
Tower of Fortune 2
King's League Odyssey
Icycle
KingHunt
Ridge Racer Slipstream
Continue?9876543210
MonsterCrafter
Heroes of Dragon Age
Lawless
APB REtribution
Savant - Ascent
Lego Star Wars
Colossatron
Starborn Anarkist
Castle Raid 2
Star Trek Trexels
Suburbia
Fightback
No Brakes Valet
Panzer Corps
Eyes the horror Game
Leviathan Warships
Lego Batman: DC Superheroes
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy
Kingturn RPG
Tasty Tadpoles
Hyper Breaker Turbo
9th Dawn
Say the Same Thing
Sigma12
Pirates vs Corsairs: Davey Jones Gold
ExZeus 2
Hero of Many
Agricola
Ending
Home
Perfection
Impossible Road
Block Block Block
Cling Thing
Greedy Dwarf
Miseria
Iesabel
Dive for Treasures
Gentlemen!
Solstice Arena
A Ride Into The Mountains
Chillaxian
Sky Tourist
Prince of Persia Shadow and the Flame
Brick Roll
Forever Lost Ep 1 and 2
Lums
Knife that Guy
An Alien with a Magnet
Trial by Survival
Lumberwhack
Solar Flux HD
Puddle
Joining Hands 2
Gurk III
Ninjin
Joust Legend
Beach Games
Ninja Cats vs Samurai Dogs
Strata
Chainsaw Warrior
Pandemic the Board Game
Orborun
Trouserheart
Help Me Fly
Small World 2
Machines at War 3
Type:Rider
Costume Quest
Galaxoid
Steampunk Tower
Indigo Lake
Paint it Back
Regular Show Ghost Toasters
Mimpi
Level 22
Rollabear
Pocket Titans
Doom and Destiny
Chippy
Crowman and Wolfboy
Deadly Bullet
Ittle Dew
Blocky Roads
Meltdown
Hot Mess
Baby Lava Bounce
Stealth Inc
Hunter Island
Stellar Wars
Sunday Lawn Seasons
Super Lemonade Factory 2
Flick Kick Football Legends
Drive on Moscow
Legend of Equip Pants
Lords of Waterdeep
Space Chicks
Tower Dwellers
Papa pear Saga
Tic Tactics
Roar Rampage
Hackycat
Little Inferno
Krashlander
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug X
Finding Teddy
Kairo
Cyto
Bobbing
Melodive
Towelfight 2
Magicka
Little Chomp
Frozen Synapse
Guncrafter
Jacob Jones Bigfoot Mystery
AVP: Evolution
Temple Run: Oz
Random Heroes 2
Puzzle Restorer
Cut the Rope Time Travel
Help Volty
Fish Out of Water
Runaway a Twist of Fate
Runaway a Road Adventure
Angry Birds Friends
Poker Night 2
World War Z
An insane list, for sure. We argued over all this for what felt like forever to come up with the final 25 and the GOTY. When you look at this master list, it's hard to really say we missed anything substantial... But, a "Best of" post with hundreds of games sort of loses its punch, which is why we stuck with the 25 this year- Figuring less is more.

I'm glad it's all over.
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:02 PM
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Nice list

My only gripe with that free list is that so many games are IAP-heavy/unfairly freemium, while there are free games like Deadly Bullet who go unrecognized. Nice to see Smash Bandit on the list though, especially now that they removed the timers

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Old 12-25-2013, 01:03 PM
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Will you guys ever come up with GOTY on the podcast again? That was really interesting and fun to listen to last year.
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:04 PM
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Nice list

My only gripe with that free list is that so many games are IAP-heavy/unfairly freemium, while there are free games like Deadly Bullet who go unrecognized. Nice to see Smash Bandit on the list though, especially now that they removed the timers
The idea behind that was specifically free to play-ass free to play games, and not games that simply were just free or running a freebie sale. I hate timers just as much as the next guy, but it's hard to argue how big free to play has gotten this year so it felt worth a special nod. *shrug*

Also, from the looks of it, having "free iPhone games" in a headline is like your SEO dreams come true.
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The idea behind that was specifically free to play-ass free to play games, and not games that simply were just free or running a freebie sale. I hate timers just as much as the next guy, but it's hard to argue how big free to play has gotten this year so it felt worth a special nod. *shrug*

Also, from the looks of it, having "free iPhone games" in a headline is like your SEO dreams come true.
Yeah, I could imagine.

Also might I suggest something? Maybe for next year? IMO, the majority of the Best of lists here and other sites pretty much highlight the most popular and well-known games of the year, while recognition for smaller indie titles on the App Store is confined to the forums, not a place more causal browsers will look. So maybe next year, alongside the free list and the overall list, there could be a list of the best hidden gems/under-the-radar games of the year

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Old 12-25-2013, 01:37 PM
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Nice list, thanks.

I do think Ridge Racer Splitstream deserves to be on the driving list. It is really fun, just like Asphalt 8.
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:11 PM
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Nice list, thanks.

I do think Ridge Racer Splitstream deserves to be on the driving list. It is really fun, just like Asphalt 8.
If you listen to the latest TA podcast, you'll know why Ridge Racer isn't on this list.
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Was kinda disappointed to not see KD on the article.
Oh well.
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If you listen to the latest TA podcast, you'll know why Ridge Racer isn't on this list.
Why, cause framerates could be improved?
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:42 PM
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It's certainly tough with so many great games. I was a little surprised to see Ridiculous Fishing win -- not that it isn't a great game -- just isn't in my top 10. And, before any flaming begins, THAT'S ALRIGHT and it along with many other games I would have been fine with. It was also Apple's GoTY.

I have a difficult time narrowing down the games to even nominate. It was a great year indeed. The only thing that will help with our GoTY forum threads (overall and indie, which will see if the latter was even needed) is that when it comes to voting our choices will be narrowed for us. Choosing from 10 games is a lot easier than choosing from hundreds.
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