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TouchArcade's "Best of the Rest" 2015 Picks

12-31-2015, 03:51 PM
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TouchArcade's "Best of the Rest" 2015 Picks

Now that our GotY and Best Games of 2015 have been decided, I figured some people might find it interesting to see our process of selection and to list all the games that didn't quite make the cut. First of all it should be said that this is NOT an exact science by any means, and there are some VERY excellent games that didn't make it into our Best Of coverage. So if you didn't really find anything interesting about our Best Of list, you'll no doubt find tons of gems by combing through the massive list below.

So this is how I came up with this year's list, and it's how I do it every year. I go all the way back to our Best Of lists from last year, and go through every page of TouchArcade from that point onwards all the way up to present day. It's roughly 170+ front pages to go through. I do this partially because I'm insane, but also because there are some really great games that for one reason or another just don't get reviewed by us, so I don't like just relying on looking at all the 4-5 star reviews for making these lists because there's too much potential for great games to be missed. Also many times very well-loved games don't get a super positive review from one of our reviewers because they personally didn't dig it, and that shouldn't preclude that game from being in consideration. I also actually go through every single Out Now post from the entire year too, just to see if anything stands out and to be thorough.

Doing all this, which takes many hours spread across several days, gives us a massive, unwieldy list of really good games. From that point I just kind of go through the list and pick out things that I think were the real standouts of the year. I go through that main list several times over to make sure I've gotten everything, and the second list that this results in is also quite large but much more manageable than the initial list. Then it's really just hunkering down and deciding what stays and what goes based on a myriad of factors. When I finally have my list of 25-ish, I pass it on to the rest of the TA crew and ask if anybody has anything they feel should be added, or if they feel especially strong about any of those games NOT being included. This year there really was no objections to the original 25.

Out of that 25, I felt that Land Sliders and Downwell were the two real standouts, though really you could make an argument for any of the games on the whole list. I know a lot of people were shocked at our pick of Land Sliders for GotY, and if that describes you then you'll want to listen to our podcast this week as we really go into detail in how it ended up as our pick. The pick for which one was GotY and which was Runner Up ultimately came down to Eli and myself, as we're the only two full-time editors of the site. In the end Land Sliders came out on top, and as I said we go into detail on why that is on our podcast if you're interested.

Anyway, that's the lengthy, mind-numbing, but somehow cathartic process of whittling down the best games of the year. Without further ado here is the "Best of the Rest" in alphabetical order, followed by a list of ports/multiplatform games from the year, which we singled out for a possible feature that never ended up happening but I'm also too lazy to just cram them back into the main list. Also it's kind of helpful seeing all the ports and multiplatform stuff in one place, but it's not a very refined list so you'll find stuff in the big list that should qualify as port or multiplatform but isn't listed as such, and that's why.

Ok enough babbling here's the list:

BEST OF 2015
AG Drive
AirAttack 2
Alto's Adventure
Badland 2
Call of Champions
Chaos Rings 3
Does Not Commute
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition
Dust: An Elysian Tail
The Executive
Galactic Keep
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
Her Story
Horizon Chase
Implosion - Never Lose Hope
Land Sliders
Lara Croft GO
Pac-Man 256
The Room Three
Sorcery! 3
Space Marshals
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
This War of Mine

A Day in the Woods
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build
A Study In Steampunk: Choice By Gaslight
Active Soccer 2
Agent A: Puzzle in Disguise
Alchemic Dungeons
Angry Birds 2
Anodia 2
Aralon: Forge and Flame
Arcane Towers
Atomic Pinball Collection
Attack the Light: Steven Universe
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls
Beast Quest
The Beggar's Ride
Beneath the Lighthouse
Blokshot Revolution
Blockwick 2
Blocky Highway
Cally's Caves 3
Card Crawl
Champion Of The Gods
Code of Arms
Coors Light Super Refresh-Men
Craft the World - Pocket Edition
Cube Koala
Dandy: Or A Brief Glimpse Into the Life of a Candy Alchemist
Dark Echo
Dark Fear
Dashy Crashy
Dead Effect 2
.Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne
Devious Dungeons 2
Digit & Dash
Divide By Sheep
Dragon Hills
Drop Wizard
Dungeon Hunter 5
Dungeon of Madness
Earthcore: Shattered Elements
Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2
The Enchanted Cave 2
Endless Sniper
Evel Knievel
Fallout Shelter
Fantastic Plastic Squad
Fatal Fight
Fearless Fantasy
Final Fantasy: Record Keeper
Five Card Quest
Five Nights at Freddy's 3
Five Nights at Freddy's 4
Flop Rocket
Football Manager Classic 2015
Football Manager Mobile 2016
Football Manager Touch 2016
Forever Lost: Episode 3
Fragger 2
Gamebook Adventures 12: Asuria Awakens
Give It Up! 2
Gods of Rome
Groove Planet
Guardian Sword
Gunslugs 2
Hanger World
Heroes and Castles 2
Hero Emblems
Hero Fighter X
Hitman Sniper
Imps in Tokyo
Impulse GP
Into the Dim
Ire: Blood Memory
Jelly Reef
Lamp and Vamp
Last Horizon
The Last Warlock
Loot and Legends
Lost Within
Magazine Mogul
Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire
Marvel Future Fight
Midnight Star
Minecraft: Story Mode
Mortal Kombat X
Mos Speedrun 2
Mr Jump
Need for Speed: No Limits
Neko Atsume
Nono Islands
Nubs' Adventure
Operation Dracula
Order and Chaos 2
Pancake - The Game
Paper Monsters Recut
Particle Mace
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist
Pixel Dungeon
Planet Quest
Platform Panic
Please, Don't Touch Anything
Pocket Mine 2
Potatoman Seeks the Troof
Power Hover
Progress To 100
The Quest Keeper
Radiation Island
Radical Rappelling
Rayman Adventures
Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
Roid Rampage
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
Rush Rally
Rust Bucket
Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be
Sage Solitaire
Samurai Blitz
Seek: Find Your Friends
The Sequence
Shibuya Grandmaster
Shooting Stars
Shooty Skies
Sid Meier's Starships
Silly Sausage in Meat Land
The Silver Bullet
Ski Safari 2
Skiing Yeti Mountain
Skylanders SuperChargers
Sling Kong
Sneaky Sneaky
Snowboard Party 2
Soda Dungeon
Spirit Lords
Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
Starseed: Origin
Storm Casters Ultra
Super Boys - The Big Fight
Super Dangerous Dungeons
Super Happy Fun Block
Super Sharp
Swap Heroes 2
Sword of Xolan
Taichi Panda
Tales from Deep Space
Tap Titans
Templar Battleforce
Terminal Velocity
Test Chamber
Til Morning's Light
Tiny Dangerous Dungeons
Tiny Rogue
The Trace
Trick Shot
Ultimate General: Gettysburg
Vietnam '65
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion
Wizards and Wagons
WonderCat Adventures
Worms 4
WWE Immortals
You Must Build a Boat
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX

Adventures of Pip
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Desktop Dungeons
Don't Starve Pocket Edition
Dragon Quest V
Dragon Quest VI
Dropsy: A Point and Click Hugventure
Ducktales: Remastered
Dust: An Elysian Tail
The Deer God
Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome Of Ice
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
Fatal Fury Special
Final Fantasy VII
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Goat Simulator MMO Simulator
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Gods Will Be Watching
Grim Fandango Remastered
Guitar Hero Live
Halo: Spartan Assault
Halo: Spartan Strike
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD
I Am Bread
Legend of Grimrock
Lost Horizon
Lumino City
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Race The Sun
Rex Rocket
Scribblenauts Unlimited
This War of Mine
Ys Chronicles 1

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12-31-2015, 04:28 PM
Well I just want to thank you for putting all the time and effort into this list. It shows how passionate you guys are about iOS gaming. You could have just picked some big name games out of the air and been done with it. This is exactly why I am Patreon supporter.

Oh and good idea putting this in the forums. There will be much less moaning and complaining about what's on or not on the list.

12-31-2015, 04:42 PM
Joined: Nov 2013
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Sigh,Scribblenauts Unlimited is in the list (which has been released recently) while Cataclysm - Dark Days Ahead was not even reviewed.Too bad,it deserves to be in the list,one of the best ports of 2015 for sure.
12-31-2015, 09:48 PM
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Well, what i see here, is solid proof that iOS gaming is far from dead. Cheers!
12-31-2015, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
Well, what i see here, is solid proof that iOS gaming is far from dead. Cheers!
12-31-2015, 11:49 PM
Pleased to see 'The Sequence' included in Jared's list. Such a clever game, with hours of game-play and so nicely presented. Still got some of the final levels to complete and it won't leave my device until that's happened.

01-01-2016, 07:18 AM
I will call it best list of 2015. a great list of games. it shows your hard work.
01-01-2016, 10:22 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,049
Thanks for sharing this list. It's great to recognize so many games and I'm with Exact-Pscience: it shows that iOS gaming is far from dead.

I don't want to moan about missing games, but I noticed that Mos Speedrun 2 was missing and that was surprising to me. I guess that's another proof for how iOS gaming is far from dead and how brutal the competition is: you can be a really great game, get a 5 star TA review, and still not be considered one of the top 200 or so games of the year.

Last edited by lena; 01-01-2016 at 10:28 AM.
01-01-2016, 09:34 PM
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Liberty city
Posts: 3,606
If I look all the games up, add links for download, app info to make them accessible , would anyone or lots of anyone's like to help with adding genre, small descriptions, ect ?

Current Recommendations: Blocky Farm, Morphite, Cat Quest, Pocket Build
01-01-2016, 11:16 PM
I think "Crossy Maze" snuck out too late to make it onto this list. An excellent game, despite the title.