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TouchArcade's Best Games of 2016: THE COMPLETE LIST

12-23-2016, 01:49 PM
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Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 3,732
TouchArcade's Best Games of 2016: THE COMPLETE LIST

Hey all. Well, another year is in the books, and it's arguably the biggest year for mobile gaming yet. Due to how many amazing original mobile games as well as multiplatform games and ports were released this year, we bumped up our normal Best Games list to 100 entries. That seems like a daunting number, but believe me, it could have easily been twice or even three times the size!

Anyway, even with 100 slots it was still a VERY hard list to pare down, and a ton of great games inevitably got left off the list. So similar to what we did last year, I'm going to post the complete list of everything we had in consideration just as a reference for those who are interested or maybe were miffed their favorite game didn't make the top 100. This is a no frills list, no links to reviews or anything like that, but feel free to look it over and we welcome any comments about your particular favorite games that either did or did not make the top 100 as well as just some general conversation about the year that was 2016 in mobile gaming.

THANKS TO EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY FOR A GREAT YEAR! We do this all for you, and of course we wouldn't even be in a position to do this without you, so thank you from everyone at TouchArcade!


GAMES THAT MADE THE TOP 100:
Adventures of Mana
Apollo Justice Ace Attorney
Assassin's Creed Identity
Assoluto Racing
Atomic Super Lander
Avadon 3: The Warborn
Banner Saga 2
Batman - The Telltale Series
Blitz Breaker
Bullet Hell Monday
Bully: Anniversary Edition
Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre
Chameleon Run
Circa Infinity
Clash Royale
Crashlands
Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition
Dan the Man
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Deus Ex GO
Dog Sled Saga
Don't Grind
Dungeon Warfare
Ember
Final Fantasy IX
Flappy Golf 2
Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore
Goat Simulator Waste of Space
Goo Saga
Guild of Dungeoneering
Guns of Infinity
Hatoful Boyfriend
Human Resource Machine
I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
Imbroglio
Jade Empire: Special Edition
Kathy Rain
King Rabbit
Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Leap Day
Leap of Fate
Legend of the Skyfish
Looty Dungeon
Lost Frontier
Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers
Love You to Bits
Lumines Puzzle & Music
Mekorama
Mikey Jumps
Mini Metro
Mr. Robot Exfiltration
Nekosan
Neo Turf Masters
Neon Chrome
Party Hard Go
Perchang
Pocket Mortys
Pokemon GO
Pumped BMX 3
Punch Club
Really Bad Chess
Reigns
Retro City Rampage DX
Road Not Taken
Rodeo Stampede
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
Rome: Total War
RunGunJumpGun
Rush Rally 2
Samorost 3
Severed
Shadow Blade: Reload
Sky Force Reloaded
Slide the Shakes
Snakebird
Solitairica
Sorcery! 4
Space Food Truck
Space Marshals 2
SteamWorld Heist
Steins;Gate
Steppy Pants
Super Cat Tales
Super Mario Run
Super Stickman Golf 3
Survivalcraft 2
Teeny Titans
Tennis Champs Returns
The Bug Butcher
The Quest HD
The Walking Dead: Michonne
Thumb Drift
Time Locker
Titan Quest
Tomb of the Mask
Treasure Buster
Warbits
Yankai's Triangle
Ys Chronicles 2


GAMES THAT CAME OH SO CLOSE TO MAKING THE TOP 100:
A Short Tale
Abyssrium
Adventure Company
Adventure To Fate: Quest To The Future
All is Lost
Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards
Asphalt Xtreme
Astro Attack
Back to Square One
Batman Arkham Underworld
Battle Champs
The Battle of Polytopia
Battleship Lonewolf
Bejeweled Stars
BlazBlue Revolution Reburning
Bomboras Forever
Bullet Force
Burly Men at Sea
Bushido Bear
Card Wars Kingdom
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
Caterzillar
Cattch
Choppa
Combo Critters
Conduct THIS!
The Counter of Death
Crashing Season
Critical Ops
Crush Your Enemies
CSR Racing 2
Cubed Rally World
Cursor: The Virus Hunter
Cut the Rope: Magic
DC Legends
Dead Venture
Demon's Rise 2 - Lords of Chaos
Disco Dave
Disney Crossy Road
Dofus Touch
Doomsday Clicker
Drakenlords
Dungeon Tiles
Dungelot: Shattered Lands
Dunkers
Eggggg - The Platform Puker
Egz
Eisenhorn: Xenos
Ellipsis
Enyo
Epic Flail
Exiled Kingdoms RPG
Exploding Kittens
Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena
F1 2016
Faily Brakes
Fallen London
Feral Fury
Fieldrunners Attack!
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Fishing Break
Flail Rider
Flipped Out - The Powerpuff Girls
Forbidden Desert
Futurama: Game of Drones
Galaga Wars
Gear.Club
Geometry Dash World
Go Rally
Grayout
The Greedy Cave
Halfpipe Hero
Hammer Bomb
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories
Hero Generations Regen
Hero Slide
Heroes of Loot 2
Heroes of Normandie
High Risers
Highway Runners
Hovercrash
Hungry Shark World
Hyperburner
I Keep Having This Dream
illi
Infinite Tanks
INKS
Invisible Inc.
Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast
Island Delta
Jasper's Rocket
Joan Mad Run
Journey Below
Jurassic GO - Dinosaur Snap Adventures
Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi
Lanota
Lifeline: Crisis Line
Lifeline: Flatline
Lifeline: Whiteout
Lonewolf
Loop Mania
Lost in Harmony
Lost Portal CCG
The Lost Shield
Mars: Mars
Marvel: Avengers Academy
Marvel Tsum Tsum
Maximum Car
Mazes Of Karradash 2
Mercenaries Saga2
Midnight Star Renegade
Miitomo
Mixed Macho Arts
Mobius Final Fantasy
Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure
Moveless Chess
Mr. Crab 2
My Horse Prince
NBA 2K17
NBA Live Mobile
Never Alone: Ki Edition
Nightgate
Oh…Sir! The Insult Generator
OK K.O. Lakewood Plaza Turbo
One More Jump
Onion Force
Out There Chronicles
Oz: Broken Kingdom
Pang Adventures
Patchwork The Game
Pathfinder Adventures
Peter Panic
PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator
Phoenix 2
Pianista
Pinball Breaker Forever
PinOut
Pixel Cup Soccer 16
Pixel Machines
PKTBALL
Politaire
Post Brutal
Primordia
_PRISM
Prison Run and Gun
Psycard
Pull My Tongue
Puzzle Strike
Puzzlepops!
Puzzlewood Quests Premium
Rayman Classic
RBI Baseball 16
ReDungeon
Replica: A Little Temporary Safety
ReRunners
RETSNOM
Return of the Zombie King
Riptide GP: Renegade
Rockabilly Beatdown
Rocket Ski Racing
Romancing SaGa 2
Rule with an Iron Fish
Runaway Toad
The Sandbox Evolution
Shadow Wars
Shoot the Dragon
Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert
Siralim 2
Sky Chasers
Skyhill
Smooth Operator!
Snowball!!
Space Grunts
Spingun
Splash Cars
Squaredance
Stellar Wanderer
Submerged
Super Arc Light
Super Phantom Cat
Super SteamPuff
Swap Sword
Swapperoo
Tap Hero
Tap My Katamari
Telepaint
Tentacles: Enter the Mind
That Dragon, Cancer
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
The Westport Independent
Titan Brawl
To The Throne
Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers
Tower of Fortune 3
Traffic Rider
The Trail
Train Conductor World
Twofold Inc.
Ultimate Briefcase
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter
Venture Kid
VOEZ
Vulture Island
War Tortoise
Warcher Defenders
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
Waste in Space
Yakin
Yo-kai Watch Wibble Wobble
Zip Zap
7 Mages
9th Dawn 2

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12-23-2016, 07:06 PM
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Location: UK
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Glad to see Retsnom in there. One of those rare games which gripped all my spare moments till I completed it 100%. Great puzzle mechanic added to a solid platformer, with a thoroughly downbeat tone expressed beautifully in story, visuals and audio. I had it in my top 10 for the forum game of the year.

Super Phantom Cat is the perfect antidote, though, if it all gets too bleak. What a wonderful game, so bright, so well designed.

Look at that list though! Some really flipping good games didn't make the top 100. Poor Momoka got completely swallowed up in the Crashlands fervour, but it's a great Metroidvania. Vulture Island was slight, but a marvellous Dizzy-style puzzle platformer. 9th Dawn 2, Rom Saga 2, Demons Rise 2...

One last mention for Planar Conquest, which didn't even make the long list but has a forum thread stretching over 150 pages. Phew...

2017 GOTY nominations: SAO: Memory Defrag, Death Road to Canada
Switch ID: Krillin 5948-6652-1589

12-24-2016, 01:35 PM
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Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 22,372
This is the first year where i totally agree (about 90-95% of those i have played at least) to TA's list. Pretty surprised INKS didnt make top 100.

But overall, it's been another great, great year for iOS gaming! Looking forward to another year of finding the awesome games and apps in the sea of... well... mediocrity and trash. LOL

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
12-24-2016, 04:55 PM
#4
Nice to see that Prison Run and Gun was almost in top 100
Maybe part 2 will make it next year
12-24-2016, 10:30 PM
#5
When the mobile gaming world looks like some endless, bleak, free-to-play junkyard...
Look to this list and take comfort.

Amazing year.
12-24-2016, 10:34 PM
#6
(And if Death Road to Canada wants to show up to kick things off for 2017, I Am Ready.)
12-28-2016, 05:21 PM
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12-28-2016, 05:55 PM
#8
Joined: Nov 2014
Location: Tokyo-3
Posts: 446
Hatoful Boyfriend is in the top 100. This is all that matters. Truly, 2016 was a blessed year for mobile gaming.
12-29-2016, 11:20 PM
#9
Hey! Our game Warcher Defenders is on the close to top 100 games!

That's cool! Thanks
01-01-2017, 07:35 PM
#10
Joined: Jan 2015
Location: Liberty city
Posts: 3,312
This is an excellent list. I would have eggggg, hammerbomb, warcher defenders in top 50 though