January 2nd, 2013 | By Charles Ferrendelli
The year 2012 had many good games, so many that we’ve decided to break up the best iOS and Android apps by genre! We’re days away from entering a new year, and unlike many sites out there, we waited till the last possible minute so we could check out all the indie games releasing in late December (and a few of them made the lists too!). So over the next couple days we’ll be releasing lists of our favorite games of 2012. If you disagree with any of our picks feel free to leave a comment below and tell us what indie game you thought should have been included! Here’s to another prosperous year in gaming for 2013!
Hatchi – A retro virtual pet - iOS ($0.99)
Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone, iPod and iPad users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. He needs YOU!
You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan – they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!
Shufflepuck Cantina - iOS (Free)
Shufflepuck Cantina is the newest game developed by the creators of the best-seller 1112. Plunge into the Athanor’s universe!
Play in a world populated by colorful characters in an atmospheric Space Western. Face your opponents in frantic and spectacular air hockey matches! Relax and take your chances at the prize machine.
Organ Trail is a retro zombie survival game. Travel westward in a station wagon with 4 of your friends, scavenging for supplies and fending off the undead. Members of your party might die of dysentery or you might have to put them down yourself when they get bit. Faithfully recreated it as if it were on the Apple 2, Organ Trail offers amazing 16 color art and retro beeps and boops. Packed full of zombie mechanics, themes and references; this is a must have for any zombie survival fans.
True Skate - iOS ($1.99)
The most authentic skateboarding game available on iOS or any other platform. The only thing more authentic, is an actual skateboard. Features: Realistic touch based physics. Flick the board to make it react exactly how you would expect. Drag your finger on the ground to push.
Gua-Le-Ni - iOS ($0.99)
Taking inspiration from an essay by Scottish philosopher David Hume, Gua-Le-Ni challenges the players to recognize and feed a bizarre series of paper beasts. Those impossible, combinatorial creatures will walk across the illustrations of an old bestiary, trying to flee from its pages. By twisting, turning and rearranging toy-cubes, the players must form the correct “name” of the animals and thus cataloguing them before it is too late! Some animals are carnivores, some herbivores; different food combinations may have the effects of rendering the beasts longer, shorter, more or less fast and valuable.