January 1st, 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!
Strategy and Defense
Fieldrunners 2 - iOS ($0.99)
Get ready to DEFEND THE WORLD! The biggest sequel in tower defense history is finally here: Fieldrunners 2 has arrived! From Subatomic Studios, creators of the award winning classic strategy game, comes an all new adventure that was years in the making. Build epic mazes out of powerful weapons to defend the world from the invading fieldrunners!
Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Can you infect the world?
Your pathogen has just infected ‘Patient Zero’. Now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.
Outwitters - iOS (Free)
A turn-based, multiplayer game from the minds that brought you Tilt to Live, AppAdvice.com’s Game of the Year. It’s a battle of wits against friends or strangers! Take turns maneuvering your troops in a race to destroy the enemy base. Will you side with the seafaring Scallywags, the robotic Feedback legion, or the snuggly-wuggly Adorables?
Bad Hotel - iOS ($0.99)
You are a budding entrepreneur, whose hotel is rather unfortunately located within the territory of Tarnation Tadstock, the Texas Tyrant. Your only defense against Tadstock’s army of seagulls, rats, yetis, and more is to build your hotel as quickly and intelligently as possible, using an array of increasingly sophisticated weapons.
Hero Academy - iOS (Free)
Enter a world of swords and magic, and challenge friends old and new to a contest of tactics and skill. From the human Council to the mysterious Dark Elves, every team needs a fearless captain to lead them to victory. Only those that leverage their team’s strengths and capitalize on their opponent’s weaknesses will protect their crystal and win the day. The Academy extends a warm welcome to all – whether they’re already heroes, or simply heroes in training!
Hunters 2 - iOS ($4.99)
Take your team of mercenaries across the galaxy looking for the best contracts you can. Loadout you squad with weapons and armour types to suit your style of play. Including the new miniguns and plasma rifles. More missions, more options, and an all new game engine makes Hunters 2 the best Action Strategy game available in the App Store.
Monster Wars - iOS ($0.99)
They’ve been hunted for gold and XP for years, and now it’s time for revenge! Take command of over 50 Monsters, in a perfect blend of Castle Defense, sidescrolling-action and RPG. Build-up a powerful Monster Army and conquer the land of Legendaria!
Control multiple groups of zombies and guide them to victory with touch controls. Trap, chase, intimidate, and ultimately, convert those annoying humans. Build a massive swarm of zombies and trash the human defenses. Careful some of the humans will fight back! Unlock unique Hero zombies to powerup your zombie swarm with bonuses and special abilities.
Autumn Dynasty - iOS ($4.99)
For generations, the knowledge of firedust and the legend of the Thousand Sun Weapon have kept the Autumn Empire safe from foreign barbarians. But now, the government is weak and her officials corrupt. Masked subversives lead the peasants in righteous revolt, seeking to seize the secrets of Empire. As civil war threatens to tear the land asunder, will you take up the sword and stand on mountains to mend the sky?