The 10 best games of 2013

By , Dec 25, 2013

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Games are the most popular downloads in the App Store. On any given day, games make up about 80 percent of the top 10 lists for free and paid apps. Because there are so many amazing and cool titles launched in the App Store every day, this best-of list was hard to narrow down.

After much consideration and deliberation, the writers at iDownloadBlog have come up with a list of what they think are the 10 best games of 2013. Check out our favorites and then vote for the one you like best to be added to our Best Apps of 2013 list…

Oceanhorn

OceanhornOnly a month ago, FDG Entertainment launched an adventure game that sent Zelda fans scurrying. This fun sword swinging 3-D platformer lets players smash planters and chop weeds, just like the “Legend of Zelda” classic. The story is different and the characters don’t compare, but if you can’t help Link save the day on iOS, the next best thing is Oceanhorn. This game is available for $8.99.

Infinity Blade III

Infinity Blade IIIchAIR Entertainment’s third installment in the Infinity Blade series made a huge splash in the App Store with multiple characters to choose from, a dynamically changing environment based on your choices, global Clashmob challenges with group-based quests, and much more. Plus, the app has since been updated twice to include new quests, additional weapons, and new modes. This game is on sale for $2.99.

QuizUp

quizupNot everyone is big on epic controller-based games on the iPhone or iPad. Sometimes, a simple text-based game or casual puzzle game is the best option. QuizUp is the largest real-time trivia game. With more than four million players, you can go head to head against others to prove your smarts with 150,000 questions covering 280 topics. Categories include television, books, sports, and music. This game is available for free.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA San AndreasRockstar Games has been able to successfully port a number of GTA titles to iOS. San Andreas launched in 2004 with much fanfare. It featured new game mechanics, like gang wars and car tuning. Just a few weeks ago, it found its way into the App Store and comes with three different control schemes, game controller support, and customizable playlists. This game is available for $6.99.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2Another sequel to make the top 10 this year is from Popcap Games. This clever castle defense game added lots of new gameplay, new characters, and a time travel elements. Plus, unlike its predecessor, this game launched as a freebie. The game features new plants and zombies, new plant food and power-ups, new difficult levels, and extra helpful power ups that you can buy. This game is available for free.

Limbo

LimboJust before Independence Day, a strange and beautiful atmospheric platform puzzle game found its way into the App Store. Gamers have enjoyed the story of the boy who goes in search of his missing sister in Limbo. Finally, iOS gamers were able to take the adventure on the road. The dark and deadly world is not a safe place for a young boy. Players must figure out how to get from one place to another by performing a series of tasks or putting together a number of items to create a solution. If you die one hundred times before finding the girl, you won’t be alone. This game is available for 4.99.

har.mo.ny

HarmonyCasual gamers will love the zen-like mechanics of this casual puzzle game. Players try to revert mixed up blocks to their original pattern. Each block has a certain number of moves that must be performed and all blocks must end up in their correct place. Thanks to the relaxing soundtrack that accompanies the game, players can wind down while stimulating their brain. This game is available for $0.99.

The Room 2

The Room 2Apple’s 2012 Game of the Year got a sequel for the iPad at the end of this year and it is just as fun, challenging, and good looking as its predecessor. In this title, players move from room to room, unlocking more boxes and trying to solve more mysteries. Each room has a different theme, as players are traveling through time. Each level has increasingly difficult puzzles. The only thing wrong with it is that it is over too soon. This game is available for $4.99.

Terraria

TerrariaWith the amount of time that MineCraft spent on the top 10 list in the App Store this year, you’d think no one was playing any other games. For a short period of time, game companies were launching titles with similar look and feel. Terraria is one of those games that pays homage to the popular world building game without copying it. Players go adventuring in order to dig for materials that they use to build a really cool pad that other characters will set up residence in. The game even includes multiplayer co-op mode for a collaborative adventure with friends. This game is available for $4.99.

Year Walk

Year WalkThe story of this game comes from the Swedish experience of going on a yearlong walk to find oneself or discover the answer to a mystery. Players find themselves deep in a vast and unpopulated snow-covered forest, searching for answers and finding more mysteries. For a deeper and more interactive experience, download the free companion app, which is full of Swedish folklore, and might offer some hints as to what to do next. This game is available for $3.99.

Cast your vote

We are also taking a poll from our readers on the top apps in each category. Out of the 10 apps we presented today, please cast your vote on which one is the very best. The winning app will be included on a list of the top readers’ choice apps for 2013. Please take a moment to make your voice heard and tell us which game from the list above is your favorite.


Make sure to check out and vote for our other best apps of the year:

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  • Vince Reedy

    first

    • Gucciipad

      Fail

    • vs511

      This is not YouTube and I’m out of cookies 😛

    • Kurt

      Congrats bro! Excellent work!

    • omrishtam

      your parents must be so proud

    • Rami Tabaa

      Respect man 😛

      • jp2002

        lol

      • Vince Reedy

        I always wanted to do that

      • Freddy Born

        nice one =)

    • Max Rojas

      LMAO

  • AF

    where is Fifa 13?

  • Merman123

    Where’s FIFA 14???

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      That freemium pos doesn’t deserve a spot in the iDB 10 best games of 2013.

      • Fırat Çiftçi

        FIFA14 isn’t really freemium.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s still garbage though. It’s Fifa 13 with new menus, new teams and new touch screen controls and that is about it. The game is miles away from being as good as its console counterpart…

      • Fırat Çiftçi

        Well, you basically summed up what EA Sports does every year on every console..

      • Merman123

        You mad bro? C’mon it’s an iPad. Relax. It’s more your fault for expecting a tablet to perform the same as a console. I like it. It’s fun, and a nice time killer on my iPad mini whenever I’m away from home.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        No I’m not mad and yes I do realise its ridiculous of me to expect an iOS game to have the same level of detail as it’s console counterpart but I do expect the games to be somewhat identical with similar features even if the iOS version is stripped down or limited in one way or another. I also don’t expect advertisements in paid apps and games…

    • JulianZH

      same game different name… boring game cant get on the top.

  • Linton Findlay

    not pvz 2. free to play model killed it

  • Phase 1

    & now time for the real list:

    The Walking Dead 2
    The Wolf Among Us
    Republique
    Lost Echo
    GTA: San Andreas
    Limbo
    Oceanhorn
    The Inner World
    Spiral
    FIFA 14

  • Mozaik

    I am surprised infinity blade got more vote than gta San Andreas .

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Super hexagon, dots, rymdkapsel are my favourites. I am not sure about real racing 3, or asphalt 8 not being shown here. Is it becouse the actual title was not made in 2013?

  • Zozory Zozor

    for me , the best game was obamacare!!!!

  • Hka

    Assassin’s Creed – Pirates ?

  • Derek

    Oceanhorn, QuizUp & GTA: San Andreas are the best games of 2013. No argument.

  • Neil Sardesai

    Never played Oceanhorn and GTA.
    Infinity Blade III’s graphics are very impressive, but gameplay is basically the same throughout the series.
    PvZ 2 is an IAP nightmare.
    QuizUp is fun.
    Limbo is beautiful, but better played on a larger screen (iPad or computer).
    har.mo.ny is painfully easy.
    The Room 2 is amazing in terms of both graphics and gameplay.
    Terraria is kinda addicting.
    Year Walk’s plot and visual style are very unique, but the puzzles can be pretty tough.

  • Marvin

    San Andreas

  • twited21

    Hi looks like you guys forgot the best game in 2013
    MODERN COMBAT 4 chop chop can’t wait for mc5
    The room 2 sucks major A$$

    • Ninja Banana

      Modern Combat 4 was a 2012 game, genius.

  • Oliver Hyde

    Dead Trigger 2 for me

  • Andrieux Querido

    Oceanhorn, is the best one on Playability. I had so many hours of fun and the best of it is that i didnt have to handle w iAP’s since the game dont have it.
    congratulations to the TEAM and thank you to provide us with FUN and NO IAP.

  • Freak Cleverman

    How about Clash of clans? And tiny theif? These are excellent games

  • Chris Tangler

    I love the Simpsons: tapped out. Might be from last year though.

  • anti dyslexie

    what about ridiculous fishing

  • PVZ2 is boooooring garbage for OCD aspergers. It should be replaced by Kingdom Rush Frontiers!

  • Jacques Hragar

    Wtf, these are all shitty mobile games. In the best games of 2013 it’s got to include Gta 5 and other sick games

    • Anthony Nguyen

      since when gta 5 is on ios? this is for MOBILE games only, not the games for xbox and playstation

    • Chris Gilmore

      lol.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      You are slow? Ya, ur slow.

  • DastanLim

    Where is The Walking Dead 2? It should be listed in top 10.

  • H5ire

    Left 4 Dead – 2 is Free on Steam only for Today.!! 😀

  • brooks whiffen seale

    The Walking Dead tell tale games has GOT to make the list.

  • iDavici

    I like Junk Jack X~

  • SxC FuZe FeaR

    Where is Modern Combat 4?

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Yup, MC4, ftw!!! Epic ios online fps. Unrivaled.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Absolutely no reason to vote, list is complete garbage. Sorry, just sayin.

  • Lalol Hernández Gómez

    And Ridiculous Fishing, Device 6, Rayman; Fiesta Run, Badland?

  • David Diaz Escandon

    Device 6? Ridiculous fishing? Nor eve the apples editors winning badlands?

  • nemopsp

    I’ve have to say Top Paid games on AppStore for 2013: XCOM: Unknown Enemy’s, Oceanhorn, Terraria, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rymdkapsel, Frozen Synapse, Pathogen, Junk Jack X, LIMBO

  • gameman12

    Dead Trigger 2? Batman: Arkham Origins?

  • obada

    you should edit the title to: “The Best App Store

    Games of 2013”

  • Mush Ink

    I want to be on this list in 2014! Celebrity Eye Quiz Game – what do you think?