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The Top 10 iPhone Games of 2009
by Jamin Smith on Thursday 17th Dec 2009

The article 2009 has been building towards is finally here.

1. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, Tiger Style Games

So, here it is; the one you've all been waiting for. The game that's beaten the competition to become AppGamer's favourite game of 2009 -- our iPhone game of the year. It could well be that Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor flew under your radar when it was released back in August, which is a crying shame given the fact it's one of the most stylistic, playable and innovative titles the App Store has to offer.

Taking control of a spider - unquestionably the coolest creepy-crawly on the face of this earth - players must traverse the eerie Bryce Manor, catching flies with a web along the way to unlock the next room. While many iPhone games fall flat on their faces as a direct result of their crippling control schemes, Spider was designed with the touch screen in mind, making use of natural and intuitive controls that make the act of movement itself enjoyable.

There are a lot of fantastic games in our top ten, but we reserved the top spot for a game that offered more than just good graphics or addictive gameplay. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor isn't a port or shameless clone of an existing console title, it's is an innovative and completely original iPhone outing designed for iPhone gamers specifically. With its distinct art style, fluid controls and intriguing underlying narrative -- awarding Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor our game of 2009 wasn't a hard decision.

From our review:

"Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is a tremendous accomplishment. It succeeds on every level, in fact the only significant complaint we can level at the game is that once the game is completed you can’t go back and replay any specific level. Your only options are to restart the story from scratch. I also found myself wishing there were more levels but this is more due to the fact that the game is so good I didn’t want it to end than any shortfall in the games design. So why are you still reading this? Get onto the App Store and spend the ridiculously modest amount Tiger Style Games are asking for this beautiful game."

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And there you have it. The games that defined 2009. The games that everybody with an iDevice should have played over the year. Agree? Disagree? Angry at our inclusion of a certain game? Outraged that we missed out another? Why not whack your thoughts down in the comments section below and let us know. We'll do our best to answer all your questions and get some decent debate on the go at the same time, as we're fully aware just how subjective these end of year lists can be.

Until next year then!

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