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Best iPod Touch games

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As some of the fastest-growing portable gaming platforms today, it’s no wonder that over a quarter of the 500,000 apps (applications) available to Apple iPhone and iPod Touch owners are digital diversions. In fact, given these devices’ user-friendly, motion-sensing interfaces; sharp 3D graphics; selection of titles for all ages and interests at a variety of comfortable prices; and ability to retrieve content on-demand virtually anytime, anywhere, well… Let’s just say we’re confident that of the over ten billion downloads users have presently notched up in the App Store, more than a few have been purchased with productivity the furthest thing from buyer’s minds. Looking for the perfect way to kill time while waiting for the bus or standing in line to score tickets to a sporting event?

Also check out our picks for the Best Free iPod Touch Games, the Best iPhone Apps, the Best iPad Apps, and the Best iPad Games.

robot unicorn attack 2 logoRobot Unicorn Attack 2 (Free)

Adult Swim scored an unlikely hit with the original Robot Unicorn Attack, an endless running game wrapped in a bizarre, kitsch package of rainbows and unicorns, and accompanied by an Erasure soundtrack. It managed to combine parody with challenging and addictive gameplay, and the sequel does exactly the same thing. The sense of humor is intact, but goals, achievements, and upgrades have been dumped into the cheesy dream world to encourage you to keep playing.

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Spaceteam logoSpaceteam (Free)

Here’s a genuinely original idea that challenges you and your friends to work together as a team (2-4 players), and not just any old team, we’re talking about a spaceteam here! Your spaceship is trying to outrun an exploding star and you need to co-ordinate and follow instructions to hit the controls on the randomly assigned panel in front of you before it’s too late. This is a unique co-op experience and it’s ridiculously fun in the right company.

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Super Stickman Golf 2 logoSuper Stickman Golf 2 ($1)

This sequel improves on the original release in every way. You’re still playing on 2D courses, setting your angle, and then timing the power for each shot, but there are more courses (20), new hazards, customizable players, and loads of challenges to complete to earn all those achievements. The multiplayer race is great, and the presence of power-ups ensures that it retains an arcade feel that’s worlds apart from the sedate reality of golf.

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Stickets logoStickets ($3)

Beautifully simple at first glance, Stickets challenges you to place L-shaped trios of colored blocks onto a grid. Match three of the same color and they’ll clear off the board. It is minimalist and lovingly polished, providing a challenge that’s hard to refuse. You can add time pressure, or choose to work on specific puzzles, if you want a change from the main mode, but as with all great puzzle games, there’s a lot more strategic depth here than you’ll see when you first play.

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Macro-MinersMicro Miners ($2)

An arcade style digging game that should appeal to fans of Minecraft and Lemmings, Micro Miners will have you hooked in no time. You have to use your finger to unearth routes to gold, silver, and coal for your color-coded miners. To make things tricky, the screen scrolls down on you and there are potentially fatal hazards awaiting your mining crew. This is a great blend of puzzle strategy and fast-paced arcade action all wrapped in a pixelated package that is bursting with charm.

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Tennis-in-the-face-iconTennis in the Face ($2)

Anyone up for tennis? This is a lot like Stupid Zombies. It challenges you bounce your tennis balls around a range of increasingly complex levels with the aim of hitting a series of wacky characters in the face. There are security goons, clowns, and mad professors to smash in this physics-based puzzler. The level design is great and new elements keep the gameplay fresh as you progress. It’s comical, it’s polished, and it’s ideal for short blasts of anarchic puzzle fun.

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Time-Surfer-iconTime Surfer ($1)

If you could rewind Tiny Wings and throw in a bunch of enemies, obstacles, and power-ups then you’d be getting close to Time Surfer. Build up speed, gobble down cake, and rewind time from your limited store to achieve perfection. There’s enough content and challenge in here to keep you coming back for more and the retro art style is great. If you love a real sense of speed in your games and crave that arcade feel then this is for you.

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Anomaly-KoreaAnomaly Korea ($4)

This is a sequel to Anomaly Warzone Earth and it’s like a reverse tower defense game in which you have to lead a convoy into enemy territory and destroy their defenses to reach objectives. It is visually stunning with a wide variety of vehicles, some impressive environments, and great visual effects. The 12 action-packed missions will challenge your strategic abilities and you’ll need to play through a few times if you want to earn a gold medal on each one. The big downside with this game is that it doesn’t go on for long enough.

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bad piggies ipod touch gameBad Piggies ($1)

Rovio soared to fame on the wings of those Angry Birds, but Bad Piggies proves the developer is no one-hit wonder. The game challenges you to construct cars and flying machines to propel your pigs to the finish point in each level. Naturally there are extras to hunt for along the way. It’s highly polished, gently challenging, and a lot of fun for the whole family.

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minecraft icon ipod touch game app storeMinecraft – Pocket Edition ($7)

This indie smash-hit is all about creation and exploration. The Pocket Edition is a scaled back version of the original, but recent updates have added crafting and we expect the improvements will keep on coming. It’s something like playing with digital Legos; in fact, there is a Lego Minecraft set. It takes some getting into, but be warned: once you’re hooked it will consume days and weeks and months of your life.minecraft screenshot ipod touch game app store

the last express icon ipod touch gameThe Last Express ($5)

All aboard the Orient Express for a mysterious adventure that will put your detective skills to the test. The game is packed with characters and you’ll need to interact with them and search carefully to uncover clues. It’s not linear either. Your actions will impact on their behavior to make each play through slightly differently. The game is set in 1914 and the beautifully realized cartoon style is well crafted. This was a cult PC classic, first released in 1997, and the iOS port has been well handled.

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carmageddon icon ipod touch gameCarmageddon ($2)

If you missed Carmageddon first time around then you need to check this out, if you remember the original then you’re in for a blood-soaked nostalgic treat. The basic idea is to run over as many pedestrians as you can in a violent battle with other deranged drivers. It’s anarchic fun, packed with power-ups, different environments, loads of cars, and an addictive career mode. There’s plenty of content on offer here and every game has a few laugh out loud moments.

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Asphalt-6-iconAsphalt 6: Adrenaline ($0.99)

Gorgeous graphics, solid controls and over 42 cars and bikes to choose from including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Ducati fill this racing game’s garage. Tune your cars, challenge your friends, and race across the globe – from L.A. to Tokyo in this fun iOS racer.

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Cut The Rope (0.99)

Cut the Rope may have missed an “e” at the end of the first word in the title, because this game defines “cute.” A mysterious package winds up on your doorstep and an adorable little green creature pops out with one demand: to be fed candy. To feed him, you’ll have to solve elaborate, physics based levels that will keep you guessing on the best route from point A to point M (for “mouth”). Having a pet is a hefty responsibility but Om Nom–the “monster” in Cut the Rope–is pretty easy to handle. Just get the poor guy some candy.

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Superbrothers-Sword-and-Sorcery-EP-iconSuperbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP ($4.99)

The label of games as art is often bandied about – typically to no avail. But just every now and again a game like Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery comes about and makes a compelling argument for videogames. In Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery, you play as a wandering warrior monk, solving mystical musical puzzles as you adventure across this beautiful and magical realm. The game is affected by phases of the moon and you can co-operate with friends through Twitter to unravel its mysteries.

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Amazing Breaker ($0.99)

This physics-based destruction-oriented puzzle game has plenty of levels that will both frustrate and entertain you. Using an array of different explosives, your goal is to completely demolish various shapes that appear on each level – but that’s easier said than done.

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flight control icon ipod iphone ios game appFlight Control ($0.99)

Why is it that pilots get all the credit? Most of their work is automated thanks to modern technology. The real test of skill comes for air traffic controllers. If you think you’re up for the challenge, test out just how skilled you are with Flight Control. You’ll be tasked with bringing in planes for a safe landing. It sounds easy enough but when you find yourself in charge of busy air fields on a stormy day, you might just start feeling a bead of sweat roll down your forehead. Wipe it away quick and get back to swiping your screen–these planes need clearance for a clean landing.

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doodle-jump-iphone-app-iconDoodle Jump ($0.99)

Any app with four and a half stars from 2,700 reviews and counting has to be doing something right. Such is the case with Doodle Jump, which earns its hallowed place on the list with ultra-addictive gameplay that you’ll learn seconds and won’t be able to put down for hours.

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plants v zombies icon ipod iphone ios game appPlants vs. Zombies ($2.99)

Zombies sure seem to be all the rage lately. Show those walking piles of flesh they picked the wrong yard to invade in Plants vs. Zombies. The undead have a terrible sense of direction, yet they keep managing to find their way into your backyard. Send them packing with an army of flora that would make any gardener’s thumb green with envy. It’s a great tower defense style game disguised with vibrant visuals, funny plot, and quirky characters. The zombie apocalypse may be on its way and this game is the best way to prepare yourself than with a plant-based defense.

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gta chinatown wars ipod iphone ios game appGrand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ($9.99)

Ever miss the world of crime that resides within the game world of Grand Theft Auto when you’re away from your PC or console? Wipe away that sadness by picking up Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. This title will take gamers back to the days of top-down viewed crime sprees as they play through one of the most immersive worlds to ever to hit portable devices. It’s got everything you’d expect from the GTA franchise: car chases, explosions, an excellent story, and completely unnecessary violence. Plus if you’re not feeling any of the in-game music you can build custom playlists from your own tunes.

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SpellTower ($6.99)

If you’re looking for a game that blends the word-search appeal of Zynga’s Scramble with Friends with the classic puzzle charm of Tetris, and you want to play it while offline, then look no further than SpellTower. The game features fantastic retro graphics, highly-addictive gameplay, and is extremely simple to learn.

spelltower ios ipod touch game app word puzzlespelltower ios ipod touch game app puzzle word search

infinity-blade-iphone-app-iconInfinity Blade ($2.99)

After teasing us with Epic Citadel last year, Epic Games finally released Infinity Blade. The RPG uses extremely cutting edge graphics and 3D effects to keep your attention, but it also multi-player options and an intricate storyline that can easily cause you to forget you’re staring at your iPhone and not parked in front of a console. Epic Games developers are also wise to use to touchscreen to its advantage, and there are multiple and easy to master combat moves for players to enjoy.

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