Quality Index reveals the top 10 critically acclaimed iPhone games and apps of 2010


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London, UK– 10th January 2011– 2010 was a cracking year for iPhone gaming, with over 30,000 titles released on the App Store and some of them proving genuine gems. 

Whilst Chillingo's  Cut the Rope deservedly gobbled up a gazillion sales - and candy - and ChAIR's epic  Infinity Blade sent Apple's hype machine into overdrive, which were the best reviewed games?

To answer that very question and the similarly themed 'Which were the best reviewed apps?', here's the  Quality Index  ( Qi) round-up for 2010.

Aggregating the reviews from the world's best websites, such as  148AppsPocket Gamer, and  Gamezebo, the  Quality Index uses a unique metric to create a single definitive score for each iPhone title.

Without further ado, here are the best of the best, the cream of the crop that made it into the  Quality Index of 2010...

Qi Top 10 iPhone games of 2010

1   Real Racing 2   Firemint 9.5
2   Dark Nebula - Episode Two   1337 Game Design 9.3
3   Infinity Blade   ChAIR 9.2
4   Cut the Rope   Chillingo 9.1
5   Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus   Gameloft 9.1
6   Space Miner: Space Ore Bust   Venan 9.1
7   N.O.V.A. 2   Gameloft 9.1
8   Sentinel 3: Homeworld   Origin8 9.1
9   Plants vs. Zombies   PopCap               9.0
10   Chaos Rings   Square Enix 9.0



Qi Top 10 iPhone apps of 2010

1   My-Cast Weather Radar   Digital Cyclone 10
2   iThoughts (mindmapping)   CMS 10
3   ESV Bible   Crossway 10
4   MMA Underground   Internet Commerce Co 9.7
5   Mario Batali Cooks!   High Five Labs 9.6
6   Sonos Controller   Sonos 9.6
7   PhotoCaddy   Aspyre Solutions 9.6
8   OL Officiel   Mediaplazza 9.6
9   HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker   SwEng 9.5
10   Air Video   InMethod 9.5



Ignoring the old  cliché about marathons and sprints, Firemint's boundary breaking  Real Racing 2 only motored onto the  Qi chart in December, yet maintained its impressive start and nerve around the last bend to cross the finishing line first on the year-end rundown.

In the phenomenal racer's slipstream rolled  Dark Nebula - Episode 2, an accelerometer driven platform title from 1337 Game Design that confounded and astonished in equal measure.

Gameloft's pair of twin-stick shooters  Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus and  N.O.V.A. 2 both carried out their maker's covert mission successfully, securing coveted spots on the best of 2010 battlefield amid shells raining down from rival outfits on an almost daily basis.


on the subject of precipitation, Digital Cyclone's meteorological maestro My-Cast Weather Radar fair stormed its way up the  Qi apps leaderboard, the real time animations accurately forecasting its #1 position on our annual countdown.


n 2010, multimedia software designed to expand the iPhone's functionality to a frankly mind-boggling degree featured prominently in the upper echelons, led triumphantly by Sonos's wireless music streaming aid and InMethod's ingenious DivX conversion tool Air Video.

But we'll leave the last words to celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose extensive guide to cooking up a tasty treat or three was received with open hands AND mouths by ravenous critics - better luck next year, eh, Jamie Oliver??

We'll continue to provide an updated listing each and every month, together with a round-up at the end of 2011. For all the up-to-date information on which games, apps, and publishers are reviewing best, head on over to the  Quality Index  now.

Know of a great reviews site that should be included?

If you own or know a reputable apps review site that should be added to the  Qi, then pop along to our instructions for  getting listed.

About Steel Media

Steel Media is a leading mobile consumer technology publisher based in the UK. Headed up by Chris James and with a team boasting over 50 years of experience in consumer and contract publishing, the company currently publishes Europe's biggest mobile and handheld gaming website  PocketGamer.co.uk, the leading mobile games industry portal  PocketGamer.biz and consumer friendly mobile entertainment site  PocketPicks.co.uk. Steel Media also runs the  iPhone Alliance and Smartphone Alliance advertising networks, syndicates content to mobile operators and handset manufacturers and provides a range of editorial, design and other contract publishing services to a number of leading blue chip brands.

For further information on the Pocket Gamer network or Steel Media, contact MD  Chris James

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