PhoneArena Awards 2011: Game of the year

PhoneArena Awards 2011: Game of the year
Admit it! You also play video games on your smartphone or tablet, don't you? Well, you are not alone –  video games have been the most downloaded kind of apps for quite a while now, and that might not change anytime soon.

That is why we are here to present the Game of the year award, which is the eighth category in the PhoneArena Awards of 2011. And believe us when we say that it was not easy for us to pick the best one among the piles and piles of titles that were released over the year.

For a game to walk away with the prestigious title, it needs to be a lot more than your garden variety Angry Birds clone. It has to be fun, challenging, and good-looking. It also needs to be capable of keeping you entertained for more than seven minutes and a half – the more, the better. Bonus points are awarded for a high addiction factor. However, we are prioritizing gameplay over visuals here, so don't expect an otherwise dull video game to take the top spot today thanks to its flashy graphics (e.g., ancient pagodas, ruined fortresses, and the likes).

But before we begin, below are the previous seven categories in the PhoneArena Awards of 2011. In case if you have missed them, feel free to check them out.

And the award goes to: Where's my water?

Who would have thought that a seemingly childish game, such as Where's my water, can be so fun and addicting? Yet the game well deserves the prime spot in today's category as it is both original and challenging. It offers over 120 levels of puzzle-solving goodness (hopefully, more of them are on their way) topped off with a dose of colorful, cartoonish graphics. We would strongly recommend that you avoid playing Where's my water if you have an important exam coming up, unless you want to spend more time showering Swampy the alligator rather than reading books and cramming scientific formulas.

First runner-up: Order & Chaos Online

There are probably not many hardcore fans of the MMORPG genre who have not heard of Order & Chaos Online. The video game lets you explore a vast fantasy world, challenge hundreds of quests, and interact with an immense number of other players from around the globe. Of course, people would say that this title is nothing but a World of Warcraft clone, but we don't really find anything wrong with that. Can you play WoW on your iPhone? We thought so. Besides, the game is fun, challenging, and addictive enough to deserve the first runner-up spot in today's category.

Second runner-up: World of Goo

World of Goo has been around for quite a while, but it wasn't until this year when the physics-based structure-building game got ported to Andorid and iOS. And while there is a number of other titles that offer similar gameplay, to us, World of Goo stands above them. It has charm, style and personality – things that the clones usually lack, but what also makes us like the game so much is its challenging gameplay, which makes you want to beat the game all the way to its very last level.

There you go, folks! Where's my water grabs the Game of the year title in the PhoneArena Awards of 2011, followed by Order & Chaos and World of Goo. The next category is to be announced tomorrow, so stay tuned!



1. nuadar1

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I actually never played one of Shadowgun or something like that? I mean...little more "advanced" game??

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Shadowgun is fun, but it smacks of a Gears of War/Bulletstorm clone, just like Modern Combat 2 is a Call of Duty clone.

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Order & Chaos is legit. I need to get Where's my water and check that out if it really is #1.

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

ive not played any of them either. i refuse to pay for apps, but i feel like i miss out on some awesome stuff b/c of that. generally amazon's free app of the day gives me plenty of gaming options though.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Who says you have to pay for any apps :-)

15. robinrisk unregistered

lol, my sentiment exactly.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hey.. no pirating apps. peeps work hard for that money. go pirate a movie.. sure, those guys make millions and billions. Our local app developers normally work from home on the side while doing other jobs and make us these apps we love. If there is no add supported version and they want a buck or 2, give it to em.

5. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

I am sorry but isn't infinity Blade suppose to be first i mean it look so cool. coming from an android fan that is excitingly waiting for his galaxy nexus to arrive.

9. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Infinity Blade is too repetitive etc to be up there. Order & Chaos is a much better game.

17. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Well I bought order and chaos and I have to say I didn't like it.

18. wakingup

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

Ininity Blade is a over-raed IOS application which only repeats itself. I mean, yes, the grahpics are good, but same old same old, its over-rated just like the iphone itself. The graphics are NOT stunning as they advertise, i mean compare it to some PSP games...Also, its game play is pathetic...really...swipe...left...right...up...down...left...right...up and so on...oh thats sure to be fun, isnt it?

19. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Have you played Infinity Blade II? Much, much better than the first.

6. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Haven't played the others, but I can vouch for "Where's my Water?," it's actually pretty fun! First few levels are pretty easy to let you get the hang of digging and guiding water where you want with pretty realistic physics effects. Then it starts to get pretty tough, but still fun. Snagged it last week free from Facebook Apple AppStore giveaway. I think it's still free.

7. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

infinity blade 1 was good. Infinity blade 2 was more like forget android these guys want to start challenging ps3 level of graphics.

8. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If you like "Where's my Water?," I also think that "Early Bird" for iOS is a pretty good time waster. It's free right now in the app store. Let's put that at 4th place.

10. seylan

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Well I guessed many people got over Angry Birds... Plants vs Zombies?

11. Nick_T

Posts: 187; Member since: May 27, 2011

Actually, neither of them is from 2011, which is why they do not qualify for the category.

12. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

I wish 2012 could see a Xperia Play 2 with Tegra 3...

14. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Xperia plays specs are good enough. it can run shadowgun whit good frame rate. And what are you going to do with a quad core phone? it´s not like bethesda will develop skyrim to mobile phones. Oh and hail Sithis.

16. robinrisk unregistered

does skyrim take a lot of system resources? I've never played it but i see a lot of people talking about it.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

a lot of resources? lol. yea.. id say it takes more than a few.. and a few more than that. :) Hey you know what might be plausable with these next gen quad cores? A morrowind port!!!! that would be worth every penny. :)

22. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Skyrim is probably one of the most advanced game for this gen of consoles. You can literally play the game forever. After you're done with the main and side quests (which will take about 200 hours), the game will generate random missions. They're not stupid fetch-quest missions either... real in-depth stuff. I could never get into Bethesda games. I tried Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout ect... They're just too big and time consuming for me. The "Witcher 2" is coming to consoles and is supposed to be another really sick rpg.

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