PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year

PhoneArena Awards 2012: Game of the year
Have you played any cool games on your smartphone or tablet lately? We know we have. In fact, we got to try out a plethora of great games over the past 12 months - so many that we had a really hard time selecting the best ones among them. 

Still, we had to pick a game of the year for our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 series.

The winner in today's category belongs to the third-person shooter genre. We recently gave it a thorough review and we were surprised by how engaging the game was. It combines many of the elements that make a great title when put together, such as amazing graphics, polished gameplay, and tons of in-game variety to keep a player satisfied for a maximum period of time.

Can you guess which game we've selected? If you can't, then we'll tease you no more. Ladies and gents, to us, the game of 2012 is...


Here's a game that you shouldn't install in case you have an important deadline coming up. That's because once you start playing SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, you'll have difficulties putting your smartphone or tablet down. It is a multiplayer action game inspired by the likes of HALO and Call of Duty.

You get to play with gamers from all over the world, in either Deathmatch mode, which is a classic, free-for-all fight, or in Zone Control mode, which requires tactics and teamwork to be applied. There are plenty of different weapons to unlock and purchase with the money you make while playing. Actually, there is so much variety when it comes to unlockables that you'll keep on playing just so that you can try them all out. But it wasn't only the gameplay that made us go with SHADOWGUN: DeadZone as our winner today. We also took into account the console-quality graphics that the game is so highly acclaimed for. All the eye-candy that has been thrown in enhances the experience even further, especially if you have a Tegra 3 powered device.

Second place: Draw Something

Draw Something does not offer cutting-edge graphics or anything like that. Some might even find it too childish to be actually worth playing. However, this game definitely deserves to be on our list because of its original concept. Its gameplay is unique, simple, and elegant: all you need to do is to draw a picture, or guess what the other person is trying to draw, depending on who's turn it is. But don't be fooled as Draw Something is a game very easy to get hooked on. Don't believe us? Then just ask some of the 10,000,000+ people that have tried it.

Third place: Angry Birds Star Wars

Right when we thought that the Angry Birds franchise was losing its cool, a new game stepped in and added a fresh new dose of awesomeness to the title's gameplay. We even dared to say that it was the best title in the series to date when doing our Angry Birds Star Wars review. It arrived with new birds, new skills, new levels, and a new theme, which made us fall in love with Rovio's masterpiece once again.

And these were the three games that impressed us the most this year. Do you agree with our choice, or would you rather say some other game deserved the top spot? Let us know down in the comments!

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37. CstrikeR

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

GTA Vice City 10th Anniversary !!!

33. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

what about street fighter 4 volt that game is pretty awesome

32. Jay..Apple4Ever

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Good games..I always come back to the classic RPG's and games like TableTennis, Pitfall & Amazing Breaker to name a few.

28. andynaija

Posts: 1268; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Where's Temple Run?

24. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

meeeee.... i dont really play these games...coz i am addicted to temple run!! best ever and timeless!

26. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

You can't play temple run and these games with a blackberry

29. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol... we have tomb escape!

30. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Ha! blackberries do have a lot of knocks off Angry pig Tomb escape What's more?

31. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

its not knock of!1 its alternative due to the fact that these titles are not available to another platform!!! you're really a sad guy... a mean guy you know that?!

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

No granny Smith? Haha

14. Red-Pain

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour ?????

27. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

still not available on the most major platform(android)..

13. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Android Tablet with HDMI output + 55" Full HD LED TV + PS3 Joystick with Shadowgun ;-)

16. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Wait a sec, if you have a PS3 i presume you have a PS3, why don't you use the dedicated gaming system? People are getting weirder by the day.

19. SleepingOz unregistered

Get a life dude!

21. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Because Shadowgun isn't available on PS3?

36. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

because having PS3 joystick doesn't mean have the PS3 console..

6. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

What about Need for Speed Most wanted ?? It is the best racing game ever on a smartphone or tablet

3. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Angry Birds .. boring! what about Ingress? I know its still in beta and needs an activation code, but its very interesting game!

11. jimjam unregistered

I'm with you on Angry birds.

2. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Am i the only one around here that loves RPG games?

4. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I'm with you.... Chaos Ring, Final Fantasy 3, Blazing Souls Accelerate... Just too bad that these games don't have as much downloads as what's listed on this article.

7. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

16$ for FFIII .. come on! I love FF, but at this price i'll never but it!

9. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Agreed, I'm still waiting for price drops on these games...

18. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

And Pokemon, zelda...

23. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I think the article is talking about tablets and smartphone games only... My boys will be happy if Pokemon get ported to smartphones.

8. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

right here with ya, i'm always digging around for news on kemco games

12. LordDavon

Posts: 185; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

Almost all I have on the Note II, and on the iPad. Love RPGs! Need to get a 10" Android tablet with keyboard, and pick up Zork again. :) Order and Chaos just had a spin-off released. Anyone try that one? Oh, Bulder's Gate came out for iOS today, and Android should be soon. Tablets only, so here's hoping my Note II counts. :) Loved that game, and never finished, so here I go again!

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hell naww ur not the only one.....i just finished the classic FF9! lol dont know which is better now......7 9 or 10

25. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I thought "RPG" stood for "Role Playing Games".

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