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Apple Reveals Top-Selling, High-Rated iPhone Games of 2009
Apple Reveals Top-Selling, High-Rated iPhone Games of 2009
December 8, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

December 8, 2009 | By Danny Cowan

In its new "Rewind 2009" feature released today on iTunes, Apple has listed the year's top-grossing games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The feature also includes a "Best of 2009" list highlighting some of the year's top-rated apps.

The top sellers by revenue chart for 2009 features a number of games from major industry publishers, including Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Taito, 2K Games, and Sony.

The 1.5 million unit-selling air traffic management sim Flight Control, developed and published by independent game development studio Firemint, is also featured in Apple's list, despite only costing 99c.

The "Best of 2009" chart, highlighting some of Apple's preferred games with the highest average score, includes Tiger Style's arachnid sim Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, the single-switch action game Canabalt, and id Software's iPhone port of the classic first-person shooter Doom.

The following is Apple's list of the App Store's ten best sellers for 2009:

1. The Sims 3 (EA Games)
2. The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)
3. Need for Speed Undercover (EA Games)
4. Madden NFL 10 (EA Games)
5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour (EA Games)
6. Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles (Gameloft)
7. Flight Control (Firemint)
8. Cooking Mama (Taito)
9. Civilization Revolution (2K Games)
10. Wheel of Fortune (Sony Pictures)

The top-rated games listed in Apple's "Best of 2009" chart:

1. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)
2. Real Racing (Firemint)
3. Zenonia (Gamevil)
4. Ravensword: The Fallen King (Gameloft)
5. Earth vs. Moon Ep. 2: Enter the Perk Shop (Low Five Games)
6. Sally's Spa (Games Cafe)
7. Ragdoll Blaster (Backflip Studios)
8. Canabalt (Semi Secret Software)
9. Blades of Fury (Gameloft)
10. Doom Classic (id Software)

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Joe E
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congrats to tiger style, they deserve every 5-star they got!

Emil Johansen
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Ravensword is published by Chillingo - not Gameloft.

Joseph Vasquez II
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The game Boost 3D, listed in Apple's top 30 best games of 2009, was developed solo by a young guy named Jonathan Lanis, who had just graduated from DigiPen and thought he'd make an iPhone game over the summer. What a cool success story to see his game featured in the same chart as id Software's Doom.

Russ Menapace
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It's pretty exciting to see our game (Ravensword) on that chart, but please, change the publisher... it was created by Crescent Moon Games and published by Chillingo.