Two of our top iPhone games of 2011 score GDC Awards nominations

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Tiny TowerBetween Angry Birds injecting itself into the proverbial bloodstream of mobile gamers all over and gem after gem hitting the App Store, it's safe to say 2011 was an amazing year for iPhone and iPad games. It looks like some of our choices for the top free iOS games of last year were right on the money, at least with the critical minds of the Game Developers Conference.

The annual conference's award ceremony, as the Game Developers Choice (GDC) Awards, has revealed its nominations for 2012. Amongst your Skyrim's and Portal 2's are the mobile games, namely Tiny Tower by NimbleBit and Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride. Here's all of the nominees in the Best Handheld/Mobile Game category:

  • Tiny Tower (NimbleBit)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick)
  • Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

We loved Tiny Tower for its inventive, valiant attempt at charming even the most curmudgeon "hardcore" gamer into what amounts to a social game without the "social". Jetpack Joyride, on the other hand, is simply an accomplishment in the just-one-more-round play hook that's so well-suited for mobile. While only two of our favorite free iPhone/iPad games made the list, this writer has a tough time deciding out of any of these choices. If you've yet to pick up any of these games, now's the time.

Did your favorite mobile/handheld game make the list of GDC Awards nominees? Which game do you think most deserves the accolades? Sound off in the comments. Add Comment.
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