2008 saw Apple prove its worth as a competitor in the handheld console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo. We've rounded up the things both gaming giants could learn from Apple. And for good measure we've compiled a list of the greatest iPhone games available.

There's no doubting the fact that over the past few years Nintendo and Sony have had a very good run. Whether it's the tones of games released for the DS or the fact that the PSP surely is a hand-held console for those that love gadgets with its Skype to internet-radio support as well as oodles of cool games.

But 2008, saw a very unexpected competitor to the gaming giants in the form of Apple. The company's iPhone/iPod Touch games start at 59p (going up as high as £5.99), and games have flooded Apple's App Store since it opened its digital doors in July.

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Nobody at either company has asked, but here's my free advice regarding the things they could learn from Apple.

Nintendo

Get that new DSi out worldwide, on the double! The bigger screens and the 256MB of memory are a good start, but we need to see a Wiiware-style channel where people can easily download DS games directly onto their handheld no matter where they are, stat!

Also, while I'm mentioning it, set it up so that we can run said downloaded games directly from SD Card. Another quick thought: Don't try to out iPhone the iPhone. If you're going to build in MP3 functionality, maybe you should at least support the MP3 file format. (AAC only? Really?)

Sony

Admit that UMDs need to be thrown down a hole with all those Betamax machines. The UMD optical drive sucks power and doesn't deliver high-capacity storage compared with what even cheap flash memory cards now offer. You're better off bundling a streamlined system with a hard drive.

Want to sell people games at a store? Sell them on Memory Sticks - as you probably should've done in the first place. Or take further advantage of the online store, which has already done a bang-up job offering PSP games as digital downloads.

The PSP has had a tough fight against the Nintendo DS since its launch. That said, as a gadget-head, I love all the connectivity features that sync up the PSP with the PlayStation 3. If Sony can create more games and applications that tether the two devices together, you might still make a case for PSP owners.

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The best advice I can give to both Nintendo and Sony is to remember your roots. I did a story a couple months back celebrating the indie community that has rallied around the R4 cartridge as a legitimate homebrew gaming tool. That same group is always looking for new ways to mod the PSP, as well. These dedicated coders do it simply for the love of games (or to build their resume for getting into the gaming biz).

Open up the doors, and let people who want to make all sorts of apps release them into the wild. You want to vet them for quality control? Go right ahead.

Way I see it, Apple has the right idea. The code is out there for people to play with, and I'm seeing tons of cool, free, and cheap applications just waiting to be downloaded. Want a taste of what's available? Read on to learn more about the best iPhone games of 2008.

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2008 saw Apple prove its worth as a competitor in the handheld console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo. We've rounded up the things both gaming giants could learn from Apple. And for good measure we've compiled a list of the greatest iPhone games available.

The Greatest iPhone Games of 2008

There's hundreds of iPhone games available but I guarantee these are the games that you'll want to get your hands on.

Oddball Gaming

Rolando
This stylish puzzle adventure has you rolling little ball people around a colourful world. In fact, it's probably the best game on the iPhone to date. Play it.

I Love Katamari
Rolling up a big pile of garbage might not sound like fun, but this game definitely cleans up. Speaking of which, Namco needs to update the tilt controls a little before this good game becomes great.

Flight of the Hamsters
It seems simple enough - launch a hamster and see how far it'll go - but this game is amazingly addictive.

Amateur Surgeon
Here's a goofball cross between Operation and the DS's Trauma Center: Under The Knife.

Touch Physics
This rip-off - ahem- tribute to the indie game Crayon Physics has you drawing shapes to solve puzzles. I'm playing this until the real deal comes to the iPhone.

Sim Cities and Strategies

SimCity
It's SimCity, and it's in the palm of your hand (technically, it's SimCity 3000, but you get the idea). This spot-on re-creation operates surprisingly smoothly, providing everything from advisors to disasters - all that you'd expect from the classic PC game.

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Fieldrunners
Hands down, this is one of the best and most polished iPhone games going. If you're a Tower Defense fan, check this out.

Lux
Remember the board game Risk? That's what you have here.

Zombie Attack
Defend your home from roaming undead by setting up turrets and traps.

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  1. Not that they asked for the advice...
  2. The greatest iPhone games of 2008
  3. Games for action junkies
  4. The best puzzlers on the iPhone

2008 saw Apple prove its worth as a competitor in the handheld console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo. We've rounded up the things both gaming giants could learn from Apple. And for good measure we've compiled a list of the greatest iphone games available.

Action Junkie

Hero of Sparta
In this pretty impressive God of War-like action game, some solid hack-and-slashery is going on. My only real complaint is that the frame rate can get a little choppy at times. Still, it's a solid effort that's a lot of fun to take a stab at.

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Chocolate Shop Frenzy
Fans of time-management games like Diner Dash need to check this out. In it, you serve chocoholics and play a Bejeweled-style mini-game at the same time.

Dropship
This title is a high-style, vector-graphics flight game.

Topple
Playing this Tetris-like game takes a very steady hand. The difference here is that you want to stack your blocks up as high as they will go - and make sure not to tilt your phone too much in the process.

Brothers in Arms - Hour of Heroes
This is an amazing rendition of the World War II shooting title, ported to the iPhone. The controls are surprisingly smooth, proving that you can have a good shooting-game experience on your handset. It's... wait for it... a blast.

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Flick Bowling
Twitch your finger and fling balls down the lane. Good physics models and nice graphics make this game a must-buy.

Guitar Rock Tour
Tap drums or play guitar riffs to cover classic rock songs. Hearing ‘rock You Like a Hurricane' without a German-accented singer just seems wrong.

Real Soccer 2009
This fully legitimate, arcadey football title looks and handles fantastically.

A Taste of the Classics

Chopper
Addicted to Choplifter way back in the day? The game has been updated, and you steer with the tilt controls.

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Dr. Awesome
Excise viruses in this modern take on Qix. It gets a little repetitive, but it has an awesome name. Plus, your patients are people on your iPhone contact list.

Darts
Here's a simple dart-hurling sim for when you aren't in some pub.

Crazy Tanks
Remember Combat on the Atari 2600? Think more colorful and cooler.

Uno
It's the classic card game, on your phone.

Rootage
Snag this classic retro shooter.

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  1. Not that they asked for the advice
  2. The greatest iPhone games of 2008
  3. Games for action junkies
  4. The best puzzlers on the iPhone

2008 saw Apple prove its worth as a competitor in the handheld console market dominated by Sony and Nintendo. We've rounded up the things both gaming giants could learn from Apple. And for good measure we've compiled a list of the greatest iphone games available.

Puzzlers

Alternate Endings
This is more of a video 'Choose Your Own Adventure' than anything else, good for a quick bus trip. But it is a nice throwback to the days when full-motion video games were considered cutting-edge. Ah, Night Trap, I miss you.

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Adventure
The classic Atari 2600 game, on your iPhone. It's a little twitchy, but hey, it's free.

Blackbeard's Assault
Match cannonball colors and keep them from hitting the X. If you've ever played Zuma, you'll feel right at home.

Booty Blocks
What is it about pirate puzzle games? Flick booty around the screen with your fingers.

Word Warp
Here's a quick little vocabulary game, kind of like what you'd see in the newspaper - if you still read newspapers.

Enigmo
In this brain bender you use objects to angle water drops and solve puzzles.

Aurora Feint - The Beginning
It's an online role-playing puzzle game! If you're a fan of Puzzle Quest, you'll get hooked on Aurora Feint. Consider yourself warned.

Get free games downloads. Visit PC Advisor's dedicated Games website to download hundreds of the latest titles, to read gaming news and reviews and to pick up tips and discuss your favourite games in the popular PC Advisor Games forum

Visit Mobile Advisor for the latest mobile phone news, reviews, tips & tricks, as well as PC Advisor's unique Apple iPhone 3G Spotlight

  1. Not that they asked for the advice...
  2. The greatest iPhone games of 2008
  3. Games for action junkies
  4. The best puzzlers on the iPhone