The iPhone development scene may still be in its infancy at less than 18 months young, yet its gaming output (over 30,000 gaming titles and growing fast) has already surpassed its console cousins in terms of sheer quantity.
Naturally with these sort of volumes and pricing tending toward 99c, the quality scales may not be tipped quite so easily.
However, in amongst the massed ranks of novelties, me toos and general dross, there are a host of developers creating top notch games that stand out from the crowd and earn critical praise as well as commercial success.
It's in honour of those developers that the team behind PocketGamer.Biz and PocketGamer websites spent much of their Xmas break huddled in the company cabin deep in contemplation, conversation and heated argument to assemble our inaugural iPhone Developer 50.
So, read on for the full list in reverse order and click on the links for the full explanation about the companies involved.
Suffice to say, like all lists, this one is liable to stir some comment, be it celebration or gnashing of teeth so we welcome you to offer your viewpoints in the comments below.
Meanwhile, we'd like to simply offer our congratulations to the developers included in the list who all deserve their new years honours for services to iPhone and pocket gaming.
Click here to view the list »