Whilst Chillingo's Cut the Rope deservedly gobbled up a gazillion sales - and candy - and Chair's epic Infinity Blade sent Apple's hype machine into overdrive, which were the best-reviewed games?
To answer that very question (spookily enough), here's the Quality Index (Qi) round-up for 2010.
Aggregating the collective wisdom of the reviewers from websites such as 148Apps, Pocket Gamer, Gamezebo, and many more, these are collated together in a magical way to output a single definitive Qi score for each iPhone title.
Ignoring the old cliché about marathons and sprints, Firemint's boundary-breaking Real Racing 2 only motored onto the Qi chart in December, yet maintained its impressive start and nerve around the last bend to cross the finishing line first on the year-end rundown.
In the phenomenal racer's slipstream rolled Dark Nebula - Episode 2, an accelerometer-driven platform title from 1337 Game Design that confounded and astonished in equal measure.
Meanwhile, French publisher Gameloft scored a brilliant double in 2010, as both its twin-stick shooters Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus and N.O.V.A. 2 secured coveted spots on Qi's best-of-year battlefield.
Qi's Top 10 iPhone games of 2010
|1.||Real Racing 2||9.5||11|
|2.||Dark Nebula - Episode Two||9.3||7|
|4.||Cut the Rope||9.1||20|
|5.||Modern Combat 2||9.1||15|
|6.||Space Miner: Space Ore Bust||9.1||11|
|8.||Sentinel 3: Homeworld||9.1||8|
|9.||Plants vs. Zombies||9.0||19|
N.B. While we only display the average score to one decimal place, the list is generated to further significant figures. We just don't show them all.
And, naturally, this is a static graph based on live listings which are subject to constant change as new releases and reviews emerge.
In order to provide a regular marker of the critical zeitgeist, however, we will continue to round up the best of the iPhone games released each month to provide definitive Qi top tens throughout 2011.
[source: Quality Index]