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Our Favorite iPhone Apps: The best games of 2008

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We’ve already given out our awards for the

top Mac products of 2008

. Now, iPhone software gets its turn in the spotlight.

The iPhone software updates introduced by Apple this year delivered plenty of benefits to iPhone and iPod touch users—so many that the

iPhone 2.1 update captured one of those aforementioned Editors’ Choice Awards

. But easily the greatest benefit delivered by this new generation of software has been the ability to download and install third-party software on your mobile device of choice.

And iPhone and iPod touch users agree. Since Apple’s App Store opened its doors in July 2008, users have rung up more than

300 million downloads

of the games, productivity boosters, and other apps that line the store’s virtual shelves. Clearly, you’re excited about what the App Store has to offer.

And we’re excited, too. We’re continually searching through the more than 10,000 programs available for download from the App Store, trying to find the best tools for being more productive, staying in touch, getting creative, blowing off steam, and more.

All this week, we’re highlighting our favorite App Store offerings. In this first installment, we’re focusing on games. All work and no play makes for a dull iPhone. The 10 games featured below will help you decompress in style.

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Best use of tilt technology

Read our

Review of Labyrinth

; get more info on

Labyrinth at the App Store

.

Best way to bend it like Beckham

Read our

review of Real Soccer 2009

; get more info on

Real Soccer 2009 at the App Store

.

Best ’70s flashback

Read our

review of LED Football

; get more info on

LED Football at the App Store

.

Best bare-bones game

Read our

review of Line Rider iRide

; get more info on

Line Ride iRider at the App Store

.

Best way to flex your word power

If you’re a fan of the classic word-building game Boggle, look no further than

Lonely Star Software’s

Quordy

(

). To play, just drag your finger across the letters on the board to form words and score points. The $3 Quordy has an attractive interface and offers network and pass-along play as well as solo play modes. There’s even a comprehensive high-score board so that you can track your progress. It’s a huge amount of fun.—JASON SNELL

Read our

review of Quordy

; get more info on

Quordy at the App Store

.

Best text-based adventure

Read our

review of Frotz

; get more info on

Frotz at the App Store

.

Best view of the friendly skies

Read our

review of X-Plane 9

; get more info on

X-Plane 9 at the App Store

.

Best way to keep your brain on its toes

Find yourself having a spare minute and feeling like giving your brain a short mental workout? Try

Brain Tuner

(

). The object of this free game from

Bridger Maxwell

is to identify a series of mathematical equations as either correct or incorrect as fast as possible. It’s an excellent way to develop or brush up on basic math skills.—ROMAN LOYOLA

Read our

review of Brain Tuner

; get more info on

Brain Tuner at the App Store

.

Best puzzler

Read our

review of Marple

; get more info on

Marple at the App Store

.

Best psychedelic arcade game

Read our

review of Rrootage

; get more info on

Rrootage at the App Store

.