While the folks at the iTunes gaming division might have trouble rooting out copycat games, what they excel at is making lists. In creating a list of ten games that can take a mobile gamer from casual to hardcore, those Apple list-builders have created a mini history of gaming in portable form.
The online multiplayer follow-up to one of the best damn shooters on any mobile platform is coming soon to Android and iOS, but folks with Tegra 3-powered devices can play the public beta version of Shadowgun: Deadzone right now.
With console-quality graphics, witty dialog, and surprisingly satisfying cover-based shooting controls, Madfinger's Shadowgun is an amazing accomplishment of an iOS title, sadly cheapened by the developers obvious attempts to ape Epic's Gears of War.
Gears of War may not be available on Apple's iOS devices, but you can get what looks to be the next best thing with Shadowgun.