With 2010 coming to a close, it's time to look back at some of the greatest games to hit the iOS over the course of the year. I have many more favorites than I've listed in this slideshow, but I guess I have to make a cutoff somewhere. In any case, many factors have contributed to the iPhone becoming one of the greatest gaming platforms yet, and I think it will continue to get even better in 2011.

There's no question that the popularity of the iPhone made game developers see an opportunity to create something special for a new mobile device. As a result, just about every big-name game developer now has something for the iOS. We also get cutting-edge game development; the touch screen challenges game designers to come up with new ways of using gestures, swipes, and taps to control the action on the screen. Even newer technologies like in-app purchases have changed how developers can package games and downloadable content on the iPhone. All of these things make the iPhone a unique platform for game development, and games in 2010 were leaps and bounds more advanced than those even from 2009.

So without further ado, here is my slideshow (with countdown) for the best iPhone games of 2010. Make sure to comment on this article for games you think should have been on the list or if you just want to talk about your favorites!

This is my last iPhone apps post for 2010. I'll be back with a new post on January 7, 2011. Happy holidays, everyone!

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.