Why Can’t You Backup Game App Saves in iOS?

I’ve been thinking lately about the glutton of apps I have installed on my iPhone (3GS). I’m seriously considering wiping the entire phone and starting from a clean slate.

Other than the core apps I use every day, the majority of my apps are games. It got me thinking though. Why the hell isn’t there a good way to save and restore game saves in iOS? Sure I could backup my phone via iTunes and then do a wipe and restore, but my entire point is that I want to start from a completely clean state as it came from Apple’s manufacturing plant.

Right now, there is absolutely no way to do this (that I know of). I have not explored jailbreaking options, but that’s not something I’m willing to do.

I’d love to see in a future iOS and iTunes update where you could backup individual game saves. Also, it would be sweet if Apple provided a cloud sync option (perhaps via Mobile Me) where you could backup that data as well, so you don’t have to rely on iTunes.

The last thing I wants to do is have to go back and redo all the levels in Assassins Creed. I’m just not that patient enough. Also, I’d go bat-shit crazy.