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July 8, 2017

Check out 25 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

by John_A

If you’re a gamer, there is no better phone to buy than the iPhone. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus brought bigger screens to iOS, but it’s the success of the App Store that makes the iPhone such a great platform for gaming. With more than a million apps, the gaming options on the iPhone are nearly limitless. But finding the best iPhone games isn’t always easy.

Not every game in Apple’s massive library is worth a $1 — or your time, for that matter. Lucky for you, we’ve taken on the burden of sorting through the sea of titles to bring you some of our best iPhone games, whether you’re looking for a casual puzzler or something a bit more biblical. For more ideas, check out the best Android games, because most of them are available for the iPhone as well, and if you want to switch off that screen, the best board games could offer a welcome alternative.

Action & Adventure games

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth ($15)

This Legend of Zelda-inspired dungeon crawler, from the creator of Super Meat Boy, follows young Isaac as he escapes to the basement in an effort to avoid being sacrificed by his crazy mother. The arcade-y game’s fast pace, deep pool of power-ups, and dark soundtrack make it an excellent choice, even when you consider the lofty price tag.

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Love You To Bits ($4)

When a tiny human explorer’s robot girlfriend is sucked into space and dismembered (in a totally PG way), you’ve got to scour the galaxy to rebuild her. This endearing adventure game boasts clever puzzles, incredibly cute artwork, and a storyline that will tug at your heart strings.

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The Silent Age

When custodian Joe Average encounters a dying man, he finds himself in the midst of a time travel plot to save mankind. It’s an understated thriller with a unique paper aesthetic and a series of enthralling, atmospheric settings. Oh, and there are puzzles, too.

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Limbo ($4)

A terrific, touch-controlled platform game, Limbo is a stunning saga of a boy who wanders through a haunting industrial jungle. There’s no explanation, no dialogue, and no shortage of horrendous surprises. It’s the kind of game that stumps you for hours until something clicks and you suddenly realize how simple the answer was.

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Oxenfree ($5)

Being a teenager is hard, and it can only made harder by getting trapped on an old military island with nothing but a radio, the supernatural, and your friends to keep you company. Fans of Stranger Things (season 2 is on the way) and Scooby Doo will immediately take to Oxenfree‘s cast of believable teenagers, who, alongside the usual teenage drama and bickering, traverse the island in an attempt to discover what’s going on and try to escape. You, as Alex, will influence the story and your relationship with your friends through a unique dialogue system. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll all make it out of this alive and whole.

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Horizon Chase

Here’s a nostalgia-inducing racer that still plays like a dream, while incorporating some modern elements into the mix. From the game’s aesthetics to its soundtrack, Horizon Chase admirably harks back to classic racers like Outrun and Top Gear.

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Vikings: an Archer’s Journey ($3)

In Vikings: an Archer’s Journey you control the character Nott, a Valkyrie who has been sent to the Underworld by the Viking gods. You must use your keen archery skills to conquer the enemies you encounter along the way.

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To the Moon ($5)

To the Moon originally debuted on PC, but was recently ported to iOS. It’s a beautiful story about memory, life, and having no regrets, one centered around two scientists who dive into the memories of a dying patient to help him achieve his last wish. While the game may appear to be an RPG like Secret of Mana, it actually has more in common with a point-and-click adventure title. It’s purely story-driven, but it will surely stick with you long after you’ve finished playing. The outstanding soundtrack just makes it even more worthwhile.

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Old Man’s Journey ($5)

Like To the Moon, Old Man’s Journey is a game that sets out to tell a very specific story about life and the choices we make (or don’t). You follow the titular Old Man as he travels across the country, aiding him along the way by altering the hills and landscapes in front of him, and interacting with the objects and people he meets. Gorgeous locations, brought to life with hand-drawn art and animations, will ensure your attention never diverts from the story being told. It’s short, simple, and may be a welcome change of pace from other games that have debuted this year.

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Puzzle games

Poly Bridge ($5)

There’s something satisfying about coming up with a design for a bridge, building it, then sending a car to the other side without your bridge comically collapsing. Of course, it’s also just as entertaining to see how ridiculous your crashes can be, and how absurd your bridge designs can get. Fortunately, Poly Bridge lets you accomplish all of these things, and you can compare your bridges and achievements to other players around the world, because surely someone made something better (or worse) than you.

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Deus Ex Go ($2)

The Makers of Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go turn their Go series of games into a trilogy with Deus Ex Go, which brings the turn-based, complex puzzle solving mechanics of the previous two games to the world of Deus Ex. Naturally, you play as Adam Jensen, and you must sneak, hack, and occasionally fight your way across 50 increasingly challenging levels to uncover the conspiracy, or just to be the greatest secret agent. And once you’ve mastered that, take to making your own levels to see how well you can stump other Go players out there.

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TypeShift

Part word search, part crossword puzzle, part anagram, TypeShift challenges your vocabulary and your ability to recognize words in jumbled letters. It presents rows and columns of letters that can be “shifted” up and down to form words between three and seven characters long. In the game’s traditional mode, all letters need to be used at least once before you can progress, while the more difficult Clue Puzzles provides a crossword-style list of hints to guide you to the proper answers. If you’re a fan of crosswords, word searches, or simply discovering new words, TypeShift is a game you need to check out.

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Monument Valley 2 ($5)

The sequel to 2014’s Monument Valley, Monument Valley 2 puts players in control of Ro, as she guides her child through overwhelmingly beautiful, yet impossible architectural structures that continue to be inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher. You don’t need to play the first game to enjoy its successor, which is sure to captivate, amaze, and leave you puzzled for hours. Read our Monument Valley 2 review to learn more.

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PinOut!

Sometimes old school analog games make the digital transition seamlessly. Don’t be fooled, however; this isn’t your classic pinball app. PinOut features an array of pinball layouts that are as visually appealing as they are difficult to master.

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Scribblenauts Unlimited ($5)

Use your magic notebook and your imagination to conjure helpful things and creatures into existence and solve a series of increasingly tricky puzzles. You can summon almost anything you can imagine (literally), from cows made of chocolate to giant toasters. This is a God dream.

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Cut the Rope: Magic ($1)

This sequel sees Om Nom taking on an evil wizard to claim his candy, bringing new layers of complexity to the physics-based puzzles. Here, you’ll transform Om Nom into several different forms, using new abilities to eat candy, and stuff. Pretty good for just $1.

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Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof ($3)

This is one of the most popular puzzle games on the app store at the moment. Unlike many other puzzle based apps, the map changes with each consequential move. This means any given action can either help achieve your objective or actually trap you within your own configuration. Still, naming the protagonist “roofie” was a bold move.

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Role-playing games

Banner Saga 2 ($10)

Banner Saga 2 continues the story of Banner Saga, and maintains the art direction, tone, and gameplay that made the first game such a hit. It carries over the choices, consequences, and characters you came to know in the first game, and you get to know the new characters and the Horseborn race, who join you in your perilous journey across the country.

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Fire Emblem Heroes

The long-running Nintendo series makes its way to iOS devices with Fire Emblem Heroes, and brings with it a new tale that brings together characters new and old. Fan favorites Marth, Lucina, Camilla, Lyn, and many others can join the fray in this role-playing title, but unlike the main entries the series is known for, you won’t have to worry about permanently losing your characters when you make a poor choice in the middle of a battle. As the legendary summoner, you must test your luck as you try to call forth the strength you need to save the Kingdom of Askr.

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Evoland ($5)

Evoland is an enjoyable modern adventure RPG. The game starts out in full monochrome. As you progress through the game, your character unlocks new technologies and game play systems. This improves the initial monochrome to full 3D graphics allowing you to in essence “live” the evolution of gaming.

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Platforming games

Super Mario Run

Nintendo’s first official release for iOS sees the mustachioed marvel in a new role — namely, flying through levels at maximum velocity. The free version is a bit lacking, but a one-time investment of $10 unlocks the whole Mushroom Kingdom for your speed-running pleasure.

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Robot Unicorn Attack 2

The second installment of the tongue-in-cheek Robot Unicorn Attack sports more than just updated visuals. New challenges and customization add depth to the endless runner, one set to Erasure’s “Always.”

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Strategy games

Hearthstone (Free)

Fantasy card games will never go out of style, and the existence and popularity of Hearthstone proves it. What Blizzard has done with Hearthstone is create a collectible card game (CCG) that’s easy to learn and pick up, but harder to master. The game eases you into its mechanics and various heroes and their abilities, and once you get past that, you can begin building you own personal decks and discover new card combinations and strategies. Best of all, the collection you build on your iPhone easily carries over to your iPad or other devices Hearthstone supports, and it’s all digital, so you don’t need to find space in your home for physical cards and binders.

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SteamWorld Heist ($10)

In this unique, turn-based strategy game, you won’t choose abilities from a boring static list. Instead, you’ll aim your weapons at walls and ceilings, looking to ricochet ridiculous shots into robotic space pirates. Shoot ‘n’ loot has never felt so rewarding.

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Clash of Clans

Build up your settlement, plan your defenses, raise an army, and guide your tribe to victory against nasty goblins or other clan leaders. It’s a good combination of slow planning and quick, chaotic battles. Unfortunately, the pay-to-win structure is irksome.

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Update: We added Monument Valley 2, Deus Ex Go, Oxenfree, Hearthstone, and Poly Bridge.




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