It's time to do another roundup of the best mobile games in a specific genre. And this time we're going to be looking at the very best action games you can grab on the App Store. It's a bit of a nebulous term, so there are some different styles of game in the list. But variety is the spice of life.
As ever, if you think that we've missed something out, or you think that your favorite games deserve a mention here, make sure you chuck a comment in the appropriate place at the bottom of the article. And go mad clicking those download and review links. Slammin'.
Wayward Souls - download for iOS
Not just one of the best action games on the App Store, this is one of the action games full stop. It's a game that laughs in the face of your achievements, a game that giggles at your lack of skill, and then pushes you on to do even better the next time you load it up. If you're one of the few people who haven't played it yet, please rectify that fact immediately.
Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire - download for iOS
We said there was going to be some variety here. Where Wayward Souls is a massive, sprawling experience that will take hours of your life, Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire is a short, sharp game that will also take hours of your life. It sees you scribbling out sigils in order to cast magic spells. Those magic spells then burst balloons that are carrying knights. Obviously.
Obslashin' - download for iOS
What makes things better? Cats. So what makes action games better? Cats. Which is good because Obslahin' has got cats by the bucketload. It's a top-down hack-and-slash experience that's dripping with good humor and the sort of violence that's going to leave you with a big ol' grin smeared all over your face.
Severed - download for iOS
There are some wonderful games on this list, but we're pretty sure this is the only one that lets you beat your enemies to death with their own severed limbs. It's odd to think that this one came out for PS Vita before it landed on mobile, but it feels like it's finally found itself in its perfect home on the App Store. For realsies, it's that good.
Skullduggery - download for iOS
What happens when you twang a skull around in an action-packed mobile gaming experience? This is what happens. It sounds really very gross, because it is, but it's also an incredibly interesting and engaging sort of game that's dripping with thick and chunky fun and hilarity. Which is definitely what you want to be playing, right?
Infinity Blade 3 - download for iOS
There have been many imitators, but it's fair to say that the Infinity Blade series has never been bettered. All three of the games in the franchise are brilliant, but this one gets its place on this list because it's the newest and the shiniest. All of the games are about swiping and tapping on the screen to take down massive monsters, and they're compelling and wonderful fun.