Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.
You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!
Chaos Reborn: Adventures - download for iPhone
The turn-based strategy game has always felt at home on touchscreen. Because you can take your time with your moves, there's less chance that the limitations of mobile control are going to kick in. Chaos Reborn: Adventures has much more going for it than that. Designed by the creator of the original Xcom, it's a really interesting game of wizards, cards, and strategy.
Evergarden - download for iPhone
A wonderfully intelligent puzzler that's all about making plants grow. Well, actually it's about a lot more than that. There are some really great ideas here - some from other games, but the majority from Evergarden itself. It's calming, it's charming, and it's chock full of secrets to discover and mysteries to explore.
PUBG - download for iPhone
In the world of the battle royale game on mobile, it's a dogfight at the top. In fact, it's the same dogfight there is everywhere else. The 90s had Mario and Sonic, nowadays we have PUBG vs Fortnite. Both of them are really good, and it pretty much comes down to personal preference as to which you go for. Personally though, I've got a penchant for PUBG.
Minecraft - download for iPhone
It might not grab the headlines in the same ways it used to, but Minecraft is still a pretty big deal in the world of gaming. This mobile version is chock full of things to build, things to hide from, and friends you can make. If you love to create more than you love to destroy, then Minecraft is always worth checking out.
Device 6 - download for iPhone
Simogo doesn't make games so much as it makes weird experiences. Device 6 definitely fits into that category. It's a text adventure that sees you waking up on a strange island. You need to figure out what's going on, and how to get back home. There's so much ingenuity here that a single paragraph isn't enough to even start to scratch the surface - this is unlike anything else you've ever played before though.
Tiny Wings - download for iPhone
A classic of the smartphone era, as elegant in its simplicity as it is endearing. It's all about getting a bird to fly. But the bird isn't very good at flying, because of its tiny wings. What follows is a game we've all played loads of time before, but it was Tiny Wings that set the template. And it's Tiny Wings that still does it best.
Does not Commute - download for iPhone
A game about controlling traffic shouldn't be all that madcap should it? Well Does not Commute is a puzzle game about making sure 15 cars get to their destinations. Without smashing into each other. It's also got a story about time travel and terriers. So as far as we're concerned all games about controlling traffic should be madcap.
Rayman Jungle Run - download for iPhone
The first game that really got the triple A platformer right on mobile. It's super slick, super fast, and while there's a straight line linearity here, there's also room to explore and express yourself. It still looks stunning even now, and for our money it gives Super Mario Run more than a run for its money.
Pac-Man 256 - download for iPhone
The original Pac-Man arcade games borked when you got to level 256. This game, built by the developer behind Crossy Road, asks what happens once the game breaks down. The answer is a mix of classic pill-gobbling gameplay and an endless runner, with some chaotic twists thrown in to keep things fresh.
Hidden Folks - download for iPhone
Games don't have to be chaotic to really sing on mobile though. Just look at Hidden Folks, a game about finding hidden folks. Essentially this is a monochromatic Where's Waldo, but it's got some other ideas up its sleeve as well. Then there's the charming art style and soothing sounds. It's a bit different, but it's well worth spending some time getting to know it.
Tomb of the Mask - download for iPhone
There's something utterly compelling about Tomb of the Mask. Sure, a recent update has seen it stuffed full of adverts, but there's still so much to enjoy in the tightly-packed, fast-paced platforming adventure. You can control the whole thing with your thumb, and every second somehow manages to feel like it's life and death.
Alphabear 2 - download for iPhone
Bears, words, and a cheeky sense of humor? What's not to like. Alphabear 2 might not stray too far from the template set out by the original, but when it's a template as good as this one it's sort of hard to complain. There are some really interesting ideas here, and even if you're not a huge fan of word games you're going to have a good time playing this one.
Mind Cards - download for iPhone
A super-short, super-smart card-based dungeon crawler that you can run through in a few minutes. A clever challenge system, and new cards that you can unlock with your winnings, mean there's always a reason to jump back in once you've finished a run. And you will, because Mind Cards isn't just simple, it's a lot of fun as well.
Afterpulse - download for iPhone
There are plenty of shooters on this list, but there's a purity to Afterpulse that makes it stand out from the rest. Not only has the action here been refined to a razor sharp edge, the violence is balanced enough that first-time players aren't going to feel like they don't have a chance at winning.
Fortnite - download for iPhone
There's no denying the change that Fortnite has made to the mobile gaming landscape. It's a game that a lot of people didn't think would work on Touchscreens, but Epic has proven that where there's a will there's a way. Build, kill, and try and be the last person standing when everyone else has died. It's hard to think of a game that does tension better.
Scalak - download for iPhone
Scalak is a game about building things. 3D shapes have pieces missing, and you need to choose the right one and slot it in. It doesn't sound that challenging, but as the game progresses you won't just need to match shapes, you'll need to connect colored dots, attach wireframe models, and slot together lines. It's fun, it's smart, and some of the puzzles will stump you in the finest possible ways.
Grid Autosport - download for iPhone
Hands-down, this is one of the best racing games for mobile that we've seen in a long time. It's got triple-Q polish, but it's also accessible, thanks to some clever mechanics that let you tailor how difficult things are. It might be a little on the expensive side, but to be honest, there are few games on the App Store that live up to their price tag, and this is definitely one of them.
Holedown - download for iPhone
Holedown is, to all intents and purposes, a hypercasual game. It's just a hypercasual game that's had some more regular indie magic sprinkled all over it. It's all about smashing blocks with a ball, mining your way through stars and planets as you do. It's not the most action packed game in the world, but the slick play is going to keep you coming back for more over and over again.
Juanito Arcade Mayhem - download for iPhone
A wonderful homage to the golden days of the arcade, wrapped up with modern controls, ideas, and style to make sure that it's rose-tinted in the best possible ways. It's fast, it's fun, and there's an awful lot to do. Perhaps most importantly though, it's a game that's clearly been made with love, and that's nothing to sniff at.
Touchgrind BMX 2 - download for iPhone
The Touchgrind series basically moves from strength to strength. This second bite at the BMX cherry builds on everything its predecessor gets right, but also adds some interesting new ideas to make sure veteran players still have a reason to jump in. It offers up a decent challenge, but the rewards for getting to grips with the game are big enough you won't mind.
Pocket City - download for iPhone
There are plenty of SimCity-style games on the App Store, but a lot of them rely on free to play mechanics. This one's premium all the way through, and that means a lot of people are going to be drawn to it. And rightly so, because it's really rather good. Probably one of the best ways to to build your own city on the go.
Beat Street - download for iPhone
Everyone loves violence in videogames, right? I'm pretty sure that's the case. Beat Street lets you punch, kick, and otherwise harm cartoon people with just one hand. It's wonderfully slick, and the brawler controls work really well with just your thumb. If you love Streets of Rage, then give this one a try.
Simulacra - download for iPhone
One of the most interesting developments in the past few years of mobile gaming has been the number of games that make you feel like you're fiddling with someone else's phone. This one takes that idea and builds a dark and intriguing tale around it. It's the sort of thing you're going to play all the way to the end.
Bendy in Nightmare Run - download for iPhone
Yes, we know it's an auto-runner, but there's so much to like here that it'd be childish to balk at that. You're pegging it from a giant monster that's trying to eat you, and your only defence against it are the anvils, axes, and other throwable objects that line your track. It's a lot tougher than it looks as well.
Rowdy Wrestling - download for iPhone
The silly wrestling game perfected. You get a few buttons, and you mash them to try and become the greatest wrestler the world has ever known. It's fun, it's fast, and it's filled to the brim with wonderful references and nods to the glory days of WWE. You're going to be hard-pressed not to play this one with a smile on your face.
New Star Soccer Manager - download for iPhone
There are some games that you're destined to become horribly addicted to. This is definitely one of them. It's about leading a soccer team from the lower divisions all the way to the top. It's about buying players, scoring goals, and upgrading your infrastructure, and once its got its claws into you there's almost no way to shake it free.
Asphalt 9: Legends - download for iPhone
While the Asphalt series might have taken something of a sharp turn in recent years, there's no arguing with its ridiculous arcade racing. This new version is accessible to pretty much everyone thanks to its control options, and somehow the racing here is still guaranteed to push you towards the edge of your seat.
Isle of Skye - download for iPhone
A game that's a little calmer than Asphalt. It's all about taking control of the titular island through commerce. You're the chief of a tribe, and you need to lay tiles to build your tiny empire and fulfil certain challenges the game throws at you. It's nowhere near as dour as it might sound, and the multiplayer is pretty much perfect.
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 - download for iPhone
Another management game, but this time it's all about running a racing team. The game expands on the two entries in the series before it in really smart and engaging ways. There's so much meat here that it can be a little intimidating, but the game walks you through pretty well. And once you're up and running, you're going to be hooked.
Temple Run 2 - download for iPhone
A bonafide classic of the mobile gaming era. This one sees you pelting it away from an angry monkey after you've stolen its gold. Even now it stands as one of the benchmarks for the endless runner. It's the perfect mix of casual and challenging, and if your mobile gaming happens in little slices, this is going to fill them up perfectly.
Sneak Ops - download for iPhone
Stealth games are hard to fit onto mobile, but Sneak Ops proves quite conclusively that not only is it possible, but that the end results can be a true sight to behold. You're sneaking through underground bunkers, getting past cards, shuffling around cameras, and avoiding laser gates. And all with a single finger.
Up Left Out - download for iPhone
It's interesting how puzzle games on the App Store manage to be some of the least inspiring and the most inspiring mobile gaming experiences. Up Left Out is definitely in the latter category. It's a game about sliding blocks, unlocking spaces, and trying to get everything in the right order. And it's a bit wonderful.
Where's my Water? - download for iPhone
One of the true classics of the App Store. This is a game about getting water to an alligator so they can have a shower. No, I'm not making that up, this is just what the earlier days of the App Store were like. It's a brilliant, engaging puzzler, but on top of that it's premium and utterly gorgeous.
Suzy Cube - download for iPhone
Another recent game that's made it quickly onto our list. It's a 3D platformer in the style of Mario 64, and while it might not have as much charm or ingenuity as that legendary game, it's got more than enough charm and ingenuity to make it stand out on the App Store. Slick, great to play, and with more than one trick up its puffy, polygonal sleeves.
Earth Atlantis - download for iPhone
An epic underwater shooter that mixes ideas from arcade classics, the modern roguelike genre, and metroidvanias of yore to create something really special. Throw in an art style that gives the game a tea-stained-paper, steampunk-feel and you've got one of the best blasters to hit the App Store in ages.
The Room - download for iPhone
Sure, The Room: Old Sins might already be on our list, but there's something so wonderfully pure about the original that it deserves a place of its own. Solve tactile puzzles with your touchscreen, swiping, poking, sliding, and manipulating a box in order to get at the secrets within. And those secrets are wonderfully dark and creepy.
Sorcery - download for iPhone
Inkle might be best known for the really rather wonderful 80 Days, but it also adapted the Sorcery game books to mobile. They're far more traditional in their outlook, but don't let that put you off. These sword and sorcery epics have been spruced up for mobile, with added extras that focus on the game bit rather than the book.
Space Marshals 2 - download for iPhone
This one sees you playing as a lone ranger, out to snag bandits and bring them to justice. But you're in space. It's a tactical and smart shooter that's full of action and intrigue as well. It's sort of like if Xcom was made by really big fans of Firefly and stetsons. And to be honest anything described like that is going to be brilliant, right?
Eisenhorn: Xenos - download for iPhone
In the grim dark future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K universe, there is only Arkham Asylum-style combat. Actually there's loads more than that. This is probably the best third person action adventure game you can get for your phone. It looks incredible, it plays pretty well, and there's loads of aliens and heretics to shoot and punch right in the face.
Lara Croft GO - download for iPhone
It might be the second GO game to be added to this list, but there's an argument to be made that Lara Croft's turn as a board game-ish puzzler is the best of the trio of games that Square has made. It's another brilliant distillation of the source material, and you're going to want to finish every challenge that it throws at you.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth - download for iPhone
If you're looking for a game that's going to give you value for money, then this might be a good place to start. There are tens if not hundreds of hours of gameplay in this classic JRPG. And they're all pretty damn good too. While the Final Fantasy series might get all the attention, Square Enix's back catalogue is ripe with games that shake up the RPG formula like this one.
Zero/Sum - download for iPhone
A game about math that's also an explosive riff on the action B-movie? Sounds like utter nonsense, but that's exactly what Zero/Sum is, and it's damn brilliant. Silly cut-scenes bookend the adding and subtracting, making for a puzzling experience that's dripping with new ideas and laughs.
Candleman - download for iPhone
Is it a man? Is it a candle? I mean it's clearly both. This is a game about exploring the darkness, lighting your own path through, and discovering the source of the light that you love so dearly. It's thoughtful, well designed, and it plays really well on mobile. What more do you want?
Dig Dog: Treasure Hunter - download for iPhone
It's always nice when a game does exactly what it says on the tin. This one sees you controlling a dog, which can dig, and who is looking for treasure. It's part roguelike, part platformer, and all fun. Throw in retro graphics and the fact that it's got a dog in it, and you're onto what can only be described as a winner.
Hoppenhelm - download for iPhone
With just three buttons at your disposal, you need to make your way through a dungeon, killing monsters, grabbing loot, and trying to stay alive for as long as possible. There are shades of Nitrome here, and some really smart ideas that distill a dungeon crawl into a simple to play but surprisingly difference. Plus its name is fun to say. Go on, give it a go.
Antihero - download for iPhone
A digital-first board game that sees you running a crew of thieves and vagrants in a steampunk Victorian London. There's plenty of tactics, choices to make, and more besides. The game has a swaggering cartoon look all of its own, and once if gets its claws into you it's nigh-on impossible to get them out.
Galaxy of Pen and Paper - download for iPhone
A game within a game, from the developer behind Knights of Pen and Paper. This time round you're in space though, playing a version of a tabletop RPG. It's super slick, super fun, and it captures the heart of pen and paper gaming with great aplomb. It's the sort of game that you can tell was made with a good deal of love and reverence, but it isn't afraid to shake things up either.
A Hollow Doorway - download for iPhone
This one's a bit of a strange one, but it's well-worth checking out. It's a mixture of twitchy gameplay and existential philosophy. And quite frankly if that's not the sort of thing you'd like to play, then I don't know what more I can do for you. There's nothing like A Hollow Doorway on the App Store, and for that reason alone it's well worth checking out.
Dash Quest Heroes - download for iPhone
A mixture of a 16bit-era RPG and a mobile high-score chaser. There's a lot more depth to this one than you might imagine, but it's still pretty damn addictive too. You choose your hero, smash some bad guys, get in huge boss fights, and upgrade your skills. If you're looking for a game with a compulsive beat then this one should be somewhere near the top of your list.
Corporate Salmon - download for iPhone
Half a satire on the modern world of work, half a take on a similar template to Flappy Bird. It's also all awesome. You're playing as a fish who has to flop to the top of the business ladder. And I do mean that literally. There's a retro cheek here, and a massive chunk of replayability that's going to ensure you're playing this one for a good long while.
Card Quest - download for iPhone
If digital card games are your thing, then you should already have picked this one up. If they're not, well to be honest you're almost certainly going to love this as well. It's a wonderfully deep experience that's dripping with great ideas. Build your deck, customize your heros, and try and make your way through some of the most dangerous dungeons in the world.
Shadowgun Legends - download for iPhone
Oh where to start with Shadowgun Legends? The shooting? Excellent? The multiplayer? Slick as anything you've seen on the App Store before. The graphics? Shudderingly excellent. But it's all held together by a super-compulsive system of risk and reward. If you're a fan of Destiny, or just watching numbers go up, then this is a must-download.
Alto's Odyssey - download for iPhone
Sequels can often be a dangerous business. Not so this brilliant addition to the Alto canon. It's a game that builds on all the good ideas that its predecessor had, and then throws a few new ones into the mix as well. All while managing to be one of the best looking games for iPhone. Just get it, you won't regret it.
The Room: Old Sins - download for iPhone
Another sequel, but one with as much poise, horror, and brilliance as its illustrious forebears. It deals with some incredibly dark themes, but wraps them up in an absorbing puzzle game. Plus there's a creepy dolls house. More games should have creepy dolls houses in them, seriously it'd be brilliant.
Super Fancy Pants Adventure - download for iPhone
It doesn't look like much, but this is actually one of the finest platformers on mobile. Get past the slightly jarring style and you'll find a game that isn't afraid to mess around. It's got some brilliant ideas, and it implements them all wonderfully. If you need a platforming fix, then you should get this one as soon as possible.
To Be Or Not To Be - download for iPhone
What happens when you take one of the most famous plays in the world, and turn it into a madcap choose-your-own-adventure game? Well, you get something like To Be Or Not To Be. It's a retelling of Hamlet, but with multiple possible endings. Probably the most fun you can have with Shakespeare on the App Store.
Her Story - download for iPhone
A beguiling adventure game that sees you scanning through video interviews for clues in a criminal case. There's murder (potentially), mystery, and all manner of other shady goings on here. And you're going to be rapt from the start to the very end. This is one of those games that's so different it almost deserves a genre of its own.
Magic Duels - download for iPhone
Sick of carrying cards around with you, and not having anyone to play Magic with? Well this game gets rid of all those worries in one fell swoop. It's brilliantly designed, it's perfect for any level of player, and it looks stunning. If you want to get in MTG but don't fancy stepping into a shop that sells the cards, then this is perfect for you.
Jetpack Joyride - download for iPhone
One of a handful of true classics still left on the App Store. It's irreverent, funny, and more importantly it's an absolute blast to play. Loads of games have tried to capture what the game does, but none of them have managed it with such swagger and aplomb. A gorgeous cartoon-blast of action and entertainment.
Machinarium - download for iPhone
There are some great point-and-click adventures on the App Store, but this definitely ranks among the very, very best of them. It's a tale of a robot lost in a decaying, mechanized world. You need to figure out puzzles, work out what the other robots are saying, and try to find some meaning to your cog-and-metal-based life. And it's worth every second you spend on it.
Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders - download for iPhone
There aren't loads of flight sims on the App Store, but this brilliant dog fighter is among the best of them. It sees you taking to the skies in a number of different historic airplanes. There are control schemes to suit almost every taste, so even if it looks a little intimidating you're probably going to become an ace in no time.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - download for iPhone
It might not have the difficulty of the console versions of the game, or the polish, but this mobile entry in the NfS series has just as much swagger. The controls are great, the graphics still look lovely, and you're going to play this one with a huge, slightly criminal, grin spread across your face.
Fighting Fantasy: Blood of the Zombies - download for iPhone
The game that kick started the choose-your-own-adventure revival on mobile. It was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fighting Fantasy series, and sees you taking on a house that's filled with the undead. It's tense, it's well-written, and there's a real joy to watching those polygonal dice rattle around the screen. Especially when you get to mash a zombie's head in after.
McPixel - download for iPhone
What would happen if the point-and-click genre was invented in the quick-fire era of mobile gaming? It'd be something like McPixel. Here you get 20 seconds to solve one of a hundred puzzles. You need to think quickly and clearly, putting together the items you have and the game's logic to come up with a solution.
Total War Battles: Shogun- download for iPhone
Before we got the full version of Rome on the App Store, this was about as good as it got in the portable Total War arena. And it still stands up today. It's less intimidating then some other strategy games, and when things click it's incredibly deep. Anyone with a penchant for tactics and battlefields is going to absolutely love this.
Blocky Roads - download for iPhone
It might not be the most original game on the list, but there's a real thrill to everything that Blocky Roads has to offer. It mashes together the Trials games with a more mobile sensibility to great effect. It's fun, it's fast, and it's the sort of game you might accidentally find yourself missing an important meeting for.
Hiversaires - download for iPhone
Language is the cornerstone of most point and click adventures, but Hiversaires throws all of that out of the window. It's a game set in a world where there isn't a written language, and so you're trying to figure out what you need to do in a space that doesn't make that much sense. It's about learning, adapting, and using your gray matter. And it's damn impressive.
Ridiculous Fishing - download for iPhone
This one does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a silly fishing sim that uses far more guns than the average trip to the seaside. Catch fish, toss them in the air, and then shoot them to death. It's a simple idea, but it's presented with such charm and wonder it's almost impossible not to get wrapped up in this lovely slice of nonsense.
Joe Danger - download for iPhone
Before No Man's Sky, there was Joe Danger. They're about as far apart as two games can get. Essentially this is a platformer, but you're on a bike. There's a lot more to it than that though, and there are a huge number of stunts to pull off as you try and make Joe the premier daredevil in the digital world.
Stone Age: The Board Game - download for iPhone
A massive, intricate, and intoxicating board game. This is the sort of game it takes hours of practice to get good at. But then, that's sort of the point. If you like your board game adaptations all about placing workers and thinking a few moves ahead, then this is one game you should be picking up as soon as you have the time and the cash.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing - download for iPhone
There aren't that many decent kart racers on the App Store, but this one stands head and shoulders above the rest of them. Not only is it dripping with Sega's classy polish, it's also incredible fun. It works brilliantly on mobile, and if you're looking for some ludicrous racing action you really can't go wrong getting this, even if it does have a painfully unwieldy name. The sequel isn't bad either.
Card City Nights - download for iPhone
It looks simple to start off with, but this mix of a card game and a simple RPG is actually one of the deepest single player deck builders that you're ever going to find. It eases you in, but when it needs to be it's deadly sharp. And you can't really ask for anything more than that.
Lyne - download for iPhone
While there are plenty of minimalistic puzzlers on the App Store, there's such a brightness to Lyne that it's almost impossible not to like it. As the title suggests, it's all about scribbling lines, but the lines have to connect to shapes. From those humble beginnings the game spreads out into something rather special.
Blackbar - download for iPhone
Censorship, totalitarianism, and the urge to communicate freely. Blackbar has never been as important and topical as it is right now. While the gameplay might be as simple as filling in some blanks, the story the game weaves is one that you need to experience. It really is that good. Just go and get it.
Ending - download for iPhone
What happens when you take a dungeon-crawling roguelike and strip it back to its barest bones? Ending is what happens. It might look like something designed on a ZX Spectrum, but it's a thoroughly modern game that's going to have you delving into its black and white depths over and over again.
RGB Express - download for iPhone
There are loads of brilliant puzzle games on the App Store, but this one is a little bit special. It's all about making deliveries, taking the right colored boxes in the right colored trucks to the right coloured destinations. There's some really brilliant ideas here, and while it starts off simply, you'll find it gets wonderfully complex the deeper you get.
Motorsport Manager - download for iPhone
Really deep sims sometimes seem like they're lacking on mobile, but Motorsport Manager is one of the ones that gets it right. You're in control of a racing team, and you need to work your way up to the top. Almost everything behind the scenes is under your remit, from hiring drivers, to upgrading your workspaces. And it's a huge amount of fun.
80 Days - download for iPhone
Gamebooks have had a massive resurgence on mobile, and 80 Days represents the pinnacle of them. It's a game that sees you trying to travel around the world in the titular amount of time. But there's so much more to it than that, from steampunk robots to ship-board romances. The writing is brilliant, and you're going to be enthralled from the first word.
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite - download for iPhone
This is one of the finest multiplayer experiences that's available for mobile. Team up with your friends, then head out into a rich and varied world to take down giant monsters. And I do mean giant. Honestly, some of them are enormous. Right now you'll need to be running iOS 10.2 for it to work though.
World of Tanks Blitz - download for iPhone
Another multiplayer game, this time with a far more tanky taste to it. It's a free to play shooter with team-based deathmatches, and the more you play the better your tanks are going to get. It's reasonably deep, but the crunching battles and the booming cannons are going to keep you playing for hours on end.
Punch Club - download for iPhone
Punch Club is a game about training up a boxer. But it's also about making it through life. You've got to eat, you've got to go to work, and you need to save enough time to strengthen up your muscles too. It's dripping with references and humor, but it's also one of the best sims available on the App Store.
Crashlands - download for iPhone
One of the most brilliant survival games ever released, and it came out on mobile first. After crashing onto a strange planet, you need to work to keep alive. There's crafting, killing, and plenty of exploration too. It's a remarkable achievement, and if you've not played it before you should grab it as soon as possible.
Super Stickman Golf 3 - download for iPhone
Golf is a bit boring, right? But this is ridiculous golf. It mixes together platforming, challenges, and a whole lot more. It's silly in the finest ways, and it gets the level of difficulty just about spot on. There's multiplayer too. Really, this is everything you want from a golf game, so long as you don't want too much, y'know, golf.
Six! - download for iPhone
There are lots of little games on the App Store. The sort of thing that you play in brief snatches to pass a little bit of time. And this one ranks among the best of them. It's all about keeping a hexagon on the top of a tower. It's challenging, but it's cheery enough that you're never going to want to smash your phone to pieces.
PinOut! - download for iPhone
What happens when you take pinball and shake it up, pull it out of its arcade framework, and stick it into a form that works better for mobile. The end result is a brilliant experience that's going to appeal not just to lovers of pinball, but to anyone with a penchant for chasing scores and flipping balls.
Tiny Bubbles - download for iPhone
It might not have been out for very long, but Tiny Bubbles has definitely earned its place on this list. It's a game that takes the fundamental parts of the match-stuff puzzle genre, then shakes them around until they pop. The end result is something that manages to be familiar and fresh at the same time.
Starman: Tale of Light - download for iPhone
This is a game about architecture and space, a game about light and shade. It's got a unique look that makes every scene fizz and pop, and the slightly esoteric nature of the adventure means it offers enough of a challenge to keep most people entertained. Definitely one to pick up if you're looking for something a little different.
Campfire Cooking - download for iPhone
A game about cooking things on sticks over an open fire has no right to be as entertaining as this. It's really a puzzler that focuses on ensuring that the food you're cooking gets evenly toasted in the roaring flames. There are some ingenious ideas here, and if you like your games to be a mix of sedate pace and head-scratching then it's definitely worth picking up.
Final Fantasy IX - download for iPhone
There have been many arguments over the years about which PS1-era FF game is the best. I can put those all to bed right now by saying that it's this one. After the hefty melodrama of 7 and 8, FF9 takes things in a more relaxed direction. Sure the world is still in peril, but the unwitting heroes here are more like actual characters than angsty teenage pin-ups.
Pang Adventures - download for iPhone
Anyone who played Pang in the heyday of the arcades is going to have a soft spot for its bubble-popping whimsy. And this updated version of the game kicks it right into modernity while still capturing the simple joy that made the original so entertaining. It's retro, it's fresh, and it's chock full of lovely bubbles.
Alto's Adventure - download for iPhone
You wouldn't think that a side-scrolling game about snowboarding would be one of the most compulsive games on the App Store, and yet here we are. Not only is Alto's Adventure brilliant, it's a stunning looking game full of sunsets, storms, and more. And you're chasing llamas in it. Grind, slide, and leap your way down a mountain, and do it all with a smile on your face.
Warhammer Quest 2 - download for iPhone
One of the seminal Games Workshop licenses on the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2 sees you building up a team of adventurers and then descending into the dankest corners of the Warhammer universe to complete missions, fight monsters, and grab loot. It's deeply tactical, it looks amazing, and it'll have you playing for hours.
Atomine - download for iPhone
Sure, it's a game that feels like it was designed to capture most of the buzzwords around indie gaming, but Atomine is still an incredible amount of fun. You're wandering through electronic landscapes shooting everything that moves. It's tough, it looks great, and while it tries to tick a lot of boxes, it just about manages it.
Golf Zero - download for iPhone
What would happen if you crossed a super-tough, minimalist platformer with the sport of golf? Golf Zero is what would happen. You're trying to get your ball across a series of super fiendish levels filled with spikes, drops, and all manner of other hazards. It might sound a little bit crazy, and that's because it is. But sometimes you need some craziness in your life.
Deus Ex GO - download for iPhone
Square Enix's GO games always manage to capture the feel of the games that inspire them, and Deus Ex GO is no different. It's the sneaky, sci-fi subterfuge that we all know and love, but squished down into a tense board-ish game of cat and mouse. Plus it comes complete with the neon yellow streaks that make the newer iterations of the series so visually arresting.
Pavilion: Touch Edition - download for iPhone
A wonderful puzzle game that sees you controlling not the protagonist, but the world around them. You're clearing paths, moving objects, pushing switches, and so much more than that. It's a brilliant idea, and when it clicks it clicks in some really smart ways. There's nothing else like it on the App Store, and you'd do well to pick it up as soon as possible.
Neverending Nightmares - download for iPhone
A game that deals with a variety of mental illnesses. It's a psychological horror game, and it manages to capture the terror of living a life that's controlled by the impulses in your brain. It's scary, it looks incredible, and there's a depth to it that few other horror games manage to deal in.
Euclidean Lands - download for iPhone
A really smart mix between a Go-style game and the slightly ethereal puzzling of the likes of Monument Valley. The levels shift as you twist them, opening up new paths that allow you to exploit weaknesses in your enemies. There's a wonderful art style here, and a giant chunk of content to sink your face into.
Tavern Guardians - download for iPhone
Yup, there's a match-stuff RPG puzzler on the list. But it's a really, really, really good one. There are hordes of monsters for you to take on, and none of the free to play trapping that so often plagues the genre. It's smart, it's got a load of really good ideas, and even if you've tried other games like it and not enjoyed them, you might find something to like here.
Super Cat Tales - download for iPhone
If there's one thing that's guaranteed to make any game better, it's the addition of cats. This is a super slick platformer that stars a whole host of cute as hell kitties. The game isn't just great because cats though, it's great because it's actually great. The cats just make it even better.
Pathfinder Duels - download for iPhone
A delightfully polished deck builder based in the Pathfinder universe. It shares some of the same ideas as Hearthstone, but it also layers its own concepts on pretty thickly too. There's a pace to the game that makes it perfect for mobile as well, and while the matches might be short, you can easily lose hours of your time to this one.
Kalimba - download for iPhone
This one's a platformer with a really intriguing twist. You're controlling two different characters, and need to keep them both safe to the end of the challenging levels. It looks ace, it plays brilliantly, and this version is just as good as the console ones that came out before it. Oh, and the name is a lot of fun to say.
Steredenn - download for iPhone
A shooter set in the depths of space. But it's not boring space, it's a gorgeous pixel space that's chock full of enemies for you to shoot into pieces. The game is super fast, blisteringly fast really, and there's so much destruction to get your teeth into that it's almost impossible to get bored of all the explosions and madness.
Glitch Fixers - The Powerpuff Girls - download for iPhone
It's weird that there's a Powerpuff Girls game on this list, but if you've played it, then you're going to understand. Rather than tapping buttons to control the cartoon superheroines, here you're planning out each of your moves before they happen. It's partially a coding game, but there's action and fun to be had here in spades as well.
Vulture Island - download for iPhone
A platformer that, instead of being broken into tiny chunks, gives you a huge world that you're free to explore. Of course you're going to need to unlock new moves to get to certain places. And all of that exploring is going to show you an incredible amount of new and exciting things. Don't let the old school graphics fool you, this one is super fresh.
The Talos Principle - download for iPhone
Two big first person puzzle games came out around the same time at the end of last year. In some ways, The Talos Principle might be the best of them. It's smart, it's brilliantly well put together, and it plays around with the parts of the game that actually make, well, a game. It might not be the definitive version, but it's pretty damn close.
Taekwondo Game Global Tournament - download for iPhone
There's a simple joy to kicking people in the face, especially when those people are digital and you're not going to go to jail for doing it. Taekwondo Game understands that, and while it doesn't have the aerial acrobatics of the likes of Tekken, it doesn't need them. Here every punch and kick matters, and that makes for an incredibly exciting experience.
Proun+ - download for iPhone
Sure there are loads of auto-runners on the App Store, but none of them are as elegant, stylish, and downright cool as Proun+. It's a game that leads you by the hand through the history of modern art. If modern art was a tube, and you were a ball, and there were lots of other ball-people on the same trip. That might sound a bit out-there, but you need to check this one out all the same.
Twisty Hollow - download for iPhone
Match-stuff puzzlers are ten-a-penny, but when you find one that does something a little different, it's likely to catch your attention. And this one doesn't just do a few things differently, it does a lot of things differently. So much so that even if you don't like match-stuff puzzlers, you really should go and grab this one right this second.
Obslashin' - download for iPhone
A hacky-slashy game of slick violence. There's a real rhythm to this one, and while it might not have the depth of some AAA titles, it doesn't need it. Nothing clunks, everything slices, and if you're looking for a distraction that's going to stick in your mind for a good while, then you should definitely pick it up.
Morphite - download for iPhone
A huge game that's about exploring the cosmos. It's a bit like No Man's Sky, but far more focused. There's a narrative driving everything along, as well as plants to catalogue and giant monsters to try and not get murdered by. It's a breathtaking experience, and worth every penny you might spend on it.
Causality - download for iPhone
A game that's all about messing around with time