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!
Stranger Things: The Game
Movie and TV tie-in games are the worst right? Wrong. Mobile gaming has proven that actually, with some consideration, TV games can actually be great. Don't believe us? Then check out Stranger Things: The Game. It doesn't just capture the show, it manages to capture a nostalgic era of gaming-past as well. Think Zelda plus the Upside Down and you're getting there.
XCOM: Enemy Within
We've come a long way since the inception of the App Store, and if you want to know how far, pick up XCOM. It might be lacking a little bit of the polish of its console and PC counterpart, but everything that made XCOM so brilliant has made it over to your pocket. And quite frankly, that's ridiculous.
There probably aren't that many people left in the world who haven't played Bastion, but we thought we'd try and make sure that those people find out about it. It's a thought-provoking action RPG with a brilliant story and one of the best-looking graphical styles on the App Store. Fun as all heck and really good looking? Yeah, it's no wonder it's made it on to the list.
One of the most important and interesting games on any platform. It's all about letting people into a fictional country You're the border guard, and you need to check out the documentation that they bring with them. You also need to try and keep your job to feed your family and keep your house. Do you follow the rules and shut the door, or try and get desperate people to safety?
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
It might not be the most original game in the world, but Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has one big thing going for it - charm. And it's the sort of charm that only Nintendo can do. Everything about the game is filled with a calming sort of joy, and you'll want to keep playing just to see all the adorable things that you can unlock.
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
There are plenty of odd games on the App Store, but this is one of the best of them. It's an esoteric adventure game that sees you working your way through a gorgeous pixel-art world, solving strange puzzles, meeting weird characters, and trying to get to the bottom of what's going on. This is the sort of game you're likely to steal hours of your life, and we'd highly recommend letting it.
A platformer that involves getting the gold of the titular character back. There are shades of plenty of other games here, but Leo's Fortune wraps them all up with a bunch of its own ideas. It's one of those games that manages to be familiar and fresh at the same time, and if you're looking for a platformer to sink your teeth into over the next few days then there's definitely a lot to like here.
Ticket to Earth
Puzzling RPGs are all the rage on the App Store at the moment, but Ticket to Earth does things a little differently. You're matching shapes together, but your characters are on the grid, moving around, trying to get in prime position to attack your foes. The extra level of strategy makes for a far more expansive experience. You might have sniffed at this one when it first came out, but it's got so much more going for it than your first glance might suggest.
One of, if not the best stealth game that's currently available on the App Store. In a cyberpunk future you need to work your way through a number of levels, getting involved in some pretty deep corporate espionage along the way. Everything that Invisible Inc sets out to do, it does brilliantly. Even if you're not a fan of the stealth genre, there's so much fun and thinking here that you're unlikely to mind.
Into the Dead 2
If you were going to pick two things that defined the App Store you may well go for zombies and auto-runners. Well, Into the Dead 2 is both of those things - it's all about pegging it through a field of flesh-eaters, shooting them when you can, but for the most part doing your best to avoid them. It's a decidedly mobile game, and while hardcore gamers might find it lacking, there's plenty of fun to be had for the more casual player here.
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
Here's something we'd love to see more developers doing. This is Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix's massive JRPG, but demade to fit in your pocket. The graphics might not be as flashy, but the game still has that Princely swagger that made the console version so popular. And you can get the first chunk for free, so if you don't like it, you've not lost anything.
The Battle of Polytopia
There aren't that many truly great strategy games on the iPhone, but this is definitely one of them. It offers some of the very best tactical multiplayer that iOS has to offer, and it's the sort of game you're going to slowly but surely find yourself obsessed with. It's fine though, because it's an obsession that'll leave you with a smile on your face.
The spiritual successor to Limbo doesn't rest on its laurels. Sure it's creepy, tough, and you're going to die a lot, but there's a more realistic feel to the game. Okay, not that realistic since a lot of it involves mind control, but where Limbo was about exploration, this one's about escape. And it's a better game because of that.
The App Store's answer to every modern Zelda game. It might not have very many original ideas, but it's so beautifully put together, and every inch of it has been handled with such love and care, that it's hard to be mad at it for that. Even if Nintendo releases a Zelda game for mobile, it's going to have some stiff competition from this homage.
Old Man's Journey
A really intelligent mix of a puzzler and an adventure game. You need to lead the titular old man from A to B, but you do it by slicing up the landscape he's walking through. It's a super smart concept, and it's one of those games that makes you realise how perfect mobile phones can be for gaming if the dev understands the platform.
Reigns: Her Majesty
While Reigns: Game of Thrones might be capturing all the headlines at the moment, if anything this middle game in the Reigns series might be even better. It's all about playing as a queen, and making the big decisions. How these affect your subjects, and the land under your control, will determine how long you stick around for. There's a deep, intriguing story here too, but you're going to have to put the work in to find out everything.
Arena of Valor
We're still waiting for that definitive, fully-fledged mobile MOBA. There are other games in the genre with some really interesting ideas, but in the end it's Arena of Valor that gets closest to being perfect. It's got a huge player base, a load of characters, and the sort of action that MOBA fans have been clamouring for for a long time.
A sad, ghoulish platformer about the place in between life and death. It's heartbreaking and horrifying, often at the same time, and the giant spider you meet near the start of the game has become something of an icon. There have been a lot of games that have tried to ape Limbo's style, but none of them have managed to do it with the same skill as the original.
Super Mario Run
It's Mario, and it's on your phone. Maybe it isn't the fully-fledged Mario game that some people were hoping it would be, and maybe its pricing model needed some more time on the drawing board, but in the end one salient fact really smashes down any objections you might have. It's Mario, and it's on your phone.
This one came out in the wake of Downwell, so it's easy to see why it got a little forgotten. At first glance the two games look pretty similar. But that's not the case. They each contain different subtleties you need to get to grip with. Plus Downwell features a small man with guns for shoes, and Fowlst features an angry chicken that enjoys headbutting demons to death. So, y'know.
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 sayin