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!
Framed - download for iPhone
It's easy to see why Framed won so many accolades, scooping up game of the year nominations from the likes of Time and Hideo Kojima. It's a super smart game of shifting comic panels. Moving the panel changes the outcome of the action. Part puzzler, part narrative adventures, it's one of the most intelligent and entertaining experiences on the App Store.
Beat Street - download for iPhone
A beat-'em-up that you can play with one hand? What's not to love about that? Throw in some super slick graphics, and a retro feel that arcade fans are going to absolutely adore, and you're left with a game that manages to be modern and familiar at the same time. If that's not enough of an achievement, then it's also ridiculous amounts of fun.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved - download for iPhone
I still remember losing hours to Geometry Wars 2, and while this might be an expensive treat on mobile, it's definitely worth it. Slick controls, plenty of explosions, and some really smart dimension hopping ideas make this one of the finest shooters you can get on the App Store. Oh, and it looks amazing too.
Implosion: Never Lose Hope - download for iPhone
Another slightly costly game, but it's well worth the asking price. A shiny, highly polished hack and slash adventure that features enormous robots and plenty of anime-ridiculousness. Implosion doesn't really have any right to be as good as it is. But it's really, really good. Action games for iPhone really don't come much better than this.
Heavenstrike Rivals - download for iPhone
While Square Enix might be best known for porting its classic RPGs to mobile, sometimes it releases a gem of its own too. This one's a gorgeous looking card game. You build up a deck of monsters and then duel it out in turn-based battles. There's a good chunk of RPG greatness here, and it's accessible enough that anyone can pick it up and play.
Samorost 3 - download for iPhone
A gorgeous point and click adventure that showcases just how good Amanita Design is at this sort of thing. There's no dialogue, but the story told here is still better than most games on the App Store. You're a space gnome with a magical musical instrument who's searching for the meaning of existence. Because of course you are.
Eisenhorn: Xenos - download for iPhone
This one sees you stomping through the grim dark future of the Warhammer 40K universe. It plays a bit like the Arkham Asylum series of games, with fights, shooting, and third-person puzzle solving. Sometimes you're going to have to remind yourself you're playing on a mobile, that's how good this one looks.
Circa Infinity - download for iPhone
A platformer with a pretty big difference. You're leaping around the a series of concentric circles, trying to avoid weird monsters. It's brilliantly bonkers, and plays around with the fundamentals of the genre in the best possible way. And on top of all that it offers up a stiff challenge that you can really get your teeth into.
Lost in Harmony - download for iPhone
What happens when you mix an auto-runner with a rhythm action game? Well, something like Lost in Harmony. The game tells a sad story of loss, set against the backdrop of an anime-style future. Skate through a series of levels avoiding obstacles in time to some really incredible tunes. A great mix of ideas that's well worth checking out.
Grayout - download for iPhone
The idea behind Grayout is a simple one - what happens when we lose our ability to communicate? It sees a patient gradually losing more and more words as post traumatic aphasia sets in. At times uplifting, horrifying, and astounding, Grayout isn't like anything else you've played. For that fact alone you should pick it up.
The Witness - download for iPhone
It might have taken a long time to make its way to the App Store, but Jonathan Blow's esoteric puzzling masterpiece was well worth the wait. Dumped on a strange island, you're left to your own devices to figure out how you got there and what's going on. It's a brilliant, sometimes confusing, but always interesting first-person head-scratching experience.
Guns of Boom - download for iPhone
Shooters might not be the first genre you think of when you're thinking about mobile games, but Guns of Boom should be the top of your list if you're looking for fantastic multiplayer action. Taking its cues from the likes of Team Fortress 2, the game sees you and a gang of other blasters trying to take down the other team before they do the same to you.
Redungeon - download for iPhone
What happens when you mix an endless runner with a roguelike? Redungeon is what happens, and quite frankly it's brilliant. Storm through super tough, twitchy levels, casting spells, and trying to avoid the hounds of hell. Each run gives you gold to spend on new characters and upgrades. Addictive in all the right ways, Redungeon epitomises everything that Nitrome is good at.
Legend of the Skyfish - download for iPhone
While other games might give you massive weapons to play with, Legend of the Skyfish gives you a fishing rod. And it lets you make friends with a whale. It's sort of like what would happen if the entire development team behind the original Zelda games had a real thing for popping out and catching some trout. But it's much better than that makes it sound.
Warbits - download for iPhone
A gorgeous, Advanced Wars-style strategy game that manages to blend accessibility and style into one effortlessly cool package. Lead super cute tanks and other war machines into battle, and try and make sure that it's your side that comes out on top. Not only do you get a campaign mode, there's brilliant turn-based multiplayer here too. Just get it, thank me later.
Prune - download for iPhone
A brilliant, sometimes heartbreaking game about cutting down a tree. I know, that doesn't sound that interesting, but this is one of the best puzzlers that the App Store has to offer. It's thought provoking, it looks wonderful, and as its story branches out, you start to realise the consequences of your actions.
Wayward Souls - download for iPhone
Quite frankly the best roguelike action RPG that the App Store has to offer. It's not just one of the best games for iOS, it's one of the best games, period. Tough, gorgeous, and endlessly rewarding, this procedurally-generated dungeon crawler should be one of the first games you play if you're new to mobile gaming.
Gorogoa - download for iPhone
A narrative puzzler that's all about following a story. You do that by shifting layers around, opening up scenes that you wouldn't be able to access before. It takes some ideas from the likes of Framed, but then builds on them beautifully. It's haunting, smart, and utterly addictive.
Real Racing 2 – download for iPhone
For many people, this is the pinnacle of the Real Racing series. It looks good, even now, and its premium price point makes it more attractive to some than its sequel. Either way, the racing here verges on the breath taking. There are few better rides to take on the App Store.
The Bug Butcher - download for iPhone
A shooter that does pretty much exactly what you want from a game with a name like that. You're a cartoony space marine, and you need to kill as many alien bugs as you can. It's fast-paced, it looks great, and if you've got an MFi controller you should definitely put this one at the top of your list.