Great iPhone Games to Choose From – Play Them
This list is a healthy combination of paid and free games that can run on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. We will follow up with a separate top rated 20 list exclusively for games, which are not included in this list.
Bit Pilot. Avoid ‘em ups are commonplace on the App Store, but none offer the polish, charm and addictive qualities of Bit Pilot. The aim of the game is simply to survive, avoiding asteroids and lasers, and grabbing sporadic shield power-ups. Lovely graphics and crunchy chip-tunes round off a first-class title.
Minigore. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise: it’s infested with ravenous ‘furries’! To survive, you merely have your wits, trusty weapons and the means of temporarily transforming into an unstoppable beast-like killing machine. Minigore is dual-stick Robotron-style action with modern cartoon graphics and a dollop of gore. It’s also excellent.
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars. Rockstar Games didn’t get the memo either, so they went ahead and shoved a grubby, violent city full of gangland warfare into your iOS device. Matching the same game on PSP and DS, Chinatown Wars has you trying to survive turf wars, shoot-outs, high-speed chases and drug deals. But if it all gets a bit much, you can steal a taxi and earn a semi-honest living carting fares about Liberty City.
Rat On A Skateboard. The third outing for Donut Games mascot Ratty sees him ditching his uncool scooter and instead getting all ‘gnarly’ and ‘rad’ doing various skateboard tricks. Gameplay-wise, Rat On A Skateboard is ultimately another one-thumb survival game with a few twists, but its various modes and great character make it an essential purchase.
Linkoidz. Linkoidz is reminiscent of cult classic Magical Drop, itself an ‘evolution’ of popular match game Puzzle Bobble. You destroy aliens by matching three of them, or their weight eventually crushes your guy’s shield and he’s devoured. The hook is that instead of switching aliens Bejeweled-style, you suck one into your gun and fire it back. Fast-paced and great-looking, this is a hugely enjoyable iOS action puzzler.
Beyond Ynth. Beyond Ynth is a puzzle-oriented platform game which tasks a bug with collecting gems to bring back light to his kingdom. Each level comprises a number of ‘boxes’ that must be entered and correctly rotated in order to proceed; grabbing gems requires some serious puzzle-solving abilities, and one wrong move often means death by lava, ice or fire. Mercifully, the latest Beyond Ynth update does away with the ’start the level for the 50th time’ mechanic, enabling you to rewind progress past errors. Even so, it’ll take you many hours to grab those gems.
Infinity Blade. In screen-grabs, Infinity Blade visually resembles a free-roaming RPG, but it’s in fact a block-and-parry beat ‘em up, akin to Karateka or Punch-Out!!, but with glorious modern-day graphics and huge swords. Basic RPG-style levelling up provides a little extra depth, enabling you to gradually tackle stronger foes during each ‘bloodline’, and the gestural sword-fighting controls are great.
Tilt to Live. A great example of a simple, addictive mobile game, Tilt to Live has you fleeing from evil red dots of doom. You tilt your device to fly around the screen, colliding with bonuses to fire heat-seeking missiles and glacial ice bombs at your adversaries, for a few moments’ respite. The game’s slightly demented sense of humour adds to the fun.
Dead Space. This prequel to the hit console game Dead Space 2, Dead Space is as engaging on the iPhone and iPad as it is on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions. Dead Space is a pretty gory third-person shooter, so it’s not for kids. It also manages to be scarier than just about anything else on the platform. The controls work well with the spot-on graphics and terrifying soundtrack.
Dark Meadow. A first person horror title from Phosphor Games, Dark Meadow shares many qualities as our favorite game Infinity Blade II. The graphics and soundtrack of this combat title are state-of-the-art, particularly when leveraging the A5 chip inside the iPhone 4S. An interesting story and solid gameplay make up the core of Dark Meadow, and it brings a lot of spooky atmosphere along with it.
Shadowgun. A third-person shooter built on the beautiful Unity engine, SHADOWGUN brings a console gaming feel to the small screen much in the same way as other big name titles, such as Infinity Blade. It also packs some great production values, with some quality voice acting, sharp controls and lots of stuff to shoot.