Games for iPhone and iPad
By far the most popular category in the App Store, there is a never-ending parade of great games available for iOS devices. For a list of our favorites, check out AppCraver’s Editor Picks of the Best Games for iPhone and iPad, or read on for news and reviews of the newest game releases for iOS.
Ant Smasher Finds Greatness in Being Gross
Given the interactive, high-resolution touch screen of the iPhone and our primal instinct to smash things that can be smashed, it seems only natural that developers build games to capitalize on this repressed aggression.
Pigeon Squadron - The Fun Game with a "Crappy" Theme
Don't look up, but if you’ve been eyeing Pigeon Squadron in the App Store by all means give it a try. It’s a high-flying pigeon adventure with a military theme that pits pooping pigeons against townspeople in various cities.
Play and Learn With Old MacDonald Piano
Fun apps designed for kids that also impart some form of education, especially music, can be valuable to tech-savvy parents.
Kiboomu Publishing’s Old MacDonald Piano is their second interactive piano app for young children.
Moto Mania: Ride, Crash and Relax for the Casual Gamer
Moto Mania is a ragdoll physics-based dirtbike game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and it follows in the footsteps of some of the classic side-scrolling dirtbike stunt games of the past, like Excite Bike for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
Go Soccer for Goal Practice on the Go
If you enjoy simple flick-style sports-themed arcade games and soccer is your main goal, then check out Go Soccer for iPhone and iPod Touch. A quick, pick-up-and-play style game that takes advantage of flick-style controls and pits players against a moving target in the soccer goal.
Fragger: Launch Your Attack
Problem: You like launching explosives in physics-based puzzle-worlds to kill enemies.
Solution: Angry Birds.
Residual problem: You really want to kill people, not pigs.
Better Solution: Fragger.
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition: Le Chuck's Revenge
The emergence of the App Store has undeniably created a renaissance of exciting and inventive new games. This much is not news to anyone. What gamers may not realize is that the iPhone has become the stage for older PC games to get a second life, and even the chance to come back into fashion.
Assault Commando: If It Isn't You, Destroy It!
Overall, I really like Assault Commando, but I do have one nit to pick.
3D Magic says Assault Commando is set in a South American jungle, but its look seems Asian; Perhaps we're in Peru during the rule of Alberto Fujimori.
Lite Brite Leaps from Table Top to iPhone
The Lite Brite app for iPhone and iPod Touch is the 1970s creative electronic children’s toy reinvented with modern technology. To preserve nostalgia, the premise remains the same – create pictures with different colored pegs that light up against a black background.
Conquer Evil with Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends is an immersive RPG that will delight fans of this genre.
Just like any quality RPG, Pocket Legends (available both as an iPad and iPhone app) begins with a choice of character based on the a variety of attributes.
Tremors Has Nothing On Super Mega Worm
Wrangling its way through a set of updates that fixed compatibility issues with iOS 4, Super Mega Worm developers Deceased Pixels LLC has an apparent hit on their hands. Hearken the days of quarters lost at the arcade, Super Mega Worm is a piece of 8 bit imitation, old school glory with more charm than Centipede.
Virion SD for iPhone is Not So Viral
Virion SD for iPhone is a puzzle style game based on matching shapes to receptors to complete levels within a specified time frame. Virion is definitely unlike any puzzle game I’ve seen before, but its uniqueness doesn’t necessarily mean it is destined for greatness.
Rule the Gridiron with NFL 2011
NFL 2011 is a solid football game that should satisfy most fans and sports gamers. It lacks some of the polish and extra features found in Madden 11 but does enough to make it a worthy competitor.
NFL 2011 has three gameplay modes: exhibition, season and playoffs.
Robot Unicorn Attack: Wish Upon A Star and You'll Die a Fiery Death
Ranking pretty high amongst paid apps for the last couple of weeks, Robot Unicorn Attack would be a mystery if it weren’t for the Adult Swim brand. Seems you can take a ridiculous premise that would never in a million years succeed as a handheld arcade-style game and then attach Adult Swim to the title, and it sells.
Find Happiness with Fastlane HD
Fastlane HD is like a scaled down version of The Sims. While it has some good moments overall it lacks the excitement or innovation found in similar lifestyle games.
In Fastlane HD you travel through your town to try and build happiness for your life (as if doing this for real isn't hard enough).