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.


Buy Relix on the App Store

Relix Is Easy to Learn but Can Be Hard to Beat

Mark Mengelt’s Relix is one of those “easy to play, lifetime to master” kinds of match-up games that keep you engaged for hours on end. The objective is to clear game tiles from each level—there are 50 in all—by strategically moving them around the board to match up two or more tiles.

Buy SwipeHead on the App Store

Think, Swipe, and Evolve into a Swipehead

With the overwhelming collection of puzzle apps available a few truly smart and original ones must surely get lost in the shuffle. This is obviously the case with Swipehead by Wizkeit Games and Vive Technologies.

Buy Catch-21 on the App Store

Catch-21: A Free iPhone Card Game With No Catch

In the spirit of the Game Show Network (GSN) hit show Catch-21, now in its third season, Catch-21 for iPhone and iPod Touch is blackjack mayhem in a race against the clock for high scores. Unlike the television game show, Catch-21 for iPhone leaves out cumbersome trivia questions and opponents and pits players against the clock to make as many 21s as possible.

Don't Worry About Collateral Damage in Tank Battles in Suburbia

Don't Worry About Collateral Damage in Tank Battles in Suburbia

Tank Battles in Suburbia, from Cloud Scissor, is a dark, but funny, take on the classic tank shooter. Hop into a tank and start blasting away, not just at other tanks but also at pricey homes, cop cars, warehouses, fast-food restaurants – in short, everything in sight.

Jet Through Sky and Blast Aliens in Defendroid

The iPhone's accelerometer has made possible  many great aviation and racing games. It works again in Defendroid, a fun jet vs. aliens aerial combat game that has some fun, albeit simple, gameplay.

iCardToss' Casual Card Flicking is a Worthy Time-Waster

Rendering a classic boredom reliever as time-killing iPhone app, iCardToss lets you toss virtual cards into virtual hats (or a bucket if you prefer) for points. You get your choice of three backgrounds and three targets and of course a deck of cards.

Video Strip Poker Offers More than Barebones

Video Strip Poker Offers More than Barebones

Video Strip Poker -- “Hi, my name is Natasha, I’m a 21-year old student and I love country music. Would you like to play strip poker? I may be a scatterbrain…hey, try to get me undressed!”
If poker and hotties are your thing, then you’ll probably like Arawella’s Video Strip Poker.

Buy Gnome's Treasure on the App Store

Gnome's Treasure Could be a Hidden Gem

A recent release by KenloMobile, Gnome’s Treasure is an adventure puzzle game designed along the lines of Lode Runner. With 40 levels spanning 5 different worlds, Gnome’s Treasure is an extensive mobile platform featuring nice graphics and original sound effects with a few polished touches, but still has a little way to go before winning my heart.

Buy Combine 4! on the App Store

TwentyFour! a Great Workout for Your Brain

Some mind benching challenges await with TwentyFour! - a recent App Store release based on a mathematical card game.
The object is to add, subtract, multiply, or divide a group of four numbers with each other in order to reach 24.

Buy ATC Pro on the App Store

Control the Tower with ATC Pro

If being in charge at an air traffic control tower is anything like the game ATC Pro, I'm not interested. ATC Pro can be enjoyable to play, but it has a pretty steep learning curve. (If you want to check out a demo in action, watch the video after the jump.)
The objective is to successfully land and manage takeoffs without it ending in disaster.

Buy Vocabulator on the App Store

Looking for a Fun New Word Game? Vocabulator Has the Answer

Vocabulator is an apt name for Nexus6 Software’s newest word puzzle app that features clean simple presentation similar in appearance to a calculator, varying degrees of difficulty, and a wealth of word information.

Buy Patch™ Farkle on the App Store

Patch Farkle is Farkle Fun for iPhone

Patch Farkle is the latest farkle dice game available in the App Store, and while other similar games are available for iPhone and touch, Patch™ Farkle appears to be made in conjunction with the same manufacturers of the real life game carrying the same Patch Trademark.

Gyrotate – Line 'em up, and Take 'em out for Endless Fun

Gyrotate – Line 'em up, and Take 'em out for Endless Fun

Wander through the App Store and you’ll find an ever-increasing list of puzzle games, many of which seem eerily familiar. Like a seven-year itch in December, playing the same old games starts to lack a certain spark. 

Alien Axis Turns Puzzle Solving on its Head

Take a small, green alien named Otto, the tilt response of the iPhone and an adventure puzzle with 28 levels to navigate and you get Alien Axis in a nutshell.
Alien Axis requires players to navigate Otto from start to finish while avoiding certain obstacles and interacting with others.

Buy The Inferno on the App Store

The Inferno Challenges Mind and Soul

The Inferno is an excellent puzzle game that may force you to touch up on your medieval history.  While the plot is closer to that of an action/adventure game, it plays more like a typical puzzle game with darker undertones.