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.

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.

Buy Moto Mania Dirt Bike Challenge on the App Store

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.

Buy Go Soccer on the App Store

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.

Buy Fragger on the App Store

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.

Buy Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge on the App Store

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

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.

Buy Pocket Legends on the App Store

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.

Buy Super Mega Worm on the App Store

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 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.

Buy Robot Unicorn Attack on the App Store

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.

Buy Fastlane HD on the App Store

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).

Save Betsy is Like Doodle Jump on the Farm

Save Betsy is another version of the accelerometer-based jumping game that has become so popular for iPhone. It is akin to Doodle Jump, but unlike Doodle Jump, the leader of all such games where iTunes rankings are concerned, Save Betsy, has a seriously twisted vegan (or anti-vegan) theme, but don’t worry, no cows were harmed in the making.

Dreamscape is a Bubble Arcade Set against Dreamy Backgrounds

Dreamscape is a Bubble Arcade Set against Dreamy Backgrounds

Bubble popping games have been a part of iPhone culture since the beginning. In fact, there’s probably not a user out there who hasn’t stolen at least a few moments absentmindedly popping virtual bubbles between calls or emails.