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.
Bouncing Around With Karuki is Simple Fun
You know how every now and then you run across a game for your iPhone or touch that makes you smile, curse, and drain your battery life all in the span of an hour or so? It has certainly happened to me a time or two and with Karuki, it's no exception.
Memory + Adds a Few Twists to a Tired Genre
Memory +, from Pearl Fisher Games, is similar to Concentration, where the trick is to flip card or boxes and recall the image on the opposite side and then pair it with an identical image hidden elsewhere on the playing board.
The Kaloki Universe is Brought to iPhone With Kaloki Adventure
Now available in the App Store, Kaloki Adventure is the iPhone and touch version of Outpost Kaloki X that was first released for the Xbox 360 and given an award for Sim Game of the Year.
Numeri is Slitherlink Reinvented for iPhone
I know not everyone enjoys a logic puzzle, but plenty of people obviously do. The wide spread availability of logic puzzles in the App Store is a pretty good indicator of their popularity and certain apps like Numbrosia, any variety of Sudoku, and the recently released Sevens, indicates there’s a pretty large audience for number-based logic puzzles specifically.
Lots of Bugs in iRoach
In reality, a bug problem of this magnitude would not require a tech genius, but rather professional pest control. On your iPhone or iTouch, iRoach simply requires a fast finger and a tolerance for nastiness.
All Out of Love for Travel Karaoke
Lassiquendi's Travel Karaoke and Sing-A-Long is a well-meaning app, but overly ambitious in including either "travel" or "karaoke" in the title. Both are a bit limited. I can give Travel Karaoke and Sing-A-Long some credit, though: Lassiquendi, is aware of its weaknesses and clarifies in the app's description that it is taking steps to manage shortcomings in future versions.
PixPop Plus is an Addicting Puzzle Popper Game
PixPop Plus, from developer Spinapse, is a mash up of a matching game, jigsaw puzzle and "Where's Waldo?" Something for everyone, in other words.
Start by tapping an area of an image, which will be encapsulated within a small cube and then matching the highlighted area with a cube or "token" on on the right of the frame.
Go Fourth With Firework Frenzy
When I first saw Firework Frenzy in the App Store I was reminded of an older online game with a similar name where you exploded fireworks of different shapes by filling them in with puzzle pieces.
Bomberman Touch 2- Volcano Party is Still a Let Down
Bomberman Touch 2- Volcano Party was originally launched in the US in 1987 and since then has come out in 60 versions for nearly every game platform. Hudson Soft, the developer, says that it has sold more than 10 million copies.
Music iQ Tests Your Music Recognition
I smartly downloaded Music iQ before embarking on a four-hour car ride. Perfect timing! I entertained myself, the car trip went more quickly, and I discovered I am terrible at remembering the names of songs, even when I recognize a tune.
Battleship By Pen - Sink or Swim?
If you ever played battleship as a kid, then no doubt you can appreciate Battleship by Pen. Created by RedMadRobot, Battleship by Pen gets bonus points from me for originality in design. An app that appears to have been drawn entirely by hand on graph paper with a blue Bic pen, Battleship by Pen is the same concept as the original board game, but with some original features of it's own.
Sevens Comes Without Any Luck Involved
Sevens, from developer Nigel Hanbury, is a spin on the wildly popular Sudoku number puzzler, of which there are several variations in the App Store.
Just in case you've never played Sudoku before: The playing field consists of a 3 x 3 grid of squares.
Shift Is a Fine Puzzler
Echochrome was one of my favorite games of 2008. It was a PSP downloadable puzzle game that was all about changing perspectives and using physics to solve puzzles to complete levels. So when a game brings back memories of spending hours playing through Echochrome, it’s a very good thing in my world.
Little Runner Keeps on Going and Going
Little Runner - Though there are a handful of simple, black and white line art games in the App Store, few are truly worth more than a few moments of play. Though I was skeptical of Little Runner because of its super simplistic presentation, it turned out to be a semi-addicting little game that seems to have some good potential.
It's Not A Stick Up, It's Wild West Pinball
* Update: As noted in the comments below, Wild West Pinball is no longer free. The limited time promotion is over.
In anticipation of their latest pinball game launch, OOO Gameprom has made Wild West Pinball available for free for a limited time.