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.


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.

Buy iRoach 2 on the App Store

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.

Buy PixPop™ Plus on the App Store

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.

Buy BOMBERMAN TOUCH 2 -VOLCANO PARTY on the App Store

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.

Buy Music iQ on the App Store

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.

Buy :Shift: on the App Store

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.

Buy Little Runner on the App Store

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.

Buy Wild West Pinball - Machine for angry oregon cowboys armed with flippers and revolvers! on the App Store

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.

iCommander Takes Charge of the Tank Battle

In iCommander,  from Gogo Mobile,  you assume the role of a tank brigade commander and your mission is to blast the invading forces out of the sky. It’s the old “do unto others before they undo you,” side scroller with excellent graphics, sound effects and game play.

Buy Real Racing on the App Store

Real Racing: The Review and 3G vs 3GS

Firemint's follow up iPhone offering goes a different route than the causally inclined Flight Control that has been a consistent occupant on the Top 25. For me, Real Racing is a surprise coming from Firemint as they’ve rolled out a powerhouse racing title that is determined to shock and awe gamers of all stripes.

Buy Jungle Bloxx™ on the App Store

Jungle Bloxx is Digital Chocolate's Latest Puzzle Adventure

Jungle Bloxx - From their early titles like Chocolate Shop Frenzy to their most recent, Digital Chocolate is becoming somewhat of a giant in the way of App Store games. Many of their games, like Crazy Penguin Catapult and 3D Brick Breaker Revolution have become fast favorites of many users.