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.
Platypus: Retro Arcade Side-Scroll Shooter Modeled in Clay
Platypus, from Handmark, ranks among the best-looking side-scrolling shooting games to debut in the App Store. Heck, make that one of the best-looking games in the entire App Store.
It's got great claymation-style, colorful graphics.
Bobby Carrot Forever: A Game Suitable For Kids
Strange and wonderful things happen in dreamland when rabbits go to sleep; this is the premise of Bobby Carrot Forever. An award-winning iPhone app from FDG Entertainment, Bobby Carrot Forever is an animated adventure that requires the gamer to solve puzzles and find carrots before moving to the next level.
Rick Rocketson Brings Old-School Platformer into Modern Times
Rick Rocketson Pro, our hero in the similarly named game from Liquid Air Lab, was trekking home one day or night (in space it's hard to tell) at warp speed when a band of marauding space pirates shot him down.
Up There Demonstrates How "Uplifting" an App Can Be
This intriguing app really is “Up There” on the list of well designed games for iPhone/iPod Touch. Up There is a simple game with seamless design that takes advantage of the accelerometer. The game is merely a maze of sorts, but combines many outstanding features to turn a simple concept into a fun application.
Kronos' Action Bowling Rolls a Perfect Game
There are several bowling games in the App Store but in my opinion, none is in the same league as Action Bowling, from Kronos Games.
It's about as close to real bowling as you're going to get on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Mancala: FS5 (Free) — Marble Game Gets Everything Right
Mancala: FS5 (Free). For those of us that didn’t already know, "The word mancala comes from the Arabic word naqala meaning literally ‘to move.' There is no one game with the name mancala; instead mancala is a type, or designation, of game.” (Wikipedia)
This is a wonderful game that I remember from my childhood and it brought a smile to my face to see it in the app store.
vConqr: World Domination is Closer, but still Just out of Reach
The Risk knock-off vConqr has undergone quite the revamping since our original review of the game when it was known as Virtual Conquest. This version is more playable and should appeal to both Risk fanatics and iPhone/iPod touch gamers.
Bowling is an Adventure with Downhill Bowling on the iPhone
A hand-held animated bowling game did not sound exciting to me until I discovered Downhill Bowling for the iPhone. Released by GameResort as an alternative to the free Downhill Bowling Lite, this iPhone app is a clever, addictive game that is appealing and fun for all ages.
Fantastic Contraption: Build a Better Mousetrap (or Just About Anything Else)
inXile Entertainment's Fantastic Contraption is the online game reborn on the iPhone. It's based on the same principles as Pangea Software's popular Engimo, RealArcade's Tiki Towers and Hudson's Crayon Physcics Deluxe and other physics-based games that involve building Rube Goldberg-like machines that transport objects from point A to G to C and Z.
Eye vs. Eye Tests Your Skill for Perceiving Color
Eye vs. Eye by FORMation Alliance is a great little game for improving or testing your color matching skills. FORMation Alliance is an up and coming iPhone and iPod touch app contributor with a focus on designers.
7 Cities Tower Defense Game Includes Marauding Pirates
7 Cities - I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but until recently, I didn't realize just how engaging tower defense strategy games such as Fieldrunners and Zombie Attack can be. The concept didn't seem all that challenging so I never looked at the genre closely.
Super Word Find Will Keep Search Enthusiasts Busy
Super Word Find is exactly what it purports to be — a word finding puzzle which remains true to the classic word search puzzles. Moreover, it’s “supercharged” in a kind of way that only a Word Search can be.
Animalz Gets Applauze for Solid Puzzle Game
Animalz - Though collapse-style puzzle games like this one are a dime a dozen, there are a few classics that might stand out in your mind. PurpleZoo Productions’ Animalz may not be an instant classic, but it stands a good chance of being a favorite app for those who love this type of puzzle game.
Digital Chocolate Launches a Winner with Crazy Penguin Catapult
Crazy Penguin Catapult is Digital Chocolate’s first iPhone game, bursting onto the scene just one day before Chocolate Shop Frenzy. Crazy Penguin Catapult is nothing short of what you’d expect from the monster publishing house. The highly anticipated game is an adventure game with skill, precision and strategy.
Aqua Punt — Going Retro To Score Goals
Playtoniq’s Aqua Punt is a throw back to those old plastic water-filled games that use streams of air to propel balls up, over and into a hoop or basket. This app for your iPhone has replicated the feel of those games so well — right down to the feeling that I have no desire to waste my time with such cheap nonsense.