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.


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.

Buy Mancala: FS5 (FREE) on the App Store

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.

Buy Downhill Bowling on the App Store

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.

Buy Fantastic Contraption™ on the App Store

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 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.

Buy Super Word Find on the App Store

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.

Buy Animalz - Matchem on the App Store

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.

Buy Crazy Penguin Catapult on the App Store

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.

Buy Aqua Punt on the App Store

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.

Buy Chuck the Ball on the App Store

Chuck The Ball: Soccer-themed Puzzle Game Hits A Wall

MakeShift Games presents Chuck the Ball. It’s a puzzle game where the main character is a soccer ball. His mission is to collect all of the stars in the level. Chuck must make it through all kinds of perilous mazes and traps. Be careful to avoid hazards like holes and walls. Chuck the Ball is a game that lets your finger do all the work.

Shift Your Thinking about Puzzle Games

Shift - You know that "paradigm shift" thing your boss always goes on about in meetings? I don't recall ever seeing a "paradigm" and I've always doubted it would "shift" if I did. After reviewing MunkyFun's Shift, I think I finally get what the boss has been talking about.

Buy Crazy Tanks on the App Store

Crazy Tanks Adventure Game

Crazy Tanks is a battle game. Drive your tank all over the screen and destroy the enemy. The goal of the game is to destroy as many enemy tanks as possible and get the bonuses and power ups throughout game play.

Buy Scoops - Ice Cream Fun For Everyone on the App Store

Scoops: Stacking Game Takes Cool to New Heights

From what I hear, Ian Marsh, the developer of Hanoi, Threads, and Scoops, is gaining some recognition as an app developer. Being curious by nature, I wondered what it was about the Scoops app that was so great.