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.


Falling Balls: Simple Tilt-Game May be too Simple for Some

Falling Balls - When it comes to simple flash animation games, there are a couple of schools of thought, not all of them favorable. Some games are extremely addictive by nature and others are just ridiculous.

WordJong is a Word Puzzle and Mahjong in One Game

Every time I begin to think I've seen every imaginable variation on a word game, along comes something like Gameblend Studios' WordJong. Evidently the game has been around for the PC, DS and Wii platforms for quite a while, so I'm surprised I haven't run across it before.

MotionX Poker Dice is the Game to Beat

I could play MotionX Poker, from MotionX, all day long, every day for the next year, and I'd still be shaking my head and iPhone in awe. MotionX Poker is poker (five-draw card) dice.They're dice with a playing card on each of their six sides: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9 (there are no suits, so there are no flushes).

Buy Just Fillin' on the App Store

Physics-bases Bubble Game is Good iPhone App for Just Fillin' Time

Just Fillin' - Some of my favorite apps for killing time are games that are quick and easy to play. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good puzzler or a more complex game for down time, but sometimes I just want an entertaining way to pass a few minutes while sitting and waiting somewhere.

Solitaire City Deluxe Adds Razzle-Dazzle Extras, Like Playing Over Wi-Fi

Solitaire City Deluxe, from Digital Smoke, is one of the best-looking Solitaire apps I've come across in the App Store, although let's face it: Solitaire is Solitaire. Everyone is a bit of an expert at playing at least one of the long-time card games invented by and for bored and lonely people.

Buy newtonica2 – Return of the Baby Bird on the App Store

Newtonica2: Plucky Puzzle Game Requires Strategy

Of all the games that I've downloaded for my iPhone, Newtonica2 by Fieldsystem Inc is quite possibly the nicest. Or the most aesthetically pleasing, at any rate. The graphics are fairly simple, but they look terrific.

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.

Buy Bobby Carrot Forever on the App Store

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.

Buy Up There on the App Store

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.

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.