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.
Spoilage Requires Chess-Like Strategy in Fight for Dominance
Spoilage is a simple touch game that is as infectious as the cutesy bacterium that earn the app its name. The first game app from IGG Software, Spoilage marks a departure from the company's more business savvy apps: iBank 3, a professional finance app, and iBiz 3, a program management app.
3-D Fighter Pilot: Guns of War Brings Dogfighter Game Back from the Past
Fighter pilot games are almost always fun and I've wasted a zillion hours playing a bunch of them over the years. DumbGames.net's 3-D Fighter Pilot: Guns of War doesn't add anything to the genre, but it plays okay.
Touchgrind Misses Mark With Gameplay
Touchgrind is addictive — but for all the wrong reasons. I found myself madly playing for hours trying to master a control scheme that was nearly impossible to navigate.
Touchgrind is a skateboarding game that works like a virtual Tech Deck fingerboard.
Twizzle Launches Color Matching Game With a Twist
Twizzle joins the many puzzle apps that involves matching colors or shapes to win. The object of Twizzle is to get rid of all of the colors in as little moves as possible. By tapping color groups of three or more the user can clear those and move on to the next grouping.
Alphabetic Puzzles and Challenges
Alphabetic is a game that is all about hand and eye coordination. Tap the letters of the alphabet in sequence. Start with A and try to get to Z before time runs out. For every letter you find correctly you’ll get three seconds. The faster you find letters the more points you’ll earn. Three seconds or less gets you a quick find bonus. Find one in less than a second, it’s a blitz bonus for even more points. Chain them together and you’ve earned even more points. There 26 trophies awarded to top scorers. They range from fast fingers to perfection.
Coins N Rainbows - Coin Sliding Fun
Coins N Rainbows was an original idea that involves the user having a coin and sliding it along the board to land on rainbows. The user would take his or her iPhone and slide it forward which sends the coin along the board and depending on where it lands on the rainbows, determines how many points the user gets.
Even Barbarians Would Like this Maze Game
Even Attila the Hun would enjoy playing Hudson Entertainment's Slyder Adventures, that's how much fun it is. It's a classic maze game but with its facile game play, crisp, brightly colored graphics and infectious sound track, it's hard to put down.
Quantum Lights is a Puzzle Without a Clue
Jeremy Smith's Quantum Lights is one of those puzzles that you either get, or you don't. I get it, but the game fails to captivate my attention in the same way as Rubik's Cube, which this game reminds me of a bit.
IncinviBall Could Use Stronger Game Play
One of the fun things about playing Croquet or Bocce is getting to smash another player's ball to kingdom come. When I first laid eyes on Proton Studio's InvinciBall I thought it might be just as fun in the smash department as one of those two games.
Peekaboo Barn Offers Some Lively Livestock
Night & Day Studios, Inc., the company that in the last few months has brought you such clever apps as Audience Pro, Rimshot Pro and Big Fat Lies Trivia Game, deserves a big-barn round of applause for its recent release of the children's educational game called Peekaboo Barn.
Tunnel is an Old Twist on an Old Graphing Calculator Game
You will not find simpler game play or a more graphically rudimentary app in the App Store than Orial Ferrer Mesia's Tunnel. All you have to do is look at the accompanying picture to see that.
I Love Katamari — More to Like than to Love
I Love Katamari is the newest iteration of a game that went through a major overhaul from the original version. The new app has good responsiveness and some solid features, but a few hiccups and some odd gameplay still keep it from being a must-have for iPhone/iPod touch gamers.
Marriage for Speed Fiend and Lady Luck in the Cards
Speed Fiend, from Scatter Circuit, is a mashup of Soltaire, War and Fish, salted with a dash of mishigas.
The object of Speed Fiend is to discard your cards as fast as you can. Between you and your rival — in this instance, the iPhone's electronic brain — are two discard piles.
Save Your Breath for Zoom Zoom
Zoom Zoom is one of the stranger offerings to come from the App Store. You will probably either love it or hate it. Those who left comments on the DAVA Consulting app's iTunes page either lauded it for its ingenuity or wondered why time was wasted on its development. The reason? You do not control the game with the touch screen or accelerometer — but with your mouth.
Crazy Snowboard Now Updated for iPhone and iPad
Crazy Snowboard 2.0 is an app with multiple personalities. On the one hand it is one of the better designed games around for the iPhone, iPod touch and now the iPad, too. Its weakness is the sometimes quirky gameplay that keeps it from being a truly great offering.