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.

Scrabble from EA Sets the Bar and It's Free

When I saw "Scrabble" hit the App Store my first thought was that the game play was going to be painful on a device with a 4.5 by 2 inch display and no keyboard. But somehow, the team at EA, the largest game publisher in the world, has created an app that is not only incredibly fun to play, but makes you forget the limitations of the iPhone.

Flick Bowling- FreeVerse Has Done it Again

Flick Bowling was developed by NY City based company called Freeverse. The makers of Flick Bowling have been developing great games since 1994, and is one of the leaders on the iPhone gaming platform. We loved "Wing Nuts", saying at the time that it was arguably one of the best apps in the entire App Store.

Backgammon Classics - Shake Up The Dice With This Classic

Backgammon Classics - Shake Up The Dice With This Classic

Uber-developer Gameloft brings Backgammon Classics to the mobile world, a fun new take on a well-known board game.  At $4.99 the app is one dollar cheaper than its competitor Backgammon by developer PosiMotion and it can be fairly addictive if you have some time to kill.  

Buy Atari's Greatest Hits on the App Store

Atari Missile Command Released for iPhone - and it's as Good as Ever

Atari Missile Command, the classic game of thermonuclear war, was released today for the iPhone. At $4.99, its a faithful version of the original arcade game, with the accelerometer filling in for the old trackball.

Buy Fuzzle on the App Store

Fuzzle - A Free, Fun Puzzle Game

Fuzzle, from CandyCane, describes itself as a "classic, highly addictive puzzle game, that is simple and yet challenging. The idea behind Fuzzle is to move balls around on a board trying to line up 5 balls of the same color.

Buy Frotz on the App Store

Frotz Z-Machine Interpreter for Interactive Fiction Games on iPhone

Back in the 70's and 80's, when computers where primarily text-based, Interactive Fiction, or "Text Adventures" were all the rage. The first of these, Colosal Cave Adventure (or just Adventure for short) for short, took place in a fantasy cave world.

Versus Chess Enables Playing Against Other People Online, for a Price

Versus Chess Enables Playing Against Other People Online, for a Price

Versus Chess is a lightweight version of Yahoo Chess for the iPhone. The implementation of the game is basic -- there are no timers, no types of games, no rooms -- but Versus Chess is one of the first of its kind, offering true one-on-one gameplay on the iPhone over the internet.

Star Wars - The Force Is Strong With This One

Star Wars - The Force Is Strong With This One

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was released recently on a variety of gaming platforms to middling reviews. As I haven't played the console versions yet I can't speak to the quality of those games; I can say that the iPhone version is an impressive and enjoyable game that is a must-download for any mobile gaming fan.

Buy iSlots on the App Store

iSlots is Just Like a Vegas-style Video Slot Machine

If you like the digital cha-ching that comes along with video slots then you're likely to get a kick out of iSlots. The realistic-looking app features the same whirling music and falling-change sounds as an actual Vegas-style slot machine.

X-Plane 9: Flight Simulator Comes to the iPhone

For $9.99, XPlane offers a realistic flight simulator experience for the iPhone. Released last week, and developed in only a month, the app takes full advantage of the accelerometer of the iPhone to create a truly accurate flying experience.

Buy Galcon on the App Store

Galcon - Amazing Real Time Strategy Game For the iPhone

Following up on our brief profile of developer Phil Hassey yesterday, we thought we'd review his flagship application for the iPhone, Galcon. Galcon is a simple real time strategy game.

Buy BlocksTouch 3D on the App Store

BreakTouch - Ingenious Twist on Classic Video Game

Since the 1976 release of Breakout for the Atari, there have been literally hundreds of adaptations made of this classic game, most notably Arkanoid in 1986. Most deviate from the original in minor ways (Arkanoid's addition of powerups, etc).

Blackjack Run Lite is a Free App Worth Checking Out

BlackJack Run from SeaHorse Software is a variant on the classical game of BlackJack where you play 5 hands simultaneously against the clock. That doesn't sound like much of a game, but in practice, the format is highly addictive.

Buy TanZen - Relaxing tangram puzzles on the App Store

Tanzen is Another Tangram Puzzle Game for iPhone Entertainment

Tanzen and Tanzen Lite are classic tangram games packaged for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Tangrams have been challenging folks for centuries. At first glance, how hard can it be to fit 7 geometric shapes into a shaded puzzle area. Actually, it's more difficult than it sounds.

Virtual Conquest - Great Idea, Needs Refining

Virtual Conquest is a Risk knock-off for the iPhone, the first of its kind. The concept is good; the execution needs work. The basics of the game are similar to Risk. The game is played on a board representing the world, with the various continents divided into territories.