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.

Buy Asphalt 4: Elite Racing on the App Store

Asphalt4 Sets a New Standard in Racing Games

Asphalt4 from serious game developer GameLoft (producer of Shrek Video Games and Death Race Mobile) is a $9.99 Racing Game that combines the realistic action of Wing Nuts Motochaser with streetscapes set in Los Angeles.

Aurora Feint Becomes the Best Free Game on iPhone, Eventually

Aurora Feint Becomes the Best Free Game on iPhone, Eventually

I've documented my problems with Aurora Feint previously. I wasn't able to get past the opening screen without having the application crash. Several reinstallations later, I was finally able to play the game, only to get stuck in the first section of the game without any way to progress or quit.

Buy Hold On! on the App Store

Hold On! - The Game You Love to Hate

This game has ZERO learning curve. Just put your finger down and don’t let go. The app keeps track of how long you can keep your finger pressed.

Hanoi - welcome to Zen

I’m not a patient person.  I mean, before I go for a car ride, I’ll whine and shake like a nervous poodle with a dog park fetish. I am always amazed when I meet someone who has perfect “zen”. 

300Bowl is A Lot of Fun

300Bowl, is a fun bowling game that you can play in as little as 5 minutes, but that you will keep on coming back to over and over. The graphics are great, and the sound effects add to a real bowling alley experience.

iMaze has a Few Unexpected Twists

iMaze has a Few Unexpected Twists

iMaze is actually pretty fun. I was surprised. I’ve complained in an earlier post about actually mechanical games like this. But, for some reason, the iPhone version is fun. The game is just like a marble maze.

Jacks or Better Could Be a Lot Better

The app known as "Free Video Poker" or "Jacks or Better" is a very rough, 1990s DOS type video poker program from large, Irvine CA based MobilityWare.  As the screenshot shows, the interface is a far cry from a Las Vegas style video poker machine.

Break Lite has Great Graphics, Lacks Control

OK so looks like with Break Lite we are getting yet another copycat game – Break Lite is like Breakout. We are seeing a lot of those on the iPhone. The first time I played Breakout was back in ’86.

Brain Tuner Is a Simple Math Quiz

Brain Tuner has a very cute icon and a cute name, but is really nothing more than a timed math test. Suprisingly, a lot of people give it decent reviews on the app store. If the idea of solving 20 third grade arithmetic problems in the least amount of time possible interests you, try it out.

Buy Frogger on the App Store

Frogger's Still Crazy Fun After All These Years

The first game I ever fell hard for was Frogger. Oh how I loved to watch that froggie jump and leap and then -- SQUISH! I was 8 and getting the frog across the street was a bit of a challenge, but I loved to make that amphibian hop.

Buy Chimps Ahoy! Lite on the App Store

Going Bananas for Chimps Ahoy Lite

If you've ever played Arkanoid or Breakout, you'll get the point of Chimps Ahoy right away. The main difference between those iconic games and Chimps Ahoy is that with Chimps Ahoy you're controlling "bumpers" or chimps on both sides of the screen.

Buy JIRBO Paper Football on the App Store

Paper Football Lite for iPhone

Paper Football Lite by Jirbo is a fun little app that lets you relive your glory days on the paper football gridiron, aka the school lunch table. You take turns pushing a little paper football across a table, attempting to land the football on the edge of the table closest to your opponent.

Crossword Light is decent, but keyboard is annoying

If you like crosswords (as I do), you might wonder what the experience is like on the iPhone. The first app that I tried in this category, Crossword Light by Stand Alone Inc, was better than I expected, but not quite good enough that I would use the app on a regular basis.

Carrie's Dots

The idea for Carrie's Dots from Chris Hanson ("Why don't you have a seat over there...") is good. Just complete the square. You know, like the virtual girlfriend programmed into Bill Gates famous digital home.

reMovem - Bejeweled Revisited

Think “Bejeweled” on Ritalin. reMovem is just kind the same sort of thing as bejeweled with less action, graphics, motion and fun. The goal of reMovem is to tap on dots that are of the same color and touching.