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.
ExZeus Revives Old-School Shooter-On-Rails
ExZeus, from HyperDevbox Japan, is a 3-D shoot 'em up port of the coin-op arcade game. It's a shooter-on-rails similar in game play and concept to Space Harrier, another old-school favorite.1
Ingot is a Puzzler That May be too Hard for Some Players
Ingot is a puzzle game where the goal is to destroy the green blocks on the screen and avoid destroying the black blocks. You must set off the other eight block types in your quest to complete the level and get the highest score.
Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heroes (BIA)
As the iPhone continues to impress with it’s capacity to provide meaningful gameplay experiences, Gameloft has delivered a very ambitious game in Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heroes (BIA) that provides a trip back to World War II.
Chess Club Plays To A Draw
Chess Club iPhone app by Visionary Bits is an online chess game that allows you to play chess from your iPhone against anyone around the world. The company states that they have more than 13,000 members. I enjoy a good game of chess but I don’t often play on computers, online or my iPhone.
Snail Mail is an Adventure Game that Really Delivers
Admittedly, the idea of an animated snail delivering intergalactic packages sounds like a goofy premise for a racing game, but Snail Mail, by Sandlot Games, deserves some attention.
DuckDuckDuck is Child's Play, Like Koi Pond With Rubber Ducks
Rubber duckies are so fun, according to Sesame Street's Ernie. Sadly, DuckDuckDuck, from Majic Jungle Software, is not the one for me. It's either because I'm too old or too easily bored (probably both).
CubicMan Deluxe Building App Shines in All Areas but One
After playing TeemSoft's CubicMan Deluxe for a while, I have a new appreciation for those guys who built Stonehenge. The aim of CubicMan Deluxe is to roll a rectangular-shaped, six-sided, block around a platform of tiles until you're able to stand it upright on its destination.
iDodge: Space Ninja is a Cool Flying Shooter with a Bad Name
iDodge: Space Ninja - If you’re confused about what the heck a Space Ninja is, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Typically ninjas tend to do what they do over in the Eastern Hemisphere, not north of the Ionosphere.
Totomi Tough to Grasp, But Stacks up Well Enough
Award-winning mobile game developer, Rovio, entered into the iPhone/iPod Touch arena with the release of Totomi, a puzzle-stacking game with charm.
Stitch'em Sews Words and Pictures Together
Syed M. Ali's Stitch'em Words is a toe-tapping, entertaining word puzzler. It's part text twister and part rebus puzzle. The aim is to solve word puzzles using a combination of letters and pictographs (that's what a rebus is, if you're not familiar with the word).
Battle in Space with Cosmo Hero
The latest version of Cosmo Hero offers up some excellent game play and is vastly improved over the original. This version is the newest game from DAVA Consulting, the same group behind iDicto and the underwhelming Zoom Zoom. Cosmo Hero is available in both a lite and full version. For a mere $0.
Archibald's Adventures: Excellent Platformer-style Action
As a child of the eighties (I was born in '81), I spent countless hours of my childhood playing the Super Mario Brothers games. I know them, I love them, and I won't lie, sometimes I miss them. So Archibald's Adventures, developed by Rake in Grass, is a very welcome addition to my iPhone.
Mahjong Epic Stacks Up Against Similar Tile Games
Add Kristanix Games' Mahjong Epic to the the stack of 20-plus Mahjong games in the App Store. Mahjong is so popular, not just on the iPhone/iPod touch, if you were to throw a stone in any direction, there's a good chance you'd conk a Mahjong player in the head.
Sometimes Payback Can Be a Great Thing
Sandbox gaming has officially come to the iPhone. Payback, developed by Apex Designs, is a shameless clone of the experience found in the GTA (Grand Theft Auto) franchise.
Bubbles in this Shoot & Pop Game are Frozen in Time
Frozen Bubble, from EGB, is a port of the free version of the popular Frozen Bubble game for the Mac and Linux platforms. It's the classic shoot and pop game, along the same lines as Snood, Puzzle Bobble and Bubble Town, which I reviewed recently.