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.
Solve 16 Mini Puzzles in Lego Batman: Gotham City Games
Lego Batman: Gotham City Games is an excellent and engaging game that pieces together the Lego video game series into a puzzle-based game. However, it is very different from the traditional Lego video games available on the consoles.1
Lamp Off a Turn On for Puzzle Fans Only
Lamp Off is a simple app that provides a true challenge for those who like to solve puzzles. This $2.99 puzzle app is on sales for $0.99 for a limited time and consists of a 5x5 grid of “bulbs,” which are either on (yellow) or off (black).
Living Life on the Edge May be Cliche but it's a Compelling Puzzle Game
It's been a while since I've had an "Aha!" moment with an iPhone or iPod touch app. Mobigame's Edge reminded me of what I've been missing. It's by far one of the most compelling games that I've seen in the App Store. There's not much to Edge and yet, there's everything. The graphics are basic.
KamiCrazy Touches the Best of Puzzles and Platforms
KamiCrazy is a great puzzle game that capitalizes on the finger-swiping ability of the iPhone/iPod touch. Sure, it doesn't look like a puzzle. Especially since the main character is a bearded wannabe Rambo-type soldier with a few missing teeth.
iShoot Uses Tanks in a Variation of a Classic Artillery Game
The tank in Ethan Nicholas's iShoot is dissing me: "I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was still in diapers!" "Oh, yeah? How'd you like some of this," I reply. I lean on the fire button until it reaches 79 percent and lob one of my dreaded excavator bombs.
Flight of the Hamsters is an Absolute Blast
Inspired by Cartoon Network’s animated series Codename: Kids Next Door, Flight of the Hamsters for the iPhone/iPod touch is a unique game app that utilizes touch screen controls to launch hamsters from a spring board on as continuous a flight as possible to achieve the greatest distance.
Pudge is a Challenge to Master
Combine an adorable animated puffer fish with a snappy soundtrack and the premise of a simple arcade game and you have Pudge. Similar to iCopter, but with far better graphics, Pudge utilizes one-touch controls to move a puffer fish through an underwater cave, avoiding obstacles along the way.
Aeterius: Contact Wars - Fight For Your Home Planet
Aeterius: Contact Wars is a unique idea that works well for the iPhone. The object of the game is to hold the iPhone parallel to the ground and tilt the device in the direction that you want your ship to go.
Airfight Puts You In The Cockpit of a Flight Simulator
Airfight is a good attempt at delivering a dogfight sim for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Developing an app with the complexities involved is no minor feat, and most of the game play turns out quite well. But there is some room to grow and other features that would make this even more compelling.
Sneezies App is a Contagious Puzzle Game
Pardon the pun, but as puzzle games go the Sneezies app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is nothing to sneeze at.
Tic-A-Tac Poker: Cards and Community Play Together
Tic-A-Tac Poker, from Treemo Labs, is a mashup of Tic-Tac-Toe, Poker and social networking. Surprisingly, they all go well together. You have three games to choose from: Tic-A-Tac Poker is similar in concept to the kiddie game.
Blast Aliens With Sentry Alpha
After seeing so many mediocre games and apps comes through the App Store, it is sometimes easy to lose faith that the iPhone/iPod touch can truly be a legitimate gaming platform. Then, a game like Sentry Alpha comes along and restores my faith.
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.