Apple boasted twice the performance of the iPhone 4S at the iPhone 5 press event, and I can't think of any better way to give the device a run for its proverbial graphical money than playing some of the powerhouse titles available on the App Store. Consequently, most of these happen to be Unreal Engine games. Keep in mind that not all of these have been updated to support the taller screen of the iPhone 5 yet, but they still should do the trick.

Infinity Blade II, $5.99 - [Review] - The definitive AAA iOS title. Infinity Blade II builds upon the original with tons more loot to unlock, monsters to fight, and other additional features. Its swipe-based combat is often imitated but never duplicated and Infinity Blade II is on or near the top of any "best looking iOS games" list.

Real Racing 2, $4.99 - [Review] - Firemint's Real Racing series has been pushing the performance envelope of not just iOS devices, but mobile devices in general, for quite some time now. Similar to the improvements between Infinity Blade and its sequel, Real Racing 2 adds more of everything. Cars look fantastic and multiplayer is amazing. There may be some sense in waiting for the upcoming Real Racing 3, but Real Racing 2 definitely is not a bad buy right now.

Wild Blood, $6.99 - [Review] - Updated for iPhone 5 - Gameloft's legendary Unreal Engine game was finally released not long ago, and if you're looking for a great looking hack and slash to test the might of your iPhone 5, this is it. They incorporate elements from a lot of familiar games, but still manage to make Wild Blood feel fresh which is definitely a new direction for Gameloft as a whole.

Lili™, $0.99 Updated for iPhone 5 - An undeniably beautiful game that almost feels Nintendo-like in its art style and visual quality. We dug into it a bit in a recent TA plays video and aren't really sure what audience the developers are targeting as the core gameplay mechanic is a very strange blend of hardcore and casual elements. Regardless, it looks great.

Horn™, $1.99 - [Review] - Phosphor Games takes Infinity Blade off the rails in Horn. It has a definite Zelda vibe, and a combat mechanic that will feel very familiar if you've played other swipe-based combat games. Horn chugged on older devices, so the power of the iPhone 5 should be just what the doctor ordered.

  • Paul Hopper

    Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, the only game I know graphically intense enough that the developers later patched in two lower resolution settings in the options to keep it running smooth. At max settings it chugs frequently on my ipad 3 heh.

    • NeonVoidJP

      This should definitely be on the list!

  • Himmat Singh

    Surprised to see Wild Blood as the Gameloft representative. I thought Nova 3 had better visuals. But cannot disagree about the other four on the list. 

  • pete

    I'm stupid when it comes to computer stuff but what I want to know is how can the Iphone 5 (or any phone) be any good for games when it can only have a tiny power supply? I mean whats it matter how powerful the graphics and processor are if the power supply is only 1/10th the size of the ipads?