Category Archives: Best iPhone Games

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/27/15 - 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper', 'Taichi Panda', 'Swap Quest' and More

I told you guys last week we had picked up some new team members, and if you haven't noticed, we've been on fire this week. Tons more content across the board ranging from more reviews, developer interviews, more guides, and way more news. I even had to change the front page to display more stories at a time just so we weren't bumping our daily load out off the front page. A good change overall, I'd say. Anyway, here's our top scoring reviews we published this week: ..

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/13/15 - 'Baldur's Gate 2', 'Blokshot Revolution', 'Flop Rocket', and 'Card Crawl'

Since we were busy with GDC last week, we didn't end up posting a best games roundup... But, to be fair, we didn't post many game reviews either. So, this week is a collection of the last two weeks worth of game reviews. Like an extra-value two-fer'. Again, these are games we reviewed in the last two weeks, not games that necessarily were released in the last two weeks. It trips people up every week, but until we've got a Maglor cat explaining it, I'm going to keep mentioning it. ..

Best of GDC 2015: 'Crashlands', 'Does Not Commute', 'Sorcery! 3' and 'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon'

As you all know, last week was GDC 2015 and it was a week-long whirlwind of developer meetings, game demos, walking and Denny's. Everyone is in town all at once and we try to meet with as many people and see as many iOS games as possible. It's exhausting and overwhelming and fun all at the same time, and that's without ever even setting foot on the actual show floor. With all of our GDC coverage finally out there in the open (save for a couple of demos that are held up with embargo silliness) it's time to go back through and highlight the games we found to be our favorite. Here are four games from GDC that you can look forward to playing this year that stood out to us and why...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/20/15 - 'Auro' and 'Alto's Adventure'

It was perhaps a slower-than-normal review week in the world of iOS, but there were definitely a couple of real gems. Here's the top scoring games of the reviews published this week, in case you missed any of them in the flurry of other news posts and videos in the last seven days:..

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/13/15 - 'Dark Echo', 'Radiation Island', and 'Pike and Shot'

We reviewed a lot of great games this week, but the three with the highest review scores this week I feel really confident in saying you need on your phone. 2015 is ramping up to be a hell of a year, and we're barely a month and a half in. I can't imagine what the rest of the year is going to bring us...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 1/30/15 - 'Particle Mace' and 'Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered'

This week's top rated published game reviews represent a great spread of iOS gaming. On one hand we have the perfect iOS one-handed portrait mode game you can play on the toilet or while riding the subway... And on the other we have a great port of a fantastic "full" game experience. You can't go wrong picking up both...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 1/24/15 - 'Dragon Quest V', 'Lowlander', and 'Space Marshals'

This is the week we've been waiting for so far this year. Our best games roundups have been a little scant with one or two high scoring games a week which really just doesn't compare to what we saw in December. Things are finally starting to ramp up here with three really good games you should really have on your iOS device...

Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 1/16/15 - 'Hero Emblems'

Our game of the week picks aren't always the games that receive the best scores in reviews, but that's not the case this week. Everyone is all about Hero Emblems, and I've even gotten over my few minor grievances I mentioned last week during our podcast. If you don't have this game yet, what the heck are you doing?..

There are a lot of great things about living in the totally digital world of the App Store. For one, you can magically beam new games and apps right out of thin air and onto your device without having to get off your lazy butt and drive to some store. However, while being lazy is great, an even bigger bonus to the App Store is the ability for developers to offer content and bug fix updates for months and even years after a game is initially released. Back in the day if you bought a game for your console that had a critical bug in it, you were pretty much stuck with it, and new content typically meant waiting for a sequel. That's not how we roll anymore. With that, here's a look at some of the best updates we saw this year...

LogoWith our Game of the Year picks and all the associated best-of stuff under our belt, Jared and I took some time to discuss in detail the rationale behind our picks. While Wayward Souls seems more unanimous amongst our community this year for a GOTY pick, we still figured it'd make sense to dive into what makes us love it so much.

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TouchArcade Game of the Year 2014: 'Wayward Souls'

This has been an incredible year for iOS gaming. 2014 brought us viral hits like Flappy Bird, the entire phenomenon surrounding Flappy-like games, MFi controllers of all sorts, and more solid iOS games than we can even believe. iPads got thinner, iPhones got bigger. iOS 8 improved a bunch of tiny annoyances of iOS 7, added neat new features like Metal, and we're already seeing a few awesome games on the App Store utilizing these new technologies. This year, 138,546 games were released, and of those, we reviewed 515. Distilling that down to one is a nearly impossible job, but in the weeks preceding our year-end coverage one game kept popping up as a clear stand out for everyone...

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 4:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Best iPad Games, Best iPhone Games, Featured, News
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I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by, as it seems like it wasn't even that long ago when we were obsessive over how to distill thousands of great games down into a Game of the Year, 25 best, and my personal ten favorites. But, here we are. This year I spent a lot of time getting involved in playing free to play games, and a lot of iOS ports of games I hadn't played before on other platforms. Here's ten games that I thought deserved an extra special nod somewhere in our year end coverage, oh and these are just in alphabetical order so don't try to divine any special meaning beyond that:..

Jared's Top Ten Games of 2014

It's that time of year where we reflect on all the games released in 2014 and pick out our personal favorites of the bunch. To be honest, I hate doing this. Every year there are so many great games released on iOS that's it's nearly impossible to whittle it down to just ten. Heck, it would be hard to whittle it down to fifty. At the same time, it's nice to have to really hunker down and put some serious thought into what were the real standouts this year. So hunker and whittle I did, and when all was said and done I ended up with eleven picks. It's supposed to be ten, but I'm going all punk rock this year and picking eleven, rules be damned! Also know that to avoid redundancy, I omitted a few picks from this list since they already appear on our Best Games of 2014 list or our Game of the Year post. There are so many other games I wished I could have included, and just because a certain game might not be on this list it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the heck out of it. Without further ado, here's my list of the best ten eleven games of 2014...

Eric’s Top Ten Games of 2014

Eric’s Top Ten Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 12:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in Best iPad Games, Best iPhone Games, Featured, News
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Every year it seems as if the standard for what makes an iOS game great rises. That was certainly true for this year’s batch. What follows is a short list of some of my favorite games that were released this year. As always, the list is not exhaustive and tailors towards particular favorite tastes (namely RPGs), but there was at least one surprise in there for me that hit me relatively late this year...

Shaun's Top Ten Games Of 2014

Hello, gentle readers, I hope you're having a fine holiday, wherever you may be. It's that time of the year where we all get to change our calendars and reflect on the highlights of the 365 that passed, and for those of us into games, it's often a time of thinking back on our favorite games of the year. This year had plenty of great games, no matter what you were into. I was especially impressed at the increase in output from Asian developers, where a strong indie scene is starting to flourish. As I share my own picks with you, keep in mind that they represent my favorites from what I played during the year. There were so many great games this year, I didn't have a chance to play them all, so if there's a big, impressive favorite of yours missing from the list, odds are good that's why. Either that, or it's a terrible garbage game that you should be ashamed of liking. With that said, here are my favorites of 2014, in no particular order...

Carter's Top Ten Games of 2014

2014 was another great year for mobile gaming. People can lament all they want about free-to-play on mobile, but if you can't find enough great mobile games to play, you have far more free time than I do – and I live and breathe mobile games. While perhaps other years have been stronger, and there is some concern with regard to the viability of talented indie developers on mobile, there's still just too many great games. Plenty of worthy titles got left off my list, and I'm sure I'm excluding some great game that I didn't play or simply forgot about. So, in order, here's my top ten games of 2014:..

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/19/14 - 'Papers, Please' and 'Tales from the Borderlands'

Two games scored highly this week in our onslaught of reviews, and I'll go out on a limb and say that everyone should play these games on whatever platform they can. Papers, Please on iOS is iPad only, but it's also available on Mac/PC/Linux and should run on just about any computer out there. Tales from the Borderlands is just great, and like all Telltale games, the performance may be better on other platforms but there's just something about playing it with touch controls that makes it great...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/5/14 - 'Checkpoint Champion' and 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath'

Two games got five star reviews this week, and in my opinion, they're both absolute must-haves. One is even free, so it makes things that much easier (although if you like it you should think about tipping your hat in the form of the single IAP unlock). Lots of great games were released this week, so next week's best games post should be pretty rad as well...

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