Category Archives: Best iPhone Games

Fighting games have really emerged to become one of the most popular genres on iOS. If you had told me that back in the early days of the iPhone, I wouldn't have believed you. But somewhere along the way developers have found a way to make fighting games work through a combination of responsive virtual button controls as well as some ingenious tricks to map the typically complex input combinations that fighters are known for into just one or two taps and swipes...

Auto-runners have really found a home on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Built from the ground-up for portability, these games are easy to pick up and put down on a whim. You can play for seconds, minutes, or hours depending on your mood and location. Playing couldn't be simpler, either -- with intuitive swipes, taps, and tilts, you can guide a given avatar through magical worlds full of dangerous obstacles without fumbling with your device...

One of the more interesting things we've been observing on the App Store over the last three or so months is the rise of endless racing games. Built like runners, these games have you driving cars with questionable suspensions across craggy levels. The goal is to drive as far as possible before crashing. The longer you travel (and the more tricks and jumps you can pull off along the way), the higher your score...

Role-playing and adventure games are great when you've got a lot of time to burn, want to participate in a massive story, or just want a game that's meatier than normal. We want them to fill up our lives, to hook us, and not let go. That's just how it is...

Racing games are one of the oldest genres to be digitized into video games, and they make a great fit for a mobile or handheld device. That rings especially true with iOS devices which come equipped with gyroscopes that feel incredibly natural as faux steering wheels during an intense race...

Scrolling shoot 'em ups, or shmups if you're lazy, have found a happy home on iOS devices. The tall screens are a perfect place for the action to unfold, and it's one of the few genres that actually feels at least as good or better on a touchscreen rather than with physical controls. At least in terms of controlling your ship, as something is definitely lost without a set of arcade buttons to smash away at with their satisfying clicks, but I digress...

iOS devices almost seem made for pinball games. It's the kind of thing that can be controlled perfectly fine with just simple taps, and the added benefit of motion detection by way of the iOS gyroscope means you an get down and dirty shaking your device to get certain results, just as if you were banging away at a real-life pinball table...

It happens every time. We'll boot up a game like Vice City, Max Payne, or Crazy Taxi on our iPads and iPhones, and then it hits us: we're playing console games on devices that can take phone calls, browse the web, and fit in the palms of our hands. In the case of Vice City, it wasn't so long ago that we were waiting in the line for the game, eagerly anticipating playing it all night on our PS2s. Now, we can play it on the bus...

The coolest thing about strategy games is that they can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Some are contemplative, lean back style experiences. Others are fast and reflex-y. Some strategy games do a little bit of everything as far as pacing goes. We see a nice mix across the board on the App Store...

One of my favorite things about iOS devices are their large touch screens, especially on the iPad. Some developers have really explored this facet by offering great same-device multiplayer modes, or entire games built around just that idea. Normally these offer experiences that are amongst my very favorite in all of gaming. In our increasingly online lives, it's just great to get together with friends in the physical world for some gaming, and sharing a single device is about as personal as it gets...

In 2012, free-to-play continued to be a big deal on the App Store. It might have even been a bigger deal, actually, thanks to a couple of fantastic releases. Regardless of your feelings on free-to-play as a model, it's inarguable that people love these kinds of games. These are simple games that don't require traditional gaming skills, but do require some finesse in areas often left untouched by other genres. Free-to-play games are also super easy to pick up and play and they tickle unique pleasure centers...

TouchArcade Game of the Year 2012: 'Waking Mars'

2012, like the years before it, have been incredible times for iOS gamers. This year was a little strange in that due to the magic of the App Store, a lot of the great games from 2011 continued to shine even brighter via updates throughout the year. Instead of one stand-out title like last year's Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP [$4.99], we ended the year with a list of fabulous games and ended up splitting hairs over which to socket into which positions. These five games are absolute must have titles that anyone with an iOS device should own...

Best iOS Games - November 2012: 'ARC Squadon', 'Angry Birds Star Wars', 'The Walking Dead' and More

Hey everybody, here's the best games we reviewed in the month of November. Keep in mind you can view all of our 5 star and 4.5 star games via category sorting. Similarly, you can see all of these "best of" roundups by clicking the Best iPhone Games category. You'll find tons of good stuff in there, especially if you dig back into the archives a bit...

Hey everybody, here's the best games we reviewed in the month of October. Keep in mind you can view all of our 5 star and 4.5 star games via category sorting. Similarly, you can see all of these "best of" roundups by clicking the Best iPhone Games category. You'll find tons of good stuff in there, especially if you dig back into the archives a bit...

Best iOS Games - September 2012: 'Bad Piggies', 'Super Monsters Ate My Condo', 'God of Blades' and More

Hey everybody, here's the best games we reviewed in the month of September. Keep in mind you can view all of our 5 star and 4.5 star games via category sorting. Similarly, you can see all of these "best of" roundups by clicking the Best iPhone Games category. You'll find tons of good stuff in there, especially if you dig back into the archives a bit...

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