Category Archives: Best iPhone Games

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...

So you've got your new iPhone 5, you shot your unboxing video, and are looking for something to do while it uploads to YouTube (or Vimeo if it's an artsy unboxing video). Why not check out some of our previous "Game of the Year" titles? We review tons of games on a daily / weekly basis, but there can only be one Game of the Year. Dialing things back a bit, every month we'll do a "Best iOS Games" roundup post that bundles up all the best games that we reviewed in a particular month. These articles are the best place to get started if you want a quick glance at all the best games that have come out, accessible via the Best iPhone Games category link in the far right column. (Or by clicking that link I just dropped.)..

Best iOS Games - August 2012: 'Bastion', 'The World Ends With You: Solo Remix', 'Mikey Shorts' and More

Our monthly review roundups had been on hiatus since we started scoring games on the fly, as the purpose they served previously was to assign scores to all the games we had reviewed that month in a fairly complicated scoring scheme that totally made sense at the time. I swear. Regardless, here's the best games we reviewed in the month of August. 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. Eventually, I also plan on filling in the backlog of months we missed, so that particular category should get way more useful in the not too distant future...

Our ratings for games we reviewed in January are now in place, and we now present to you the ones that are on the top of the heap. Each game reviewed receives a 1-5 star rating relative to the other games from that month. Generally, a three-star or higher is considered a "good" rating...

We're about to lean back in our chairs, puff our proverbial pipes, dust off our hands, and put 2011 to a close. It's been a heck of a year for iOS gaming, and we've gone totally overboard with year end coverage, listing the greatest games the App Store had to offer...

After getting together to pick our official best games of 2011, we also had our writers take a look back at the last year and compile lists of their personal favorites along with their reasons why...

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