Thanks to the App Store, the distinction between board games and video games is quickly being erased. Family game night can now just as easily revolve around touchscreens and Bluetooth instead of cardboard markers and plastic dice. Many popular apps have been turned into board games, but at the same time, popular board games have been successfully turned into apps. Here are some of our favorite board game apps from Hasbro and their publishing partner Electronic Arts.
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To kick off the final week of our 50 Best Game Series, we’re focusing on the series that gives Pictionary a run for its money, Draw Something. This mobile-social game shot to the top of the charts in 2012, and developer OMGPop was quickly acquired by Zynga. A sequel was released earlier this year, despite ongoing troubles between Zynga and OMGPop. Here’s our look back at this captivating series.
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Few series on any platform have had the worldwide impact of Final Fantasy. This role-playing series, known for its captivating visuals, detailed combat systems, and epic storylines, is available in many forms on iOS. You can download remastered versions of the first five Final Fantasy games (with a sixth on the way), plus multiple spin-offs of varying quality.
On iOS, developer Gamerizon has created a unique franchise that spans multiple genres. Whether it’s a side-scrolling platformer, an arcade action game, an endless runner, or a casual sports game, Gamerizon has made their mark on the App Store with their diverse Chop Chop series.
Over the years, French publisher Bulkypix has released dozens of top-quality iOS games. Each one is unique, and only a few (like Babel Rising, or Runaway) are part of a series. We wanted to pay tribute to what we feel is their finest mobile game, Pix’n Love Rush, which was developed by Pastagames, makers of Rayman Jungle Run. Pix’n Love Rush is a frantic, charming game that comes in both regular and DX versions, making it a small series that’s still bursting with energy.
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How many arcade-goers have stopped by a Metal Slug cabinet, astonished by the game’s vivid animation and expressive characters? Metal Slug was always an eye-catching series in arcades, but now this shoot ‘em up is also available on iOS. Challenging action, creative bosses and enemies, and the option of using a Bluetooth controller for added finesse make Metal Slug on iOS a Must Have series.
Just as action-based games let us test our reflexes, hidden object games allow us to hone our hunter-gatherer skills. Searching for something, whether it’s edible berries on a bush or an important piece of paper on a cluttered desk, is a natural human behavior that can be both challenging and rewarding. G5 Entertainment has published over 100 games on iOS, but some of their most popular games force you to look careful at a crowded scene in order to find something essential. Here are just a few of our favorites.
On the iPhone or iPad, precise tilt controls make it a perfect device for steering a car in Need for Speed or Real Racing. It’s even more thrilling when you take your virtual controls into the air. Although there have been a number of great flying games, the most successful flight combat series on iOS is easily Sky Gamblers, since each of these great games has earned a Must Have rating from our reviewers. (more…)
Some of the best game series on iOS, like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, have a few important features in common. They’re all easy to pick up and play, offer surprising depth and value, and star a cute mascot ready-made for a spin-off TV show or movie. Where’s My Water? from Disney Mobile checks all the right boxes, which made the first game an instant success in 2011.
From Pac-Man to Mario, videogame characters have always had to run for their lives. What’s inspiring about Temple Run and other auto-running games is that your goal is not to reach the finish line– it’s to last as long as possible before death inevitably catches up to you. Imangi’s Temple Run series has been downloaded over 100 million times, and has spawned a couple of movie spin-offs. Even after enduring countless deaths, we’re still playing it constantly.
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Some of the best experiences we’ve had playing iOS games, like breeding tropical frogs, building a skyscraper, and managing an airport, have all come from one unique company: Nimblebit. With their delightful pixel art and mastery of the freemium play style, Nimblebit has found incredible success on the App Store. Here are a few of our favorite Nimblebit simulations.
Telltale Games is known for their episodic adventure games, using well-known properties like Sam and Max, Monkey Island, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Walking Dead. Those are all quality series, but the games that have stuck with us the most are a bizarre combination of Fargo and Professor Layton: the mysterious Puzzle Agent series.
Sonic the Hedgehog, one of gaming’s most recognizable mascots, used to be synonymous with Sega’s console hardware. Now he can be found on multiple platforms, including iOS. Sonic made his iOS debut with straight ports of his early-90s Sega Genesis games, but since then, he’s starred in more than a few original games designed specifically for mobile. (more…)
A few years ago, Newtoy, makers of the “With Friends” series of casual online games, received an unexpected endorsement. After being told to turn off his smartphone on a plane, actor Alec Baldwin– deep in a game of Words With Friends– was booted off an American Airlines flight from the runway. We can sympathize, because once you start playing these incredibly competitive board and word games, it’s hard to stop.
Some games have you chasing a key or coins, diamonds or a doorway. League of Evil is the only game we know of where the goal is to reach a scientist at the end of each level, and then punch him to pieces. Like slamming the buzzer at the end of an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, it’s that last satisfying punch that has helped define Ravenous Games’ League of Evil series.
Last year, we told you about some intriguing new gameplay concepts from the creators of the witty adventure series Hector: Badge of Carnage. Since then, one of those projects has nearly come to fruition, developed by a new studio called Italic Pig. We spoke with Kevin Beimers, the writer and producer of Hector, about his upcoming mobile game, Schrodinger’s Cat: Raiders of the Lost Quark.
If you’ve watched an Apple press event in the last three years, Infinity Blade needs no introduction. Apple has been publicly pushing this series far more than any other games, because Infinity Blade is both an iOS exclusive and a magnificent showcase for their technology. Between its epic storyline, incredible visuals, and oft-imitated gameplay, Infinity Blade is a series that was made to last.
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In 2009, console-quality gaming on a mobile device still seemed like a fantasy. It wasn’t until we had our first look at games like Need for Speed, Modern Combat: Sandstorm, and Ravensword before we realized that mobile gaming was going to start catching up to consoles. Ravensword was especially promising– as a fully 3D, open-world RPG, it invited immediate comparisons to the Elder Scrolls series. Today, we’ll take a look at this landmark iOS game, plus several others from developer Crescent Moon Games.
Today featured game is World of Goo, which may not be part of a major series yet, but it should be. World of Goo is an original combination of puzzles and platforming, where you can combine gooey critters together to create bridges and fuel giant machines. After it launched, one of the developers helped create Little Inferno, which feels like a spiritual successor to World of Goo, even though the mechanics are completely different.
If Dante had been born 700 years later, he might have made room in his Inferno for bullet hell, a genre where twitchy players are swarmed on all sides by glowing dots that cause them terrible damage. This style of hardcore arcade shoot ‘em up, notorious for its frustrating difficulty, seems like the last thing you’d want to play on a touchscreen. After all, navigating around those dots requires precise movement controls. Amazingly, one company has made a name for themselves by producing the very best bullet hell shooters on iOS: Cave Interactive. (more…)