For the past ten weeks, we’ve been bringing you our guide to the best iOS games since the launch of the App Store in 2008. These series each represent milestones in mobile gaming, whether they’re versions of big-name PC and console games, or original games built just for mobile. With the success of App Store gaming, we’re certain these series will continue to grow every year, along with brand new ones we haven’t heard of yet.
After 10 weeks, our 50-part feature on the Best Game Series on iOS concludes with Call of Duty. This mega-franchise has always been a bestseller on consoles, and all of its notable iOS ports have reached the top of the App Store charts as well. While it’s not always realistic– no super-soldier can heal a bullet wound just by ducking behind cover– this high-energy series is consistently thrilling.
When the App Store first launched, the iPhone’s most notable gaming features were its tilt controls and lack of buttons. Taking advantage of this unique design, Lima Sky’s Doodle Jump required very few button presses and a lot of tilting. This simple platforming game was a success, creating a viable genre of “vertical platformers” and a hand-drawn art style that has been extensively imitated.
After years of pioneering the downloadable, episodic adventure genre, Telltale Games struck a chord with Walking Dead, a series based on the comic books and AMC TV show. Walking Dead: The Game received numerous Game of the Year awards, including the International Mobile Gaming Awards Grand Prix and Excellence in Storytelling awards, which Slide To Play helped decide.
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.
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.
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.
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…)