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.
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. Read 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.
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.
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. Read More
A great game can invent a brand new world for you to explore, but Galaxy on Fire lets you travel to dozens of worlds, with all the empty space between. This lengthy, complex, and utterly gorgeous sim lets you pilot among the stars, visit far-flung locations, mine asteroids, and blast away space pirates. Between Galaxy on Fire 2 and its extensive add-on pack, Valkyrie, this is one of the best series you can buy for iOS.