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    Best iOS Games To Play

    In general ranking games can be very subjective: some might prefer to emphasize gameplay, while others care more about how the game looks and sounds.

    So, when we decided to make a list of the best iOS games of all time, we tried to think about their overall value and excitement factor to the player. 

    How fun are they to play? This is the most subjective, of course. But there are other, more linear factors. Does the story have depth? What is the game’s length? We also consider how these games were received by audiences and how memorable they are in retrospect. 

    Here is our pick of what we consider the best iOS games to play in 2024 in no particular order.

    Slay the Spire

    Slay the Spire is a game where you use cards to fight enemies while climbing the titular spire. You start with a basic deck of cards, but as you defeat enemies, you gradually improve it. The twist is that the game changes each time you play, forcing you to try new things.

    GenreStrategy, Roguelike Deck-builder
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Unique, stylized 2D art, fantasy theme.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Strategic card gameplay with roguelike progression.
    Storyline🌟🌟Underlying narrative of climbing a mysterious spire.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Intuitive, seamless deck management.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Extremely high, procedural climbs, variety of cards and relics.
    In-App PurchasesNone, complete experience upon purchase.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone, single-player focus.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Engaging, enhances gameplay.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates, new content, balanced gameplay.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Paid game, significant value for depth and replayability.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for addictive gameplay and strategic depth.
    Device CompatibilityRuns smoothly on a wide range of iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityFully playable offline.
    iCloud SyncSupports progress saving and syncing across devices.
    Accessibility OptionsAccessible pace and turn-based nature, lacks specific features.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms, complete iOS experience.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements, leaderboards for progress tracking.

    Slay the Spire tries to overcome the competition through a roguelike take on the card game genre. The balance and success of this is somewhat mixed, but also more than enough to keep the game fresh, helped by the stylized 2D art and fantasy theme. Touch controls on iOS devices are especially good in this case, which isn’t always a given, and they deserve a special commendation here. 

    While the storyline is… lacking, to say the least, the game has a dedicated community that certainly seems to enjoy the lore. As far as features go, offline playability is a must in this case, because progression isn’t saved too frequently, and the game supports iCloud sync.

    Another similar game is Legends of Runeterra. It is a strategic card game set in the League of Legends universe, where players use champions and the unique abilities of Runeterra regions to battle each other.

    Dead Cells

    Dead Cells mixes the exploration of Metroidvania games with the challenge of roguelikes in an entertaining package that lets you fight through a constantly changing castle.

    Each time you play, layout and items change their place, as is generally expected of the roguelike genre. You collect cells from enemies to unlock new abilities and upgrades, which in turn unlock new sections of the world.

    GenreAction, Roguelike
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great pixel art, fluid animation.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Fast-paced, skill-based combat; “die, learn, repeat” philosophy.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Subtle storytelling, mysterious island exploration.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Highly responsive, customizable layouts.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Extremely high, procedurally generated levels, rich weapons and items collections.
    In-App PurchasesOptional cosmetics, DLC expansions; no pay-to-progress.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone, focused on single-player.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Captivating soundtrack, enhances atmosphere.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates, new content, quality of life improvements.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great value for depth, replayability, quality.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for gameplay, art, and mechanics.
    Device CompatibilityOptimized for wide range of iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityFully playable offline.
    iCloud SyncSupports game progress synchronization.
    Accessibility OptionsCustomizable controls and interface; high difficulty level.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityConsistent experience across platforms
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards

    Dead Cells is a fast-paced title that requires good reflexes to time the dodges correctly. As long as you can do that, the game opens up with deft exploration helped by its unlockable progression and dynamic levels

    Both the soundtrack and the art-style manage to evoke a techno-fantasy vibe that’s hard to replicate elsewhere. The main technical feature we can count here as a win is offline replayability.

    Other similar games include:

    • Hades (iOS): A critically acclaimed rogue-like dungeon crawler where you defy the god of the dead as you hack and slash your way out of the Underworld of Greek mythology.
    • Downwell: A fast-paced rogue-like game where you descend a well, fighting enemies and collecting treasures with your gunboots for survival and progress.

    Genshin Impact

    Genshin Impact is a mobile-first RPG set in the magical world of Teyvat. You control a party of characters with different powers, which you get (both characters and power, and gear to boot, actually) through a gacha system. 

    Gacha is an Asian name for loot boxes. But eastern sensibilities don’t think of gacha as something inherently negative like “loot boxes”, rather a luck-based system of looting that encourages getting more boxes. Genshin Impact in particular is pretty good without having to spend anything.

    GenreAction RPG
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great 3D Graphics, anime-inspired world.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Open-world exploration, character switching, elemental combat system.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Rich narrative in Teyvat, ongoing lore updates.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Smooth and intuitive, customizable.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, continuous updates and new events.
    In-App PurchasesOptional for characters and items, not required for full game enjoyment.
    Multiplayer FeaturesCo-op gameplay with friend team-ups.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High-quality, immersive soundtrack and voiceovers.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular new content, features, improvements.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Free-to-play, vast content with optional purchases.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, praised for graphics, story, gameplay.
    Device CompatibilityRequires recent iOS devices for graphics.
    Offline PlayabilityNo, internet connection required.
    iCloud SyncYes, for game progress syncing across devices.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited due to complexity.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityYes, with cross-play available.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards.

    Genshin’s combat system is most renowned for its elemental take on team battles that requires changing your party selection depending on your enemies. The reason is that each of your companions has a different element attached to them. 

    Character switching is greatly encouraged, with post-launch support adding many new biomes and characters. It’s no surprise then that mobile controls need to be on point here since the game makes you hard-counter enemies constantly. And controls are good – nothing further to say here. Co-op is also a great addition, but unfortunately the game carries a disappointing always-online requirement. 

    The only actual “online” feature that’s useful is an iCloud sync for cross-saves. The game also requires newer and powerful iOS devices in general. Genshin likely deserves the top spot in any best mobile games list. 

    Another similar game is Undecember – a hack-and-slash RPG that features deep customization, dungeon crawling, and multiplayer elements, set in a dark, fantasy world.

    Among Us

    Among Us is a multiplayer game where players work together on a spaceship, but at least one of them is responsible for sabotaging the ship. 

    On paper, the game is very engaging, because you don’t need incredible graphics or mood when other humans are involved and the entire thing becomes immersive. In practice, the game is good but for me personally it became stale fast since it’s basically a witch-hunt in outer space with little else to differentiate the experience.

    GenreParty, Multiplayer
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟Simple, 2D cartoon style.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Social deduction, teamwork to identify impostors.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Crew on a spaceship with impostors among them.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Simple and effective for gameplay.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, varied games.
    In-App PurchasesCosmetic items only.
    Multiplayer Features4-10 players, online and local WiFi.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟Minimalistic, fits suspenseful gameplay.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates, new content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Among the best free iOS games, great entertainment value.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly popular, fun multiplayer.
    Device CompatibilityWide compatibility with iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityNo, multiplayer-focused.
    iCloud SyncNot applicable.
    Accessibility OptionsBasic options, e.g., colorblind mode.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityYes, cross-play between mobile devices and PC.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements, matchmaking.

    At first glance, the game is very simplistic with flat 2D visuals and minimal audio, which carry on to a similarly simple gameplay and easy touchscreen controls. But this simplicity also means it’s very approachable to all players and it’s a good way to spend a bit of time and just relax –  it’s an “easy” experience that won’t really trouble your skills much. 

    The gameplay is mostly carried by human interaction, which is a good thing in this case as there’s really not much else going for it. On the flip side, the game gets regularly updated with new scenarios to drive player engagement. Since it’s multiplayer only, of course, Among us requires an always-online check.

    Other similar games are:

    • Spaceteam: A cooperative shouting game for phones and tablets where players work together as a crew to pilot a spaceship, following absurd instructions before time runs out.
    • Quiplash: A hilarious party game where players answer quirky prompts, and then vote on the best responses in a battle of wits and humor.
    • Jackbox TV: A collection of party games where players use their smartphones as controllers, participating in quizzes, drawing games, and more, ideal for group entertainment.

    Brawl Stars

    Brawl Stars is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game with several differing modes. Players pick characters with special abilities and generally compete in short matches, but there’s other stuff like heists. Teamwork is the big word that needs to be emphasized here.

    GenreMultiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA), Shooter
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Colorful, cartoonish 3D graphics.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Fast-paced multiplayer battles in various modes.
    Storyline🌟Not story-focused; centered around unique characters (Brawlers).
    Controls (Touchscreen)Responsive and easy to learn, with virtual joysticks.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, diverse game modes, brawler upgrades, regular events.
    In-App PurchasesOptional for brawler unlocks and cosmetics, not required for progress.
    Multiplayer FeaturesCore of the game, competitive leagues, team battles, special events.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Catchy and dynamic, enhances gameplay.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Frequent updates, new brawlers, modes, seasonal content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Free-to-play, fair in-app purchase approach.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for engaging multiplayer action.
    Device CompatibilityBroad compatibility with iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityNo, internet connection required.
    iCloud SyncYes, saves progress and settings.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited, action-oriented gameplay.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityiOS and Android, seamless gameplay across devices.
    Game Center IntegrationLeaderboards and achievements.

    MOBA and Shooters have gone hand in hand since at least the original Overwatch. There’s not much here to differentiate it, except to say this is a mobile-first title, so unlike Overwatch, it’s more simplistic and fast-paced with emphasis on good touchscreen controls. Any iOS action game ought to do this. 

    Although in-app purchases are not necessary for progression, they are available for unlocking brawlers and cosmetics. But without them things get pretty stale quick, if you catch my drift. It’s a pretty good try-and-say-goodbye title. 

    Another similar game is Vainglory – a pioneering mobile MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) offering deep strategy, team play, and live PvP battles.

    Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc. is a strategy game where you design a deadly virus to wipe out humanity in a pandemic. You evolve the virus to spread faster and resist cures while facing global challenges. Before you say anything, the game’s old and came before Covid. It hits different now. 

    GenreSimulation, Strategy
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟Simple, map-based interface.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Develop and evolve a pathogen to wipe out humanity.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Compelling “what-if” scenario, not narrative-driven.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Intuitive and straightforward, suited for strategy.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, varied pathogens and strategies.
    In-App PurchasesExpansion packs and scenarios available.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Atmospheric, enhances gameplay.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates, new content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Paid app, great depth and optional in-app purchases.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, praised for originality and strategic depth.
    Device CompatibilityWide compatibility with iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncYes, for game progress.
    Accessibility OptionsText size adjustments, colorblind modes.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on iOS, Android, PC; no cross-play.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements, leaderboards.

    Plague inc. is available on the App store and is highly rated to this day. It’s certainly a very original premise with lots of strategic depth and many moving parts that help keep it fresh, since the word “evolve” is the most important here. You just don’t know how things’ll pan out next time around. 

    Whether it’s a new disease, scenarios, or victory conditions, something will always crop up to make you rethink your strategy. Since the game is map-based, touch controls are also simple, with some good feature additions like text size adjustments and colorblind modes.

    Other similar games include:

    • Little Alchemy: A simple yet fascinating game where you combine elements to create hundreds of unique items, exploring the fun and creative side of alchemy.
    • Kingdom Rush: A highly popular and addictive tower defense game with engaging gameplay, where players strategically place towers to defend their kingdom from various foes.

    Call of Duty: Mobile

    Call of Duty: Mobile brings the famous FPS action to mobile, something I really didn’t think would be possible a few years ago. Players customize loadouts, compete in ranked matches… you know what, look up Call of Duty if you don’t get it. It’s probably the most recognizable mass-appeal game out there.

    GenreFirst-Person Shooter (FPS)
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High-quality, detailed 3D graphics.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Fast-paced action, variety of modes including Battle Royale.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Varied thematic events and seasons, not single storyline.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Customizable and precise, tailored for intense action.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, with constant updates and a competitive scene.
    In-App PurchasesCosmetic items, battle passes, weapon skins; balanced gameplay.
    Multiplayer FeaturesCore of the game, casual and competitive experiences.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High-quality, immersive audio with voice chat support.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates with new content and seasonal events.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Free-to-play, console-like experience on mobile.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, acclaimed for quality and optimization.
    Device CompatibilityRequires recent devices for optimal performance.
    Offline PlayabilityNo, multiplayer-focused.
    iCloud SyncYes, for saving progress and settings.
    Accessibility OptionsAim assist and control customization.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityiOS and Android, separate from console and PC versions.
    Game Center IntegrationTracking achievements and leaderboards.

    Call of Duty: Mobile sets a high standard for mobile FPS with its detailed 3D graphics and fast-paced gameplay that offers a variety of modes to keep the action fresh.

    The game attempts to maintain interest through thematic events and seasons that spice things up a bit. Controls are snappy, but to be perfectly fair, you better get a controller for this game or you’ll end up hating it. It’s not the game’s fault. Controllers are just better, and many players you play against will use a controller. You don’t want to lose because of that. 

    The game is free-to-play, but it’s not readily accessible to everyone. The competitive landscape requires optimal performance, which means newer phones will have a big advantage over older ones. Call of Duty is also online-only. 

    Another similar game is Krunker – an online multiplayer first-person shooter with fast-paced gameplay, pixelated graphics, and a wide range of custom game modes and maps.


    Minecraft is a sandbox game set in a vast world where players can build and explore an entire universe. In Survival mode, they gather resources and create a home, while Creative mode offers unlimited resources for unrestricted building. 

    I’ve seen Star Trek ships built in Creative mode. There are many biomes and mobs to encounter.

    GenreSandbox, Survival
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Iconic blocky, 3D pixel art.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Vast exploration, crafting, building, survival, and creative modes.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Open-world experience, player-created adventures.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Customizable, optimized for mobile.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Extremely high, encourages creativity and exploration.
    In-App PurchasesOptional skins, texture packs, custom maps.
    Multiplayer FeaturesMultiplayer with friends, cross-platform play.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Minimalistic but atmospheric.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Regular updates, new features and content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Paid game, immense value and endless playability.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Highly rated for creativity, multiplayer support, mobile optimization.
    Device CompatibilityWide range, best on newer devices.
    Offline PlayabilityYes, excluding multiplayer.
    iCloud SyncGame progress syncing.
    Accessibility OptionsSubtitles for sounds, simplified touch interface.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityCross-play with PC, consoles, mobile.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements, leaderboards.

    There are just a few things you should know about Minecraft: it’s got the iconic Roblox blocky style, like a lego, and it’s designed as the ultimate sandbox. This means you do everything yourself, extract all the fun by yourself, with no real activities in-game. You just go in there and create what you will. When you are bored, you leave. 

    The game runs perfectly on all iOS devices and sports intuitive touch controls. It’s one of the best-selling titles ever across all platforms, including iOS. This of course is spearheaded by a dedicated community that introduces compatible mods.

    Another similar game is Crashlands. It is an engaging crafting RPG adventure where you explore alien planets, craft items, and battle creatures after crash-landing.

    The Witness

    In The Witness, players explore a deserted island filled with puzzles integrated into the environment, each with its own logic and rules. The narrative itself is focused on themes such as science, knowledge, and consciousness. All in all pretentious stuff if it doesn’t deliver.

    GenrePuzzle, Exploration
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Beautifully rendered, vibrant 3D world.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Complex puzzles integrated into the environment, requiring interaction.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Implicit, discovered through exploration, focusing on science, knowledge, consciousness.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Intuitive touch controls for movement and interaction.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟Moderate, finite puzzles but intricate design invites exploration.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Minimalistic, environmental sounds enhance immersion.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟Stable, with performance and compatibility updates.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Paid game, unique and intellectually stimulating.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for challenging puzzles and good quality visuals.
    Device CompatibilityRequires higher processing power for optimal performance.
    Offline PlayabilityFully playable offline.
    iCloud SyncYes, for syncing progress across devices.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited due to puzzle and exploration nature.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms, no cross-play needed.
    Game Center IntegrationLimited to achievements.

    I left you hanging with “if it doesn’t deliver”, right? Well, there’s only one thing you need to know: I wasn’t very impressed, but many people are. Your mileage will vary. Objectively it’s a play-once title because puzzles remain the same if you start a new playthrough, but the puzzles themselves are good otherwise. 

    A similar game is Gorogoa – an innovative puzzle game with beautifully hand-drawn artwork where players manipulate a series of panels to explore and advance the story.


    Limbo is a platformer with black and white visuals where you navigate a boy through puzzles while he tries to reach his sister. The monochrome visuals and the eerie landscape give a good impression. And the game’s called “Limbo”, hint. This should just about tell you everything for a start.

    GenrePlatformer, Puzzle
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟Moody, monochrome visuals.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟Platforming mechanics with intricate puzzles in a dark environment.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Minimalist, atmospheric storytelling, open to interpretation.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Simple, intuitive controls adapted for touchscreen.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟Moderate, completion-focused with potential for rediscovery.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Sparse, atmospheric sound design.
    Updates and SupportOccasional updates for improvements and fixes.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟Memorable platforming puzzle experience.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟Praised for art style, atmosphere, puzzles.
    Device CompatibilityBroad compatibility with iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncSaves progress.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited, due to visual style and design.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on various platforms, standalone experience.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements

    If you want an experience when you focus on the pure emotion of it, that’s the game’s strength. If you are looking for depth elsewhere, neither the gameplay will give you that, nor the narrative (which is open to interpretation what’s going on). 

    This translates to controls and features as well – they are generically serviceable with nothing special going on for them. The game is focused on atmosphere first, everything else second.

    A similar game is Device 6. This is a unique puzzle adventure game that blends text, audio, and visual elements to unravel mysteries surrounding the protagonist.

    Monument Valley

    One of the best Apple Arcade games, Monument Valley is a title where players have to guide Princess Ida through surreal landscapes, which turn out to be puzzles. 

    It’s an artistically pleasing title, but you should watch a quick Youtube video and see if you like the style of the puzzles which lean on optical illusions. If you don’t, skip this one. 

    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟Escher-like, 3D puzzles.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Navigating optical illusions and impossible objects, soothing puzzles.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Follows the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Intuitive touch controls for environment manipulation.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟Moderate, experience of puzzles and game world beauty, with some additional content.
    In-App PurchasesAdditional levels and expansions available.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Enchanting soundtrack and sound effects.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Consistent updates for fixes and compatibility, additional content over time.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Paid game, unique and aesthetically pleasing puzzle experience.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Extremely high ratings for innovative design and captivating gameplay.
    Device CompatibilityWide range of iOS devices compatibility.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncSyncing progress across devices.
    Accessibility OptionsVisual simplicity, no targeted specific features.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on iOS and Android.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards for challenges.

    The game features a silent protagonist in princess Ida, with the entire experience evoking a Journey-like feeling. If you want to make the game longer, there are in-app purchases for expansions

    For iOS specifically, the only notable feature is Game Center for achievements. 


    Oxenfree was a sleeper hit a few years back due to its unique old-school vibe, reminding a lot of Netflix’s Stranger Things, but with a ghost island. 

    The game features a dialogue wheel with choices that mold the story and how you interact with the other characters. And you’ve got only an old-school radio that helps you crack the island’s secrets wide open.

    GenreAdventure, Supernatural Thriller
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Beautifully hand-painted 2D art that enhances the atmosphere.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Narrative-driven exploration with supernatural elements and impactful dialogue choices.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Themes of grief, adolescence, and dark secrets with multiple endings.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Well-suited for navigation and dialogue choices.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, due to narrative choices and hidden secrets.
    In-App PurchasesNone, offered as a complete experience.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone, single-player focus.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Perfectly fits the supernatural and emotional tones.
    Updates and SupportWell-maintained, with performance and compatibility improvements.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great value for compelling story and immersive gameplay.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly praised for storytelling, atmosphere, and dialogue system.
    Device CompatibilityRuns smoothly across a wide spectrum of iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityFully playable offline.
    iCloud SyncEnables saving and syncing progress across devices.
    Accessibility OptionsAccommodate different players, focusing on narrative and dialogue.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on various platforms, consistent immersive experience.
    Game Center IntegrationTracks achievements, compares narrative choices.

    Oxenfree is a game that is touching on some pretty deep topics like dealing with loss and growing up. The story changes based on dialogues you make, leading to not only different endings, but also choices with reactivity while you play. 

    Oxenfree earned a deserved high rating on the App Store, ranking among the best games for iOS in terms of user reviews. 

    Another similar game is Wayward Souls – an action-adventure game with procedurally generated dungeons, permadeath, and RPG elements, offering a challenging and replayable experience.

    Into the Breach

    Into the Breach puts tactical strategy at the center of its gameplay, with emphasis on planning against enemy movements by strategically positioning your units. 

    The premise is simple – you take control of mechs that have to fight against alien invaders while protecting your base’s structures. You are the only hope for humanity, and so forth. 

    GenreStrategy, Turn-based Tactics
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Pixel art with a clean, detailed aesthetic.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Strategic foresight in turn-based battles.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Future humanity vs. alien invasion, tactical focus.
    ControlsIntuitive touch controls for strategic gameplay.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, varied gameplay with unlockable content.
    In-App PurchasesNone, full experience upfront.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone, single-player focus.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Atmospheric tracks and effects.
    Updates and SupportRegular balance and quality of life updates.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great strategic depth and replayability.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for gameplay and puzzles.
    Device CompatibilityOptimized for a broad range of devices.
    Offline PlayabilityFully playable offline.
    iCloud SyncSupports syncing progress.
    Accessibility OptionsAdjustable difficulty, limited options.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards.

    At release Into the Breach was acclaimed for its strategic depth and is considered one of the most influential new-wave games in the genre

    It was received especially positively for its accessibility options which allow you to fine-tune the difficulty according to your likings. The low-demanding nature of the game (for hardware) and its offline mode make a case for it as one of the best iPhone games and the best iPad games.

    A game similar to Into the Breach is Death Road to Canada. It is a randomly generated road trip simulator where you manage a group of survivors fleeing to Canada during a zombie apocalypse.


    Scroll a bit further up and read about Limbo. This is the same developer’s next game and all the things on Limbo apply for Inside as well. Players guide a boy in a bleak world through puzzles with minimal explanations and only some environmental cues. 

    The game puts a lot of effort in evoking eeriness and a deep feeling of… I don’t know if sensitiveness is the best word, but it’s the first one that springs out for me.  

    GenrePuzzle-Platformer, Adventure
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟Moody and atmospheric 3D with a monochromatic color scheme.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Navigating dystopian environments, solving puzzles.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Implicit, exploring control, freedom, loss of innocence.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Simple and intuitive for interaction and puzzle-solving.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟Moderate, driven by story uncovering and achievements.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟Minimalistic yet effective, enhances atmosphere.
    Updates and SupportStable, focused on performance and compatibility.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Masterpiece in storytelling, atmosphere, and puzzle design.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly praised for artistic direction and gameplay.
    Device CompatibilityRequires advanced graphics and physics capability.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncYes, for saving progress
    Accessibility OptionsLimited due to design focusing on environmental puzzles.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements

    As with Limbo, Inside is presented in a monochromatic color scheme. The subjects it encompasses are control versus freedom, and the loss of innocence. If you are looking for something lighthearted, this isn’t for you, probably. For iOS specifically, this title is one of the most-well crafted single-player experiences available on the App store, with well-thought out touch controls. 

    Other similar games include Oceanhorn 2 – an action-adventure game that takes you on a journey through a beautifully detailed world, solving puzzles and battling enemies in a quest to protect the realm.

    Super Hexagon

    Super Hexagon is an arcadey game with incredibly high pace. There is no main character or story to speak of, you are just a triangle and you try to survive spinning walls and other traps. 

    The game depends on a hypnotic soundtrack and the challenge it presents to you – dodge everything with precision or die.

    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟Simple geometric shapes, retro, neon aesthetic.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Fast-paced action, increasing speed.
    StorylineN/A – Focus on reflex-based gameplay.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Highly responsive, crucial for gameplay.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Extremely high, addictive “just one more try” nature.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesCompetitive through leaderboards.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Catchy chiptune soundtrack, complements intense gameplay.
    Updates and SupportMinimal, straightforward game design.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Excellent value, addictive gameplay and replayability.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for challenging and addictive gameplay.
    Device CompatibilityBroad compatibility, simple graphics and mechanics.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncYes, for leaderboard scores.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited, fast visual processing required.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilitySuited for quick sessions on various platforms.
    Game Center IntegrationLeaderboards for competitive scoring.

    In terms of visuals the game is presented with a neon appeal, which, at least to me, isn’t as exploited as other types of graphics. The game’s speed ramps up over time, making everything harder the longer you go, and when you fail, it’s easy to get back in immediately. 

    If Civ 6 is “just one more turn”, this one is either “one more try” or you’ll hate it if you constantly fail fast. The game is a complete package with no additional purchases, and no definitive end. The only goal is to reach a high leaderboard ranking.

    Geometry Dash is a similar game. It’s a rhythm-based platformer that challenges players to navigate through obstacles and spikes by jumping and flying to the beat of music.

    Papers, Please

    Papers, Please is such an apt name because you play as an immigration officer at a border checkpoint of a totalitarian country. With a name like that It was either immigration or a police cruiser I guess. 

    If you are into roleplaying, this one is pretty interesting. You review documents and make tough decisions about who can enter the country, trying to weed out criminals. Everything gets complicated when you have to balance moral dilemmas and government orders.

    GenrePuzzle, Simulation
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟Pixel art with a utilitarian, Eastern Bloc aesthetic.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Role-playing as an immigration officer, moral dilemmas.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Impactful decisions on family and immigrants.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Efficient controls for document checking and decision-making.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, multiple endings, exploration of moral choices.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟Minimalist, enhancing the bureaucratic atmosphere.
    Updates and SupportOccasional updates for optimization and compatibility.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Acclaimed for unique gameplay and thought-provoking themes.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, praised for original concept and execution.
    Device CompatibilityCompatible with most iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncYes, for progress saving.
    Accessibility OptionsFeatures like text size adjustments.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms, consistent experience.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards for objectives.

    Most games require a larger gameplay loop and it’s difficult to sustain its appeal over a longer time. Papers, Please solves this with flying colors and is one of the freshest titles in the genre

    You only make decisions here, but the moral situations presented and how you impact the lives of others make you feel the stakes of each one. There are multiple endings you can reach in-game. The touchscreen controls are efficient because there’s barely any need for them. 

    It’s one of the most thought-provoking experiences and the visuals are unassuming enough that it doesn’t matter what device you use. It’s perfect for iOS, with added support for iCloud sync progress.

    If you like it, you will also like Threes – a minimalist puzzle game that involves combining addends and multiples of three by sliding numbered tiles on a grid to achieve the highest possible score.


    Journey is one of the titles cited as “art” for the last decade. It’s the original mainstream progenitor that springs to mind when thinking of all the minimalist artsy games. 

    You play as a pilgrim that traverses a desert filled with ancient ruins. Why are you there? Where will the pilgrimage lead you? There are no definitive answers as the entire game is voiceless and instead tries to evoke emotion through the soundtrack, which was Grammy-nominated

    GenreAdventure, Art Game
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Beautiful, sweeping landscapes with a distinctive art style.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟Simple mechanics, emphasizing exploration and interaction.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟Implicit, focusing on themes of life, death, and rebirth.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Intuitive and minimalist.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟Moderate to high, unique online interactions encourage replays.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesSeamless and anonymous online interactions.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Grammy-nominated, complements the emotional experience.
    Updates and SupportStable, focused on performance and compatibility.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Unparalleled artistic and emotional experience.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Extremely high, praised for art direction and emotional depth.
    Device CompatibilityBest on newer devices for detailed environments.
    Offline PlayabilityCan play offline, but online adds depth.
    iCloud SyncYes, for game progress.
    Accessibility OptionsSimplified controls and gameplay.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityConsistent experience across platforms.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements for progression.

    Unlike later copycats, Journey is successful in creating a real sense of wonder and depth. I’ve played a few such titles, and I think I’ve pinpointed what it does just right. It gives you something specific to look at and hear, while appearing there is a deeper meaning. Maybe there is, but it is certainly thought-provoking, in the sense that you are drawn to decipher it. 

    There is a surprise multiplayer element as well when you find another voiceless pilgrim in the dead desert. And that brings true joy. 

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    Stardew Valley

    Stardew Valley is a charming farming simulation game that offers a rich RPG experience beyond agriculture, which all seems impossible. 

    Players inherit their grandfather’s farm, and get going with standart farm fare activities. You have to build relationships with neighbors and other characters that can help you. If you are into simulators, this one is certainly unique.

    GenreSimulation, RPG
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Charming pixel art.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Farming, exploration, relationship building.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Restoring grandfather’s farm.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Well-adapted, customizable.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, diverse activities and playstyles.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNo iOS multiplayer; available on other platforms.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Captivating soundtrack.
    Updates and Support🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Frequent, adding new content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great value, extensive gameplay.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly rated for depth and adaptation.
    Device CompatibilityWide iOS device support.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncYes, for game progress.
    Accessibility OptionsBasic, including colorblind modes.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable, but no iOS cross-play.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and more.

    Stardew Valley is presented through simple pixel art looked from a side perspective. Touchscreen controls are expert in the mobile field, offering customization to a lot of them. I want to underscore this – they are better than most you’ll find on iOS. 

    The game offers high replay value if you like it, because there isn’t really a fixed end-goal and you can go about in many ways for how to improve your homestead.

    If you want to play something similar to Stardew Valley, you can try Ni no Kuni. It is a visually stunning RPG that combines beautiful animation with an engaging story, set in a magical world created in collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

    The Room

    The Room is a hidden object puzzle game, mainly noteworthy for the design of its puzzles and how they feel just enough challenging for a wide variety of players, but not too much. This is complimented by good-quality 3D graphics for the environments. 

    GenrePuzzle, Mystery
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Detailed and atmospheric 3D visuals.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Engaging puzzles with a focus on mechanical objects.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Mysterious and cryptic narrative.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Precise touch controls, critical for puzzle-solving.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟Moderate, with secrets to uncover.
    In-App PurchasesNone
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Eerie and immersive.
    Updates and SupportRegular, enhancing performance and compatibility.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Unique and high-quality puzzle experience.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, praised for its challenge and design.
    Device CompatibilityWide compatibility with iOS devices.
    Offline PlayabilityFully offline.
    iCloud SyncYes, for syncing progress.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited, due to puzzle complexity.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on multiple platforms, no cross-play.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards.

    The Room has a very high app store rating, probably because of the slow meticulous appeal of its gameplay that focuses on mechanical objects and escape room-style challenges. There are no in-app purchases for new levels or anything approaching DLC territory. 

    The game holds a mass appeal because it can run even on toaster-level iOS devices, despite the non-existent accessibility options. Meaning you either can deal with the puzzles or you can’t progress at all. There is integration for achievements and leaderboards.

    Other similar games include:

    • Mini Crossword: A shorter version of traditional crossword puzzles, offering quick and engaging word challenges suitable for a daily mental exercise.
    • Minesweeper: A classic puzzle game where players clear a board without detonating hidden mines, using clues about the number of neighboring mines in each field.
    • Octordle: A word puzzle game inspired by Wordle, where players simultaneously guess eight words within a limited number of attempts, significantly upping the challenge.

    Alto’s Odyssey

    Alto’s Odyssey invites players on an adventure where they guide Alto and his companions through a desert landscape. The game is designed with simplicity in mind for ounce of the production, from the graphics, to the controls. It’s a great game to kill time while using almost none of your brain, or to let your kid play.

    GenreAction, Adventure
    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Beautiful, minimalist landscapes.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Endless runner with depth.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Focus on journey and exploration.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Simple, yet challenging.
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟High, with diverse goals.
    In-App PurchasesOptional in-app purchases mainly for cosmetics.
    Multiplayer FeaturesNone
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Calming and immersive.
    Updates and SupportRegularly updated.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Great value, free with optional purchases.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Very high praise.
    Device CompatibilityBroad compatibility.
    Offline PlayabilityYes
    iCloud SyncAvailable for saving progress.
    Accessibility OptionsIncludes reducing motion.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityAvailable on iOS and Android.
    Game Center IntegrationAchievements and leaderboards.

    The game evokes an everyman appeal because it replicates in its gameplay the values of the easy to play, hard to master school of thought. If you are a completionist, the difficulty can be mitigated by options to reduce motion. 

    New characters can be unlocked free of charge, but there are purchases for cosmetics and worse, for ad removal. Features include offline playability and iCloud progress saves. The game has a sequel: Alto’s Adventure.

    Other similar games are:

    • Alto’s Adventure: A visually stunning endless runner where you snowboard across beautiful landscapes, completing goals, and performing tricks.
    • Jetpack Joyride 2: The sequel to the hit endless runner game, featuring Barry Steakfries in new adventures with upgraded graphics, mechanics, and jetpacks.
    • Run 3: An endless runner set in space, where you navigate a little alien through increasingly challenging tunnels and obstacles.

    Clash Royale

    Clash Royale does the strange thing of merging collectible card games, tower defense, and MOBA. Obviously none of the elements on their own have any real depth. It features Clash of Clans characters to use in real-time competitive battles. 

    Graphics🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Cartoonish, vibrant 3D graphics.
    Gameplay🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Real-time strategy card game.
    Storyline🌟🌟🌟Focused on battles.
    Controls (Touchscreen)Simple drag-and-drop
    Replay Value🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Very high, evolving strategies.
    In-App PurchasesYes, for acceleration.
    Multiplayer FeaturesCore of the game, competitive.
    Soundtrack and Audio🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Energetic soundtrack.
    Updates and SupportRegular, with new content.
    Price and Value🌟🌟🌟🌟Free to play, in-app purchases optional.
    App Store Ratings🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Highly popular and rated.
    Device CompatibilityWide compatibility.
    Offline PlayabilityRequires internet.
    iCloud SyncYes, for progress syncing.
    Accessibility OptionsLimited due to competitive nature.
    Cross-Platform CompatibilityiOS and Android, seamless syncing.
    Game Center IntegrationFor achievements and leaderboards.

    Designed for quick battles, Clash Royale sports easy drag-and-drop controls. Multiplayer features are at the heart of this experience, with 1v1 and 2v2 battles. The visuals are lacking, but optimized for performance on all iOS devices.

    Other notable games you might find interesting are:

    • Cookie Clicker: A highly addictive incremental game where you produce as many cookies as possible by clicking and upgrading.
    • Drift Boss: A simple yet addictive driving game where you precisely time your turns to drift around endless winding roads.
    • QWOP: A notoriously difficult sports game where you control the legs of a sprinter, aiming to run as far as possible without falling.
    • Rolling Sky: A fast-paced, addictive game where you control a ball rolling through various landscapes, dodging obstacles to the rhythm of the music.
    • Retro Bowl: An 8-bit style football game that combines management simulation with on-field play, appealing to nostalgia and strategy lovers alike.

    The Best iOS Games On Your Fingertips

    Feeling lazy and want to play some PC Games on your iOS device? Gladly, there is a way to do this.

    ‎You can stream games and other apps from your gaming PC on your local network with Moonlight. Use your touchscreen or an iOS-compatible gamepad to play your PC games on your iOS device.

    Here are some games you can try:

    • Lethal Company: A cooperative survival horror game where players scavenge for scrap on alien moons, facing environmental hazards and monsters while trying to meet profit quotas for “The Company.”
    • Cyberpunk 2077: A highly ambitious open-world RPG set in a dystopian future, focusing on narrative depth, customization, and player choice in the sprawling city of Night City.
    • Overwatch: A team-based multiplayer first-person shooter known for its diverse cast of characters, each with unique abilities, set in a bright and optimistic future.
    • Valorant: A tactical first-person shooter that combines precise gunplay with unique character abilities, emphasizing team play and strategy in competitive matches.

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