Aug 15

What are the best games on iOS and why?

I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember. From playing Castle Master on my Amstrad CPC 464, to playing Stunt Car Racer on my Amiga, then playing dos games such as Wing Commaner, Monkey Island etc on my PC. I play quite a lot of games on my current gaming rig at home, but I also play games on my iPhone 6+. The screen is the perfect size for it. I used to have a Vita but the selection of games on the Vita was pathetic. It now collects dusts in my drawer. Here, in my opinion, are the best iOS games I've played, and why. Do you agree?

1) The Walking Dead - if you're interested in emotionally story driven games at all, get this on whatever platform you can play it on. Never before has a video game affected me so emotionally as this one did.

2) Hero Academy - multiplayer turn based tactics game. This is the only iOS game I have continually played regularly for over two years now.

3) Frozen Synapse - more multiplayer turn based tactics - except this time turns play out simultaneously. If you're familiar with the old Maxis classic Robosport, that is exactly what this game is, it's nearly identical in every way.

4) XCOM: Enemy Unknown - more turn based tactics. This one is a pretty faithful port of the console / PC game. It's a beautifully done port too - it makes the transition to tablet controls flawlessly. I highly recommend this one.

5) Bastion - port of the console / PC game. This is an action / RPG / "twin stick shooter" sort of thing. I have mixed feelings about how well it controls on a tablet, but it controls well enough that it's worth picking it up if you're at all interested. Fantastic soundtrack and voice over narration really make it stand out.

6) Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP - sort of a modern take on classic point and click games. Amazing soundtrack. Highly recommend this one.

7) Tiny Wings - very good "casual" style mobile game. Very charming art direction, soundtrack, and mechanics.

8) Marple - literally a million challenging logic puzzles in one app. I've been playing this one for years now.

9) Trainyard - probably my favorite puzzle game on iOS. A very simple concept that offers very challenging puzzles. Also, the ability to save replays and send to people is a lot of fun.

10) Cut The Rope - this one, along with most of the variations on the App Store, is just a lot of fun. It's a pretty simple game but is always a fun way to kill a couple of minutes.

11) Little Inferno - this won't appeal to some people, but I found it remarkable for the not too-subtle meta commentary it makes about modern (particularly mobile) game design and in-app purchases. If you like games with a message, you may enjoy this.

12) The Room - and The Room 2 - solid puzzle games in a similar vein as something like Myst (though these are nowhere near the size and scope of Myst).

13) Autumn Dynasty - and Autumn Dynasty Warlords - real time strategy games with beautiful and unique art direction. These were built from the ground up with iOS in mind and it shows.

14) Sid Meier's Ace Patrol - turn based tactical air combat. This game is a lot of fun, but I have to criticize it a little because each of the different campaigns are virtually identical (and very short). Still, I don't even mind much because I have so much fun replaying this one.

15) New World Colony - This is a multiplayer turn based strategy game similar to Catan. This is an excellent game if you think you can reliably get a few friends to play with you. If not, you might want to pass on this one.

16) BANG! - old western themed card game (supports multiplayer) where you have to be the last man standing. This is a hell of a lot of fun.

17) Poker Night at the Inventory 2 - play poker with Brock Samson, Ash (of Evil Dead / Army of Darkness), Claptrap, Sam (of Sam and Max), and GladOS. This is a pretty hilarious game, but don't waste your time if you're not a fan of poker games.

18) Saturday Morning RPG - 80s nostalgia action RPG. This is a lot of fun and is filled with tons of great humor, especially for those of us who remember the 80s.

19) Uplink - port of a PC / Mac game about hacking. Sort of an adventure game in some ways, this one is hard to describe.

20) Osmos - you play a molecule that swallows up other, smaller molecules. Beautiful, soothing, fun.

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