Updated: 50 best iPhone games 2015

Updated: 50 best iPhone games 2015

Best iPhone games introduction

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It would take approximately 34,506,455 years to play through every single iPhone game on the App Store. We might have made that number up, but surely we can't be too far off.

The App Store is rammed with gaming goodies to keep thumbs busy, but not all iPhone games are born equal - which is why we've done the difficult job of playing through as many game as humanly possible in order to tell you which are best. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

In addition to our ongoing list of the 50 best iPhone games money can (or can't) buy, this article will also be updated every week with the latest top-tier titles that you'll want to be sure to check out. (Just skip ahead a few slides if you want to dive right into the top 50.) Check out this week's best games including The Room Three, Progress to 100, and Bigfoot Hunter!

Leonardo's Cat ($2.99/£2.29/AU$4.49)

New this week (11/5/15)! Colorful and quite charming, Leonardo's Cat is a puzzler that lets you use the famous inventor's contraptions to guide his loyal cat Scungilli throughout the city to retrieve parts of his stolen automaton. Each level requires you to survey the area and place the right gadget in a way that will lead him in the right direction. Plenty of inventions to play with, some casual yet thought-provoking puzzles, and the friendly voice of Patrick Stewart as da Vinci are sure to keep you smiling.

Leonardo's Cat

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The Room Three ($4.99/£3.99/AU$7.99)

New this week (11/5/15)! Featuring more than just boxes to examine, The Room Three expands the format of the original just enough to create a uniquely tactile experience that definitely pulls you into the many nooks and crannies you'll be entering to solve. Gorgeous box puzzles still play an important role in the game, but many other clever logic games are sure to tickle your brain and condition you to look closely at everything that could turn out to be a puzzle. Three's a charm indeed.

The Room Three

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Farm Away! (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! It all starts with a few carrot seeds, but soon enough you'll have a farm filled with animals and crops that can net you billions of coins in this casual clicker. Tap your crops to harvest them and get enough money to open up new plots of land for even more profitable opportunities. You can also invest in automated food production so you don't have to do any tapping. Let your trusty chickens do all the work for you instead.

Farm Away!

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BeatNiks (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! BeatNiks harnesses the power of your own music to create your own furry, grumpy, or perhaps dopey pet that you can train, feed and love. Every time you play music while you play the game, your pet will cheer up and even dance along. Play mini-games to unlock some extra goodies or simply dress up your BeatNik the way you want. Just remember to listen to what it needs and it'll soon evolve until it's all grown up. Won't that make you proud?

BeatNiks

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Progress to 100 ($2.99/£2.29/AU$4.49)

New this week (11/5/15)! Progress to 100 is more than just a puzzle - it's a cleverly unique experience that will engage all aspects of your iPhone as you figure out what you have to do to move on. As its name states, each of the 100 puzzles you'll play gets you one step closer to finishing it, but each one also comes with a hint as to how to solve it. Tap the screen several times, for example, or put your nose on your screen and move your head to complete a puzzle. They're quite simple, silly, and yet so much fun.

Progress to 100

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Bigfoot Hunter (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! People would pay big bucks to get a shot of the fabled Bigfoot, and this impressive photographing game lets you do that several times until you get that perfect picture. Each level requires you to aim your camera and take snapshots of various animals that decide to run, skip, or fly by your gaze. Upgrade your camera enough and you'll eventually be able to track down unique "Bigfeet" and follow them through sunny forests and even through the icy wilderness. Just remember to be quick or you may miss him.

Bigfoot Hunter

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StormBorn: War of Legends (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! Build a team of fighters the way you want to and assemble your forces to take on players from all over the world to steal their resources in this strategy RPG. When you finish battling it out, you can head back to your base and upgrade your defenses, buildings, and use your loot to make your army stronger. Plenty of missions and quests ensure you have plenty to do, characters to create, and even dragons to train. Just prepare yourself for anyone that tries to invade your base while you're away.

StormBorn

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Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin ($4.99/£3.99/AU$7.99)

New this week (11/5/15)! From pressing switches to pummeling baddies into piles of blocks, this lovable platformer lets you play as the friendly characters from the TV series as they fight their way through levels in hopes of regaining their stolen memories. You're in store for some lighthearted good times, optional objectives, and some fancy ninja moves as you face off against enemies from the show and experience some of the classic humor only Lego games can provide.

Ninjago

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Blossom Blast Saga (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! Relaxing and yet increasingly challenging, Blossom Blast Saga is a puzzler that challenges you match several flowers together to help them bloom into bigger and bolder blossoms. Each time a flower blooms, neighboring flowers get some of their energy too, allowing you to pull off a chain of colorful petals. Like Candy Crush, the puzzles get more difficult and add new features as you play, but be sure to relax and take some time to smell the roses too.

Blossom Blast Saga

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Super Boys - The Big Fight (free)

New this week (11/5/15)! With 53 unique fighters to choose from, this 2D fighter definitely gives you plenty of ways to unleash your inner warrior. With the world watching your every move, your goal is to make your way through dozens of levels on a violent TV show where anything goes. Play as warriors with super powers, skeletons, and plenty of familiar Mooff faces as you take on computer-controlled and human opponents for bragging rights and leaderboard fame.

Super Boys - The Big Fight

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1. 80 Days ($4.99/£3.99)

In this decidedly steampunk take on 1872, you must get around the world in 80 days, because Phileas Fogg has a big mouth and last night bet a fortune on doing so. Gameplay involves you as the loyal valet, planning routes, managing your inventory, and making decisions as the story plays out, all while Fogg gripes and drinks, the lazy swine.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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2. AG Drive ($3.99/£2.99)

We've been after a decent futuristic racer on the iPhone for some time, but none of them really felt right. AG Drive bucks the trend, echoing Wipeout and F-Zero: breakneck speed is married with pitch-perfect tilt controls and suitably shiny graphics. Also, there's absolutely no IAP, so the only way you're going to win is with mastery and skill.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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3. ALONE... ($1.99/£1.49)

There are so many endless survival games for iPhone that we tend to gloss over when a new one appears. ALONE… is different, primarily because it's so brutal. It's one of the few games to take Canabalt's lightning-fast pace – and then ramp it up a notch or 10. Every game becomes an exhilarating adrenaline-fuelled rush through deadly canyons and meteor showers, with you urging your tiny ship on an extra few hundred metres.

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4. Asphalt 8 (free)

Some time long ago, the gaming gods apparently decreed that racing games should be dull and grey, on grey tracks, with grey controls. Thankfully Gameloft chose to ignore their foolish omniscient notions - along with a large chunk of real-world physics – with Asphalt 8: Airborne. Here, then, you zoom along at ludicrous speeds, drifting for miles through exciting city courses, occasionally being hurled into the air to perform stunts that absolutely aren't acceptable according to the car manufacturer's warranty.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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5. Framed ($.99/£.79)

If you're looking for a hidden gem of a game, Framed has your name written all over it. It's a unique puzzle game that makes good and novel use of the touchscreen.

Each scene looks like a page ripped out of a comic book and it's up to you to guide the character through it. Starting from left to right, you have to organize each panel so that you can run through and avoid harm.

Framed

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6. Beat Sneak Bandit (£2.29)

One thumb is plenty when a game's so cleverly designed. Beat Sneak Bandit is part rhythm-action, part platformer and part stealth game, with the titular hero aiming to steal back the world's clocks from the nefarious Duke Clockface. You move on the beat, rebounding off walls, and avoiding guards and alarms. It's clever, charming and brilliant.

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7. You Must Build A Boat

It's always great when a savvy developer rethinks a genre and comes up with something that feels fresh. EightyEight Games welds auto-running to match-three in You Must Build A Boat. Deft fingerwork must be married with careful timing, matching keys as the hero approaches locked chests, or swords at the moment an incoming enemy prepares to get all stabby. Get shoved off of the left-hand side of the screen and you're told YOU WIN!, because every step potentially adds to your coffers. There are missions to complete, abilities to power-up, and a cheeky sense of humour that sets the title apart from its frequently comparatively po-faced contemporaries.

Boat

8. Beyond Ynth (£1.99)

This fantastic platform puzzler stars a bug who's oddly averse to flying. Instead, he gets about 2D levels by rolling around in boxes full of platforms. Beyond Ynth hangs on a quest, but each level forms a devious test, where you must figure out precisely how to reach the end via careful use of boxes, switches and even environmental hazards.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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9. Blek ($2.99/£2.49)

Blek is akin to shepherding semi-sentient calligraphy through a series of dexterity tests. Each sparse screen has one or more dots that needs collecting, which is achieved by drawing a squiggle that's then set in motion. To say the game can be opaque is putting it lightly, but as a voyage of discovery, there are few touchscreen games that come close.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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10. Coolson's Pocket Pack (free)

This word puzzler's all about chaining. You drag tiles from the bottom of the well and make short words; do so without swapping any letters from the well's bottom row or the area you create the words and you start amassing huge points. Coolson's Pocket Pack is then a test of nerve, and your ability to not forget every single short word in the dictionary when under pressure.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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11. Crossy Road (free)

This endless take on Frogger finds your cuboid character confronting countless deadly roads, train lines and rivers, before inevitable squashage. It's the characters that make the game, though – a varied roster of people, animals and 'things' won using a one-armed bandit, fed with coins collected en route (you can just buy stuff, too, but Crossy Road also lets you earn by watching videos and bestows regular coin top-ups anyway, making it the least obnoxious free-to-play game with IAP imaginable).

50 best iPhone games 2015

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12. Dark Nebula 2 HD ($2.99/£1.99)

One of the first titles to truly make use of the iPhone gyro, Dark Nebula was a beautiful tilt-based steampunk adventure and dexterity test, with you leading a strange craft through maze-like levels. Dark Nebula 2 ramped up the beauty and complexity, and the HD reissue added iPad and Retina support. The title still feels fresh and is perfectly suited to mobile, rewarding speed-runs and careful exploration of each level alike.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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13. Device 6 (£2.99)

Device 6 is first and foremost a story — a mystery into which protagonist Anna finds herself propelled. She awakes on an island, but where is she? How did she get there? Why can't she remember anything? The game fuses literature with adventuring, the very words forming corridors you travel along, integrated puzzles being dotted about for you to investigate. It's a truly inspiring experience, an imaginative, ambitious and brilliantly realised creation that showcases how iOS can be the home for something unique and wonderful.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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14. Doug dug ($1.99/£1.49)

Doug likes to dig, and he's an even bigger fan of bling. You, therefore, must help him go deep underground in Doug dug, unearthing gems and hacking to death any creatures that fancy a dwarf-shaped snack. Danger also lurks in lava that's dotted about and regular cave-ins – the latter of which are caused mostly by you getting a bit too greedy.

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15. Her Story (£3.99/$4.99)

An intriguing little game that lets you play detective, Her Story has received rave reviews for its incredibly engrossing gameplay. As a British woman is interviewed about her missing husband, it's up to you to search through the clues and discover what happened. An impressive achievement.

Her Story

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16. Drop Wizard ($1.99/£1.99)

Single-screen platformer Drop Wizard is infused with the soul of classics such as Snow Bros. and Bubble Bobble, but it's also part auto-runner. You can only run left or right, and your wizard blasts magic on landing. Strategy, therefore, involves careful timing, to avoid and zap foes, and then kick them into a tumbling combo that will bounce about in a pleasingly destructive manner before turning into fruit. Because that's what vanquished platform-game enemies all did in the 1980s.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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17. Drop7 (free)

One of mobile's most perfect puzzlers, Drop7 is all about dropping numbered discs into a tiny well. If a disc's face value matches the number of discs in its row or column, it blows up. But every few moves, a row of grey junk pushes up from the bottom of the well. Survival therefore depends on creating combos – well, that and a smattering of maths.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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18. Eliss Infinity (£2.29)

Eliss was the first game to truly take advantage of iOS's multitouch capabilities, with you combining and tearing apart planets to fling into like-coloured and suitably sized wormholes. Eliss Infinity, a semi-sequel, brings the original's levels into glorious Retina and adds a totally bonkers endless mode. Unique, challenging and fun, this is a game that defines the platform.

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19. Forget-Me-Not ($1.99/£1.49)

One of the finest arcade games made for any platform, Forget-Me-Not dumps you in procedurally generated mazes. The aim is to eat all the flowers, grab a key and reach the exit without dying. That's easier said than done, given that various critters regularly teleport into the maze, and set about not only attacking you but annihilating each other. Within a minute, the entire screen always erupts into a tiny retro war zone.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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20. FOTONICA ($2.99/£2.29)

Evidence that even the most basic concept can wow when injected with some dazzling beauty, FOTONICA takes Canabalt's basic jump-and-survive gameplay and places it in a wireframe 3D world. The fragmented dream-like environments and floaty gravity mesmerise as the soundtrack slowly worms its way into your skull; the entire experience becomes hypnotic as vector platforms whirl in the distance and you enter 'the zone' to survive each stage.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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21. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX ($4.99/£3.99).

We fear PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX is destined to be overshadowed by 2015's <em>other</em> superb Pac-Man game, namely Pac-Man 256, which happens to be free. But Namco should be congratulated for DX, because it at the last minute ditched a horrible freemium model while simultaneously unleashing the best version of Pac-Man to date, jammed full of screaming-fast dot-munching, using the split-screen format introduced in the original Pac-Man CE.

Clear half a maze of dots and a special bonus appears on the other half. Grab that and the cleared section refills with a new dot pattern. All the while, you're avoiding roaming ghosts and brushing past snoozing ones that follow you as a shimmering spectral conga. Soon, you're facing an intoxicating breakneck combination of Snake and Pac-Man that, despite its heritage, feels thoroughly modern.

Pac Man

22. Gridrunner (Free)

Jeff Minter is a shoot 'em up genius, and his Gridrunner series has a long history, starting out on the VIC-20, at the dawn of home gaming. This update riffs off classic Namco arcade machines but also shoves modern bullet-hell mechanics into a claustrophobic single screen. And in this version's survival mode, you have just one life. Argh!

50 best iPhone games 2015

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23. Helix ($2.99/£2.29)

Helix is all about quick thinking within a confined space. Your little craft is fragile and unarmed, but it can eradicate enemies by encircling them. Deft finger work is required to survive even a few waves, and things only get tougher when foes appear that force you to encircle them in a particular direction.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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24. Hitman GO (£3.99)

Square Enix would have been on a hiding to nothing converting its free-roaming 3D game to touchscreens, and so it's great to see the company do something entirely different with Hitman GO. Although still echoing the original series, this touchscreen title is presented as a board game of sorts, with turn-based actions against clockwork opposition. You must figure out your way to the prize, without getting knocked off (the board). It's an oddly adorable take on assassination, and one of the best iOS puzzlers.

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50 best iPhone games 2015

25. Icycle ($2.99/£2.29)

Cycling into an imaginative world of madness, Dennis's mission in iCycle is to grab blocks of ice and try very hard not to die. The animated, beautifully conceived environments make survival tough, but even as Dennis is impaled yet again, you'll be dazzled by the Gilliam-esque landscapes he's attempting to work his way through.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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26. Implosion ($9.99/£7.99)

Humans are again getting a kicking at the hands of nasty aliens and it's up to you to stop them. Cliches aside, Implosion offers a stompy slash-and-shoot experience that feels entirely at home on the iPhone but scratches that itch when you fancy playing something that resembles what you'd find on a 'proper' games console.

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27. Leo's Fortune (£3.99)

Leo's Fortune finds gruff hairball Leo in search of his gold, which has been dropped in a suspiciously trail-like manner across typically platform-game environments. As he scoops up coins, he finds himself whizzing round Sonic-style loops, solving puzzles by manipulating the environment, and negotiating increasingly complex and deadly pathways. It's a beautiful game, full of character, and well-suited to quick bursts on your iPhone.

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28. Letterpress (free)

What mad fool welds Boggle to tug o' war Risk-style land-grabbing? The kind who doesn't want anyone to get any work done again, ever, that's who. Letterpress is, simply, the best word game on the App Store. You make words to win points and temporarily 'lock' letters from your opponent by surrounding them. The result is a tense asynchronous two-player game with plenty of last-move wins and general gnashing of teeth when you realise 'qin' is in fact an acceptable word.

50 best iPhone games 2015

Click here to download Letterpress

29. Limbo (£3.99)

A boy awakens in hell, and must work his way through a deadly forest. Gruesome deaths and trial and error gradually lead to progress, as he forces his way deeper into the gloom and greater mystery. Originating on the Xbox, Limbo fares surprisingly well on iOS, with smartly designed controls; and its eerie beauty and intriguing environments remain hypnotic.

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30. Magnetic Billiards (free)

A game that could have been called Reverse Pool For Show-Offs, Magnetic Billiards lacks pockets. Instead, the aim is to join like-coloured balls that cling together on colliding. Along the way, you get more points for trick shots and 'buzzing' other balls that must otherwise be avoided. 20 diverse tables are provided for free, and many more can be unlocked for $1.99/£1.49.

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31. Mikey Hooks ($1.99/£1.49)

If iOS is supposed to be no good for traditional 2D platform games, it's a good job no-one told the developer of Mikey Hooks. The mechanics aren't a million miles away from Nintendo titles starring a certain plumber, but Mikey's also armed with a rope that can attach to hooks dotted about the levels, enabling him to speedily swing to glory. An emphasis on time-attack racing and surprisingly solid controls round out a first-rate title.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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32. Monument Valley (£2.99)

In Monument Valley, you journey through delightful Escher-like landscapes, manipulating the very architecture to build impossible paths along which to explore. It's not the most challenging of games (nor one with the most coherent of storylines), but each scene is a gorgeous and mesmerising bite-sized experience that showcases how important great craft is in the best iOS titles.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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33. Need For Speed Most Wanted ($4.99/£3.99)

Racing games are all very well, but too many aim for simulation rather than evoking the glorious feeling of speeding along like a maniac. Most Wanted absolutely nails the fun side of arcade racing, and is reminiscent of classic console title OutRun 2 in enabling you to effortlessly drift for miles. Add to that varied city streets on which to best rivals and avoid (or smash) the cops, and you've a tremendous iOS racer.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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34. Mos Speedrun 2 ($1.99/£1.49)

The original Mos Speedrun was a smart, stripped-back platformer that actually worked on iPhone. Now the bug is back, in Mos Speedrun 2. Again, this is old school leapy platforming action, with rewards to win on each level for speed, collecting all the gold coins, and finding a hidden skull.

Cleverly, these objectives are typically mutually exclusive in a single run, forcing you to replay levels and approach them with new tactics. This time round, though, Mos has learned some new tricks: wall jumping; rope swinging; jelly swimming; and spider-web battling. Sadly for him, this bug hasn't learned to not die very regularly indeed. Playing against your dead ghosts after repeated failure therefore remains as both a clever means of encouragement and a reminder of the ineptitude of your sausage thumbs.

Mos

35. Osmos (£2.29)

This superb arcade puzzler is at times microscopic and at others galactic in nature, as you use the power of physics and time to move your 'mote' about. Some levels in Osmos are primordial soup, the mote propelled by ejecting bits of itself, all the while aiming to absorb everything around it; elsewhere, motes circle sun-like 'Attractors', and your challenge becomes one of understanding the intersecting trajectories of orbital paths.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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36. Rayman Fiesta Run (£2.29)

The iOS Rayman games are considered by some to be reductive, overly simplifying console-style platforming to an instant runner with bells on. We instead consider Ubisoft's games distilled: they take the essence of platforming action — running, jumping, timing — and make it truly fit for mobile. Smart, varied level and character design, along with a well-considered unlock mechanism, ensure Rayman Fiesta Run's an iOS classic.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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37. Hearthstone (free)

Yes, the insanely popular online card game Hearthstone has been squashed down to fit your iPhone screen - and it works surprisingly well. With less space to play with, the creators have rejigged the deisign slightly; it's still the same game, just a bit more considerate to your thumbs. It's also still compatible with the tablet and desktop versions so you'll be able to play against your friends on the move. Requires at least an iPhone 4S or 5th generation iPod Touch.

Hearthstone

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38. RGB Express ($2.99/£2.29)

RGB Express is seemingly set in some kind of courier's clockwork hell. Little vans must pick up packages and drop them off, colour-matching vehicles, boxes and buildings where appropriate. To complicate matters, roads can be used only once. What follows is a brain-bending game of route finding as you attempt to grow your tiny delivery company.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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39. Ridiculous Fishing (£2.29)

If Ridiculous Fishing is what fishing's really like, we've been missing out all these years. An angular fisherman casts his line into the inky gloom, where you cunningly avoid fish by tilting your device. Snag one and the hero reels the line back in, and you jerk your iPhone from side to side, aiming to catch as many fish as possible. At the surface, the catch is flung into the sky, to be blasted to pieces by powerful weaponry. Longevity's secured by an amusing in-game store and social network parody, along with several fishing spots to visit.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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40. SpellTower ($1.99/£1.49)

SpellTower is a fantastic word game that starts off easy. You get a grid of letters and remove them by dragging out words. Your only foe is gravity, letters falling into empty space as completed words disappear. But then come new modes, with ferocious timers and numbered letters that won't vanish unless you craft long enough words. And there always seem to be too many Vs!

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41. Super Hexagon (£2.29)

Ah, Super Hexagon. We remember that punishing first game, which must have lasted all of three seconds. Much like the next — and the next. But then we recognised patterns in the walls that closed in on our tiny ship, and learned to react and dodge. Then you threw increasingly tough difficulty levels at us, and we've been smitten ever since.

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42. Lara Croft GO (£3.99/$4.99/AU$6.49)

Lara Croft

Following in the footsteps of Hitman GO, which astonishingly managed to transform that series into an adorable board game, Lara Croft GO reworks the adventures of the world's most famous tomb raider. It's another turn-based affair, with lashings of atmosphere, finding Lara carefully working her way past traps crafted by an ancient civilisation with a penchant for blocky design and elaborate moving parts.

There are also lots of snakes and deadly lizards about, which she's quite keen on shooting in the head. The five chapters are quite brief, but savour the game rather than blazing through, and you'll find something that merges early Tomb Raider's sense of adventure and solitude, Monument Valley-level beauty, and bite-sized touchscreen gaming that's perfect for iPhone.

43. Horizon Chase ($2.99/£2.29)

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Time was racing games were all about ludicrous speed, gorgeous graphics, and the sheer rush of weaving through a sea of cars to the finish line. Horizon Chase briefly reverses back to such halcyon days, grabs the best bits from the likes of Lotus and Top Gear, before zooming back to the present as a thoroughly modern arcade racer.

It looks gorgeous, with some stunning weather effects, and an odd but pleasing low-poly roadside-object style; it sounds great with veteran games musician Barry Leitch on soundtrack duties; but most importantly, it handles perfectly, and is a joy until the very last track.

44. Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (£3.99)

Apple's mobile platform has become an unlikely home for traditional point-and-click adventures. Sword & Sworcery has long been a favourite, with its sense of mystery, palpable atmosphere, gorgeous pixel art and evocative soundtrack. Exploratory in nature, this is a true /adventure/ in the real sense of the word, and it's absolutely not to be missed.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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45. Threes! ($1.99/£1.49)

Threes! is all about matching numbered cards. 1s and 2s merge to make 3s, and then pairs of identical cards can subsequently be merged, doubling their face value. With each swipe, a new card enters the tiny grid, forcing you to carefully manage your growing collection, and think many moves ahead. The ingenious mix of risk and reward makes it hugely frustrating when you're a fraction from an elusive 1536 card, but so addictive you'll immediately want another go.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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46. TouchTone ($2.99/£2.29)

There are two sides to TouchTone. The foundation is a topical story about intercepting communications, ostensibly to make the world safer. The game itself involves reflecting signals to receivers, using a tiled grid where every item on a row or column moves as one. The story gives you added impetus to keep going, even when you've been racking your brains for days to come up with a solution to a particular puzzle.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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47. Traps n' Gemstones ($4.99/£3.99)

There's some superb level design in this touchscreen take on Metroid, with you helping a tiny explorer bound about a pyramid. There are gems to collect, critters to kill and secret areas to unlock via the magic of cunning object placement. Equally cunning is the scoring mechanism – it resets on every death, unlike progress, which always continues. This means casual gamers can gradually work through the quest while the hardcore aim to get every gem in a single sitting.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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48. Walking Dead (free)

We do like a good zombie yarn, as long as we're not the subject matter, having just had our brains eaten. Walking Dead successfully jumped from comic to TV screen, and it's just as good in its interactive incarnation. The first part of the story is free, and you can then buy new episodes; if you survive, season 2 is also available.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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49. Year Walk (£2.99)

Year Walk preceded the same developer's iOS masterpiece Device 6, but is equally daring. It's a first-person adventure of sorts, with more than a nod towards horror literature and, frankly, the just plain weird. It's unsettling, clever, distinctive and beautifully crafted — another unmissable and original touchscreen creation.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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50. Zen Bound 2 (£2.29)

One of the most tactile puzzlers around, Zen Bound 2 doesn't sound terribly exciting, in that you're wrapping sculptures in rope. But the atmosphere and polish combine with a nagging percentage bar, urging you to perfect each level. With no time limit, it's one of the more soothing puzzlers in this round-up, but it also never drifts towards the noodle.

50 best iPhone games 2015

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Source: TechRadar.com







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