Cell phone games have come a long way since Snake, Tetris, and Asteroids were the latest, greatest options on the small screen. Despite how fun those early options were at the time, the choices for gaming apps today are far more advanced and engaging. And the great news is, gaming apps only advance and grow larger in number by the day.
Whether you are into role playing games, racing, problem solving games, or just want to hit buildings with birds, there is a game for you. In particular, the iPhone is filled with excellent gaming apps to keep you entertained in any setting. With all the options, though, some suggestions for what apps to download could be helpful. Here are the 10 best iPhone game apps.
As a member of the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, this game features the same great physics based puzzles that we’ve come to expect from creator Rovio Entertainment. Where Angry Birds Star Wars featured game play tied to the original trilogy, this sequel is based on the prequel trilogy—Episodes 1-3—and contains characters and settings related to those films.
A nice update for the Angry Birds franchise is that players can actually choose which character they want to use—any available bird or pig, from either the Light Side or the Pork Side—as opposed to a pre-determined animal. Because some players are more powerful than others—like Darth Vader, for example—some players can rush through the entire game in under an hour. Overall, though, the game is an entertaining one.
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As the title suggests, Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption is ridiculous. But it’s also loads of fun. In this game, the player—as the fisherman “Billy”—casts the fishing line and tilts the iPhone to hook fish in the ocean as the lure ascends to the surface. Once the hooked fish surface, the fish fly into the air and the player then shoots as many fish as possible by tapping the screen furiously. The more fish that are shot, the more money the player earns. Between tilting, tapping, and catching the “right” fish, players often find this game simple yet addictive.
Asphalt 8: Airborne, an excellent 3-D game also talked about here, is Gameloft’s latest racing game in their highly successful Asphalt series. Using a combination of tilts, on screen icons, on screen controls, and tap functions, players race through 180 events spread over 8 seasons by themselves or against competitors. Although it has fantasy elements, the game succeeds in looking and feeling like console-style racing titles.
Unlike previous titles in the Asphalt series, the emphasis in this game is jumps—standard jumps, flat spins, and barrel rolls—and the longer the airtime, the more boost potential. With a combination of making the right jumps, taking the right shortcuts, crashing your opponents, and using quick fingers on the boost, it’s easy to succeed in the game and get hooked.
Although the game is a little more on the expensive side—$6.99—players get what they pay for. In this first-person shooter, Activision raises the bar on not only its own Call of Duty series, but the first-person shooter competition as a whole. The story is typically over-the-top, the graphics look great, and the game play is superb.
This game adds the option of taking the standard first-person view during game play or an overhead, “top-down” view that gives the player more of a “tactical perspective” on the action. With this second option, players can play the entire game from the overhead view, from the standard view, or between both of them at her leisure. It’s a refreshing twist on the first-player shooters.
Recently released is ZeptoLab’s excellent game Cut the Rope 2. As the first true sequel to 2010’s Cut the Rope, this title improves upon the original in almost every way. The same great physics-based puzzles define the game, but the increased emphasis on story and a more pliable environment add to the overall gaming experience.
The goal is still to “cut the rope” and manipulate the environment to feed candy to the adorable OmNom, but new helper monsters make that task even more rewarding. For only $0.99, you get access to 120 levels and hours of fun—that’s money well spent!
Late last year, Rockstar Games brought their game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the iPhone. Thankfully for fans, the game comes with all the same rampage from the console version and more. The mobile version features the same game play and storyline of its forerunner, but includes remastered graphics, greater rendering distances, an advanced color palette, and improved characters and car models.
The difficulty level is reduced somewhat, allowing for game play in shorter, more mobile settings. If the Grand Theft Auto series is up your alley, this mobile game will more than meet your mobile needs.
Metro Trains Melbourne’s Dumb Ways to Die is free, but would still be worth almost any price in the App Store. Concerned mostly with hilarious characters and trivial goals, this game is comprised of a series of mini-games. Played in rapid succession, the games allows users to rack up points and unlock new characters.
Truly, “success” in the game is trivial at best. But with games where you “Defend the Private Parts” from attacking piranhas, add mustard to a hotdog, or move characters back from an oncoming train, the games are simple and more entertaining than options in many other apps.
In the final installment of Chair Entertainment and Epic Games’ Infinity Blade series, Infinity Blade III ends the excellent action role-playing series in grand fashion. With its superb graphics, larger world, bigger “quest,” added playable characters, and additional items and equipment, the game improved upon everything the original Blade did. As an added bonus, the touch screen game play also feels improved. Designed to be played at length or in short increments, in single player or in multiplayer mode, this game keeps even the casual gamer hooked.
For traditional racing fans, Real Racing 3 is the definitive racing game. Seeking to create an authentic racing experience, the game has improved controls and game play to advance upon not only older Real Racing titles, but most other mobile racing games, too. The customization and photo options in the game are a nice bonus, helping to make the game play truly unique to each user. Numerous races are available and the newly improved multiplayer mode can accommodate up to 4 players. The Real Racing series was already good, but now it gotten even better.
Middle Manager of Justice takes the reality that many players face—a standard, corporate job full of unrelenting routine—and pairs it with superhero fantasy. In the game, the user plays as a middle manager who hires, trains, and organizes a group of superheroes who are to punch a plethora of antagonists. So, instead of punching a clock, these employees punch evil-doers. The game is shallow, but fun…if only because the player can pretend this is real life.
Viviana Woodbury is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about app development. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to Viviana.Woodbury@gmail.com.