Listing the best iPhone games has never been harder. iPhone gaming has taken off in a big way, and is changing the entire industry, with thousands of cheaply avaialble titles available on the App Store.
Since the arrival of Apple's first smartphone and the introduction of the App Store the titles available have grown steadily more impressive. Now, you can grab a Bluetooth controller, sit back and play a game that's good as some console releases a few years ago. We've come a long way since Snake on the Nokia 3310.
We've done the hard work for you by picking out the iPhone games apps that we love the most. So get up your iPhone, free up some space, and start downloading.
Old-school retro nods aplenty, fun gameplay and fantastic pixel art - Rex Rocket is the 2D platformer iOS has been waiting for. There's plenty of jumping, shooting, dodging and point collecting to upgrade your arsenal, plenty of levels to explore and a control system that doesn't take an age to get used to. And the soundtrack is catchy to, plug in your headphones and you'll truly appreciate it. A must download.
£1.49 | Download Rex Rocket
Does Not Commute
A game about a morning commute - yeh, we know, it’s not the most exciting concept. But, it’s actually a rather addictive driving game with a slick visual style and pick-up-and-play gameplay. The basic premise is simple - you have to guide a variety of towns folk from one place to another, avoiding obstacles and arriving before the timer runs out. It does start off very easy, to easy in-fact, but give it time and the new objectives increase the difficulty. You’ll unlock new areas as you progress, though our only slight niggle is that everything always feels quite ‘samey’. But, it’s free and the IAP do seem avoidable.
Free | Download Does Not Commute
Didn’t know Amazon made games? Well, you do now. It's had some titles available for a while on the brand’s ill-fated, and frankly awful, Fire Phone but seeing as no-one actually bought that phone, no one’s really played them. Thankfully, it’s now bringing them out for iOS and if you’re a fan of spooky horror games, you’re in for a treat.
Set, like all psychological horror games seem to be, in an ‘about to be demolished insane asylum’, you play as a policer officer sweeping the area for dodgy goings-on. Everything is very dark and eerie, creatures go bang and it’s all rather jumpy. We’d advise sticking with something else on your evening commute home.
It all looks very good, gameplay consists of avoiding monsters and getting safely through the asylum and the controls get a thumbs up from us.
£4.99 | Download Lost Within
Tales From The Borderlands
From Telltale games, the team behind The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands is a spin-off from the Borderlands console series and takes place on the planet of Pandora. It’s spread over five episodes and looks fantastic, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus. Gameplay is smooth too and the story has plenty of nods to other games in the Borderlands series.
£2.99 | Download
One of the finest looking games to ever grace iOS, Leo’s Fortune is a classic platforming adventure wherein you must recover the titular character’s gold that has been stolen. From the beautifully designed levels, to the addictive gameplay, this is a game that you’ll keep coming back too.
99p | Download
GTA: Chinatown Wars
While it’s not technically a new game, GTA’s top down spin-off has just been given a massive update, with all new high-res graphics that look great on the iPhone 6 Plus, making it definitely worth a download if you’ve not played it before. The cartoon styled graphics look slick, the gameplay is fun and the story is pretty interesting too.
£1.99 | Download
Another quiz show tie in here, this time for ITV’s The Chase. Just like Blockbusters, the app is a faithful recreation of the show, which great visual, loads of questions and extra packs for additional download.
£1.49 | Download
Blockbusters Official Gameshow
A faithful recreation of the classic American gameshow, with plenty of questions and a great mix of classic sounds and visuals. Extra question packs can be purchased separately including dedicated ones for football, celebrities, film and music.
99p | Download
Boasting a pretty unique style of gameplay, FRAMED is tale of sleuthing presented as a comic book, with you rearranging segments of the story so it all fits together. It’s part puzzle, part narrative, but completely engrossing and beautiful to look at.
£2.99 | Download
Football Manager Handheld 2015
Possibly the most addictive game on PC is once again shrunk down to become one of most addictive games on iOS. The updated 2015 edition brings with it a host of additions, including the super useful cloud save, which lets you start a game on an iPhone and continue playing on an iPad. The entire interface has been given an overhaul, though we think it still looks a little cartoonish compared to the full version and everything runs a bit smoother than last year.
£6.99 | Download
Completely rebuilt using Apple’s Metal gaming engine and taking full advantage of the A8 processor in the iPhone, this title may look all cutesy and aimed at kids, but it packs a punch when it comes to performance and graphics.
Free | Download
Call of Duty Heroes
Unlike the regular Call of Duty games, Heroes ditches the fps action and goes instead with a strategic style. You can take control of classic COD characters, fly drones, build up your base and unleash lethal killstreaks - it’s a lot of fun.
Free | Download
Flick Soccer 15
While this style of football game has been around since the early days of the App Store, we still find it super addictive. The premise is basic - flick the ball and bend it like Beckham around the defenders and keeper and hit the target.
Free | Download
Showcased at the iPhone reveal in September, Vainglory is one of the first games to really take advantage of the power possessed by the iPhone 6. The hack ‘n’ slash online battle arena style game pushes the A8 processor to provide smooth, 60fps gameplay and sleek, detailed graphics.
Free | Download
There are so many ‘console quality’ games on the App Store these days, though loads of them have the same issue – the controls are a pain. Thankfully Republique has no such issues, due to a new control system that eliminates the on screen controls for swipes and gestures. Similar to the Walking Dead, this takes the episodic content approach, giving you snippets of action over a ‘series’. The graphics are great and it manages to create a really strong atmosphere.
£2.99 (£10.49 for season pass) | Download Republique
Walking Dead: Season Two
Winning a shed load of end of year awards, the first season of the Walking Dead was a real surprise hit, appearing on almost all platforms by the end of its tenure. Season Two is more the same, with a new story and more places to explore. We love the comic book style presentation, but the immersive depth the writing brings is such a rarity for a smartphone game. As before, you’ll get episode 1 straight away, but you’ll need to wait, and pay more, for added episodes.
Cut the Rope 2
Just as enchanting as the original, but with a sharper visual style and more variety in the puzzles on offer, Cut the Rope 2 is a worthy sequel and one that fits perfectly on the iPhone. This time around power-ups help when things get a little tricky and you customise the lovable Nom with added bling.
69p | Download Cut the Rope 2
GTA: San Andreas
Completely remastered, with high-res graphics built just for mobile and three different ways of control, GTA: San Andreas roars onto the iPhone like the gaming juggernaut it deserves to be. Replay Carl Johnson’s epic story, attempt the host of side missions or just drive around, listening to the radio. It pretty amazing how such a massive game has been ported so well to play fluidly on an iPhone.
Inspired by spy mysteries of old, this text based thriller is jammed full of mind bending puzzles that unravel slowly, yet live long in the memory. Solve these puzzles by gathering audio and visual clues and find out who the man in the bowler hat really is.
£2.49 | Download Device 6
We were massive fans of the rebooted Tomb Raider when it was released earlier this year on consoles, but nothing quite matches up to the original, which is now available for the iPhone. Whip out those dual pistols once again and take Lara Croft on an adventure through constantly varying locations and environments, meeting a whole load of memorable characters along way. 69p for a whole heap of nostalgia is a bargain.
Oceanhorn really shows how far mobile gaming has come as it packs a fully featured RPG with excellent visuals, a strong storyline and deep gameplay all into an app you can play on the train home. Master swords & magic and explore around the open world, all with intuitive controls that fit the touchscreen perfectly.
£5.99 |Download Oceanhorn
Asphalt 8 Airborne
The Asphalt games really push Apple’s hardware to its limit – packing lovely looking visuals along with stellar gameplay. The latest addition, Airborne, takes the graphics to another level, while also adding some fun additions to the gameplay. Your car can now soar through the air, swirling and twisting as it goes – like something out of SSX.
Price: 69p | Download Asphalt 8 Airborne
Call of Duty: Strike Team
Seamlessly blending typical COD first person action with strategic third person gameplay, Strike Team offers a different take on a Call of Duty game. There’s a full single-player campaign and a leader board driven survival mode, both taking place across various locations throughout the world. Visuals are impressive and the third person perspective feels great to control on the touchscreen.
Price: £4.99 | Download Call of Duty: Strike Team
While the iOS App Store is crammed full of racing titles, 2K Drive looks to ditch the predictable arcade style and go for something a whole lot more true to life. Handling is smooth and realistic, cars can be tweaked and upgraded and the graphics definitely deserve to be labelled ‘console quality’.
Price: £4.99 | Download 2K Drive
A twist on the classic game, Tetris Blitz adds in a two minute time limit, ensuring each round is a feverish mix of tapping and guiding blocks into place. A variety of power-ups add more excitement and online leaderboards make for some fierce competition.
Free | Download Tetris Blitz
Dots is super simple – all you have to do is join up coloured circles, yet it is very addictive and you’ll be constantly trying to improve on your high score. It looks great too, with a distinctive style that’ll fit well with iOS7. Games don’t get much simpler, and more fun, than this.
Free | Download Dots
Draw Something 2
If you’re a fan of those classic, Christmas day games of Pictionary, then you’ll love Draw Something 2. With over 5,000 more words than its predecessor, a load of new pens and the ability to follow celebrities, this is a decent sequel, though we’d be surprised if it managed to capture the audience of the original.
Price: 69p | Download Draw Something 2
First Touch Soccer 2014
Packing a huge amount of features, including a manager mode, over 180 teams and a nifty ultra-realistic First Touch mechanic, this is a great footy game to kick off the season with.
Madden NFL 25
EA has gone all freemium for iOS games, with the latest Madden game requiring no initial payment, yet prepare for constant badgering about topping-up your energy with In App Purchases. This issue aside, the graphics have been greatly improved, Ultimate Team is a fun mode and the controls are easy to use.
Free | Download Madden NFL 25
Plants vs Zombies 2
Super addictive, this tower defence style game gets devilishly difficult as you progress through, yet you won’t be able to put it down. The cartoon graphics, depicting both the zombies and the plants are colourful and fun, while the gameplay is smooth and is a perfect fit for a touchscreen.
Free | Download Plants vs Zombies 2
An indie classic, Terraria has finally hit iOS, bringing its quirky, adventure driven gameplay to mobile. With over 75 monsters to battle, 200 different items to craft and 12 environments to explore, this is a sure-fire way to miss your stop on the train.
Price: £2.99 | Download Terraria
A bit of classic princess-fetching courtesy of Rovio. Sneak your way through six cutesy, medieval levels, and use your brain to outsmart enemies and puzzles along the way. Genuinely funny, and one of the most charming games to hit iOS in a long time.
Price: £1.99 | Download Tiny Thief iPhone app
Beautiful and haunting in equal measure, Limbo was one of 2010's unmissable games and has been welcomed with open arms to iOS. Navigate a series of puzzles and fatal traps as you traverse the forests and crumbling cities of Limbo, in a search for your missing sister. Looks absolutely stunning on Retina displays.
Price: £2.99 | Download Limbo iPhone app
Designed with visual intensity in mind, this game will utilise the power of the iPhone 5 and harness it for a fantastic gaming experience. Run, jump and climb in HD quality. Get lost in a free-runners dream, and don’t look down.
Price: £0.69 | Download Mirror's Edge iPhone app
The side-scroller reminds us of Chillingo's Contre Jour with its dark visuals and not only does it look the part it plays brilliantly as well. Leading bird-like creatures through the levels avoiding the many obstacle on the way it's a game of sacrifice where you only need one member of your flock to survive and get through some complex but satisfying levels.
Price: £2.49 | Download Badland Phone app
Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
Fishing with Guns? No, it’s not a brilliant Alan Partridge TV programme idea but a gem of a game that tests your casting skills avoiding fish on the way down, grabbing them on your hook on the way up and then shooting your catch as they fly up in the air. It lives up to its ridiculous name but it's definitely an iPhone game you should be reeling in.
Street Fighter X Tekken
There were fears, but this would-be button masher feels perfectly at home in it’s new touch screen housing. It’s fluid, it’s fast and it may well be the best looking mobile fighter to date. Although it only has a small roster, the game’s online matches will provide endless hours of gameplay to compensate.
Price: £1.99 | Availability: Download street Fighter X Tekken iPhone app
Real Racing 3
With realtime reflections and graphics that wouldn’t look out of place on a home console, Real Racing 3 is stunning proof of the real power of the iPhone 5. It also features “Time-shift multiplayer”, which means you can challenge a friend one day, and then race their ghost the next.
Price: Free | Download Real Racing 3 iPhone app
Minecraft - Pocket Edition
The PC and XBLA smash is perhaps one of the more logical ports to a smartphone or tablet and has since been optimised for the next generation iPad so you can immerse yourself in Minecraft's open worlds. If you've never played before, just remember how happy you were when you first played with Lego.
Price: £4.99 | Download Minecraft – Pocket Edition iPhone app
The quintessential, rock-hard arcade shooter and coin-thief returns to an iOS device near you. Undoubtedly one of the toughest games ever made, the remake for iOS is no different and may have you wanting to chuck your precious iPhone at a wall (don't, by the way), in part due to the slightly smushy touch-screen controls. Despite that, it's still a faithful recreation and well worth a look if you're nostalgic for the 80s.
Price: £1.49 | Download R-Type iPhone app
The town-building game where you are also tasked with repopulating the planet by cloning and gene-splicing, has cutesy pixel art and if you are impatient to wait for new buildings to be erected you can open up the wallet and see your utopian universe blossom in seconds rather than minutes.
Price: Free |Download Pixel People iPhone app
The slick endless runner takes you up to the rooftops testing your parkour-style skills to evade ‘Big Brother’ from returning you to a life where you do as you’re told. There's new moves to unlock and the Canabalt-esque gameplay should quickly convert Temple Run lovers.
Price: Free | Download Vector iPhone app
Asphalt 7: Heat
Gameloft's latest road racer continues the evolution of the franchise in spectacular style, adding over 60 cars from genuine manufacturers like Aston Martin and Lamborghini, online multiplayer for up to 6 players and bleeding-edge graphics that give even the likes of Real Racing 3 a run for its money.
Price: £0.69 | Availability: Download Asphalt 7: Heat iPhone app
Few game’s ask you to change your perspective on the world, but NightSkyis one of them. Navigating a large black sphere across 11 levels that are permanently stuck at sunset, your task is to swipe, tap and even push your way through the physics based puzzles in a game that beautifully blends a intuitive control system with slick visuals.
Price: £2.99 | Download Nightsky iPhone app
Blockheads and Minecraft have one difference. Side scrolling. But don’t let that put you off. Magic Jungle’s entry into the increasingly competitive world of mine’em up’s is every bit as good, if not better than Mojang’s 2011 phenomenon. The added bonus being the much better controls for the iPhone than that other digging game.
Price: Free | Download Blockheads iPhone app
Super Stickman Golf 2
Featuring pin wheels, power-up hats and magnets this Stickman sequel has even more ridiculous courses than the first game and features turn-based multiplayer and a race mode for up to 8 players. It's more crazy golf than the baggy trousers club swinging but it's brilliant nonetheless.
Price: £0.69 | Download Super Stickman Golf 2 iPhone app
Ex-Bioware developer Henry Smith serves up this co-op play gem where the only way you can save your ship from going down is by flicking the right switches or sliders on a control panel. If you can't see the buttons, you'll need to bark orders to find out who has and by working as a team you can savour the 80s sci-fi film-style ending.
Price: Free | Download Spaceteam iPhone app
Released on the PlayStation Network back in 2010 and then on Xbox Live Arcade, daredevil Joe Danger brings his stunt biking antics to the iPhone with over 50 levels to play through and 30 new characters to unlock all optimised specifically for touch screen control.
Price: £1.99 | Download Joe Danger iPhone app
Angry Birds Star Wars
We've lost track at how many spin-offs there have been, but it's hard to ignore one when the Force is on board to shift a few million more downloads. Jedi-cloak wearing fouls use lightsabres, forcefields and the odd laser gun to blast through Empire-themed constructions housing green pigs. A lot of the birds have been designed to look like the film's most iconic characters and some of the levels are even based around scenes from the original films to ensure this is no half baked merging of two huge franchises.
Price: £0.69 | Download Angry Birds Star Wars
Fancy Pants Adventures
If you’ve played the Flash version of the game, you’ll know all about the addictive doodling platformer. For those new to all things Pants Man, your quest is to rescue your little sister Cutie Pants who has been captured by pirates sliding at speed through levels a bit like you used to do with Sonic.
Beat Sneak Bandit
Part rhythm action, part platform puzzler, this lovingly animated gem has you rescuing clocks by tapping your sneaky route to loopy beats. It's original gaming on the iPhone with not an Angry Bird in sight.
Price: £1.99 | Download Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone app
Football Manager Handheld 2013
The relationship-ending management sim is back adding more playable leagues, a more intuitive way to compare players, improved media interaction and the ability to promote through the ranks if the board is being tight with the budget.
Sqaure Enix ports the role-player clasic about an Intrepid Group of Youths Out to Save the World that spans over 50 hours of jumping through different ages with additional content from the DS remake thrown in to help the action go a little longer.
Fade: Case of the Stolen Diamonds
Set in the 1930's with a mouse detective named Pete as the central character, this puzzler makes the most of the iPhone’s simple gesture controls to swipe away obstacles so that Pete can get a bit closer to the pesky diamond thief. Collect enough of the precious jewels throughout the game, and unlock more bonus levels in black and white.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Driving games are a dime a dozen on the App Store but thanks to Real Racing creators Firemonkeys, Most Wanted is a visually slick racer that boasts great controls and a more map based Fairhaven over the open world environment used in the console version. Nonetheless, there's 35 cars to unlock and you can raise that Wanted level for some time before you feel the need to delve into the murky world of in-app purchases.
Price: £2.99 | Download Need for Speed Most Wanted iPhone app
Into the Dead
Making zombie-dodging as frantic and tense as it should be, this endless running action serves up great visuals as you fight your way to safety with a host of control systems to escape the clutches of the undead. There's additional weapons to earn and in-app purchases to unlock more modes to keep the atmospheric action going.
Price: Free | Download Into the Dead iPhone app
If you like mobile gaming with serious 8-bit styling, this side-scrolling gem comprises of frantically running through levels upper-cutting and jabbing your way through hordes of enemies and defeating bosses with plenty of content to unlock on the way. Disappointingly, it’s now gone from free to a paid-for title, but it’s a small price to pay to punch the hell out of stuff.
Price: £0.69 | Download Punch Quest iPhone app
Narrowly missing out on our round-up of the best football apps, Fluid Football is like the perfect blend of New Star Soccer, Score Great Goals and Flick Kick as you try to make the right tactical decisions in different football scenarios. It’s got the backing of former Sky Sports pundits Andy Gray and Richard Keys, but don’t let that dissuade you from downloading it from the App Store.
Price: Free | Download Fluid Football iPhone app
For those who have little time for cut-scenes and complex narratives, this straight-laced shooter is one of the best of its kind on the App Store and looks the part too. Controlling a robot soldier to take on hordes of droids to find out the truth about his human owner, Epoch runs on the Unreal graphics engine which ensures it's a visual feast on the eyes and takes full advantage of the iPhone's processor power..
New Star Soccer
One of the biggest iOS gaming hits of 2012, this simple but epic uber-addictive footie sim is like Football Manager, Sensible Soccer and Be A Pro mode from FIFA all beautifully moulded into a Spectrum-esque touch romp that you will truly struggle to put back down. In-app purchases will make the beautiful game go longer, but it is well worth the money.
Price: Free | Download New Star Soccer iPhone app
Chaos Rings II
Into the third instalment of the Chaos saga, the App Store exclusive may cost more than your most iPhone games, but with Final Fantasy-makers Square Enix on board you can expect an engaging story line, gorgeous visuals and more turn-based battles to make it worh the investment.
Score Classic Goals
Think Phoenix from the Flames from Fantasy Football League but on your iPhone, Score Classic goals involves drawing the correct path for 80 famous strikes and being marked how well you remember the goals. Expect to re-live Michael Owen’s wonder goal against Argentina from the 1998 World Cup and Gazza’s stunner against Scotland in Euro 1996.
Price: £0.69 | Download Score Classic goals iPhone app
Let's Golf 3
Back for a third instalment, break once again from the reality with some cartoonish-based golfing action.There's four game modes which includes Match Play and Closest to the Pin and like Let's Golf 1 and 2, features the craziest locations to pull out your clubs for a quick round. Giolf on the moon anyone?
Price: Free |Download Let's Golf 3 iPhone app now
Possibly one of the most unique games to land onto the App Store, Crow is an adventure game that mixes RPG elements and on the rails battling all set against stunning looking backdrop. Playing as the main character 'crow', you task is to seek out and destroy spiritual guardians. If you don’t fancy a fight though, you can happily soar around the sky and soak up the beautiful scenery instead.
Price: £1.99 | Download Crow iPhone app
If the phrases, 'He's on fire!' or 'Kaboom' strike a chord, you'll have been happy to see the arcade/console B-ball classic arrive on the App Store this year. There's multiplayer action over Wi-Fi, the option to take the likes of 90s NBA duo Stockton and Malone all the way to the championships, plus the all important array of outlandish slam dunking moves.
Price: £0.69 | Download NBA Jam iPhone app
Instantly recognisable for lovers of Bejeweled, Tetris or Columns, Liqua Pop brings a fresh new take to the match-colours puzzle genre. Link the bubbles, blow them up by shaking your phone and free the trapped bugs which can either aid your quest, or hinder you – hours of fun with no back-story to get in the way…
Price: £0.69 | Download Liqua Pop iPhone app
Fight Night Champion
Test your slogging skills with great touchscreen controls that make it easy enough to put together a flurry of combinations. The likes of Ali, Bernard Hopkins, and Manny Pacquiao all feature and with multiplayer action over Wi-Fi, it is going to take some beating to top this boxing iPhone great.
The premise is simple: use your finger in quick strokes on the touchscreen to guide your ninja blade and carve up a never-ending barrage of colourful fruit being launched from the bottom of the screen. There's enough modes to bring variety to your fruit slicing, with multiplayer support taking your swordsmanship worldwide.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
Undeniably the finest war-themed first person shooter on the iPhone, Gameloft serves up 13 gruelling theatres of war across Europe, America and the Middle-East, to test your firing skills. There is multiplayer support for up to 12 players and it is probably the closest to Call of Duty you can get on your iPhone at the moment.
Price: £4.99 | Download Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation iPhone app
Batman Arkham City Lockdown
Rocksteady has done wonders with the console version, and this one-on-one battler is not too shabby either. It's got an Infinity Blade feel about it, as you take on Gotham City’s most villainous, and powered by the Unreal engine is no slouch in the graphics department.
Price: £3.99 | Download Batman Arkham City Lockdown iPhone app
Words with Friends
So addictive even Alec Baldwin couldn't put it down, find out which of your friends really used to read the dictionary as a child. The turn based title has push notification support to let you know when it is your go, and access across all iOS devices so you can continue your game on an iPad or iPod Touch.
Price: £1.99 | Download Words with Friends iPhone app
Apple voted it as its iPhone game of the year, pipping the equally addictive Tiny Wings to top spot. Building from the ground up, it's up to you whether you have a residential floor directly below a laundromat in the quest to turn your construction into cash. Best of all? It won't cost you a penny to play it.
Price: Free | Download the Tiny Tower iPhone app
Also in the close running for 2011 iPhone game of the year, excellent game physics means you can pull off killer moves in Touchgrind BMX while there's enough lockable bikes and locations to keep your digits busy. For your most memorable moments, you can save replays and watch back on your telly for extra gloating points.
Price: £2.99 | Download the Touchgrind BMX iPhone app
A personal favourite of T3's very own Matt Hill, the unashamedly psychedelic outing which has a Tiny Wings feel about it requires gamers to control a cartoon whale as he consumes bubbles and stars.There's a soundtrack provided by Super Furry Animals’ head honcho Gruff Rhys and is one of the best one-hand-bandit' games on the iPhone.
Drop 7 by Zynga
Puzzlers are a dime a dozen, but what makes Drop 7 stand out from the app crowd is that every move really requires you to have your thinking cap on. The aim of the game is to drop numbered discs into a grid as you watch them explode when the number of discs in a column or row matches numbers on the discs. While it might not be the prettiest, it makes up for it in terms of playability.
Bring me Sandwiches
As a poor fast food drone your job is simple, feed the famished aliens that have invaded your planet. This 2D side on platformer takes you to five different locations where you'll be required to make sarnies without spillages. It's got great graphics and all the casual appeal that makes it perfect for playing on the way to work.
Deep Green Chess
The 'thinking mans' game appears in many guises on the App Store, but Deep Green Chess sets itself apart from the rest by keeping things simple. The interface is clean and elegant, letting you jump straight into the action making it an iPhone essential for Chess fans.
Think Cut the Rope but with stellar looks, Contre Jour (translated to against daylight) caught T3's eye when it was first shown off at E3 and we've been playing it ever since. Controlling a slinky creature called Petit, you can manipulate elements of the environment to achieve your goal all with one of the most gorgeous soundtracks playing in the background.
Price: £0.69 | Download Contre Jour iPhone app now
Cut the Rope
Physics can actually be fun. iPhone gamers can now add Chillingo’s sublime Cut The Rope to that list of mobile casual classics. As with those other titles, the goal and objective in the game could not be simpler. Cut the rope to feed the monster. A must buy.
Price: £0.59 | Download Cut the Rope now
Geometry Wars Touch
Around on the App Store for some time, the no nonsense recreation of the Bizarre Creations’ Xbox 360 Arcade title has the kind of fiddly controls that you'll soon get to grips with plus an iPhone exclusive ‘Titans’ mode to keep you going back for more.
I Must Run
Sometimes simplicity is the key to a great mobile game and in I Must Run, that is definitely the case. Sprinting over and around sewers and suburbs is the aim of the game, and with smooth animations, in-game purchases and a new endless mode it's a firm favourite in the T3 offices.
Infinity Blade II
Graphically, the first Infinity Blade was head and shoulders above most iPhone games, and in its second outing visuals are similarly polished. It's much the same again as you battle your way through levels collecting gold and levelling up your character. It was buggy at launch but if you loved the first one, it's a no brainer buying part two.
Remember the days when snake was the only option you had to play games on your phone? Well Hard Lines harks back to those days throwing in neon looks, five extra modes and the playability that had you picking it up and playing it for 'just five minutes'.
Yes, it’s got birds in it, and they fly through the air, but that’s where the similarity ends. An amazingly addictive little game, Tiny Wings pits you against not only the landscape, but time as well. Flap your tiny wings and hit those hills just right, and soon…oops, where’s Sunday gone?
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sega’s spiky blue hog has made a couple of appearances on the App Store but it’s the arrival of T3’s favourite Sonic 2 that has us feeling all nostalgic inside. Retro gaming at its finest, Tails is on board to help stop Dr Eggman and with original levels in place and great on screen touch controls, this is a match made in mobile gaming heaven.
Price: £1.99 | Download Sonic the Hedgehog 2 iPhone app
GTA Chinatown Wars
Before GTA III, this Nintendo DS port was the route to getting your dose of carnage. Hustling your way around the huge open world of Liberty, the gangworld adventure implements the touchscreen controls perfectly making it a sure-fire hit and a sign of what is possible on the Apple smartphone.
Dark Nebula: Episode 2
The storyline is vague at best, but once you start controlling the disk-like vehicle called Brian through steamy jungles and glowing sci-fi, you'll soon start to get the sense that Dark Nebula: Episode is unlike most games currently floating around on the App Store. A great soundtrack adds to the overall game atmosphere with 20 levels to keep you intrigued and challenged.
NFL Pro 2012
Fans of pigskin-throwing will appreciate this American Football outing on the iPhone that boasts NFL licensing for player rosters and teams. There's over 200 plays to choose from and a Playbook editor, plus in-game purchases means you can buy your way to glory if you are struggling to get to grips with the gridiron.
Price: Free |Download NFL Pro 2012 iPhone app
Grand Theft Auto III
10 years on from the iconic sandbox title landing on the PlayStation 2, Rockstar Games has now brought the Liberty City carnage to the iPhone. Expect the same open-world environments, as you roam the streets with Flashback FM blaring in the background.
Price: £2.99 | Download Grand Theft Auto III iPhone app
We're all for originality and Papa Sangre has that in an abundance.With the soul of a loved one is danger, you must learn to navigate by sound, following a trail of musical notes past the perils of the afterlife to rescue your loved one’s soul. It's got amazing audio, and shows us what is capable if you don't just go and copy Angry Birds.
Price: £2.99 | Download Papa Sangre iPhone app now
Plants versus Zombies
It's been a great year for developers Popcap, having been bought up by gaming giants EA and this addictive tower defense game probably helped EA get on board. It's all about protecting your home from a zombie infestation with only a series of plants as a means of keeping the undead at bay. It's got a cartoonish charm, and is guaranteed to keep you busy for some time.
Price: £1.99 |Download Plants versus Zombies iPhone app
Blasting your rivals into millions of slimy pieces is a pleasure now extended to the iPhone platform. Pitting your wits against AI or up to four of your friends in multiplayer mode over Bluetooth, there's up to 50 challenges to unlock, which is sure to provide endless hours of comedy and entertainment.
If you thought this first person shooter looked good on the iPhone before, adding the new Retina Display to proceedings means rifling your machine gun in post-apocalyptic TV show surroundings now looks slicker than ever.
Clearly taking ‘inspiration’ from Gears of War, this big gun-toting shooter has impressive graphics courtesy of the Unity 3D engine, and surprisingly intuitive touchscreen controls that puts Shadowgun up there with Infinity Blade and Dead Space in terms of delivering a console-like experience.
A modern reinvention of Geoff Crammond’s 80s classic The Sentinel, you job is to disarm the laser armed CCTV camera before it burns you to a crisp. It's smartly designed with a range of obstacles such as toxic slime to contend with, which makes up for just the ten levels to sneak your way through.
Street Fighter IV
Capcom’s classic beat-em up was a welcome addition to the iPhone game fraternity. While the graphics were nothing to write home about, the most important features such as gameplay and an intuitive virtual control system, meant launching a tirade of hadoukens took you back to a time when a Game Center didn't even exist.
Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered
The iPhone already has its share of re-worked classics such as Square Enix’s Final Fantasy games and Capcom’s Street Fighter series, but it is the forgotten classics of yesteryear such as Revolution Software’s incredible Beneath a Steel Sky that are finding a whole new audience thanks to Apple’s smartphone.
It was the mighty Sega that originally convinced us that the idea of a video game based on sea-fishing could actually be rather a lot of fun, and while traditional ‘real-world’ anglers may scoff, ‘Fishing Kings’ is certainly one of the better games to be released on the iPhone in the last year or so.
Rightfully earning its place in Apple’s iPhone games of the year, harnessing the dual core processor prowess of the 4S, the slick graphics, smooth gameplay, atmosphere (as long as your headphones are in) makes it one of the best iPhone games on the App Store.
Developer FireMint’s Flight Control is an almost perfect iPhone game. It is very simple. Very easy to learn. And very, very addictive. All you have to do it to try to land airplanes by dragging your finger across the screen and ensuring they have the right landing path and don’t crash.
Call of Duty Zombies
The surprise extra that first appeared in COD World at War, made it onto the iPhone in 2011 with gameplay near identical to the console version. There’s three different control systems to help your zombie-blasting, but perhaps most importantly, multiplayer action over Wi-Fi.
Price: £2.99 | Link: Download Call of Duty Zombies iPhone app
One problem with iPhone gaming is the fact that many of the games on the platform have not been designed specifically to make use of the device’s smaller screen and touchscreen control. There are too many well-known console titles ported to iPhone that simply do not work and only serve to disappoint gamers. Thankfully, Jagex’s awesome new shmup StarCannon is not one of them.
Super Monkey Ball 2
Sega’s Super Monkey Ball, originally developed for the Nintendo GameCube back in the early noughties, was one of the first games available at the launch of the Apple iPhone 3G back in the summer of 2008. It very quickly became far and away one of our favourite and most-played handheld games of that year.
Adept Games’ Trixel is one of the most addictive puzzle games we have played in years. It is also a great example how Apple’s App Store has shaken up the game development scene – opening up opportunities for small and independent developers to take their games to a mass audience like never before.
Lego Harry Potter
The filming may have ended with Radcliffe, Watson and company all grown up, but you can still get your Potter fix of the Lego variety at least. The wand-blasting and block building gameplay is addictive as ever, and you can even get in a quick game of Quidditch. Just don't complain if your ball doesn't cross the line...
Price: £2.99 | Download Lego Harry Potter iPhone app
A fast-paced game with swipe controls so simple that even Wayne Rooney has mastered them, Temple Run puts you in the shoes of an Indiana Jones-like explorer who is desperately trying to escape a pack of angry apes. Unfortunately, he’ll never succeed in doing so as you keep running until you’re either burnt by fire, fall off the temple pathways, or are caught by the mob of primates. The addictive nature of the game will have you continually trying to beat that high score though.
Price: Free |Download Temple Run iPhone app
N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
The first person shooter is back for its third instalment packing a new graphics engine that makes it look as slick as ever. Our hero Kal Wadin is tasked with recovering a stolen artifact and there's hordes of aliens to plough through before you can get your hands on it. It's like a space age Call of Duty for your iPhone.
Price: £4.99 I Download N.O.V.A. 3 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance iPad app
Angry Birds Space
The pig-assassinating aim is the same, but with a big whiff of Mario Galaxy you can now use planetary orbits to bend trajectories. There’s 60 interplanetary levels from with more to follow and should push Angry Birds well over the billion download mark.
Price: £0.69 | Download Angry Birds Space iPhone app
Forget Words with Friends, there is a new social game phenomenon in town and it wants you to flaunt your artistic talents. The Pictionary-esque title gives you the words which you then need to draw and hope your friends can work them out just from your scribbles. Take your challenges to Facebook and Twitter and beware, you will get hooked...
Price: £1.99 | Download Draw Something iPhone app
Max Payne Mobile
Rockstar are certainly making a habit of revamping their past glories for release on tablet and smartphone, and fresh on the heels of GTA 3 comes the iPhone version of Max Payne – again in celebration of the action hero’s 10th anniversary. Optimised for the Apple devices, Max Payne Mobile never strays too far from the gritty, fast-paced action that made the original so popular.
Price: £1.99 | Download Max Payne Mobile iPhone app
Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy
This flight simulator makes the most of the iPhone's Retina display allowing for stunning visuals throughout. The gameplay is relatively straightforward, and once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’ll be ready to jump straight into a dogfight up in the skies. There is also the option of online play, as well as access to new planes through the completion of various objectives.
Price: £1.99 | Download Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy iPhone app
On the hunt for a pesky apple thief, this somersaulting OAP is willing to don the rollerskates and crash through buildings to hunt him down and give him a good ticking off. It sounds ridiculous, but we promise you'll love it.
Price: £1.49 | Download Granny Smith iPhone app
Fruit Ninja’ creators Halfbrick Studios released this adorable, frantic side-scroller back in September 2011, and it now plays out on the Apple smartphone. Play as Barry Steakfries; miserable salesman turned jetpack thief. If for some reason you weren’t sold at ‘jetpack thief’, you’ll be happy to know - it’s free.
Price: Free | Download Jetpack Joyride iPhone app
Having landed on the iPad first, Bastion has now been optimised for the iPhone 5, and the iOS version of Supergiant’s bewitching XBLA adventure hit still looks absolutely stunning, and does total justice to the hand-painted world.
Price: £2.99 | Download Bastion iPhone app
Rayman Jungle Run
An addictive take on the Canabalt style endless runner genre that manages to channel the lush graphics and platforming complexities of the full-fat Rayman Origins into a succession of star-searching, touchscreened, one-input levels for two quid.
Price: £1.99 | Download Rayman Jungle Run iPhone app
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
To celebrate 10 years of Love Fist, Tommy Vercetti and Steve Scott the aging porn director, the 80s inspired installment of GTA sees Tommy Vercetti take on the Miami underworld with remastered graphics and in-game treats made just for the mobile version of the game.
Price: £2.99 | Download Grand Theft Auto: Vice City iPhone app
Organ Trail: Director's Cut
The post-apocalyptic zombie survival game which is essentially a parody of the game Oregon's Trail has classic, 8-bit flavour, a faithfully recreated retro beepy soundtrack and enough zombie film references to make it a win all round.
Price: £1.99 | Download Organ Trail: Director’s Cut iPhone app
If New Star Soccer lacks the console-like game engine and slick player animations you truly crave from a mobile football game, the latest FIFA instalment should be more to your liking. Adding EA SPORTS Football Club and the ability to share goals and outlandish Cruyff turns via YouTube, the new FIFA will now let you save games in Manager and tournament mode in the iCloud and continue campaigns on another iOS device.
Price: £2.99 | Download FIFA 13 iPhone app
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
S: S&S EP is a self proclaimed 8-bit ‘prog-rock videogame album’ that sees a young Iranian nomad girl traveling through dark, tortured, David Lynch-esque surroundings. The latest update for the iPhone5 takes full advantage of the larger display to better experience the mind reading, mushroom munching, moon-phased madness.
Price: £1.49 | Download Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery iPhone app
Nothing showcases the iPhone5’s power better than BitMonster’s gorgeous and richly textured, non-violent adventure ‘Lili’. Our botanist and ‘veggie magician’ teen travels across the island of Geos, collecting flowers to defend herself against the cursed spritis that inhabit this beautiful environment. Laden with mini-games and progressively challenging.
Price: £2.99 | Download Lili iPhone app
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
The chaps at Gameloft are really beginning to flex their muscles on the mobile gaming front and this is one of the most impressive entries to date. Bringing the same first person feel and 3D graphics seen in the console version, Snowy, Captain Haddock and company are along for the ride in this top iPhone outing.