1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Another World
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic 90's platformer, Lester’s return gives iPhone gamers the option of using classic D-pad virtual controls plus the ability to switch between HD and original graphics. If you were the fan of the original, you should probably get your hands on this one.
4. 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: £0.69 | Link: Download Batman Arkham City Lockdown iPhone app
5. Dead Space
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.
6. FINAL FANTASY
Though the original FFIII was innovative when first released, including its job-changing system, for the iPhone remake the developers have added 3D visuals, enhanced characters and storylines, new scenes, greater involvement by NPCs and a rebalanced class system that still makes FF III an epic adventure on the Apple smartphone.
Price: Price: £5.99 | Download FINAL FANTASY iPhone app
7. FIFA 13
A staple on consoles since the days of the Mega Drive, FIFA is still visually the best football iPhone game on the App Store, so you can spot your Rooney from your Van Persie. Virtual controls continue to be refined to deliver the best mechanism possible on a touchscreen, while you can now utilize two iPhones to play versus mode on an iPad.
Price: £2.99 | Link: Download FIFA 13 iPhone app
8. 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.
9. 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 | Link: Download Lego Harry Potter iPhone app
10. SimCity Deluxe
Whether you are planning to dip in and out of building your perfect city or plan to really put the hours of hard graft in, Deluxe has more than enough features to keep you occupied on those long train journeys home. Choose from seven scenarios and then watch your City take shape or feel free to unleash havoc in the form of Mother Nature.
Price: £0.69 | Link: Download SimCity Deluxe iPhone app
11. 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.
12. Super Monkey Ball
After becoming a veritable hit on Nintendo consoles, those little platforming monkeys can now scramble their way onto your Apple smartphone. Harnessing the iPhone's accelerometer you can control your chosen monkey by tilting the device. This makes gameplay remarkably similar to the Wii version and is a worthy addition to the list.
Price: £1.99 | Link: Download Super Monkey Ball iPhone app
A gaming icon which has stood the test of time, Tetris, a simple yet masterful game has provided worldwide entertainment for over 20 years. The timeless puzzle blockbuster has been given a glossy makeover for the iPhone release, but remains the same game that everyone knows and loves at the core.
Price: £0.69 | Link: Download Tetris iPhone app
14. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12
Adding new golfers, courses and improved graphics the title that was one of last year’s most popular iPhone and iPad game releases has got even better. PGA Tour 12 introduces new game modes with the ‘Tiger Challenge’ seeing gamers complete over 20 mini-game challenges in order to earn in-game currency required to enter the tour. The ‘Closest to the pin’ challenge also adds that all important social gaming element as well.
15. Time Crisis 2nd Strike
The undisputed king of all on-the-rails shooters, we loved its first outing on the iPhone and now 2nd Strike brings a second round of classic rail shooter action. With 10 stages to fire relentlessly through, perhaps best of all you don’t have to feed in masses of coins when the GAME OVER screen lights up.
Price: £2.99 | Link: Download Time Crisis 2nd Strike iPhone app
16. 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.
Price: £0.69 | Link: Download The Adventures of Tintin: The secret of the Unicorn 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.
The cutesy puzzle game which was a hit on the DS is a welcome addition to the Apple App Store. With a simple premise to match more than 3 animals to capture and become king of the zookeepers, its casual gameplay along with the decision to visually stay to true to the original makes it an iPhone game essential.
Price: £0.69 | Link: Download Zookeeper iPhone app now
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 iPhone so you can immerse yourself in an open world universe free to build just like you did when you were given Lego for your fifth birthday.
Price: £4.99 | Download Minecraft – Pocket Edition iPhone app
20. 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
21. Grand Theft Auto 3
Rockstar’s classic and controversial third instalment of the GTA series was brought to the iPhone to celebrate its 10th anniversary, providing you with the chance to wreak havoc over Liberty City all over again. The switch from console to iOS hasn’t diminished the gameplay or humour from the original, which means GTA 3 remains a hugely fun game that you can now play on the way to work
Price: £2.99 | Download Grand Theft Auto 3 iPhone app