Top 85 iPhone games of all time: What to download now

April 17, 2013

The iTunes Store is a treasure trove of quality apps, but it is the high caliber of mobile games made for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod devices that still give it a leg up on Android’s Play Store. But with so much diversity, finding the interesting ones that are worth your money (and commute time) becomes a full-time job. Luckily for you, T3’s editors are ready to sacrifice precious office hours installing and playing all the apps, bringing you a list of the best of the best iPhone and iOS apps and games to enjoy. Without further ado, here’s the top 85 iOS games you need to download now!

Unknown ObjectWords: Michael Sawh, Simon Khoury


1. Badland

The side-scroller reminds us of Chillingo’s Contre Jour with its dark visuals. Not only does it look the part, it plays brilliantly as well. Leading bird-like creatures through the levels avoiding the many obstacles 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: $3.99 | Download Badland iPhone app



2. Pixel People

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



3. Vector

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



4. NightSky

Few game’s ask you to change your perspective on the world, but NightSky is 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: $4.99 | Download Nightsky iPhone app



5. 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.

Price: $2.99 | Download Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption iPhone



6. Blockheads

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



7. 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: $6.99 | Download Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation iPhone app



8. Spaceteam

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



9. Joe Danger

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: $2.99 | Download Joe Danger iPhone app



10. 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: $0.99 | Download Angry Birds Star Wars



11. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Fancy Pants Adventures review



12. 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: $2.99 | Download Beat Sneak Bandit iPhone app



13. 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.

Price: $9.99 | Download Football Manager Handheld 2013 iPhone app



14. Chrono Trigger

Sqaure Enix ports the SNES RPG classic about an intrepid group of youths out to save the world. The adventure 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.

Price: $9.99 | Download Chrono Trigger iPhone app



15. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Fade: Case of the Stolen Diamonds iPhone app



16. 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: $4.99 | Download Need for Speed Most Wanted iPhone app



17. 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



18. Punch Quest

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: $0.99 | Download Punch Quest iPhone app



19. Fluid Football

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 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



20. Epoch

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..

Price: $2.99 | Download Epoch iPhone app



21. 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



22. 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.

Price: $15.99 |  Download Chaos Rings II iPhone app



23. Flick Kick Football

This app, quite simply, is all about putting the ball into the back of the net. Take control of power, direction and curve to score from nigh on impossible angles in this addictive footy flicking game. It’s the beautiful game in its most purest form.

Price: $0.99 | Download Flick Kick Football iPhone app



24. Dungeon Hunter 4

Another game from mobile heavyweight Gameloft, Dungeon Hunter is best described as Diablo meets iPhone – minus the frustrations and server issues of the former. Controls are fluid, graphics are lush, and foes aplenty for hacking and slashing. All hack-n-slash RPG elements are here, from looting to questing, boss fights and item forging. And it’s free, too.

Price: Free | Download Dungeon Hunter 4 for iPhone



25. Let’s Golf 3

Back for a third installment, 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. Golf on the moon anyone?

Price: Free | Download Let’s Golf 3 iPhone app now



26. Crow

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: $2.99 | Download Crow iPhone app



27. NBA Jam

If the phrases, ‘He’s on fire!’ or ‘Kaboom’ strike a chord, you’ll have been happy to see the arcade/Sega Mega Drive 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: $0.99 | Download NBA Jam iPhone app



28. Liqua Pop

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: $0.99 | Download Liqua Pop iPhone app



29. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Fight Night Champion iPhone app



30. Fruit Ninja

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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Fruit Ninja iPhone app



31. 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: $0.99 | Download Super Stickman Golf 2 iPhone app



32. 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: $4.99 | Download Batman Arkham City Lockdown iPhone app



33. 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: Free | Download Words with Friends iPhone app



34. Tiny Tower

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



35. Touchgrind BMX

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: $4.99 | Download the Touchgrind BMX iPhone app



36. Whale Trail

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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Whale Trail iPhone app | Whale Trail iPhone review



37. 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.

Price: $2.99 | Download Drop 7 by Zynga iPhone app



38. 1112 Episode 01

In An America where the government has banned booze, cigarettes and generally made life dull, this episodic adventure game requires your finest puzzle-solving skills all set against a visually impressive backdrop with a great story narrative to keep you intrigued all the way to the end.

Price: $4.99 | Download 1112 Episode 01 iPhone app



39. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Bring me Sandwiches iPhone app



40. Chaos Rings

Thankfully it’s come down from its elevated launch price, making the RPG from Final Fantasy maker Square Enix a more attractive purchase. The turn-based battling is matched with great 3D graphics and the ability to play with different characters all with alternative endings to justify parting with your cash.

Price: $6.99 | Download Chaos Rings iPhone app | Chaos Rings iPhone review


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41. 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.

Price: $7.99 | Download Deep Green Chess iPhone app



42. Contre Jour

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: $0.99 | Download Contre Jour iPhone app



43. 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: $0.99 | Download Cut the Rope



44. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Geometry Wars Touch iPhone app



45. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download I Must Run iPhone app



46. 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.

Price: $6.99 | Download Infinity Blade II iPhone app



47. Hardlines

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’.

Price: Free | Download Hardlines iPhone app



48. Tiny Wings

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?

Price: $0.99 | Download Tiny Wings iPhone app



49. 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: $2.99 | Download Sonic the Hedgehog 2 iPhone app



50. 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.

Price: $9.99 | Download GTA Chinatown Wars iPhone app



51. 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.

Price: $2.99 | Download Dark Nebula: Episode 2 iPhone app



52. NFL Pro 2012

You won’t find many American Football fans in Dubai, but at least this one’s for free, so where’s the harm in trying? 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



53. 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: $4.99 | Download Grand Theft Auto III iPhone app



54. Papa Sangre

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: $4.99 | Download Papa Sangre iPhone app now



55. 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: $2.99 | Download Plants versus Zombies iPhone app



56. Worms

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. Incomiiiiiing!!

Price: $0.99 | Download Worms iPhone app



57. Rage

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.

Price: $2.99 | Download Rage iPhone app



58. Shadowgun

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.

Price: $4.99 | Download the Shadowgun iPhone app



59. Surveillant

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.

Price: $1.99 | Download Surveillant iPhone app



60. 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.

Price: $3.99 | Download Street Fighter IV iPhone app



61. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD

Asphalt has never looked so breathtaking thanks to real time reflections on cars, specular and bump mapping for richer surface textures, more realistic shadows, cinematic blur effects for boosts and crashes, deeper draw distances, improved particle effects for smoke, collisions & more, and anti-aliasing for smoother edges on all 3D objects. Gameloft, you have once again done us proud.

Price: $0.99 | Download Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD iPhone app



62. 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.

Price: $2.99 | Download Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered iPhone app



63. Fishing Kings

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.

Price: Free | Download Fishing Kings iPhone app



64. Dead Space

Rightfully earning its place in Apple’s iPhone games of the year, harnessing the dual core processor prowess of the device, 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.

Price: $6.99 | Download Dead Space iPhone app



65. Flight Control

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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Flight Control iPhone app



66. 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: $4.99 | Download Call of Duty Zombies iPhone app



67. Real Racing 2 HD

One of the best-reviewed racing games on the App Store, Real Racing 2 returns ready to harness the added iPhone 4S processing power, while developers Firemint have lived up to their claim with some incredible console-like visuals. The game boasts 30 officially licensed cars, 15 real tracks, a 10 hour plus career mode and online multi-player that’ll keep you going for ages.

Price: $4.99 | Download Real Racing 2 HD iPhone app



68. StarCannon

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 shmup StarCannon is not one of them.

Price: $0.99 | Download StarCannon iPhone app now



69. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Super Monkey Ball 2 iPhone app



70. Trixel

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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Trixel iPhone app



71. 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: $4.99 | Download Lego Harry Potter iPhone app




72. 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.

Price: $0.99 | Download Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 iPhone app



73. Temple Run

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



74. 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: $6.99 I Download N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance iPad app



75. 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: $0.99 | Download Angry Birds Space iPhone app



76. Draw Something

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: $2.99 | Download Draw Something iPhone app



77. 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: $2.99 | Download Max Payne Mobile iPhone app



78. 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: $2.99 | Download Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy iPhone app



79. Granny Smith

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: $1.99 | Download Granny Smith iPhone app



80. Jetpack Joyride

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



81. Bastion

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: $4.99 | Download Bastion iPhone app



82. 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, touch-screened, one-input levels for two quid.

Price: $99 | Download Rayman Jungle Run iPhone app



83. 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: $3.99 | Download Grand Theft Auto: Vice City iPhone app



84. 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$2.99 | Platform: Android | Download Organ Trail: Director’s Cut iPhone app



85. FIFA 13

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: $3.99 | Download FIFA 13 iPhone app

by Simon Khoury
Molecular Biologist turned technology journalist, Simon moved from browsing genomes to dissecting gadgets and putting them through T3's battery of tests. He is currently the Editor for, and a contributing editor to the Arabic and English editions of T3 Middle East magazine. He takes special interest in high performance computer systems, high-end smartphones, the indie gaming scene, and productivity boosting software. He is also an avid reader, science afficionado and a picky gamer. You can contact him at webeditor(at)