In case you’re a persistent gamer, there is no better phone to buy than the Apple iPhone. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus brought bigger screens to the iOS system, but it’s mainly the success of the App Store that makes the iPhone a great platform for gaming. With over a million options on the system, the iPhone gaming apps are limitless. However, finding the best iPhone games is not always easy.

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It would take thousands of years to play through every single iPhone game on the App Store. That number might not be fairly exact, but combined with the depth of the offers, the wealth of titles on the app portal is quite intense. You can easily play them on your phone for years without ever getting bored.

The App Store is jammed with gaming goodies to keep thumbs of all-ages occupied, but not all iPhone puzzlers are created equal. This is why the following article makes the difficult job of playing through as many games as possible easy and presents a list of only the most popular ones.

  1. Bounden

bouden iPhone gaming app

Fingle and Friendstrap, Bounden’s predecessors, encourage users to engage their body to gain an advantage against a friend. But roughhousing and expensive smartphones are never an ideal match, so a round in either game could end up in broken hearts, hurt feelings, or worse, a broken screen.

Bounden feels like a mixture of years of tweaking and alterations by its creator. Cooperation is the main difference between the earlier creations and Bounden. In short, Bounden is a dance game, involving two people holding opposite ends of a smartphone and moving together to guide a cursor over a three-dimensional ball.

The game is way simpler than it sounds; one that trains you to be an expert, as long as you give it time. However, more importantly, it is one of the very few mobile games that evokes intimacy between humans. Affecting and beautiful, Bounden is truly a masterpiece.

  1. 1010!

1010 iPhone gaming app

Designer Alexey Pajitnov, while creating the original version of Tetris, was heavily influenced by certain wooden shapes called ‘tetrominoes’ that you would tip out onto a table and then try to fit back into the box. The Apple game 1010! carries forward that basic idea, adding the line-vanishing mechanic from Tetris, conjuring up an engaging and theoretically endless puzzle. During every round, the users are given three shapes, ranging from the largest three-by-three blocks to the smallest one-by-one squares. These are then duly dragged to the ten-by-ten canvas. When all the three shapes have been finally utilized, you get three more. Once you complete a solid line vertically or horizontally, it vanishes. All the while, you are winning and probably feeling a little smug.

While 1010! seems like the sort of game you can easily play in the background while being occupied with something else, planning is the key to be a champion at it. At any stage, you can be left with a tricky combination of blocks that makes removing lines difficult. Make sure to manage your canvas properly otherwise you will soon be lumbered with a shape that is impossible to place, and at that point, the game will most likely get over.

1010! is, nonetheless, a pleasingly old-times frolic that is easy to get a grip on, giving you constant insights when chasing a high score.

  1. Hitman Go

Hitman Go iPhone gaming app

Hitman games are popular for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they allow players to creep around a party, or museum, locate your target and uniquely take them out. Hitman Go, on the other hand, does not really do that. But what it does do is offer a bunch of tightly designed puzzles that eventually become trickier as you go, but are never too difficult to be finished off in the space of a single bus ride.

With its stripped down, board game aesthetic and subjective violence, it may not look much like the usual Hitman game, but it still, somehow, manages to capture the series’ captivating and satisfying nature.

  1. Device 6

Device 6 iPhone gaming app

Gamers can easily call Device 6 a text adventure, but that would be understating the goodness of this game. It is actually one of the strangest, most mysterious and straight up elegant games made for smartphone users, and it just happens to involve a lot of reading.

Call it multi media enhanced interactive fiction; because as you rotate and flip your device, chasing the winding map of description, you will find yourself drawn into a dark adventure complete with one of the snappiest pop ballads ever included in a game.

Device 6 is a great match for ‘Lost fans’, mystery novel enthusiasts and anyone with even a passing interest in typography or visual design.

  1. Threes

Threes iPhone gaming app

Threes is a game about math, and well, kissing. Users can slide a bunch of little numbers around a tiled pad, attempting to get two like numbers next to each other. If you can do that, they will get friendly, and combine to form a newer, bigger number. Keep on moving, and your score will keep going up. The game is immaculately designed and it’s aesthetics make it all the more appealing. Musical, charming and wickedly addictive, it will soon become your new iPhone obsession.

  1. Desert Golfing

desert golfing iPhone gaming app

With the recently emerging technologies, sports like golf can now be played at home, on a portable tech-device. Like so many other video games, Desert Golfing provides an escape from the mundane, monotonous life. Maybe you’re sitting on the subway when you pull back the first swing and release. You finish one hole and then suddenly 18 holes. But the golfing continues to 50 holes, then 100, and gradually the experience transforms.

At one point, a cactus might appear. At another point, the game might unlock Game Centre connectivity. The courses can either be extra hilly or surprisingly flat, but no matter what, the game keeps on going.

According to a review posted by The Guardian, “Like other smartphone gaming smash hits, it is ridiculously compelling.”

  1. A Dark Room

A dark room iPhone gaming app

Imagine yourself in a cold, dark room. First, you get a fire going. Then, you head out in the search of wood. Things start developing after that and to say more would be to spoil what makes the Dark Room special, however, it is safe to suggest that this game grows far beyond its humble origins. The journey from here to there is quite an engrossing one.

A Dark Room is a good match for fans of RTS games or anyone who prefers a little mystery in their system.

  1. Framed


Framed iPhone gaming app

Framed tells its users a comic-book tale of intrigue, espionage and death-defying escapades, with a delirious twist: the player can rearrange the frames of the story to change the outcome of a given page. That usually means figuring out the best way to set things up, for the protagonist to sneak past their pursuers undetected. However, it can mean a lot of other things too. Framed is undoubtedly a great deal of fun.

  1. Capitals

Capitals iPhone gaming app

Everybody likes a good word game, and Capitals is surely one of them. The game combines Risk-style land-grabbing with the need to create words from a mesh of letters. However, while other games like Letterpress, for the most part, benefits players enabling fashion lengthy words, Capitals is more about where the letters you choose to use are located.

The game plays out on a hexagonal grid with either two players going against each other or battling it out online thanks to the Game Centre matchup. All the letters presented can be utilized to form a word, but only those attached to your territory flip to your color.

With zero money involved, Capital is one of the best games available for word-game nerds, although users admit to being miffed about the ad model; making them give up on a solitary game for every advert watched. Nonetheless, since a game can be played as a days’ long tug o’ war, the ads become less draining compared to what you get in return.

All in all

If you’re a gamer and own the latest Apple smartphone, take some time out to think about what kind of game you want; also take into account the fact that while some of them are more session titles, others can be played in an odd five minutes.

That is important since many game developers are important advocates of people playing games on the app portal. They help offset some of the free titles that are financed by in-app transactions. So, if you’re planning to spend $5 on a mobile game, make sure you have enough down time to enjoy it. The beauty of being able to play an immersive game on the move – something that would have been consoling quality a few years ago – should never be underappreciated.