Top iPhone Games of All Time

Jumping head first into the App Store without much of an idea what to look for can be a bit like Scrooge McDuck leaping off the diving board into his fortune. There’s so many great games, but how do you know which are the real gems?

Unless the game you’re looking for has been in the Top 20 ever since it launched, it’s nearly impossible to find. Apple doesn’t do a great job of helping users find what they’re looking for on the marketplace, that’s why we’ve put together a list of the absolute best in touchy, tilty and slidey games that the mobile space has to offer.

From Temple Running or Candy Crushing, there’ll be something here for you to enjoy. For new iPhone owners, the games on this list are an absolute must, and for the long-serving Apple owners, maybe there’s a classic here that you missed along the way.

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  • 30.

    DrawRace 2

    Sometimes a second crack at the whip can make all the difference, and Draw Race 2 is perfect proof. Sometimes a second crack at the whip can make all the difference, and DrawRace 2 is perfect proof. Red Lynx's first attempt... more

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  • 29.


    PuzzleJuice is a triathlon of different games, all competing in unison and prodding various parts of your addled brain at the same time. The micro-team behind PuzzleJuice is under no illusions about just how hard its game... more

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  • 28.

    Tobe & Friends: Hookshot Escape

    It's an endless runner with all the addiction of a Doodle Jump, but it has a sharp, decidedly retro twist that makes it more than just a fluffy, throwaway time-waster. The hookshot - the mythical do-all superweapon from Zelda... more

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  • 27.

    Angry Birds Space

    I find it a shame, though understandable, that many people see iOS development as a race to the bottom. Angry Birds Space, however, effortlessly shows why Rovio is currently on top. Angry Birds, eh? It's like the Call of... more

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  • 26.

    Super Hexagon

    Super Hexagon is hard enough to infuriate, but its competent design makes it inviting as well. Super Hexagon started life as a Flash game simply titled Hexagon, thrown together in less than a day by prolific indie developer... more

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  • 25.

    Rayman Jungle Run

    Jungle Run works so well because it remembers that the core joy of platform games comes from the kinetic thrill of movement. Rayman Jungle Run isn't a game that dawdles, so neither will I: it's excellent. Ubisoft's latest... more

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  • 24.

    Pocket League Story 2

    Another quality strategy title from the Game Dev Story team. Tired of the interminable football transfer window? The endlessly boring rumour/counter-rumour cycle, the baseless punditry, the general air of panicked hysteria?... more

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  • 23.

    Rayman Fiesta Run

    The UbiArt engine continues to shine and Fiesta Run is an excellent addition to it, but a third mobile game will need to do something new. Thanks to a reinvention and the UbiArt engine, Rayman has never been more beloved.... more

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  • 22.

    The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode One – All That Remains

    As openers go, this is a strong debut to the second season, with Clementine a superb choice of protagonist. It's good to see Clementine again. It's been a while since the apocalypse started, and she's taller, tougher, and... more

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  • 21.


    Calculords takes the turn-based card game and makes it its own. Many a time when I've been lying in bed, waiting for my body to enter a state of slumber, I often think to myself: 'Why isn't there a turn-based card game that... more

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  • 20.

    10 Second Ninja

    Sleek, action packed, thumb breaking platforming. Many games have attempted to capture the essence of pure speed as part of their appeal. It's powerful when applied correctly, so often being impossible to emulate in real... more

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  • 19.

    Her Story

    Sophisticated, engaging, and utterly unique. Her Story is one of the year's best and most interesting games, a detective story that's as much about piecing together your own place in its puzzle as it is the person you're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC, iPhone

  • 18.

    Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series

    If Minecraft was around 25 years ago, this would be the Saturday-morning cartoon tie-in. And that's a good thing. The union of Mojang and Telltale is the kind of marriage that Auntie Maureen would charitably give six months,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, iPhone

  • 17.


    With brilliant use of the touch screen, cute visuals and perfect pick up and play gameplay, Sway is currently one of the best games you can get for your iPhone. New platforms always seem to have defining games, whether it's... more

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  • 16.

    Zen Bound

    Zen Bound breathes ingenuity and individuality on a scale that hasn’t been seen on the iPhone. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed. The launch of a new action/adventure game is often heralded with phrases such as "truly... more

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  • 15.

    Need for Speed: Undercover

    A unique control set up combined with a well-executed, well-established franchise makes this a definite must have for fans of the series and newcomers alike. Anyone still sitting on the fence as to whether iPhone gaming requires... more

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  • 14.

    Real Racing

    Real Racing delivers what is undeniably a gorgeous looking experience that will have fans of Forza/Gran Turismo grinning from ear to ear all day long. Way back when App Store was but a youngster, a grainy YouTube video surfaced... more

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  • 13.

    Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered

    Whether you're an established fan of puzzle adventures or just a newcomer to the genre, Beneath a Steel Sky is an absolute delight. Earlier this year Revolution released a Director's Cut for the highly-acclaimed Broken Sword:... more

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  • 12.

    Doodle Jump

    For a meagre price there's absolutely no reason why Doodle Jump should be overlooked. The App Store has provided a plethora of premium games, ranging from NBA Live and Madden to Ace Combat and Need for Speed. While these... more

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  • 11.

    Labyrinth 2

    This is a top-drawer iDevice game that feels perfectly at home on Apple's touch screen, tilt-enabled handhelds. At just £2.99 it's an absolute steal. It takes a lot to make me swear, but a devilish video game will usually... more

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  • 10.

    Helsing's Fire

    Helsing's Fire has inventive levels and immediate charm, making it an instant iPhone classic you'd be a fool not to pick up post haste. Dracula's never been one to have a large amount of light in his dastardly castle, and... more

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  • 9.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection

    It might be ten times more expensive than the average App Store game, but it's also a shining example of what a good developer and Apple's shiny iDevices can achieve if they work together. Sometimes the unlikeliest success... more

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  • 8.

    Game Dev Story

    Soon all you'll care about is getting Game of the Year over those damned Circle Enix guys and spending five consecutive hours trying to get a decent score. That guy who runs the game studio that specialises in golf RPGs?... more

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  • 7.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has all the best qualities that Mario Kart initiated years ago and features controls tailored to the portable iOS devices. Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing was released across multiple platforms... more

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  • 6.


    Cordy is a a beautiful 2D platformer with 3D visuals and a slight LittleBigPlanet feel. For £1.49 it's an absolute must buy. Platformers aren't rare on the App Store, but I've struggled to find one that I really clicked with.... more

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  • 5.

    Beat Sneak Bandit

    Even if you're a bit rubbish at Beat Sneak Bandit, it's impossible not to fall in love with this funky little number. The hardest thing about Simogo's new game is that every movement must be made to the tick-tock beat of... more

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  • 4.


    Rymdkapsel is hard to put down. You’ll miss your bus stop, play it on the toilet and ignore your family. It stands up as one of the best mobile strategy games on the market. Hi, my name's Kirk and I'm an addict. My vice costs... more

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  • 3.

    Shadow Blade

    A fantastic mobile game that you should probably buy. The majority of iOS games I sit down to play are useless in minutes because the controls are gumpf. Either overly complicated or just completely unresponsive, it's impossible... more

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  • 2.

    Monument Valley

    A monument to mobile excellence. Monument Valley is a significant accomplishment by ustwogames - simultaneously beautiful, challenging, soothing and poignant. As the delicate and silent protagonist, Princess Ida, you must... more

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  • 1.

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back

    Episode five, thankfully, gives you the room to decide where Clementine ends up and suggests that your decisions are going to have a permanent effect on her future. In my mind, this second season of The Walking Dead is all... more

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