Top iOS 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.

  • 30.

    Real Racing Review

    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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  • 29.

    Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes Review

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes

    Online play makes this classic 2D fighter an essential purchase. 2009 may well go down as the year fighting games fought back. In February... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 28.

    FIFA 10 Review

    FIFA 10

    FIFA 10 is a simulation in the truest sense, and is sure to solidify FIFA's leading position in the two-horse race with PES. Last year I said FIFA 09 was the best FIFA ever created. Now, 12 months on,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 27.

    Tetris Review

    Tetris

    he original, maddeningly-addictive gameplay remains intact, but there's also a generous selection of alternative modes and variations. By now even the most casual of gamers must be familiar with Tetris. This was... more

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  • 26.

    Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered Review

    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... more

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  • 25.

    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Review

    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Spell-bindingly beautiful, packed full of wonderfully designed characters, and an eerie yet entrancing atmosphere that forces its way under your skin. It's easy to think of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, the sequel to last... more

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  • 24.

    Doodle Jump Review

    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... more

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  • 23.

    Labyrinth 2 Review

    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 do... more

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  • 22.

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes Review

    Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

    The combat system is almost flawless. Bar the odd insane difficulty spike, even the dreaded grind is pleasurable. It attains that holy grail of game design: easy to learn, but hard to master. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, from little-known Canadian developer... more

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  • 21.

    Limbo Review

    Limbo

    Limbo is a puzzle game that is littered with ideas and an artistic eye, but more importantly it understands the frustrations of repetition and makes failure enjoyable. With the influx of pretty independent games over the last ten years it's... more

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  • 20.

    Helsing's Fire Review

    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... more

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  • 19.

    Dodonpachi Resurrection Review

    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 stories are the most endearing, like when... more

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  • 18.

    Plants vs. Zombies Review

    Plants vs. Zombies

    The basic gameplay isn't exactly original, but it's been executed so well on the Xbox 360 that it absolutely needs to be in your collection. PopCap Games should be a household name for gamers. If you haven't played... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,iOS

  • 17.

    Game Dev Story Review

    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? That's me.... more

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  • 16.

    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Review

    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 last... more

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  • 15.

    Cordy Review

    Cordy

    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... more

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  • 14.

    Beat Sneak Bandit Review

    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... more

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  • 13.

    FEZ Review

    FEZ

    Fez's ornate world, sumptuous audiovisual presentation, and cryptic machinations made me feel like an adrift archaeologist filled with wonder. By and large indie games don't get a lot of pre-release hype. Plenty become... more

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  • 12.

    Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review

    Minecraft

    4J Studios has played its part in one of gaming's grandest success story with affable competence, allowing console owners to grab their tools and build something in Mojang's intricate world Minecraft is only limited by your imagination. The limit of my imagination,... more

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  • 11.

    FIFA 13 Review

    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 is definitely an improvement on its predecessor. Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a... more

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  • 10.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM works best as a panic management simulator. To get the most enjoyment from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, name your squad. Whether... more

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  • 9.

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Review

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted's greatest achievement is how it sets such a firm focus on racing. Criterion set out to make an open-world arcade racer where competition is king, and succeeded. Like the cold metal girders and sun-glinted glass panels that make up... more

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  • 8.

    Rymdkapsel Review

    Rymdkapsel

    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 as much as a bus ticket,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

  • 7.

    FIFA 14 Review

    FIFA 14

    Better than the 360/PS3 versions in more than just looks, this is the best version of FIFA 14 you can buy. Inviting as FIFA 14 iOS' freemium payment structure is - especially if you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,iOS,iOS

  • 6.

    Shadow Blade Review

    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... more

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  • 5.

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided Review

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided

    A superior episode, and one that bodes well for the rest of the season. You'll be especially thankful for the "Previously on..." introduction in... more

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  • 4.

    Monument Valley Review

    Monument Valley

    A monument to mobile excellence. Monument Valley is a significant accomplishment by ustwogames -... more

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  • 3.

    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way Review

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3: In Harm's Way

    Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you’ll go to escape. It's unsettling to look back at the choices I've made throughout my time in... more

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    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back Review

    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 about figuring out... more

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    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Review

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Whether you're a GTA veteran or someone who's never played one of these games before, you should know that this is one of the best games available for your PSP. Is GTA: Chinatown Wars my favourite handheld game of all time? It's a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,iOS