Get the most out of your phone with the right game for every mood and situation.
It’s amazing all the useful things that you can do with your smartphone. You can keep your life organized, stay on top of work emails, even run an entire business from your phone. But, your phone is also a great source of fun. When you’re stuck on your daily commute, waiting for the doctor, or standing in line for what seems like forever, iPhone games can save you from boredom. Since the Apple store offers several million games, it’s hard to know which ones are worth downloading and which are a waste of time. Here are our recommendations for the things that make an iPhone game stand out from the rest.
The Type of Game
It's impossible to recommend one ‘best iPhone game' for everybody because we all have different preferences. Knowing which type of game you enjoy playing the most will help guide you to choose the games that suit you. You probably have a few different types of games you enjoy, depending on your mood and how much time you have available. After all, you need to be in a very different state of mind to play an intricate, detailed, and thought-provoking puzzle game like Device 6 to the mood you’d be in to play Tiny Wings. Device 6 really requires you to sit quietly with a pen and paper so that you can make sense of the narrative as well as the mind-bending puzzles. The Witness and The Room series both share this need for focused concentration.
In contrast, Tiny Wings is the kind of game you’d choose when you want something that needs less brain power and is simply fun. What could be simpler than keeping a small bird flying across your screen? There are also collectible card games like Hearthstone which are both fun and light-hearted while also requiring decent depth of strategy if you want to invest more concentration. Or, you could choose a fighting game such as the Infinity Blade series, or one of the few Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games that succeed on the iPhone like Vainglory. Whatever mood you’re in or type of game you prefer, there’s a great game waiting for you.
Not surprisingly, some of us choose our favorite games simply based on how much they cost. Looking for a free game doesn’t stop you from taking your pick from some of the best games on iPhone overall. Hearthstone has been popular ever since the launch of the first game, and it is still free to play, although there are also in-app purchases if you want to take the game seriously. Vainglory is a wonderful MOBA game that’s also free from the App Store.
Tiny Wings and The Room are not free, but at $0.99 each, they are very close to it. Then there are plenty of games with prices that hover around the small change mark. Threes, Reigns, and Reigns: Her Majesty, Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2, and Device 6 are all available from the Apple App Store for under $4 each. The under $4 price bracket probably has the greatest games to choose from.
If you believe that you get what you pay for and you’re willing to spend a bit more for an iPhone game that you love, it’s good to know which ones are worth investing in before you drop more than $5 for another game. The Infinity Blade games each cost $6.99, but devotees of fighting games consider it money well spent. The Witness is one of the more expensive iPhone games around at $9.99, but again, if you love it, you won’t mind the cost.
No matter what type of game you're playing, you want to be served crisp graphics that draw you into the game, but some of the games available stand out simply because of their stunning visuals. Monument Valley is one of those. The captivating, entrancing Escher-like architectural creations that slide around as you change perspective are what makes the game so popular. Tiny Wings also succeeds on the strength of its graphics, because it’s a simple game that charms you with its visuals.
Finally, there are games which really deserve to be played in a darkened room so that you can concentrate on the visual world that’s created for you. The Room falls into this category. It’s packed full of imagery and detailed, tactile graphics that demand full immersion.
Many iPhone games are accompanied by a soundtrack that deserves mention all by itself. In some games, the music joins with the graphics to create an atmosphere that attracts you and draws you into the game. While you could play games such as Monument Valley or Reigns with the sound turned off, you’d be missing a large part of the experience. The lovely soundtrack is part of the world of Reigns, while the haunting background music draws you into Monument Valley.
Single or Multi-Player
Whether you’re in the mood for a sociable multi-player game or just want a single player game is going to make a difference to the game you choose. Some games, such as The Witness, Device 6, and The Room series can only be played as a single solitary player, but others give you the option of including others. For example, Threes is a single-player game, but you'll find yourself sucked into competing with friends and strangers for the highest scores.
Hearthstone is a good example of a game that can be single-player or multiplayer. You can choose to play matches against friends and strangers or to challenge yourself by playing single player against the AI brain within. Unusually, Hearthstone is also a game that you can play against another player in person in the same room, each using your own phone. If you really love multiplayer games, you can choose options like Vainglory, which as a MOBA game demands that you play with and against others.
Length of Play
The amount of time you have to play a game is one more element that will guide your choice of game. Simple games like Tiny Wings or Threes are ideal for playing when you’re waiting in line and don’t want to get drawn too deeply into a game that you’ll have to stop at any moment. But, if you’re on a long commute and you know you have a full hour ahead of you, nothing could be better than immersing yourself in an intricate game such as The Room, Vainglory, or The Witness, which demand your extended attention.
Start Playing Today!
Whether you prefer puzzles or adventure games, have a few minutes or a long commute ahead of you, and whatever the price you’re willing to pay, there is a huge range of iPhone games waiting for you to discover them. Try one or a few of the best games that we’ve recommended, or explore the millions of options waiting for you in the Apple store.