25 Games No iPhone Or iPad Owner Should Be Without

The App Store has no shortage of quality video games, from intense tower defence titles to sports and point-and-click adventures. Bottom line, there’s something for everyone.

Sifting through the hundreds of available apps, however, takes a lot of time. You can always hit the Top 100 Paid and Free sections for iPhone and iPad (and find a ton of hits in the process), but you’d still miss out on games that dropped off.

That said, we came up with a list of 25 must have games no iPhone or iPad owner should miss.

Download these excellent titles, and you’ll have plenty of gaming goodness to last through the holidays and beyond.

 

Contre Jour

Stylish platform/puzzle game where you manipulate the environment to direct a one-eyed character named Petit to the goal. Be sure to wear headphones while playing to enjoy the mood music.

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World of Goo

A quality puzzler that tasks you with building towers using goo balls to go from point A to point B.

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Zombie Gunship

Strap into an AC-130 and pulverize thousands of flesh eating freaks while protecting terrified humans.

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Where’s My Water?

Disney’s latest will keep you busy for days as you figure out how to get H2O into a crocodile’s bathtub.

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Angry Birds

Naturally, you cannot own a smart phone or tablet without playing Rovio Entertainment’s blockbuster action game. Pull back on a slingshot and send a variety of birds rocketing towards a series of forts to decimate those lowly pigs.

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Plants vs. Zombies

The undead apocalypse kicks into high gear as you defend your property from zombies by sticking different plants into the ground.

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Real Racing 2

Gorgeous technical racer with real world cars, detailed tracks and furious multiplayer. You can even broadcast the iPad version onto an HDTV while using the tablet as a steering wheel.

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Cut the Rope

Slice pieces of rope to deliver delicious candy into Om Nom’s mouth. Trickier than it looks.

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Jetpack Joyride

Barry Steakfries breaks into a top-secret research facility, steals an experimental jetpack and goes on a bullet spewing, coin collecting spree. Grab tons of loot to purchase new packs and other goodies.

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Infinity Blade

Avenge your slain father in this stunning hack-and-slash adventure where you square off against a bunch of towering behemoths before going toe-to-toe with the mighty God King.

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Tiny Wings

See how far the little birdie can fly, paying close attention to the ever-changing terrain. Good luck pulling yourself away from this one.

Tiny Wings Review

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[Editor’s Note: Tiny Wings runs on iPad, but not in full screen.]

Game Dev Story

Find out what it’s like to develop and publish video games, then check out Kairosoft’s entire App Store catalogue of critically acclaimed hits.

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[Editor’s Note: Kairosoft’s games will run on the iPad, but not in full screen.]

Call of Duty: Zombies

World War II with a twist. Board the windows, grab some weapons and prepare for an all out zombie invasion. Get the most from the experience by teaming up with other players online.

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NBA Jam

Deliver rim rattling dunks and rainbow threes in EA’s excellent port of the console sports game. The best part? The iOS versions have updated rosters as of February 2011.

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Rage HD

Prepare yourself for next week’s console and PC first person blast fest with this impressive on-rails shooter. Definitely a showpiece for both iPhone and iPad.

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Starfront: Collision

Gameloft has made a killing by copying console games and adapting those successful formulas for the App Store market. Case in point, this outstanding StarCraft clone.

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Hector trilogy

Follow the naughty inspector through three chapters full of cut scenes and inappropriate (but hilarious) situations, complemented by traditional point and click play.

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Peggle

The PC classic perfectly translates to Apple’s devices, as you attempt to eliminate all those orange pegs from the play field while scoring tons of points. Obey the unicorn.

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Fruit Ninja

Slice and chop oranges, apples and other pieces of fruit, watching as juice splashes against the background. A must for all iOS fans.

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Flight Control

While not as stressful as being an actual flight control operator, this strategy game is bound to make you sweat while trying to safely land as many plans as possible.

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Feed Me Oil

Unleash gallons of crude into monster’s mouths. Just watch out for nasty spills.

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Anomaly: Warzone Earth

Sweet tower defence game with a twist. Instead of defending, you attack, watching as a convoy barrels through the streets of Baghdad full of laser firing aliens.

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Stylish adventure with a wonderful soundtrack, point and click gameplay and retro style graphics. This one will stick with you for quite some time.

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Let’s Golf 3

Without question the best golf game on the App Store. Download and play for free, or spend a modest amount of cash to quickly upgrade your character and unlock special items.

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Sprinkle

A fire fighting puzzle game where you must douse flames and save a bunch of aliens from certain doom. Outstanding water physics.

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