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.
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.
World of Goo
A quality puzzler that tasks you with building towers using goo balls to go from point A to point B.
Strap into an AC-130 and pulverize thousands of flesh eating freaks while protecting terrified humans.
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.
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.
Plants vs. Zombies
The undead apocalypse kicks into high gear as you defend your property from zombies by sticking different plants into the ground.
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.
Cut the Rope
Slice pieces of rope to deliver delicious candy into Om Nom’s mouth. Trickier than it looks.
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.
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.
See how far the little birdie can fly, paying close attention to the ever-changing terrain. Good luck pulling yourself away from this one.
[Editor’s Note: Tiny Wings runs on iPad, but not in full screen.]
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the naughty inspector through three chapters full of cut scenes and inappropriate (but hilarious) situations, complemented by traditional point and click play.
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.
Slice and chop oranges, apples and other pieces of fruit, watching as juice splashes against the background. A must for all iOS fans.
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.
Feed Me Oil
Unleash gallons of crude into monster’s mouths. Just watch out for nasty spills.
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.
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.
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.
A fire fighting puzzle game where you must douse flames and save a bunch of aliens from certain doom. Outstanding water physics.