Right now, we are living in unprecedented times and people are spending more time at home than ever before. Mobile gaming has seen a significant jump in the last few months, unsurprisingly, but the problem gamers face is choosing from the huge choice in the iOS app store. With nearly 3 million apps and games available, where do you start?
Where it has gotten easier is the hardware. Over the years, the iPhone and iPad have advanced tremendously and now we have devices that are as good, in some cases even better, than desktop and laptop computers. We have fantastic screens, fast processors, more RAM, and lots of storage space and that means we have an even bigger choice of games we can play on those devices.
So, how do you choose which games to play? That’s easy – you let someone else decide for you and that’s what we’ve done – picked ten games that we think you should play.
Top Ten iPhone Games 2020
There are thousands of games in the iOS app store, all different genres, and it was a tough job to choose just ten. But we managed it and here, in no specific order, are the ten games we recommend you try:
1- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – Free, in-app purchases available
Up until now, the Animal Crossing series of games has only been available on the Nintendo Switch but now you can play the latest game on your iPhone or iPad. If you love the game series then this is the perfect way to keep your addiction going, no matter where you are. The game is simple – set up and design your new campsite. Collect items as you complete daily tasks and take part in yearly events to get more. You can choose what your campsite theme is – glamping, a music festival, even a theme park design – and then head off on daily tasks to win supplies and camp items. Different characters will ask you to do different things for them, rewarding you along the way. It’s a great game if you want to while away an hour or two but, although it’s free, there are tempting in-app purchases. You can download games like these from the TweakBox app
2- Angry Birds 2 – Free, in-app purchases available
Who doesn’t love a bit of bird flinging? Angry Birds is arguably the most popular franchise in existence and this game takes you right back into the action as you do your best to destroy those irritating pigs with your birds. But this game is slightly different from the original, with new features added. Now you can play multi-stage levels, choose the bird you want to fling, and earn coins by impressing the Mighty Eagle. And you can spend those coins freely in the Mighty Eagle’s shop. A great game, you can easily play for hours for free, without having to part with a single penny on in-app purchases. You can download games like these from the TopStore app.
3- Scrabble GO – Free, in-app purchases available
Scrabble GO is a must for word lovers. One of the most iconic board games ever has now come to mobile and it’s taking the gaming world by storm. With the mobile version, you can play against anyone, anywhere in the world and you can have as many games on the go as you want at the same time. There are regular events to take part in and regular games are not timed in any way – take your time, find the best word for the biggest score. There are in-app purchases but these are not required to advance and you can happily play for as long as you want for free. You can download games like these from the AppValley AppStore.
4- Baseball Boy! – Free, in-app purchases available
This is such a simple game yet it is one of the most addictive. All you have to do is hit that ball, as hard as you can, and see how far you can get it. You earn gold with each hit and you can use that gold to upgrade how bouncy the ball is, your own strength, and much more. Yes, it is simple but it is a whole heap of fun and when you get to the stage where you are unlocking new balls and bats, you just won’t care – you will keep on playing to get to the next milestone. Great fun and you don’t have to spend any money if you don’t want to.
5- Sky: Children of the Light – Free, in-app purchases available
This stunning game comes from the same creators as Flower and Journey and does exactly what you would expect. It is an adventure story that is full of social elements; as the Child of the Light, your travels take you through Sky, a beautiful kingdom, where you look for fallen stars and put them back where they belong, in heaven. The game offers seven different realms to explore and you will come across other players as you go on your journey. You can even get together with others to tackle hard areas. Another addictive game, this one earned the title of iOS Game of the Year in 2019.
6- Candy Crush Saga – Free, in-app purchases available
Everyone has heard of Candy Crush saga and millions of people play it the world over. Brought to us by one of the longest-running franchises, it is a simple game. All you have to do is match the pieces in the puzzles. But, like all puzzle games, the further you advance, the harder it gets. You can unlock powerups along the way to help you, take part in events and daily spins to win more powerups, coins and gold bars, and much more. There are in-app purchases but, to be honest, you can earn or win enough powerups and coins along the way to keep you happy for hours without having to spend any money.
7- Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle – Free, in-app purchases available
Hallowe’en maybe a couple of months off yet but this is a great game to play any time of the year. We all know the Friday the 13th series of movies and are familiar with Jason. Well, you get to meet more than one version of him in this cool game. It is a relatively simple puzzle game – to start with – but things soon start to get more complex as you progress. The graphics are cartoonish and gory at times but nothing fans of the movies or the horror genre can’t handle. It is fun, and it will keep you amused for an hour or so – just don’t play it on your own … in the dark.
8- Aion: Legions of War – Free, in-app purchases available
No more are the large MMORPG (massively-multiplayer online role-playing games) limited to the console or the PC. Now, with Aion: Legions of War, you can dive in and immerse yourself in mobile MMOPRG. This is a fun game, where you get to choose your hero with a great selection of skills and weapons. Then you put those to the best use, taking other players out, as you traverse the Aion universe, torn apart by war. The game is accompanied by a story, exclusive to the mobile version, and it is free to play, although there are in-app purchases. Be aware though; this isn’t for the casual gamer – it will keep you occupied for hours as you uncover all the secrets and content the game has to offer.
9- Asphalt 9: Legends – Free, in-app purchases available
Asphalt 9: Legends is the ideal game for fans of racing games. Choose from more than 60 different cars and race the hell out of them. A compelling game, you can choose your route by swiping throughout each race and drift around the corners with a simple tap and hold gesture. As you go, your speed boost meter increases, giving you that extra burst you need to win the race. Earn money as you win, expand your garage, upgrade your cars, and much more. It is free to play, very addictive, and will easily keep you occupied for hours on end.
10- Civilization VI – Free to start, $10
This is the only paid game we chose to include on our list and, while $10 might seem a lot to pay, you do get an awful lot for your money. To try the game out, you get a free trial of 60 turns; in the end, you can ditch the game or pay to play on. The idea is to take on the role of a historical civilization, build your empire, interact with other players, and gather resources to survive and defend your empire. It works well on the iPhone and even better on the iPad, with full adaptation for touch screens.
Ten cool games to choose from and all bar one are free to play. Even the paid game gives you a decent free trial first so you really don’t have anything to lose by trying them. If you don’t like them, simply delete them and move on.
Give them a go, you might just find a brand new game to occupy those long solitary hours.