Nothing beats the feeling of curling up in a blanket and playing your favorite game on your smartphone. It provides a sweet escape from the chaos of life! Smartphones are selling like hot cakes, and everyone seems to have one. Many gaming enthusiasts play games on iPhones. There are over 9 lakh gaming apps available on the App Store. So the options are limitless. But not every game is worth your time and money. SO how do you know which games will entertain you best?
We have compiled a list of 10 best iOS games. Whether you are looking for a casual puzzle game or a card game, take a look at our top picks for iPhones and iPads.
Genre: Digital Collectible Card Game
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, is the developer and publisher of Hearthstone. The company is a California-based video game developer company. The iOS game was published in April 2014. Since its inception, Blizzard Entertainment has released over 19 games, including Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo and the StarCraft series.
Price: There is no charge for downloading the game but you have to pay for certain in-app items like classic packs and arena admission.
Hearthstone is a digital card game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. The game is free to play and is available on both the PC and the mobile (iOS and Android). The game uses the same characters, relics and elements from the Warcraft Series, also developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It features over 500+ trading cards, 9 heroes and a drafting system. In this game, players have to collate cards that contain spells and characters with unique abilities. After collecting all 30 cards, players have to compete with each other by using various cards in the deck. Further, there are brisk matches and myriad strategies that keep players coming back for more.
The game is set in the Warcraft universe and two players are pitted against each other. The objective of the game is to beat your opponent by reducing their health to zero. There are four types of cards used in the game: minions, spells, weapons and heroes. Out of these, minions and spells are unique cards. Minions can be played directly and have special characteristics like charge or deathrattle. They can attack instantly and do something unique during death. The spells have varied effects and cause a lot of changes in the board.
Each player starts with 30 cards in their hand. The cards are either pre-constructed or created by players. Now three random cards are played by both the players. The player who plays first is chosen at random. The second player gets an advantage in the form of a coin that can be used to get extra mana.
Now the first player has to start with one mana. There is a mana bar at the bottom right of the game screen. They have to play the number card from the mana bar and end the turn by clicking on the middle-right button. This continues till the end of the game.
There are different types of game modes. The Normal mode is a one-on-one match between a player and a random opponent. Then there is a Standard Game mode where players can use prepared decks from Basic and Classic sets.
Also, there is a Wild mode, where all previous and present cards are played under deck construction rules. The specialized multiplayer modes include Arena, Tavern Brawls, Battlegrounds and Solo adventure.
Genre: Action Adventure
Developer: Crashlands is developed and published by Butterscotch Shenanigans. It is an American video game company founded back in 2012. The company has developed many story-based games, including Levelhead, Flop Rocket, Towelfight 2, Quadropus Rampage and Roid Rage.
Price: The cost for downloading the app is Rs. 599.
Crashlands is an action adventure game with a unique story plot. The game was released in 2016 and it is available for download onto both iOS and Android devices. Crashlands is quite funny, engaging and very deep. The story of the game revolves around the main character called Flux, a galactic truck driver. The visuals of the game are quite similar to Quadropus Rampage, another game by Butterscotch Shenanigans.
The entire gameplay is from the perspective of Flux. She is a female space delivery driver and her shipment is interrupted by an alien called Hewgodooko. The alien is megalomaniac and it destroys Flux’s ship. The main character is accompanied by her droid friend Juicebox and together they land on an alien planet that has trees, weeds, many animal species, a few sentient species, mushrooms that induce hallucinations and toxic oozing neon bees.
Flux and Juicebox are all alone on the planet and they have to gather all the available resources to craft protective items to tame and kill animals, and use animals, trees and stones to create better weapons. The main goal of the game is to use resources and craft a communication device to send signals. Along with it, there are several sub-tasks throughout the game like building a base, collecting the resources, crafting production tools, building protective, harvesting and tech tools using the production tools.
Crashlands features many unique and engaging characters throughout the game. There are many emotional and intriguing stories that will make you come back for more.
Developer: Team Alto is an indie game development company based in Toronto. The developer and artist of the game Harry Nesbitt hails from the UK. The company has launched many successful games, including Lean On! and MMM Fingers.
Price: The game can be downloaded for free. However, you can make a few in-app purchases that will help you with the game journey.
Alto’s Odyssey is the sequel to Alto’s Adventure, which was released back in 2015. In this game, a player has to ride on a snowboard and explore the lands, seas, temples, and vineyards. To add to the excitement, there are hot-air balloons, wingsuits, wallboards and whatnot. Throughout the journey, you may encounter several challenges and you may have to complete a few missions too.
Alto’s Odyssey is a side-scrolling game that provides good entertainment. The game has an endless journey in a desert and you will have to accomplish different tasks like collecting coins, completing 500 meters, performing stunts in the air, etc.
There are different new features added to the game like wall-riding, tornadoes, balloon bouncing, water mechanics, and a falling platform. Other returning features include different times of a day, varied locations in the desert, weather and wingsuits.
In Alto’s Odyssey, you cannot control the character. You just have to control its jump and perform various tasks. The character wears a scarf whose length increases when you perform stunts. This increases the velocity of your character. The game has incredible graphics that can keep you engaged for hours at a stretch.
Developer: Ben Esposito is the brain behind Donut County. He worked with Annapurna Interactive, an American video game publisher, to publish the game. The plot of the game is heavily inspired by Ben’s experience at his first apartment where he was harassed by raccoons. Along with Donut County, Ben has developed several other games like Tattletail, Capsule Silence XXIV, Perfect Stride and many more.
Price: The cost for downloading the game is Rs. 449. There are no in-app purchases.
2018 iPhone Game of the Year, Donut County is a story-based puzzle game developed by Ben Esposito. The game has a very unique plot which is inspired by real incidents. In this game, the player controls a hole that grows bigger in size after swallowing an object.
Donut County was released in 2018 and the game is available for both iOS and Android devices.
The objective of the game is to swallow everything that comes your way. The plot of the game goes like this. The main character is a racoon named BK, who owns a local donut shop in Donut County. The supporting character is Mira, who works for BK. The raccoon uses a mobile app to earn points by scheduling the delivery of donuts to the local residents. But Mira finds out that the donuts sent by the app are the actual holes that are consuming the homes and belongings of the residents. She tries to confront BK, but he refuses to admit any wrongdoing.
The earned points are used to get a quadcopter drone, which is destroyed by Mira. She orders a donut in the shop and they end up in the hole. Mira and BK are joined by other residents in the hole and they confront BK about the same. BK reveals that this was a part of his Trash King’s plan, BK’s boss. BK agrees to help other residents return to the surface of Donut County.
The gameplay is simple and straightforward. The player gets to control a hole in the ground. The hole grows bigger in size when it swallows an item or object. The purpose of the game is to swallow everything around until nothing is left in Donut County. The game has some tricky puzzles like swallowing the objects floating in the water.
Genre: Card Game
Developer: Junglee Games is the developer and publisher of Junglee Rummy. The company was founded in 2012 and since then it has created and published many popular games, including Howzat, Eatme.io, and Junglee Teen Patti. Junglee Rummy is the company’s masterpiece and flagship product.
Price: Available to download for free. To play cash games that allow you to win real money, you have to make a minimum deposit of Rs. 25.
Indian Rummy is one of the most loved card games of all time. Through the years, the popularity of the game grew multifold and it continues to dominate as a top skill game in India. Seeing people’s passion for rummy, Junglee Games created an innovative version of the game called Junglee Rummy. Since its inception, the game has got over 20 million registered users. The game is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Junglee Rummy is a unique blend of technology and traditional rummy. The rummy app works smoothly and features stunning graphics. You can play both free and cash games. And that’s not all! There are exciting tournaments where you can win lakhs or even crores of rupees. Also, junglee offers the largest welcome bonus of up to Rs. 5250.
The gameplay and setting is just like real-world rummy. Two to six players play at a table and one or two card decks with Jokers are used. The cards are shuffled and 13 cards are dealt to each player. The remaining cards in the deck form closed and open decks that are kept on the table. Players have to pick cards from the two decks and discard cards to the open deck to create sequences and sets.
There are two types of sequences: pure and impure. A pure sequence consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. It is mandatory to win a rummy game. Example: 7♥-8♥-9♥. An impure sequence is a combination of three or more cards of the same suit and a Joker(s). Example: A♦-2♦-PJ (printed Joker), 4♣-Q♥-6♣ (Q♥ is the wild Joker here). There should be at least two sequences to make a valid declaration.
A set consists of three or four cards of the same rank and different suits. Jokers can also be used to create sets. Examples: 3♣-3♦-3♠-3♥, 7♦-7♠-PJ (Printed Joker). Sets are not mandatory to win the game but optional. However, you cannot make a valid declaration with more than two sets.
The cards ranked from highest to lowest are as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aces and face cards (K, Q and J) are worth 10 points each and the numbered cards are worth their face value.
After arranging the cards, players have to declare by discarding one card to the “Finish” slot. If the cards declared are valid, the player wins the game and gets zero points.
Developer: Jason Roberts single-handedly created Gorgoa. It was his first ever video game and he did a pretty good job. The game was published by Annapurna Interactive, which is an American video game publisher. The company has published many other games too, including Donut County, What Remains of Edith Finch, Outer Wilds and Kentucky Route Zero.
Price: You will have to pay Rs. 449 to download the game, which is a one-time investment.
Released in 2017, Gorgoa is an indie puzzle game developed by Jason Roberts. Initially Roberts started out the game plot as an interactive novel, which took 6 years to finish. The game comes as a wave of evolution in the puzzle game genre and features a beautiful hand-drawn story by the developer. The gameplay is completely original and comprises lavish panels that players need to arrange creatively to solve the puzzle.
Gorgoa is available for iOS, Android and other platforms like Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
The game plot revolves around a boy who has to seek an encounter with a large and beautiful dragon. The purpose of the game is to fulfill a prophetic vision related to the dragon. The boy has to explore various spiritual and religious themes. There are some scenes in the game that follow up a period of 20th century war and the boy takes up the role of the survivor who rebuilds and reflects upon his life.
In this game, players get four images in a 2X2 grid. The participants can move the images to other grid spaces. The images on the tiles are that of a doorway that can be used to cover the existing image and create a new one. This method can be used to stack and combine every image to advance and open new areas in the game.
There is no tutorial in the game but it is not really required. The tiles can be rearranged, zoomed in and out and shifted left or right. The game has a hint-like system that can be used to find the areas that can be interacted with. One of the best parts of the game is shifting the tiles to discover the hidden world.
Genre: Action, Horror/Survival Game
Developer: PikPok is the developer and publisher of Into the Dead 2. It is a New Zealand-based video game company which is also a subsidiary of Sidhe. The company is known for Flick Kick Football and Into the Dead series. It has also partnered with Dreamwork Animations to develop Turbo Racing League.
Price: Available to download for free, but you can make in-app purchases of certain items.
After a huge success of Into the Dead, PikPok released its sequel in 2017. Ever since its launch, the game has had millions of downloads onto both iOS and Android devices. The storyline is similar to the previous version and the players have to make their way to the safe zone through an area full of zombies. For every round, players have to get weapons and guns to kill the zombies.
Throughout the game, there are 7 chapters, 60 stages and many challenges to counter. Also the game features immersive environments and locations like oil fields and military base camps.
The game plot revolves around a man who is searching for his sister in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. The objective of the game is to do whatever it takes to survive till the end of the game. At the end of every mission, the man meets his sister and they connect with each other over the radio.
In this game, the lead runs through the hoard of zombies and the running is completely auto-controlled. The zombies will try to eat and eventually kill the lead character. The aiming on the closest zombie is automatic. One of the best ways to survive through the game is by avoiding the enemies. The ammos and weapons are limited and you may have to preserve them for a tricky situation. When a player successfully dodges a zombie, he will get one free kill with the knife.
As the game progresses, different weapons and guns will be unlocked. These can be purchased using the in-game currency. Also, there are a few boosters to increase the ammo count and grenades. Players can also unlock the dogs that are very useful in the missions.
Developer: Mika Mobile is the developer and publisher of BattleHeart 2. The company was founded in 2009 by Noah and Kelli Bordner. After the success of their first mobile game, called Zombieville, they have created many popular games like Battleheart, Battleheart: Legacy, and Lost Frontier.
Price: The download cost of the game is Rs. 349. Other than that, there are no in-app purchases.
Battleheart 2 is the sequel to 2011’s hit RPG Battleheart. The game was released in 2018 and has a similar storyline as its predecessor. The game features 12 unique heroes, including the returning favorites and some new faces. The player gets to fight monsters in the multiplayer mode. Also, there are 130+ unique items to collect and a new enchantment system that will increase the power of your equipment.
Battleheart 2 boasts striking visuals and you will find various locations at every stage like forests, deserts, frosty tundras and much more.
In this game, the player has to select four characters (from a total of 12) to create a team. Every character possesses a certain ability like damaging, tanking, healing and spells that can be used in the battle.
A player gets to see the world map that showcases different levels and rewards. They will play a battle closer to the current level. Just remember that there are better rewards for difficult levels.
Every battle consists of several enemies and monsters. After killing the first wave, the second wave of enemies will appear within a few seconds. The game is fast-paced.
When the battle ends, the player’s team will get additional rewards on the level select screen. Also, new battles will be available for playing.
Genre: Strategy & Turn-based game.
Developer: Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale is developed by Slothwerks, an independent game studio based in California, United States. It was an accidental venture by Eric Farrano who created this studio to enter a gaming competition in 2013. In the year 2017, they released Meteorfall that quickly captured the attention of the indie gaming community.
Price: The cost for downloading the game including other in-app purchases is ₹599.
Released in 2017, Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale is a sequel to Meteorfall Universe, a game by Slothwerks. It is a rogue-like deck building card game where players attempt to rid evil forces in a post-apocalyptic world.
Krumit’s Tale is an expansion to its predecessor that consists of a gameplay which is more creative and visually appealing. The game went on to become a huge success, becoming #1 Best iOS Game of 2018!
The objective of this game is to defeat an enemy by using weapons, shields, equipment and magic abilities that are obtained in a dungeon. When the game begins, Krumit, a mysterious shopkeeper, narrates the story of the entire game.
Players have to make their way through each dungeon which is in the form of a 3x3 grids. Each grid holds tiles that represent enemies and holds certain weapons, armors and magic abilities.
When a player defeats an enemy or acquires their items or abilities, each tile from the board falls off, taking them to the next level. Each level has powerful enemies and bosses and are given statuses such as poisoning and freezing. After defeating all the enemies, players get bonus gems for unused tiles on the board.
Genre: Turn-based Strategy
Developer: The Battle of Polytopia is developed and published by Midjiwan AB. It is a Swedish video game developer studio. The company was founded in 2016 and tasted success with the release of The Battle of Polytopia.
Price: The game can be downloaded for free but there are some in-app purchases to be made.
The Battle of Polytopia is a top turn-based strategy game on the App Store. The player gets to lead one of the fifteen tribes and rule the square-shaped world. This can be achieved by expanding the empire using army units, eliminating enemies in the battle and capturing the enemy cities. The available resources in the game can be used to increase population and upgrade cities.
The Battle of Polytopia is available in multiplayer and single player modes. In single-player matches, players have to make the highest score in 30 turns, which can also help them top the leaderboard.
In a single-player match, there are two game modes available in The Battle of Polytopia: Domination and Perfection. In the Domination mode, the game objective is to get rid of the opponents with unlimited number of turns. In the Perfection mode, the focus is on gaining the highest number of points in 30 turns.
The multiplayer format has two game modes: Might and Glory. In the Might mode, the player has to take control of all the capitals of the tribe. In the Glory mode, the player has to beat their opponent by scoring 10,000 points first.
The gameplay is simple. Out of the 15 tribes, a player gets to control one tribe. Every tribe has distinctive features like audio and technology. The player has to perform various tasks throughout the game. After completing a task, the player will be rewarded with a monument that helps in improving the tribe.
Every player has to start with a single settlement and a unit. The unit can be moved around the map for searching for the resources and additional settlements to capture. The opponents may attack and try to capture the settlements. When a player captures the enemy’s settlement, the opponent will lose their ability to gain new technology and attack another player’s settlement. In The Battle of Polytopia, every game is played on a random map and there are no repetitions throughout the game.
Are games on the App Store free?
Yes, there are many games that can be downloaded and played for free on the App Store. Type ‘free games’ in the search bar and you can pick a game of your choice and start playing.
What are the best iPhone games for free?
The app store offers a plethora of free games. Some of the top free games include Hearthstone, Crashlands, Alto’s Odyssey, Donut County, Gorogoa, Junglee Rummy, and many more.
How do I download games from the App Store?
To download a game, simply open the App Store and search for the game you want to download, for example Junglee Rummy. Open the game and click on the ‘Get’ button. Now you have to enter your Apple ID and password to verify your account to initiate the download process in your device.
What games can you play together on the iPhone?
You can find many multiplayer games on the iPhone. Some of the most popular multiplayer games include Hearthstone, Junglee Rummy, Guns of Boom, Fortnite Battle Royale, Spaceteam, Golf Blitz, Call of Duty, etc.
How do you get free games on the app store?
You can find a multitude of free games on the app store. But, you might have to pay a lump sum amount to unlock certain features and items. Apps like Junglee Rummy offer free cash games where players can win amazing prizes worth lakhs or crores. You can also play tournaments and cash games where the entry fees can be as low as ₹10.
How can I update iOS Games?
Follow these three steps to update games on your iOS device:
There is a large inventory of games for iOS devices. You will never know how good a game is unless you experience the thrill and excitement associated with it by playing it yourself. Download the game(s) of your choice from our list of top iOS games today and have a great time enjoying gaming!