Welcome to the iOS Games Thread! The purpose of this thread is to discuss the newest games for your iOS devices. Speaking of which, let's take a look at those:
Mostly meant for entertainment, the iPod Touch is definitely the cheapest solution for those that just want to game. You can certainly download useful apps for work, but this is heavily pushed as a device for play.
Still fairly cheap (assuming you buy it with a contract), the iPhone is obviously a PHONE and thus is the best purchase if you are also looking for that whole phone thing. Just be careful not to burn your phone's battery while killing pigs.
The luxury item of the three, the iPad is in a bit of a league of its own. The larger screen means that you might want to look into apps designed to take advantage of that big ol' screen. You can upscale iPod/iPhone apps, but they probably won't look as nice.
Do you love the iPad, but wish it was just a bit trimmer? The iPad Mini is basically a small iPad, which makes it both more portable and affordable, while still offering a large-screen alternative to the iPhone and iPod. The only real caveats are a thinner bezel (might press the screen on accident near the sides) and the lack of a retina display (it has, however, the same resolution as the iPad 2, so it still looks nice). Definitely something to consider for a portable gaming device that offers a bit more than gaming.
Apps are getting bigger these days as assets to take advantage of Retina Display are tossed in. Universal apps also tend to be a bigger on account of including assets for both iPad and iPhone/Pod. I highly recommend going with the 32GB models these days unless you plan to use your phone only lightly for gaming. Games, when combined with music, video and photos, can quickly fill out the 16GB drive.
Now that we have introduced the main cast, let's go over some of the rules.
1. This is for the discussion of games, and games that are available for iOS. I guess an Android player can talk about Angry Birds, but make sure it's playable on iOS devices!
2. Jailbreaking, while not illegal, is outside the scope of this thread.
3. We now have a forum for indie developers to show off their goods! DO NOT POST YOUR GAMES HERE: shoot a PM or email to our admin, Tube, and he will take care of you. Posting a game without permission will get you blacklisted from the forums, and we don't want that!
The Only Two Websites You Need
1. Touch Arcade
News, reviews, previews, and everything in between. They do a great job of keeping on top of shit without succumbing to the standard bullshit of most gaming websites. Forums are also an excellent place to get more information on games.
Your wallet's favorite website, this is basically a giant archive of app prices. It doesn't just show you the prices and keep you up-to-date on sales. No, it also gives you a fucking HISTORY of every app's price points. A shrewd consumer can learn the ebb and flow of sales and know when to pounce on that app they've been eyeballing. Unsurprisingly, they also have an app
But enough of that, let's get on with the games. The following list is pretty much highly acclaimed games from both this forum and (in most cases) the internet in general. I've even went and added app store links just for you!
WARNING #1: As time goes on, many older iDevices are no longer given consideration for development. This means that many games may run poorly or not at all if you are using an older device (especially 1st or 2nd gen). Do your homework before buying any app!
WARNING #2: I am not going to hold your hand here. Many apps are split into types. Some are HD and work best on iPads and retina display devices. Some only work on iPad. Some work on everything. To list the details would take forever, and is pretty silly when you can just figure it out with about two minutes of research.
One of the oldest genres at the app store, there is a metric ton of these games. Let us separate the wheat from the so-shitty-we-can't-call-it-chaff.
Plants vs. Zombies
: PopCap puts a lot of effort into their iOS ports, and it shines here. While not a perfect port, they've been slowing adding missing features (mainly mini-games) to this app. The touch controls are well done, and it's a joy to play all-around. The game uses a special "lane" design that gives it a nice twist on the genre.
Anomaly Warzone Earth
: This might be cheating a bit, as this game is actually a reverse Tower Defense. Instead of defending, you are leading troops deeper inside an alien...thing that appeared. This time the towers are the enemy, and you have to find the best path to the goal. A nice indie title that has gotten high marks for the iOS version.
: The goddamn granddaddy of app store Tower Defense titles, this is a classic title that sticks to the traditional "make a maze of towers to stymie the enemy" style of gameplay. Plenty of towers, enemies and maps to choose from, and it's really just the standard fare with professional quality.
: Based on a French cartoon that I know dick about, this is a neat title that kinda melds tower defense with games like Final Fantasy Tactics. Speaking of which...
Final Fantasy: VANGUARD STORM
: There are two FF tower defense titles, but I prefer this one. It borrows the lane style of PvZ and does some cool things with it. There's a free version to wet your beak with.
: Geometry Wars meets Tower Defense. This uses the "fixed path" style where your tower positioning is limited. Geo Defense has another game called "Swarm" that uses the same "open" style as Fieldrunners.
Your enjoyment of platformers is largely dependent upon your tolerance for virtual controls. While there are solutions available (putting tape on the controls for a tactile feel, some third-parties are coming out with stuff), they are kinda stupid and defeat the whole mobile purpose of the device. Having said that, many competent platformers have released on the App Store.
: Once upon a time a company named SEGA decided to release some Sonic ports to the app store. They were horrible train wrecks that were a shame to the Hedgehog's legacy. One day, a gent by the name of Christian Whitehead flipped off the Heavens and decided he could do better. So he pretty much remade Sonic CD from the goddamn ground-up, with a fancy new engine and shit. Luckily for Whitehead, SEGA was experiencing a period of clarity and working on shit like Colors and Generations. So they just hired the dude to make their Sonic CD remake. I dunno how much of that is true but in a nutshell: Christian Whitehead has made what many are saying is the new gold standard for platformers on iOS. The fact that it's also what many call the greatest Sonic game ever doesn't hurt. DID I MENTION IT ALSO HAS TAILS NOW? CAUSE IT DOES.
: This game clearly rips off Mario Galaxy, only in 2-D, but does it well. The controls work, and it's a got a decent style. The end levels are kinda bullshit, but worth the cash.
: There was once a company that made some okay games, and then they got eaten by the freeium monster and churn out titles I hate. I also hate Rolando 1, but I am clearly in the minority there so it deserves a spot here. Apparently Rolando 1 has some bullshit network thing you have to log onto now if you wanna play, so I'll link the sequel which is supposedly better and doesn't require you to log into anything to play.
: A smart, clean platformer with tight controls and winner of the Cutest Protagonist Award 2010. He's just so earnest!
: More of a historical relic, this was once a game that basically ripped off Super Mario Bros. so hard that it had to be removed from shelves. Decade later, it got a new lick of paint and was brought onto the DS. This is basically that version, and it's decent enough. Don't expect a title as awesome as Mario, however.
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
: Saving the best for last here. This game puts you in the carapace of a spider as you roam the titular manor for food. The game eschews a virtual shitpad in favor of a easy swipe gesture system that works great. Spin webs and catch bugs to rack up points. Also does a great job of telling a story in a very subtle...manner
. Oh ho ho ho. Anyways, this game is so good that it's probably being used to help rehabilitate arachnophobics.
A natural fit for the iOS, there's a ton of puzzlers available.
: I guess I should mention this. It's Tetris, but the nicer, older version was pulled for this lesser model. Apparently a lot of nickel-and-diming is going on, but at 99 cents I guess it's worth a try.
: PopCap's classic game is here, and this is just one of the versions on the app store. Standard PopCap quality.
: Puzzles are something of PopCap's bread-and-butter. Peggle's another one. I believe you can purchase Peggle Nights in-app.
: Long-loved on the Nintendo DS, this is a blend of genres that has caught on in popularity over time. A bit random for my tastes, but it's a solid package.
: Ho ho ho, is this ever the digital crack. Let's take Puzzle Quest, remove the more random elements (like an AI player), and add a roguelike element. You basically try to last as long as possible and keep your stats up enough to keep pace with the flow of monsters invading your puzzle well. Add unlockable classes, races, and customization to get a game with an incredible life span.
: Tie rope around wooden figures. It's more fun than it sounds! Also has a sequel available.
: A match three that I was rather found of. Simple, but entertaining!
World of Goo:
A wonderful physics puzzle that got a bit of a raw deal on the PC and consoles. The developers have made a great port for the iOS, and you can enjoy building gooey bridges all day long. Highly recommended.
: The Dreamcast classic is now on your phone! Holy smokes! A damn fine port, and even includes the multiplayer that I spent way too much time playing on my GBA.
: WRITE ANYTHING. SOLVE EVERYTHING. A blend of the two DS games. Buy it.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
: A port of a well-received yet under-loved 2011 DS game. This comes from the Phoenix Wright crew, and fans of that will love the writing and characters. You basically get into a series of Rube Goldberg scenarios as you figure out how to stop various murders from happening.
Like platformers, ability to enjoy a good FPS is dependent on your enjoyment of virtual controls. A lot of choices here.
Call of Duty: Zombies
: The horde mode thing that started in the Black Ops is on the iOS. I think this has several versions/sequels available too, so poke around. I heard it's a solid co-op experience.
Modern Combat: Sandstorm
: Gameloft loves ripping off titles, but they do a solid job with their games. Modern Combat is no exception, and this delivers a pleasant enough single-player FPS experience. Again, there's a sequel with multiplayer and crap.
: Gameloft does Halo. If you liked Modern Combat, then you will probably enjoy this unless you hate space or something.
: Class-based multiplayer shooter with a nice post-apocalyptic theme.
: I'm cheating here, as it's technically a third-person cover shooter. But close enough. One of the best implemented cover systems.
More to come!