The App Store is stacked with top quality iOS games. But with almost countless free iPhone and iPad games to choose from, knowing the best games can be tricky.
Luckily, having such a huge number of games means no matter your taste, there’s something to play. Trusted Reviews has picked some of the best experiences you can download right now.
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South Park: Phone Destroyer
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If you’ve finished up all the rude offerings of South Park: The Fractured But Whole this may be your new favourite game. Ubisoft has created a collectable card experience that’s both addictive and offers the crude humour you’d expect from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s infamous cartoon.
You can assemble a unique deck while interacting with beloved characters spread across the Colorado town. It’s surprisingly challenging and fun, offering bite-sized gaming sessions perfect for playing on the go.
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Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series has absorbed hours of our precious time in the past. Whether we’re decorating our house with trinkets or befriending every villager, there is always something to do in the charming world Isabelle and friends inhabit.
Now, after much anticipation, you can finally play it on smartphones. However, it’s a little different to what you’d find on 3DS. Pocket Camp has you running your own campsite with its own unique style. You’re free to invite over friends and complete favours for them in exchange for a bunch of goodies.
Pocket Camp is a cute and accessible idle experience that feels like a genuine entry in the Animal Crossing series. While it’s not packing the same level of features, it’s still a neat thing to have on your phone.
Puzzle Bobble Journey
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The classic and utterly adorable puzzle title has a new iteration on smartphones, and it translates the enjoyable formula to mobile perfectly. With hundreds of stages to play through, Puzzle Bobble Journey also offers player an assortment of different power-ups and characters to unlock.
Puzzle Bobble’s memorable soundtrack has also been remastered, taking its place alongside high-definition visuals that really pop on modern phone displays. While it does contain optional microtransactions, I always found myself with enough coins and equipment to get by.
If you’re looking for a fun, cute and relatively easy-going puzzler on mobile, this is a great addition to your collection.
Fire Emblem Heroes
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Developer: Intelligent Systems
Nintendo’s third stab at mobile gaming could be its deepest yet, with Fire Emblem Heroes delivering an experience that pays homage to the beloved series while also carving its own identity. By combining familiar gameplay mechanics with dozens of iconic characters, Fire Emblem Heroes crafts a deceptively deep SRPG perfectly suited for mobile.
Fire Emblem Heroes does an excellent job of translating the existing gameplay formula to iOS and Android. Admittedly, it lacks some of the depth of the 3DS entries, yet often feels just as challenging. Managing your capable squad of heroes still requires a keen sense of strategy, albeit on a smaller and somewhat simplified scale.
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The solo campaign is a nostalgic trip through Fire Emblem history as you encounter characters from previous entries summoned into your world by an evil sorceress. Each chapter has you battling through a series of skirmishes before coming across the iconic individual in question. Duking it out with them is a blast, even if at times the difficulty feels lacking.
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Developer: Warner Bros. International Enterprises
Price: Free/optional in-game purchases
The original Injustice on mobile gave fans of the brawler a reason pick up the mobile version of the game as well as having it on console. Similarly, Injustice 2 manages to hold its own against the console version and is the essential app for anyone who wants to pummel superheroes and villains on the go.
This mobile sequel introduces new jumping and low attacks that generates a big focus on performing combos to allow your character to perform their signature super move. The game isn’t shy about delivering a ton of content to give the player their Injustice fix on the go with a lengthy campaign and story mode featuring cutscenes from the console version being just some of the many modes available.
The only big ugly asterisk here are the in-app purchases that range from a reasonable £1.79 to a ludicrous £91.99 for in-game items. Of course, you don’t need to shell out to see everything this game has to offer, but with rest periods needed in-between play if you don’t, you’re going to need a few other games on your phone to keep you occupied at the same time.
Fish & Trip
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In Fish & Trip you command a single adorable fish as he swims about the blue ocean. By using a single swipe of your finger you dart him about the screen in a bid to collect eggs and save your fellow fish people.
The further you progress the more precarious surroundings become. Areas will soon turn claustrophic as feisty predators pursue you in search of a quick snack. It’s incredibly simply but well-executed enough that it’s bound to put a smile on your face. Just don’t get eaten by a shark!
Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
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Brave Exvius is one of many freemium Final Fantasy titles available on iOS right now, and it’s deservedly one of the best. Taking a ton of elements from the classic series, players can explore towns, conquer dungeons and assemble a varied party of clever and courageous heroes. There is also plenty of unique lore to pick apart, providing a surprising amount of depth for a mobile experience.
The moment-to-moment gameplay is simple at first, but some of the hardest battles will require a keen sense of strategy to suceed. Altering equipment and assembling a party with a number of classes means you’re always kept on your toes. If Brave Exvius isn’t your thing, you can always check out Final Fantasy Record Keeper or Mobius Final Fantasy on the app store. There is plenty of JRPG goodness to be had on your smartphone.
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Royalty is a complicated business. Sitting atop a monarchy makes you a prime target for political espionage, assassins and public ridicule. Nearly everything can go wrong, and Reigns positively revels in this sense of chaos. A card-based game with endless streams of witty dialogue, you must either run your kingdom into ruin or rule supreme for decades.
Every minute introduces quirky new characters and scenairos for you to enjoy, many of which exist purely to trick our ruler into an early death. Whether it’s coming across ancient treasure or preventing a civilian uprising. Snap decisions must be made to improve your country’s religion, economy, military and more. It’s deceptively simplistic with more than enough depth to last you through many a commute.
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Avialable on: iOS, Android
Look outside your window and you’ll probably see someone wandering around, looking lost, clutching their phone. After this week they’re probably not lost, but instead trying to catch a Caterpie, Slowpoke or any of the other wonderful creatures that litter your world now.
Pokemon Go has quickly become a global phenomenon. Millions of people are using the incredibly addictive AR experience to catch-em-all in the real world.
Using your phone’s GPS, you can wander around and use real-world landscapes to battle in gyms, collect items and even lay down your own marker as a gym.
Pokemon appear at random throughout the world, and using your phone’s camera will appear in the real world, from Starbucks to museums to your very own house.
If you haven’t downloaded Pokemon Go yet, you absolutely must, it’s an experience you need to be a part of.
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We’re a sucker for cute little mobile titles here at Trusted Reviews. We also love collecting random goodies and completing quests, both of which Post Knight deals out in plentiful spades. You play as an adorable little warrior given the job of what can only be described as a medieval mailman. The townspeople need stuff, and you’re the sole person capable of delivering it without being devoured by wolves.
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Post Knight kicks off with our hero obtaining his very first postal license. With this he can deliver parcels across the land with the use of his sword, shield and potions. By taking quests from a nearby postbox you earn experience and materials used for upgrading your tattered equipment. Soon you’ll be sporting an arsenal worthy of pushing through the hardest of stages.
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Developer: Onplay Corp.
No, it isn’t a remix of the classic Blur song. Rogue Life is a top-down shooter spliced with an endless runner, sprinkled off with surprisingly tactful RPG elements that make for an addictive freemium experience.
You command a squad of cute, confident heroes as they destroy enemies and complete quests in search of endless loot and upgrades. Customizing these adorable heroes is great fun, adding an extra layer of depth to the relatively easy combat.
Topped off with a gorgeous art style and plenty of content, Rogue Life is a brilliant handheld RPG perfect for playing on the go. Just try and ignore the horrible voice-acting.
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Tap My Katamari!
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Katamari is an obscure Japanese delight, fully aware of its oddball visuals and utterly mental personality. It’s become a cult favourite amongst fans, drawing in thousands with its fabulously catchy music and addictively simple gameplay formula. Tap My Katamari takes this experience to mobile with some unusual changes.
If you’ve played a clicker on your smartphone before the usual trappings of Tap My Katamari are nothing new, and do little to alleviate the usual frustrations that accompany such a genre. Luckily, the sheer wackiness of Katamari shines through brilliantly here, injecting enough charmful fun into the experience it’s very easy to overlook.
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Tap My Katamari is brilliant clicker, offering more than enough rewarding variety to keep you coming back with each new notification.
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The Undertaker. Randy Orton. John Cena. AJ Styles. All of these names will sound incredibly familar to anyone even slightly in tune with professional wrestling. They’re all superstars who appear in WWE Supercard, a fiendishly addictive collectible card game that has you assembling decks of your favourite wrestlers to battle players across the globe.
Upon building your deck you can then participate in a range of modes, many of which have you facing up against real-life opponents. The game is frequently updated to reflect special events in the wrestling world, giving fans plenty of incentive to regularly check back for new cards and rewards.
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While it may be a bit silly to watch actual cards duke it out inside a virtual ring. The timing is paced perfectly to maintain a sense of drama as you and your opponent fight for wrestling supremacy. Each bout works on a 2 out of 3 basis, and depending on your performance, you can pick from a number of randomly selected cards after each skirmish. Suddenly finding yourself with a super rare drop is massively satisfying.
Vloggers Gone Viral!
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Available on: iOS, Android
I’m on the verge of 10 million subscribers, my hugely popular yet oddly diverse vlogging channel exploding across the internet as I ramble endlessly about films, videogames and fashion. My charismatic avatar is an odd little lady, jumping between subjects with reckless abandon as she uploads her every thought to the online world.
You can be an internet superstar, and the satisfaction that comes with producing a viral sensation is an unpredictable delight. Vloggers Go Viral is all about emulating the feeling of success that comes with being a popular YouTuber, turning what is likely a hectic experience into a fun, easy going mobile clicker.
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Vloggers Go Viral doesn’t deviate too far from the generic clicker formula I’ve come to expect from the genre, but the novel concept that lies beneath it is one that holds interest for longer than one might expect. Building my own online empire was a fun, rewarding and surprisingly personal experience. My mundane bedroom soon transformed into a glamorous studio filled with exuberant posters, high-tech equipment and even a wrinkly little pug.
Vloggers Gone Viral is a fun, cute and satisfying clicker that will definitely appeal to the younger generation obsessed with world famous YouTube stars. Even if you’re a little older, this is still a worthwhile idle experience.
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After dominating consoles and PC, Playdead’s iconic platformer is now available for the first time on iOS. Playing as a young boy having awoken in the dark depths of purgatory, you must travel through a gruesomely twisted world in search of your missing sister. The minimalistic aesthetic allows the visuals to pop on smartphone displays.
Limbo is deceptively simple, drawing you in with its eery ambient sound and startling art style far more than its gameplay. That isn’t to say it’s boring to play. Far from it. The enemy encounters are utterly terrifying, pitting you up against larger than life creatures that will not hesitate to kill you. Puzzles are simple yet rewarding, ensuring you’re always moving forward but never, ever bored.
Final Fantasy IX
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Developer – Square Enix
One of the very best Final Fantasy titles is now available on mobile, complete with updated visuals and a slew of new gameplay features.
The timeless battle system, beloved soundtrack and memorable characters have never been better, and now it all fits in your pocket.
If you’ve never touched the franchise before, this is the perfect way to get started.
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Developer – Moppin
Downwell is an unbelievably fast-paced roguelike where you must navigate a never-ending tunnel in pursuit of the highest score possible.
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By shooting enemies and avoiding deadly traps you can unlock new upgrades and cosmetics for your skillful little avatar.
The addictive gameplay is complimented by fantastic visuals, boasting a retro style that’s hard not to fall in love with.
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Developer: Terry Cavanagh
Excruciatingly difficult yet eternally satisfying. Super Hexagon is bright, colourful and unforgiving, but it’s also a blast to play.
With a selection of increasingly challenging levels, Super Hexagon requires incredible hand-eye coordination to succeed, and that’s just on easy mode.
Surviving longer than 60 seconds is a commendable achievement in itself, but those with a masochistic streak will adore this punishing six-sided menace.
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It takes something special to stand apart from the hordes of endless runners available on mobile, but Alto’s Adventure has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
Set against an ever-changing landscape, you chain together extravagant tricks and combos to increase your overall speed as you bound across a range of dynamic environments.
Inspired by modern classics like Journey and Monument Valley, Alto’s Adventure is one of the best in the genre.
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Developer: Square Enix Montreal
Looking for a portable companion for Hitman’s latest console adventure? Well, look no further than Hitman GO.
Square Enix Montreal has crafted a pure and distilled Hitman experience, requiring a keen eye and patience to ensure victory.
It’s not nearly as fleshed out as its console counterpart, ditching disguises in favour of short, linear levels that will have scratching your head in no time.
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This ambitious re-imagining of Jules Verne’s classic novel puts you in the shoes of Passepartout, manservant to famed protagonist Phileas Fogg.
In your position you must help plan every single facet of the record-breaking trip, right down to packing everyone’s bags.
80 Days is perfect for those who love an engaging, interactive story on their morning commute.
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Rider is a simple yet appealing physics-based platformer that works perfectly on mobile. By holding the screen you cause your neon motorcycle to accelerate, forcing it across a series of precarious platforms.
Holding it while in the air causes you to flip, adding a sense of precise rhythm to each troublesome gap in the road ahead. It’s great fun, and having your score constantly monitored and new bikes being unlocked on the regular, this is a great arcade experience for smartphones.