With over 400,000 apps now available for download in the iTunes app store, the gaming options are nearly limitless. In the sea of games for the iPhone, some are worth your 99 cents (or download time) and others are not. We’ve taken on the burden of sorting through the endless games to bring you our top ten games for the iPhone, for everyone from the intense console gamer to the casual word puzzle enthusiast.
Angry Birds ($.99)
This notoriously obsession-inducing game begins with the story of some ugly green pigs who stole eggs from their neighboring birds. These birds are now, as you would assume, very angry. Users fling the angry (and squealing) birds at fortified castles inhabited by the green pigs in an attempt to destroy the pigs and get to the next level. It’s a game of trial and error, but birds with different advantages (extra power, wider coverage) and pigs with extra protections (hardhats, etc.) keep things interesting.
The nerve-wracking party game Jenga now comes to the iPhone with real-time 3D physics simulation and gyroscope integration. The amazingly realistic game uses sensitive touch technology to recreate the tension and anticipation of pulling out as many Jenga pieces as you can before the tower crumbles. The game features a four-player Pass ‘n’ Play mode that lets users come back to the game at their own pace, and a new arcade mode, which challenges users to increase speed and grab special points along the way.
Mirror’s Edge ($.99)
This visually stunning game puts users in the middle of a ‘perfect society’ where they have to run around the city performing various parkour-style stunts to stop deadly threats and any forces of evil. The game was specifically designed for the iPhone’s retina display and takes full advantage of it with crisp visuals. Players use swipe controls to run up walls, jump rooftops, and ride zip lines in 14 different levels.
Infinity Blade ($5.99)
This sword-fighting action game will make you feel like you’re sitting at your console in the comfort of your own home instead of staring at your small iPhone. Powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 technology, Infinity Blade brings cutting edge graphics to your small screen in a 3D castle world. The game uses touch controls and can be played in single player and multiplayer modes.
Words With Friends ($1.99)
This ad-free word game has taken both iPhone and Android users by storm with its Scrabble-like game-play and play at your own pace design. Users can play matches with friends (on either iOS or Android devices) or with randomly selected users. The addicting game is not designed for immediate satisfaction, allowing users to play turns when they have a free moment on the bus, waiting in line, or on a break from work. Get competitive and break out your dictionary app for this one, you’ll need it.
Fruit Ninja ($.99)
Like Angry Birds, this action game is extremely simple but extraordinarily addictive. Users swipe a finger across the screen to slice fruit as it flies across the screen. Miss slicing one too many and you’re out. Slice multiple pieces of fruit with one swipe for combination points and watch out for flying bombs, which will kill you and your score in an instant. The game features classic and arcade modes as well as multiplayer for Game Center-enabled devices. Turn the sound up because, trust us, hearing your fruit be slashed and splattered is the best part.
Plants vs. Zombies ($2.99)
The much-loved tower defense game that started out as a hit on PC is now available for the iPhone, to the relief of countless fans. Users must defend their homes against hoards of angry zombies attempting an invasion. Planting a variety of zombie-zapping plants will fend off the walking dead, and the more zombies you kill the more plants you can get to defend your home. The game has 50 different levels that feature different scenes and backgrounds. The game stays interesting thanks to the variety of zombies with special skills and tricks.
Sparkle the Game ($2.99)
This action puzzle game puts speed and accuracy to the test as users shoot orbs into a constantly moving line, hoping to make them disappear fast enough that they don’t fall into the dreaded abyss. Users tap the screen where they want to shoot orbs; match three orbs of the same color to make them disappear. Three game modes, different scene locations, and hidden bonuses and secrets keep the action fun. The game is simple in concept, but the entertainment will last hours.
Bejeweled 2 ($.99)
This addictive game is one of the top paid apps of all time, and for good reason. The puzzle game challenges users to match sparkling jewels to get points to get to the next level. The premise is simple but the fun of beating each level is addicting. Different modes allow for intense or relaxed play, and new Facebook integration allows users to challenge their friends to a match.
Toki Tori ($2.99)
In this puzzle platform game, users must guide the adorable Toki Tori through 80 levels and four different worlds to gather as many eggs as possible. Fun animation and solid graphics make this game a treat to play, even on your small iPhone screen. Toki Tori is a perfect game for someone who loves simple old-school video games or wants something casual and fun.