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Apple's iOS (formerly "iPhone OS") is the operating system that powers their iPhones, iPads. It is derived from OS X, but applications are not compatible between the two, and no emulators capable of running commercial apps have been released yet. iOS is much more locked down than rival Android, and its app store is much more restrictive (no controversial or adult content, emulators, non-WebKit browsers, or GPL-licensed applications). Through a process called jailbreaking, you can bypass all of these restrictions (and void your warranty) to use iOS more flexibly; however, Apple keeps trying to stamp it out, so it gets more and more difficult with every new version.

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Screenshot Title Genre Description
100 Rogues.jpg 100 Rogues Roguelike Although lacking somewhat in content, an excellent and accessible roguelike for the iPhone that has noticeably attractive graphics for its genre. Too easy and simple for roguelike veterans.
Abs unnamed.jpg Adventure Bar Story RPG/Sim Some former Atelier staff decided to make an RPG about cooking instead of alchemy. Like Atelier though, time management plays a big part in game flow. The game also heavily revolves around cooking, to the point where your levels and stats depend on what you eat and most of your money comes from making and selling dishes in your restaurant-bar. However, you have to buy, hunt/kill, gather, and generally obtain ingredients on your own, and doing so has you travel to different areas. Eventually you can enter cooking contests and go to new places, which lets you even access a farm to use. The hardest part is balancing gathering, cooking, selling, and eating, but you can eventually get a feel for it and the battles are never too hard, thankfully.
Although not mandatory, I'd advise to consider using THIS for some help.
100602-avadon-1.jpg Avadon: The Black Fortress WRPG Oldschool Isometric RPG. Think Baldurs Gate for iPad. The story, setting and lore is extensively crafted and immersive. The main story and most side quests have multiple outcomes that impact each other and drastically change the story's progression. incredibly high re-playability. Combat manages to be deeper than most offerings in RPG's today but that's relatively weak. There is a large amount of text for dialogue but nothing unskippable. Sound does the job. This game is an RPG for RPG lovers, definitely worth it. (Also available on Steam!)
Ace Combat Xi.png Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion Flight / Action Gets the gameplay of the Ace Combat series down pat, but is severely lacking in content, with a measly five missions total.
Amateur Surgeon iOS.jpg Amateur Surgeon series Simulation Like Trauma Center, but you're an Average Joe instead of a licensed doctor, so you have to cut open people with pizza slicers and stitch them up with staples. Has microtransactions to some degree, but if you're good you probably don't need them.
Anotherworld.jpg Another World Platform/Adventure A port of the classic platform-adventure game that inspired Hideo Kojima. Comes with both updated HD and original graphics.
Assassins-creed-2-discovery-int-1.jpg Assassin's Creed 2: Discovery Fighting / Platformer / Stealth An iPhone version of the successful Assassin's Creed 2. Better then the first iPhone AC game. It's got fighting, treasure hunting, stealth missions, chase missions, stealth missions, wall jumping, stealth missions and poster-ripping. Did I mention stealth missions? Another cool thing, during the game you will find "Wanted" posters you can rip off. You can set your own photo to be on the poster.
Baseball slugger.jpg Baseball Slugger Sports Homerun derby, online, and with leveling up.
Wesnoth.jpg Battle for Wesnoth Turn-based Strategy Absurdly expansive fantasy turn-based strategy game that offers 200+ hours worth of gameplay in its campaign. Port of a popular free PC game. Unique strategy gameplay that is reminiscent of SRPGs like Tactics Ogre and Fire Emblem but maintains its own identity.
Mzl.alfquuql.320x480-75.jpg Beat Sneak Bandit Puzzle/Platformer/Stealth/Rhythm Creative puzzle game where you collect clocks and avoid detection. The catch: you can only move to the beat of the music. Requires careful planning and a sense of a beat, white boys beware. Also has catchy music and cute visuals.
Beneath a steel sky.png Beneath a Steel Sky Adventure Port of the classic PC adventure game with voice acting fully intact, as well as new cutscenes. Excellent, intuitive touch controls.
Bejeweled2iphone.png Bejeweled 2 Puzzle It's Bejeweled, what do you expect.
Blades-of-fury-screenshot-iphone.jpg Blades of Fury Fighting Essentially the iPhone/iPod Touch equivalent of Soul Calibur. 10 characters, surprisingly good graphics, some interesting control methods, and wireless fights make this game worth checking out.
Brokenswordremakeiphone.jpg Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Adventure Another remake of a classic point-and-click adventure game, now with revamped graphics. Practically identical to the Wii and DS versions.
Carnivores.png Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter FPS Dinosaur hunting simulation game. Surprisingly deep. Despite the ridiculous premise, takes the "hunting" aspect rather seriously. One of the more hardcore games on the iPhone.
Chaos Rings.jpg Chaos Rings (series) RPG Square Enix (which mean it's going to be pricey) RPG developed exclusively for the iPhone. Production values through the roof. No exploration to speak of - gameplay largely consists of running through dungeons. Decent battle system that has customization which is reminiscent of FFV's job system. Story isn't brilliant, but is compelling enough. Lasts a good 20+ hours.
Chrono Trigger iOS.jpeg Chrono Trigger RPG Slightly downgraded from the DS version of one of the best RPGs of all time. Includes extra dungeons and a new ending. Also new modes, a monster battlan' minigame, optional touch-screen interface, plus tons of other extras. Time to show Lavos who's boss again and again. Even the translation has been updated for better or worse. None of the FMVs are in this version because of size constrains despite being more than three times larger than the ROM for the DS version. Has some music glitches like the songs not looping properly. You can check a trailer here
CivilizationiPhone.jpg Civilization Revolution Turn-based Strategy / Civilization It's Civilization. Do you need a description? The controls can be a bit cumbersome, but it's totally playable.
CrimsonGemSaga.jpg Crimson Gem Saga RPG Port of a PSP JRPG. The best and most fleshed out traditional JRPG on the iPhone, albeit with wonky controls.
(Does not run properly on any handset using iOS 5.0 or above, intermittent crashes, sound de-syncing etc).
Crystal-defenders-20090717084610791 640w.jpg Crystal Defenders Tower Defence A Final Fantasy tower defence game where you place units in strategic areas and face against 300 waves of monsters in the span of three chapters.
Cube-Runner-3.png Cube Runner Action Simple looking game much like the kind you played in class on your TI-83, except now in 3D. Game is controlled by tilting, level packs range from easy to ridiculously hard, and it can be played in portrait or landscape modes.
Cut-The-Rope-2.png Cut the Rope Puzzle Another physics-based puzzle game by the makers of Angry Birds. Just as well-designed and addictive.
Dead space.jpg Dead Space TPS/Horror NOT a port or demake or the original Dead Space, but a side story that happens in the same universe. You play as somebody that is mislead to unleash a bunch of necromorphs into a space station and now has to get the fuck out. The plot is decent for an iOS game and the lack of cutscenes is somewhat compensated by adequate voice acting. The controls adapt better than expected to the touch interface and the graphics are quite beautiful, although they don't measure up to the other versions, obviously.
Deus Ex iOS screenshot.jpg Deus Ex: The Fall FPS/RPG An augmented mercenary finds he was tricked into joining the bad guys, and must uncover a global conspiracy in order to survive. A side-story to Human Revolution, with the same flexible gameplay: you can be sneaky or go all guns blazing, manipulate people and hack into systems.
The deep.jpg The Deep Platformer / Adventure Plays like a combination of Metroidvania and Ecco the Dolphin, with minor RPG elements. A solid game, although not very long.
Dodonpachi-daifukkatsu ss3.jpg DoDonPachi Resurrection Shoot 'em Up Cave-developed port of the acclaimed bullet hell shooter Do-Don-Pachi Dai-Fukkatsu. Silky smooth touch controls. Contains the original arcade mode and an iPhone mode developed exclusively for the platform, with a remixed scoring system.
DOOM.jpg DOOM FPS It's DOOM!! What more do you want?
Dungeon-hunter.png Dungeon Hunter (series) Action RPG Gameloft's take on Diablo, with requisite loot whoring and dungeon crawling. Like other Gameloft games, it's a competent imitator of its "inspiration" and will scratch your itch for Diablo on your iPhone. The sequel improves pretty much everything, and adds multiplayer.
Dust An Elysian Tail iOS screenshot.jpg Dust: An Elysian Tail Platformer / Action-RPG A mysterious warrior wanders a fantasy land with a magical talking sword and a little flying sprite companion, trying to regain his own memories and stop a genocidal army. An excellent platformer with very intense combat and some of the best 2D graphics ever.
Edgeiphone.jpg Edge Puzzle You control a box which you move around a map to reach the goal. It's not that simple. There are moving platforms, other blocks pushing you forward, and other obstacles which turns this game into a game of solving puzzles just to reach your goal. It is an extremely addicting game.
Eliss.gif Eliss Puzzle Possibly the best puzzler on the iPhone. Attractive, minimalistic design. Makes ingenious use of the touch controls, requiring you to use both hands at once to keep up with the frantic pace of the gameplay. Very difficult at later levels.
Envirobear.gif Enviro-Bear Action / Driving Enviro-Bear is a game that is similar to QWOP, in the sense that it's a challenge to operate the vehicle. Fish will pop into the car and you'll find yourself avoiding other cars. Your objective is to eat enough berries and fish to gain enough fat to enter hibernation.
EspgaludaII.jpg Espgaluda II Shoot 'em Up Another arcade perfect port of a Cave bullet hell game, with slick controls and an exclusive iPhone mode. The premier iPhone bullet hell experience, along with DoDonPachi.
Fastar.jpeg Fastar! ARPG Super minimalist action-RPG where you hack and slash your way through enemies (made out of colored cubes), cast a variety of spells, and level up your stats, all in the space of 5 minutes. The emphasis is on speedrunning, so improving your time little by little is the meat of the game. It can be a bit too minimalistic, but with the variety of game modes it's easily worth the $1.
Fieldrunners.jpg Fieldrunners Tower Defense A build-your-own maze tower defense game.
Final Fantasy iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy RPG A port of the very first Final Fantasy, one of two ports on iOS that was released in 2010. Combines the art, FMVs, and music of the original PlayStation version, with the scripts of the Gameboy Advance version, along with new dungeons, new bosses, and fancy Gen-7 graphics. The character sprites look all RPG maker, but some of the spell effect animations and monster art are ballin' yo.
Final Fantasy II iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy II RPG The second of the two ports that were released for the iOS in 2010, this one being Final Fantasy II. Features an additional dungeon not seen in the GBA remix, which also added a few new dungeons of its own (also on here). Not as widely-liked as the first, but has it's fans. Still, you might want to look at some videos and FAQs to see if you might enjoy it.
Final Fantasy III iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy III RPG A fully 3D remake of Final Fantasy III, which was previously never officially released outside of Japan. Unlike the NES version, the orphans have a bit of individual background this time, and there's bonus content; however, most you have to unlock by filling up the bestiary. As usual, there are many classes to choose from and to level up, but choose wisely. If you haven't played it yet, now is the time to do so. Also available on the Nintendo DS with MogNet.
Final Fantasy IV iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy IV RPG A fully 3D remake of the SNES game. Includes decent voice-acted cut scenes and a new ability system designed to offer a modicum of customization in the least-customizable FF game to date. Also of note is the increased difficulty over previous ports of the game. The Nintendo DS version is virtually the same as this one but generally better, get that if you have a Nintendo DS. Additional alterations, additions, and omissions noted here.
Final Fantasy IV - The After Years iOS.png Final Fantasy IV - The After Years RPG A fully 3D remake of the WiiWare game. Any tale you unlock after the prologue can be played in any order, similar to Live-A-Live. The Chrono Trigger-esque Band system is slightly altered from the original FF4TAY. Playing FF4 before this is recommended, but not mandatory. However, there is a FF4iOS save bonus, in the form of Tails (hint hint). There are no classic FF bosses in this version (replaced by recolored FF4 bosses with new skillsets), no multiplayer like WiiWare, and no challenge dungeons. That said, the challenge dungeon equipment can be bought in the final chapter. If you prefer the extra content, stick with the PSP/WW version.
Final Fantasy V iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy V RPG Featuring the most refined version of the job system seen in a main Final Fantasy title to date, join Bartz and his quest to have the most female-filled party in the series, as well as his battles against a magic tree. The story is lighthearted, but still plenty cool. Enough classes to make your head spin, plus an extra dungeon and new classes for the GBA/iOS versions. Ported from the GBA with the original SNES music. But inferior controls and diagonal movement makes this port better/worse than the GBA port. Graphics are weak though. Like, DAMN.
Final Fantasy VI iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy VI RPG A ragtag team of terrorists take on a war-power that's been using nature's power against itself to further its expansion. You later take on a demigod who DESTROYED THE WORLD. Job system is gone, replaced by Espers, offering less customization and more favoritism when picking characters, of which there are many. Has some GBA/iOS extras in the form of new espers and dungeons. Like always, the graphics and controls aren't as good as the SNES/GBA. C'est la vie. Fixes the slowdown problems from the GBA version.
Final Fantasy VII iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy VII RPG A massively successful game that popularized JRPGs and launched SquareSoft to stardom overseas. Final Fantasy VII was a hit because of its state-of-the-art graphics and FMV scenes, great soundtrack, exciting fantasy-steampunk setting and story, which featured massive corporations draining the planet of its life force. Its cast and important scenes are ingrained in JRPG fans' memory. It has aged quite decently, and while not the be-all end-all of its genre, it's still a really good game. iOS port based on PC port and doesn't have the touch optimized controls similar to the other FF games but has virtual buttons not too different to those found in emulators instead.


Also available on PlayStation and PC.

Ffdimensions battle.png Final Fantasy Dimensions RPG Homage/spiritual successor to classic FF with Crystals, Jobs, Abilities, and new "Fusion-Abilities". Think ahead on ally specializations and FAs to learn. There's MANY more skills and abilities than FF5 had, some even have their own groups, such as Monk using Martial Arts. Many classic jobs learn new stuff too, like Red Mage's new "Attune Blade" working like FF6's Runic. The story isn't hot, and some characters are lame, and the player-character graphics are RPG Maker-tier poor, but shit does get real, monsters look baller, and other characters are pimp.
As this IS pricey: If you really like this stuff (especially FF5), check it out. If you don't particularly enjoy anything before FF6, then probably not. If you're on the fence, try the demo and if you enjoy it, buy the first chapter, since that's the one you can actually start using Jobs and FAs. If you can't get into it past that 1st chapter , then it may not be for you.
Final Fantasy Tactics - War of the Lions iOS.jpeg Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions SRPG Ported from the PSP port of the PSX Final Fantasy Tactics game. The stretched widescreen, slower animations and rewritten dialogue (Fixes many of the mistakes of the original game, but is in some sort of verbose theatrical English.) seem to bother those who've played the original more, but this version also have a slightly expended story, 2 new secret characters and a secret new job. For those who don't care, it's a deep, complex SRPG and one of the best FF spinoffs ever.

An update has been released that fixes the slowdown/lag issues.

Final Freeway 2R iOS screenshot.png Final Freeway 2R Racing If you have nostalgia for 80s arcade racers, especially Sega's OutRun, this is definitely worth a buck!
Flick kick football.png Flick Kick Football Sports Crazy addictive football/soccer free-kick game with openfeint.
Frogatto5a.png Frogatto Platformer / Metroidvania Think Cave Story + Yoshi's Island. A cutsey non-linear platformer with beautiful pixel art about an unemployed frog trying to defend his town.
Galaxy On Fire 2.png Galaxy On Fire 2 Space Sim Full-fledged space simulator a la Wing Commander. Accessible enough to appeal to newbies while having a deeper trading system than games like Freelancer or Darkstar One. Impressive production values.
Gamedevstory.png Game Dev Story Time Management Time management game where you create and manage your own video game company. The most addictive game on the iPhone. Guaranteed to suck your life away.
Geodefense.jpg geoDefense / geoDefense Swarm Tower Defense The best tower defense games on the App Store, requiring more thought as they are much more difficult than most other tower defense games. geoDefense is a fairly straightforward tower defense game, while geoDefense Swarm makes many changes to the formula and is ludicrously difficult.
Gangstar Miami Vindication.jpg Gangstar: Miami Vindication Sandbox / Action Gameloft's attempt at Grand Theft Auto. A fairly decent GTA-clone with gameplay that is closest in the series to GTA III. Game length is around 10-15 hours.
Ghosttrick.jpg Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Adventure / Puzzle A port of the popular Nintendo DS, puzzle game, Ghost Trick. The game begins with the main character, Sissel's, death. Work your way through an interesting adventure as your own spirit in an attempt to find out who murdered you. Runs a bit slower than the DS version, but not too much. Also now has minigames after completing!
Giana Sisters iOS screenshot.jpg Giana Sisters Platformer Reimagining of the fondly remembered German Super Mario ripoff. A solid, very charming old-school platformer. Also for OS X.
GTA iPhone Screen Grab.jpg Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Sandbox / Action The Grand Theft Auto game that started on the DS with all the touch-screen features of the DS and the slightly better graphics of the PSP version. Controls surprisingly well and is pretty cheap at 10 bucks, considering the ones on the other portable systems are around 30 bucks. GTA 3 is now on IOS, so check that out, and Max Payne got a full port.
Gridrunner screenshot Android.png Gridrunner Shooter A trippy shooter from the king of trippy shooters, Jeff Minter. At first it looks like a clone of Centipede with sprites ripped from Galaga and the sound effects from Robotron, but other than the arthropod-ish enemies coming down, there are also cannons trying to zap you from above and from the side. Then the enemies start to fly in bizarre formations, you get some crazy power-ups, and suddenly you can't see shit because the screen is absolutely swamped with color-flashing bullets everywhere! The touch control is a bit clumsy, but it's still something worth seeing.

An unique trick is that holding the device in portrait position gives you the modern game, while holding it in landscape gives the unchanged 8-bit version from 1982.

Hector Badge of Carnage.png Hector: Badge of Carnage Adventure Point-and-click adventure game developed exclusively for the iPhone. Very nice production values, with fully animated FMVs, full voice acting, and crisp, attractive art. Clever puzzles and a crude sense of humor. First episode is free, the rest are paid.
Helsing.jpg Helsing's Fire Puzzle Inventive puzzle game with a nice Gothic aesthetic that involves lighting torches to exterminate enemies. A bit short and easy.
Heroofsparta.jpg Hero of Sparta II Action God of War style action game for the iPod Touch/iPhone. Good graphics, decent controls, and the cyclops-decapitating QTE's that we've all come to know and love. The sequel is significantly better than the original, don't bother with the first.
Hitman go slashgear-820x420.png Hitman GO Stealth/Puzzle A sickeningly stylish spinoff of the Hitman series, which is transformed here into a turn-based board game.
Hook champ.png Hook Champ / Super Quickhook Platformer Lots of grapplan, coin collectan, and hat purchasan. Bionic Commando but with a heavier emphasis on swinging through levels at mach speed. The leaderboards, excellent controls, retro graphics and sound will keep you 'hooked'. Super Quickhook, the sequel, is expanded and even better.
Horizon Chase screenshot.jpg Horizon Chase Racing A fantastic arcade-style racer with beautiful graphics that mix modern and old-school. Pretty much a spiritual sequel to SNES classic Top Gear, the favorite racer of 9 out of 10 Brazilians (they even hired the same composer).
Iblast-moki.jpg iBlast Moki/iBlast Moki 2 Puzzle Physics-based puzzle game where you must use bombs and other devices to propel your "Mokis" to level exits. Excellent level design. Has the same appeal as World of Goo in terms of deceptively accessible yet difficult gameplay.
Isotope.jpg Isotope: A Space Shooter Arena Shooter / Survival Not your typical dual-stick shooter, in that it has a lengthy campaign mode with significant RPG elements that gives it far more value than your average bare-bones survival dual-stick shooter. The level design and enemy variety is also well above most other games of its ilk.
Jet-car-stunts.png Jet Car Stunts Racing A cool racer that resembles Trackmania. It's got heavy car physics, excellent controls, a great drift mechanic, crazy track designs and lots of opportunity for huge, satisfying hang time. The lack of a multiplayer mode is unfortunate, but the single-player affair will keep you busy for weeks.
Junk Jack iOS screenshot.jpg Junk Jack Terraria clone Similar to Terraria, though it doesn't have the emphasis on combat. Controls/menus can be difficult if you have sausage fingers.
Jukebeat-ipad-1.jpg Jukebeat/Jubeat Rhythm Addictive Japanese arcade-based rhythm game involving touching blocks on a 4x4 screen in sync with the game. App and a few songs are free but the rest is DLC out the ass. Also check out the Japanese app Jubeat (English friendly) for an almost strictly superior song list. iPad strongly recommended for large-ass screen.
Kingdomrush.jpg Kingdom Rush Tower Defense The best tower defense game on the iPhone, port of the flash game. If you don't have this, get it.
King of Dragon Pass iOS screenshot.jpg King of Dragon Pass Strategy Choose-Your-Own-Adventure RPG Book Simulation Guide your clan through a vaguely medieval world with filled magic in your quest to become, well, king.

Gameplay consists mostly of reading and making decisions in various scenes, which are randomly chosen from a couple hundred, which means that every playthrough is, at bare minimum, different, and it's cool to see decisions you've made come back to bite you in the ass a few years later. It's ported from a PC game, which is available from GOG, and it's actually a really good game regardless of version so torrent it and give it a try if you're even slightly interested.

Labyrinthiphone.jpg Labyrinth/Labyrinth 2 Ball Rollan Games Tilt all around to move the ball around the maze and reach the goal. Just like the real game that consists of a box, a maze, holes, and mad tilting skills.
Ss-02-1-.png League of Evil/League of Evil 2 Platformer Pretty much the best platformer you'll find for your iPhone. You have two directional buttons, an A button to jump and a B button to kick evil scientist ass with. Gets very hard if you go for the 100% completion and has a LOT of levels.
LoveMochi.png Love Mochi Puzzle A iOS port of a PC puzzle game made by the Irisu Syndrome guy. It plays like Yoshi's Cookie and despite the cute look, a dark plot twist reveals itself after you play 13 times. Score high enough and you'll be able to defy it.
Lumines iOS screenshot.jpg Lumines Puzzle Yep, it's real. Controls are fine, although a bit inferior to the PSP/PC versions. The main issue is the lack of content; there's only one skin pack consisting of about 5 skins, and you have to purchase the other pack. It wouldn't be such a problem if the default pack weren't so darn easy. But hey, if you've gotta have Lumines and for some reason aren't carrying around another portable device, this works.
Lunar Silver Star Story Touch.jpeg Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch RPG Enhanced remake of the Sega CD original (which plays a bit differently and has some notable story differences), Lunar is a classic RPG love story. Combat is fluid and without transitions; Bosses level up with you, so you'll have to use your wits over grindan. PSP remix looks nicer with more vibrant sprites and animations, and even added some extras, but it's really easy compared to this. Was also semi-ported/semi-remixed as Lunar Legend for GBA, but that one's kinda weak and stupidly easy. Gameplay of the PS1 version, which is more or less the same.

Mostly based on the Saturn/PS1 versions while recycling some assets from the Mega-CD and PSP versions, translation is based from the PSP version

Mg IMG 0645-1-.png Mage Gauntlet Action-RPG A magic-centric action-RPG where you explore several varieties of dungeons, search for secrets, obtain spells, fight nifty bosses, and so on. What's interesting is your equipment revolves around a WIDE variety of affects and attributes (rather than a linear progression of Weapon, Stronger Weapon, etc.), thus letting you mix up your play-style and preferences. Although it's touch-based, it utilizes this fact quite well, making spell-casting and movement a breeze. One complaint some have with finding some secrets and rooms is that it uses a bit of classic-game style "hidden paths in walls"; so, if wall-hugging annoys you, consider ignoring them or playing Wayward Souls.
Ipad 31 500.jpg Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint Puzzle Despite the name, it plays more like an anti-billiard game. You rack up points by bouncing, grazing and forming clusters of balls rather than clearing the table quickly. There's a lot of content with a nice difficulty curve; the only downsides are the high (for an iOS puzzle game) price of $6.99 for all content and the creepy game icon.
Mecho-Wars.gif Mecho Wars Turn-based strategy A turn-based strategy game with gameplay that is nearly an exact clone of Famicom Wars/Advance Wars. Its surreal visual design by artist Luc Bernard gives it extra appeal.
Large2.jpg Military Madness: Neo Nectaris Turn-based strategy A port of Hudson's Neo Nectaris for the obscure PC Engine CD, somewhat optimized for the iPhone hardware. The original was Japan-only making it even more obscure. That fact alone makes this port notable, as the game is now available to iPhone wielding, English-reading masses. This port itself is not particularly good however, as the scaled up sprites are not very impressive in 2010 and it is a bit sluggish, with even a bit of load times. A great game for fans of turn based tactical games a la Advance Wars (but with hexagons!) nonetheless.
Minigore-1.jpg Minigore Arena Shooter / Survival A quirky little top down shooter where you have to fight more and more horrid little creatures called Furries. The highers your score and the more furries you kill, the more difficulties and characters you unlock. Some of the characters you can unlock are cameos from other iPhone games, including the bear from Enviro-bear. He wields a shotgun. It's got some pretty funny voice acting, too.
Photo-41.png Mirror's Edge Platformer A more complex clone of Canabalt. Still plays fairly similarly to the 3D PC version, and has a slightly better plot. Also, Mayor Callaghan is apparently an FTM transsexual.
Modern combat 2 2.jpg Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus FPS Gameloft's imitation of Modern Warfare 2. Actually has quite the enjoyable campaign (albeit more reminiscent of early Medal of Honor games than CoD), and the online multiplayer is the best on the iPhone, containing the same level perk system as MW2.
Moonlight.jpg Moonlights Puzzle / World of Goo-ish Think World of Goo.
MushBugPanic.png Mushihimesama: Bug Panic Arena Shooter A two-stick shooter (kinda like Smash TV) made by Cave, featuring the characters from Mushihime-sama. Pretty fun, even if it's not Cave's usual genre.
NBA Jam iOS screenshot.jpg NBA Jam Arcade/Sports Let's JAM! BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!1
Necro rising.jpg Necromancer Rising RPG A huge dungeon crawler with nice graphics and good combat. Also really addicting loot based gameplay.
Ninja smasher screen480x480.jpeg Ninja Smasher Adventure-Platformer / Metroidvania Spiritual remake of Ninja Striker below. Travel through a connected map full of cutesy platformer goodness. Like NStriker, it uses a curious and slightly awkward touch-based jump mechanic to move about, but the game's made with it in mind, and utilizes it better than you might think at first. Lots of silly enemies and bosses to fight and dungeons have platformy-traps and gimmicks along with puzzles to give a fair challenge and keep things from getting boring. Upgrades and secrets can also be obtained through exploration, letting you access new areas, and extra items and sub-weapons can be bought from tanuki shops using gold you find scattered across the world. Quite solid, and pretty inexpensive, too.
Ninja striker E382B9E38388E382A2E794A8Retina4.png Ninja Striker Platformer Touch-based platformer where you play as a ninja trying to save your princess-friend from monsters. The touch-based jump mechanic combines offense and movement in one, though be careful with your landings. One thing it has over its adventure-based remake is multiple characters, each with their own attributes. As this is pure platforming, the levels focus more on utilizing enemies and obstacles to reach each stage's goal point. Clearly inspired by several platformers, but one in particular is Donkey Kong Country, as there are floating arrow-tiles which act similar to the blast barrels in launching you about at high speeds. These are even seen in Ninja Smasher (though a bit less common)
While it mostly does its own thing as a combo of different elements from other platformers, rather than acting exactly like a particular one, it's worth a shot to any fan of the genre, and goes for fairly cheap. The DLC coin boosts are mostly unnecessary, but you might consider buying a cheaper one if you keep getting your ass kicked by bosses (embarrassingly, I bought the 99 cent pack, but even that made the fights super-easy). The game is quite beatable without using real-life money, as coins can be collected in stages and the game is made so even the initial "normal" ninja can clear it without any upgrades whatsoever, you fucking casuals.
Mzl.zsvfxsdv.320x480-75.jpg Noiz2sa Shoot 'em Up Another port of a PC bullet hell, Noiz2sa features 10 stages and several more endless stages of bullet hell goodness. IMPORTANT: The paid version of Noiz2sa is a bucket of donkey dicks, AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Nova-iphone-3gs.jpg N.O.V.A. FPS A very blatant ripoff of Halo and fellow Halo clone The Conduit, this was the first decent FPS on the iOS. Even though the single-player story mode is filled with cliches and hammy voice acting, the graphics are some of the best on the iPhone, and the controls work great. Also sports 4 person online multiplayer. Later games in the series improve the graphics and multiplayer even further and take the singleplayer in a CoD direction.
Oceanhorn screenshot iOS.png Oceanhorn Action/RPG Zelda for iOS. This game received major hype in the two years leading up to release- and for the most part it's justified. Beautiful graphics (that scale shockingly well to older devices such as the iPhone 3GS) and an amazing soundtrack are highlights of the experience. There are no IAPs to be found; all additional content has been provided via free updates. This is a full gaming experience.

Its only cons are somewhat touchy controls (though for the most part they work very well), rather simplistic level design, and the fact that it apes Phantom Hourglass right down to the key animation/sailing mechanic. But at least for now, it's as good as it gets- unless Nintendo releases a Zelda on iOS, which we all know won't happen for another few decades or so.

Orbital.jpg Orbital Puzzle Shoot balls, make orbs, don't cross the line. Requires a bit of thinking.
Oregon-trail-ipodtouch-1.jpg Oregon Trail Edutainment / Oregon Trail You know that amazing "educational" game we all played in the computer labs back when we were kids? Yeah, this is like that, only with quirky 2D graphics and touch-controls. Arguably the best remake of Oregon Trail yet. Also on DSiware. Don't confuse TOT:American Settler which is a freemium town buildan' game.
Osmos.jpg Osmos Puzzle Port of a PC game, and now one of the best puzzle games on the iPhone. The gameplay involves manipulating physics to get your orb to consume other orbs, with brilliant level design that slowly ramps up in difficulty. Supported by beautiful presentation that creates an inviting aura of ambiance.
Stan.jpg Parachute Stan Action A fun game from Conker's Bad Fur Day creator Chris Seavor. Use motion controls to guide Stan as he tries to escape an evil Baron and his minions while falling through the air.
Parking Mania.jpg Parking Mania Driving/Maze/Puzzle (sort of a jumble of all three) Top-down game where you need to navigate a vehicle into a parking space. Comes with 110 levels with different types of vehicles ranging from small minis to large trucks. Speed is controlled via a slider on the side, while the steering is done by rotating the device like a steering wheel, but that can be changed to an on-screen control in the options. iPad HD version available which looks quite good even with the cartoony graphics.
Peggleiphone.jpg Peggle Puzzle Same shit, different platform.
Phoenix Wright.jpg Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Adventure/Visual Novel That's right... Phoenix Wright, on your iPhone! The controls aren't quite as perfect as they were on the DS, but the writing is still compelling as it ever was. Edit: NOW AVAILABLE IN AN HD TRILOGY (WITH JFA AND T&T) FOR $20 TOTAL
Pix39n-love-rush 5.jpg Pix'n Love Rush/DX Platformer A stripped-down platformer with an interesting art style. Consists of runnan, jumpan and shootan in order to get the highest score in 5 minutes. Based off the game Pixel! on XBLA.
Plantsios.jpg Plants vs Zombies Tower Defense Defend your house from Zombies using a large array of cute Plants. Seriously. Easy to learn, hard to master, and really fun. Works wonders with the touch screen. Don't bother with any of them past the first, as they basically became pay-to-win, even for things that were free in the first.
Pockettanks.png Pocket Tanks Deluxe Turn-based Strategy / Artillery Scorched Earth clone.
Ravensword.jpg Ravensword RPG A WRPG that attempts to reach the heights of Morrowind, although it falls short in most key areas. Nevertheless, still a compelling RPG with an abundance of quests and game world to explore.
Realracing.png Real Racing Racing No other racer right now combines this title's stunning visuals, smart AI, and excellent community features. The game handles very well -- better than any other iPhone racer out there. The tilt steering is fantastic. If you love racing games, there is zero reason to not download this game.
Red-Conquest.png Red Conquest RTS The most original and intuitive RTS on the iPhone, with online multiplayer and a lengthy campaign mode. Innovative gameplay which isn't particularly reminiscent of any big-name RTS.
003.jpg Reflecbeat Rhythm Japanese arcade-based Bemani music game by the makers of Jukebeat/Jubeat, you tap dots on the screen in sync to music against an AI opponent. Addictive as hell and good music but DLC out the ass so maybe find a way to get the DLC for *cheaper* if you know what I mean. Also Sakura Sunrise. WOOOOOOO! iPad strongly recommended.
Rimelands-Hammer-of-Thor.jpg Rimelands RPG Although not very lengthy, a solid dungeon crawler with addictive D&D-esque gameplay and an intriguing steampunk aesthetic and story.
Riven iOS screenshot.jpg Riven Adventure It's Riven. Myst is also available. Controls are difficult to work with due to lack of context sensitive cursor, which makes interacting with things a lot harder.
Rolando screen b.jpg Rolando / Rolando 2 Puzzle / Platformer A LocoRoco-esque platformer that uses the tilt controls of the iPod Touch/iPhone to roll around series of little circles with faces on them through obstacles towards the goal. Really cute graphics. Rolando 2 is lengthier than the original and one of the definitive games on the iPhone.
Rogueninja screen480x480.jpeg Rogue Ninja Rogue-Lite A rogue-like that's light on various elements and Rogue(-like) beginner-friendly, though still has that "fighting against unfair odds" flair that you'd expect. Most reminiscent of ChunSoft's earliest Mystery Dungeon games, like Shiren and Torneko. Runs on difficulty levels. The first, "Easy", is a simple 10-floor dungeon, with "Normal", a much bigger dungeon, unlocking after beating that, and so on. What's nice about this is that it has a very touch-friendly menu system, removing the need to shuffle through pages of a limited view. The controls are similarly easy to grasp as well (protip: tap the center of the 8-arrows to run).
It's on the simple side, but provides a good challenge and has nice replay-ability for the price. More advanced players may not care for the simplicity, but it's hardly bad either.
Rogue Planet.jpg Rogue Planet Turn-based Strategy Another Advance Wars clone, this time by Gameloft. Most similar to Days of Ruin. Has very high production values and a long campaign, as well as online multiplayer.
Som.jpg Secret of Mana (US)Seiken Densetsu 2 (JP) Action RPG Another widely-loved Action RPG by Square. Up to three people can play simultaneously. There is no multiplayer for the iOS version, if you want multiplayer, get the SNES version. It expands on the weapon and magic abilities of Final Fantasy Adventure for Game Boy, the first Mana title. Magic is aligned to various spirits and each has their own sets of spells. This really setup the Mana series and the various mythos, along with elements and characteristics that it is so well known for today: weapon skills, tough bosses, pleasant visuals, great gameplay, and incredible soundtracks. Get the SNES version if you want multiplayer, but if you do not have an SNES or a device capable of SNES multiplayer emulation or you just want to play alone, get whatever version you want. Music does not loop in this version and it just replays back to the beginning. With that said, this is a better handheld version of Secret of Mana rather than using a PSP/Android phone/jailbroken iPhone to emulate this with SNES9X.
Monkeyisland.png The Secret of Monkey Island / The Secret of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Graphic Adventure Remakes of the classic LucasArts point-and-click adventure games, now with revamped graphics. Monkey Island has unwieldy, cumbersome controls, but Monkey Island 2's control scheme is simple and intuitive.
Scribblenauts iOS screenshot.jpg Scribblenauts Remix Puzzle / Platformer It's a port of the Nintendo DS version but it's much better.
Shift.png Shift Puzzle / Platformer This game is a lot like a 2D Portal, except instead of using portals you press a "shift" button that inverts the colors of the level and flips your character across the color boundary. Unique gameplay and controls. Also, jazzy music. Should you need even more Shift, you can find the 4 flash games that spawned the series on your favorite flash games site.
Smtios screen568x568.jpeg Shin Megami Tensei RPG Not the first Megaten ever, but it helped make the series what it is today. Based on the GBA version, but uses the PS1's sounds and music. Can be played in horizontal and vertical modes. Localization is very solid, with none of the stupid honorifics used in Persona games. If you're the type who can't enjoy a challenge or somewhat outdated mechanics, don't bother. If you want a pretty good retro game, give it a shot. There's some extras and improvements here not present in the SFC version, but nothing to lose sleep over if you prefer the SFC one.
Url.png Six-Guns Action / Adventure Pretty crazy title. It's wild west meets vampires meets steapunk. Actually this is Gameloft's attempt to imitate Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC, but not bad attempt. It's free-to-play for some reason.
Songsummoner.jpg Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes SRPG A strategy RPG where the troops that you use in battle are created from the music in your song library. You can even power up your troopers by listening to the music that created them. The character design is top notch, while the in-game graphics are pretty close to Final Fantasy Tactics. The story seems pretty standard, but is really fun to play through due to the fact that all the names of the characters, places, and attacks are song references. Such as the archer attack, "Shot Through The Heart". Really good. Port of the Ipod Classic "Click Wheel" Game. You'll never find the original.
Soosiz-6.png Soosiz Platformer Super Mario Galaxy in 2D. Seriously. Music sucks, but gameplay is awesome.
Spaceinvadersinfinitygene5.jpg Space Invaders: Infinity Gene Shoot 'em Up It starts out like a regular Space Invaders game, but quickly evolves as you play it. It has fucking awesome music and graphics, perfect controls, and it lets you play to music off of your iPhone/iPod Touch. Fuck year.
Space-Miner-1.jpg Space Miner Shooter / RPG One of the most fleshed out games on the iPhone. Offers an involving story, and a compelling mix of Asteroids-esque shooter gameplay and traditional RPG elements.
Spelltower iOS screenshot.png Spelltower Word-based Puzzle Boggle meets Tetris. Look for words in an ever-expanding tower of letters to prevent it from reaching the top.
Spider-the-secret-of-bryce-manor.jpg Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor Puzzle / Platformer Possibly the most well designed game on the iPhone. Hits it out of the park in every department - innovative gameplay, slick presentation and a tantalizing story. As good as XBLA's Braid or Limbo.
Soniciphone.png Sonic the Hedgehog / Sonic the Hedgehog 2 / Sonic the Hedgehog CD Platformer Some true Sega classics, ported and upgraded with widescreen support and other extra coolness. The fans made these; support them!
20839s4 360 z1a3 001.jpg Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1/2 Platforming Very short (due to its episodic nature), but really fun. The fans were right for once. Same fun 2D gameplay that even the couple of changes, such as lock-on, doesn't ruin it. A (finally) great Sonic game for what it is worth. Also on Android, XBLA, WiiWare, PSN and Windows. There was a lot of bitching around the game's release, mostly related to the Sonic Rush physics and green eyes, but these complaints prove to be superfluous regarding the general experience.
The second episode improves on the first regarding physics, graphics, and (debatably) audio, and features co-op gameplay with P2 as Tails. Overall it's better than the first game in almost every way, except for one major caveat- it's not compatible with iOS 7 at present, and the only devices that can run this game well are restricted to iOS 7.
Stardefense.jpg StarDefense Tower Defense Nice tower defense game with leaderboards. The levels all take place on mini planets with a twisting and turning path, which adds a lot of depth to what is a fairly simple tower defense game. A good step up if you're sick of Plants vs. Zombies.
Hexagons.jpg Super Hexagon Action/Puzzle Fast paced action-puzzler where you have to guide a triangle (which you circle around a stationary hexagon) through incoming waves of walls. Very fun, addictive and challenging. Features an awesome chiptune soundtrack. Also on PC/Mac/Android/Blackberry.
Swords-n-poker.jpg Sword and Poker 2 Card Game / RPG A unique and cute game where you play as a heroine, who has to travel to four dungeons to get four keys in order to enter an ancient tower containing a sacred artifact. Gameplay consists of adding 2 cards to 3 of the initial 9 in order to make a poker hand, damaging the opponent. Damage is based on the hand made and stats. You can find and buy weapons, shields, and HP boosts to boost your offensive and defensive stats. There are also branching paths, magic skills, status effects, etc. You can listen to your own music while playing, and it is very addictive.
The first isn't bad, but the second far surpasses it, and the story is almost non-existent, so don't worry about missing out.
Sword of fargoal.jpg Sword of Fargoal Roguelike The premier roguelike for the iPhone, with a huge amount of content and a creative control scheme that makes full use of the iPhone's touch screen.
Tapper World Tour iOS.jpeg Tapper World Tour Arcade A modern re-imagining/remake/reboot (we can't tell) of Tapper with more challenging, fun levels and amazing graphics designed by Don Bluth (Dragon's Lair, Anastasia, The Land Before Time).
Tetrisiphone.jpg Tetris Puzzle Tetris with touch controls, you get used to it quickly.
Duskb.jpg Texting of the Bread Texting Game Imagine, Typing of the Dead, with Gingerbread man and Internet Meme sentences, like ROFLMAO and Allyourbasebelongtous. Pretty fun.
Tbc unnamed.png The Battle Cats Line-Defense / Zerg Cat Rush The Battle Cats are bent on world domination and YOU gotta help 'em. Goofy as all fuck, the game revolves around deploying different types of units properly and balancing your funds-to-deployment ratio so as not to get swamped by the good guys. It's only in the bonus and stages past Chapter 1 where this comes into play, but as soon as you run into your first red enemy, you'll know it's time to start paying attention. The game picks up more with your additional unlocks the more you play, notably as soon as you conquer Japan and get to manage your team better.
Thequest.jpg The Quest WRPG Could compare it to The Elder Scrolls games. Has multiple races and skills you can pick. Pretty fun if you grew up playing Daggerfall.
Twewysoloremix.jpg The World Ends With You Solo Remix RPG A simplified port of the DS game, removes the characteristic mechanic of the game (having to control two screens at once). Get the DS version if you can.
THPS2.jpg Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports / Skateboarding Pretty much the original THPS2 on your iPhone. Controls can be a bit iffy at times, but great fun nonetheless.
True-Skate1.jpg True Skate Sports / Skateboarding Remember playing with Tech Deck skateboards as a kid? This game pretty much embodies what you wish playing with Tech Decks was like. Excellent touch controls, easy learning curve, and nearly endless playtime depending on how short of an attention span you have. Downside is there's only one map, but it's a relatively new game, so new maps may be added in the future.
Uniwar.png Uniwar HD Turn-based Strategy Turn based strategy game. Similar to Advance Wars. Contains the most pure variety out of the Advance Wars clones on the iPhone.
Unoiphone.jpg Uno Card Game Uno.
Warpgate-iphone-1.jpg Warpgate Space Sim An absolutely huge top-down space simulation game with a gigantic open world and a meaty, branching campaign where you can choose between warring factions. Action is the weakest point of the game, but everything else in the package makes up for it.
Whirlwind.PNG Wayward Souls Action-RPG / Rogue-lite Spiritual successor to Mage Gauntlet, with most flaws ironed out, and several improvements made. Play as 1 of 3 (later, 6) characters, each with their own unique stats and abilities, and conquer challenging and ever-changing areas. Bosses and common enemies alike will require some actual strategies, different for most characters. While death may be permanent, progress is not! Clear a stage (or die) and use your found treasures to buy attribute boosts for characters to further improve their specialties, making your next retry or foray into the next stage a bit smoother. Expect to die often, but also to find even more unique items and abilities than Mage Gauntlet, including an interesting equipment-upgrade system. Aesthetically, it kicks ass and does its story-telling right. A must-play.
Wolfensteiniphone.jpg Wolfenstein 3D FPS Ported over from the PC, this is one of the earliest first-person shooters. You play as BJ Blazkowicz and your objective is to defeat the Nazis and escape a World War II prison called, "Castle Wolfenstein."
Wolfenstein-rpg3.jpg Wolfenstein RPG FPS / RPG Wolfenstein plus turn-based combat in fully rendered 3D environments. Battles consist of taking turns shooting or moving, giving the game an almost chess-like feel. 8+ hours of game time.
World of Goo Screen.jpg World of Goo Physics / Building You use the little goos to build bridges and other constructs to make obstacles and even gravity your bitch. Diversity comes in form of different kind of goos and cut-scenes. The iOS port is much more viably playable on iPad.
Wormsiphone3.png Worms 2: Armageddon Turn-based Strategy / Artillery Port of Worms 2, has multiplayer and much nicer graphics than the first Worms port.
136286390398951.jpeg Year Walk Adventure/NOPE Atmospheric adventure based on Swedish mythology. Controls are Myst-esque. Beautifully creepy, especially as it goes on, but a little pricey for its length. Check out the freee "Year Walk Companion" app that explains all the mythology, adds immersion/creepiness.
Zen Bound 2 comparison.jpg Zen Bound / Zen Bound 2 Puzzle A puzzle game involving wrapping rope around wooden objects. Currently one of the most critically-acclaimed iPhone games. A sequel was recently released. Newer devices can run a version with enhanced graphics. The sequel, Zen Bound 2, is bigger and better.
Zombie infection.jpg Zombie Infection Action-Adventure / Shooter Gameloft's take on Resident Evil 4/5 that actually manages to be better than Capcom's iPhone version of RE4. A fairly decent story mode which will last a good 5-6 hours.

Jailbreak apps[]

Screenshot Title Genre Description
PlayBox HD.jpg PlayBox HD Streaming app If you love streaming movies on your iOS device, this is the perfect app for you. Can stream movies, TV shows, anime and cartoons. The most useful one since Movie Box is dead now and can be run on iOS 6.
RetroArch screenshot iOS.png RetroArch Multi-system emulator RetroArch is the only emulator you'll actually need- it does everything the below emulators do and much, much more. You'll find the most use out of it as the only good N64/PS1 emulator for iOS- and it's surprisingly efficient, PS1 games run at full speed on A4 devices, and N64 can mostly run at full speed on A5 and above. It's also free- that's nice. The only con is its clunky user interface (in-game, 3 menus are available that perform the same functions with different looks), but it's well worth the learning curve.

Also features a really cool "rewind" feature that allows you to literally rewind your gameplay to an earlier state. It must be seen to be believed.

Add the repository on Cydia: libretro.com/cydia

Gpsphone.png gpSPhone Emulator GBA emulator. Runs most games at decent speed, although it can be rather choppy.
INES-ADX.png NES.emu and other ".emu" series Emulator Robert Broglia has released a series of full-featured emulators on iOS. Platforms supported include NES, GBA, Mega Drive, GBC, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Saturn, and more. This is the NES emulator; it runs practically everything perfectly. Much more customization than the older emulators, including external controllers, full filesystem support, on-screen control calibration, and a robust save/load state system. Well worth the price.
Ppsspp-icon.png PPSSPP Emulator PSP emulator. Vastly superior to JPCSP, so forget about that. It features moderately low requirements, built-in shaders, up to 10x internal resolution (that's 4800x2720), the superb xBRZ texture filter, a fantastic UI with automatic update checks, and large compatibility. Crazy stuff for only being a year old, and massively updated stable releases are still coming frequently. The downsides are the barely noticeable input delay and inability to play PSN titles.

Ad-hoc support is in the early stages, but a handful of games work flawlessly. Setup/networking tutorials and general info for ad-hoc can be found here.

Kinda laggy on iOS for more extensive games like God of War, Final Fantasy Type-0, KH:BBS and Gran Turismo.

Compatibility List Stable Release Latest Dev Builds.

SNESADX.png SNES9x EX Emulator SNES emulator. Runs most games absolutely perfectly. Has iCade and iControlpad support. Much better than the older emulators.