The iPhone is great for many different things and what you love most about an iPhone will come down very much to personal preference and you own particular experience with these devices. For some people it will be the maps that make iPhones so incredibly useful – perhaps you find it an absolute Godsend to be able to find your way anywhere as though you were constantly carrying a TomTom with you. For others it’s the camera, while for other people still it’s the iOS which is famous for quite simply never crashing on people.
However one other big string to iPhone’s bow is its impressive array of games. So impressive in fact are the games available on iPhones and iPads that the console gaming industry is actually starting to get worried that they might be starting to lose ground and that the future of gaming might belong to phones. And with the increased specs and incredible ‘retina display’ of the iPhone 4s this is more a risk now than ever before.
So if you want a slice of the action, where do you begin when there are so many games out there on the app store? Here we will have a look at some of the top picks you can get for your iPhone.
iPhone Games Roundup
Angry Birds: The game that started it all, it would be simply unfair to start this roundup without giving a nod to Rovio’s classic. The premise is brilliantly simple, but it’s the impressive destruction that makes the game so addictive and the cartoonish physics. And it’s not like the series hasn’t evolved either – the recent release of Angry Birds ‘Space’ makes for a unique challenge and ensures that veterans aren’t starved for new content.
Cut the Rope: Cut the Rope was a big hit in iTunes and later the Android Market and in some ways was similar in style to Angry Birds. The idea here is to cut lots of ropes in order to drop a sweet into the mouth of a waiting frog-type-thing. The game makes no sense, an some of the puzzles are a bit inane so it’s not quite up there with Angry Birds. Still though if you want more cartoon puzzle action, then this is your next stop.
Sonic CD: There are plenty of Sonic Games available for iPhones and iPads, and in terms of graphical prowess and modern sensibilities it is surely Sonic Episode 4 that must take the cake. However for a bit of retro fun, and an old Sonic game you might not have already played to death (it was only ever released on the ill-fated Mega CD gams console), Sonic CD is probably the best bet for your fix of the blue hedgehog. Furthermore it has a much better treatment than Sonic 1 or 2 which are also available on the store with a high-res full-screen display and lots of extras and goodies thrown in.
World of Goo: World of Goo is absolutely bonkers and absolutely brilliant at the same time. This is a game that sees you dragging and dropping balls of goo in order to build big structures without letting them collapse. The balls of goo are strangely cute, and the fabulous music and twisted backstory revealed through messages from ‘The Sign Painter’ help to create a forboding atmosphere that’s really quite unique.
Osmosis: Osmosis, like World of Goo, is an ‘Indy’ PC Game that has been ported to iPhone. This is a brilliant version, and the touch screen lends itself perfectly to a game which has you tapping behind a giant bacteria-ish blob in order to dispel matter and gobble up other big blobs. The gameplay is unique, but really what makes it special is the very surreal and beautiful presentation and the excellent music from High Skies and other atmospheric bands. It’s just a shame the premise eventually wears thin.
GTA 3 Anniversary Edition: Grand theft auto revolutionized gamin when it was first released for PS2 – presenting gamers for the first time with a fully open world to explore and incredibly varied gameplay. Impressively it feels just as groundbreaking now its made it onto our phones – but sadly suffers a little from the touch screen controls.