Welcome to a list of pure eye candy. Get your iOS game on and feast your eyeballs as well. All these games have a sky-high rating from our expert AppsZoom editors, meaning they’re heaps of fun as well as works of art. Most are free, and the handful that aren’t are well worth the ticket price.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lo, and behold! These apps are just gawgeous!
The only thing monsters love more than bacon is boogers. Lure them to a snotty death by projectile sneezing onto beartraps in Gesundheit! Yes: sometimes there are new things under the sun. It’s definitely surreal, a little bit gross, and a lot challenging; 40 levels with increasing complexity will keep your hay fever running strong. Ultra-impressive graphically, reminding me of sprawling illustrations in the best of children’s literature.
Protect the silhouetted high-rise of Bad Hotel from the attacks of Tadstock’s critter army with strategic/harried attempts at building, all the while generating dynamic beats echoing through the atmosphere. The silhouette-against-lush-backdrop aesthetic is attractive as heck, letting the strategy of placing the various rooms of the hotel speak for itself. Hands-down the best part, though, is the audio: each piece you place will resonate with its own beat and rhythm, adding to the engaging auditory experience (headphones recommended!). Build high enough and the background drips and beeps grow more complex to match. It’s alluring and addicting; you actually feel like you’re doing something incidentally creative alongside the defensive strategizing.
The pace is slow, the beats constant, and the strategizing fast and furious. Auralux is that gorgeous, innovative real-time strategy game you’ve been looking for. Prepare to become completely engrossed by a series of circles and dots. The constant background beats manage to be at once calm and driving, and the musical notes that result from clashes with the AI are practically ethereal. It’s a perfect pairing with the soothing, attractive graphics.
Although we all know that if you mash up enough plasticine of different colors you only get a revolting ball of brownish clay, Fatpebble Studio has dared to break this sacrosanct rule with Clay Jam and allow our blue little rolling hero to mangle everything on its way in order to save their malleable and ductile world. Game animation has been neatly done using a stop-motion technique. Period. Wow. A rolling ball of clay smashes into other clay stuff while croquetting downhill and flinging itself onto a clay monster.
At the overlap of space adventure puzzle and artistic exploratory fantasy you’ll find Breach Entertainment’s Shardlands. Intrepid space cadet Dawn is lost amongst the galaxies, and she must collect ancient keys scattered about alien worlds in order to make her way back home. The depth and detail of the level environments is outstanding, on par with just about any console/PC game. A tour de force of an m-game, hours of immersive gameplay for serious and casual gamers of all shapes and sizes. That’s right, a blanket recommendation of high excellence for everyone. Go get lost in space.
I bet you’ve never played anything like this. Incredipede is as shocking as fun. You are put in the shoes of Quozzle, a sort of alien able to morph in different shapes, all of them equally awkward for walking. You must grab items (basically fruits) and get to the sun beam to beat the level (go towards the light, Carol Anne!). Your morphing body won’t make things easy though…