The best gaming apps for your iOS device this month
Below, we run through the ten best new iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch games released within the past month. All titles are playable on all iOS devices unless otherwise indicated.
Buy From Apple 1. VVVVVV 95
Platformer, $2.99, ages 9+, from Terry Cavanagh
"VVVVVV is a platforming masterpiece. The only thing that could make it better is if it were longer."
The award-winning retro-styled, 2D puzzle-platformer (which first debuted on PCs in 2010) brings its gravity-flipping mechanic to iOS devices for the first time.
From the Publisher: From the creator of Super Hexagon - VVVVVV, the hit 2010 indie platformer, now available on iOS! Winner of Indiecade's 2010 award for Most Fun/Compelling Game.
Buy From Apple 2. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake 90
Puzzle, $4.99, ages 9+, from Cartoon Network
"Don't be confused by the Cartoon Network's publishing of the game: while this is a game that can be played by kids, adults and any kind of 'gamer' will find that it puts up a good fight."
This Kickstarter-funded, surprisingly complex and expansive puzzle adventure asks you to switch between multiple characters in each level to complete your quest.
From the Publisher: Warning: This game is crammed full of monsters, cake, amazing powers, puzzly bits, epic adventure, witty repartee, secret paths, unlockable characters, silly hats and a wiener dog. Use caution if you are allergic to fun or overly sensitive to cake-related pathos. As so many of these things do, it all begins on a magical island. In this case, Gogapoe Island, a place populated by both humans and monsters. What starts out as a mission to get back Niko's birthday cake becomes a quest for the fate of Gogapoe itself. But, ya know, cake is still super important, too! Oodles of friendly monsters will join Niko's quest and use their kooky powers to demolish obstacles and humiliate enemies. Hordes of evil monsters will cause mayhem and generally be jerkfaces, but that's nothing you can't fix with headbutts, frost breath, stink clouds and rainbow barf. Even with powerful amigos at your side, you're gonna need your thinking cap to get past these cerebrum-tingling environmental puzzles. And did we mention the bonus challenges that give you these really swell stars? You like stars, don't you? If side quests are your jam, Gogapoe is packed with people—and monsters—in need of roadside assistance. Send a little love their way, and you might discover hidden paths, unlock extra levels or earn unique swag, including special costumes that give Niko nifty powers of his own!
Buy From Apple 3. Battleheart Legacy 88
Action-RPG, $4.99, ages 12+, from Mika Mobile, Inc.
"An exciting, accessible role-playing game that does away with most of the fluff that bogs down the genre while retaining the depth that fans adore."
If you liked the original Battleheart, you should love this sequel, which brings greater depth to the original's action/RPG formula.
From the Publisher: The spirit of Battleheart returns, re-imagined! In Battleheart Legacy, you will explore a rich and detailed fantasy world, customize your unique hero with dozens of powerful skills and items, do battle with hordes of enemies, encounter quirky characters and discover the stories of a troubled realm. Will you become a powerful wizard, or a notorious rogue? A noble knight, or a savage barbarian? How will you forge your legacy?
- A refined real-time combat system, based on the award-winning "Battleheart". Move your character or attack your foes through simple taps, and unleash powerful special moves at the right moment to turn the tide of battle!
- Unparalleled animation and VFX make every battle a visual feast!
- An astounding 150+ unique skills across 12 classes to customize your character with. Poison your foes, crush them with giant two-handed weapons, put them to sleep with a song, or simply blow them up with a meteor strike. And with our unique multi-classing system, it's possible to combine classes into a nearly limitless number of combinations.
- Over 200 unique pieces of equipment to further tailor your character's play style.
- Incredible boss battles that will put your hero to the test!
Buy From Apple 4. Sky Force 2014 81
Action, free, ages 9+, from Infinite Dreams
"It may not reinvent the genre, but Sky Force 2014 is one of the best shmups on the App Store and a must for all shooter fans."
The shoot-'em-up returns with a 10th anniversary mobile edition that offers plenty of dogfighting action and an emphasis on the "free" part of freemium.
From the Publisher: The mobile blaster legend is back to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in super-destructive style. Harnessing the intensity of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups combined with the hottest smartphone technology, Sky Force 2014 offers a stunning scrolling shooter experience with an incredible new social gameplay element. Ten years ago, IGN said, “Put simply, Sky Force is amazing.” Scoring an incredible 9.5 out of 10, Sky Force took the early mobile gaming scene by force. And now it’s back. Bigger, bolder and more intense than ever. This 10th anniversary edition adds incredible depth to the series through stunning 3D graphics, intuitive touchscreen controls and a powerful upgrade system that’ll keep you blasting for hours on end. Weekly tournaments take place on unique new levels as you battle it out against legions of other Sky Force 2014 players, offering great rewards not only for winning, but for rescuing other pilots who’ve already been taken down! The hottest shooter is no push over, but the invigorating gameplay and vast library of achievements will keep both casual players and hardcore gamers hooked as you upgrade your ship and take it a little deeper into the incredible battlefield time after time.
Buy From Apple (tie) 5. Tales of the Adventure Company 80
RPG/Puzzle, $1.99, ages 9+, from Eric Farraro
"A tap-happy roguelike with a puzzling core and a surprising depth, Tales of the Adventure Company is well worth a look."
Tales blends roguelike gameplay with tile-based puzzle-solving.
From the Publisher: Join the Adventure Company on their dangerous quest to obtain riches and glory! You'll battle terrifying liches, horrific slimes and even the gods! * Unique blend of RPG, puzzle, and roguelike elements * Fight dangerous monsters and save brave heroes across five unique episodes, including graveyards, forests, icy wastelands, and more * Over 25 unique monsters, each with different abilities * More than 10 unique heroes, allowing you to build your Adventure Company as you see fit * Leaderboards for each episode * Variety of achievements and heroes/abilities to unlock * Optimized to play in one hand/portrait mode, so you can play on the go. No need to fumble around with your phone's orientation * No hidden freemium/timers/IAP content - your purchase is a full, complete game, just like the old days
Buy From Apple (tie) 5. Fluid SE 80
Racing, $1.99, ages 9+, from Radiangames
"Fluid SE by its nature is best for people who want to be tested, who don't mind repetition in the name of mastering a game and the challenge it sets forth. Thankfully, the game is designed so well that it makes this experience as satisfying as possible."
This arcade-style time-trial racing game is for gamers who like a good challenge.
From the Publisher: Fluid SE is a thrilling time-trial racer mixed with the arcade gameplay of Pac-Man, brought to you by Radiangames, creator of Inferno+, JoyJoy, Super Crossfire, and more. Speed through the mazes to collect the dots, find the optimal path, and avoid the swarms of spectres. In Fluid: Special Edition, you guide Streak (a speedy black fish) through 40 levels filled with dots, obstacles, and powerups. Each dot you collect spawns a spectre that tries to chase you down, while the powerups give an upperhand temporarily, either with a speed boost, a vortex that attracts spectres, or spectre-bursting spikes.
Buy From Apple (tie) 5. The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville 80
Action, $3.99, ages 9+, from Cartoon Network
"A sharp and entertaining metroidvania with tight controls that is enjoyable for newcomers and cartoon fans alike."
This action-adventure platformer features the heroines of the animated TV series.
From the Publisher: Use your arsenal of superpowers to stop Mojo Jojo's latest scheme in this POWERPUFF GIRLS ADVENTURE SHOOTER! SAVE TOWNSVILLE FROM MOJO JOJO! Mojo Jojo has blasted the Powerpuff Girls with his Disremember Ray, which makes them forget how to use their superpowers! You'll have to explore the far reaches of Townsville to remember all your powers and take down that evil monkey! PLAY AS BLOSSOM, BUBBLES AND BUTTERCUP! You'll start out playing as Buttercup, but you'll need to find and rescue Blossom and Bubbles, since each girl has a unique power that can unlock new areas of the map. USE POWERS TO UNLOCK NEW AREAS! Explore four vast levels in a sprawling "Metroidvania" style adventure, gaining new abilities that let you discover secrets in earlier rooms. BATTLE TONS OF EVIL ROBOTS! Mojo has unleashed a huge variety of robots with different behaviors, attack patterns and abilities. You'll need all your skills to defeat these mechanical menaces, including four giant boss battles.
Buy From Apple 8. Supernauts 78
Puzzle, free, ages 4+, from Grand Cru
"It's beautiful, full of surprising depth, and never loses scope of maintaining a sense of playful fun."
This open-world, online multiplayer game asks you to solve 3D puzzles through Minecraft-like world construction.
From the Publisher: Supernauts is a social building game based on a fantastic foundation of fun! Join thousands of other players in contests to rebuild Earth, solve puzzles and get creative, all within a highly social multiplayer environment. Shape your Turf block by block using easy to master touchscreen controls. Be the hottest in the Supernauts Universe, chill with other players, chat live and play with friends to complete challenging rescue missions back on flooded Earth!
Buy From Apple 9. Dragon Quest VIII 78
RPG, $19.99, ages 9+, from Square Enix
"A port that's both bold and reverential, Dragon Quest VIII might not be the perfect fit for mobile devices, but it's not too far off."
The 2004 JRPG comes to iOS devices in a pricey-but-packed port that features the full game.
From the Publisher: The phenomenally popular DRAGON QUEST VIII has sold 4.9 million units worldwide, and now it's coming to the iPhone and iPad for the first time! This was the first title in the series to be presented in full 3D, and its exquisitely detailed world has to be seen to be believed! Set off on an unforgettable adventure with Yangus, the bandit with a heart of gold, Jessica, the high-born magical minx, and Angelo, knight and lothario, by your side! Everything you need is here in a single package!
Once the app is downloaded, there's no more to pay, as every last shred of content is yours to enjoy. So get ready to play the epic that is DRAGON QUEST VIII from beginning to end—and far beyond!
Buy From Apple 10. TwoDots 78
Puzzle, free, ages 4+, from Betaworks One
"Despite the occasional difficulty spike, Two Dots soothing music, simple, yet appealing graphics, and rewarding gameplay make for a heck of a good time in a cute, bite-sized package."
This charming, free, connect-the-dots puzzler is a sequel to the 2013 game Dots.
From the Publisher: The makers of the hit game Dots are back with a brand new, addictive, free, puzzle game! Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths. Sharpen your skills across 110 challenging levels while uncovering many exciting new features along the way.
The best iOS games of 2014 so far
Here are the best-reviewed iPhone and iPad games from the first half of the year (with a minimum of 7 reviews from critics).
|1||Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft IPAD ONLY||Card battle||App Store||Free||93|
|3||Final Fantasy VI||RPG||App Store||$15.99||91|
|4||Bug Heroes 2||Action||App Store||$1.99||90|
|5||Monument Valley||Puzzle||App Store||$3.99||89|
|6||FTL: Faster than Light IPAD ONLY||Simulation||App Store||$6.99||88|
|7||Battleheart Legacy||Action-RPG||App Store||$4.99||88|
|8||Castle Doombad||Tower defense||App Store||$2.99||88|
|9||Wayward Souls||Action-adventure||App Store||$5.99||87|
|10||Eliss Infinity||Puzzle||App Store||$2.99||86|
|13||Out There||Adventure||App Store||$3.99||85|
|14||Leo's Fortune||Platform/Adventure||App Store||$4.99||84|
|15||Second Chance Heroes||Action-adventure||App Store||$0.99||84|
|16||Detective Grimoire||Puzzle||App Store||$3.99||83|
|17||Calculords||Card battle/Puzzle||App Store||Free||83|
|18||Toast Time||Action||App Store||$2.99||81|
|19||Shadow Blade||Action/Platform||App Store||$1.99||81|
|20||Hitman GO||Puzzle||App Store||$4.99||81|
What are you playing?
Have you tried any of the games above? If so, what did you think of them? Are there any other new iPhone or iPad games that deserve a download? Let us know in the comments section below.