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 Apple1. Bastion 94 iPad Only
Action-RPG, $4.99, ages 12+, from Warner Bros.
"This is without question one of the most entertaining and smartly designed adventures we've seen for the iPad, a game brimming with visual splendor and old school dungeon crawling."
After earning strong reviews for its Xbox 360 and PC releases last year (especially for its strong storyline), this award-winning action-RPG title from Supergiant Games now comes to second- and third-generation iPads.
From the Publisher: Bastion for iPad features all the highly acclaimed artwork, music, and narration that Bastion is known for, along with intuitive touch controls. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!
- Stunning hand-painted artwork
- Critically-acclaimed original music score
- Hours of reactive narration deliver a deep story
- Intuitive touch controls created exclusively for iPad
- Variable difficulty for players of all skill levels
- Action-packed combat rewards playing with finesse
- 10+ unique upgradeable weapons to be used
- 6 powerful Bastion structures to be discovered
- 'New Game Plus' mode unlocked after finishing the story
- Game Center achievements and leaderboards
Buy from Apple2. FIFA Soccer 13 92
Sports, $6.99, ages 4+, from Electronic Arts
"FIFA Soccer 13 continues to improve the series, but just not as much as past versions have."
EA Sports' annual licensed soccer title offers modest improvements over previous versions.
From the Publisher: Are you ready for the most authentic football game on the App Store? Hit the pitch with some awesome new features... ASTOUNDING VISUALS AND PRECISION CONTROLS: FIFA 13 is more realistic than ever – with all the authenticity and innovation you’ve come to expect from the FIFA franchise. Matches come to life with groundbreaking graphics and the most responsive controls ever delivered on iOS. SHOW YOUR SKILLS: The new Skill Move button lets you choose your favorite tricks with simple swipe gestures. Master free kicks and penalty shots with full touch control. Get in the game with realistic 360° player movement. Pull off defense-splitting passes, rifling shots, penalty kicks, and pro-style tricks. CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS WITH ONLINE MULTIPLAYER: For the first time ever! Compete with friends anytime, anywhere using Online Multiplayer. Rise to the top of the Leaderboards and use superstars like Messi and Benzema to crush your competitors around the world. REAL PLAYERS, REAL TEAMS, REAL LEAGUES: Featuring 30 leagues, 500 licensed teams, and more than 15,000 players. From the English Premiership and La Liga, to the German Bundesliga and beyond – take the superstars of football on the pitch in Quick Match, Manager or the brand new Online Multiplayer and Tournament game modes as you dominate your league and march toward glory in 32 authentic stadiums.
Buy from Apple3. God of Blades 89
Action-RPG, $2.99, ages 9+, from White Whale
"Like a fevered nightmare trip through the covers of 70s prog-rock bands and classic pulp-fiction, God of Blades is a beautifully presented and other-worldly experience, but is likewise just as short-lived as you expend its limited content and variety of combat."
This Kickstarter-funded side-scroller set in a fantasy world offers physics-based swordplay.
From the Publisher: A love-song to pulp fantasy tales of yore, 70s synth-prog-landscape oddities, and forgotten places, God of Blades is a gorgeous, visceral sidescrolling physics-based sword-fighting adventure. The dead king rises! Become a spectral warrior who has returned to defend his planet against a rampaging doom-cult and the devouring touch of the cosmic horrors they serve. Wrenching this world from the grasp of oblivion, the Nameless King wields phantom blades forged from the legends and heritage of a dying world. Raise your blade, and rush into the darkness!
- 10 breathtaking, handcrafted environments (Retina display supported!) and art inspired by pulp novel covers, classic RPG modules, and 1970s rock
- Extensive Campaign mode includes gorgeous cinematics and an epic story in the tradition of fantasy sagas past.
- An array of unlockable weapons, each with a unique look, feel, power, and history— learn their tales and develop your own fighting strategies.
- Banish your enemies to other dimensions, cover them in flames, slow time to achieve impossible blows, summon raging storms, coat them in soul-devouring worms and more!
- Addictive, emergent, physics-driven combat makes every duel unique—shatter weapons, armor, and send your foes flying. No two duels are the same.
Buy from Apple4. The Room 88 iPad Only
Puzzle, $4.99, ages 9+, from Fireproof Games
"While point-and-click fans will love every second, The Room is good enough to convert all but the most stringent naysayers to its cause."
No, it's not a spin-off of the worst movie ever made; instead, this Room is a mystery-filled 3D puzzler for second- and third-generation iPads.
From the Publisher: Fireproof Games are very proud to bring you our greatest creation, a mind-bending journey filled with beauty, peril and mystery in equal measure. Be transported into a unique space that blends spellbinding visuals with intriguing problems to solve.
- Unsettlingly realistic graphics: The most natural looking visuals ever seen on a mobile device.
- Spine-tingling single finger controls: touch controls so natural you can play with one digit, to fully navigate this mysteriously beautiful 3D world.
- Fantastical pick-up-and-play design: Easy to start, hard to put down, the secrets of The Room will immerse you before you even know you're playing.
- Compelling layers of mystery: think you know what you're looking at? Think again.
Buy from Apple5. Rayman Jungle Run 88
Platformer, $2.99, ages 4+, from Ubisoft
"It is with no hesitation that I say Rayman Jungle Run is a must-own title for every iOS user. Its bite-sized structure fits perfectly on iOS, and Ubisoft has done a fantastic job crafting a complex experience that works perfectly with a touch screen interface."
This new auto-runner utilizes the visual style of last year's console hit Rayman Origins.
From the Publisher: The legendary platforming hero is making the jump to your favorite iOS device! Rayman Jungle Run is powered by the same UbiArt Framework engine that brought you Rayman Origins - Winner of numerous Game of the Year and Platformer of the Year awards.
- Beautiful graphics supported by Retina Display
- New worlds to discover
- New powers to unlock
- Captivating music
- Smooth touch-based controls
- Exclusive wallpapers to unlock for your device
- Multiple Cloud saves support
- GameCenter Leaderboards
Rayman Jungle Run is easy for all ages to pick up and play, but challenging for the longtime Rayman fans to master. Unlock the Land of the Livid Dead levels if you have the skills!
Buy from Apple6. Blast-A-Way 87
Adventure/Puzzle, $1.99, ages 4+, from Illusion Labs
"Featuring stylish art design, deviously clever puzzles, and ultra-cute characters, Blast-A-Way is a fantastic new addition to your casual puzzle collection."
Blast-A-Way is an approachable 3D adventure game filled with physics-based puzzles from the creators of Touchgrind.
From the Publisher: This time they have really done it! The little Boxies climbed up the Sticky Bomb Monument and it fell over. When the bomb hit the ground it went KABLAAM! and blasted all the little Boxies far far away. Help three robot heroes save the lost Boxies throughout the many levels made of wood, metal, fabric, stone and plastic. To accomplish this honourable mission they have to use bombs, teleporters, rebuilders, colorizers, portals, color gates and more, found in and around the levels. If you love to use your brain capacity to solve clever puzzles, to save helpless creatures, to blow things to pieces, then Blast-A-Way is definitely a game for you! A true 3D physics puzzler like nothing you have ever seen before. Young or old this game will bring you hours of satisfaction and joy through problem solving and skill trials as well as plenty of laughs along the way. Blast-A-Way is a unique, slow-paced Adventure-Puzzler set out in a beautiful and stylistic 3D environment. Blast-A-Way is created by the Swedish studio Illusion Labs, who previously brought you Touchgrind, Touchgrind BMX, the original Labyrinth games and other titles such as Sway and Foosball.
Buy from Apple7. Super Hexagon 86
Action, $2.99, ages 4+, from Terry Cavanagh
"Super Hexagon is a work of art skillfully combined with monstrous difficulty. The game is both hypnotic and addictive, and unless fast-twitch gameplay entirely alienates you, you're going to get lost in this sea of shapes."
As minimalist as games get, this indie arcade-style action title will nevertheless pose a significant challenge even to experienced gamers.
From the Publisher: Super Hexagon is a minimal action game by Terry Cavanagh, with music by Chipzel.
Buy from Apple8. Splice : Tree of Life 86 iPad Only
Puzzle, $3.99, ages 4+, from Cipher Prime Studios
"Due to the level of difficulty and its minimalist theme, Splice is going to be a bit of an acquired taste. Some will prefer more handholding and more character. For those who love to experiment, however, this is the game to gravitate towards. It's a purist's idea of heaven."
Assemble your own microbes in this unique, minimalist but well-designed puzzle title that will appeal to more adventurous gamers.
From the Publisher: Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level ("strand") consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves ("splices"). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other. Predict the sequence of splices you'll have to make in order to successfully arrange each strand. Re-sequence, mutate, and splice your way through this unique puzzle experience, and you'll exercise your ability to visualize sequential series of shapes over time. Solve your way to the final strands and you'll be left with a heady sense of mental accomplishment!
Buy from Apple9. Bad Piggies 85
Action/puzzle, $0.99, ages 4+, from Rovio
"Bad Piggies is a fun game that offers lots to do, though it definitely offers a different kind of experience next to Angry Birds. It's more difficult, for one thing, and slower, and requires a bit more thought and strategy."
The latest Angry Birds sequel focuses not on the foul-tempered fowl but the green pigs that are their enemies, and it utilizes a new, contraption-building gameplay mechanic rather than the customary slingshot.
From the Publisher: From the creators of Angry Birds: an all new game from the PIGS' point of view! Create the ultimate flying/crawling/rolling/spinning/crashing device and pilot the pigs safely to the eggs! The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again -- but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation! With more than 60 levels, and free updates coming up, you have hours and hours of pig-crashing, exploding, and flying fun! Get three stars on every level to unlock 18 more puzzles! HINT: Sometimes you need to play the level several times to achieve all the objectives -- try building a new device or steering in a different way to earn all the stars!
Buy from Apple10. Apocalypse Max: Better Dead Than Undead 85
Action/shooter, $2.99, ages 9+, from Wandake
"Apocalypse Max doesn't break new ground in the 2D platform/shooting genre, but its high-level of polish puts it right up there with the best iOS has to offer. You can't call yourself a zombie fan without downloading this entertaining game."
And here you were thinking that we'd get through an entire month without a zombie game. This one is a 2D side-scroller, and it provides plenty of zombie-shooting action.
From the Publisher: Overrun by a mysterious strain of mutant zombies, Hellthroat Island has never been more in need of a real hero. You, Apocalypse Max, are the lone survivor of this zombie apocalypse. Journey through 20 levels of heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping action spread out over 9 perilous worlds! Master in-air maneuvers as you find your way around precarious platforms. Discover secret treasures and collect gold as you overcome more than 16 wacky types of zombies. Unlock over 18 insane weapons and find crazy ways to blast past your enemies. Don't like guns? Wanna get up close and personal? No problem! Rip apart your foes with your oversized, battle-hardy combat knife. For the first time ever on iOS, Wandake Studios present to you the re-invention of the classic retro platforming experience. Apocalypse Max combines timeless zombie slaying fun with free roaming, acrobatic platforming awesomeness to create an action packed, hack-n-slash, shoot-em-up adventure like the world has never seen before! Engage in the epic and timeless battle of man against zombie in this fast action, 2D adventure with Apocalypse Max!
|Granny Smith||Platformer||App store||$0.99||4+||80|
|Rail Rush||Endless runner||App store||$0.99||4+||79|
|Final Fantasy Dimensions||RPG||App store||$2.99-$28.99||9+||79|
|Lunar Silver Star Story Touch||RPG||App store||$6.99||12+||78|
A few to avoid
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.