Here is a list of 8 best games we feel should be installed on every gaming freak’s iPhone.
1. Super Mario Run (iOS: $9.99)
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In Super Mario Run, Mario runs forward of his own accord. Your primary job is to tap the screen to make him jump, which you’ll have to do to help him collect the hundreds of coins strewn throughout each level. That may sound simple, but the creative designers at Nintendo have added a healthy amount of depth to that basic formula. There are touch-pads that stop Mario in his tracks, multiple paths to each objective, and each level can be replayed several times with increasingly complex coin configurations. The more you put into Super Mario Run, the more you’ll get out of it.
2. Hearthstone (Free)
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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a fun and free digital collectible card game that you won’t be able to stop playing. Playing as one of the great heroes (or villains) of the Warcraft universe, you’ll fight epic duels and summon allies and minions to your side. Learning the rules is a snap and are the same regardless of what platform you play on, for those times you play outside of your iOS device. You can earn gold that can be spent on booster packs. Plus, in the Arena mode you can play in a special, “sealed draft” format that rewards canny deck building and smart play.
3. Pac-Man (iOS: $3.99)
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The joystick might be gone, but Pac-Man lives on in your phone. It’s a perfect recreation of the original arcade maze, and it also has a handful of new levels to hone your skills.
4. A Dark Room (iOS: $2.50)
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You’re in a cold, dark room. First, you get a fire going. Then, you head out in search of wood. After that… well, things develop. To say more would be to spoil what makes A Dark Room special, but suffice it to say: This game grows far beyond its humble origins, and the journey from here to there is an engrossing one.
5. Limbo (iOS: $3.99)
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A terrific, touch-controlled platform game, Limbo is a stunning saga of a boy who wanders through a haunting industrial jungle. There’s no explanation, no dialogue, and no shortage of horrendous surprises. It’s the kind of game that stumps you for hours until something clicks and you suddenly realize how simple the answer was.
6. Oxenfree (iOS: $4.99)
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Oxenfree tells the story of a group of teenagers heading to a small island to party, with the goal of having a parent-free evening of drinking around a beach bonfire. But things eventually take a turn for the paranormal, as main character Alex gets hold of a radio that seems to let her communicate with another dimension. You won’t face challenging enemies or get stuck on overly complex puzzles in Oxenfree. But this narrative focus should make it an ideal game to play on an iPhone or iPad, the kind of story you can curl up with in bed.
7. Tamagotchi Classic (iOS: $0.99)
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The game that made us never want to have children. Remember to feed, bathe and play with your weird duck-alien pet as you work to keep it alive. Mess up and, well, you know what happens.
8. Final Fantasy IX (iOS: $20.99)
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Final Fantasy VI and VII are great, but Final Fantasy IX is one of the most charming and underrated games in the series. The story of Zidane, Dagger, Vivi and Steiner makes the transition to mobile devices with surprising grace; not only do the touch controls work well, but you can now opt to turn off random encounters if you just want to explore. If you haven’t played this one, give it a spin on the go. It’ll keep you occupied for many, many bus rides to come.
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