Apple’s ability to control both the hardware and software of its phones is evident in the best iOS games. The iPhone has become a powerful gaming device thanks to its CPUs and GPUs, as well as the new iOS versions.

It’s easy to find the best iOS games thanks to their wide selection. Complex PC strategy games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization VI can now be enjoyed alongside more familiar mobile apps like Candy Crush Saga or Angry Birds. You’ll also find touch inputs that are comparable to what you will get on other gaming platforms.

To find the best iOS games, you have to sort through many titles. We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best apps that you can download from the App store. We have avoided games that offer excessive cash shop features and other scourges in mobile gaming. Apple Arcade is Apple’s streaming gaming service that costs $5 per month. We’re also skipping it. This is not to suggest that you should avoid Apple Arcade. It’s an excellent service that complements the iOS experience to a T. We wanted to concentrate on games that any iPhone or iPad user can enjoy.

Some of our top iOS games are better when played with touch inputs while others work better with a controller. However, all of them could make you reach for your smartphone instead of the Nintendo Switch when you feel like playing a great portable game.

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Adventure games

The best iOS games emphasize story, atmosphere, and exploration. The top iOS adventure games offer a lot of action but there is so much more to discover. These games are visually stunning and offer a wealth of gameplay. You’ll be tempted to spend hours playing them.

If found…

If Found… allows you to read the diary of Kasio, a young transgender woman. Instead of just reading the diary, you can erase any annotations or doodles she makes about her experiences and come up with something that is close to the truth.

The art direction and music are both great, but the game is also a huge success because Kasio’s struggles touch a universal chord. You may discover more about yourself by learning about Kasio.

Minecraft

It’s Minecraft. It’s Minecraft on a smartphone (or an iPad, if that suits you better).

This is the world’s most beloved game. It doesn’t probably need any introduction. However, in case it does, it’s an open-ended sandbox that allows you to create whatever you want, in either a freeform or gamey survival mode.

This $6.99 iPhone app is great for iPhones because of its simple, but effective controls.

Oxenfree

The idea for Oxenfree was born when a group of teenagers hears strange voices on the radio while they were visiting an abandoned island. Although it may seem like a clichéd idea, this narrative-based game transcends them to create a memorable story, much like Stranger Things.

The prologue can be played for free. However, you will need to pay $4.99 in order to see the full story. It’s worth it, I promise.

Gris

Gris can be described as interactive visual poetry, rather than a game. You spend a lot time jumping and learning new skills, but you will never die.

There is a lot of pain. Gris is a study of the process of overcoming sorrow and grief. It starts in muted tones, but then explodes into color as the protagonist regains her confidence in the ruined landscapes.

Gris is a great poem. You can finish the $4.99 game in a few hours.

Florence

Florence is one of our favorite iOS games due to its mix of minigames and artistry. It would have been perfect on Apple Arcade if the game had come out years later.

It’s just as good that Florence is free to all who pay $2.99. As a graphic novel, the game also features a puzzler. You’ll see how Florence Yeoh discovers her life changes after meeting Krish, a cellist. You’ll help Florence solve puzzles as you work out the mysteries of love and life. It takes less than an hour to complete.

Minit

Mobile games work best when you can have a little fun while waiting in line or on the commute. Minit is a $4.99 mobile game that does just that.

Minit is a classic dungeon crawler. However, you have only one minute to get as far as possible before the game resets and you’re dead. You can keep all the items you have collected along the way so each trip into the dark tunnels feels special.