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The best iPhone games you can play now

September 25,2018 02:16

Rather, the best mobile games of today combine strategy with impressive storytelling; beautiful graphics with compelling adventure. You don't have to have an Xbox or a PlayStation in order to take advantage of some of the most entertaining games ...

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Smartphones are more than just mini computers we carry with us every day — They're also mobile video game consoles.

We've rounded up 10 of the best iPhone games you can download to stave off boredom, including "Legend of Solgard," " Monument Valley 2," " Fortnite," and more.

You've depended upon your smartphone for so long to stave off the relentless onslaught of boredom. You've texted every friend you have, scrolled through Instagram to the point that the app literally tells you to stop (thanks for that, Instagram), and have felt your eyes glaze over from the number of Wikipedia articles you've read about nothing. And now, you need a new way to keep yourself entertained. Luckily, the world of mobile games is filled to the brim and ready to serve.
We've come a long way from classics like Tetris and human versus computer chess. Rather, the best mobile games of today combine strategy with impressive storytelling; beautiful graphics with compelling adventure. You don't have to have an Xbox or a PlayStation in order to take advantage of some of the most entertaining games available today — really, you just need your phone and, we'll be honest, a lot of free time.
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of wasting hours on end trying to achieve 2048, or shooting down the latest Angry Bird, you may be surprised by the caliber of mobile games available in 2018. Games on mobile have always been able to innovate a bit faster than others. After all, they have unique form factors, controls, and other parameters that allow them to be a bit more innovative — and a bit more addictive.
From taking part in classic Norse mythology to spreading a deadly virus, you'll find plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained with our favorite iPhone games.
Here are the best iPhone games:
Best storyline: "Legend of Solgard"
Best doomsday game: " Plague Inc."
Best for design lovers: "Alto's Odyssey"
Best console game on mobile: " Fortnite"
Best realistic game: " PUBG"
Best strategy game: " Reigns: Her Majesty"
Best addictive game: " Candy Crush Saga"
Best for sports fans: " Madden NFL Overdrive Football"
Best for board game lovers: " The Battle of Polytopia"
Best for puzzle masters: " Monument Valley 2"
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

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The best strategic iPhone game

Reigns
Why you'll love it: Play queen for a day (or realistically, many days on end) as you conquer "Reigns: Her Majesty."
Who knew that saying yes or no could have such wide-reaching consequences? In "Reigns: Her Majesty," you'll play the role of a queen determining whether to accept or reject the (sometimes not so) wise counsel of your advisors. Think of it as a strategic version of Tinder.
Gameplay involves reading a card and either swiping left or right in order to make a decision. But unlike Tinder, it's not just your interests you'll have to keep in mind. Rather, you'll also need to think of the church, your subjects, the military, and the budget. And of course, not all four of these interests are always aligned.
It's a clever game that also comes with an intriguing storyline. And part of the addictive nature comes in always wanting to see what's next in this strange choose your own adventure setup. And be warned, in your attempts to make it a bit farther along the narrative, you may just find yourself making decisions you never would've thought otherwise acceptable.
Download on iOS — $2.99

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The best iPhone game for puzzle masters

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Why you'll love it: If you were a fan of the original "Monument Valley," you'll find the sequel even more satisfying, as the game was developed in response to user feedback.
You don't have to have played the original Monument Valley (which was Apple's Game of the Year in 2014) to appreciate "Monument Valley 2." That said, seeing as the sequel was made in order to address some feedback provided by the players of the original game, it's likely that the tried and true fans of the Monument Valley franchise will be particularly fond of this latest iteration.
In "Monument Valley 2," you'll be tasked with leading a mother and her child through a world of magical architecture, learning about the various secrets of the valley, exploring unique environments, and of course, bending architecture to your will in order to have your way.
It's ultimately a puzzle game, but where "Monument Valley" really wins is in its eye for detail. Not only is the design a mix of architectural styles and nods to various eras in art, but the audio is also particularly distinctive. Really, this is one game that you'll want to play either with the sound or headphones on, as the soundtrack adds significantly to the experience.
Slightly more narrative-driven than "Monument Valley," "Monument Valley 2" seeks to put the storyline of the mother and daughter protagonists front and center. It's certainly one of the few games to have such a relationship as its main focus, which makes it all the more intriguing, especially for first-time gamers.
Download on iOS — $4.99

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The best doomsday iPhone game

Plague Inc
Why you'll love it: Infecting the world has never been so fun as it is with "Plague, Inc."
Like the infectious disease that "Plague, Inc" seeks to replicate, this game is quick to spread thanks to its highly addictive nature. At this point, it's actually a pretty tried and true game. It first emerged in 2012, and it hasn't deviated much from its original plot.
You take on the role of a disease, and your mission is simple — be your best self by infecting (and therefore killing) everyone in the world. Yes, it's a rather dark premise, but when it's paired with the amount of skill and strategy required to truly master the game, you forget what nefarious purposes you're really representing.
The cool thing about "Plague, Inc" is that you always have to be thinking a few steps ahead, predicting what the global response to such an infection may be. It's quite literally you versus the entire world, as you determine how to adapt to an entire planet attempting to eradicate you.
Download on iOS — $0.99 and in-app purchases

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The best iPhone game for people who like good storylines

King
Why you'll love it: "Legend of Solgard" features a female protagonist, a compelling narrative arc, and beautiful graphics, making it a truly addictive strategy game.
King, the team behind Candy Crush, may have struck gold again with its latest game — "Legend of Solgard." This RPG game, which serves as the debut for developer Snowprint Studios, brings players to Solgard, a fictitious land that draws inspiration from Norse mythology.
In this strategy game, you'll be tasked with saving the world from an icy ending (otherwise known as Ragnorak) and will travel through nine worlds while you're at it, warding off enemies and monsters with the creatures that you bring onto your team.
Embla is Solgard's fiery protagonist, and along with her trusty sidekick Ratatosk, hopes to save her world from a chilling disaster. Not only are there multiple worlds and challenges, but "Legend of Solgard" also offers several different game modes that require different tactics and strategies. Sure, it may seem like a simple connect-three game, but in reality, it's much more challenging, and by extension, much more exciting.
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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The best iPhone game that's also a console game

Fortnite
Why you'll love it: "Fortnite" may not have started out as a mobile game, but now that it's available on iOS, you'll be playing it more than ever.
If you thought you had to be on a computer or Xbox or Nintendo Switch in order to play "Fortnite," think again. "Fortnite Battle Royale" has been made available on iOS, and it's already wildly popular, even among the most die-hard of "Fortnite" fans who would've never dreamt of playing the combat game without consoles.
The game is still the same through and through. It's a shooter-survival game that has you warding off zombies and setting up defenses with various fortifications. Up to 100 players can play at the same time to fight in smaller and smaller spaces until just one victor remains.
If you're into action and adventure games, and maybe some friendly competition, this is certainly a game to check out. You'll have to run, jump, duck, and of course, fire off some weapons in order to stay alive, all from the palm of your hand.
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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The best realistic iPhone game

PUBG
Why you'll love it: For folks in search of a more realistic action adventure mobile game, "PUBG" hits the spot better.
We're huge fans of "PUBG Mobile" here at Business Insider, and that's largely because it's more realistic than "Fortnite." Both are multiplayer online shooting games that can be played either solo or in teams, but some may prefer "PUBG" because it's more realistic, raw, and generally mature than "Fortnite." Sure, that may make it a bit less appropriate for younger audiences, but if you're looking for a grittier experience, "PUBG" is likely the way to go.
Like "Fortnite," players in "PUBG" will be running from enemy fire, searching for supplies, and just generally trying to stay alive in a high-stress situation. But it's quite a bit more violent than "Fortnite," largely because the shooting is more accurate and realistic, and the combat is a bit more in your face. In any case, it's certainly a good game to get your adrenaline pumping, and will help you kill more than enough time.
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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The best addictive iPhone game

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Why you'll love it: It's easy to see why "Candy Crush" is one of the most successful free games ever released, what with its bright graphics, easy to learn gameplay, and the appeal of candy.
It's shocking that a match-three puzzle game managed to take over the world in the way that "Candy Crush" did back in 2012, but in an era when instant gratification reigns supreme, so too does "Saga."
The game that put King on the map was initially made available for Facebook users, but was then quickly turned into an Android and iOS game, too. Playing the game is simple. Just swap out various pieces of candy in order to match three or more of the same color. They'll be eliminated, and new ones will come in to take their place. The goal is to clear all the candies (perhaps a nod to our desire to eat all the candies), and as you advance through the game, you'll be faced with additional limitations like the amount of time or moves you have to complete the challenge.
In the five years since "Candy Crush Saga" was released as a mobile game, it's been downloaded nearly 3 billion times and continues to be one of the highest grossing apps. And while you may think that you're immune to its addictive powers, I dare you to play for just a couple minutes without coming back for more.
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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The best iPhone game for sports fans

EA Sports
Why you'll love it: Just because you can't play on the field doesn't mean you can't get out on the gridiron thanks to "Madden NFL Football."
"Madden NFL Overdrive Football" has just been released, and the latest update makes playing football on your phone all the more exciting. This PvP game lets you take on other human beings as you go head to head in a championship game, with the help of captains and coaches who will provide you with strategic recommendations and other unique advantages.
Your role will be that of a general manager as you create your dream NFL team, and then you'll be able to quickly adjust the players you have on the field in order to cater to the offense-only matchups.
With the game's new broadcast-style presentation, you'll be able to watch the game as though you're watching the real action — runs, tackles, and passes all look surprisingly realistic with the game's real-time physics. The latest Madden NFL Football app has also rid itself of stamina requirements, which means you can now play as often as you like. That's a bit dangerous, but for super fans, a long-awaited update.
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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The best iPhone game for people who love board games

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Why you'll love it: Traditional board game lovers will likely be drawn to "The Battle of Polytopia," a strategy game with unique graphics that has you managing your city and seeking to conquer others at the same time.
If you're one for building worlds, then you'll likely get lost in the world of "The Battle of Polytopia." It's a relatively basic game that may remind you of, say, "Civilization," but uniquely addictive in its own way.
At its core, the game has you creating cities and then taking over others, as you lead one of 13 tribes in order to reign supreme over the entire world. You'll do so by earning and implementing resources in your various cities, engaging in battle or otherwise utilizing tools to build out the surrounding areas.
But as is the case with any empire, as your territory grows, so too does the threat of destruction. Not only do resources become more scarce and technological innovation become more costly, but you'll also be burdened by a larger territory to protect from other tribes.
There are a number of modes of play available. You can seek to achieve the highest score possible in just 30 turns, or rid yourself of all 12 other tribes. If you're more of a multiplayer kind of gamer, you can also choose to make this a collaborative experience. It's easy to learn and understand, which makes it all the more fun to play (for a long time).
Download on iOS — Free, but has in-app purchases

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