If you're anything like us, it's sometimes hard to find good games on the App Store. But whether it's for your morning commute, while you're waiting to catch a train, or sitting in line at airport security, here are some great Apple iOS games that give a little more than your standard #CandyCrush.
'Deus Ex Go'
- Price: $1.99
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release Date: August 18, 2016
Deus Ex Go is a turn-based puzzle game created by Square Enix. Set in the #DeusEx universe, where you control protagonist Adam Jensen through a board game–like setting with tons of challenging obstacles. If you've played Hitman Go or Lara Croft Go, Deus Ex Go will be familiar to you.
Like the main Deus Ex game, the object of the game is to stealthily take down enemies—so most of the time, you'll want to hit enemies from the side or from behind. Being spotted by enemies means they can move toward you, and if they reach the spot you're standing on, they'll off you.
Deus Ex Go is currently available for $1.99 in the iOS App Store.
- Price: $2.99
- Developer: Moppin
- Release Date: October 15, 2015
An indie 8-bit indie roguelike with a lot of heart, Downwell was created by developer Moppin and published by Devolver Digital. The main idea in Downwell is falling. Falling down and shooting, that is. Navigating through Downwell's dangerous dungeons isn't easy; tons of obstacles litter your path as you fall vertically. You'll want to watch out for major enemies, too.
Killing them, however, will earn you treasure—likely to help through following levels, which are procedurally generated.
Downwell is available for $2.99 in the iOS App Store.
- Price: Free
- Developer: Niantic
- Release Date: July 6, 2016
Pokémon GO made a major impact on iOS gaming when it was released earlier this year. By combining a concept new to many players—that of augmented reality gaming—and the beloved Pokémon franchise, Niantic Labs' #PokemonGO swept the top charts. Player interest has since decreased, but the game is still a marvel worthy of playing.
In Pokémon GO, you've got to hit the streets to search your own neighborhood for Pokémon lurking nearby. The game encourages you to explore local landmarks, naming them PokeStops that give out essential supplies. Collecting is a big draw in Pokémon GO, but you're also able to battle other trainers in your area at #Pokemon gyms.
New updates are constantly rolling out, and there's rumors that a ton more Pokémon are coming very soon.
Pokémon GO is available for free on the iOS App Store.
- Price: $0.99
- Developer: Fireproof Games
- Release Date: September 12, 2012
The Room is a puzzle videogame developed by Fireproof Games. The first iteration released on iOS in 2012, with The Room Two following in 2013, and The Room Three in 2015. In The Room, you're set in a three-dimensional puzzle space. Each room itself is the puzzle, of which you'll have to solve by collecting clues and unlocking mechanisms.
Touchscreen is really important in The Room games. Fireproof Games wasn't trying to make a console game crammed down into the mobile format. They wanted to make a game that truly utilized the benefits of smartphones. In that way, many of the puzzles require players to interact with objects using the touchscreen in more complex ways than just tapping.
The Room 3 is available for $4.99 on the iOS App Store. The Room Two will cost $1.99, with the original, The Room, set at $0.99. All are worthy of a shot.
'Rollercoaster Tycoon 3'
- Price: $4.99
- Developer: Frontier Developments
- Release Date: March 23, 2015
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 was first released on PC in 2004. The theme park construction and management simulator moved to iOS devices in 2015. It's simply a mobile port of the original game, and once you've bought it, there's no more in-app purchases. You've got the game—something that many fans wished the earlier mobile port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 had. The only real tweaks to the game come in the from of making it playable with a touchscreen, so fans of the original will be pleased with the mobile port.
And as with the PC version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, you can still ride your own rides.
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is available for $4.99 on the iOS App Store.
- Price: $2.99
- Developer: Servo LLC
- Release Date: February 6, 2014
Threes is a puzzle video game that released in 2014 for iOS devices. It's simple, and that's part of its universal acclaim. The object of the game is to slide numbered titles, combing titles to create multiples of three. So ones and twos combine to create a three. Two threes become six, and two sixes become 12. Play in this way, sliding tiles to create the highest number you can get, until there are no moves left.
The game is incredibly minimal, but no less difficult. It's one of those games that is easy to learn, but hard to master—and that's part of the appeal.
Threes is available for $2.99 on the iOS App Store.
'Final Fantasy IX'
- Price: $20.99
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release Date: February 10, 2016
Final Fantasy IX is the ninth game in the RPG series, and it's finally available on iOS. The game released on mobile in February 2016—and it's everything you've been waiting for. It's just a port of the game optimizing for mobile, but it's a really good port. If you loved the original version of Final Fantasy IX, you'll love this one, too.
And the game is huge, bigger than a lot of other mobile games, which explains the price.
Final Fantasy IX is available on the iOS App Store for $20.99.
- Price: $3.99
- Developer: Ustwo
- Release Date: April 3, 2014
Monument Valley is a gorgeous, stylized puzzle game by developer Ustwo. As a princess named Ida, players will move around the colorful, minimal world by solving environmental puzzles. You'll have to move platforms, build bridges, and toy with pillars to find a way out of each level. Clues within the game's design inform players and hint at ways to solve each level.
Not incredibly difficult, #MonumentValley is considered a soothing or zen experience. It's beautiful design and art direction is enough to marvel at for a while. Monument Valley's puzzles are designed to be solved, not to frustrate and turn away players.
Monument Valley is available for $3.99 on the iOS App Store.