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25 awesome iPhone games you need to play

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Puzzle and role-playing games

Puzzle games

Monument Valley ($4)

Can you guide princess Ida through a series of impossible architectural wonders in this Escher-inspired puzzler? It’s a relaxing, gorgeous, accessible game that never gets too challenging. Remember Wonderputt? Like that, but without the golf ball.

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PinOut! (Free)

Sometimes old school analog games make the digital transition seamlessly. Don’t be fooled, however; this isn’t your classic pinball app. PinOut features an array of pinball layouts that are as visually appealing as they are difficult to master.

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Scribblenauts Unlimited ($5)

Use your magic notebook and your imagination to conjure helpful things and creatures into existence and solve a series of increasingly tricky puzzles. You can summon almost anything you can imagine (literally), from cows made of chocolate to giant toasters. This is a God dream.

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Cut the Rope: Magic ($1)

This sequel sees Om Nom taking on an evil wizard to claim his candy, bringing new layers of complexity to the physics-based puzzles. Here, you’ll transform Om Nom into several different forms, using new abilities to eat candy, and stuff. Pretty good for just $1.

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Roofbot: Puzzler On The Roof ($3)

This is one of the most popular puzzle games on the app store at the moment. Unlike many other puzzle based apps, the map changes with each consequential move. This means any given action can either help achieve your objective or actually trap you within your own configuration. Still, naming the protagonist “roofie” was a bold move.

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Role-playing games

Banner Saga ($5)

A beautifully-drawn game where every decision is life or death and the characters are so deep you’ll feel lost when one of your heroes falls — and more importantly — proud when they survive. Replete with difficult choices and punishing combat, it’s Oregon Trail mixed with a battle RPG, and it’s awesome.

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A Dark Room ($1)

This text-based game is full of mysteries and unsolved puzzles, so get your thumbs ready to collect firewood and figure out what all of this means. Oh, and don’t forget to keep that fire roaring through the night; the game’s not as simple as it looks.

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Bastion ($5)

With plenty of skills and loot to collect, there’s far more to the crumbling world of Bastion than meets the isometric camera. Riveting responsive narration, detailed environments, and unique environments back up the title’s smooth gameplay and excellent narrative.

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Dust: An Elysian Tail ($6)

You’ll fall in love with the hand-painted beauty of this intriguing world. As you embark upon an action-packed adventure of discovery, you’ll take control of a warrior named Dust, encountering vicious boss battles and friendly talking critters. The controls on iOS could work better, but the game is special either way.

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Evoland ($5)

Evoland is an enjoyable modern adventure RPG. The game starts out in full monochrome. As you progress through the game, your character unlocks new technologies and game play systems. This improves the initial monochrome to full 3D graphics allowing you to in essence “live” the evolution of gaming.

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