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72 awesome iPhone games you need to play

If you’re a gamer, there is no better phone to buy than the iPhone. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus brought bigger screens to iOS, but it’s the success of the App Store that makes the iPhone such a great platform for gaming. With well over a million apps available, the gaming options on iPhone are nearly limitless. But finding the best ones isn’t always easy.

In the sea of games for the iPhone, some are worth your 99 cents (or download time) and others are not. We’ve taken on the burden of sorting through the endless wave of titles to bring you some of our favorite iPhone games for everyone from the intense console gamer to the casual word puzzle enthusiast.

Updated on 12-24-2015 by Simon Hill: Added “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons,” “Scribblenauts Unlimited,” “Chesh,” and six other titles.

Related: Our favorite iPhone apps and picks for the best iPad games

Latest Additions (December 2015)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($5)

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Guide two very different brothers on an epic and emotional journey to save their father. This is beautiful storytelling married to compelling gameplay.

Available on:

iTunes

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise ($1)

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise

Can you catch 60’s super spy Ruby La Rouge? This is a stylish adventure, packed with puzzles, that never gets too challenging.

Available on:

iTunes

Score! Hero (Free)

Score! Hero

Can you guide your soccer player from reserve team obscurity to the world stage? This is swipe-based gameplay with an immersive storyline.

Available on:

iTunes

Downwell ($3)

Downwell

Descend into the mysterious darkness of a well with your trusty gun boots on, in this cleverly-designed, vertically-scrolling action adventure.

Available on:

iTunes

Scribblenauts Unlimited ($5)

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Use your magic notebook and your imagination to conjure helpful things and creatures into existence and solve a series of increasingly tricky puzzles.

Available on:

iTunes

Cut the Rope: Magic ($1)

Cut the Rope: Magic

This sequel sees Om Nom taking on an evil wizard to claim his candy. It brings new layers of complexity to the physics-based puzzles.

Available on:

iTunes

Dust: An Elysian Tail ($6)

Dust: An Elysian Tail

You’ll fall in love with the hand-painted beauty of this intriguing world. Take warrior, Dust, on an action-packed adventure of discovery.

Available on:

iTunes

Mos Speedrun 2 ($2)

Mos Speedrun 2

A well-designed mix of exploration and speed running, this is a challenging platformer that will really put your skills to the test.

Available on:

iTunes

Chesh ($5)

Chesh

A scrambled remix of the greatest strategy game of all time, Chesh features randomized pieces, challenging you to learn afresh in every game.

Available on:

iTunes

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