The best iPhone games of 2018

Check out 30 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

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If you’re a gamer, there is no better phone to buy than the iPhone. Both the iPhone 6 and the 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 more than a million apps, the gaming options on the iPhone are nearly limitless. But finding the best iPhone games isn’t always easy.

Not every game in Apple’s massive library is worth $1 — or your time, for that matter. Lucky for you, we’ve taken on the burden of sorting through the sea of titles to bring you some of the best iPhone games, whether you’re looking for a casual puzzler or something a bit more epic. For more ideas, check out the best Android games, because most of them are available for the iPhone as well, and if you want to switch off that screen, the best board games could offer a welcome alternative.

‘HQ’

HQ is a live trivia game where you have the chance to win cash prizes, but only if you make it through all 12 rounds. The show airs every day at 9 p.m. ET with additional shows on weekdays at 3 p.m. ET.

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‘Pokémon Quest’

With Pokémon Quest, you get to take cube-shaped Pokémon out on an adventure. While on Tumblecube Island, you’re able to search for hidden treasure and battle wild Pokémon. The game also features characters from both Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red.

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The Game of Life’

With The Game of Life on mobile, you can now play the board game on the go. You can experience all the stages of life, such as attending college, having a family, starting your career, and more. With online multiplayer mode, you can also play with others or play with friends using one device. But since we all know how long the game can take sometimes, there’s the option to play Fast Mode — which provides you with a shorter version of the game.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on iOS has been remastered and enhanced specifically for mobile. With over 70 hours of gameplay, this Grand Theft Auto installment takes you back to the hood as you follow the life of Carl Johnson who has returned home in an effort to salvage what he left behind.

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Heads Up’

Heads up! is a different type of trivia game than you might be used to. With a wide range of celebrities, animals, accents, and more you have to guess the word that’s on the card by placing the phone up to your forehead — so you can’t see it — and interpreting your friend’s clues.

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Hole.io’

In Hole.io, you have to control your black hole by eating up everything in your path. As it expands more, you’re able to eat larger objects and structures. But you’ll also have to watch out for the opponents’ size since they can also swallow you.

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Alto’s Odyssey’ ($5)

As a sequel to Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey transports Alto from the snowy mountains to the majestic desert. Whether it’s sandboarding past snapping vines, rushing water inside the temple zone, or windy tornadoes, this infinite runner provides you with an endless backdrop of stunning visual content.

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Limbo’ ($4)

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A terrific, touch-controlled platform game, Limbo is a stunning saga of a boy who wanders through a haunting industrial jungle. There’s no explanation, no dialogue, and no shortage of horrendous surprises. It’s the kind of game that stumps you for hours until something clicks and you suddenly realize how simple the answer was.

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‘Happy Glass’

With Happy Glass, you have to draw lines to guide water from its starting point to fill the glass placed on each level. The concept seems simple — and things start out super easy — but as you continue to play, it becomes trickier to get the water into the glass, forcing you to be more thoughtful.

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‘The Sims Mobile’

If you’re looking for a blast from the past, The Sims Mobile has all the nostalgia packed into it — with a bit of a millennial spin to it. You can customize your character, buy a “fixer-upper”, and land a job, all while trying to find love and maintain a group of friends.

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‘Fortnite’

If you can’t get enough of Fortnite on your computer or gaming console, you can also download it on your iPhone. While you do need an internet connection, Fortnite on mobile lets you compete in a 100-player game as you attempt to claim the title of last one standing.

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‘Old Man’s Journey’ ($5)

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Like To the Moon, Old Man’s Journey is a game that sets out to tell a very specific story about life and the choices we make (or don’t). You follow the titular Old Man as he travels across the country, aiding him along the way by altering the hills and landscapes in front of him and interacting with the objects and people he meets. Gorgeous locations, brought to life with hand-drawn art and animations, will ensure your attention never diverts from the story being told. It’s short, simple, and may be a welcome change of pace from other games that have debuted this year.

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‘Frost’ ($5)

Frost is a visually stunning puzzle game filled with vibrant colors and powerful background music. Within each level, you’re presented with an orb of a specific color along with a swarm of other colors. Depending on what color the orb is, your job is to guide the same color within the swarm towards the orb. Since the game isn’t specific about what you’re supposed to do, part of the challenge is figuring out the concept as you advance from level to level.

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‘Bloons TD 6’ ($5)

Back with another installment, Bloons TD 6 brings more upgrade paths, original maps, new monkey animations, and more. The single-player game allows you to play anywhere you’d like, with no Wi-Fi required. With new Bloon types and game modes, it’s designed to give you hours of gameplay.

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‘PUBG Mobile’

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The popular multiplayer battle royale game is also available on mobile. After 100 players land on a remote island, everyone has to fend for themselves. It’s up to you to find your own weapons, supplies, and vehicles, to defeat every other player, and to claim the title of the last man standing.

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‘Fallout Shelter’

With Fallout Shelter, you’re in control of protecting others from the dangers of the “Wasteland” following a nuclear explosion. It’s up to you to control and build the perfect vault to keep your Dwellers happy and the community running smoothly.

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‘NBA 2K19’ ($8)

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Another year, another NBA 2K game. With NBA 2K19, there’s an all-new story mode, more responsive and immersive gameplay with simple controls, and a new soundtrack to accompany the experience. You can also take advantage of the new MyCareer mode, which has a new plot and team interactions.

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‘Monument Valley 2’ ($5)

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The sequel to 2014’s Monument Valley, Monument Valley 2 puts players in control of Ro, as she guides her child through overwhelmingly beautiful, yet impossible architectural structures that continue to be inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher. You don’t need to play the first game to enjoy its successor, which is sure to captivate, amaze, and leave you puzzled for hours. Read our Monument Valley 2 review to learn more.

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‘Minecraft’ ($7)

With Minecraft, you can get those creative juices flowing by digging and building things. You’re also in control of the game with the ability to create your own 3D world through exploration in a variety of different gameplay modes.

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‘Subway Surfers’

In Subway Surfers, you’ll have to surf past trains and over obstacles to escape being caught by the inspector. With high-definition graphics optimized for the iPhone’s retina display, you’ll also be cruising through the game’s vivid images.

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‘Prune’ ($2)

The plot behind Prune is as soothing as the graphics. By swiping your finger, you get to grow your own tree under the sunlight and care for it as it grows over time. You’ll get to trim branches and watch flowers bloom, while also protecting it from poison. As you excel throughout the game, you’ll be exposed to pollination and be able to grow more trees as well. As the levels become more intense, as do the trees which start to grow to a much larger size as their branches begin to twist and intertwine.

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‘Florence’($3)

From the lead designer of Monument Valley, Florence tells the story of a young woman who falls in love for the first time. Through a series of different puzzles, you get to experience the ride alongside stunning visuals.

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‘Dragalia Lost’

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If you’re looking for an RPG filled with tons of action, a storyline with over 60 characters, and an enchanting musical score, Nintendo’s new mobile game brings you exactly that. The swipe-controlled game brings together humans and dragons to help ward off enemies. At one point, you’ll even be able to turn into a dragon yourself.

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‘Plague Inc.’ ($1)

A mix of high strategy and realistic simulation, Plague Inc. places you in a world where it’s up to you to evolve a deadly global plague. With a pathogen that infected Patient Zero, you’re in charge to bring an end to human history.

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‘Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition’

With Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the 15th Final Fantasy is now available on your smartphone. With vivid graphics and easy controls, you get to play through all 10 chapters from the comfort of your mobile device.

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‘Go Fish’

Like a true fisherman, all that Go Fish requires you to do is cast your line and attempt to catch as many fish as you can. The more you fish, the more money you earn. As you continue to go deeper into the water, you’ll also find more rare fish to catch.

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‘Hello Neighbor’ 

Categorized as a stealth-horror game, Hello Neighbor is a game about sneaking into your neighbor’s house in order to find secrets he’s hiding in the basement — but it won’t be easy. Playing against advanced artificial intelligence injected into the game, it learns your every move as you play. Whether it’s climbing through windows, or sneaking through doors, you have to proceed with caution.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ ($7)

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Web-sling, wall-climb, web-shoot, and more as your favorite superhero. With a plot that expands further than the original story, you can go beyond the movie with new characters while swinging through New York City. You’ll get to explore the various parts of the city while also trying to defeat Spider-Man’s main enemies.

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‘Rise Up’

Rise Up looks like a simple game at first glance, but it’s challenging. While all you need to do is protect the balloon from popping at all costs, the obstacles become more intense as you reach greater heights.

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‘Clash of Clans’

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Build up your settlement, plan your defenses, raise an army, and guide your tribe to victory against nasty goblins or other clan leaders. It’s a good combination of slow planning and quick, chaotic battles. Unfortunately, the pay-to-win structure is irksome.

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