The best iPhone and iPad games of 2015

From Her Story and Prune to Lara Croft Go, Alphabear, Altos Adventure and Minecraft Story Mode: the 25 better iOS games of the year

iOS gamers were truly spoiled for selection in 2015, with at the least two or three excellent new games released every week. Independent developers were fizzing with notions, even if they often struggled to make their fate from them.

Narrowing down a huge longlist to reach the 25 games featured here involved squeezing out some impressive titles, from Skylanders Superchargers and Real Boxing 2 to Attack The Light, Letterpad and You Must Build a Boat.

Here is the final 25: the Guardians pick of 2015 in iOS gaming. And, yes, there is a separate Android games roundup that you can find here.

25. PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist

A game based on one of the worlds most popular YouTubers might seem like a recipe for a cash-in, but this was anything but. Legend of the Brofist is a well-crafted platformer with lots of knowing references to gaming history. It also builds you rely on your knowledge rather than your purse( for in-app purchases) to progress.

24. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Every month in 2015 seems to bring a new Star Wars mobile play, all of them good. This is the one that fans will relish most: a well-designed activity play with an emphasis on collecting characters from the various types eras of Star Wars, and then forming them into squads to battle it out in the universe.

23. Dark Echo

Weve envisioned audio-only games such as Papa Sangre on iOS before, but this is different, use visualised sound to see the human environment based on the clangs you induce. Except those clangs also attract … well, we wont botch it. But this isnt a game youll want to play alone late at night itll have you jumping out of your sofa.

22. SPL-T

We know. It doesnt look like much. But we promise that its a very good perplex play, supposed developer Simogo of Year Walk and Device 6 fame and they were right. SPL-T seems very simple: you tap on the screen to subdivide it into halves( and then halves again, etc ). But as you start developing your strategy, it sucks you in.

21. AirAttack 2

If you love a good shoot-em-up with missiles streaking everywhere, youll love AirAttack 2. Its second world war theme sees you flying through 22 grades shooting and bombing adversary personnels, and while the spectacular graphics are the games primary selling degree, its gameplay is reassuringly objection for fans of the genre.


AirAttack 2 Photograph: PR

20. Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

The sequel to 2009 s( still worth checking out) Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, this is more eight-legged puzzle-solving, as you explore an abandoned dwelling trapping bugs and unveiling a supernatural story. Duty of current trends( together with games like Prune and Beneath the Lighthouse) for less frenetic brain-stretching.

19. Beneath the Lighthouse

Its a quite different play, but if you enjoyed Monument Valley in 2014, then Beneath The Lighthouse are liable to be your next fixing. Its a perplex play defined below a lighthouse, where you have to turn mechanical wheels to find your young heros direction to his lost granddad. Its brilliant and colorful, and tests your lateral thinking skills.

18. Downwell

Downwell looks like a Spectrum game, and plays quite like one too complete with on-screen buttons to control its activity. Yet video games has won slew of people over to its charms, as you plunge down a well looking for treasure. The depth( pun partly planned) comes from the weapons and power-ups that you collect along the way.

17. Stick Cricket 2

As much a rhythm-action play as a sports sim, Stick Cricket 2 has you hoicking fours and sixes against a variety of opponents, with perfectly stripped-down powers and silky-smooth animation. The better cricket play on iOS, but its auto-mechanics should make it appeal to more casual fans as well as cricketing buffs.

16. Fallout Shelter

By the end of 2015, Fallout fans were playing Fallout 4 on their consoles. But until its freeing, mobile play Fallout Shelter was their fill-in fixing but also a top-notch play in its own right. The play find you running a post-apocalyptic shelter underground, like a radiation-dodging The Sims.


Fallout Shelter

15. The Room Three

Both previous The Room games persist excellent touchscreen perplex games, and the third largest in the series was just as good. Like its predecessors, it focused on physical perplexes, as you rotate, tap and zoom in on various artifacts to figure out their secrets. The perfect showcase for recent iOS devices visual grunt, but a great play too.

14. This War of Mine

Another game that will give your emotions a good going-over, this is a war game played from the perspective of civilians in a town under siege. Youll separated your time between building your hideout and foraging in the dangerous city streets, with some very difficult decisions to be made about the peoples of the territories under your protection.

13. Shooty Skies

Otherwise known as one of the things the Crossy Road developers did next: besides reinventing Pac-Man, they made this rapidfire shoot-em-up. It utilizes similar dynamics to Crossy Road: youll succumbs regularly, but will unlock new characters as you progress. Plenty of allure, and refreshingly unaggressive with its in-app purchases.

12. Dont Starve: Pocket Edition

One of the hardest games in this list in its early stages anyway but one well worth persevering with. Dont Starve find you abandoned in a wilderness, having to find meat, put together camp and avoid being flouted by wild animals. An inventive and unsettling twisting on the exploration-and-crafting genre.

11. Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft manufacturer Mojangs decided not to team up with developer Telltale Games for a narrative adventure could have been a mistake, but instead it was a triumphant success. A play set in another games world know it sounds a bit meta, but the specific characteristics, voice behaving and fan-focused references made this a treat.


Minecraft: Story Mode

10. Rayman Adventures

Vintage console dealership Rayman has become one of the most trustworthy mobile gaming labels too, with a series of marvellous touchscreen titles. Rayman Adventures didnt break the streak, even with its freemium arrangement: colourfully-cartoonish platform activity with powers that never frustrate.

9. Altos Adventure

Weve envisioned snowboarding and skiing games before on iOS, but never one as lovely-looking as Altos Adventure. Its zoomed-out camera sets the focus as much on the carefully-crafted backgrounds as on your snowboarder, with physics that seem just right as you zip( and jump-start) across the undulating landscapes.

8. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

The original PC and console version of the commission has won dozens of awardings, and deservedly so. It sets you through the wringer with its narrative of a pair of brothers trying to save their father-gods life. Clever controls and lush visuals will attract you in, but its the story that they are able to stop you playing.

7. Five Nights at Freddys 4

The Five Nights at Freddys series has built a devoted fanbase, and this final play didnt disillusion them. Once again, youre doing battle with genuinely-creepy animatronic enemies, except this time round the action has shifted to your own dwelling. The better play yet in mobiles premier survival-horror series.

6. Alphabear: Word Puzzle Game

Nearly four years after its launch, Triple Town remains one of best available mobile puzzlers. In 2015, its developer made an equally-addictive term play, Alphabear, which find you spelling terms from Scrabble-like tiles to give degrees and build cartoon endures. The perfect dip-in dip-out mobile game.



5. Lara Croft Go

It might star a famous play appearance, but this was no lacklustre spinoff. Lara Croft Go like Hitman Go before it is a familiar brand applied to a rock-solid puzzle-adventure engine. Lara Croft Go sets the focus squarely on your mental ingenuity, with six sections of perfectly-formed visuals to explore.

4. Evoland

A marvelous hypothesi to all persons who ever enjoyed the roleplaying play( RPG) genre. Evoland starts as a top-down, monochrome adventure but gradually works its direction through the genres history, purposing up with whizzy real-time 3D battling. A ploy? Thankfully it was backed up by an assimilating game.

3. Football Manager Touch 2016

There ought to have excellent mobile different versions of Football Manager for several years now, but 2015 determined the gap between tablets and the desktop different versions of the managing sim narrow even further. Not least because of the cloud-save option to play your saved play on either.

2. Prune

Is this a game, or a gardening-themed meditation app? Either direction, it was one of best available things to play on iOS this year. Described by its developer as a love letter to trees, it find you encouraging yours with gentle touchscreen swipes. The play appears and sounds beautiful: the antidote to your mobile-inbox stress.

1. Her Story


Her Story

An engrossing play that allows you to play sleuth, going over footage of police interviews with a woman whose partner has gone missing, inhaling out clues as you scour the database, and get deeper and deeper into, yes, her story. Great enough to dispel decades of memories of frightful interactive video games.

So, what have we missed? The notes part is available to your notes on video games above and your recommendations for other titles ones released for the first time in 2015, if you dont mind.

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