Top 5 iOS games of 2013

So I have already listed my top 5 Android games of last year and today I will be listing my top 5 iOS games.Mobile gaming continues to be on the rise and Apples dominance looks as strong as ever despite Androids and more specifically the Play Stores attempts at playing catch up. iPhone and iPad games are certainly plentiful and choosing just 5 was no easy task . The affordability and accessibility of mobile gaming means surely only good things for iOS and Android users alike. These are the 5 games I’ve had most fun playing in 2013.

1. Frozen Synapse

Frozen Synapse may look a little strange and basic but give it time, it's worthy
Frozen Synapse may look a little strange and basic but give it time, it’s worthy

At first glance you may think I’m crazy putting this in at top spot but you’d be wrong. Frozen Synapse is like a game of chess and one of the most tactically challenging I’ve ever played, it also boasts endless replayability which is never a bad thing. It’s essentially a turn based combat game in which you must effectively destroy and try to outwit your opponent. Do not be fooled by its look of simplicity, it is one of the most challenging games I’ve ever played and is maybe in a genre of it’s own. It has a steep learning curve so only pay for this game if you’re willing to put the time in to get the rewards. It is also out for PC but it’s much easier to use and lends itself to a large touch screen more than any other game I’ve played. If you get hooked it will take over your life, I’m currently planning a stint in rehab for my addiction.

Frozen Synapse is currently only 69p! You can get it here

2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM is a huge game and justifies it's relatively high price tag
XCOM is a huge game and justifies it’s relatively high price tag

XCOM is not only one of the best games for iOS but it’s one of the best games of 2013 full stop. It is quite hefty in its price tag and hefty on the memory needed but you are getting a game which has the length and the quality of a console/PC game so it’s definetly worth it. For those unfamiliar it is a turn based combat game which sees you playing as part of the XCOM organisation fighting off alien invasion, which is played out in huge, engrossing, epic battles. The thing that makes it so good is that this is not simply just a port, care and attention has been made to optimize the game for touch screen and it works beautifully. For those looking for depth, action and in general a damn good game buy this now. You won’t look back.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is priced at £6.99 which is the cheapest it’s ever been. Quick, snap it up here

3. Rayman Fiesta Run

Re-live your old school platform days
Re-live your old school platform days

This is a little less serious than the games positioned at 1 and 2. Rayman Fiesta Run is all about jumping, running and smashing your way through some of the craziest and brilliant levels platforming has ever seen. I have had a soft spot for Rayman ever since my Sega Saturn days, where I would spend my youth er jumping and running in a slightly more pixelated world. Not only does this help re-capture my youth but this is a superb example of a platform game done well(that isn’t Mario). You have to collect ‘Lums’ as you swing and bounce through levels and only 100% of these captured will unlock everything in the game, which in a way reminds me of an old Spyro the Dragon moment. You need this game in your life, it guarantees to make you smile like the child you once was.

Rayman Fiest Run is priced at £1.99 and is available here

4. Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol Pacific Skies

Sid Meier has done it again
Sid Meier has done it again

Try saying that name after a few panda pops. Despite it’s long winded name Sid Meier has put his name to another gem here. You should be somewhat familiar with him quite now, he has created some of the finest games in recent years, notably my favorite ‘Pirates’ and ‘Civilization’ to name a few. This one is about being on either the side of the Army or the Navy in an aerial battles redefining World War II’s greatest dog fights. It sounds good and it is good.  The ability to upgrade your pilot and the control scheme elevates this game to great status, another game proving that iOS games are not all about puzzle games and tat.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol Pacific Skies is priced at £1.99 and can be downloaded here

5. Ittle Dew

Ittle Dew oozes charm and playability
Ittle Dew oozes charm and playability

Ittle Dew is the product of good writing and silly parodies and pays homage to Zelda in an obvious but charming manner. It will remind you of Zelda games of old but with added humor. Its old school style adds a playability which is somewhat lost in modern day action role-playing games but it still feels modern due to it’s wit and one liners. It’s not a game that takes itself too seriously and this adds an undoubted charm and makes me keep coming back for more. It’s easy to pick up, is quirky and most of all is fun. I’d recommend this game to everyone, not just those wanting to experience a Zelda-esque game on the go.

Ittle Dew is priced at £2.99 and is available here


2 thoughts on “Top 5 iOS games of 2013”

  1. It’s impressive that you can get games like X-Com on iOS. £6.99 is a decent price compared to what it originally retailed for on consoles. Heck it’s cheaper that what Square ask for a lot of their iOS ports.

    1. The great thing is how well it plays too. I’m constantly amazed by the upwards progression of mobile gaming, it’s not quite time to ditch the console but it’s great how much gaming is evolving.

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