iOS Video Games

iOS is the name for the operating system which Apple is using in its own smartphones and tablets (iPhones and iPads) since 2007. iOS is a more popular platform among the mobile developers than Android, despite the fact that the latter is used in a greater number of mobile devices. Apple’s success is a result of bigger revenues for developers creating iOS games and greater performance of iPhones and iPads, among other things.

This War of Mine (iOS)
This War of Mine (iOS)

Strategy 15 July 2015

An extraordinary war game with focus on survival. It was inspired by the real stories of people who at some point of their lives struggled to survive a war. The game was developed by Polish studio 11 bit, known for an original strategy game series Anomaly. The game gives you control over a group of civilians trying to survive in a ruined city, where the biggest enemies are such problems as starvation and shortage of medicines. Depending on the time of day you can improve your hideout, craft weapons, furniture, and tools, or explore city streets in search for food and useful items. Randomly generated missions provide players with varied challenges and dilemmas, which may require sacrificing one person for the good of the others. The gloomy atmosphere is emphasized by an original visual style based on light and shadow contrasts.

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Clash Royale (iOS)
Clash Royale (iOS)

Strategy 02 March 2016

A multiplayer game with MOBA elements from the Finnish Supercell studio, set in a universe of one of the mobile bestsellers – Clash of Clans. Same as there, we play as a ruler whose ambitions go beyond the borders of his country. Gameplay of Clash of Royale comes down to taking part in online skirmishes with other players to overthrow the opposing king. Battles are fought in very simplified form and take place on small arenas, which fit entirely on the smartphone’s or tablet’s screen. During the battles, we send offensive units along set paths, while also making sure to secure our own domain with various spells and defensive units and buildings. The mechanics are complemented by card game features, and the time between fights is spent on collecting the strongest possible deck of cards, each representing the respective units and actions (e.g. casting spells).

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Injustice 2 (iOS)
Injustice 2 (iOS)

Fighting 11 May 2017

A sequel to the 2013 arcade fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us by NetherRealm Studios, known for the latest Mortal Kombat games. Like in its predecessor, in Injustice 2 you play as the characters from the DC universe, fighting each other in violent duels. The game features minimal plot, in which Batman and his supporters try to rebuild the society, but at the same time have to fight against Superman and his allies. Among the chaos, a new danger appears, threatening to wipe out all of humanity. Mechanics-wise, Injustice 2 is a spectacular Mortal Kombat-like 2.5D fighting game, although it's not as violent. You can play as either a hero or a villain; available characters include Superman, the Flash, Batman, Supergirl, Aquaman, Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. The sequel also allows for modifying your chosen character. During the gameplay, you earn new equipment, which can alter not only your character's appearance, but also their abilities.

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South Park: Phone Destroyer (iOS)
South Park: Phone Destroyer (iOS)

Strategy 09 November 2017

South Park: Phone Destroyer is a mobile strategy game based on a controversial animated TV series for adults. Developed by RedLynx – creators of the Trials game series – this South Park game installment is based on a free-to-play business model and features some microtransactions. During the game, the players have to collect cards representing characters known from the TV series and use them in order to build decks. Cards can be played during real-time battles, resulting in new characters appearing on the map and advancing on the enemy forces. The gameplay comes down to battles between two factions fighting each other from opposing sides of the screen. The creators prepared a typical for this kind of video games multiplayer mode. At the same time, the game offers an extensive story campaign, which, compared to similar games, is an unusual thing. Like the animated TV series, the entire game features the atmosphere of absurd comedy – jokes are plentiful, while the script riffs almost everything and everyone. Also, the visuals are kept in the same style as in the TV series, which should not come off as a surprise – South Park: Phone Destroyer has been created in cooperation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the fathers of the original TV series.

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Bladebound (iOS)
Bladebound (iOS)

RPG 09 November 2017

A fantasy action RPG developed by Polish studio Artifex Mundi. The game, developed for mobile platforms, uses free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions. Bladebound presents a grim vision of a fantasy world that was conquered by evil armies. The player assumes the role of the last member of the Order of the Valiant, who after many centuries returns to the realm in order to avenge his brothers and save what is left of the world. Similarly as in classic hack’n’slash games, the action is shown from a top-down perspective and the player most of the time explores the world and participates in dynamic combat with monsters. Bladebound employs touch-based controls in which one must draw lines on the screen with his finger. These lines create powerful attacks and spells. The game also contains a character progression system and the possibility to obtain better equipment and weapon. The crafting system allows the player to create his own weapons.

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Critical Ops (iOS)
Critical Ops (iOS)

Action 06 July 2016

A dynamic online shooter game, often referred to as a mobile CS. Critical Ops was made by Finnish studio Critical Force Entertainment, known for a similar production - Critical Strike portable. The game is available for free, but features optional microtransactions; only purely cosmetic items can be bought for real-world money. The gameplay consists of battles involving anti-terrorist and terrorist forces, taking place on dedicated maps. You can use a wide range of firearms and additional equipment. Just like in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, gear can be bought in the in-game store for the money you earn in battle. The battles can involve up to 20 players divided into two teams, who have opposite goals. Critical Ops boasts high-quality 3D visuals, an interesting level design, a well-thought microtransactions system, and expansive support for e-sports events.

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Shadowgun: Legends (iOS)
Shadowgun: Legends (iOS)

Action 2018

Another major installment of the mobile action game series developed by Madfinger Games, a Czech studio known for Dead Trigger, among other titles. The action of Shadowgun: Legends takes place in the future, and we assume the role of spec ops soldiers whose task is to save the galaxy from an alien invasion. Contrary to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter with RPG elements which isn’t very different from other mobile FPSs. The production can be played both in single- and multiplayer mode. Starting out, we possess weak equipment and weapons. With time and subsequently completed missions, we gain experience and funds that let us buy various enhancements. What’s interesting, players’ actions have an influence on the game’s universe, thus making it constantly change.

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Football Manager Mobile 2018 (iOS)
Football Manager Mobile 2018 (iOS)

Sports 10 November 2017

Football Manager Mobile 2018 is a special edition of Football Manager 2018 developed by Sports Interactive, designed for smartphones and tablets. Unlike its original version, the game does not allow a player to experience 3D matches, features poorer database, and simplified interface. On the other hand, the game delivers all of the most important functions. This means that a player has to come up with tactics before each match, change the players, purchase and sell players, tend to the club’s budget, and use the help offered by the talent hunters. All this makes Football Manager Mobile 2018 a much more dynamic game, perfect for e.g. a break during the work; but it also offers many possibilities, which make the game one of the most advanced applications available on the market. The game has been published by Sega and is available at a much smaller price than Football Manager 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018.

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Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition (iOS)
Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition (iOS)

Strategy 29 January 2015

A remastered edition of one of the most well-received installments of the legendary Heroes of Might & Magic series, created for the 15th anniversary of the game's original release and the 20th anniversary of the franchise. It was commissioned by Ubisoft and developed by DotEmu, known e.g. from the remake of the cult platform game Another World. The contents of the HD edition are the same as the base game (no expansions included) and consist of 7 story campaigns (about 50 maps in total), a skirmish mode and a functional editor. Compared to the original, the key changes are the upgraded wide-screen-compatible HD visuals. The graphics are now sharper and more clear-cut, which is the result of reprogramming over 25,000 elements and models. The multiplayer mode has also been upgraded, both in the local “hotseat” mode and the online one. Also, for the first time ever, a version for mobile devices was created.

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Darkest Dungeon (iOS)
Darkest Dungeon (iOS)

RPG 24 August 2017

A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.

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Naruto X Boruto: Ninja Voltage (iOS)
Naruto X Boruto: Ninja Voltage (iOS)

Action 31 December 2017

Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage is a mobile game developed by Bandai Namco. The title was designed with multiplayer mode in mind. It enables the player to fight for user-built fortresses. Before the combat starts, the players are preparing the battlefields, for example by setting traps in strategic locations. The game features a cooperation mode in which the players join forces to fight against enemies controlled by the artificial intelligence. Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage features many characters known from Naruto universe. The graphics are similar to the animated original as well – they feature high quality portraits and beautifully animated cutscenes that can be watched between the fights. The game uses a free-to-play distribution model. It also features optional microtransactions.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iOS)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (iOS)

Action 12 December 2013

The seventh installment in the controversial Grand Theft Auto series – one of the most popular game franchises in history that brought Rockstar Games company international fame. The series has been letting the player start as a petty criminal and work his way to the top of the criminal underground. This next part of the series is the biggest one so far, featuring world – the State of San Andreas – almost three times larger than Vice City. Among many innovations, there are several thing worthy of mention: improved AI of civilians, option to recruit gang members, increased number of interactive buildings, hunger factor, swimming, and new means of transportation (e.g. bicycles). On top of that, there game features numerous extra activities, highlighting the sandbox character of gameplay. The game features the atmosphere of the 1990s, apparent in both the graphics and the soundtrack available via the numerous in-game radio stations.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (iOS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (iOS)

Racing 30 October 2012

A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.

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Shadow Fight 3 (iOS)
Shadow Fight 3 (iOS)

Fighting 16 November 2017

Shadow Fight 3 is a 2.5D fighting game, which means that while the graphics were made in full 3D, the gameplay mechanics are 2D. The three-dimensional locations and characters are the main difference between this game and the previous installments in the series. The production utilizes a free-to-play model with microtransactions. The game is set in a fantasy world inspired by Asian legends and features warriors, who can use superhuman powers. The gameplay consists of one-on-one duels in a gesture-based combat system. Those classic fighting game rules have been expanded by adding some role-playing elements. You create your character, which can be further developed thanks to a skill tree, allowing you to unlock new techniques and attacks. The production features a singleplayer mode and a multiplayer mode; the latter allows you to fight other players to to join them in the co-op mode, in which you battle the AI.

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Assassin's Creed Rebellion (iOS)
Assassin's Creed Rebellion (iOS)

Strategy 2018

Strategy game with RPG elements, in which you manage a fortress of the eponymous Assassin Brotherhood and lead a self-composed team of assassins. The title was developed by Canadian team Behavior Interactive Studio. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is set in the 15th-century Spain, where you confront the Inquisition. The Brotherhood is made up of over forty characters, featuring both famous characters from Assassin’s Creed video games and the movie as well as twenty completely new individuals. The fortress in your command is the main base of operation for your men, from where they set out for missions in teams of up to three members. As you advance to new progression levels, you are able to expand the fortress with new rooms and purchase equipment. On the other hand, while performing specific tasks (which require heroes with specific abilities), you gain DNA fragments (unlocking more Assassins), raw materials (for improving existing units), and crafting materials (needed to create better equipment). Against a background of other Assassin's Creed games, Rebellion is distinguished by its graphics design, based on Chibi stylistics.

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SkidStorm (iOS)
SkidStorm (iOS)

Racing 2018

An arcade top-down racing game. Eat My Dust! was developed by Immobile Games studio (Hopping Penguin and Master Archer 3D) for mobile platforms. The title is a typical example of the genre, featuring a light tone and vector graphics. The players can use several vehicles that are unlocked as they progress in the game. The tracks on which the races take place all feature desert scenery. Despite the fact of being short, they are filled with various ramps, traps, and destructible objects that make the races more interesting. The developers made sure that their game has simple, intuitive controls – the game uses automatic acceleration and auto-regenerating boost. The player must focus only on controlling the vehicle. Eat My Dust! offers both single- and multiplayer. The first mode offers many races against AI as part of the campaign, and time trials. As for the multiplayer mode, up to four players can play simultaneously.

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Albion Online (iOS)
Albion Online (iOS)

RPG 17 July 2017

A free-to-play MMORPG set in a fantasy world and a debut project of the German developer Sandbox Interactive. The game’s universe is shaped entirely by players’ actions, who craft their own tools as well as build settlements and towns. The complex in-game economy system lets you e.g. rent production buildings or lease plots of land to other players. Apart from typical RPG story missions, an essential part of Albion Online are duels between players in PvP mode. The game’s world is split into 800 territories that can be conquered by players’ guilds, seeking valuable resources. Real-time combat uses mechanics typical of hack-and-slash games. While you are offline your territories are protected by a magic aura, so that battles can be fought only between online players. The game features a unique microtransaction system – a commission is drawn from transactions between players.

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Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (iOS)
Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (iOS)

Adventure 03 October 2017

The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which debuted in 2016. In this adventure game by Telltale Games (the developers of such titles as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series) the player follows the darker and darker story of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego. This time Batman has to challenge both Joker and Riddler as well as a merciless federal agent who has just came to the city of Gotham. The story is split into five episodes, the first one of which launched in August 2017. In the game you get to explore small locations, talk to characters met there, play through QTE sequences and, of course, make difficult moral decisions that determine how the story unfolds. Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within features actors that made the appearance in the first game. Batman is starred by Troy Baker, while his arch-nemesis Joker by Anthony Ingruber.

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Fallout Shelter (iOS)
Fallout Shelter (iOS)

Strategy 15 June 2015

A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 10th Anniversary Edition (iOS)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - 10th Anniversary Edition (iOS)

Action 06 December 2012

A new installment in the bestselling series of action games. The game expands the ideas introduced in the third entry in the franchise, released in 2001. The game was developed by the authors of the previous installments who, after having been bought by the American giant, were transformed into Rockstar North. The game takes place in the 80's in a completely new metropolis called Vice City. The player becomes Tommy Vercetti, who was sent by his boss to establish a foothold in the city while taking care of the local gangs and corrupted police. The game has similar mechanics to its predecessor and focuses mostly on completing various non-linear story missions. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City added some new features, such as the possibility to use motorcycles and helicopters. The graphics, inspired by aesthetics of the 80's, were greatly improved as well. During the game, the player is accompanied by a varied soundtrack broadcast by several different radio stations.

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Titan Quest (iOS)
Titan Quest (iOS)

RPG 18 May 2016

An isometric action-RPG from the hack’n’slash genre, developed by the team at Iron Lore led by Brian Sullivan – co-creator of the iconic classic, Age of Empires. Titan Quest takes us to ancient Greece and Egypt, when the eponymous titans get released from their eternal imprisonment to spread death and destruction across the Earth. In fight between new and old gods, the world’s fate rests on shoulders of a single human, who travels across the lands looking for a way to seal titans once again. We visit numerous mythological places, like Parthenon, Knossos, the Labyrinth, Egyptian pyramids or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, fighting hordes of diversified enemies as well as titans themselves. The players are given a vast arsenal of more than a thousand unique and legendary items. Our character can improve his or her skills throughout the game, due to a flexible class system that offers close to unlimited possibilities of development.

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Blocky Farm (iOS)
Blocky Farm (iOS)

Simulation 26 October 2017

A humorous farming simulation game by Polish studio Jet Toast. You play as the owner of a small farm, which you have to turn into a prosperous business. In order to achieve that, you need to plant crops and gather them, breed animals, and complete tasks for the citizens from a nearby town. Unlike other mobile farming games , Blocky Farm allows you to use an interactive tractor, which can help you with e.g. gathering your crops. You can also play with your cat and dog, by e.g. throwing them sticks, drive them around in tiny cars, or dress them up. There is also a free-to-play multiplayer mode featuring microtransactions. You can speed up the gameplay with diamonds, although the game was designed in a way allowing you to play without needing to buy them.

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Fire Emblem Heroes (iOS)
Fire Emblem Heroes (iOS)

RPG 02 February 2017

Fire Emblem Heroes is a fantasy-based, tactical RPG game. This is the first installment of the Nintendo's popular game series that was released on mobile platforms. The game takes place in a land divided between two opposing nations: striving for world domination Emblian Empire, and the Kingdom of Askran, bent on stopping the former. The players take the role of an Askran mage whose mission is to save the kingdom. Our protagonist can summon heroes from various games in the series, and our enemy is capable of doing the same. Turn-based battles, based on a simple gesture system, are at the gameplay's core. Smart usage of the summoned heroes' abilities, and taking advantage of the landform and the surroundings, are the key elements in achieving victory. Like every proper RPG, Fire Emblem Heroes has a functional character progression system.

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