What will you be doing this summer holiday? Whether you’re going on vacation or visiting family, one thing’s for certain: Your smartphone will be with you everywhere you go. That means you’ll have ample opportunity to catch up on new games, because anything is better than listening to Aunt Artie.
The iPhone features some of the industry’s best and most innovative titles—it’s been that way for a long time, whether people realize it or not. We’ve put together a list of 10 must-play games for iPhone owners, from Super Mario Run to Monument Valley 2.
Pokémon are already adorable, but they’re even more adorable in Pokémon Quest. This cube-shaped RPG introduces players to Tumblecube Island, where players can set up base camps, battle monsters, and more. If you’re a fan of Pokémon Go, then you’ll feel very comfortable with this newest adventure. [Free]
You’re a young boy in a mysterious landscape where danger lurks around every corner. Offering a challenging puzzles and some truly rewarding side-scrolling gameplay, Inside is one of those games that sticks with you long after the credits roll. [Free]
The most popular game right now is also available for the most popular smartphone. It’s a match made in mobile heaven. Now, players can drop into a battle royale match while in line at the grocery store, at the dentist, or while on the toilet. Just don’t play it in class—which you can’t do anyway since you’re on summer vacation. [Free]
Getting Over It
“A game I made for a certain kind of person,” reads Getting Over It’s description. It’s hard to properly explain what this game is about. If you’re a competitive person, let’s just say that Getting Over It will probably make you very angry. I’ve already sworn it off forever. [$2.99]
Monument Valley 2
Monument Valley 2 is one of those rare games that can elicit a deep emotional response from its users. The art style is beautiful, the puzzles challenging, and the music is perfection. Monument Valley proves that mobile games can be just as sophisticated as their console counterparts. [$4.99]
On the surface, Hidden Folks looks like a Where’s Waldo? ripoff. But it’s much more than that. Hidden Folks features interactive hand-drawn landscapes and some truly hilarious sound effects, which the developer did with his voice. There are more than 200 objects to find throughout the different levels. But, like me, you might be content to just look at the beautiful art. [$3.99]
Build, explore, and customize your perfect shelter as you survive the apocalypse. Fallout Shelter has a simple premise but it’s surprisingly complex and becomes difficult as you gain more dwellers and build more rooms. This is a good experience as we await the release of Fallout 76. [Free]
Limbo is creepy, violent, but incredibly fun. Made by the same developer of Inside, Limbo challenges players to navigate a dangerous world where one wrong stop will get you killed. The game’s puzzles are a fun challenge and incredibly rewarding once you figure them out. [$3.99]
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
The iPhone is perfectly suited for Day of the Tentacle, a hilarious point-and-click adventure that’s much more difficult than it looks. This game came out all the way back in 1993 but it’s just as good now as it was then. Gaming aficionados know that this is one experience that shouldn’t be passed up. [$1.99]