Top 9 best iPhone and iPad (iOS) exclusive games

1

Oceanhorn 2

Available at: iOS + Apple Arcade

Genre: Fairy tale

Oceanhorn 2

Cornfox and Bros’ lush adventure sequel takes the original’s simple top-down action RPG and opens the adventure in full 3D. The result is Oceanhorn 2, which is almost the closest you get to playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a phone or tablet. It will come to other platforms, but right now you can only play it on iOS through Apple Arcade.

2

Heaven: Children of Light


This beautiful multiplayer adventure is from the mind behind Journey and it can be seen. Once again, the name of the game is fluid movements, peaceful exploration and wordless collaboration through a largely peaceful fantasy landscape. There are not many more beautiful games than Sky: Children of Light, and it’s only on iOS.

3

Grinding stones

Developer: Capybara games

Available at: iOS + Contact + Apple Arcade

Genre: Riddle

Grinding stones

We’re not sure this Apple Arcade gem will make non-iOS users envious – who needs another match-3 RPG in their life, right? – but it deserves it. Capybara is seamlessly blended into a tactile hack-and-slash mechanic, making this beautiful puzzle really stand out from the crowd.

4

Small wings

Developer: Andreas Illiger

Publisher: Andreas Illiger

Available at: iOS

Genre: Casual, platform

Small wings

An old but still a treat. Tiny Wings is an iOS hit from the early (ish) days of smartphone gaming, and you can still see its impact in many casual games released today. Have you ever played a game that requires you to build momentum for a character by tapping the screen on downhill slopes and avoiding jumping near the top of the climb? That mechanic was squeezed by Andreas Illiger’s hilly masterpiece.

5

The Death Hall

Available at: iOS

Genre: Action, Hardcore, Platform

The Death Hall

Consoles are typically the stronghold of the 2D platform player, but Death Hall is an exclusive iOS – and an ingenious one for that. It sees your limbless character jump and leap through a hell of a landscape, avoiding a chasing demon and striving for pixel-perfect precision. These are punitive hard things, yet rewarding.

6

Painty Mob

Available at: iOS + Apple Arcade

Genre: Arcade

Painty Mob

Painty Mob is just pure joy. Another Apple Arcade treat, it sees you wandering around in psychedelic arenas and spraying an increasingly angry crowd with paint. If your eyes ever recover after the first audiovisual assault, you will begin to see patterns, collectibles, and tactical permutations that pull you into the bag for more. And more. And more.

7

UNIT 6

Developer: Simogo

Available at: iOS

Genre: Fairy tale

UNIT 6

Simogo produces the kind of smart, innovative iOS exclusives that make iPhone users feel dizzy – and maybe a little guilty – about getting them all for themselves. Unit 6 is a good example. This interactive story could only work on a mobile phone, laying out the text like an interactive map and making you turn your phone around to make sense of it all. These are wonderful things, and it’s just iOS.

8

Ridiculous fishing

Developer: aeisku

Publisher: Flame beer

Available at: iOS

Genre: Action, Arcade

Ridiculous fishing

A little different here, because Ridiculous Fishing used to be on Android before it was pulled for technical reasons, which we will not get into. However, Vlambeer’s game is a true mobile game, and one that deserves to be played to this day. Release your line, dodge past the low-value fish, and then pull your pull up before knocking to blow them out of the air.

9

Pigeon Wings Strike

Publisher: Ignacio Schiefelbein

Available at: iOS

Genre: Infinite race

Pigeon Wings Strike

Yes, you’ve played enough endless runners in a lifetime. We hear you. But there is always room for one more when it plays as well as Pigeon Wings Strike. This fast-paced side-scroller touches on elements of racing games and shmups to create something a little special. And you can only pay in on an iPhone or iPad.

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