The best iPhone and iPad imidlalo 2015

The best iPhone and iPad games of 2015

 

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iOS gamers were truly spoiled for choice in 2015, with at least two or three excellent new games released every week. Independent developers were fizzing with ideas, even if they often struggled to make their fortune 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 Guardian’s pick of 2015 in iOS gaming. Futhi, yebo, there is a separate Android games roundup that you can find here.

25. PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist

A Umdlalo okusekelwe omunye YouTubers kwezwe ethandwa kakhulu kungase kubonakale like a recipe for cash-in, kodwa lokhu wawungakapheli. Legend of the Brofist kuyinto platformer kahle naletfuleke kunothile yokwazi izikhombo ukuze umlando udlala. Kwenza uthembele kuzo ngokuphathelene namakhono akho kunokuba wallet yakho (ngoba ngaphakathi nohlelo) ukuba athuthuke.

24. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Njalo ngenyanga 2015 Kwaqale kwabonakala sengathi ngomnikelo omusha Star Wars mobile game, bonke kubo okuhle. Lona nguye abalandeli ngeke zijabulela kakhulu: eziklanywe kahle action game ne Ukugcizelelwa lokuqoqa izinhlamvu kusukela esikhathini ahlukahlukene Star Wars, and then forming them into teams to battle it out in the universe.

23. Dark Echo

We’ve seen audio-only games such as Papa Sangre on iOS before, kodwa lokhu kwehlukile, usebenzisa "libonakala esiphilile 'ukukhombisa ezindaweni zayo esekelwe imisindo ozenzayo. Ngaphandle kwalabo umsindo nazo ziyakhanga kwezinye izinto … kahle, thina ngeke lonakaliswe. Kodwa lokhu akuyona umdlalo ungafuna ukudlala yedwa sebusuku - it uzoba nawe jumping aphume usofa yakho.

22. SPL-T

“We know. It doesn’t look like much. But we promise that it’s a very good puzzle game,” said developer Simogo – of Year Walk and Device 6 fame – and they were right. SPL-T seems very simple: you tap on the screen to divide it into halves (and then halves again, njll). But as you start developing your strategy, it sucks you in.

21. AirAttack 2

If you love a good shoot-‘em-up with bullets streaking everywhere, you’ll love AirAttack 2. Its second world war theme sees you flying through 22 levels shooting and bombing enemy forces, and while the spectacular graphics are the game’s main selling point, its gameplay is reassuringly challenging for fans of the genre.

AirAttack 2
AirAttack 2 Photograph: PR

20. spider: Rite of the Moon zimbozwe

Le enye inkondlo elama kuya ku-2009 sika (Namanje kuwufanele ngibheka out) spider: Imfihlo Bryce Manor, lena abayisishiyagalombili-ezinemilenze puzzle-ukuxazulula, njengoba uyihlola i inxuluma ishiywe ukudoba izinambuzane futhi embula indaba supernatural. Ingxenye yalesi simo (kanye imidlalo efana athene futhi Ngaphansi Lighthouse) ngaphansi Ukwanda okwethusayo ubuchopho-esisuka.

19. Ngaphansi Lighthouse

Kuyinto umdlalo ehluke kakhulu kunalokho oyikho, kodwa uma wayemthanda Monument Valley 2014, ke Beneath The Lighthouse ingase ibe fix yakho olandelayo. Kuyinto umdlalo iphazili setha ngezansi lighthouse, lapho kufanele uvule amasondo mechanical ukuthola indlela hero yakho isencane uyisemkhulu elahlekile. Akuve egqamile futhi ezimibalabala, futhi ivivinya amakhono akho lateral ukucabanga.

18. Downwell

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

17. Stick Cricket 2

Njengoba okuningi isigqi-action game njengoba SIM yezemidlalo, Stick Cricket 2 uye wena hoicking okuhamba ngezine futhi Izithupha ngokumelene uhla izimbangi, nge Izilawuli zihlubule-phansi ngokuphelele futhi silky-smooth izithombe. The best cricket game on iOS, but its mechanics should make it appeal to more casual fans as well as cricketing buffs.

16. Fallout Shelter

Lwathi luphela 2015, Fallout fans were playing Fallout 4 on their consoles. But until its release, mobile game Fallout Shelter was their fill-in fix – but also a top-notch game in its own right. The game sees you running a post-apocalyptic shelter underground, like a radiation-dodging The Sims.

Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter

15. The Room Three

Both previous The Room games remain excellent touchscreen puzzle games, and the third in the series was just as good. Like its predecessors, it focused on physical puzzles, as you spin, tap and zoom in on various artifacts to figure out their secrets. The perfect showcase for recent iOS devices’ visual grunt, but a great game 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 city under siege. You’ll split your time between building your hideout and foraging in the dangerous city streets, with some very hard decisions to be made about the people 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 uses similar dynamics to Crossy Road: you’ll die regularly, but will unlock new characters as you progress. Plenty of charm, and refreshingly unaggressive with its in-app purchases.

12. Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition

One of the hardest games in this list – in its early stages anyway – but one well worth persevering with. Don’t Starve sees you abandoned in a wilderness, having to find food, set up camp and avoid being scoffed by wild animals. An inventive and unsettling twist on the exploration-and-crafting genre.

11. Minecraft: Mode Story

Minecraft maker Mojang’s decision to team up with developer Telltale Games for a narrative adventure could have been a mistake, but instead it was a triumphant success. A game set in another game’s world may sound a bit meta, but the characters, voice acting and fan-focused references made this a treat.

Minecraft: Mode Story
Minecraft: Mode Story

10. Rayman Adventures

Vintage console franchise Rayman has become one of the most trustworthy mobile gaming brands too, with a series of marvellous touchscreen titles. Rayman Adventures didn’t break the streak, even with its freemium structure: colourfully-cartoonish platform action with controls that never frustrate.

9. Alto’s Adventure

We’ve seen snowboarding and skiing games before on iOS, but never one as lovely-looking as Alto’s Adventure. Its zoomed-out camera puts the focus as much on the carefully-crafted backgrounds as on your snowboarder, with physics that feel just right as you zip (and jump) across the undulating landscapes.

8. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

The original PC and console version of this has won dozens of awards, and deservedly so. It puts you through the wringer with its tale of a pair of brothers trying to save their father’s life. Clever controls and lush visuals will draw you in, but it’s the story that will keep you playing.

7. Nights Five at Freddy sika 4

The Five Nights at Freddy’s series has built a devoted fanbase, and this final game didn’t disappoint them. Kwaphinda lokho, you’re doing battle with genuinely-creepy animatronic enemies, except this time round the action has shifted to your own home. The best game yet in mobile’s premier survival-horror series.

6. Alphabear: Word Puzzle Game

Nearly four years after its launch, Triple Town remains one of the best mobile puzzlers. In 2015, its developer made an equally-addictive word game, Alphabear, which sees you spelling words from Scrabble-like tiles to earn points – and build cartoon bears. The perfect dip-in dip-out mobile game.

Alphabear
Alphabear

5. Lara Croft Go

It might star a famous game face, 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 puts the focus squarely on your mental ingenuity, with six chapters of perfectly-formed visuals to explore.

4. Evoland

A wonderful idea for anyone who’s ever loved the roleplaying game (RPG) ukuhluza. Evoland starts as a top-down, monochrome adventure but gradually works its way through the genre’s history, ending up with whizzy real-time 3D battling. A gimmick? Thankfully it was backed up by an absorbing game.

3. Football Manager Touch 2016

There have been excellent mobile versions of Football Manager for several years now, kodwa 2015 saw the gap between tablets and the desktop versions of the management sim narrow even further. Not least because of the cloud-save option to play your saved game on either.

2. Prune

Is this a game, or a gardening-themed meditation app? Noma kunjalo, it was one of the best things to play on iOS this year. Described by its developer as “a love letter to trees”, it sees you nurturing yours with gentle touchscreen swipes. The game looks and sounds beautiful: the antidote to your mobile-inbox stress.

1. Her Story

Her Story
Her Story

An engrossing game that allows you to play detective, going over footage of police interviews with a woman whose husband has gone missing, sniffing out clues as you search the database, and get deeper and deeper into, yebo, her story. Great enough to dispel decades of memories of awful “interactive video” games.

Ngakho, Sinamsebenzi ngaphuthelwa? Okwashiwo sigaba evulekile for izincomo zakho imidlalo ngenhla kanye nezincomo yakho kweminye kwafakwa iziqu - abakhululiwe ngokokuqala ngqá ngo 2015, uma musa khumbulani.

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