The iOS games that will defy your personal vendettas against the iPhone.

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The iPhone is not just a platform for a bunch of "cheap shitty games", a term that is often used in debates to describe the massive video game library of the appstore. This list will open your eyes to how remarkable gaming on an iOS device can be.


Dead Space

A Dead Space adventure with its own storyline. You will be re-acquainted with its eerie outer-space environments and combat systems.



Street Fighter IV Volt

Compete online or against your friends in a game that revitalized the fighting genre. The controls here are simplified (for the better), but you will get the same exciting taste of its console versions.

SF4 Volt 


Samurai Bloodshow

Unique artwork, epic music, and the intro that screams SEGA makes this card-collecting tower defense game awesome. Your wits and quick reactions will be tested.

Samurai Bloodshow

Shadow Era

A card game like that of Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. If you're a TCG fan, this is the one game you do not want to miss. Think you can make the best deck of them all?

Shadow Era

Cut The Rope

One of the best puzzle games I've ever played in my entire puzzle-playing life. The story is really cute, artwork too. Go impress your girlfriend.

Cut the Rope


Zen Pinball

Zen Pinball on the PSN was rad. This delivers the same pinball-arcade accurate feel. Now you can play it on the go!

Zen Pinball

Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion

A lot of thought have been put into the storyline — It is massive. If you like your Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, then you will like your Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion. The soundtrack is dope too!


Need for Speed Shift 2

You can race vicariously on the palm of your hand. For racing-game fiends, your need for speed will be satisfied.

Need for Speed Shift 2

Pizza Boy

Two words — Super Mario Brothers and Adventure Island. Here is your retro platforming fix, complete with 16-bit chiptunes you grew up humming to.

Pizza Boy

Infinity Blade

Nothing spells breathtaking as Infinity Blade. Looks better than anything on the 3DS. This is a hack and slash galore, built for the touchscreen, with some RPG elements thrown in.

Inifinity Blade

You'd be pleased to know that several amazing titles have also been ported to the iOS: Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Pac-Man: Championship Edition, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, NBA Jam, Street Fighter II collection, Puzzle Agent, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Monkey Island series, Streets of Rage, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Bit Trip Beat, Scribblenauts, and a gazillion more.

Also, I can't wait till Professor Layton makes his debut on the iPhone. Ok, it may not be Professor Layton himself, but it will be a relative of some sort!

Do you still think the iPhone is just a platform for "cheap shitty games"?

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