Just over 10 years ago, few of us would have been able to imagine the effect that the development of smartphones and tablets would have had on the world. iOS devices, and the iPhone in particular, were game-changing in driving the development of hardware and software that now allow us to work, rest and play from anywhere, using the tiny computers in our pockets.
Aside from the work, our iOS devices are great tools for relaxing, whether by watching TV shows and films, listening to music, or playing games. Our iPhones and iPads are versatile devices, allowing us to throw birds to kill green pigs in precariously-balanced houses, roam sprawling virtual cities, and play live classic casino games against people anywhere on the planet. Below is a selection of some top games available for iOS devices.
Grand Theft Auto
One of the most successful game franchises of all time, Grand Theft Auto is a powerhouse of gaming. Just like the iPhone, it was an early innovator in its field, promoting the open-ended gameplay that is now commonplace in many areas of modern gaming. The classic Grand Theft Auto games, originally released on the PlayStation 2, have been made available for download on iOS, with the first, Grand Theft Auto 3, released in 2011 to celebrate the game’s 10th anniversary.
Currently ranked #17 in the “Card Games” section it can be found the Poker’s App for iOS which provides players with the opportunity to play for real money. There are options for playing for free or with real money. The app is available for both iPhone and iPad, and the company claims to have over 100 million players worldwide.
This incredibly popular game is available for almost every imaginable platform, allowing users to create just about anything they can imagine in a world of blocks. The great thing about Minecraft is that its multiplayer features allow iOS players to coexist with those on the Windows platform. In a world where many gamers are pushing for ever more realistic graphics, Minecraft bucks the trend with a focus on pure gameplay. This function-over-flare approach seems to have worked, with reports of over 91 million playing the game every month.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite is currently one of the most popular games around. Around six months after the game’s original launch, Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, announced it was launching a mobile version of the game. Working on selected iOS devices, including iPhone 6S and upwards, iPad Mini 4, Air 2, 2017 and Pro, Fortnite for iOS brings the same gameplay, map and updates as the big-game consoles. Like Minecraft, there is support for cross-platform multiplayer gaming, allowing players on iOS, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac all to compete together and against each other. However, the default option is for mobile players to be paired with other mobile players, since, in theory, the controls would give console and computer gamers an advantage.
The oddly-named Donut County is a game that combines puzzles and mystery, making is a very unique playing experience. In the game you control an ever-expanding sinkhole, moving it around the map looking for things to eat. This food includes donuts, grass, bricks and many other objects. The more you eat, the larger the hole becomes, allowing it to eat larger and larger objects until you can swallow cars and houses whole.
Lara Croft Go
Lara Croft Go is a Tomb Raider-themed puzzle game that will see you moving around the map and taking out enemies whilst navigating crumbling ruins. The game’s creators have succeeded in retaining the old-school feel of the original Tomb Raider games, whilst adding a new twist. The game is a single-player release and, therefore, doesn’t require you to have an internet connection, which makes it great for journeys where you’ll have no wifi or where mobile data service is patchy.