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The 50 Best iOS Games Of 2017 #21-30

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#21-30

Now, we’re getting to the point of some true stand outs. It’s like splitting hairs to rank all of these amazing games from 2017.

Darkest Dungeon:Tablet Edition

Darkest Dungeon:Tablet Edition

Darkest Dungeon

Red Hook Studios Inc.

A beautifully rendered turn based RPG that challenges you with enemies as well as fractured psyche.

A different type of turn based RPG that requires you to lead a team of flawed heroes. There are the usual outlandish enemies, but Darkest Dungeon incorporates survival tactics so that you deal with stress, famine, disease, and more. Paranoia, masochism, fear, irrationality, and other mindsets will add quirks to the strategic gameplay.

GRID™ Autosport

GRID™ Autosport

Feral Interactive Ltd

A console inspired racing simulation game with a deluxe 3D graphics engine.

Grid merges realistic simulation and arcade racing to offer an eclectic mix of intense racing action. The game looks gorgeous, and you unlock the full game with one purchase price.

A beautiful world

Pavilion: Touch Edition

Pavilion

Visiontrick Media AB

Move blocks and other environmental items to create the path forward for the main character.

A 4th person puzzle adventure is definitely a change of pace. Pavilion doesn’t let you directly control the main character, and instead you manipulate the world around him to create the path forward. There’s a beautiful 3D designed world that gives you a great overview perspective to give you the feeling of overseeing the world.

Turn-based battles

Ticket to Earth

Ticket to Earth

Robot Circus Pty Ltd

Do battle by making match based paths to your enemies in this genre mash-up.

A genre mash-up that offers the familiar match three mechanic as the movement system for a turn based strategy challenge. You need to string together your movement across specific tiles to charge the move that corresponds to the different colors. There’s an overarching futuristic Sci-Fi storyline to add extra incentive to keep playing.

Unique challenge

Slayaway Camp

Slayaway Camp

Blue Wizard Digital LP

Slide the murdered to take out camp kids in this slasher inspired puzzler.

The 80s slasher flicks of Halloween, Friday the 13th, and others are a great juxtaposition for a block sliding puzzle game. This game genre is usually filled with overly cute characters, but the campy horror flicks are a great theme too. Swipe to slide the Jason inspired character into the camp kids with specific challenges.

Be sneaky

Card Thief

Card Thief

Arnold Rauers

Guide your thief through the dungeon as stealthy as possible with specific cards.

The board game is composed of three rows and three columns of cards. You try to move your thief past guards, through traps, and to collect gold. The game gives you limited stealth, and every move costs stealth points, so you need to be careful with every card you move to.

Move with the flow

Linelight

Linelight

BT Productions

Linelight is puzzle perfection.

Linelight, originally available on PC and PS4, is now available on iOS.

Solve puzzles

forma.8 GO

forma.8 GO

Mixedbag Srl

With not many Metroidvania style games on the App Store, forma.8 GO stands out as a must-have on the App Store if you’re a fan of the genre.

If you’re craving a Metroidvania type game on your iOS device, then forma.8 GO is a must.

Game Dev Tycoon

Game Dev Tycoon

Greenheart Games Pty. Ltd.

Start your own game dev company, and try to design games that become popular and profitable.

At first glance, this game is a lot like Game Dev Story. Your goal is to start your own company, design your own games and make your way to the top. Game Dev Tycoon takes great inspiration, and builds upon it with so many factors to experiment with in designing each new game.

SPACEPLAN

SPACEPLAN

Devolver Digital

Uncover a mysterious adventure storyline with clicking and timely upgrades.

An intriguing Sci-Fi narrative enclosed within a clicker game. Tap the screen to build up the ability to launch potato probes to explore mysterious planets. The storyline will keep you clicking, which is a definite rarity for the genre.

#31-40

Moving on up. The games keep getting better as we reveal the next ten in our reverse countdown to game of the year.

Returner 77

Returner 77

Fantastic, yes

A 3D puzzle adventure with deluxe Sci-Fi storyline and mechanical puzzles.

You are the last survivor of Earth, and you need to figure out alien technology in an attempt to get back home. There’s a cinematic style Sci-Fi storyline to play through by solving mechanical puzzles aboard the alien ship.

Interact with your subjects

Reigns: Her Majesty

Reigns

Devolver Digital

Reigns returns in an all new time period with all new swipe based choices.

The follow up to Reigns introduces a queen as the protagonist in the era of Enlightenment. Swipe left and right to handle the various attacks at your throne.

Iron Marines

Iron Marines

Ironhide S.A.

The makers of the Kingdom Rush trilogy have a brand new strategy game for you.

The Kingdom Rush series delivers what is quite possibly the best tower defense games. The developers have moved on to their next idea with Iron Marines, which is an all new real time strategy game. The goal is to guide your troops on strange planets through various missions with each one requiring different tactics.

Space travel

Morphite

Morphite

Crescent Moon Games

Crescent Moon first showed this game to us at GDC in March, and now it’s available for everyone.

Explore space and shoot your way through a captivating and immersive story in Morphite.

Turn-based strategy combat

Fire Emblem Heroes

Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Nintendo has brought another of their big name franchises to iOS.

Nintendo’s turn based RPG series Fire Emblem has come to iOS, and the version is truly made for touch. It’s effortless to command your team of heroes to get into position for the best strategic approach to take out your enemies in a lengthy adventure.

The House of Da Vinci

The House of Da Vinci

Blue Brain Games

A game inspired by The Room that delivers an all new storyline.

Play as Leonardo Da Vinci’s apprentice, and try to solve the intricate puzzles he has left behind. The game is heavily inspired by The Room to give you tactile 3D puzzles to solve with detailed and interconnected mechanics in play.

Kingdom: New Lands

Kingdom

Raw Fury

Expand your kingdom bit by bit while on horseback.

Ride along the lands to bring people into your kingdom, gather resources to build up your kingdom, and survive for as long as you can. Different obstacles appear, and there are overarching mysteries too.

Upgrade your base

Super Phantom Cat 2

Super Phantom Cat 2

Veewo Games

The classic inspired platformer returns with a sequel of its own.

Super Phantom Cat 2 is here and delivers classic platformer fun with a ton of fun felines.

Roll your way through the kingdom

Red's Kingdom

Red’s Kingdom

Cobra Mobile Limited

A block sliding puzzle game transformed into an adventure.

Swipe the screen to slide Red across the castle grounds, through dungeons, and more in this new adventure game. It’s an interesting genre mash-up that offers a simple mechanic to let you focus on the neat world to interact with.

Spell the words

Typeshift

Typeshift

Zach Gage

Rearrange columned letters to discover words to crossword style clues.

A brand new word game style from the maker of SpellTower. You need to shift columns into place to try to form words from the grid of letters. There are two ways to play with a word finder as well as a crossword puzzle style solver.

#41-50

The top 50 begins with the unveiling of numbers 41 to 50 on the list. When you see some great games this far down the list, you can’t help but be excited for what’s to come.

Watch out for guardians
Use key cards

Onirim - Solitaire Card Game

Onirim

Asmodee Digital

Play cards at the right time to open doors and avoid nightmares.

Onirim challenges your ability to strategize the usage of different colored and symboled cards. Your goal is open the colored doors either with using rare keys, or playing three of the same colored cards in a row with alternating symbols. It takes patience to balance when to use your hand of five cards, especially when nightmare cards pop up to try to zap you’re whole hand.

Customize your campsite and camper

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

The biggest difference between the two can be summed up with one word, variety.

Animal Crossing is finally available on your mobile device. Was it worth the wait?

Plenty of action

Stranger Things: The Game

Stranger Things

BonusXP, Inc.

The game that only gets stranger

There’s more strange things happening in Hawkins, Indiana. Can you defeat the monsters lurking about in this quiet town before Stranger Things 2 comes out on Netflix?

Challenging gameplay

Evergrow

Evergrow

Imagility

Blocks fly in from all around, and you need to place them on the character at the center of the screen,

A game truly made for touch as you need to drag together incoming blocks to continue to grow the main character. You can grab multiple blocks at once, and deal with a constant supply of good and bad blocks floating around. There are also special tiles to help you continue to grow, and counteract the increased difficulty with each new level.

New gameplay mechanics

FROST

FROST

kunabi brother GmbH

The makers of Blek have a new path drawing puzzler for you.

FROST is a gorgeous puzzle game that’s all about guiding spirits to their home worlds.

The Guides Axiom

The Guides Axiom

RosiMosi LLC

The Guides launched back in 2015, and now there’s a sequel for more intriguing puzzles.

The sequel to The Guides maintains the peculiar puzzle is with a series of challenging and varied puzzles. The game uses all kinds of different mechanics to test your wit. There’s also subtle overarching intrigue to wrap around this enigma.

Solve puzzles

After the End: Forsaken Destiny

After the End

NEXON M Inc.

A 3D puzzle adventure with two timelines for the same scene.

Embark on a 3D puzzle adventure game that spans two generations. Play as the father trying to figure out the path forward through desert landscapes. Then, flip time to play as the sun to move through sequences changed by the passage of time. Each chapter introduces a new puzzle mechanic to contend with in this gorgeous game.

Chroma Squad

Chroma Squad

Chroma Squad

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

Go Go turn based combat adventure.

A game inspired by the Power Rangers that gives you both control of a TV show as well as turn based tactical strategy combat. You can cast actors, upgrade your studio, and improve sets. Then, it’s time for action with turn based combat with your five power ranger inspired characters.

Upgrades galore

Dragon Hills 2

Dragon Hills 2

Cezary Rajkowski

Ride a dragon to cause as much destruction as possible.

Jump into a mechanical dragon and get ready to dive into zombie-infested worlds and take them out in this challenging auto-runner arcade game.

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