10 Must-Have iPhone/iPod Touch Games

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Despite the issues Apple had with product launches this past week, the launch of the App Store has been an overwhelming success, with over 10 million downloads in the first weekend.

The App Store is home to a plethora of applications in over a dozen different categories. Some applications do make you wonder how Apple ever approved them, but for the most part the selection really is top notch. The most entertaining category (and certainly the one that has wasted most of my time and money) is the Games category.

With over 40 different games currently in the store, it can be a bit overwhelming to know what is worth your money and what is not. I took a go at quite a few of the games and have put together my top 10 favorite ones (some free, some not). Check out the list and then let me know what games you have been enjoying.

Aurora Feint: The Beginning 

Cost: Free | Game Link

There is so much more to this game than simple puzzles. With a complete system of level ups and in-game addons, this game will seriously keep you occupied for hours.

The sound effects and background music really help move the game along and keep you zoned in on the game and zoned out of anything productive.

Most amazing thing of all? The app won’t cost you a dime.

Break

Cost: Free | Game Link

Block-breaking games are probably one of the most basic games that just about any has played. Break is no different. Simply use your finger to move the paddle back and forth and break the blocks.

It won’t win awards for being the best block-breaking game you’ve ever played, but at a cost of zero bones you really can’t pass up this sort of fun.

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D

Cost: $9.99 | Game Link

Out of the four racing games I tried out, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D was my favorite. The way the accelerometer handles just feels more natural than the other games and thus you spend less time being frustrated and more time just having fun.

There are 12 different tracks as well as a number story line to follow, if you choose to do so.

I highly recommend this game if you’re looking for some racing fun.

Cro-Mag Rally

Cost: $9.99 | Game Link

Pangea’s Cro-Mag Rally will most likely be familiar to a lot of Apple computer owners as demo of the regular version of Cro-Mag Rally has been included in the past with some new computers.

The iPhone/iPod touch version of this game delivers quite well and certainly is the best Neanderthal fun you could ever hope to have. There are 9 tracks, 11 vehicles, and a slew of different power-ups to snag while racing.

The game handling came be a bit frustrating at times but overall it’s worth the time/money.

Cube Runner

Cost: Free | Game Link

A surprisingly addictive game that simulates flying/running through a maze of cubes. The flow of movement is quite soothing and a lot of fun.

If you’ve got this game, you were definitely an early adopter as the game creator pulled the game a few days after the App store launched. The game should hopefully be back in the store within a few days. This game is now back up in the App Store. Hooray!

Enigmo

Cost: $9.99 | Game Link

Oh my. This is easily the most loved and hated game on my iPod touch.

50 levels of bouncing, dropping, sliding, and shooting water, oil, and lava through a maze of walls and obstacles creates hours of fun and pure hatred for this thing. This is by no means something you could sit and finish in a couple of hours…so don’t even try.

Seriously though, this really is a fun and challenging game that is worth every penny.

Moto Racer

Cost: $9.99 | Game Link

This racing game handles quite well and is a lot of fun. With 10 tracks and 3 different characters, game play can stay fairly unique. Each stage has a series of check-points to pass and early on they make sure it isn’t super easy (a good thing).

The graphics feel a tad cheesy and this is probably one game I’m not convinced is worth $10 (demo’s would be great right now for this sort of thing), but overall if you’ve got the cash to spend, I would definitely suggest this one.

Super Monkey Ball

Cost: $9.99 | Game Link

Reviews for this game have been surprisingly negative. My guess is that there was so much hype for this that the final product sort of let some people down, but I love this game.

With 110 stages and the level of difficulty being pretty hard early on, this game won’t get old any time soon.

My only gripe is that the controls were quite hard to get a hold of. The “ball” is significantly harder to control than it should be so it can take quite a bit of time to warm up to the game.

Tap Tap Revenge

Cost: Free | Game Link

Certainly you’ve played (or at least heard of) Guitar Hero. Just imagine this as Guitar Hero for your iPhone.

Tap Tap Revenge throws a series of dots and arrows at you based on the beat of the song that you must tap or shake.

This is another game that you really can’t believe is free. I’d pay for this in a heartbeat. The only thing lacking is the ability to pull from your own music collection.

Trism

Cost: $4.99 | Game Link

For fans of games like Tetris and Bejeweled, Trism is a puzzle game where you line up series of triangles to game points and level ups.

Trism uses the iPhone/iPod touch tilt sensitivity to decide how to slide in rows of triangles (which has a significant impact on the game).

Some say this is the best game in the App Store. I say at $4.99, it’s worth at least trying.

159 Comments

kid yo

my iTouch should be delivered on tues, does it already have games and can i use app store on it with wifi? its a 2nd gen. thanks

unknown voice

tap tap revenge is so cool and very addicting i absoulutly LOVE it

jennifer

i love tap tap revenge it is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jennifer

kris

no one cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kris

me

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me

Chill people

hey, Gold Coaster, Chilax, almost all those games are either 99 Cents or free (exept for crash bandicoot which is 5.99)

Kennedy

Well the iPod touch is soo worth the money it’s zoo cool it is like my laptop and iPod it’s like my life line get one !!!!

your all stupid

now if you jailbreak your iphone/ipod touch you can get even the ten dollar games for free. look up “installous on youtube

Spaz

If you get caught jailbreaking your ipod apple have the right to sue you….

andre

apple cant sue you if you jailbreak.
they can only sue you if you steal apps from them…

Stranger

This is so old, Cro-mag rally is like $1.99 now. :P

A lot of these games have better versions now or are a lot cheaper than this thread says they are.

tap tap

dudes, dudes please tap tap revenge is the official best free game for the ipod touch. it’s very addicting.

anonyjoust

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO tap studio is the best…u get to create ur own taps from ur own music library!!!

GoldCoaster

My ten year old son is about to buy a touch with his saved up cash, thanks for this list so I can start checking what games etc are around.
$10 for a game seems a little high (I guess thats $15 in my country) looking at most they seem like rehashes of old games you could get for almost free on the playstation.

pateeng

you should jailbreak your itouch ma’am so that you can get free games.. just look up on youtube ^_^

Divya Patel

just like the other person said, if your son jailbreaks his ipod then you can get all the games for free. i jailbreaked mine and now i get everything for free.

just saying...

well unlike them here are the downsides of jailbreaking… if u turn your ipod off or if it dies, all of ur apps are deleted and will also need to be reseted and will have the possibility of not turning back on which is 10%-20% rate not to mention you take the same risk just installing it… and if it does break dont bother sending it to apple cause if they figure out they can sue. it can also lag you so its sort of debatebale to do it or not…

Ian-in-tenerife

#12 Chia-chen says:
um, I have a problem, my uncle bought my ipod touch from Taiwan, and i downloaded a few of the free games =] theres a problem now.. which is that, i can’t sync them in, cause my ipod touch doesn’t have a games icon!!

Hi guy’s, anyone have a solution to Chia-chen’s prob? cos I have the same one?

haha someones jewish

Get over it. I say it all the time and if I were to choose a religion I choose to be jewish, out of all the religions its the one I can respect most.

russian-jewish girl

ehh-em! are you saying that jewish people are good or bad? cause if you picked BAD then your an idiot cause look at my name* above!

just saying...

id say the best religion is no religion… dont get me wrong though i have no problem with religious people… they have their opinion.. live and let live

Maria Ale...

I dont understand!!…the price is incredible….please…FREE!!!..XD

Chia-chen

um, I have a problem, my uncle bought my ipod touch from Taiwan, and i downloaded a few of the free games =] theres a problem now.. which is that, i can’t sync them in, cause my ipod touch doesn’t have a games icon!!

ReaderX

How can anyone take seriously someone who uses the phrase “jews you out of money.” Join the 21st century (or the 20th for that matter), ryan Flanagan.

Finstadt

Jews are still killing in the 21st century. They have not changed and still occupy illegally.

ryan Flanagan

I love how they stole tap tap revenge from the hackers. Leave it to apple to advertise a game that hackers created for jail broken ipods. PS those games are such a wast of money just another way apple jews you out of you money. Just jailbreak your ipod or iphone. Apple why waste your time!

henna shah

how do u jail break ur itouch, i tried ziphone then it gave my iPod a virus, im trying to find another way…so the best and safest to jailbreak ur iPod and get good games like Crash Bash or Super Monkey Ball?/?????????????

Please Reply!!!! :)

just saying...

GO ON BLACK RAIN… STILL THERES THE PENDING RISK THAT UR IPOD COULD BREAK… AND DONT TURN YOUR IPOD OFF IF U DO JAILBREAK IT….. THAT MEANS KEEPING IT CHARGED AN ABSOLUTELY NOT TURNING IT OFF. IT WILL DELETE ALL OF YOUR APPS AND HAVE AN 10%-20% OF NOT TURNING BACK ON… SO MAKE AN CHOCE

samir

you have to go onto spiritjb and choose if you have a mac or windows when you do that you have to press jailbreak that easy!

dfghj

Just so you know hes probably not an anti semite. Its a joke from South Park.

Mysguided.angel

@henna shah
go to youtube to search for the instruction but the program is called blackra1n…this is by far the simpliest program ive used…and then use either installous or appcake to get the apps you want ^.^ hope that helped

Anonymous

That Crash Bandicoot game looks awesome. I used to have a similar game on Playstation 1.

pinchies

Most of the apps you list are deservedly awesome, with a few exceptions.

I don’t see how an app that you describe as “The graphics feel a tad cheesy and this is probably one game I’m not convinced is worth $10” as a Must-Have.

“Some say this is the best game in the App Store.” (Trism)
Also, please qualify who “some” people are, and describe how this game is “the best” as opposed to plain addictive.
Cheers.

u suck

SO AND SO, get a life and stop getiing on random chat sites tryin to get virtual pussy

who cares...

dude thats right… games that are addictive mean that there annoying, and also the guy who else replied to this called SO AND SO, i dont see how u have the right to say that when your reading throught his comment… little or less even on this site. i think you need to get a life instead than going to random sites and saying that people are low lives when you bothered to go on this site and read his msg when he was just trying to make a point

really people?

this could go on and on forever… we could keep insulting each other about going on random sites acting all tough, but really its not going to get us anywhere… so if your going to say something, just keep it related to the topic. otherwise we really don’t give a shit

Colin Walker

My only beef with Aurora Feint is the text truncation on any directions on any power-ups. I’m able to complete levels fine and it’s still fun, but I imagine I’m missing out on half of the game without being able to tell how to use any of what I’ve been building.

Can anyone point me to a site somewhere that has either a way to fix this or even a reference to how to play?

mogosh

Haven’t tried the other racers but I’m enjoying the cheesy realism of Moto Racer. Works much better when I modulate the gas in the turns. Doh. Lost some sleep on Enigmo before finding a solution–but it wasn’t pretty. Cube Runner reminds me of the old Amiga game Vaxxine but they both just lack in action. iTiltpinball was a real disappoint even at $1.99. One of my faves right now is Chopper, and a real bargain at $7.99! Like having a Vertibird in your pocket.

Jake

I just wanted to say I got the Ipod Iphone 2.0 update (£6 less than half price!!)

I just love it!
The IPod touch can do things faster than my computer (Like looking for and downloading E-Mails)and sometimes even stuff my PC cant do (like opening PDFs without downloading them)

My fav’ apps are “Cube runner” and “Remote”

Thanks apple worth every Penny

sam

can anyone tell me how to get all the games on ipod touch because i have to re pay my big brother with a couple of stupid games

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