Esto también se puede leer en español.

Leer en español

Don't show this again

HolidayBuyer's Guide

80 Days

Alto's Adventure

Badland 2

Bean Dreams

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Capitals

Carcassonne

Crypt of the Necrodancer Pocket Edition

Does Not Commute

Euclidian Lands

FTL: Faster Than Light

Galaxy Trucker

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Her Story

Hidden Folks

Human Resource Machine

Kingdom Rush HD

Lara Croft Go

Legend of Grimrock

Machinarium

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Mini Metro

Monument Valley

Olo

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Papers, Please

Proun+

Prune

Really Bad Chess

Riptide GP Renegade

The Room Three

Rymdkapsel

The Sailor's Dream

Severed

Super Stickman Golf 3

Ticket to Ride

Transistor

Traps n' Gemstones

Wayward Souls

Zen Pinball

80 Days is great-looking art design meshed with a choose-your-adventure type story based on Jules Verne's "Around The World in 80 Days"... but with a steampunk spin. Perfect for a long flight.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Editor's note, May 9, 2017: First published in 2014, this list is regularly updated.

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

It took half a year for us to realize how good this game is. It's simple, but it's also inexpensive, extremely addictive and you can play it with one finger (kids love it, too).

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A simple but beautiful game involving flapping a weird winged creature-thing through alien shadow-worlds. The sequel adds forward and backward movement, a lot more levels and -- bonus! -- 3D Touch support for new iPhones, if you have one.

Price: $3.99, £3.99, AU$6.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Cute, colorful, simple to control, Bean Dreams feels like a retro platform game from the Nintendo era reinvented for phones and tablets. There are plenty of games like this on the App Store, but the multiple in-stage goals and weirdly challenging premise (control a constantly jumping bean with a hat) make this one stand out. There are sequels, too.

Price: $2.99, £2.99, AU$4.49

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Like a dark Zelda, this randomly generated game is never the same twice. Even so, there are ways to survive and go deeper through dungeons, puzzles and a wide variety of grisly nightmares. It's thoroughly cute-disgusting.

Price: $14.99, £14.99, AU$22.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A free game that's a combination of territorial strategy and word game, Capitals pits you against friends as you battle turn by turn to capture the board. Play it.

Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A classic board game in its own right, this port is still one of the best board game adaptations on a tablet, period. Online and local multiplayer and a weekly solitaire puzzle challenge add up to a ton of replay value, and in-app expansions offer tons of extra modes. If you're board-game apprehensive, don't worry: Carcassonne is a must-buy, and it's great for pass-and-play multiplayer.

Price: $9.99, £9.99, AU$14.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A brilliant rhythm-dungeon crawler, where you'll have to keep exploring to the beat. Just give in and let the music take over. You'll figure it out.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

It feels like an arcade racing game, but the puzzles unfold as you realize you're controlling multiple drivers at the same time, trying not to crash or run out of time. It's free, or you can pay for the ad-free unlock.

Price: Free (pay to unlock full game)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Simple, mind-bending challenges involve rotating landscapes like parts of a Rubik's Cube, then hopping to avoid obstacles and find goals. A solid grasp of spatial relations will help.

Price: $3.99, £3.99, AU$6.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A PC cult hit, indie game FTL has made it onto the iPad with all the trimmings and bonus content of the PC versions, plus a perfect set of touch controls. Manage your ship across various missions, all randomly generated. It's strategy, not action, and the graphics are as simple as they come, but it's endlessly addicting.

Price: $9.99, £9.99, AU$14.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Originally a physical board game, this tablet adaptation starts as a timed battle to build your own ship out of interconnecting puzzle pieces. Then you "battle" against other players in card-based missions across the galaxy... trucking cargo. Online play, tons of missions and it still feels like a board game.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Geometry Wars has been around for years on consoles and even on the iPad, but it's made a triumphant return as a richer 3D arcade game with deeper challenges and crazily warped arenas. Recent updates also add two-player gaming and iPad Pro optimizations.

Price: $9.99, £9.99, AU$14.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Hearthstone, a free-to-play game from Blizzard and a hit on PC, is a game worth paying money for. You may do that via in-app purchases, but you don't need to; keep playing matches of this collectible card game online to earn extras instead. And don't be surprised to see hours melt away from your life... as long as you're online.

Price: Free (optional in-app purchases)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

It looks like an old, curved computer monitor. You search for archived video clips about a murder investigation. As you follow a tangled story, you realize this is a really clever type of film in puzzle form. It looks perfect on the iPad screen, too.

Price: $2.99, £2.99, AU$4.49

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Like a children's book come to life, you'll need to look carefully for things hiding in vast black and white illustrations. Follow the clues, and see if you can spy the person resting in a tree, or the rogue monkey.

Price: $3.99, £3.99, AU$5.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Coding meets puzzle gaming: In a series of challenging rooms, you'll have to figure out ways to get the assembly line to deliver what you need. The tools are really basic programming concepts. It's a great game, and kids could learn from it.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Tower defense games are a dime a dozen in the App Store, but Kindgom Rush HD is part of a franchise of games, all of them pretty great. Plenty of upgrades and missions will hook even the most jaded iPad player, and you don't need to worry about freemium grinding.

Price: Free

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Hitman Go was our go-to pick for board-game-meets-puzzle innovation, but this spiritual sequel is more family-friendly, has better levels, and anyway, play it.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A great PC game once again hits the iPad: this one's a dungeon-crawling adventure game with lots of loot and maps to decipher. Perfect on all iPad sizes (and pretty solid on the Plus-size iPhone, too).

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Machinarium is a gorgeously rendered journey through a slightly ominous universe where the answers to the puzzles presented aren't immediately obvious. Previously a PC/Mac point-and-click game, it's even better on a touchscreen device like an iPad.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

I'm not good at Minecraft. My son is. The pocket edition of Minecraft has gotten better over time to the point where it's one of the best mobile games, period. Controller support on iPads makes it even better.

Price: $6.99, £6.99, AU$10.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Clean, beautiful subway-design simulation puzzling, where each level involves connecting increasingly complicated lines. Strangely soothing to play.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Incredibly beautiful optical illusions that feel like M.C. Escher or the old PSP game Echochrome are actually puzzles in Monument Valley, a short but mesmerizing puzzler. Extra levels can be purchased in-game: get those, too.

Price: $3.99, £3.99, AU$5.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A favorite of ours for years, Olo is a great little tabletop multiplayer kid-friendly game, with a kinetic twist: Try to stay in bounds while knocking the other player's pieces off. Two- or four-player modes plus online play, and it's equally great on iPhone.

Price: $2.99, £2.49, AU$3.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Super-fast manic arcade action, a port of one of the best games to ever hit consoles. Supports controllers, has tons of game modes. This is one of my favorite games of all time. Don't question it.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

You're a passport-processing drone in a totalitarian state. Endless people pass in front of you. Why do you do this? The story unfolds as you play. The unnerving retro-PC style and soundtrack work perfectly.

Price: $7.99, £5.49, AU$9.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

You're a ball, racing along a rail through abstract worlds, avoiding obstacles. Tap to move or tilt your iPad to steer. It's also beautiful to play: full of funky art, with plenty of tracks and challenges. And it's mesmerizing.

Price: Free (with ads)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Slow, meditative and oddly relaxing, with a gardening touch. With finger swipes, you prune plants from shoots to blossoming trees, while avoiding bad red circles. Hopefully, your trees will reach the light.

Price: $3.99, £3.99, AU$5.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Imagine chess where all the pieces are scrambled. This brilliant game can be played single or two player, or in weekly puzzle challenges. The bizarre layouts (expect too many knights, or too few pawns, and everything in the wrong place) lead to total chess surprises.

Price: Free ($2.99, £2.99 or AU$4.49 to unlock full game)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

The best water-racing iPad game, and a great one to try with a Bluetooth game controller. Plenty of tracks, and the latest version of a long series is the one to get.

Price: $2.99, £2.99, AU$4.49

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Creepy, atmospheric and full of brilliant puzzles: The Room and The Room Two are both worth buying, especially for fans of classic PC games like Myst. The Room Three is more of the same. Definitely not good for young kids.

Price: $4.99, £3.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Somewhere between tower defense and Tetris, the simple laying down of territory, building facilities and surviving wave after wave of attacking creatures makes Rymdkapsel an arcade-like experience that'll suck an hour from your evening faster than you'd possibly expect. The minimalist look is equally effective on larger or smaller iPads.

Price: $3.99, £2.49, AU$4.99 (universal app)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein

The Sailor's Dream is more of a meditative, unfolding story that you explore and swipe through. Where does it go? What does it mean? It involves islands, memory, and to say more would ruin the beautiful experience.

Price: $3.99, £2.49, AU$4.99 (universal app)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A popular console game that's equally good on mobile, Severed is a finger-slashing point-and-click adventure through a weird haunted world.

Price: $6.99, £6.99, AU$10.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Simple stick-person golfing is strangely addictive and full of strategy. The game starts out free, and that's where you should probably keep it.

Price: Free (with freemium paid extras)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Yes, we love board games on the iPad. In the tradition of Settlers of Catan and Carcassone, Ticket to Ride is an award-winning board game that's actually easier to learn, but offers endless replay value. Online multiplayer is fast and a breeze to set up, and additional board game expansion packs are available for when you tire of the main game, which will likely be never. Newly added pass-and-play multiplayer -- and the ability to use the iPhone version of the game in local matches -- makes living-room play far more fun.

Price: $1.99, £1.99, AU$2.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

A science-fiction isometric adventure by the makers of Bastion, another indie hit that's been on this list before. Sink in, lean back. All you need to do is tap.

Price: $4.99, £4.99, AU$7.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Long hallways, treasures and lots of puzzles. Traps n' Gemstones is like a long-lost 8-bit Indiana Jones game, with iOS game controller support, too.

Price: $4.99, £2.99, AU$6.49 (universal app)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Take a Super Nintendo RPG and make it a randomly generated dungeon-exploration action-RPG that's surprising, tough and brings death constantly. Now you understand Wayward Souls. Fans of Spelunky and 16-bit adventure games, don't hesitate.

Price: $6.99, £4.99, AU$8.99

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET

Zen Pinball makes dozens of pinball tables, many of them fantastic: Star Wars, Marvel and many, many more. Pinball nuts could lose themselves for weeks. The app comes with a free table to start you off, but you'll want to buy at least one more... or two.

Price: Free, can purchase extra tables (universal app)

Download

Caption by / Photo by Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET
Published:
Up Next
Best iPhone X cases
47