Are you looking for the best games for your iPhone or iPad? From strategy and action, to puzzles and RPGs, we’ve gathered up some of the best, freshest iOS games to hit the App Store this month of May!

The iOS gaming landscape has seen a lot changes lately. Take pricing, for example. When the iPhone was first launched, publishers thought nothing of charging a single dime for a half-hearted port of a console game. But avid gamers soon cottoned on to the sub-$1 impulse purchase, and prices plunged. After some frustrating ad-supported freebies and aggressive in-app purchases, things seem to be getting around the $1.99 mark – and may be heading upwards.

The following games are inspired, well-written, action-packed, funny, and occasionally even moving – worthy of landing a spot in our short list. Sometimes, you just want a two-minute puzzle game for your bus ride, and your iPhone or iPad is just the perfect device for that. But if you know where to look, iOS gaming has a lot more to offer.

Are you ready to get downloading? Dig in!

Dragon Coins

Dragon Coins

At last, something quirky and strange from Japan has come to our attention, in the form of Sega’s Dragon Coins, which is somewhat based on those coin-dropping machines you’d normally find in arcades. In this game, you’re not just hoping to win a few 2ps – you’re charging up monsters for battle, collecting and fusing new creatures so you can get the upper hand. And yes, the in-app purchases are used to buy more coins.

dEXTRIS

dEXTRIS

dEXTRIS isn’t a poor imitation of Tetris; it’s a challenging, high-speed “twitch” action game demanding quick thinking and even quicker reflexes.. Dodge spikes at super speed using a cool new “magnetic” control scheme. Scrape along sides, hover through the middle or squeeze by at the last second by splitting in two! It’s a pure high-speed game that will keep your adrenaline pumping. It’s one for gamers who like to test their limits.

Botanicula

Botanicula

This humor-filled game is developed by the makers of the award-winning game, Machinarium, studio Amanita Design and Czech band DVA. Converted from a critically-acclaimed PC game, the game sees you controlling five little tree creatures as they set out on a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which was invaded by evil parasites.

QuizTix: Pop Music

QuizTix: Pop Music

Trivia games are becoming increasingly popular and is big business on the mobile scene, as seen in the rapid rise to fame of QuizUp. The folks behind QuizTix are hoping to get it on the question-and-answer action with its own series of social trivia titles, with its Pop Music game. It has plenty of questions, daily challenges, and Facebook and Twitter-fuelled social features. If the app appeals but the topic isn’t, try out QuizTix: Movies.

Dark Lands

Dark Lands

With Dark Lands, the line between endless runner and platform games have become blurry, with fantasy/horror theme and atmospheric visuals. You’ll never be bored with the 40-mission adventure mode (platform game) and the endless mode (endless runner), with the graphics and audio combining to give the familiar theme a kick.

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone

This critically acclaimed minimalistic platform game has a rich narrative despite its simple graphics. In this game, all of the shape you play as have their own personalities and insecurities. Seeing that much emotion in a little rectangle is interesting enough. Though there’s a lack of any real texture, the game’s shadow and lighting effects are quite well done. Even if you’re not that big on platform games, this game’s storyline alone is worth it.

Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka

The App Store has an increasingly long line of great puzzle games, and Kiwanuka is one of the best there is. Here, you’ll guide a colorful band of characters to freedom using a glowing staff, like a neon-infused Lemmings built for touch screens. Try it out, alongside Monument Valley, for this year’s suite of games-worth-every-penny.

 

CastleStorm: Free to Siege

CastleStorm: Free to Siege

CastleStorm has enough to make it stand out from a horde of mobile tower defense games. Not least because you’re on the offensive, trying to destroy your opponent’s castle, but because you’ll also defend your own. All of these are handled with a well-worked system of buying and upgrading weapons and units, with 4 campaigns to work your way through, and in-app purchases that aren’t too aggressively pushed at you.

Aliens Drive Me Crazy

Aliens Drive Me Crazy

Alien spaceships have landed on Earth without warning. The loss of global satellite communications put the whole world in jeopardy. This colorful and chaotic indie action title sees you driving through town saving people from an alien invasion. Survivors must fight using guerilla tactics. Take control of your car and blast your way through the city to reach an alien’s base. Defeat invaders and terrifying bosses to gain access to powerful weapons, cars and power-ups.

Warhammer 40,000: Carnage

Warhammer 40,000 Carnage

Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is theaction game that fans of Games Workshop’s popular tabletop game might have been waiting for, as you suit up as a space marine and head off to shoot down hosts of barbaric enemies, upgrading your arsenal of weapons along the way. It’s surprisingly good, whether or not you’re new to the 40K world.

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