With the break approaching, does anybody have a game to recommend?
I can't stand "Pay to Win" games that hook you and proceed to drain your wallet, or games that plaster the screen with ads. Happy to pay extra for quality, especially games that have replay value. To get the ball rolling, I looked in my App Store history and made a list of my favorites:
A Dark Room • thoughtful idle game Alto's Adventure • beautiful zen snowboarding Ballz • homely yet addictive Crashlands • crafting, exploration, outstanding game Gorogoa • game of the year, gorgeous puzzler Kingdom Rush • tower defense, best of the genre Monument Valley • puzzler, has an excellent sequel too Osmos • game of the year, classic Threes • sliding tiles, launched a thousand clones Where's My Water • game of the year, still fun
More exotic games
Dandy Dungeon • if you remember Katamari Damacy Dungeon Warfare • tower defense Epic Little War Game • strategy war game Rogue Wizards • like diablo, very fun Space Miner • I’ve played it through like 3 times SteamWorld Heist • polished and worthy of repeat play You Must Build A Boat • quirky RPG running game
Have you tried Genshin Impact? It's kind of a clone of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but on your iPhone or iPad. It does have some unique gameplay that differentiates it, and it certainly has more RPG characteristics than Zelda BOTW does.
Classics: PvZ (Plants vs Zombies - original version) - the main campaign and all the challenges are very replayable 2048 - Once you get good, it's very meditative Threes - Similar to 2048, but faster and with a twist Drop7 - Tetris with a math twist Lux DLX - very similar to Risk, with bots smart enough to make it challenging Space Miner - a repeat from Adam's list, but very replayable Tiny Wings - Simple, nicely designed, nicely progresses from easy to challenging
Apple Arcade (require sub, but no in-app purchases) Grindstone - a mix of puzzle game and candy crush. Monster's Expedition - Hop islands and solve puzzles
The Room and its sequels are fun solo puzzle games with a consistent Lovecraftian aesthetic. Mostly linear and not complex, but diverting and fun for the mood that they set. And Lunar Flowers reminded me a bit of Monument Valley.
There are many fantastic suggestions above. A few that I don't see, which I'd highly recommend are:
Holedown ($3.99) - perhaps the best block-breaking game on iOS Reigns ($0.99) - a game where you run a kingdom by swiping left or right Oh h1 (free) - a simple logic game that could be described as "binary sudoku"
(These games don't have any ads, although some cost money upfront.)
That article was great, thank you. I especially enjoyed the reviews for Persona 5 Royal, which takes a mere 130 hours to complete! Not sure how I missed Hades, a PC/console game of the year contender from the same people who made one of my other favorite games, Bastion. I gotta catch up on my PC gaming too.
Adam Loving Love that game, along with A Dark Room, Candy Box, Kittens Game and Trimps. A Dark Room was probably my favorite, though I've played Paperclips through twice... Those idle games are right up my alley.