The Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2015

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The 25 best-reviewed iOS games of the year

Best iPhone Games of 2015Below, we rank the best-reviewed iOS games released during 2015. All of the games below are playable on both iPhone and iPad unless otherwise indicated.

Only those games with a minimum of 7 reviews were considered for inclusion, and games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding.

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#1
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions 94
Shooter, $9.99, from Activision

"Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a beautiful shooter that feels right at home on mobile."

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Metacritic's iOS Game of the Year. The sixth installment in the arcade shooter franchise (and the second on iOS platforms), Dimensions introduces 3D to the usual frenetic twin-stick-style gameplay. The latest update, Dimensions Evolved, includes over 100 levels (including a few exclusive to iOS devices).

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#2
The Executive 93
Action, $4.99, from Riverman Media

"A loud and brash touchscreen brawler with a surprising amount of depth and plenty to do."

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No, it's not a business simulation; instead, this stylish 2D martial arts brawler tasks your CEO character with saving your employees from a werewolf infestation.

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#3
Alto's Adventure 92
Action, $2.99, from Snowman

"What Alto’s Adventure is pales in noteworthiness to what it does: imbue you with a sense a longing for a perfect digital dreamscape."

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This side-scrolling endless runner (technically, an endless snowboarder) was heralded for its beautiful art design.

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#4
Prune 92
Puzzle, $3.99, from Joel McDonald

"Prune is an awe-inspiring work of digital poetry that transcends its initial subject material to explore a much larger, much more complex theme, in an articulate and powerfully moving manner."

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Technically a game about tree pruning, the meditative Prune wowed reviewers with its one-of-a-kind design and surprising emotional qualities.

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#5
Her Story 91
Adventure, $1.99, from Sam Barlow

"Her Story is a unique experience. You’ve never played anything like this before, and might never get the chance to play anything like it again."

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This murder mystery from the creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories has you playing detective and gives you a mid-1990s-era computer interface as your gateway to video snippets of an interview conducted with the suspect.

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#6
Downwell 91
Action/Platform, $2.99, from Devolver Digital

"Downwell is an incredibly addictive game, and one of the best arcades we've played this year on iDevices."

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This pixel art-styled endless platformer asks you to go further and further down a well, taking out as many enemies as you can along the way.

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#7
Sorcery! 3 90
Adventure/RPG, $4.99, from inkle

"Once again, inkle Studios has bested themselves in creating the gold standard for interactive fiction, and causing us all to start wondering when the next chapter will arrive."

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Steve Jackson's fantasy gamebook series returned to iOS devices this spring with a third chapter.

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#8
This War of Mine 90
Action, $14.99, from 11 Bit Studios

"A harrowing and often tragic exploration of life in a war. This is a must buy."

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The rare combat game that actually ponders the consequences of war, this dark action-strategy hybrid asks you to lead a group of innocent and starving civilians caught in the crossfire.

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#9
The Room Three 90
Adventure/Puzzle, $4.99, from Fireproof Games

"Aspiration is a good thing and The Room franchise has grown into an hours-long, Myst-like game with many puzzles and a fully-formed story to drive it along."

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This sequel to The Room and The Room Two offers more 3D puzzle-solving fun.

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#10
You Must Build A Boat 89
Puzzle/Action, $2.99, from EightyEight Games

"For a good six to nine hours, building a boat will indeed become the most important task in your life."

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This match-3 game from the creator of 10000000 takes that game's blend of puzzle, action, and RPG elements and makes improvements in every aspect, resulting in a deeper game.

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#11
Horizon Chase - World Tour 88
Racing, $2.99, from Aquiris Game Studio

"Great controls, great feelings and tons of nostalgia make Horizon Chase one of the best racing games on iOS devices."

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This arcade-style racing game takes 1980s and '90s classics like Outrun and Top Gear as its inspiration.

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#12
Sage Solitaire 88
Solitaire, Free–$2.99, from Zach Gage

"I suppose that’s the hallmark of a real solitaire game: despite its digital debut, Sage Solitaire has the potential to grow well beyond the borders of a touch screen."

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This well-designed freemium solitaire variant incorporates elements of poker.

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#13
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze 88
Arcade, Free-$4.99, from Bandai Namco

"Pac-Man 256 is about as perfect a deconstruction of classic Pac-Man as we’ll find in modern gaming – the fact it bears the Pac-Man name and logo is but an added bonus to Hipster Whale’s latest iOS phenomenon."

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This modern take on Pac-Man from the developers of Crossy Road features an infinite maze and a variety of new power-ups.

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#14
Land Sliders 88
Action, Free–$4.99, from Prettygreat Pty. Ltd.

"What Land Sliders does best is that the game is something you really can play for a minute or for an hour."

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Seek higher and higher scores in this free casual game featuring a clever map-sliding mechanic.

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#15
Does Not Commute 87
Driving, Free–$2.99, from Mediocre AB

"Does not Commute stands out as an original mix of driving and puzzle, with a vintage touch."

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Commute blends driving with strategy, as you must repeatedly drive the same course with different vehicles, avoiding crashing into your previous cars.

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#16
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion 87
Strategy, $2.99, from Rodeo Games

"Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch is a gorgeous game with strong design backing it. The campaign is big and meaty, and it presents a fun challenge that will test your tactical skills."

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The latest turn-based Warhammer title asks your Space Marines to wage tactical battles against the alien Tyranids.

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#17
AG Drive 87
Racing, $3.99, from ZORG

"A very good futuristic racing game for WipeOut fans."

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This sci-fi racing game asks you to pilot an anti-gravity craft through a futuristic cityscape.

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#18
Lara Croft GO 83
Puzzle, $4.99, from Square Enix

"A very well designed, beautiful-looking puzzle game that, while occasionally fiendishly tricky, is thoroughly enjoyable to play."

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One of the biggest releases for iOS this year, this turn-based puzzler does for the Tomb Raider series what the similar Hitman GO did for the Hitman series last year.

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#19
Shooty Skies - Endless Arcade Flyer 83
Action, Free–$2.99, from Mighty Games

"A bright and explosion-filled arcade shooter that's ridiculous good fun."

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The latest release from the Crossy Road team is a cute endless shooter.

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#20
Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Epic Card Battle Game 83
CCG, Free–$99.99, from Tequila Games

"Creative new mechanics and a cracking solo option make this worth playing in spite of the occasional dull session."

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This collectible card battle game features an innovative battle system and a single-player campaign in addition to the standard PVP mode.

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#21
Odd Bot Out 81
Puzzle, $1.99, from Martin Magni

"A challenging and clever puzzle game with a lot of physics in it. Maybe too short, but really well-crafted."

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Help an outcast robot navigate through 100 levels in this physics-based, machine-crafting puzzler.

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#22
Xenowerk 81
Action, $1.99, from Pixelbite

"If you want a game where you can just run around and shoot a bunch of gooey mutants, and enjoy doing so, check out Xenowerk. You won't be disappointed."

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This top-down shooter comes from the makers of Space Marshals.

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#23 (tie)
Drop Wizard 80
Platform, $1.99, from Gionathan Pesaresi

"Harkening back to the challenge of single screen platformers, Drop Wizard isn't for the faint hearted but it is very enjoyable."

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Drop Wizard is a fast-paced, retro-styled platformer.

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#23 (tie)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 80
Simulation, $4.99, from Frontier Developments Ltd

"RCT 3 is a great strategy simulation game that gives you plenty of freedom to build the park of your dreams (and of your visitors' nightmares)."

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Build your own theme park and rides in this mobile version of the 2004 PC game.

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#23 (tie)
Shadowmatic 80
Puzzle, $2.99, from TRIADA Studio

"Shadowmatic is a surprisingly good puzzle game with some great atmosphere and excellent graphics."

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Orient strange objects in three dimensions to cause a recognizable shadow to appear on a wall in this clever puzzle challenge.

What do you think?

What were your favorite iOS games of the past year? Let us know in the comments section below.

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