Best addicting games for iPhone and iPad

Best addicting games for iPhone and iPad

iPhones and iPads are excellent gaming devices. Games available for iOS include just about every genre imaginable: strategy, arcade, puzzle, hardcore, board games, and more. Some of these are downright addicting and have the power to keep you glued to your device for hours and make it feel like only a few moments. That's what we're taking a look at today -- our favorite addicting games for iPhone and iPad.

Candy Crush Saga

The newest addiction to plague the staff here at iMore and Mobile Nations is Candy Crush Saga. In this match-3, you must reach specific goals by matching up three or more candies of the same color. It sounds easy, but with minimal number of moves, strange board shapes, evil chocolate, and other obstacles, Candy Crush is anything but easy!

Angry Birds

What's an addicting games list without Angry Birds? This addicting game of birds vs. pigs has been around for quite some time, but continues to delight. You must help the birds use their special ability to destroy and take down the pigs' defenses. With the ability to get up to three stars per level, Angry Birds is sure to dominate your life for hours at a time.

There are several other version of Angry Birds available, including Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Space. Check out Rovio's author page on iTunes to download.

Cut the Rope

Here's another classic iPhone and iPad game, but this one is just too cute for words. In Cut the Rope, you must help feed candy to the adorable little monster Om Nom by slicing ropes with perfect timing and finesse. Not only is Cut the Rope fun and addicting, but little Om Nom is sure to steal your heart.

Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings is another physics-based game where you must fight gravity and guide your bird along beautiful hills to fly into the air. It's a "one tap" arcade game that anyone can play. The challenge is with the timing -- landing at the beginning of the peak of a hill isn't going to help your bird fly!

Flow Free

Some of the best addicting games are the ones that require use of your mind -- puzzle games -- and Flow Free is one of the best. The goal is simple: pair all the matching colors and cover the entire board. But heres the catch: you can't let any of the pipes cross or overlap! Flow Free includes 10 different board sizes, so there's a difficultly level available for everyone. There are also over 900 free levels, but if you want even more, you can buy some as in-app purchases.


If you've ever wondered what it might be like to mix Tetris with word search, the answer is Puzzlejuice! Instead of clearing rows by filling them up with falling pieces, the rows fill up with letters and you must create words. Spelling words clears away blocks. The puzzle pieces are also multicolored and tapping groups of three or more blocks of the same color will turn them into letters. As the developers say, Puzzlejuice will "punch your brain in the face!"

Your favorite addicting game?

The App Store is flooded with tons of great addicting games, so this list is just a small taste of what's out there. Do you have any favorites that aren't on the list? Let us know in the comments!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at

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mbartel500 says:

My vote is cast for Plants vs Zombies HD and the online Adventures version

onlinegames1net says:

I like to play flash games on my laptop on sites like

John Lue says:

I vote Planet 123, bigger than candy, and less flappy

zdn1042 says:

Playing Nimble Quest. I used to lose sleep playing Flow Free, Coin Dozer, Candy Crush (too frustrating, had it uninstalled), Plants VS Zombies, and other RPG-type games.


i agree with u on candy crush (got to level 23 or something and couldnt figure it out after weeks) so i had to uninstall it - was about to go insane, lol

raybeem says:

Clash of Clans! Crazy addicting!

NunyaTreasure Hunter says:

Traveler's Quest is by far the most addictive game I have played. It's the only app on my iPhone that I use throughout the day every single day for over 2 years! This GPS based treasure hunting game has similarities to geocaching, but with virtual treasures hidden throughout the world by real players. If you have not yet checked it out; give it a try!

DunbarZZ says:

One very new and very addicting game that i've found recently is Chicken Zooma. It is a nice oldschool cartoon network style graphics game!

macsmister says:

Disc Drivin'. Been playing it non stop for a year. My gamer tag is macsmister if you want to challenge me!

TheHypeMachine6 says:

Definitely Clash Of Clans, I am constantly checking my progress on this game, super addictive & always evolving gameplay

gamesfriv3 says:

Angry Birds is the most popular game for iphone and ipad

iphone22 says:

FIFA 13 all the way, haven't stop playing this game since it first came out. I also really NOVA 3

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Mike B4 says:

Underworld: Empire is by far the most addicting game I've played on any handheld device. Having no level cap and bing able to play the game in several different ways (PvP vs PvE) is awesome!!!

prObO says:

Download junk jack and dead ahead

TomNeil says:

Yes, i also prefer to play flash games on my computer. iPhone and iPad are too small so i play games on my laptop or computer from this site

CodewiseSystems says:

Test your reflexes and first grade math skills with this funny game.
It's free!