Owning an iPhone isn't just about being productive. It's also great for having some fun.

Games. The hardest subject to speak on because personal taste has so much to do with it. A game I think is the bee's knees may not appeal to you at all. But, there are a handful of games that most people can say are ideal for new iPhone owners that are just getting started. This list covers what we consider the best of the most popular iPhone-centric games in the App Store.

1. Physics based games

Angry Birds 2

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Get to know those funny little feather brains in this sequel to the most popular game in the App Store. Using a slingshot, players fling one of the peeved off puffballs into a precariously built structure. The more you knock over with one shot, the better your score. It's physics-based because the strength and aim of your shot has a direct impact on how much falls over and what direction it falls.

Cut the Rope 2

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Om Nom is possibly the cutest of all iOS game characters with his enormous eyes and little round body. When he munches on that candy, you just want to give him a big squeeze. This followup title to the popular original Cut The Rope provides endless physics-based fun as you slice and dice across rope after rope, trying to get the candy to Om Nom in the fewest steps.

2. Endless runners

Temple Run 2

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Our fearless hero or heroin embarks on a fast-paced race while trying to avoid running into something. A well-timed duck, jump, or turn will keep you on track, but one missed move and you might just lose your step on the precarious paths. Players collect coins as they run, which they can use to buy in-game skill boosts or new characters to run with. The fun never ends. That's why they call it an "endless runner."

Rayman Fiesta Run

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Rayman Fiesta run is based on the popular side-scrolling platformer from the mid 1990s. It is two-parts endless runner and one-part platformer. Players jump and run from one cliffside to another, collecting teensies, which are used to purchase gadgets and unlock heroes. Although it feels like a platformer, it is an endless runner at its heart because players don't have even a moment to pause as Rayman doesn't stop moving until he gets to the end.

3. Arcade games

Candy Crush Saga

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At its core, Candy Crush is little more than a matching game. Players swap pieces of candy on a grid in order to line up at least three in a row. Once you've made a match, the candies disappear, replaced by new ones. If you match more than three, you'll get a special candy. Match even more to replace them with one outrageous treat that will add all kinds of excitement to your board. The real fun comes when you mix and match multiple special candies. It's, sweet, divine, and tasty.

Crossy Road

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The easy way to describe Crossy Road is to call it Frogger for the 21st century, but that wouldn't be completely accurate. Crossy Road is so much more than just a road-crossing journey that ends in splatsville. Sure, with your pixelated animal, you must hop across the street, down streams, and over railroad tracks without getting hit, but you also have to do it fast because the screen will catch up and push you to your untimely doom if you wait too long. Unlock strange new characters to change the scenery and obstacles.

4. Platformers

Mikey Shorts

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Mikey Shorts is a good, old-fashioned style platform game made specifically for mobile devices. Players run, jump, and avoid bad guys while collecting coins and looking for the hidden golden shorts. You can play casual, taking your time getting to know the best route, then blast through it with speed and precision in order to get the coveted three-star score. The game bundle includes Mikey Hooks and Mikey Boots, which you can get at a discounted price of only a dollar per game.



Limbo is unlike any puzzle platformer that came before it. It is heavily drenched in dark atmosphere. Players control a boy that enters limbo in search of his sister. Similar to traditional platform games, players must jump from one spot to another, trying to avoid falling into a pit filled with sharp objects. But, this platformer is unique in that, there are no coins to collect, no bad guys to fight, and no hidden stars to find. All you have to do is figure out how to get through each level without breaking your neck.

5. Dungeon Crawlers

Dungeon Hunter 5

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If you're ready to sit down for a few hours with a solid fantasy , Dungeon Hunter 5 provides an in-depth storyline built for the smaller mobile screen. Players run around a medieval town, killing undead creatures, looting treasure chests, and searching for the perfect armor. If you prefer to go into battle with friends, you can play with up to three additional gamers in co-op mode.



Slayin is a very simple roguelike that is perfect for quick gaming on the fly. Players armor up to fight hordes of monsters, collecting loot as they fall to their death. The longer you go, the harder it gets to avoid injury. Because it is a roguelike, you don't get to continue your game, even though you've earn all of that money and upgraded all of that gear. It's called permadeath, and it's a real stinker.

6. Simulations

Plague Inc.

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Instead of caring for, and protecting life, Plague Inc. puts the death of millions of people in your hands. Your job is to create a virus that infects the entire world. Success means you've sickened so many people that a vaccine can't be created fast enough to wipe you out. The game moves fast. So, you can either destroy humanity in one sitting, or pause the panic and check back in throughout the day. Infecting every living being in the world can be surprisingly... infectious.

Fallout Shelter

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What happens when the world is nearly destroyed and you have the ability to save a small number of humans? You build yourself a fallout shelter and invite survivors to live in it. The only thing you ask in return is that they work and remain happy. Based on the popular console game, Fallout, this bite-sized simulation gives players something to do while waiting to play the full game after work. If you are patient, you may meet some characters from Fallout 4, and on major holidays, you'll see new themes for keeping your vault dwellers happy.

7. Strategy games

Clash of Clans

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The goal of Clash of Clans is to be the biggest, baddest township in the land. You build up a fortified stronghold, where you mine for gold and health elixirs. Then, you train up an army and invade the outlying goblin outposts. The more you destroy, the better it is for your livelihood. But, don't think that just because you have killed off neighboring goblins you are safe. They come from all over to try to steal your gold. You can form an alliance with other real-life players to create a unstoppable clan, or fight against them to steal their trophies.

Game of War - Fire Age

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Game of War is a more complex and serious version of Clash of Clans. In it, players build and fortify their empire by crafting, mining, and more. You will also rely on research to advance your town's technology and abilities. On the fighting side, you will send troops to clear the nearby caves of monsters. No matter how strong you build your walls, you will never be completely safe from player attacks. Be sure to protect your citizens by keeping your troops trained and ready to battle. When you are ready to venture out, you can attempt to overthrow a neighboring town and rule their people, too. Chat with people from around the world in the game-wide, auto-translated chat forum. It's pretty epic.

8. Racing games

Real Racing 3

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The word "real" in this title is no joke. The game developers spent a massive amount of time and resources on crafting hyper realistic renditions of racing cars from iconic companies like Ford, Chevy, and more. You can race on perfectly recreated tracks from real life location, like Silverstone, and Autodrome. Players control their vehicle by tilting their iPhone left or right. Missions involve more than just beating everyone else on an eight-lap course. You will also craft your skills at slipstreaming, taking the inside curve, and making sure you finish on top. Just like real life, your car takes damage every time you race, so you'll have to keep up with repairs and make sure to upgrade your parts whenever you can. When you've made a name for yourself in Career mode, you can compete against your friends in online multiplayer races.

Asphalt 8

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The Asphalt series is another popular racing title that is beautifully designed for the iPhone. In it, players race against the clock to be the first to get to cross the finish line. But, getting first place isn't the only way to win big. This game is all about the jumps. Players soar through the air performing reality-defying stunts to earn extra points and a better reputation. You can race against your friends in live multiplayer, or create a ghost driver to see how you fair against yourself in a rematch. The game is full of great looking cars that you can fully customize with paint jobs and decals. It will make any racing game fan happy.

9. Sports games

Madden NFL Mobile

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When the season is over, but you still want more American football, you can get your fix with Madden NFL on the iPhone. You'll get to build up your team's skills by successfully completing tackles, touchdowns, and more. Create the perfect NFL team by picking your favorite franchise and then unlock card packs to search for the best lineup of players. The more missions you complete, the more card packs you get to open. You can play skirmishes, daily Live Events, and special holiday missions in order to collect players and upgrade their skills. It scratches that post-season itch.

Alto's Adventure

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Alto's Adventure is actually an endless runner, but it has a wintery sport theme — snowboarding. Players board down the Alps, chasing down runaway llamas, performing sweet jumps off of rooftops, and grinding across decorative bunting. Collect coins while collecting llamas to unlock gear and increase the ability of special items. Alto's Adventure is challenging and exciting with a beautiful minimalist graphic theme. It's almost Zen like in its presentation. As time passes, so does the sun. During your gameplay, you'll experience sunrise, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall, all while taking a ride down a snowy hillside.

10. Puzzle games

The Room Pocket

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For a highly complex, graphic heavy puzzle game, enter The Room. You start the game in a mysterious place with strange contraptions surrounding you. In order to solve the mystery that is before you, you must find pieces of each puzzle and use them to unlock and activate new gadgets, each one revealing something different. If you've never played the game before, the Room Pocket is the perfect starting point. Once you get through the first, you will probably want to get The Room Two and The Room Three right away.



If the detailed, complex, time-consuming adventure of The Room is too much for you, Threes is a completely different version of a puzzle game. Players combine numbered tiles in order to create multiples of three. There are a few rules to keep in mind, though. For example, other than one and two (which combine to make three), the numbers must match, like two threes or two sixes. Second, when you make a match, it doubles by the numbers you've combined, like two sixes making 12 or two 48s making 96. Whenever you make a move on the board, new tiles appear. So, if you don't combine tiles fast enough, you'll run out of room on the board. Its a relaxing way to give your brain a fun activity without making you think too hard on it.

11. Word games

Words with Friends

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Words with Friends is a lot like Scrabble. Players create words out of random letters that are drawn. Letters are placed on a board and, depending on where they are placed, the player earns a few or a lot of points. Words is very social. The point is to play against another real life player. But, even if your friends don't play, you can start a game against another online player in the Words community. You can also go solo and practice your skills while waiting for your human friends to take their turn.



Letterpress is a little bit like Boggle. Players start with a grid of 25 letters. Each player taps any number of letters to create a word. Then, those letters become the player's and points are scored for the word created. The game ends when all of the letters on the board have been used. The player with the most points wins. In Letterpress, you can steal points from your opponent by using letters they have used. But, you can lock a letter if you use the right combo. It is 100 percent social, meaning you must play against another player. But, since it is connected to Game Center, you can always find someone to play against.

12. Your suggestions?

This list just scratches the surface of the hundreds of thousands of incredible games that are available in the App Store. To all of our regular readers, what iPhone games would you recommend to someone just joining the Apple ecosystem?