Now, we’re starting to split hairs as we rise the mountain of the 50 best iOS games of 2015. All of these games deliver amazing experiences, but someone has to sort them to find the best of the best. Check back tomorrow as we reveal the top 10, including our game of the year.
11.) Lara Craft GO ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A turn based puzzle game in which you swipe to move Lara Croft across fixed paths in an attempt to dodge obstacles, get past enemies, and unlock new sections of the temple on the way to hidden treasures. Lara Craft GO isn’t about running forward and simply reacting to what you come across, and instead focuses on thinking ahead. There will be switches, floor triggers, moveable pillars, snakes, Komodo dragons, spiders, rolling boulders, and more. It’s great to see a solution take shape one move at a time, while still being able to react to the way obstacles move as you move. As you move through the Lara Craft GO world, you can’t help but appreciate the craftsmanship in the level design with great 3D details. The further you go, the more you get lost in the total experience as the puzzle layouts, 3D design, swipe controls, and overarching progression all fit together so well.
12.) Minecraft Story Mode ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: A new edition of Telltale’s 3D interactive adventure games. Minecraft Story Mode delivers a lot more action than past TellTale games with obstacle avoidance, numerous timing based sequences, and enemy combat. This is the most active of TellTale’s games, but the story and decision aspects aren’t sacrificed. The ultimate highlight is how the Minecraft world is brought to life to create a wide ranging appeal regardless of your opinion of Minecraft. Minecraft Story Mode delivers a thoroughly engaging adventure that just may be TellTale’s best yet.
13.) The Executive ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A bare knuckles brawler with werewolves, minotaurs, possessed blobs, demon fairies, boxing warthogs, and a whole bunch more. The Executive is a combat game first and foremost with a control scheme made for touch, and a quality art style that builds upon the developers’ first game, Pizza vs Skeletons. The touch controls are so intuitive, and it gives you a greater feel of really giving these enemies a beatdown with combos possible through specific swipes. The Executive is designed to not just be a button masher, and instead there’s a little thought involved with each move aiming for top or bottom, focus on defending, or going for a special move with a limited energy meter.
14.) Horizon Chase ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: An arcade racer fashioned after the classic arcade racing games of the 80s and early 90s, but updated for today’s standards. One of the highlights of Horizon Chase is the art style with a 3D polygon set-up that calls back to the 16-bit era, but with all new depth and polish. There’s a great sense of speed as you whizz past trees and opponents, and see the lines on the roadway go by. The tracks are also set-up with great curves and subtle rises and falls that can hide what’s upcoming next until right when you’re upon it. Every race features 20 cars, and your goal is to pass your 19 opponents on your way to the finish
15.) Transisitor ($9.99, Universal) [Review]: An action RPG set in the future that gives you access to a powerful electricity infused sword that also is your main companion. Transistor comes from the makers of Bastion, and the parallels are obvious to identify from the get go whether it’s the extraordinary visual design, or consistent voice over narration. Bastion presented an omnipresent voice over, while Transistor provides narration through your sword companion, but either way it’s a compelling way to present a story. Transistor is similar to Bastion, and yet offers up an all new way to play with an infusion of strategic planning. You always have the ability to move around, and tap one of the Transistor powers to take down enemies. The game also lets you tap a button to freeze time to gain an overview on the screen, and then chain together planned attacks.
16.) The Trace: Murder Mystery Game ($3.99, Universal) [Review]: A 3D puzzle adventure that requires you to investigate a crime scene, and uncover clues by solving puzzles. The Trace begins with a murder at an auto body business, and it’s the owner who has been killed. It’s up to you to solve the case by uncovering clues, piecing together evidence, and solving various puzzles. What really makes The Trace stand out is the deluxe interactive 3D environments that you’re presented with. Not only do you get to discover evidence, but you get to use hacksaws, wrenches, and screwdrivers with tactical interaction, all in an attempt to access new potential clues.
17.) Spider Rite of the Shrouded Moon ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Embrace crawling on walls, spinning webs, and munching on insects all over again in the Spider sequel. The new installment maintains what made the original so good, and enhances it in numerous ways. Playing as a spider is highly enjoyable with great challenge in either forming webs, tackling hornets, or even crawling on the ground to snack on ants. The highlight of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is the inclusion of a day/night cycle and weather system with both aspects woven into the core components of the game.
18.) Dark Echo ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A game in which you envision sound waves to see a path forward. In Dark Echo, all you have are sound waves that collide off walls to paint a picture of the path forward. Each step you take radiates sound to slowly uncover the path, while leaving most of the world shrouded in darkness. There are 80 levels included that continue to increase new challenges as paths shift, unlockable gateways are introduced, and glowing red enemies start to appear.
19.) Lost Within ($6.99, Universal) [Review]: A 3D survival adventure that focuses on horror by staging the entire thing in a broken down mental hospital. A number of mysterious things start to happen including visions from the past, monstrous looking creations, and the discovery of a lost boy. Lost Within does a great job of getting you to first focus on escaping, but soon changes your goal to figure out multiple mysteries that keep getting more and more out there. There will be times in which your skin is crawling, and others when your heart is racing based on the immersive experience that has been created.
20.) Tiny Rogue ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A turn based rogue-like experience with every dungeon descent an endless challenge. Each run through the dungeons feels fresh, and you always feel that you can do better with new plans against specific enemies, different uses of power-ups, and better level up ability selections. Every dungeon has the challenge come together quickly, and you need to make the right moves right from the get go to get through multiple enemies. There’s also a fluid supply of power-ups that are counterbalanced with numerous enemies to keep the challenge consistent throughout.