The best iPhone games

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As useful as it is for serious purposes, the iPhone is also one of the best portable gaming devices, with a huge variety of titles to keep you occupied. Whether you’re into puzzles, strategy or action, there’s something on the App Store to meet your needs. Finding the good stuff can be difficult, though — without our help, that is. David Ludlow, editor of Expert Reviews, rounds of our favourite titles.
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Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
Price: £2.49
One of the most beautiful-looking games to hit the iPhone, Monument Valley is also one of the smartest. Playing as princess Ida, your job is to venture through the puzzle levels as you search for forgiveness for an unknown transgression. Every level looks like it has been spawned from the mind of MC Escher, with impossible structures littering the landscape. The map controls let you move platforms, rotate pillars and move bridges to create optical illusions that let you progress to the exit. It sounds horrendously complicated, but takes no time at all to master.

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Threes
Threes
Price: £1.49
Threes, like every good puzzle game, is incredibly easy to learn, super-addictive to play and keeps you coming back for more. Like a kind of Tetris for numbers, the objective is to make the highest number you can by combining the numbered tiles.
Swiping up, down, left or right moves all of the blocks on screen at once, adding a new tile into the mix. The trick is to merge tiles together by pushing them into each other — a ’1’ and a ’2’ become a ’3’, but after that, only tiles with the same number can be merged (a ’3’ and a ’3’ become a ’6’, and so on). The game is over when the playing board is full and you can no longer make a move. Threes is so simple to learn, but you’ll soon become addicted and want to make higher and higher numbers. 
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Kiwanuka
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Kiwanuka
Price: £1.49
A bit like the classic game Lemmings, Kiwanuka sees you control your lost citizens as you help them find their way to freedom. It’s beautifully presented and breathtakingly simple to learn.
Your main character controls a lightning staff — just point lightning in the direction you want your people to go and they set off. If there’s a gap too big for them to move over, you can fire your lightning into the sky and make your citizens form a tower, which you can then topple to form a bridge.
It’s this simplistic control system that makes the game such fun to pick up and play, but it leads into some more complicated puzzles as the game proceeds.
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Angry Birds Star Wars II
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Angry Birds Star Wars II
Price: £0.69
No list of iPhone games could be complete without an Angry Birds title and the Star Wars II version is one of the best yet. Your job is to fire titular Angry Birds at the Pork Federation as you destroy them level-to-level.
The Star Wars theme brings you characters based on the prequels and new special abilities, such as lightsabers and the force. This time around you can even turn to the dark side and play as the Pork Federation. Great fun and well-priced, Angry Birds Star Wars II is a great game for those familiar to and new to the series alike.
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Ridiculous Fishing
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Ridiculous Fishing
Price: £1.99
Ridiculous Fishing is a pretty self-descriptive game. You play Billy the fisherman who’s intent on fame and capturing the biggest fish he can.
The game is really three mini games. First, you cast the line, tilting the phone to avoid fish and send your hook as deep as it can go. Second, once you’ve got to the end of the line or have hit a fish, you try and capture as many fish as you can on the way up. Last is the ridiculous part — you have to shoot the fish you’ve caught as they fly up into the air.
It all sounds a little mad, but it’s also great fun and something that’s completely different to anything else in the App Store.
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Asphalt 8: Airborne
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Asphalt 8: Airborne
Price: Free (in-app purchases available)
The latest in the popular series, Asphalt 8: Airborne is just about the most fun arcade driving game available on a smartphone. Driving is ridiculously simple — the throttle is always on (you tap the left-side of the screen to brake, the right-hand side for a nitrous boost) and you steer by tilting the screen.
This time around, the game adds in jumps, so you can catch some air while racing around the well-designed tracks. Loads of cars are on offer, and you can spend real cash to jump ahead and access cars early, rather than unlocking them with your racing prowess.
Great graphics, a smooth control system and plenty of tracks makes this the must-have racing game.
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Rayman Fiesta Run
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Rayman Fiesta Run
Price: £1.99
Rayman Fiesta Run is a delightfully simple platform game. Rayman continuously runs, leaving you to control when he jumps, glides or punches. It sounds simplistic, but timing is everything and getting the right move at the right time requires considerable skill.
To do the best at each level, you need to collect the maximum number of ‘Lums’, which you can trade in for upgrades in the shop, adding another dimension to the game. At times, the perfection required in timing a move can be annoying, but the fun and colourful graphics make up for these frustrations.
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