A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published July 10th 2011
Is there any device better for wasting time than the smartphone? We don't think so, so we've scoured the app store to find the best games for your iPhone.
Osmos, $3.99 When a game is featured in the App Store Hall of Fame, you know it must be pretty good. Described as "part physics-based eat-'em-up, part ambient cosmic simulator and part Darwinistic game of survival", Osmos is a truly magnificent game. Challenging, addictive and with beautiful graphics, this is one game everyone should add to their smartphone.
Simplicity is the key to this game's success. The action starts immediately as your little man quickly starts running, leaping across rooftops and dodging obstacles. And that's all there is to it. Even the screenshots look pretty basic, but spend 10 minutes playing Canabalt and chances are you'll soon be hooked.
Real Racing 2, $8.99 Real Racing 2 is head and shoulders above the other driving games on the iPhone. The graphics are some of the best you'll see on a phone game, packed as they are with so much detail. The tracks are tougher than on the original version, and the 30 officially licensed cars each have their own unique performance characteristics. Great fun.
Words With Friends, $2.49 When a game gets more than 2500 five-star customer ratings on iTunes, you know it's a cracker. This word-building game has millions of fans all over the world, and it's one of the best time-wasting apps around.
A game that lets you assume the job of an air traffic controller might not sound like much fun, but it certainly is. This is another one of those games that succeeds because it keeps things simple, with gameplay that is incredibly easy to learn. All you have to do is drag each aircraft to its landing zone and avoid collisions, but it can actually get stressful when things get hectic.
Angry Birds, $1.19 OK, so everyone's heard about Angry Birds, but no games list would be complete without this gem. Firing angry birds at pigs tucked away in an assortment of fortified castles sounds pretty ludicrous, but somehow it works to create an incredibly addictive game. Whether you're blasting through a couple of levels to waste a quick 10 minutes, or settling in for an extended pig shooting session, this offers so much entertainment for only $1.19.
Spider: the Secret of Bryce Manor, $3.99 Assume the role of a spider exploring this abandoned house, trying to solve the mystery of what happened to the family who live here. This game offers hours of enjoyment if you just want to spend your time being a spider - building webs, hunting prey etc - but with 38 levels to explore, this mystery is well worth solving.
N.O.V.A 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, $8.99 There are more and more quality first person shooter games appearing on the iPhone, and this is one of the best. There's not much time devoted to the storyline in this sequel, letting you plunge straight into the action and shoot at just about anything that moves. This game looks great, has easy to use controls and is the perfect game for when you just feel like blowing stuff up.