Most people like to play games on their mobile devices, and, with the fantastic hardware offered by Apple now, it’s become even more of a popular pastime. Add to that a great selection of games in the iOS app store, and you can while away several hours easily. Many of the games in the iOS app store are free, but some do require payment, and most offer in-app purchases, designed to help you advance through the game.
One of the most time-consuming things is finding the games you want. Given that there are almost 3 million apps in the app store, it can take some time to find a decent game so, we’ve done some work for you and found ten great iPhone games that you can try today.
Top Ten iPhone Games 2024
Trying to find ten games from the thousands available was a tall order, but these are some of the best and the most fun available on the app store right now. Some are free, and some require payment.
- Snipers Vs Thieves: Zombies! – Free (in-app purchases)
Zombies! is the long-awaited sequel to Snipers Vs. Thieves and, if you’ve already played that, then this will be a familiar format. The only difference here is that the developers have added zombies into the mix, but these are zombies with a difference – they want your money, not your brains. So, the aim of the game here is to protect your hoard from the zombies. Use well-placed shots to take them out and earn cash to help you upgrade your weapons. The game controls are pretty easy – control the crosshair by dragging it over the zombie you want to shoot; hold it until the shot meter is full and then let go to the fire. In-app purchases are available, but if you just want a fun game to fill a few minutes here and there, you can play for free quite easily. You can download this game from TweakBox app.
- Clash Royale – Free (in-app purchases)
There’s no doubt that Clash Royale is one of the most popular battle games ever released. It is a multiplayer arena game and is incredibly addictive and fun to play. Each battle takes just three minutes, but those three minutes are full of non-stop hectic action. The idea is to collect cards as you battle, building up magic spells and characters that you can use to fight your opponents. Choose the right combination to take out your opponents and power your way through each battle. The idea is to destroy their castle and towers before they can destroy yours, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a simple game. It requires a real strategy to be successful. Each spell and each character will only work well in specific scenarios, and it’s down to you to work out the combinations that give you the edge. It is free and is the ideal game for killing a few minutes on the way to work or on a break. There are in-app purchases that offer characters and cards not otherwise available in the game. You can download this game from the Panda Helper app.
- Stardew Valley – $8
If you want a game that offers a slower pace and you love farming games and simulators, take a look at Stardew Valley. Based on the Harvest Moon series of games, Stardew Valley gives you a plot of land – and then leaves you to it. It’s up to you to build up a fully working farm, plant crops, raise livestock, forage for some of the rarer ingredients, and everything else that comes with running a farm. It’s not all about farming though; head to Pelican Town and meet lots of characters, win them over, make friends, and even get married. This is a very relaxing game, there are no time limits, so take your time and lose yourself in a new world.
- Homicide Squad: New York Cases – Free (in-app purchases)
Hidden Object games are a popular and easy way to pass a bit of time, and most of them are fun to play. In Homicide Squad, you control two detectives and help them solve crimes, bringing justice to New York City. You must explore murder scenes, looking for evidence and clues to help you solve the crime. You do only have a limited amount of energy; when it runs out, you have to wait for it to recharge or buy more. There are also other in-app purchases, but you are under no obligation to purchase and can enjoy the free version quite easily.
- Undead Horde – $6
Most games put you in the place of the good guy, the person who saves the day and takes out the villains. That’s where this one differs because, this time, you are the bad guy, a necromancer who raises and commands an undead horde. The game is a mixture of strategy, RPG, and a bit of hack-and-slash thrown in for good measure. The idea is to raise your army and then send them out to fight King Paladin Benevictor and his army of the living. Upgrade you and your army by grabbing loot, fight all sorts of enemies, and reanimate the dead to increase your army.
- Gods of Boom – Free (in-app purchases)
A strange name, but this is one of the very best FPS (first-person shooter) games available for mobile this year. Take part in huge multiplayer battles and win to take control of the 3D maps. Upgrade and customize your character with your winnings. Regular updates offer new events, such as crossovers with The Walking Dead, new battles, and much more – the game that just keeps on giving. It is free to play, and you can have a lot of fun, but there are in-app purchases available if you want them.
- Fortnite Battle Royale – Free (in-app purchases)
Fortnite has to be the most popular game right now, spawning huge gaming tournaments across the world. It’s a third-person shooter game with plenty of action, all the combat you want, and great cartoony graphics. Play in battles of up to 100 people; play by yourself, in duos or in squads. Find weapons and resources, loot from players you take out, and build up your defenses. As you play, the map decreases, making it even harder to stay hidden and safe. A free game, there are plenty of in-app purchases to be had. However, you don’t have to spend anything to have a lot of fun with this game.
- 3 – $2
Another shooter game, P. 3, is a vertical arcade shooter, retro but not out of fashion. Old-school shooting games are challenging, but fun and this is no different. With a CRT TV overlay, and some cool pixel-art graphics, P.3 emulates the retro games very well, but there are only five stages to play – if you are good enough at it, you will soon run out of the game to play. For the price, it’s a good deal, though.
- Disney Sorcerer’s Arena – Free (in-app purchases)
Turn-based battlers have grown in popularity again over the last few years, and Disney isn’t lagging behind. Collect cards to get new characters and then use them to battle against human or AI opponents. Use your winnings to unlock even more. The battles are turn-based, and strategy is needed to determine the best cards for each battle. Every character has its own unique abilities, and it’s down to you to determine the best way to use them. It is free, but there are a lot of in-app purchases.
- Retro Highway – Free (in-app purchases)
An old-school style of racing game, Retro Highway offers pixel-art graphics and cool gameplay that feels much like the racing games of old but played on a modern device. The game has a series of challenges for you to get through, and you compete against the world or friends. Collect and customize more than ten bikes and race around the world – and on the moon. Free to play, but there are in-app purchases available.
Disabling In-App Purchases
Many games offer in-app purchases, which may be fine if it’s just you playing. However, you share your device with your kids or other people, and you might want to think about disabling them. This is quite easy to do:
- Open Settings and go to iTunes and App Store
- Tap Password Settings – if you use Touch ID or Face ID, this option won’t be available
- Tap Purchases>In-App Purchases
- Select Always Require
- Under Free Downloads on the new window, Require Password has now been enabled
- Type in the password and tap OK
Provided you don’t tell anyone what the password is, and nobody else will be able to make any in-app purchases without your permission.
The iOS app store has thousands of games to choose from; some of them are complete rubbish while others are cool, exciting games. Finding those is the hard part, and recommendations are the easiest way.
Try these games; they are only a tiny subsection of what the app store offers, but they all offer some fun. While you do have to pay for some of them, they aren’t expensive, and the majority are free. You don’t have to pay for any in-app purchases to have fun playing these games, so try them and tell us if there are any better games you can think of.