I’m skipping more hardcore games from this list, because I think most of you who play those games already know about them. This list is for casual gamers who want something to fiddle with.
There are a lot of endless travel games made for the iphone. Most of them are great, but this one is my favorite thanks to its art design, music, and adorable story. If this doesn’t do it for you, then you can also check out Jetpack Joyride, Whale Trail, Wind-Up Knight, or Tiny Wings.
You play as Dr. Helsing, and you must use his torch and collection of tonics to vanquish the world of Dracula and his evil horde of evil things. This game uses colored light as its puzzle mechanic. The light is dynamic, which means you can use barriers to block the light or mirrors to reflect the light. I have a lot of games for iOS, but this is the first game that I can say that I finished. Helsing’s Fire is quite addicting and fun.
This game combines Scrabble with the basic premise of Risk. You dominate your way through a map by spelling words in battle. The length of your word is limited to the number of soldiers you have within any zone. Make sense? Sound fun? Because it is.
The original Scribblenauts was made for the Nintendo DS, which tasked you with solving puzzles by thinking of words. The Super Scribblenauts sequel that came later added adjectives to the formula. This iOS version is a combination of the two games, and it’s great for all ages.
Ticket to Ride Pocket / Ticket to Ride
This is the iOS adaptation of the Ticket to Ride board game. The Pocket edition for iphone is limited to use the United States map, but includes single play, pass and play, and local wireless play modes. The ipad version includes all of the expansion packs in addition to the various play modes.
Where’s My Water
This is a surprisingly good game published by Disney. Each level is a puzzle where you’re trying to figure out how to get the water to Swampy, the sewer alligator who just wants to take a nice bath.
part one / part two