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BEST
GAMES
of the
YEAR
2022

Inua - A Story in Ice and Time
Residual
Lucky Luna
El Hijo
MARVEL SNAP
Descenders
Turnip Boy Commits T*x Evasion
Hindsight Game

It should come as no surprise, but 2022 was another wonderful year for iOS gaming. Enjoy our choices for the top new games of the year.

Inua
Inua - A Story in Ice and Time

Inua - A Story in Ice and Time

ARTE Experience

History With a Touch of Fantasy

Based on a true story, the game focuses on the Franklin expedition in the 19th century to explore to Arctic. It resulted in shipwreck, disease, and mutiny.

Residual

Residual

Pascal Bestebroer

Solve the Secret of an Alien Civilization

A different type of survival platformer, you’ll play as an explorer who crashes on a planet with an alien secret. The non-violent survival experience features detailed pixel art and 2D platforming fun. You can also solve light puzzles to reveal the secrets of the civilization.

Lucky Luna
Lucky Luna

Lucky Luna

Netflix, Inc.

No Jump Button Needed

Taking inspiration Japanese folklore and is made as a modern take on retro arcade titles, you’ll notice that the game isn’t your usual platformer. Levels are designed from top to bottom. That matches the usual orientation of a iPhone or iPad and showcases more of the environment. And there’s one other huge catch. The game has no jump button. That’s right, it’s a platformer with no jumping. Swipe left and right to move the protagonist Luna was she plunges deeper into the changing and treacherous environment.

El Hijo
El Hijo

El Hijo

HandyGames

Get Sneaky

The non-violent stealth game focuses on the six-year-old title character who must always sneak past the dangers in his world. Using shadows is the core gameplay element of the game. You’ll also use an arsenal of toys to bypass and distract enemies. Along with inspiring other children towards the path to freedom, the storyline focuses on the brave son searching for his mother.

MARVEL SNAP

MARVEL SNAP

Nuverse

Short and Quick Card Battles

The collectible card game features short and quick battles. Each game last around three minutes with a focus on the fun. Playing is easy and should be familiar to even the most novice card battle player. You’ll start with three cards from your deck and then draw a card at the start of each turn. There are six turn total to win each battle. The games features three random locations from more than 80 across the Marvel universe. All of the locations have different effects that will require a good dose of strategy to win game.

Descenders
Descenders

Descenders

Noodlecake

One Memorable Ride

In the extreme downhill free riding game, you’ll explore procedurally generated worlds. So each time you play, you will take on different jumps, slopes, and more. Gamers will also enjoy freestyle bike controls where you can control every movements of the rider with an in-depth physics systems made for both scrubs and whips.

Turnip Boy
Turnip Boy Commits T*x Evasion

Turnip Boy Commits T*x Evasion

Plug In Digital

Time to Repay the Tax Man

The humorous adventure Turnip Commits Tax Evasion focuses on the vegetable who is also a complete menace to society. After failing to pay taxes, he’s kicked out of his home.

Hindsight
Hindsight Game

Hindsight Game

Annapurna Interactive

Pay Attention to the Little Things

From Joel McDonald, the developer of the App Store classic Prune, his new game asks you to slow down and pay attention the what is left behind. You’ll explore the woman’s life from birth to present day as she attempts to make sense of her life.

Dicey Dungeons
Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons

Distractionware Limited

Roll the Dice

The fast-paced deckbuilding rougelike is from Terry Cavanagh, the developer behind other great games like Super Hexagon and VVVVVV, along with Marlowe Dobbe. While playing, you will fight monsters, find even better loot, and level up tour heroes as you work to take down the Goddess of Fortune—Lady Luck herself.

Apex Legends Mobile

Apex Legends Mobile

Electronic Arts

A New Kind of Battle Royale

The battle royale game is set within the popular Apex Legends universe. With character-based gameplay, the fast-paced combat offers squad battles and much more. You can choose from a number of iconic Legends or exclusive characters to the mobile game. As you might expect, the game will require strategy and tactics to come out on top. Legends will continually be introduced in the game to test your skills.

Knotwords

Knotwords

Zach Gage

A Different Kind of Crossword Puzzle

Taking a big dose of inspiration from crossword puzzles, the rules are simple. You’ll need to arrange the letters in each section so every word is valid across and down. It may sound difficult, but it’s something you’ll be able to pick up over time. To help you get started, there is a well-designed tutorial level.

way finder
Wayfinder

Wayfinder

National Film Board of Canada – Office national du film du Canada

Journey Through Nature

From the National Film Board of Canada, the new game is a generative art game that showcases our cause-and-effect journey with the natural world.

Pocket Skate

Pocket Skate

Peter Leary

Skateboard Madness

A arcade-style skating game, Pocket Skate features 10 skaters to unlock and tons of grins, grabs, flips, and other tricks to unlock.

OXENFREE: Netflix Edition

OXENFREE

Netflix, Inc.

Not Your Usual Party

Just for Netflix members, Oxenfree: Netflix Edition focuses on a fun night of partying that takes a unique supernatural turn. In the choice-based thriller, you’ll explore the haunted island and find out what’s lurking.

Cat Museum

Cat Museum

751Games Co., Ltd.

A Surreal Cat-astrophe

Cat Museum is a 2D side scrolling puzzle-adventure set in the bizarre and surreal world of a feline museum. You’ll solve strange puzzles with your own cat friend and unveil the truth of why the museum came to be.

Love is… in small things
Love is… in small things

Love is… in small things

Lunosoft Inc.

A Love Story Brought to Life

The game features 30 chapter with more than 300 levels total. In each one, you’ll find different objects. Each one will begin bringing color to the scene.

Crux: The Great Outdoors
Crux: The Great Outdoors

Crux: The Great Outdoors

Benjamin Dressler

Experience Rock Climbing

In Crux: The Great Outdoors, you’ll experience the fun of rock climbing on your iOS device. Find the sequence of moves that will help you traverse the mountain and reach the top.

Afterplace

Afterplace

Evan Kice

All About Adventure

Go on a retro adventure with Afterplace. The game feature an open world with secrets, treasures creatures, and much more. Designed specifically for mobile, the game is playable in portrait orientation. There’s no need to worry about virtual buttons. Attack and move by touching anywhere on the screen.

A Musical Story
A Musical Story

A Musical Story

Digerati Distribution

Music and Visuals

Set in the 1970s, the game explores the memories of a young man trying to come to terms with his past. Players will need to press buttons in time with the music. And the entire story is without words as you’ll discover Gabriel’s story with music and beautiful visuals.

The House of Da Vinci 3
The House of Da Vinci 3

The House of Da Vinci 3

Blue Brain Games

The Grand Finale

In the grand finale puzzler, you’ll become Giacomo and join with the master Leonardo da Vinci. You’ll explore a world full of puzzles, secret messages, mechanical wonder, and more.

Wavelength
Wavelength

Wavelength

Palm Court LLC

A Fun Party Game, Anywhere

Made for 2-10+ players, it can be played remotely or in person. It’s also cross-platform for mobile devices. To play, you’ll work with others players to answer to a question like “Is Darth Vader a wizard?” Everyone will try to turn the dial as closer to the center of a colored target as possible. But the target is hidden and in a random location.

Sokobond

Sokobond

Draknek Limited

Bond Making

No chemistry knowledge is required to play the great game with a minimalist art style. You’ll need to make use of logic to solve more than 100 levels of molecule-making Mindbenders

Mourning Star

Mourning Star

Benjamin Russell

Head to the Cosmos

In the game, only a single star remains in the universe as a massive vortex swallows up everything remaining. You’ll play as the Mourning Star to send everything on it was and mourn the loss. There are specific action you’ll need to take for everything including asteroids and much more.

Milo and the Magpies

Milo and the Magpies

Second Maze

Cat vs. Bird

You’ll help a curious an adventure cat—Milo. The kitty has a problem: he needs to find his way home after an encounter with the magpies. He’ll need to sneak through the gardens of his neighbors and solve puzzles. Each one is a point-and-click or hidden object puzzle.

Railbound

Railbound

Lukasz Spierewka

Hit the Rails

In the game, you’ll be following a pair of dogs on their journey around the world. Gamers will need to connect and severe railroads across a wide variety of different landscapes to help everyone reach home.

Chefy-Chef

Chefy-Chef

Crescent Moon Games

Get to Cooking

The titular character is armed with only his culinary skills and ingenuity as he embarks on a journey. Spanning more than 60 levels in three mysterious worlds, Chefy can pick up unique cooking tools that will unlock fun superpowers like climbing walls with a sharp knife or teleportation with a frying pan.

Night Skate

Night Skate

ODD ANIMAL LLC

A Laid-Back Skating Game

Focusing on a girl with a skateboard and a world all to herself, it features single-button gameplay. You’ll press to launch yourself into the air and hold it to float in the air.

HOOK 2

HOOK 2

Maciej Targoni

Get Hooked Again

As you might have guessed by the named, HOOK 2 is the sequel to the original that landed in 2015. The premise is simple. You’ll need to remove all the hooks from the board by using different game mechanics you find along the way.

Everdell

Everdell

Dire Wolf Digital

The Official Board Game Adaptation

Get ready for a fun fantastical city building game requiring both worker placement and strategic card play while trying to create a new civilization.

Lifeline: Beside You in Time

Lifeline

3 Minute Games, Inc.

The Texting Adventure Series Continues

The new branching game continues the adventure of hapless astronaut Taylor. In the fourth title in the series, the astronaut is stuck on the other side of a black home who is relying on your to help make life-or-death decisions. But playing isn’t as easy as it seems thanks to a big test. You can also communicate with T2, Taylor’s time-warped, alien-infected, evil twin. Talking with T2 can help or hurt Taylor.