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The 50 Best iOS Games of 2019

The 50 Best iOS Games of 2019

Looking back, 2019 has been another awesome year for App Store gaming. Even with the rise of Apple Arcade, there was a plethora of great games in every category imaginable. Here is our look at the 50 best games of the year.

AppAdvice Game of the Year

Telling Lies

Telling Lies

Annapurna Interactive

2019 AppAdvice Game of the Year

You'll decide the truth in Telling Lies. In the game, you’ll sit in front of an anonymous laptop with a stolen NSA database of video footage. The secretly recorded footage is of four people linked by a shocking incident. You’ll explore the database of video, taken over two years, by typing in search terms. You can watch the clips where those words are spoken. It's directed by Sam Barlow, the force behind the classic Her Story. And Telling Lies offers that same intrigue and more.

No. 2-10

Dead Cells

Dead Cells

Playdigious

The Hit Indie Game Arrive on the App Store

Described as a roguevania action platformer, get ready for a lot of combat. The 2D game has been redesigned with a great interface for both your iPhone or iPad. You’ll play as a failed alchemic experience and try to explore a huge castle that always changing.

Journey
Journey

Journey

Annapurna Interactive

A Visual Masterpiece

In the anonymous adventure, you’ll travel on a life’s passage and can even connect with others while on the journey.

Photographs - Puzzle Stories
Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Photographs

EightyEight Games LTD

Combining a Puzzler and Compelling Narrative

The game features five distinct stories in different times and locations. Each story features more progressively difficult puzzles. And each of the parts the story - dioramas, photographs, sounds, voices, and puzzles - help tell the narrative story.

Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout
Escapists 2: Pocket Breakout

Escapists 2

Team17 Software Ltd

A Breakout Hit

The second game in the series features five unique prisons to escape from with more coming free in the future.

Sky: Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light

thatgamecompany

A Social Adventure

From developer thatgamecompany, the team behind the iconic Flower, the new game is billed as a social adventure. Featuring seven different dreamlike realms to explore, players need to spread hope through the desolate kingdom and return fallen Stars to their constellations.

Minecraft Earth
Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth

Mojang

Brick Building in the Real World

Minecraft Earth takes the popular brick-building game to the real world thanks to augmented reality technology. You can build in tabletop mode at home and then place the creations in the real-world at life-size. Friends can join together to also create communal buildings. Builds can be populated with unique mobs like the muddy pig and moobloom.

Avo
Avo!

Avo!

Playdeo

One Awesome Avacado

In the game, you’ll be playing as Avo, a crime-fighting avocado that’s come to life thanks to inventor Billie.

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between

The Voxel Agents

A Beautiful and Captivating Puzzler

A captivating adventure, the game touches on memories, friendship, and time. It focuses on two friends – Ariana and Frendt. They are transported into a series of vibrant islands with ordinary objects that hold a special meaning to the pair. There are more than 20 different islands to explore while playing.

GRIS
GRIS

GRIS

Devolver

A Beautiful Journey

A young girl’s sorrow is manifested in her dress with gives new abilities to navigate the reality.

No. 11-20

Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart Tour

Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Race Time!

Taking the classic and popular franchise to the iPhone and iPad, the game features a one-finger control system to steer and drift. That also means the game will only be available to play in vertical mode. Mario and friends race on courses inspired by real-world cities along with other classic courses.

Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter

Abylight S.L.

Enter a Dark World

Paying homage the classic 16-bit gaming, the RPG features 120fps gameplay on an iPad Pro.

Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty®: Mobile

Call of Duty®

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Join a Battle

The new game features multiplayer maps from Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Black Desert Mobile
Black Desert Mobile

Black Desert Mobile

Pearl Abyss Corp.

A Full-Featured MMORPG

Players can select from one of five available character classes and then take on quests and more.

Pokémon Masters

Pokémon Masters

DeNA Co., Ltd.

A New Adventure

In the new game, you’ll explore the new island of Pasio, the home of the Pokémon Masters League. To battle, you’ll need to create a sync pair. That is a team with three familiar trainers and their Pokémon. You’ll then send them into 3-on-3 battle against other teams in real-time.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Harry Potter

Niantic, Inc.

A Magical Use of AR

Niantic’s follow-up to the wildly successful Pokémon GO brings players into the world of Harry Potter with augmented reality.

Rest in Pieces

Rest in Pieces

Itatake.com

A Smashingly Scary Casual Horror Game

You’ll need to help save all the poor souls who have been trapped in the dream demon’s porcelain nightmare. Just don’t smash the fragile figurines along the way. Some of the different figurines you’ll help save include a little girl Georgina, a drunken pirate Jack Parrot, and others.

Typoman Mobile

Typoman Mobile

BAITIAN TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

Choose Your Words Wisely

In the puzzle platformer, the words you craft can help alter the environment for better or worse in a dark and hostile world.

The Wanderer:

The Wanderer

ARTE Experience

The Iconic Creature in a Different Light

In The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Monster, you’ll be playing as the creature on a journey throughout Europe. The creature is netter good or evil and is wanting to lean more about its origins and humanity.

The Stillness of the Wind
The Stillness of the Wind

The Stillness of the Wind

Surprise Attack Games

A Different Kind of Game

A decidedly different take on what a game is, you’ll being playing as Talma who maintains her simple way of life in her final days.

No. 21-30

Frakktus

Frakktus

ALEXANDER PETROV

A Journey to Consciousness

An abstract puzzler, Frakktus features a unique visual style with fractals and more that takes inspiration from classic arcade games. You’ll need to dive into the mandala of consciousness and destroy block that contain our fears, doubts, and more.

Spring Falls

Spring Falls

Sparse Game Development Inc.

Watch Things Grow

Featuring more than 60 levels, you’ll try to bring wildflowers to life as you head down a beautiful mountainside.

Terraforming Mars
Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars

Asmodee Digital

Explore the Red Planet

The popular sci-fi board game has made its way to iOS devices with both solo and multiplayer options.

The House of Da Vinci 2
The House of Da Vinci 2

The House of Da Vinci 2

Blue Brain Games

Step Into a Unique World

You’ll become an apprentice to the iconic genus and explore a world full of puzzles, gadgets, and more.

Rolling Sky 2

Rolling Sky 2

Cheetah Technology Corporation Limited

A Unique Sequel

The sequel to the 2016 game features more swiping action along with beautiful visuals and a great soundtrack.

The Last Remnant Remastered
THE LAST REMNANT Remastered

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered

SQUARE ENIX

A Surprise Entry onto the App Store

The RPG focuses on a world with four different races at war and mysterious, powerful objects called Remnants.

Rush Rally 3
Rush Rally 3

Rush Rally 3

Brownmonster Limited

More Realistic Racing Action

The latest entry in the popular rally simulation feature more than 72 different stages with a number of different surfaces types like snow and more.

Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes

Steel Crate Games, Inc.

An Explosively Fun Party Game

Test your puzzle solving and communication skills while trying to disarm a bomb in time.

Block Droppin Blitz
Block Droppin Blitz

Block Droppin Blitz

Rocketship Park

A Challenging Puzzle Game

The game combines the familiar Tetris tile matching with a fun and challenging block siding feature.

No. 31-40

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs

A New Way to Attack Those Pigs

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs

Rovio Entertainment Oyj

Rovio is looking to take the game into the future with its newest endeavor: Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs. Taking advantage of Apple’s ARKit, the game is everything you know and love about the franchise and adds in a big dose of augmented reality.

Astrologaster
Astrologaster

Laughs Spread Like the Plague

Astrologaster

Astrologaster

Nyamyam

Based on the true story of “doctor” Simon Forman in Shakespeare's London, the story-driven game is ridiculously funny.

Word Forward

A Challenging Word Puzzle

Word Forward

Word Forward

Rocketship Park

Don’t download Word Forward if you’re looking for an easy or relaxing word game. The devious word puzzle rewards strategic thinking and planning ahead.

Rolando: Royal Edition

A Classic Returns

Rolando: Royal Edition

Rolando: Royal Edition

HandCircus Limited

Originally arriving in late 2008, Rolando quickly became an App Store classic as a unique platformer. And the game has made a triumphant return in Rolando: Royal Edition. The new edition features all of the fun of the original with a remastered touch to help make all of the graphics...

No. 41-50

The Kreator

Jump Into a Relaxing World

The Kreator

The Kreator

StarRhyme Co., Ltd.

The Kreator will take you in a beautiful and relaxing world. Featuring a one-button control system, you can travel close to the soil and nurture plants. The difficulty changes with the seasons. Along with the animation, there is an original soundtrack that is more than 40 minutes long.

Norman's Night In

A Slingshot Adventure

Norman's Night In

Norman's Night In

Bactrian Games, LLC

Dive into the unique world of Norman’s Night In. A one-finger slingshot adventure, you’ll use a bowling bowl to solve physics-based puzzles and defeat beasts while looking for a way home from the world of Cave.

SNIKS

Fruity Fun

SNIKS

SNIKS

Shelly Alon

SNIKS love fruit. And it’s your job in the colorful puzzle to help them find their favorite food while not getting into each other’s way. There are 110 different levels to play.