50 Best iPhone games to make your commute 97% better

Playing games on the iPhone is one of the best past times when you’re trying to kill time, but iPhone games are no longer games just to keep you busy. With console-like, quality mobile games are next level. Whether you’re looking for a simple PVP, RPG, or some light-hearted fun, the iPhone app store has everything for anyone. We’re counting down our top 50 best iPhone games to keep you busy during your commute and after. 

Don’t forget to check out our ranking of the best Apple Arcade games, as well, if you’re a subscriber to Apple’s gaming service. Might we also suggest some of the best relaxing mobile games for just unwinding with too?

50. Angry Birds Journey

Angry Birds Journey

(Image credit: Rovio)

Genre: Adventure / Puzzle
Price: Free with in-game purchases

We’ve got a new entry to the Angry Birds series, and it’s great fun. We’re travelling around the world with our favorite flock of birds searching for Egg Wonders (egg-shaped artefacts) in a race against time before the Piggies get their hands on them. There are tons of rewards to be unlocked at each level. This is the perfect casual game to play whenever you have a free moment or feel like testing your brain with some puzzles.  

49. The Simpsons Tapped Out

The Simpsons Tapped Out

(Image credit: EA)

Genre: simulation
Price: free with in-game purchases

The Simpsons is in a strange place right now. Modern TV watchers don’t seem to catch it anymore, or they pick on it when they do, but you can’t deny its prior grip on the zeitgeist. Tapped Out does well to keep America’s favorite cartoon family relevant by giving fans and newcomers a deep city sim and mini-game collection that feels unique and looks great.

48. Alien Isolation 

Alien: Isolation

(Image credit: Creative Assembly)

Genre: Survival horror
Price: £12.99/$14.99

The incredible console and PC game is finally available on iPhone, and it’s excellent! Based on the Alien film franchise, Isolation looks incredible on iOS, keeping the same tense atmosphere as you roam around your ship. The slightest sound or movement has you sporadically shooting or running for your life from the Alien roaming the ship for anything to devour. This game plays and feels very similar to the console and PC versions, so this could be worth your time if you’ve never played it before. 

47. Marvel Future Revolution

Marvel Future Revolution

(Image credit: Netmarble)

Genre: Action-adventure
Price: Free with in-game purchases

This visually stunning action-adventure game is the closest we’ve come yet to getting a fully fledged Avengers game on mobile platforms. It’s a testament to how far the platform has come over the past few years, quickly catching up to something like the Switch. While it lacks controller options right now, it’s still a lot of fun to play through a third-person, story-driven Marvel mash-up with many of the heroes that have hit the big screen over the past 15 years.

46. League of Legends: Wild Rift

League of Legends: Wild Rift

(Image credit: Riot Games)

Genre: MOBA
Price: free with in-game purchases

Wild Rift is a remarkable achievement in that it takes one of the world’s most popular games and gets it to work on mobile. This is a spinoff, technically, but so much of it looks and feels like the real thing, including a huge and ever-growing roster, that diehard fans and newcomers alike (I am a newcomer myself!) should have no trouble getting the hang of this MOBA thanks to great mobile controls and a very welcoming tutorial. 

45. SuperStar YG 

The board with buttons on in SuperStar YG

(Image credit: Dalcomsoft)

Genre: Rhythm Action
Price: Free with in-game purchases

If you love rhythm games and Kpop, then this one is definitely for you. Superstar YG takes your favorite artists from the hugely successful YG label in Korea and puts them into an energetic rhythm game that will have furiously tapping and singing along to some of the biggest pop songs. 

44. The Arcana: A Mystic Romance 

A red-haired woman in The Arcana: A Mystic Romance

(Image credit: Nix Hydra)

Genre: Dating sim
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Based on Otome dating sims, Arcana whisks you away to a mystical tarot world, where you use your gift for the magical arts to romance your favorite characters. There are 22 major Arcana cards, giving you 22 episodes to dive into. Make choices, fall in love and uncover a murder mystery. 

43. Crash Bandicoot: On the Run 

The Crash Bandicoot: On The Run iPhone game key art

(Image credit: King)

Genre: Adventure
Price: Free with in-game purchases

Crash Bandicoot is a game that never gets old, from playing it on the PS1 as a kid to enjoying the latest console installment last year. This game will always have me excited. On the Run explains the game perfectly. It’s an endless runner with Crash, Coco and Aku Aku, running through different levels to save the multiverse from Dr Cortex. This game incorporates the controls from the console game, Crash’s spinning attack, and the jump slides. Unlock cool skins, upgrade the bandicoot base, and even a multiplayer option; there’s endless fun to be had.  

42. My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge

My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge

(Image credit: Devolver)

Genre: Action
Price: Free with in-app purchases

Plenty of games get mobile spinoffs, but they don’t always play in the same genre. Ripe for Revenge thus walks a thin line of feeling enough like the original console and PC game to be familiar to seasoned players while also playing differently enough that those players will still want to experience both versions. With thoughtful mobile-centric tweaks to the controls, Ripe For Revenge maintains the chaotic style of My Friend Pedro even as the artwork is more deceptively sweet.

41. Last Fortress

An underground settlement in Last Fortress

(Image credit: IM30)

Genre: Strategy
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Everyone thought about how they would survive a zombie apocalypse, right? Well, this game puts your theory to the test. You are the leader of a group of survivors. You take refuge in a shoddy house, and it’s up to you to build your fortress to fight yourself off from the undead. The game takes strategy games to the next level, making you make tough choices from resources to necessities. Assemble a team, from doctors, chefs, and scientists, anyone you think would be an asset to this fight. 

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