Quarterly Report: The 25 Best iPhone/iPad Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2018
  • Comments: ↓ 13 user comments

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed iOS games of 2018

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Oddmar App Store 89
This $5 Viking-themed platformer is being hailed for the quality of its graphics and animation.
2Alto's Odyssey App Store88
3The Room: Old Sins App Store86
4Shadowgun Legends App Store85
5Part Time UFO App Store85
6Antihero - Digital Board Game App Store85
7Reigns: Game Of Thrones NEWApp Store84
8Pocket City App Store83
9Donut County App Store83
10PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile App Store82
11Florence App Store82
12Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition App Store79
13JYDGE App Store78
14World of Warships Blitz App Store77
15Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2  77
16Where Shadows Slumber App Store76

Includes games released between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 31, 2018.

Best-reviewed iOS games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1World of Goo HD (2010) App Store96
2Super QuickHook (2010) App Store96
3VVVVVV (2014) App Store95
4Super Stickman Golf 3 (2016) App Store95
5iBlast Moki (2009) App Store94
6N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance (2009) App Store94
7Anomaly: Warzone Earth (2011) App Store94
8Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (2015) App Store94
9Real Racing 2 (2010) App Store94
10Bastion (2012) App Store94
11Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (2009) App Store93
12Carcassonne (2010) App Store93
13Crashlands (2016) App Store93
14Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (2014) App Store93
15Cut the Rope (2010) App Store93
16Punch Quest (2012) App Store93
17Sonic CD (2011) App Store93
18The Executive (2015) App Store93
19A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (2015) App Store93
20Plants vs. Zombies (2010) App Store92
21XCOM: Enemy Within (2014) App Store92
22Papers, Please (2014) App Store92
23Beat Sneak Bandit (2012) App Store92
Threes! (2014) App Store92
25Papa Sangre II (2013) App Store92

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all iOS high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's iOS Games section.

Comments (13)

  • ZiggySir  

    I think there are a few good games missing, home we have been lately playing (non-stop) Fold the Flock (Virtual Reality) and a lot of fun for the whole family and Magnus' Kingdom of Chess... I just hope that the developers have soon sequels for continue playing them.

  • ChemaNoHaciaPan  

    it isnt in the list Soul Knight i like Galactic Warrior too, action games like that

  • NobieSampson  

    Great list! Plan vs zombies is one of my favorite game here, I played it until now and the upgraded one is more challenging just like playing slotswise.com very challenging and exciting!

  • happypuppy  

    Crazy Shape is now gaining momentum)

  • Soham  

    Thanks for the list. I like another game. Blokken is a cool and insanely addictive game to tickle your brain. Get hours of fun by playing this awesome block puzzle game, you will fall in love with it, moment you start playing it.
    In this game you need to position maximum blokkes in order to have a higher score. It gets harder and harder as you play.

    This game has an educational side because it helps your kids to developer their cognitive abilities.

    You can download it at: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id997903486

    If you like the game, please, leave a "Like" in facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BlokkeTheGame

  • irresolute  

    Where is "The Room" series? it should be here

  • DimitriosT  

    One of my favorite apps today is Coinnect for the iOS. An addictively fun matching game I can't stop playing. I love to share the fun with others so here is a link to the app.
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1012750638&mt=8

  • geniece  

    i love this list
    greatttttttttttttttttt
    http://www.elkhbar.net/

  • rockballad  

    Don't see my new favorite Cove Fish iOS game...

  • atmaja  

    Tofu Heroes is a great one for 2016 as well! Brilliant rendition of a match-3 game.

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