The 25 best iPhone games to play right now

6. Pokemon Go

Genre: Augmented reality
Price: Free

Few things have broken the Internet to the degree that Pokemon Go did. Piles of tweets, hilarious photos, and many truly bizarre tales of obsessive collection make this more than just a mobile game. It’s a cultural phenomenon. The smash sensation is getting a major upgrade, so now’s the perfect time to get back to catching ‘em all.

Download Pokemon Go here 

5. Monument Valley 2

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

The pastel worlds of ustwo’s games helped take their mobile creation from a solid game to a cultural touchstone that gets name-dropped during Apple keynotes and episodes of House of Cards. The new Monument Valley 2 tells a similar tale of spiritual searching, this time presented through a mother-daughter relationship.

Download Monument Valley 2 here

4. Framed 2

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Many games draw their inspiration from comic books. But rather than retread the stories of their superhero characters, Framed and its brand new sequel Framed 2 build on simple concept of comic book panels. You have to rearrange or pivot the panels of a noir mystery tale to guide the main character safely around the authorities.

Download Framed 2 here

3. Reigns

Genre: Strategy
Price: $2.99 / £2.99

What kind of king will you be? Reigns applies the side-swiping mechanic of Tinder and applies it to the ruling a very peculiar kingdom. The better you balance the demands of the church, the army, the budget, and the people, the longer your reign will last. But doing so means you’ll probably have to make less than ideal choices. Or doing what looks like the right thing can lead to all kinds of ignoble demises. Plus you can chat with the Devil, which is always an interesting experience. Now’s an especially good time to try Reigns if you haven’t yet, because the team is working on a regal follow-up called Reigns Her Majesty due out later in 2017. Long live the queen!

Download Reigns here 

2. Mini Metro

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Mini Metro is many things. It’s a challenging puzzle game. It’s a crash course in game design minimalism. It’s really damn good. Do your best to create functional transit systems based on those in real cities around the world. Each metropolitan area poses its own challenges, but every map manages to both put players into a meditative trance and stress you the hell out at the same time.

Download Mini Metro here

1. Severed

Genre: Action adventure
Price: $6.99 / £6.99

This was one of our favorite games of 2016, and it’s still one of the best things you can play on your iPhone today. Slash your way through enemies as one-armed warrior Sasha, desperately searching for her family. Severed brings together satisfying combat, an elegant RPG progression, and a lushly macabre world, all layered with inspirations from Latin American culture.

Download Severed here