With every passing month, the world of the best iPhone games gets a little more delightful, a little more varied, and a little bit more likely to make your iPhone screen a smudgy mess. Whether you're looking for an adventure, a puzzler, or something that once appeared on consoles, there's probably something in our list of best iPhone games for you.
It's a platform that will have you playing number matching things like Threes one minute, and Fortnite or GTA the next. What you play is up to you but it means if you pick the best iPhone games you have a console in your pocket at all times, and plenty to play. So take a look at what's on offer here because chances are your new favourite game is a tap away.
Each month we review a brand new title in the hopes that it will be added to our best iPhone games list. Sometimes they'll make the cut, other times they won't, but all the games we review will definitely be worth checking out, we can promise you that. For the full list of all 30 best iPhone games, turn to the next page...
March iPhone game of the month: Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?!
When you end up with a set of twin potatoes, one with a robot arm and the other a mad genius, I guess opening up a spy agency makes sense as a business decision. Both Rexa and Ren are looking to take on top-secret missions, most of which are pretty funny, as well as more seriously, figure out the truth behind their parents’ disappearance. As simple as it seems to set up a spy agency - a little bit of advertisement and purchasing a headquarter building, there is a lot more than meets the eye in this business.
When it comes to Rexa and Ren, their dynamic is one you’d expect of two siblings. Ren has a robot hand, which also talks to him, adding an interesting and unpredictable character in the mix. These two appear mostly in bits of cut scene - exploring their childhood home, reliving memories, and talking about the business. The cutscenes provide a story and structure to what is going on, giving your larger missions real meaning. Most of these seem to be triggered by decoding floppy disks, though sometimes you’ll just end up with new tech to play around with.
The main gameplay of Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?! Is mainly running your spy agency. Through an interactive map of the town you’ve seemed to take over, you can access buildings, see missions, send spies to jobs, and build various gadgets. There is also a build menu where you can add buildings and decorations to the town. Many of the buildings are required; training centers for specific traits, gadget building centers, research labs - all are a major part of the job.
Rexa and Ren aren’t the only spies in this agency, or else it wouldn’t be a business! You are able to hire as many other spies as there are rooms in your barracks. Different spies have their own special traits and skills, some of which are specifically required for missions, as well as four traits that are used to get by guards and traps. Strength, intelligence, stealthy, and charm are all important skills for your spies to have and if they are lacking in any, you’ll need to train them up to go on missions.
Once you have been assigned missions, either through the story of the game, or through your inbox where you get assigned missions from clients who need your help, which have a set time, you’ll need to pick the best spy for the job. After your spy is picked, you can choose how they’d face each trap or person they encounter. You can pay a little extra in-game currency to get intel on the individuals in the mission, giving you some more insight into what traits they are weak against. You can also give gadgets to your spy, helping them out as well.
When the mission is triggered, you can watch how well your spy is doing in the bottom of the screen, aborting them from the mission as needed, if they really are having a rough time. After a mission has ended, that spy will need to go back to the barracks and rest up before doing anything else within the town. Occasionally, Ren or Rexa will be called on a mission - these are quite important and have a lot to do with the story. They don’t have very good stats, so you’ll need to assign other spys to help them along, so they don’t end up failing right away. Their missions involve your participation much more, as you’ll need to take on enemies and pick the right attack while in the mission, instead of planning out your route and seeing what happens.
Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?! Does force you to wait a bit of time between missions and while training, but it’s not an idle game. The characters don’t continue their training while you are gone and you can speed up time, which is a great feature. There are a lot of lovely aspects to the game - the visuals are wonderfully cartoony, the way the spies walk around the town and interact with each other is cute, and the menus and UI feel nicely sized and make sense on iOS. This isn’t to say that the game doesn’t get repetitive after a while, with a constant need to go into missions, level up your character, and wait for the next bit of story.
These little nuggets of story really keep my interest, when they do pop up, as these quirky characters have a strange life full of puns, talking arms, and other spy groups. I was pretty sold when Rexa mentioned her cat plushie named Mochi needing saving to continue to learn about these characters. Overall, despite being a bit repetitive, I found Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?! To be a fun little game to pick up, play around with, and put back down for a while - managing spies is pretty fun to do, especially when the spies are potatoes and don’t tend to actually die in failed missions.
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