50 Best iPhone games to make your commute 97% better

Trying to wade through the millions of great titles to find what are truly the 50 best iPhone games to play right now, can be quite the challenge. But, don't worry, we've got your back and will have you playing Threes one minutes, and a beautiful tale like Love You to Bits next. Picking up some of the best iPhone games around is a guaranteed good time in your pocket, giving you plenty to play whenever you want to. Make waiting in line boring no more! So take a look at what's on offer here in our best iPhone games list 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...

iPhone game of the month: Blue

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is much more than a Harry Potter-themed Pokemon Go. But with the basics of Pokemon Go as the backbone of the game, there are quite a few similarities that will end up being mentioned despite the differences between the two games.

I should probably start off by saying I have not seen Harry Potter movies, apart from Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. I grew up in a very religious household that didn’t agree with teaching children about magical, fantasy realms. I don’t have a huge love of Harry Potter or the characters within the story, but I do understand that Harry Potter fans are numerous and very passionate about the movies and books. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite follows a story of finding many magical creatures scattered through the Muggle realm and attempting to keep the wizard world a secret. 

Unlike the professors in Pokemon Go, all of the characters you meet in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are voice acted, telling you a story of why you need to collect the various magical objects called foundables that have been scattered around the world. The story also shows what has happened to the various Harry Potter characters after the movies. This voice acting feels so much better to listen too, delivering a story and reason for you to continue your adventure.

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When it comes to capturing foundables, there is quite the variety of patterns needed to capture them.  You’ll need to find the object, tap your phone after lining up some stars, then start tracing the spell. The spell will be drawn out for you - a simple pattern you need to trace as exactly as you can. Depending on how well you do and your speed, you’ll end up defeating the foundable or trying to capture it again. Apart of me really wishes that the gyro in the phone could be used to do this - giving you the chance to wave your phone around to make the spell. As it stands, it feels very fair when you do trace these spells and it does add a lot of variety as they are often different from the last. When the foundable is captured, it gets added to your book, and you don’t really interact with it again. If you’re into collecting various items, however, there is really plenty to grab!

The map has much more than that of Pokemon Go, with greenhouses, inns, castles, and more dotted around the world. You can find yourself collecting ingredients for potions, defeating monsters, collecting various items for your book, walking off portkeys, and fighting along with your friends. Defeating various castles gives you waves and waves of enemies that are almost layered within the castle, in exchange for items that are more rare.

As this is all about magic, you can create potions from the various ingredients you collect along the way. This works by putting items into your potion, then using a few spells to speed up or help out your potion before leaving it to brew. Potions are on a timer, so you’ll need to check back to claim them once they are brewed. 

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Instead of teams, you’re able to choose one of three professors. These professors add some stats to you depending on what you pick, and also unlock a skill tree. The skill trees can then allow you to use scrolls to purchase various upgrades and better stats for casting spells and defending against monsters. You are able to change your professor at any time without it setting you back, but moving forward depending on your play style is the best way to be. Having the skill tree makes the game feel very personal with the decision meaning more.

My biggest issue with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite wasn’t actually one with the game, but instead was with the playerbase. When Pokemon Go came out, all of my friends were playing. I could easily join up with groups and the entire game felt like a giant community. When it came to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, I didn’t know anyone else that was playing the game and couldn’t find people to play along with me. Maybe it was the lack of avatars sitting on top of gyms or big areas of my team’s color, but it felt far more alone in the world. My expectation with AR games, because of Pokemon Go, is to have more of a community within the world to play the game. 

During my time with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, I didn’t feel like I needed to make in-app purchases, though you can end up running out of spell energy, which is used to cast the spells within the game. This energy doesn’t actually just come back over time, and instead you’ll need to go to inns to grab more and learn to properly manage what you do have. If you don't live in a big city like me, I can see how purchasing spell energy might be needed, due to lack of inns and other buildings.

Verdict

 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has much more variety within the game that I would expect, which does keep it from getting too boring, but you do need to follow the story. With a smaller player base than Pokemon Go, don't expect to see many other people running forward to collect that foundable you've spotted. 

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Genre:
Augmented reality

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