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If your New Year's resolution was to stay off your phone more, we're sorry, as we're going to make that a little harder with this best iPhone games list. iPhone has some of the best games available right now at your fingertips. iPhones are packed with some of the most incredible games, so why not be a bit cheeky and enjoy yourself. We've listed some of the best games the iPhone has to offer. Don't forget to check out our ranking of the best Apple Arcade games too, if you're a subscriber to Apple's gaming service.

50. Pikmin Bloom

Pikmin Bloom

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

There have been more AR games chasing the Pokemon Go craze than we can keep track of, but if anyone is going to get it right, it will probably be Niantic, creators of that original hit game. In this new GPS adventure, players are collecting Nintendo's adorable but oft-forgotten seedlings. This one just came out, so we're still discovering the extent of its merits ourselves, but we wanted to note its important arrival here for the Pikmin-starved fanbase.

49. The Simpsons Tapped Out

The Simpsons Tapped Out

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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. The Wild Case

The Wild Case on iPhone

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Genre: Adventure
Price: Free with in-game purchases

The Wild Case is a great pick for the fall, and one look at it is really all you need to see that for yourself. With gorgeous artwork befitting the works of a painter and a moody, mysterious all from a solo developer, it's the sort of game that's easy to root for too. You can start the mystery for free and unlock the full experience for just a few dollars if you like it. Of course, just like any good series, the dev knows just where to leave the cliffhanger too, so don't be surprised if you're playing the complete tale this fall.

47. Marvel Future Revolution

Marvel Future Revolution

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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

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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. Song Pop

Song Pop

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Genre: Trivia
Price: Free with in-game purchases

Playing Song Pop with friends is like sharing control of the auxiliary cable on a long car ride - perhaps I'm dating myself here. Song Pop is Name That Tune without the usage rights on the title. Packed with songs from all genres and eras, you can challenge others to beat you at your own game, or try to dethrone them in categories they are strongest in. For me, I've found it nostalgic (and dorky) to take on my wife to see who can identify more 2000's alt rock and classic hip-hop. Whatever your musical taste, there's universal fun in music trivia where racing for the right answers and song clips themselves are equally entertaining. 

44. Reigns: Game of Thrones

Reigns: Game of Thrones

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Genre: Puzzle
Price: $3.99 / £3.99

Don’t you just love it when a game takes its name totally literally? Love You to Bits sees you play as a young astronaut whose robot girlfriend gets blown to pieces before his eyes in a crash. Her various parts - from head to feet and everything in between - get scattered across the galaxy in precarious positions, and you’ve got to go retrieve them in order to put her back together again. It’s a futuristic Humpty Dumpty love story all wrapped up in a brilliantly whimsical puzzle game full of strange critters, kooky planets and even the odd robot disco. 

43. Crash Bandicoot: On the Run 

The Crash Bandicoot: On The Run iPhone game key art

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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

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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. Dead Cells

Dead Cells

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Genre: Action-roguelite
Price: $4.99 / £7.99

Dead Cells was one of the biggest games of its launch year (2017) and even though it came to phones more recently, (2020), I've only just recently given it a chance. I was wrong to wait. Dead Cells combines a lot of trending elements like super-tough combat, a roguelite progression system, and a gorgeous retro art style, but it does all of that and more so fluidly that it's hard to put down. If you're playing this one on the train, be mindful of when your stop is approaching. You may be so stuck into it that you forget to exit.

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