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55 Best iPhone games to make your commute 97% better

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There are some brilliant iPhone games to enjoy outside of the new subscription service Apple Arcade, which is why we have the best iPhone games suggestion list, and also a best Apple Arcade games recommendations for you to peruse. We want to make sure that we've got your back when it comes to filling your phone with the best titles the App Store has to offer. This best iPhone games pick will have you playing Love You to Bits one minute, Telling Lies the next and then Three the next. It's a maze of top notch content, that will guarantee you good times in your pocket.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...

October iPhone game of the month: Potion Punch 2

Running a potion shop in a fantasy world, full of heroes that you can hire as staff, makes for a fun but challenging game in Potion Punch 2, with so many different ways to spend your hard earned cash. When it comes to your town, your patrons enjoy being served swiftly and correctly, while you get to know them.

Though you need to make it through a lengthy and hand-holding tutorial, once you get into the game, the real fun begins. In each level, you have a bunch of different goals you need to make. These can be simple things like not burning any fish, not throwing away any potions, or making sure none of your customers leave unsatisfied. You’ll need to watch and manage these, as if you disobey the rules once, the level ends instantly and you lose. In higher levels, there becomes so many of these little rules that you’ll have to work fast and efficiently. 

You are able to use a hero to help you out. Heroes each have their own ability, my favorite being the creature who makes sure none of my fish burn (as I tend to just leave them on the dragon stove to overcook). These heroes can be leveled up through use, specifically passing levels, and each cost a different amount of energy to use in a level. Energy is refreshed over time, so if you are going to take on a level, make sure you use your energy wisely. 

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Once you are into the level, much like other cooking games, you have a stand in front of you. There are potion bottles, colored liquids, fish for toasting… as the levels get more challenging this stand becomes more crowded, giving you bigger potion jars for mixed potions, corks, and bows - which different individuals will order. Mixed potions forces you to create a new color in the smaller potion jar, before placing that mixed color into the mixed jar, which can hold two different colors (the first color you place in is on the bottom, then on top) meaning they use much more color. 

Everything on your stand can and will run out, so you’ll need to tap the blank area and wait for the stock to reload. You can spend your cash to create more places to hold potion bottles that are out, more stock in each area, and just better quality items that customers will pay more for.

Speaking of customers, they can also be leveled up, through throwing parties! To promote your potion, you can throw parties that give customers tokens. Once they have enough tokens to level up, you can spend some cash and make them better people to have around. Their waiting time, tip, X, etc will increase - and parties will allow you to find new customers as well. When I first played Potion Punch 2, I overlooked the upgrading of my customers and just focused on my shop, which was a big regret later on when everyone became impatient while I had to make complex potions, and I had no cash to actually upgrade them. 

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Some customers are not welcome in your shop and need to be tapped away; trolls can appear if your coins are out for too long and can take them if you do not bat them away, and book worms seem to stand in front of your stand, just reading - not ordering, and also need to be removed.

Once you have completed the Peakwood Potions shop, finishing all 40 levels, you can take on an endless mode to earn more money or replay some of the previous levels in hopes of a better star rating. Your time with Potion Punch 2, however, is not over! Eversand Enchantments, a shop that sells spells, is looking for a buyer! If you have enough coins, you can purchase it up and start running this new shop, which plays in the same concept as the previous shop, but with you creating ink, scrolls, elemental stones, enchantments and spells. There are more buildings coming soon, to continue the game as well.


As you’d expect, Mario Kart Tour is a very polished and well-made racing game, which does feel great on mobile. Adding in the challenges at the end of each three races keeps it fresh and breaks up the monotony of just doing race after race. Collecting stars feels fair and achievable. The in-app purchases also don’t feel forced, coupled with no advertisements at any point, you can end up just losing hours to playing this cart racing game. 

Price: Free (with in-app purchases and subscription options)

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