25 best iPhone games to make your commute 97% better

6. Her Story

Genre: Mystery
Price: $3.99 / £3.99

Find out if all that binging on True Crime podcasts has sharpened your detective instincts with this wickedly clever mystery from Sam Barlow. You have to solve a murder by searching a police database of video interviews, piecing together the wife's testimony. The right keywords will throw up new interview clips, meaning every new sentence could contain a vital clue, and every new clip could take you off on a new tangent. This isn't a game to play in the queue at Starbucks, but a piece of storytelling wizardry that will keep you up until 3am, scratching your thoughts into a notebook. 

Download Her Story here (US)
Download Her Story here (UK)

5. Reigns: Her Majesty

Genre: Card
Price: $2.99 / £2.99

Rule your kingdom. Quell unrest. Don’t get put off by the ominous deity keeping tabs on every new queen you possess, every alliance you forge or destroy. Swipe left or right to make decisions and attempt to keep your Church, army, citizens, and cash under control. This wickedly clever sequel to Reigns is crammed with prophetic star signs, strategy, and winks towards the struggles of being a woman on the throne. It all winds together to make Reigns: Her Majesty an improvement on the original in every way. What, you don’t agree? Off with your head! 

Download Reigns: Her Majesty here (US)
Download Reigns: Her Majesty here (UK)

4. 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 (US)
Download Mini Metro here (UK)

3. Gorogoa

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Simple at first, this beautiful indie will defy all your expectations of what touch screen puzzling is all about. Gorogoa is made up of hand drawn comic squares where you can interact with objects to progress the story. Match up staircases, move doorways and play with perspective in any way you can, and you’ll uncover some of the most satisfying puzzling in years. There’s no hand holding here but with gorgeous visuals and a beautiful score, the head scratching is absolutely worth it. 

Download Gorogoa here (US)
Download Gorogoa here (UK)

2. Hidden Folks

Genre: Hidden Object
Price: $3.99 / £3.99

Hidden Folks is a kooky hidden object game, like Where’s Waldo done up in black and white. It’ll take some extra sleuthing to find the target items in each level. A monkey might be hiding in the hand-drawn foliage or a person will be napping inside that treehouse. The sound effects, all performed by game creator Adriaan de Jongh, put this interactive creation into serious hipster territory, but it’s still irresistibly charming.

Download Hidden Folks here (US)
Download Hidden Folks here (UK)

1. The Room

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $0.99 / 99p

There’s only one way to get out of The Room: solve the puzzle box in front of you. What could be a simple case of pressing various switches and buttons in the right order turns into a complex, intricate journey through the box’s different levels as it challenges you to solve riddles, piece together items, and literally alter your perspective. Using skills you master along the way, you’ll get closer to the centre - and to uncovering the mystery that’s already claimed one enigmatic scientist’s life. Are you getting shivers yet? You should be. The Room is only the first in the series, and we’re betting that you won’t be able to stop yourself from devouring them all.

Download The Room here (US)
Download The Room here (UK)

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