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50 Best iPhone games to make your commute 97% better

20. Old Man's Journey

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

If you need reminding that the older generation aren't just concerned with Werthers Originals, take your fingers for a stroll through this picturesque tale of memories and regrets. The art will make you sentimental for your childhood picture books and the simple puzzles - adjusting various parts of the landscape so the titular old bloke can cross the screen - warms up your brain, like someone has just sloshed a nice milky tea down your earhole. Comforting like one of Grandpa's cardigans.

Download Old Man's Journey here (US)
Download Old Man's Journey here (UK)

19. 80 Days

Genre: Adventure / story
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Lots of games tout the ability to choose your own adventure, but few are as well-written and overflowing with possibilities as 80 Days. You’re in the shoes of Monsieur Phileas Fogg's attendant Passepartout, who must manage the expedition’s funds and find the fastest routes across the globe. Start a conversation, follow revolutionaries, or just wander the city at night. The choices - and repercussions - are yours.

Download 80 Days here

18. Pokemon Go

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

Few things have broken the Internet to the degree that Pokemon Go did. Piles of tweets, hilarious photos, and many truly bizarre tales of obsessive collection make this more than just a mobile game. It’s a cultural phenomenon. The basic idea is that you walk around your neighborhood - or the country, or the world - with your phone, using augmented reality (and a lot of mobile data) to find the pokemon hidden on the streets. Then you catch them with nothing other than pokeballs! The smash sensation is awash with updates now, so it’s the perfect time to get back to catching ‘em all.

Download Pokemon GO here

17. Alto's Odyssey 

Genre: Endless runner
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Sometimes you don't need a full sequel, you just want to continue the experience. That's something Alto's Odyssey does perfectly, developing its soothing endless runner snowboarding challenge into something that widens and open up, rather than adds loads of new features. There's a desert location this time for more colour and a new wall riding ability to change how you move through the procedurally generated world. 

Download Alto’s Odyssey here

16. Florence

Genre: Narrative
Price: $2.99 / £2.99

A game about love might sounds like an odd prospect but then this isn't so much about love, as life and the things that can happen along the way. It's a gentle and beautifully crafted mix of hand drawn art and clever gameplay that leads you through Florence's experiences. It's as much about her finding her way through the world as it is the relationship she forms with a cello player named Krish. But throughout there's a touching story executed with range of clever ideas.   

Download Florence here

15.  Hearthstone 

Genre: Card
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Online card games don't get much better than Hearthstone. Blizzard's immensely popular CCG is equal parts competitive and fun, balancing deep strategy and deck-building possibilities with a light-hearted atmosphere and fantastic presentation. You can amass a respectable collection of cards without ever spending a cent, and though Hearthstone's online multiplayer is its main draw for most, those who prefer to play against AI will love the single-player adventures. No matter your preferred class or deck playstyle, everyone can find something to love in Hearthstone.  

Download Hearthstone here (US)
Download Hearthstone here (UK)

14. Framed 2

Genre: Puzzle
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Many games draw their inspiration from comic books. But rather than retread the stories of their superhero characters, Framed and its brand new sequel Framed 2 build on simple concept of comic book panels. You have to rearrange or pivot the panels of a noir mystery tale to guide the main character safely around the authorities. You also get to see your failed attempts play out with excruciating be prepared to feel sorry for Framed 2’s poor detective. 

Download Framed 2 here (US)
Download Framed 2 here (UK)

13. Crypt of the Necrodancer

Genre: Roguelike
Price: $4.99 / £4.99

Crypt of the Necrodancer is essentially Dance Dance Revolution meets roguelike dungeon crawling - the kind of eccentric genre mashup that makes perfect sense the moment you play it. Choosing one of many intrepid dungeon delvers, you must explore and fight your way through procedurally generated, enemy-filled floors, all in time to catchy chiptune music. Keeping a steady rhythm for each action is paramount to success and survival, so make sure not to lose the beat as you bash skeletons, oozes, and all manner of pixelated monsters.

Download Crypt of the Necrodancer here (US)
Download Crypt of the Necrodancer here (UK)

12. Threes!

Genre: Match-three
Price: Free / £2.99

You might initially dismiss Threes! as just another Candy Crush clone, hoping to make its version of the match-three craze work. Well, although it is technically a match-three game, it’s far more creative than that. You have to match numbers by sliding the appropriate tiles around the board. It starts off simply enough, with 1+2 making 3, 3+3 making 6 and 6+6 making 12 and so on. But there’s only limited space on your board, so the higher you climb, the more numbers you have to contend with. It’s a constant strive for your next highest score, and with one wrong slide sometimes costing you an entire game, it’s very, very easy to get a little too obsessed with Threes!.

Download Threes! here

11. 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)

Turn to page four for our pick of the top 10 best iPhone games to play right now...