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These are the Best Games to Play on Your iPhone (Part 1 of 2)

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There are so many games available to you from the App Store, whether you consider yourself a hardcore gamer, a casual gamer or anything in between, there is something for you.  Here are some of the top picks across different gaming categories.  Feel free to let us know if there’s a game that you absolutely love.

Endless/Auto Runner Games

Endless runner games are super popular, mostly because of their simple controls and the ability to play them over and over again, without it being the same.  Most of these games don’t progress in any sort of story, which makes it easier for you to pick up and play for a brief amount of time.

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Alto’s Adventure

Beautiful art design mixed with a rich, calming soundtrack makes Alto’s Adventure stand out in the ocean of endless runner games on the App Store.

You’ll join Alto, a llama herder, on his snowboard as he slides down on the Alps, rounding up the wooly creatures. The game includes a challenge system and a plethora of unlockable characters, making it entertaining every time you load it up. Plus, the announced sequel, Alto’s Odyssey, will hit the App Store sometime this year.

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Super Mario Run

If you ever loved Super Mario, you will love Super Mario Run.  Nintendo designed Super Mario Run with your “on the go” lifestyle in mind.  You can play the entire game with just one thumb, which makes it extremely easy to play almost anywhere.  But there is also so much to do.  The World Tour mode takes you through 24 unique levels as Mario travels to save Princess Peach from his nemesis Bowser, while the infinitely repayable Toad Rally mode has you compete with players from around the world to collect the most coins within the time limit. Add in the Kingdom builder, unlockable characters, and plenty of secret coins to collect, and you’ll be putting hours into this game before you know it.

Sports Games

If you can’t wait for your favourite sport to start up again, you can always turn to a game to help you in the offseason.  Some are extremely realistic and some are just plain fun.

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Snowboard Party: World Tour Pro

Snowboard Party: World Tour Pro is a surprisingly exciting snowboarding game that has a lot of depth. With five game modes, 50 unique tricks to perform, and 16 playable characters, there are a lot of reasons to keep playing.  Despite being a slightly older game, Snowboard Party’s graphics are still pretty impressive, and the game hasn’t been abandoned by the developer. The newest version was updated about a month ago.

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Super Stickman Golf 3

This is the third installment of Super Stickman Golf, and it has everything the first two had and more.  It is an incredibly fun, multiplayer game that takes an interesting spin on golf.  You can use ice balls to freeze lakes, sticky balls to hang from the top of floating islands, and Mulligan power-ups to avoid getting eaten by spinning wheels of death.  These are just some of the crazy things that will keep you teeing up your drives over and over again.

RPG Games

It’s hard to pick just a couple to feature in this post because they differ in variety.  But when it comes to finding a game that you can sink an abundance of time into, RPG’s are the way to go.

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Fire Emblem Heroes

Fire Emblem Heroes is a stellar game through and through. Whether you’re a fan of the long-running Fire Emblem series or a complete newcomer, Nintendo has beautifully designed a game that keeps both groups happy. While game progression has all the hallmarks of a typical freemium game, you won’t need to shell out any money to enjoy 98% of what the game has to offer, which is a lot more than I can say for other free-to-play games. Fire Emblem Heroes is visually amazing. All the cutscenes and dialogue show all the characters in their full anime glory and no detail is left out. The brightly colored suits of armor, the impossibly saturated hues of hair, and the insane eye-to-face ratio of each character is present in abundance.

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Ticket To Earth

The story has a ton of surprising plot twists, impactful characters, and a well-written narrative that will keep you invested in the rich world of New Providence and the people who populate the planet.  It is beautifully designed with graphics that blend the comic book style artwork with brightly colored backgrounds and landscapes.  Ticket to Earth pops off the screen with a delightful burst of color.  And frankly, that never gets old.

Platformer Games

Platform games will leave you on the edge of your seat.  Well, they do that for me anyway.  You literally jump from platform to platform and hang on ledges.

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Star Knight

Star Knight is a beautiful game.  It also has a soothing landscape making it pretty relaxing to play.  Which makes it my kind of game. There are a ton of levels and the gameplay is simple, but the difficulty curve is steep.  You are required to maneuver through tricky obstacles and stay away from enemies with lots of health, in order to make sure they don’t damage your character.  It is quite challenging, but a definite must.

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Mikey Shorts

Mikey Shorts is a good, old-fashioned style platform game made specifically for mobile devices. Players run, jump, and avoid bad guys while collecting coins and looking for the hidden golden shorts. You can play casual, taking your time getting to know the best route, then blast through it with speed and precision in order to get the coveted three-star score.