Quarterly Report: The 25 Best iPhone /iPad Games. by Jason Dietz, Metacritic 6, N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance (), App Store, 7, Anomaly. If you're all about the iPhone, these are some of the best games you can play. Whether you're in the mood for fast-paced action or thoughtful, deliberate strategy, the Apple App Store has you covered this week with a killer. It requires your spatial cognition to navigate the levels and avoid hitting the obstacles with your paired red and blue dots, which can only turn on a wheel at the bottom of the screen. And it's surprisingly heart-wrenching as you start to develop a connection with Taylor, knowing that hope for survival is, at best, slim. Duet Duet seems to be based on death, where you crash and burn and have to start the level all over again. Sproggiwood oozes charm, and not just because of the adorable oozy jelly-monsters. Check out our complete directory: It's basically a procedural death labyrinth, but the gameplay is based on rhythm -- you have to move in time with the beat using your choice of control system taps or swipes , learning the monsters' rhythms to take them out without taking damage yourself. You have to carefully manoeuvre through dangerous situations and manage resources as you navigate the stars -- because when your astronaut dies, it's game over. You'll find yourself, as you progress through the game, fulfilling quests, which marks it further apart from Don't Starve, in which gameplay is more or less sandbox, with the aim being to stay alive as long as possible. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. Five Nights at Freddy's series This is one of the creepiest games on a mobile platform. Although perfectly fine in its single-player time-attack incarnation, Battle Golf really comes into its own when the 'battle' bit is added via the same-device two-player mode. What it is, rather, is one of the strangest, most mysterious and downright elegant games made for touchscreen devices… and it just happens to involve a lot of reading. Now that the third game is out, I can confidently say that they have been growing in both scope and complexity as the series progresses.