Monkeys from the future playing table tennis! Here are the best games for your iPhone and iPad this week along with a classic you may have missed.
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The best PAID iOS games this week
Table Tennis Touch: $1.99 (iPad, iPhone)
Table Tennis Touch is the very best table tennis game on iPhone and iPad (and that’s coming from someone who’s made an iPhone table tennis game). Table Tennis Touch has been out for over a year now but this week sees the launch of V2.0 with long-awaited multiplayer. Local and online multiplayer has been added to an already great game. Unmissable ping pong.
Future Sense: $1.99 (iPad, iPhone)
It’s Back to the Future week, so it’s fitting that there’s a terrific new time-based game out. Future Sense is an episodic adventure with a time-travel twist. Gameplay involves manipulating time to navigate your way through the top-down stealth stages that make up the campaign. Stages start easy but quickly become mind-bending. One for cerebral stealth fans.
Monkeyrama: 99c (iPad, iPhone)
Monkeyrama is an excellent puzzler. Gameplay involves throwing explosive monkeys at structures to destroy them. There’s a variety of monkeys and increasingly resilient structures over the game’s 90 levels. If this sounds a lot like the brilliant Wii game Boom Blox that’s because this is basically the same concept for your iThing. Fantastic fun.
The best FREE iOS games this week
Subterfuge (iPad, iPhone)
Subterfuge is a wonderful social, tactical, strategy game from the developer of World of Goo, an in-depth strategy game that you can comfortably play for five minutes at a time. Each game lasts a week and plays out on a shrinking map. Strategy and a fair degree of diplomacy are necessary to win. Pretty much the perfect mobile strategy game.
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth: (iPad, iPhone)
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth is a story-driven hidden object adventure. Every single aspect of OPUS is beautifully crafted. The visuals and audio all fit perfectly and set the tone wonderfully. OPUS is a story of pursuit and loneliness that you’ll want to see through to the end. A must-have for adventure fans.
Guitar Hero Live (iPad, iPhone)
Essentially what we have here is a two-song demo of the latest Guitar Hero. If you’re curious about how Guitar Hero plays on the touch-screen you can jump in and try it here. Like what you see, and you can upgrade to the full version. The game is also playable via a guitar peripheral which unlocks the full game on detection. It’s a 2GB download so clear some space in that garage for the drum kit!
This week’s golden oldie (that’s still fantastic)
Helsing’s Fire: 99c (iPad, iPhone)
Helsing’s Fire came out in 2010 and is still one of the App Store’s finest puzzle games. Made by the same developer who went on to create Papers, Please, Helsing’s Fire is an illumination puzzler. Gameplay involves the careful placement of torches to kill Dracula’s horde. Each level forces you to use certain locations and combinations of torches to smite the hordes while avoiding friendly elements. It’s superbly made and still a pleasure to play today.