20 best new iPhone, iPad games

Disney, Marvell, arcades, rabbits and more will entertain you on your iPhone smartphone or iPad tablet.

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Top-rated games

As we head toward summer 2016, it’s time to check in and see how the mobile gaming industry has fared for Apple iOS platforms, the iPhone and iPad. Here’s a look at top rated games issued so far this year, based on App Store user reviews and professional reviewers on Metacritic. We hope you’ll discover a few hidden gems.

Disney Crossy Road
Disney Crossy Road

Developer: Disney Mobile Studios (released April 7)
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Ratings: 93 of 100 on Metacritic; 4.5 of 5 stars on App Store; ages 4+

A Disney twist on the popular 8-bit Crossy Road game in which you try to get across the road without getting splattered. Familiar worlds, from Toy Story to Lion King to Haunted Mansion. For iPhones and iPads.

Warbits
Warbits

Developer: Risky Lab (released April 13)
Price: $3.99
Ratings: 92 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; Ages 9+

“A war simulator for a better tomorrow,” this multiplayer game for iPhones and iPads lets you settle differences peacefully – or not.

King Rabbit: Find Gold, Rescue Bunnies
King Rabbit: Find Gold, Rescue Bunnies

Developer: RareSloth (released March 23)
Price: Free
Ratings: 91 on Metacritic; 5 stars on App Store; ages 9+

King Rabbit needs to rescue the rank-and-file bunnies from bad guys in this combination puzzle and action game for the iPhone and iPad. Sequel to Furdemption: A Quest for Wings.

7 Mages
7 Mages

Developer: Napoleon Games (released March 14)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings: 90 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 12+ (mild sexual content/nudity)

Seven mages come to the rescue of peasants on Roven Island in this magical iPhone and iPad RPG.

Hammer Bomb
Hammer Bomb

Developer: Crescent Moon Games (released March 30)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Rankings: 86 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 9+

Sir Hammer bomb rescues his captured soldiers in this iPhone and iPad game full of dark mazes and dungeons.

Love You to Bits
Love You to Bits

Developer: Alike Studio (released Feb. 25)
Price: $3.99
Ratings: 86 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars on App Store; ages 9+

Cuteness abounds in this puzzle-filled sci-fi adventure game for iPhones and iPads that makes its way around the universe, with a little bit of cartoon/fantasy violence.

Pathfinder Adventures
Pathfinder Adventures

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment (released April 27)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases an option
Ratings: 86 on Metacritic; 3.5 on App Sore; ages 9+

The digital version of Paizo’s Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, enables iPad 3+ users to role-play and work together in battling monsters and other bad guys while acquiring new skills, tools and weapons. Game can be played solo too though.

Clash Royale
Clash Royale

Developer: Supercell (released March 2)
Price: Free; in-app purchases available.
Ratings: 86 on Metacritic; 4 on App Store; ages 9+

Clash of Clans’ creators are back with this real-time multiplayer game featuring the Royales, plus various Clash of Clan characters. Your goal: form a clan and knock enemy kings and princesses from their lofty towers.

Telepaint
Telepaint

Developer: Acid Nerve (released March 10)
Price: $2.99
Ratings: 86 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; Ages 9+

Touchscreen puzzle game for iPhone and iPad in which you hang with walking paint buckets. Starts easy, gets complex.

Chameleon Run
Chameleon Run

Developer: Noodlecake Studios (released April 6)
Price: $1.99
Ratings: 85 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 4+

A colorful autorunner for the iPhone and iPad – so colorful in fact that you need to keep changing your hue to match your surroundings in order to progress.

Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble
Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble

Developer: Level 5 (released March 24)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings: 85 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 4+

This wobbly little iPhone and iPad puzzle game features all of your favorite Yo-kai, assuming you even know what a Yo-kai is. You get to pop big Yo-kai to beat your opponent.

Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle/Fighting Action Game
Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle/Fighting Action Game

Developer: Turner Broadcasting System (released March 31)
Price: $2.99
Ratings: 85 on Metacritic; 5 on App Store; ages 9+

Destroy monsters in this iPhone and iPad matching puzzle game, in Sugar mode, and action game, in Spice mode.

Retro City Rampage DX
Retro City Rampage DX

Developer: Vblank Entertainment (released March 10)
Price: $4.99
Rating: 84 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 12+, for crude humor, etc.

Go on a crime spree in this pop culture send-up for the iPhone and iPad that includes arcade challenges and mini-games

Mimpi Dreams
Mimpi Dreams

Developer: Silicon Jelly (released March 17)
Price: $2.99
Ratings: 81 on Metacritic

This dreamy and “casual” iPhone and iPad platform, adventure and puzzle game features Mimpi, a lazy dog with a Superdog just waiting to burst out from inside.

Shadow bug
Shadow bug

Developer: Muro Studios (released April 4)
Price: $3.99
Ratings: 81 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 12+, for intense cartoon/fantasy violence

You’re a ninja called Shadow bug, and you know what to do with those swords when monsters invade your forest, right? Lots of puzzles, action and adventure in this iPhone and iPad game.

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter

Developer: PlayStation Mobile (released May 5)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings: 80 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars on App Store; ages 12+, for crude humor, mild fantasy violence

Nathan Drake is on the hunt for long-lost pirate treasures in this action-puzzle game for the iPhone and iPad. Can tie in with PlayStation Network multiplayer rewards.

Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2
Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2

Developer: Marvel Entertainment (released March 30)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings: 80 on Metacritic; 4 on App Store; ages 12+, for crude humor, fantasy violence

This iPad and iPhone game is the sequel to Marvel: Avengers Alliance and enables you to patch together an Avengers team from the likes of Daredevil and Guardians of the Galaxy to try to stop the destruction of the universe (again). Has multiplayer capabilities.

LEGO: Jurassic World
LEGO: Jurassic World

Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (released March 30)
Price: $4.99
Ratings: 80 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 9+, for mild cartoon/fantasy violence

Relive all of those Jurassic movies, including the most recent Jurassic World, while you explore the Isla Nublar and Sorna. Very cool too: You can be the dinosaurs in this iPhone and iPad game.

PKTBALL: Endless Arcade Smash Sport
PKTBALL: Endless Arcade Smash Sport

Developer: Laser Dog (released April 6)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings: 79 on Metacritic; 4.5 on App Store; ages 4+

Test your skills and reflexes to the max in this hyper-charged arcade game. Hang out with DotBoy the retro console, Brains the zombie and Mixtape the vintage cassette, among others in this iPhone and iPad game.

Peter Panic
Peter Panic

Developer: Adult Swim (released March 2)
Price: Free, with in-app purchases available
Ratings:78 on Metacritic; 4 on App Store; Ages 9+

Let’s put on a show! This combination of mini-games and original songs will help you save your local theatre.