The best arcade game for iPhone and iPad: Jumpgrid
In Jumpgrid, all you have to do is hop between nodes on a three-by-three grid, munching spinning cubes, before escaping through a teleporter. Easy. Except it isn’t. And that’s because this stripped-back mash-up of Frogger and Pac-Man has been fused to the screaming vortex of a Super Hexagon.
This means it’s fast. Shapes wheel and whirl before your eyes, like a combination of modern art and sadism, only too keen to smash your craft to oblivion. Discover the wraparound nature of the grid and you’ll feel smug for about half a second – right before Jumpgrid punches you again and again, on repeat, until you succeed.
It sounds like punishment. It’s actually brilliant.
Download Jumpgrid (£2.99)
Beat Sneak Bandit
We’ve bunged Beat Sneak Bandit in our arcade section, but it’s really a combination of arcade, stealth, rhythm action, platformer, and path-finding game, all controlled by a single thumb tapping the screen. Ambitious? You bet. But one of the best games on iOS? Undoubtedly.
You play as the titular thief, sneaking about single-screen levels, trying to grab all the clocks and not get spotted by guards and spotlights. The snag: you can only move on the beat. The other snag: so can everything else. The result is a unique, great-looking, and hugely entertaining game of clockwork madness.