App Watch: the best new iPhone and iPad games released this month

These are the newly released games that'll keep your tablet or smartphone 'appy this October

It'd be an understatement to say that the Apple App Store is a big place - there are thousands of new titles hitting its digital shelves each and every week.

It's an unprecedented situation that often results in great games being overlooked, buried under a mountain of soulless endless runners, tepid Candy Crush clones, and uninspired MMOs.

With that in mind, we want to shine a spotlight on those games fighting the good fight. Here are this month's most interesting new releases.

October 2017

Flower (£4.99)

Become a leaf on the wind and bring life to the world in the award-winning sensory experience Flower.

The soothing title first landed on the PS3 back in 2009, but has finally been brought to iPhone and iPad to warm mobile gamers up before thatgamecompany's next release, Sky, makes its debut on Apple's smart devices.

The game is a laid-back waltz through mother nature, and asks players to solve various environmental puzzles by harnessing the power of the breeze. It's a unique concept, and there's something uniquely calming and emotive about soaring through the game's lush, colourful world.

Download Flower for iPhone and iPad here


Middle-earth: Shadow of War (£Free+IAP)

There's a new ring of power in Middle-earth, and it belongs to you. Woah, woah, woah. Slow down there, you eager beaver. You're moving faster than a Hobbit late for second breakfast. Before you take it, you should probably know: whoever holds the ring must merge with the spirit of the ancient elf-lord Celebrimbor, raise an unstoppable army, and fight tooth and nail to overthrow Sauron. Oh, you already knew that? Well go ahead then, have at it!

Download Middle Earth: Shadow of War for iPhone and iPad here

Freeways (£1.99)

Video games give us the chance to realise our wildest fantasies. Over the years we've stepped into the shoes of superstar football players, lived out the lives of hundreds of 'chosen ones,' and fought epic space battles against ancient enemies from foreign galaxies.

But forget all of those adventures, because your next mission is bigger, bolder, and more dangerous than you can possibly imagine. That's right kid, it's time for you to buckle up and drive into the high-thrills world of… freeway management.

Freeways gives you total control over the world's most congested interchanges, so you can help coffee-deprived commuters get from A to B in snap. Do battle with traffic jams and search for that modern day sleeping beauty, 'efficiency,' as you quest to become the ultimate in highway administration. Think you've got what it takes? Well grab that Hi-Vis and get to work.

Download Freeways for iPhone and iPad here


The Witness (£9.99)

Sumptuous puzzler The Witness, which you might recall was met with critical acclaim when it first launched last year, has finally washed up on mobile shores. From the mind of Jonathan Blow, the man behind similarly celebrated platformer Braid, The Witness is an elegant, stubborn slice of contemplating puzzling that's as beguiling as it is beautiful.

It's not for the faint hearted, but those who accept the challenge will be treated to a game that's chock-full of big ideas, and even bigger rewards.

Download The Witness for iPhone and iPad here

Thimbleweed Park (£9.99)

Thimbleweed Park is an brand spanking new point-and-click adventure game from Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, who helped define the genre with beloved titles such as The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.

This time, the duo are transporting players to the surreal world of Thimbleweed Park, a small town on the fringes of America where everybody knows everybody. You've got to tread lightly in these strange parts, or that murder you've been sent here to solve will be the least of your problems…

Download Thimbleweed Park for iPhone and iPad here


Coloristic (£0.79)

Red. Yellow. Green. Blue. What do those words have in common? No, they're not vague descriptions of the Teletubbies. They're all colours. And they're the stars of the show in Coloristic, a minimalistic, multi-directional, block-sliding puzzler that puts fun on a pedestal and worships it like an ancient deity.

There's something innately enjoyable about the way you interact with Coloristic, and even though the rules of the game are simple, that sort of feels like the point. This is a game designed to be casually mulled over with a coffee, a rainbow-tinted distraction from the worries and niggles of everyday life.

If you want a puzzler that packs a bigger punch, you only need to glance at the App Store. But if you're in the market for some light-hearted, easygoing escapism, then look no further.

Download Coloristic for iPhone and iPad here

The Guides Axiom (Free+IAP)

A trail of strange messages was how it all began. That's how it always begins, and before you knew it, you'd tumbled down a rabbit hole of your own making. But there are secrets down there, secrets that can be unravelled if you can only decipher the riddles laid before you. It won't be easy, but it never is. So dig deep and allow your imagination to expand beyond the very fabric of time, and maybe, just maybe, you'll unravel the enigma of The Guides Axiom.

Download The Guides Axiom for iPhone and iPad here

Morphite (£7.99)

Morphite is a pastel-flavoured space adventure that'll undoubtedly draw comparisons with No Man's Sky. Both rock the same vintage sci-fi look - you know, the one filled with optimism and vibrant colour as opposed to gritty, industrial realism - and both push players to explore a seemingly infinite universe of possibilities.

Crescent Moon's game, however, is a much tighter affair. Although you'll be exploring planets, battling monsters, and hunting for resources, you're always kept on track by a narrative that drives you forward in meaningful ways.

It makes for a game that's more purposeful than it's procedurally-generated counterpart, but one that ultimately delivers that same sense of spectacle.

Download Morphite for iPhone and iPad here