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 May

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.

May 2017

Penarium (£1.99)

Welcome to the Penarium, a sadistic circus where lowly humans put their lives on the line for the sake of entertainment. Sounds exhilarating, doesn't it? Would you like to come in?

Oh no. You can't use that door. See, you aren't a spectator. You're a competitor. That means you'll be the one dodging all manner of spiked, spinning, flaming death traps so that our lovely customers can have a good ol' laugh.

Yeah, we probably should've told you sooner. But it's too late now, so off you pop. If it's any consolation, there's a good chance your death will be quick.

Download Penarium for iPad and iPhone

Antitype (£1.99)

On and off. Good and bad. Hot and cold. The world is full of opposites, and Antitype is a unique puzzle game dedicated to those famous binary partnerships.

The aim is simple: interact with two bundles of muddled letters to decipher a pair of opposite words. It sounds easy in theory. After all, once you've got one answer, you've surely got them both. But in practice it's a tricky task with a steep learning curve that'll have you breaking a mental sweat in no time at all.

Download Antitype for iPhone and iPad

Father and Son (£Free+IAP)

Father and Son is more of a narrative experience framed as a game, but that's okay, because TuoMuseo's emotional adventure makes up for a lack of traditional gameplay by delivering a moving yarn that's wonderfully presented and expertly told.

Recounted from two different viewpoints - that of a man and his child - Father and Son begins as a simple tale of a person searching for answers about the father they never knew, before turning into something altogether more profound. I don't want to spoil the surprise here, so if you want to know more you'll have to play the game. But put simply: it's extraordinary.

Download Father and Son for iPhone and iPad

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (£4.99)

Smush the words 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Telltale Games' together and you've got a recipe for greatness. Telltale have already proven themselves worthy of transporting hot properties like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead to the world of video games, and if there's a hotter property than Guardians at the moment, we haven't stumbled across it.

Drax, Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Rocket are flying high thanks to the success of the movies, and it's easy to see why, because the ragtag band of inadvertent do-gooders are some of the most consistently hilarious, compelling characters in Marvel's roster.

Telltale looks to be putting their own spin on proceedings with their latest episodic series, while building on everything we already love about the franchise. So grab your iPhone or iPad, and come and get your love.

Download Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy for iPhone and iPad

Full of Stars (£Free+IAP)

Full of Stars is a surprisingly gripping sci-fi adventure game about an intergalactic civilisation on the brink of extinction. That civilisation is humanity. And without your help they'll vanish into the very stars they sought to conquer.

In this version of our far-flung future, the human race is in tatters after an intergalactic war that resulted in widespread planetary destruction. The only path ahead takes us into the dark, unexplored regions of the galaxy, where danger and deadly decisions are your only companions.

Will you prevail, or simply survive long enough to watch the human race flicker out of existence? Let's find out, Captain.

Download Full of Stars for iPhone and iPad

Under Leaves (£1.99)

Colourful hidden object puzzler Under Leaves is a little different to the games we usually feature on this list. It isn't stressful, it isn't complex, and it isn't really that hard. In fact, you'll probably have done all there is to do in an hour or two.

That's precisely the point, though. Because Under Leaves isn't designed to beguile you, it's designed to transport you to a stress-free world of pure serenity. And thanks to the game's beautiful hand-drawn watercolour visuals and its soothing, ethereal soundscapes, you'll be there in no time at all.

Download Under Leaves for iPhone and iPad

Binary Dash (£Free+IAP)

"Simple to learn, but difficult to master." They're the words used by developers with a knack for designing games we love to hate. Those tricksy titles that leave us pulling our hair out in panic while softly begging for more like a demented Oliver Twist.

Binary Dash fits that mould perfectly, asking players to burn through levels with the sole aim of collecting stars and avoiding a swift demise. The trick here is mastering the ability to flit between layers like an acrobatic shadow dancer. Of course, that's easier said than done, because the hurdles come thick and fast. As do the deaths that usually follow.

Download Binary Dash for iPhone and iPad

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