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

January 2018

Thumper: Pocket Edition (£4.99)

Thumper is furious, Thumper is brutal, and Thumper is the definition of unforgettable. Drool's pounding 'rhythm violence' title blends classic rhythm action with blistering speed and ferocious physicality to create something that feels genuinely fresh.

Like Tap Tap Revolution on the hardest narcotic, Thumper demands your undivided attention and rewards those willing to dedicate themselves to the cause (which in this case is helping a metallic beetle go toe-to-toe with maniacal void-dwellers) with a sensory experience quite unlike anything else.

Download Thumper: Pocket Edition

Bridge Constructor Portal (£4.99)

It's time to head back to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center, but this time you'll be building bridges, not burning them. You monster. With the help of everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood murderbot, GLaDOS, you'll have to rebuild 60 decidedly unsafe test chambers using all manner of bridges, ramps, slides, and delicious Aperture tech.

Your fellow employees are the test subjects, so try not to get too distracted by all the fancy gadgets. We know portals, repulsion gel, and laser barriers are cool, but Simon from accounting isn't overly fond of acid baths. I know right? What an oddball.

Download Bridge Constructor Portal for iOS

Getting Over It (£4.99)

Do you ever get the feeling that life is just too goddamn easy? Because if you do, then Getting Over It is precisely what you need. The dastardly title asks you to climb a mountain with nothing but a hammer and a pot, which I'm sure you can imagine makes things rather problematic.

As you toil and toil to no avail, the game's creator will salt your wounded pride by making smug observations about your current predicament. "No amount of forward progress is guaranteed; some cliffs are too sheer or too slippery," he'll muse, as a misplaced swing sends you careering into oblivion for the millionth time. Thank you Mr. Foddy, for that timely reminder. And thank you for creating a game that's both my salvation, and my worst nightmare.

Download Getting Over It for iOS

Dash Quest Heroes (£Free+IAP)

Dash Quest Heroes is an endless runner RPG that asks you to save the world in super-quick time. While the premise itself is pretty by the books— there's an evil force invading an otherworldly land, and only you can stop it — Dash Quest succeeds because it's been polished to perfection and plays like a dream.

The game's brisk, moreish three-lane running and combat mechanics make ideal companions, and they're supported by a bold 16-bit art style and a plethora of customisation options, items, and mini-games. It all makes for a well-rounded package that's hard to resist, and even harder to put down.

Buy Dash Quest Heroes for iOS

Inside (£Free+IAP)

Playdead's critically acclaimed, award-winning puzzle-platformer Inside has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor Limbo in making the leap to iOS. So, if you missed the boat on consoles, now's the perfect time to sink your teeth into the wonderfully dystopian title, and experience a story that's as dark as it is gorgeous. Seriously, nightmares have never looked this good.

Download Inside for iOS

Reigns: Her Majesty (£2.99)

Remember Reigns? The Tinder-esque monarchy simulator that asked you to rule with an iron swipe? Well it's back for round two, but as the name suggests Reigns: Her Majesty puts a new spin on the formula, and this time you'll be leading your kingdom through a cultural renaissance as a benevolent Queen.

Unfortunately, despite your best intentions and presumably snappy dress sense, there are still some who want to oust you from that cushy throne. It's down to you to keep them at bay and keep your rather needy subjects (and husband) happy by swiping left and right through a story filled with danger, mysticism, and political intrigue. One wrong flick and you might lose your head, so be tread carefully with those royal fingers.

Download Reigns: Her Majesty for iOS

Fez Pocket Edition (£4.99)

Look over there! It's Fez, and it fits right in your pocket. If you've already taken the dimension-warping platformer for a spin on consoles, I won't need to explain why you should dive back in on the small screen. But if you've yet to experience the zany adventures of our hat toting hero, Gomez, then the only thing you need to know is that Fez is a platforming masterclass that's as timeless as it is magical. Saying anymore would risk ruining some of the game's plentiful surprises, so do yourself a favour and dive right in. You won't regret it.

Download Fez: Pocket Edition for iOS

Game Dev Tycoon (£4.99)

Since you're reading this, I'm gonna assume you've played your fair share of video games. But have you ever thought about actually making one? You have! Fantastic, because now you can live out your dizziest game dev daydreams by diving into the high-rolling world of Game Dev Tycoon.

Experience the glitz and glamour of game development by starting your own studio and creating a best-selling game. As you chase fame and fortune you'll experience the day-to-day thrills of budgeting, technology research, and reviewer feedback! Can you make the tough calls and create the Citizen Kane of video games? There's only one way to find out.

Download Game Dev Tycoon for iOS