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 July

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.

Swing King and the Temple of Bling (₹Free + IAP)

Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP. I've reached the top and had to stop, and that's what's bothering me. It's bothering me because Swing King and the Temple of Bling is a sumptuous slice of one-touch puzzle mayhem, and although it serves up 45 levels filled with deceptive traps and creepy creatures, that really isn't enough.

Still, it's all we have right now, so if you want to join me in the upper echelons of the jungle hierarchy I suggest you get your monkey paws on Shedwork's supremely polished puzzler and start unearthing the secrets within.

Download Swing King and the Temple of Bling for iOS

MONUMENT VALLEY 2 (₹400)

Ustwo's award-winning, critically lauded puzzler Monument Valley got a surprise sequel at the start of June, and it's every bit as magical as the original.

Just like the first, the long-awaited follow-up is a wonderful, whimsical, smile-inducing journey through a fantastical world filled with impossible architecture and mind-bending puzzles. It's a glorious example of what mobile gaming can be when everything slots into place, and will likely be on plenty of Game of the Year lists when December rolls around.

Download Monument Valley 2 for iOS

KALIMBA (₹300)

Award-winning puzzler Kalimba launched on the Xbox One a couple of years back, and now you can bring it to your trusty smartphone for the extraordinarily reasonable price of ₹300. What a lovely day it is to be a puzzle fanatic.

What's the rub? There isn't one. All you have to do is jump, slide, and fly through the colourful world of Kalimba to save the island from the rule of an evil shaman. You'll have help from a menagerie of gravity-defying totems and a vaguely ursine-shaped Metabear, so it should be a piece of cake, right?

Buy Kalimba for iOS

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (₹Free + IAP)

First it was cancelled. Then it was renewed. Then somebody canned it for the second time. And now, for the first time after the second cancellation, Futurama is back again! You're gosh-darn right it's cause for celebration. So pop open a bottle of champers and party like it's 1999, because all of the original gang are back, as are series creators David X. Cohen and Matt Groening.

Yep! It's a genuine revival in video game form, so fasten your seatbelt and hold onto your shiny metal posterior, because it's going to be one hell of a ride.

Download Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for iOS

FRAMED 2 (₹10)

Noir puzzler Framed 2 serves as a prequel to Loveshack's original critically-acclaimed hit, and brings back the inventive comic panel-shuffling mechanic that raised eyebrows for all the right reasons back in 2014.

Framed's super-slick presentation also makes a return, and although the long-awaited sequel doesn't feel quite as iconic as its predecessors, it's still a hugely engrossing effort dripping with confidence and style. You'd be a fool to pass this one up.

Buy Framed 2 for iOS

PATHOS (₹160)

 

Inspired by the story of a child stuck in the foster care system, Pathos is a slow-burning minimalist puzzler that implores players to quite literally see the world from a new perspective. On the surface it's a tried-and-tested effort that takes more than a few cues from Monument Valley's isometric offerings, but the game's touching emotional centre helps elevate it above some of its more familiar peers.

Download Pathos for iOS

HEART MAZE (₹80)

 

Step into the nightmare cube and… woah woah woah. Okay, so generally when someone asks you to "step into the nightmare cube" you should turn around calmly and run a few hundred miles in the opposite direction. That's unless you're about to play Heart Maze, in which case you should waltz into that hellish hexahedron like you own the place.

Why? Because the hand-drawn puzzler is a surreal, atmospheric effort that beguiles and bewitches in equal measure. What's more, it's a mobile morsel with a message: that sometimes the most difficult thing is not to be forgiven, but rather, to forgive yourself. Deep.

Download Heart Maze for iOS

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