I often get requests from readers for game recommendations. I noticed that the games I usually mention are ones I’ve recently played because they’re still in my memory. So I decided that a better idea would be to compile a list of all the iOS games I’ve played and would recommend. Those I’ve written reviews or walkthroughs for will be linked to, but I’m not limiting this list to games I’ve written about. These games may also be available on other platforms, but you’ll have to find the links to those yourself for now. Bear with me on this project, as I have played and written about a lot of games, so this will take some time. This might also give me a reason to play older games I never got to so I can see whether they belong on this list. Feel free to recommend some of your own in the comments and maybe they’ll get added later! For the most part, my favorites will be closer to the top of the page.

Note: I removed some games that are not available on iOS 11 or have just been removed from the App Store for other reasons. If you’re still able to play those games, you can always find my guides by searching!

I’ve also started a list of my favorite IAP-free match-3 games.

Best of the Best: (may change over time):

Her Story by Sam Barlow | Review | Walkthrough | Interview | All Clips | Transcript (Murder Mystery / FMV)

INSIDE by Playdead | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Platformer)

Snakebird by Noumenon Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Gorogoa by Annapurna Interactive & Jason Roberts | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Six Match by Aaron Steed | Review (Match-Three)

Meteorfall by Slothwerks | Review | Walkthrough (Card Dungeon Crawler)

The Witness by Thekla | Review (Puzzle Adventure)

Hero Emblems by a HeatPot Games | Review | Walkthrough (Match-three / RPG)

Mushroom 11 by Untame | Review (Puzzle Anti-Platformer)

Linelight by BT Productions / My Dog Zorro | Review | Walkthrough Guide | Interview (Puzzle)

The Inner World 2 – The Last Wind Monk by Studio Fizbin & Headup Games | Review (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Dissembler by Ian MacLarty | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Match-3)

OVIVO by Alex Vilassak (IZHARD) | Review (Puzzle Platformer)

Onirim – Solitaire Card Game by Asmodee Digital | Review (Card Game, Strategy)

Golf Club: Wasteland by Demagog Studio | Review | Walkthrough (Golf)

The Room Three by Fireproof Games | Review | Walkthrough | Alternate Endings |All Letters (Puzzle, Room Escape)

Prune by Joel McDonald | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Tiny Bubbles by Pine Street Codeworks | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Color Matching)

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build by Draknek Limited | Review | Walkthrough (Sokoban puzzler)

Bring You Home by Alike Studio | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

God of Light by Playmous | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Twisted Lines – Mind-twisting Puzzles by Megagon Industries | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

The Inner World by Headup Games & Studio Fizbin | Review (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement by Rumpus Animation | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

YANKAI’S TRIANGLE by Kenny Sun | Review (Relaxing Puzzler)

Lara Croft GO by Square Enix Montreal | Review | Walkthrough | Shard of Life (Puzzle)

Device 6 by Simogo | Review | Walkthrough (Text Adventure, Puzzle)

Monument Valley by ustwo | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Grayout by Mrgan LLC | Preview | Interview | Walkthrough (Text Adventure, Puzzle)

Broken Age by Double Fine Productions | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-click Adventure)

Samorost 3 by Amanita Design | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

The Eyes of Ara by 100 Stones Interactive | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Botanicula by Amanita Design (Point-and-Click Adventure)

FRAMED 2 by Loveshack | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Splitter Critters by RAC7 Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Platformer)

Telepaint by Acid Nerve | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Puzzlepops! by Layton Hawkes | Review | Walkthrough (Relaxed Puzzler)

Puzzlepops! Trick or Treat by Layton Hawkes | Review | Walkthrough (Relaxed Puzzler)

Campfire Cooking by Layton Hawkes | Review | Walkthrough (Relaxed Puzzler)

Go To Gold by Timur Nigmetzianov | Review (Puzzle)

Go To Gold 2 by Timur Nigmetzianov |Review (Puzzle)

The Room by Fireproof Games | Epilogue Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Causality by Loju Games | Review | Walkthrough (Turn-Based Puzzler)

Vignettes by Skeleton Business | Review | Walkthrough | Interview (Toy, Puzzler)

G30 – A Memory Maze by Kovalov Ivan | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Narrative)

Golf Peaks by Lukasz Spierewka / Afterburn Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzler)

Persephone by Plug In Digital / Momo-pi | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzler)

SnakekanS by Yuansheng Xu | Walkthrough (Puzzler)

Technobabylon by Wadjet Eye Games | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Fidel Dungeon Rescue by Daniel Benmergui | Review | Guide (Roguelike / Puzzler)

Barbearian by Kimmo Lahtinen / GIMBLLL | Walkthrough (Hack-n-Slash)

And the rest:

Forever Lost Episode 2 by Glitch Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Forever Lost Episode 3 by Glitch Games | Review | Walkthrough | Interview (Puzzle Adventure)

Isoland 2: Ashes of Time by COTTONGAME | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Thimbleweed Park by Terrible Toybox | Review | Touch Guide (Point-and-Click Adventure

JoinDispatch by Kyle McCullough | Review (Text Adventure)

follow.trail by Grzegorz Pykacz | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzler)

Oddmar by Mobge Ltd | Review (Platformer)

Alto’s Odyssey by Snowman | Review | Walkthrough Guide (Endless Runner)

Returner 77 by Fantastic, yes | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Replica : A Little Temporary Safety by Zero Rock Entertainment (SOMI) | Review | Walkthrough (Text Adventure, Puzzle)

SPL-T by Simogo | Review & Guide (Puzzle, High Score Chaser)

A Short Tale by Glitch Games | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Tormentum – Dark Sorrow by OhNoo Studio | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure, Horror?)

Oquonie by David Mondou-Labbe | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Miracle Merchant by Arnold Rauers | Guide (Solitaire Card Game)

Calculator: The Game by Simple Machine | Walkthrough (Math Puzzle)

Sidewords by Milkbag Games | Review (Word Game)

All That Remains: Part 1 by Glitch Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

The House of Da Vinci by Blue Brain Games | Review | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle, Adventure)

Stolen Thunder by Jason Nowak | Review | Walkthrough (Action Puzzler)

Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Faraway: Puzzle Escape by Mousecity & Pine Studio | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

ZHED by Ground Control Studios | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

OXENFREE by Night School Studio | Review | Video Playthrough | Anomalies Guide (Point-and-Click Adventure, Narrative)

Cosmic Express by Draknek Limited | Walkthrough(Puzzle)

Stranger Things: The Game by BonusXP | Walkthrough (Action Puzzler)

Pan-Pan by Spelkraft | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Point-and-Click Adventure)

Typeshift by Zach Gage | Review (Word Game)

NoStranger by Scott Mulligan | Walkthrough (Text Adventure, Puzzle)

Color Glide – Puzzle Game by T&V Business Ventures, LLC (Eternal Studio) | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Sliding Blocks)

Hidden Folks by Adriaan de Jongh | Review | Walkthrough Guide (Hidden Object, Puzzle)

Heart At Hack by Alexandre Senadji | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Text Adventure) Warning: Mature Content

Pavilion: Touch Edition by Visiontrick Media | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Cube Escape: Seasons by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: The Lake by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: Arles by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: Harvey’s Box by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: Case 23 by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: The Mill by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Rusty Lake: Hotel by LoyaltyGame B.V. | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure, Creepy)

Cube Escape: Birthday by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Cube Escape: Theatre by Rusty Lake | Walkthrough (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Rusty Lake: Roots by LoyaltyGame B.V. | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure, Creepy)

The Frostrune by Snow Cannon Games
& Grimnir Media | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Gemini – A Journey of Two Stars by Echostone Games | Review | Walkthrough (Interactive Art)

Guild of Dungeoneering by Gambrinous | Review (Rogue-Like, Deck Builder)

Reigns by Nerial & Devolver Digital | Walkthrough Guide | Interview (Resource Management, Tinder-like)

Milkmaid of the Milky Way by Machineboy
| Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

A Normal Lost Phone by Plug In Difital | Review | Walkthrough (Smartphone Interface, Text Adventure)

Little Briar Rose by Mangatar | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Burly Men at Sea | Review | Walkthrough (Adventure, Storybook)

The Forgotten Room by Glitch Games | Walkthrough (Adventure, Puzzle)

Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa by Telltale Inc & Night School Studio | Review (Text Messaging Simulation)

Tsuro by Thunderbox Entertainment | Review (Board Game)

Exploding Kittens by The Oatmeal | Strategy Guide (Multiplayer Card Game)

_PRISM by Clint Siu | Review & Walkthrough (Puzzle Box)

The Room Two by Fireproof Games (Room Escape, Puzzle)

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise by Yak & Co. | Review | Walkthrough | Interview (Puzzle, Room Escape, Point-and-Click)

Forever Lost Episode 1 by Glitch Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Cabin Escape: Alice’s Story by Glitch Games | Review | Walkthrough (Room Escape / Puzzle)

Contradiction by Tim Follin | Review | Walkthrough (Murder Mystery / FMV)

Puzzle House: Mystery Rising by PugaPuma | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Transistor by Supergiant Games | Review (Action / Strategy)

Waking Mars by Tiger Style | Walkthrough (Exploration, Adventure)

Kathy Rain by Noio & Raw Fury | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Zenge by Michal Pawlowski | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Tangrams)

Implosion – Never Lose Hope by Rayark Inc | Review | Walkthrough (Action / RPG)

Crashlands by Butterscotch Shenanigans | Review | Walkthrough Guide (Crafting RPG)

Year Walk by Simogo | Review (Puzzle Adventure)

Able Black by Scott Leach | Walkthrough (Text Adventure)

Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today by Daedalic Entertainment GmbH | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business by Rumpus Animation | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Muertitos by Hyperbeard (Match-Three)

FRAMED by Loveshack | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Paul Pixel – The Awakening by Xoron GmbH | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Evo Explores by Kyrylo Kuzyk | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Perspective)

Danger Dodgers by Uppercut Games | Review (High Score Chaser)

Please, Don’t Touch Anything by Bulkypix | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

The Lost City by Fire Maple Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Blackbar by Mrgan | Walkthrough (Puzzle, Riddle)

The Silent Age by House on Fire | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Pokemon GO by Niantic & Nintendo | Walkthrough | Just for Fun (Creature Collecting, GPS-Based)

Dark Fear by Arif Games | Review | Walkthrough | Achievements (Puzzle Adventure, RPG)

Facility 47 by InertiaSoft | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

PinOut! by Mediocre AB
| Guide (Endless Pinball)

Deus Ex GO by Square Enix | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

1979 Revolution by iNK Stories | Review (Adventure)

Monstr by Rosstin Murphy (Monster Dating App)

Black Island by Helsinki Noir | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure, FMV)

The Minims – A New Beginning by Andreas Diktyopoulos | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Adventure Beyond Time by Aircamp Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

The Lost Fountain by MediaCity Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Blackbox – think outside the box by Ryan McLeod| Walkthrough Guide (Puzzle)

UNCHARTED: Fortune Hunter by PlayStation Mobile Inc. | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Mekorama by Martin Magni | Walkthrough | Bonus Puzzles (Puzzle)

The Beautiful Dream by NetEase Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

The Mystery of Blackthorn Castle by Syntaxity | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Panmorphia by LKMAD | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Sea of Giants by Zoolax Inc. | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Battleheart Legacy by Mika Mobile | Walkthrough (Action RPG)

Contre Jour (Puzzle)

Escape from Darkmoor Manor by InertiaSoft (Inertia Game Studios) | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Birzzle Pandora by enfeel | Review (Match-Three)

MechaNika by Mango Protocol | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-click Adventure

Brain It On! By Orbital Nine | Review (Puzzle / Physics)

Broken Sword 1 & 2

Lumino City by State of Play | Review & Analysis (Point-and-Click Adventure)

TouchTone by Mikengreg | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Sproggiwood by Freehold Games | Review (Roguelike)

Til Morning’s Light by Amazon Game Studios (this one is more for the atmosphere than actual gameplay) | Walkthrough (Adventure, Puzzle)

Alto’s Adventure by Snowman | Review | Walkthrough (Endless Runner)

Race the Sun by Flippfly | Review (Endless Runner)

Kiwanuka by CMA Megacorp | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

The Mortimar Hill Hotel by Monioko | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure, Room Escape)

World of Goo

Little Inferno

Solomon’s Boneyard

Star Billions by Catch & Release | Review | Interview (Narrative Adventure, CYOA)

The Guides by Kevin Bradford | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Threes (Match-Three, Cards)

Super Glyph Quest by Alexander Trowers (Match-3 RPG)

Zombie Match Defense by Shovelware Games | Review & Guide (Lane Defense, Match-three)

Lunar Flowers by NetEase Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

DOOORS – room escape game – by 58works | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

DOOORS 2 – room escape game – by 58works | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

DOOORS 3 – room escape game – by 58works | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

DOORS 4 – room escape game – by 58works | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

DOOORS ZERO – room escape game – by 58works | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

RGB Express by Bad Crane | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

The Lost Chapter by Squadventure | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Alter Vú – Dead Reckoning by Tom Miller | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

The Mystery of Haunted Hollow by Point & Click LLC | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure, Point-and-Click Adventure)

Adventure Escape: Murder Manor by Haiku Games | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Adventure Escape: Time Library by Haiku Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Adventure Escape: Asylum by Haiku Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Adventure Escape: Cult Mystery by Haiku Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Shadowmatic (sort of, kind of, maybe) by TRIADA Studio | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Roombreak: Escape Now!! | Review | Walkthrough (Room Escape)

Mystery on Telescope Hill by Aircamp Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

The Hunt for the Lost Ship by Syntaxity | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Infinity Blade by ChAIR Entertainment | Guides (Action)

Infinity Blade 2 by ChAIR Entertainment | Walkthrough (Action)

Infinity Blade 3 by ChAIR Entertainment | Walkthrough (Action)

Haunted Manor: Secret of the Lost Soul by Redbit Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure, Horror)

Cryptic Keep by 3D Methods | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Ferris Mueller’s Day Off by Glitch Games | Review | Walkthrough (Point-and-Click Adventure)

Mines of Mars by Crescent Moon Games | Review | Walkthrough (Metroidvania)

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake by Cartoon Network | Review | Walkthrough (Puzzle)

Oddword: Stranger’s Wrath by Oddworld Inhabitants | Review | Walkthrough (First-Person Shooter, Adventure)

Spirits of Spring by Minority Media | Review (Exploration, Adventure)

Smash Hit by Mediocre Games (High Score Chaser)

Adventure Escape Space Crisis by Haiku Games | Walkthrough (Puzzle Adventure)

Flower by thatgamecompany & Annapurna Interactive | Review (Relaxing Exploration)

Never Alone: Ki Edition by E-Line Media | Review (Puzzle Platformer)

Teeny Titans by Turner Broadcasting | Walkthrough Guide (Pokemon-like Monster Battler)

Lots more coming!

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4 years ago

Very comprehensive list. Wonder if there is a word game list as well. We have a word game – wordmint that’s been sticky on the iTunes best new word games list in the US.

4 years ago

Couldn’t figure out where to post. Anyway going crazy on chapter 6 : Adventure escape Cult mystery can’t figure out the numbers section at all. Videos don’t help can’t wait for your step by step for this one!

4 years ago

Your site is by far the best!

4 years ago

Aquaria, LIMBO, Badlands, Incoboto, Letterpress, Superbrothers, About Love Hate, Machinarium are some personal favs that aren’t on your list!

4 years ago

I did not notice Shardlands on your impressive list. I think you would love it.

4 years ago

i was really shocked when i didn’t see machinarium in your top 25
then i read your comment about the controls
i played the game on my android tablet and the controls were good
so my advise is that you try to play it again and i’ll guarantee that you’ll rank it easy in your top 10
and you are missing one great game

4 years ago

Need help with unlocking the puzzle. two pinks , its like a face with 2 eyes

4 years ago

I’m going through you list and playing most of the games however I bought Perils of Man and it just keeps kicking me out no matter what.

Do you have any advise?

Marnie Miszewski
4 years ago

I know you’re busy, but do you have any feedback on “The Slaughter: Act One?”
It looks intriguing , but the App Store doesn’t have any reviews and I don’t want to spend $4 on something without an idea if it will even work properly. Thanks!!

4 years ago

I’m searching a point’n click adventure game, a bit like The Haunted Manor (by Redbit games), I have lost his name… At the beginning we are bitten by a vampire, then we awake in a manor that we must leave, and we must also too make an anditdote for the bite. Any idea please ?

3 years ago

Sara Is Missing, LIMBO, Nihilumbra, Machinarium, BADLAND, Lost Echo, Furiosity, Thomas Was Alone, Myst, Riven, Brothers A Tale of 2 sons are great games you should add here!

2 years ago

I just finished Legacy The Lost Pyramid (Legacy 2 The Ancient Curse out now)
I don’t need a w/t as I found it at YouTube – not as good as yours – but the first game is totally free and a lot bigger than it looks.
Part 2 is only $.99 so a decent purchase price.
Just putting here FYI.

2 years ago

I have played True Fear game I know there is a True Fear 2 coming out would you know anything about that Have you played the first one

Rachel lyons
2 years ago

I appreciate how much work you put into this. You are my goto resource for anything related to adventure games.
Having said that, I just finished going through your most recommended games. Have you noticed how few are in the adventure genre?

Reply to  Rachel lyons
2 years ago

I’m not sure what you mean. There are a lot of adventure games on my list. But I admit I haven’t been updating it enough recently. It may also need some pruning to remove some of the games that may feel outdated now.

2 years ago

Innocent is a good one. It’s a Murder Mystery/puzzle

Reply to  Emma
2 years ago

Do you mean I Am Innocent?

1 year ago

Are there any games with similarity to stranger things? Idk what kind of game it is so I’m not sure what to look for?

8 months ago

It would be nice to know when this list is updated and which games are more recently added.

Leslie Gadd
1 month ago

It is not often but when I need a reliable easy to follow walkthrough you are my first stop