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Nine great games for your new iPhone or iPad

Nathan Meunier | Dec. 31, 2012
With the chaos of the holidays slowly subsiding into the background, you've finally got a few moments to catch your breath and unwind a bit before getting back to the grind of your normal routine. We can't think of a better time to kick up your feet, crack open the packaging on that fresh new iOS device you were luck enough to receive from a thoughtful friend or relation, and load that baby up with some heavy-duty games.

SpellTower: $2, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Now that Mojang finally updated its iOS game to include a survival mode and more cool items to craft, the pocket edition of Minecraft is a must-download app for on-the-go tinkering. Whether you're scavenging for materials to build things with, battling dangerous nocturnal creepers, mining deep underground, or erecting mighty castles, this blocky first-person sandbox offers a one-of-a-kind experience to play around in.

Minecraft -- Pocket Edition: $7, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

A captivating point-and-click adventure with RPG elements and plenty of style, this pixel perfect indie offering from Capybara tells a fascinating story of a lady-warrior and her canine companion as they embark on an ill-fated journey. Unusual ties to the in-game lunar cycle, neat character interactions, and some clever timing-based combat sequences round out the fun in this thought provoking interactive tale.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: $5, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Infinity Blade II

Aside from being one of the most visually stunning iOS games available, Infinity Blade II's innovative sword fighting combat system is further refined in this story and action-driven sequel. Dueling against towering foes tests your reflexes as you execute carefully timed dodges, parries, and counterattacks to deal maximum damage with each blow. Delivering the sword-swinging smackdown has never been more satisfying in Chair Entertainment's combat game.

Infinity Blade II: $6, compatible with iPhone 3GS and later, third-generation iPod touch and later, and iPad

Asphalt 7: Heat

An abundance of high speeds and flashy cars give Asphalt 7: Heat's arcade-style street racing lots of horsepower. But looks aren't the only thing about Gameloft's racing offering. The game's tilt steering controls are a responsive, fun way to play, and with tons of racers to unlock and lots of events to challenge through, you won't find a slicker street racing. Fire up those engines and put the pedal to the floor.

The Room

Spooky and full of atmosphere, The Room is a mysterious puzzler that revolves around a locked safe sitting in the center of a single dark room. Initially scouring every inch of its surface for clues on how to open that safe deepens the mystery with increasingly elaborate physics puzzles. Things get creepier and stranger the more time you spent digging deeper into the room's secrets. While this version works only on the iPad, developer Fireproof Gams also makes The Room Pocket for iPhone gamers. Find out for yourself why Macworld named this one of the top iOS apps of 2012.

The Room: $2, compatible with iPad 2 and later


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