Five for the 5: Gaming on the Go with the new iPhone

So it’s finally here amongst us, Apple’s 5th (or sixth, if you’re counting) outing into the world of ubiquitously, voraciously enjoyed mobile technology. Boasting such genre-defining new attributes as its beautifully extended yet entirely accessible 4-inch 1136 x 640 retina display, its hardcore-diet-induced waistline, and of course a controversial new connector. That little list forgets, of course, its 1.02GHz dual-core A6 chip, which means you can run some astonishingly curvaceous games with an acceptable frame-rate! Which is always nice. So if you’ve bagged yourself a five, and are wondering what worthy games currently frequent the AppStore, so as to take advantage of all these new goodies, you’re in the right place! Here’re our top five games optimized for your new handheld boredom decimator.

Infinity Blade II

Of course, the graphically confounding, cinematic staple of mobile gaming, developed by Epic, the minds behind console-colossus series Gears of War, had to be up here.  Visually, it wouldn’t look out of place on your 40” LED TV, however in the palm of your hand, this version makes use of every inch of the bigger iPhone 5 screen size, whilst that new chip sands down the jagged edges of the stunning character models and environments, and makes it all run lithely. You need this, if only to show off to non-iPhone users.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Whilst the controls leave a little to be desired, this miniaturized version of the PC phenomenon is worthy of any iUser’s collection. Its endless playability lies its Lego-like addictiveness – if you can think it, you can build it with these retro-looking blocks. What’s more, just like its older brother, the pocket edition is updated regularly, and as the elements of crafting and survival are added bit by bit, you understand why so many millions fell for its enigmatic charm the first time round!

Asphalt 7

The portable racing solution for the iPhone 5, or at least until Real Racing 3 hits the AppStore, this arcade-style racer comes with plenty of depth, and accessibility by the bucketloads. It looks incredible, and with 60 licensed cars across 15 circuits, and the iOS6 update adding speed and dexterity to its loading times, you’d be a right royal fool to not have a bash at this gem when you’re next browsing for something new.

Jetpack Joyride

This beautifully animated and endlessly addictive game has that perfect portable pulling power, by being  about as ‘pick up and play’ as you can get. Turns are short, unless you’re really really good, which I’m not, and each adds a new ‘mission’ to complete during your cross-screen run.  If you’ve played Canabalt, get this. If you’ve not played Canabalt, still get this. You’ve no excuse, it’s free.

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery

This brilliant-looking 8-bit style side scrolling RPG is hailed as one of the most involved and engaging affairs available on the portable, with many referring to it as one of the best games, not best portable or iPhone games, THE best games of 2011, when it was first released. Its update is a great reason to come back or get on board for the first time. It’s best described by Destructoid reviewer Sean Carey:

‘When all was said and done, I was both emotionally moved and intellectually stimulated, with plenty of smiles, snickers, and a few outright belly laughs along the way. Simply put, it was great fun.’

So there you have it, five great games out now for your iPhone 5, to keep you all 4-inches of entertained on the bus home!

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Guest article written by: Rob Vicars on behalf of Find Me a Gift, purveyor of a huge range of i-Accessories to make your iPhone experience all the better!


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Guest article written by: Rob Vicars on behalf of Find Me a Gift, purveyor of a huge range of i-Accessories to make your iPhone experience all the better!


12 thoughts on “Five for the 5: Gaming on the Go with the new iPhone”

  1. Hi,

    Wonderful share. “Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery” is my favorite one in the above mentioned gaming. However some of them are new to me will try it soon.

  2. Asphalt is the best car racing game I’ve ever played! (although I used to be a great Need for Speed fan:))these consoles deliver a really high value of portable gaming experience, and we all need a phone anyway, so why not?:)

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  4. Glad to see you guys are either familiar with, or are checking these out!

    Superbrothers is an incredible experience. Another one of those games I had to hold at arms length to remember it was taking place on my phone.

    I’d have included Grand Theft Auto III, which is victim to the same levels of bizarre ‘how am I playing this on a device I once considered would be good for Snake II and little else’ but it hasn’t been updated oddly.

    • Really? Okay! Now I have to download Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery too. Would love to check out how incredible is the experience Rob! 🙂

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  6. I often choose to play game apps on my iPhone to do my time pass and to test my game applications as I am a game developer in B24 . Now a days Aventurias and Fun Benidr is in my hot list. Some from the above list seems interesting … Will try definitely some of these ……….

  7. Those are all great apps. You should check out Towers n Trolls and Fieldrunners 2 as well. Those are two great tower defense games that really look great on the iPhone 5’s high res screen.


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