Mobile phone gaming has come a long way, and whether you’re a casual gamer just looking to pass some time, or someone looking for a challenge during your lunch break, the iOS App Store has something to offer you. These games were not necessarily released in March of this year, but they are all currently available to download. You can click on the app icons to be redirected to the games’ App Store pages. Without further ado, here are our picks for the top ten iOS games from March 2019, in no particular order.
1. Trivia Crack 2 (Etermax, Free)
The trivia sensation finally got a sequel late last year, and fans of the original should feel right at home. For those of you who haven’t played Trivia Crack, it works about how you would expect for a trivia game to work: players roll a category, they try to answer correctly, enough correct answers means victory. It’s easy to pick up and play, but some systems keep things fresh, like correct answer streaks, collectible characters, and the ability to win pretty much any match during your first turn if you truly know your trivia. Trivia Crack 2 offers in-app purchases but is available to download for free.
2. Reigns: Game of Thrones (Devolver Digital, $3.99)
While we all eagerly await the next season of Game of Thrones, Devolver Digital’s GoT spin on their beloved Reigns series of Tinder-style, decision-based card games is the perfect thing to hold you over. You’ll play as one of a handful of unlockable GoT characters with the ability to switch between them as you please. As you interact with your favorite (and least favorite) characters from the HBO series, you’ll decide the Seven Kingdoms’ fate. Reigns: Game of Thrones is available for a one-time purchase of $3.99 USD.
3. Paper.io 2 (Voodoo, Free)
Mobile gaming giant Voodoo delivers a sequel to their popular .io game Paper.io that builds on the original while not changing anything too drastically. The gameplay and graphics may not be revolutionary, but the simple pick-up-and-play nature of Paper.io 2 is a great way to kill some time and is, quite frankly, pretty addicting. There are dozens of .io-style games out there, but this is one of the best. Paper.io 2 is free but offers in-app purchases, mostly for cosmetic items.
4. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (Aspyr Media, Free to Start)
That’s right: the full Civilization VI experience is now available on iOS devices. Previously exclusive to iPads, the game is now available on the iPhone 7 and up. If you’ve recently picked up an iPhone X and want a game that makes full use of your screen’s real estate, consider giving this game a download. Sid Meier’s downright addictive strategy game allows you to take 25 turns before you have to purchase the full game, which at the time of writing is $19.99 USD, down from $59.99.
5. Alto’s Odyssey (Snowman, $4.99)
Want a change of pace in the endless runner/rider genre? Look no further than Alto’s Odyssey, an absolutely gorgeous game that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master. There are plenty of challenges to complete, tricks to be performed, and a Zen Mode for those that just want to relax without fear of failure. There’s also a photo mode, allowing you to capture the game’s unique art style. Alto’s Odyssey is a sequel to Alto’s Adventure, but you don’t have to be familiar with the original to enjoy this game. It’s available for a one-time purchase of $4.99 USD.
6. Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment, Free)
If you’ve never played Blizzard’s CCG phenomenon, now is the perfect time to start. The new expansion, Rise of Shadows, is releasing next week on April 9th, and you should be able to snag some free card packs upon release. Easy to learn but difficult to master, you may find yourself unintentionally spending hours with this game. Hearthstone is free to play with no restrictions, but offers in-app purchases for card packs, playable characters, and more.
7. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (SQUARE ENIX, Free to Start)
If you missed SQUARE ENIX’s last entry in their long-running series, or just thought the game was too complex for you, consider picking up FFXV Pocket Edition. The Pocket Edition offers simpler controls and graphics while still preserving all the story chapters and locations from the original, save for the DLC. FFXV Pocket Edition is free to download, and you can play through the entire first chapter before you have to pay $19.99 for the full experience. You can also purchase each chapter individually, but it’ll end up costing you more.
8. Florence (Annapurna Interactive, $2.99)
Annapurna Interactive is quickly making a name for themselves as a studio that delivers unique experiences that you can’t get anywhere else, and while Florence isn’t their most mind-blowing effort, it’s still very much worth your time. An “interactive storybook,” you’ll guide the titular main character Florence through a burgeoning relationship, navigating the peaks and valleys that come along with it. Florence is available for a one-time purchase of $2.99 USD.
9. Tomb of the Mask (Playgendary, Free)
Looking for a fast-paced, easy-to-start game with retro graphics and a fun gameplay loop? Consider downloading Tomb of the Mask. You’ll navigate treacherous levels in search of treasure, and trying to complete each one as fast as possible is a challenge in and of itself. Unlocking new masks that provide you with different abilities helps keep the game fresh. Tomb of the Mask is free, but be warned: there are some absolutely heinous in-app purchases, even for a free mobile game (at one point, they offered a premium membership that gives you cosmetic items for $8/week. $8/week!).
10. Fortnite (Epic Games, Free)
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the impact that Epic Games’ battle royale has had on gaming and pop culture in general. You have to admire Epic’s ability to deliver their smash-hit to pretty much every active platform while keeping the gameplay the same and offering cross-play. Yes, it’s just Fortnite, but it’s Fortnite on the go. Gather around a table with your squad and drop!
What did you think of our list? Did we forget your favorite game? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more info on the games you should – and shouldn’t – be playing.