Some terrific iPhone games have been coming through the iPad & iPhone User labs lately. To help you wade through the App Store and its many, many iPhone games - some amazing, some not so much - we've assembled our pick of the games that are worth downloading. (Click the game title to read the full review, or the price to view it in iTunes.)
5: Gets to the Exit (69p for iPhone, HD version available for iPad)
Did you like the Amiga/PC classic Lemmings in the 1990s? This is the same sort of idea: a puzzle game in which you have to use various options (bouncy platforms and so on) to get some muddle-headed innocents through a potentially lethal environment. Frustrating but addictive.
4: New Star Soccer (free, available for both iPhone and iPad)
It's a testament to the brilliant gameplay in this popular iPhone soccer sim that even football haters will get something out of it. You control a striker working his way up through the leagues, doing your best to put away the chances (aiming by pulling back on the ball, Angry Birds-style) and then blinging up your home off the pitch. Plus it's free, which is not a word you hear a lot when discussing modern football. (Satire!)
There are those who say this will be the next Draw Something. (Remember that? It was going to be the biggest thing in iOS gaming.) We're not sure it will become quite as omnipresent as that game (even if it burned quite briefly), but this is certainly a fun little iPhone game.
Five song samples are played within a specific genre – Love Songs, 90s Alternative, Rock – and if you get the answers to the questions posed correct before your friend you win.
2: Fieldrunners 2 (£1.99 for iPhone)
Fieldrunners 1 was a solid tower defence game with addictive gameplay and a sneaky sense of humour. But the sequel is just... more. The range of gun towers is vastly greater, as is the range of enemies, and the graphics are now quite beautiful. Protect your base at all costs! (Tip: we reckon it's sometimes worth letting a few enemies through early on while you save up for a flamethrower. An early flamethrower can make all the difference.)
It's a superb iPhone game. But our favourite iPhone game at the moment is...
1: Tiny Wings 2 (69p for iPhone; HD version available for iPad)
Right. First off, it's not technically called Tiny Wings 2: search for that on the App Store and it won't even appear in the search, bizarrely. It's still called Tiny Wings, but this is the version 2 update. Got it? Good.
It's a big update, mind, adding a racing mode in which you compete with three other (computer-controlled) baby birds as you swoop across the landscape. It's a lot of fun, and considering that the update is free for those who already downloaded Tiny Wings the first time round (or a total of 69p if you didn't), this is a terrific deal.
(It's perhaps worth adding that the new £1.99 iPad version of Tiny Wings, Tiny Wings HD, is even better, adding a local multiplayer mode that is dangerously good fun. But perhaps that's a topic for another day.)