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If you’ve got a new iPad or iPhone for Christmas, then you’ll want to know what the best games on the App Store are. This guide to the best games for iPad and iPhone has all the entertainment you need.

2013 was a bumper year for iOS gaming. This year saw iOS gaming move up a gear and iPad and iPhone owners have a range of high quality games to choose from. In recent years iOS gaming has been mostly puzzle and indie games designed for the touchscreen, or console classics using on screen buttons and controls. Some of these have been amazing games, but in the last year we’ve seen superb games with high production values and impressive graphics designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone. These games are even better than those costing ten times as much on other consoles.

Here's our guide to the best games of 2013.

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Republique

Price £2.99

Republique has only just been released on the App Store, but is such a good game we had to sneak it it. This is a great example of a world-leading game that has been designed from the ground up for iOS. This Metal-Gear Solid-esque stealth game sees you viewing a complex through the CCTV cameras, and guiding a mysterious girl as she escapes. You guide her through the levels, tapping to tell her where to hide while tapping to control and hack the security systems. It has world-class visuals and a control scheme custom built for the iPad and iPhone’s touchscreen interface.

See: Republique (App Store Link)

XCom: Enemy Unknown

Price: £6.99

This tactical war game sees you controlling a squad of soldiers hunting, capturing and fighting aliens. It’s an almost perfect recreation of the console classic, and its controls work just as well on the iPad as on the big screen. In-between battles you can research and develop new weapons, armour and upgrade your squad. Decisions are all permanent too, so if you lose a member of your team in battle they're gone forever. It’s a visual feast and the perfect game for armchair generals. One of the best games to arrive in 2013.

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Read more: XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iPad and iPhone review - Acclaimed alien invasion strategy game

See: X-Com Enemy Unkown (App Store Link)

The Room Two

Price: £2.99

The Room is a fantastic 3D puzzle game where you can pick up, examine and manipulate objects in a room. All with a view to escaping. It’s a good looking game but it’s the tactile nature of the experience that makes it special. You really get the feel that you can pick up and use the items in the room. The Room Two is a truly immersive game that tests your mental and spatial abilities.

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See: The Room Two (App Store Link)

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

Price: £2.99

BioWare creates some of the most amazing role-playing games in existance. Its Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic is one of the best that it’s ever made, and also one of the best Star Wars games. It’s set in the Star Wars universe, but you don’t play Luke or Han or any of the usual characters (it’s based 4,000 years before the events in the movies). The storyline is fantastic, you get a real sense that you choices have consequences, and the combat is surprisingly in-depth.

Read more: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic review

See: Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (App Store Review)

Deus Ex: The Fall

Price: £0.99

Deus Ex is another console classic that has become a great iOS game in its own right. With huge environments this first-person sci-fi shooter blends action with role-playing gameplay. While it features console controls translated to iOS it manages to do so with a level of quality beyond most other conversions (and even most games on any platform). More than anything this is an amazing game for the price. Well worth downloading.

Read more: Deus Ex: The Fall review

See: Deus Ex: The Fall (App Store Link)

Papa Sangre 2

Price: £2.99

This is a very hard game to describe, but it’s truly worth investigating. You play it with your eyes closed, and with your earphones plugged in. It’s all played by movement and sensation described via a narrator with sound effects. A game without any graphics is an odd experience, but it’s a truly terrifying and unique game to play. As you play Papa Sangre 2 you’ll be given a guided tour of the afterlife: a truly spooky experience.

Stealth Inc.

Price: £2.99

Most of the our favourite games from 2013 are bombastic console classics with high quality visuals. But Stealth Inc is an indie classic developed for both the iPad, iphone and console machines at the same time. It’s a platform game, but has detailed stealth gameplay with you jumping around 80 levels. It’s sublimely easy to start out, but soon becomes devilishly challenging. It lacks the visual aplomb of other games here (apart from Papa Sangre, of course) but we love the cutesy visuals and fast-paced gameplay on display here.

Read more: Stealth Inc. review

See: Stealth Inc. (App Store Link)

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