Being an iOS gamer is pretty sweet. There are tons of games, many of them free or very cheap, and we nearly always get the big releases before Android. Ha ha! Android sucks.
Infinity Blade 3: not available on Android
Ahem. Anyway, there are some games out there that continue to resist us: browser games (which generally require Flash), or PC, Xbox or PlayStation games that haven't been ported to iOS for one reason or another.
Some game makers object to the strict rules that govern entrants to Apple's App Store, or the cut the company takes on download fees; others don't wish to program for touchscreen interfaces, or smaller screens, or for mobile processor speeds (the top-end iPhone 5s and iPad Air are both nippy, but even they can't match a hardcore gaming rig). Others may not wish to compete in the vicious shark pool that is iOS gaming, a world in which £4.99 is considered a pretty high price tag and the most popular approach is to go free and make the cash from in-app payments.
That's their prerogative, of course, and in many cases these decisions probably make perfect sense. But that doesn't stop us complaining about it. So here's our list of brilliant (or at least brilliant-sounding) games that we'd love to play, if only their developers would make them available on the iPad or iPhone.
Feel free to offer suggestions of your own. Which console or PC games would you desperately like to see on iOS?
See also: Best iPhone and iPad games
1. Fallout (suggested by @alan_p_martin)
The Fallout games are a series of RPGs set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, characterised by a 1950s-tinged retrofuturistic tone and a smart sense of humour. The most recent - Fallout: New Vegas - might be an ambitious request, but the much-admired earlier instalments would port beautifully.
2. Canyon Defense
Tower defence games are ten a penny on the App Store (we love Field Runners 2 the most, although Kingdom Rush is good too) and probably 12 or 15 a penny in the browser game arcades. Yet in all this time we've never recaptured the simple joy of this super-stripped-down effort, in which you place gun towers on rocky outcroppings around a canyon, then hope they've got the firepower to repulse the next wave of enemy tanks and aircraft.
Failing an iOS launch - which would no doubt be hampered by the apparently unrelated Canyon Defense shooter already on the App Store - please make some more levels, Person Who Designed Canyon Defense.
3. Brian Lara Cricket
Stick Cricket has its fans, but it - along with the other bat-and-ball-themed apps we’ve tried - doesn’t really evoke the feel of the game. Which is why we’d love to see an iOS port of the Brian Lara series. (See our roundup of the best sports games for iPad & iPhone.)
They got plenty of things wrong: on the PS2 editions it was virtually impossible to effect a runout, for example, while the clumsiness of your own players’ running meant they happened to you all the time. And the wicketkeepers were just crazy. But in terms of look, rhythm and tone they came closer than any video game we’ve seen to replicating the languid pleasures of the sport Douglas Jardine called “battle and service and sport and art”.
4. Final Fantasy VII
With the number of FF games popping up in the App Store - we’re reviewing Final Fantasy IV: The After Years at the moment - this is probably only a matter of time. We hope so, anyway.
Final Fantasy VII remains the high water mark of the series for many, and particularly for the more casual players it drew in. The more overtly roleplaying-ish elements were more muted in this instalment (wizardry and so on were balanced by machine guns and cyberpunk) and it’s remembered more fondly - and widely - than any of the games that followed.
5. Day of the Tentacle (suggested by @joeluckham)
Reader @joeluckham voted for this point-and-click adventure game from the early 1990s, which we had to admit not having played. There’s a… tentacle and he… wants to take over the world. Does look quite good.
6. Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mario games generally (suggested by @Warby579)
Hopeless optimists that we are here at Macworld, we dream of one day playing a Mario game on an iPad - since obviously we wouldn't ever stoop to using non-authorised software to run an emulator. Mario 3, after all, is the single greatest artistic achievement in the history of humanity.
The original Super Mario Bros. (left) and Mario 3 (right), featuring the immortal frog suit
But it is unlikely, since Nintendo continues to operate a strict policy of exclusivity on its in-house games, of which Mario is the jewel in the crown. Boo!
7. Strawberry Magic (suggested by @AshleighAllsopp)
What… what is this, Ashleigh? Strawberry Magic? As in this?
Fine. We really hope Strawberry Magic gets ported to the App Store.
Update: Ashleigh has kindly provided a screenshot of Strawberry Magic:
More to follow! In the meantime, add your own suggestions in the comments (or on Twitter).
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