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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The best games to show off your new iPhone 5

While a lot of folks were worried that game developers would be gritting their teeth over having to adapt to the iPhone 5's new aspect ratio, many have already updated their apps and will have them ready the second you get your mitts on your shiny new iOS 6 device. We've farmed up some of the best ones right here.

Wild Blood

Wild Blood is Gameloft's first Unreal-powered title, and boy is it a beaut. This action-RPG puts you in the greaves of Sir Lancelot of Arthurian legend, and you're trying to hack your way through hordes of demons to rescue Guinevere. �Wild Blood will make sure you keep slinging arrows, swinging swords, and hurling fireballs no matter where you are, and thanks to the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5, you'll be able to easily defend against flankers.�


If you're looking for something a little less violent, Lili is a promising and unique adventure game that puts players in a whimsical world full of spirits and wobbly wooden robots. There's some twitch-based gameplay as you try to gather flowers off the backs of evasive spirits, and more RPG-style elements with a wide variety of NPC interaction and world exploration. The graphics are fantastic, and will look just as good on your iPad 3 as your shiny new iPhone 5.�

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is a classic endless runner that takes Barry Steakfries on a rampage through the top secret lab where he works (or, presumably, used to work). The simple one-button controls put the gas on Barry's jetpack, though along the way he'll find all sorts of different experimental vehicles to further his mayhem. Throughout gameplay, you'll pick up and earn coins, which can be spent on a wide variety of gadgets that significantly alter your gameplay. Thanks to the extra screen real estate on the iPhone 5, now you'll have just a little bit extra heads-up as those homing missles close in on you. If the iPhone 5 is your first iOS smartphone, be sure to pick this one up.�

Blood & Glory 2: Legend

Glu Mobile's free-to-play gladitorial combat game has been optimized for the iPhone 5. Though it might be a little derivative of Infinity Blade, the graphics are still fantastic, and there's plenty of customizability with a wide array of weapons, armor, and equipment. �The one-on-one combat is full of tactical precision, and if you're willing to toss in a few bucks through in-app purchases, you can speed up your advancement.�

Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower is an adorable 8-bit-style business management simulator, where you have to attract new residents to your tower, employ them, create businesses to meet local needs, and keep those stores stocked with whatever it is they offer. Over time, you collect profits from these businesses, and spend the money to tack on new floors to the top of your tower. There's premium currency available through in-app purchases if you want to speed things up, though you earn those TowerBux through regular gameplay. More casual gamers will definitely enjoy this one.�


If you're looking for something a little low-key, SpellTower is a hugely popular word game that is fully optimized for the iPhone 5. It's probably best described as crossword meets Tetris, with a sharp, minimalistic style. If you've ever played Bookworm, you'll probably be familiar with the idea of tracing through letter tiles in the right order to produce words and eliminate them from the board. There are a variety of game modes, including Bluetooth multiplayer, but no matter which mode you play, you'll have a slightly taller tower to chew through.�

Asphalt 7: Heat

Asphalt 7 has been updated and optimized for the new iPhone, and keeps its white-knuckled racing action and razor-sharp graphics. Players work their way through a wide variety of tournaments, or can opt for online competition for the odd one-off match. Now, Real Racing 3 was showcased during the iPhone 5 announcement, and it should be available soon, but in the meantime, Asphalt 7 will do a great job of handling your racing fix.�

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft isn't so much a game as it is a blocky playground. Yeah, there are a few monsters that come out at night, but most of your time is spent gathering blocks of material in a wide open world, and combining them to create all sorts of stuff. You can play online with friends and share your creations, or go at it alone to create your masterpiece. The game is being updated all of the time, with plenty of new items, each with their own behaviors and creation recipies. �Minecraft is a huge cultural phenomenon, and if you're the creative type, you'll easily get sucked into this 8-bit-ish world.�

MetalStorm: Wingman

This free-to-play flight simulator by Z2 Live that has a ton of excellent dogfighting action. Players can work their way through the single-player campaign, gradually improving their plane and decking it out with all sorts of weapon systems, or they can go head-to-head in competitive online play. Those that are a bit friendlier may want to give the co-op mode a shot.�

Temple Run

Temple Run is the classic endless racer where players must race through an ancient ruin and evade angry spirits while making off with their prized artiefact. With lightning fast swipe gestures, you've got to make it as far as you can, rounding sharp turns, leaping across chasms, and sliding beneath traps. Every time you play, you earn coins which can be spent on various upgrades and power-ups that you encounter throughout your race. If this is your first iPhone, Temple Run should definitely be one of your first downloads.�

There are bound to be plenty more games that get optimized for the iPhone 5's new display. Which are your favorite that have been recently updated?



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