Try These! 12 Top iOS Games For Non-Gamers

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Watch out, you might find yourself gaming before too long.
Watch out, you might find yourself gaming before too long.

Note: This article originally appeared in the Cult of Mac Newsstand issue, Game On!. Grab yourself a copy or subscribe today.

It still surprises me when someone says, “I don’t play video games.”

Games are a touchstone of cultural relevance these days. With the advent of the iOS platform, with its ready availability of a wide variety of video games for all types of players, it’s hard to not see their influence. Not playing video games is like not reading novels or not watching television: sure, some folks choose that, but they’re missing out on a common cultural heritage and discussion.

That said, video games can seem intimidating. Or feel like a waste of valuable productivity time. I won’t bore you with statistics and studies that say otherwise, but trust me on this: video games can be a viable leisure time activity for all of us.

So how do we get you playing games? In the case of my girlfriend, it was finding the games that made sense to her. For my dad? He still won’t play them. So this list is as much for him as it is for you. You’re welcome.

Big iOS Titles Go Free As App Store Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Apple has lost its third appeal for ownership of the term App Store in Oz. Photo: Apple
The App Store celebrates its firth anniversary this week.

As the App Store’s fifth anniversary approaches, a whole host of developers have begun makes some of their most popular apps and games for iOS completely free. Some of the titles included in the sale are Infinity Blade II, Disney’s Where’s My Water?, and Traktor DJ, which is usually priced at $20.

This Week’s Must-Have iOS Games: Tiny Wings, Amazing Alex, Pocket Heroes & More [Roundup]

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Tiny Wings finally comes to the iPad, and Rovio finally releases a game that isn't called Angry Birds.
Tiny Wings finally comes to the iPad, and Rovio finally releases a game that isn't called Angry Birds.

Kicking off this week’s must-have games roundup is a massive update to Tiny Wings — one of my favorite iOS games — which adds a brand new game mode with 15 levels, Retina visuals, and more. You’ll also find Amazing Alex, the latest game from Angry Birds creator Rovio; a wonderful multiplayer RPG; a retro Neo-Geo shooter, and more.

UPDATED With HD: Tiny Wings 2.0 Brings Retina Graphics, New Modes, And iPad Support To The App Store

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Tweet tweet. Ribbit.
Tweet tweet. Ribbit.

Update: Hey, look at that! Tiny Wings HD just showed up in our iTunes App Store.

Tiny Wings 2.0 is available now in the app store, as a free update to the original sleeper hit by developer Andreas Illiger.

After a cute little music box teaser trailer was posted earlier this week, igniting the joy of fans and the media alike, it seems as if the wait is (almost) over.

New Tiny Wings Teased, Dated With Cute Little Music Box Trailer

So. Cute. Am I right?
So. Cute. Am I right?

“Finally it’s coming: Tiny Wings 2! And now it’s teaser time.”

So says the twitter account for the one-man success story of Andreas Illiger, creator and developer of one of the hottest iOS games of the past year and a half, Tiny Wings. Tiny wings hasn’t been updated since September of last year, so we can only assume that Illiger has been working on this new project, or others, since then. While the tweet mentions the number two, the video does not, referring to the new iOS title as “The New Tiny Wings.”