Must-Have Games That Truly Take Advantage Of What Your New iPhone 5 Can Do [Roundup]


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Gaming is going to be a new experience on the iPhone 5 with that larger 4-inch display, which means it’s going to take a little while for your favorite games to be optimized. Fortunately, there are some incredible titles already available. We’ve put together a list of the best ones, so that you can start enjoying your iPhone’s 4-inch display the day you unwrap it.

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy — $2.99 Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy was one of the first games to be optimized for the new iPad’s Retina display, and it’s one of the first to support the iPhone 5, too. Developed by Namco, this incredible air combat game boasts some of the most impressive visuals you’ll find on iOS — and on any mobile device for that matter. It boasts an extensive single player campaign, and “revolutionary” multiplayer modes, including dogfight missions, survival, free for all, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and defend the base. Together, all of the games arenas cover an area four times the size of New York City, according to Namco. Sky Gambler’s intense, action-packed gameplay, couple with its incredible visuals, make it one of the most exciting games in the App Store.

Wild Blood — $ 6.99 Wild Blood is Gameloft’s first game to be built upon the Unreal Engine — the same engine used by Infinity Blade — and as you can tell from the trailer above, it looks incredible. But it’s not just the visuals that make this game great. In Wild Blood, you live the unforgettable journey of Sir Lancelot, whose quest is to free the world from evil and save Queen Guinevere from the mad King Arthur. Your journey will take you through ten stunning levels, and you’ll face 20 different enemies, including epic bosses. You’ll choose from a wide range of weapons, including axes, long bows, and swords. And once your quest is complete, you can enjoy the game’s terrific multiplayer mode, which allows you to compete with up to eight friends in 4v4 team deathmatch. Gameloft has produced some pretty terrific titles for iOS, but Wild Bloodis in a league of its own.

The Dark Knight Rises — $6.99 The official game for this year’s biggest blockbuster is now available on iOS, courtesy of Gameloft — and it’s ready for iPhone 5. Play as Batman and team up with all of his allies to protect Gotham City from Bane, through dozens of thrilling missions. Deal with hostage situations, bomb squads, jailbreaks, car chases and more. The game gives you the freedom to explore Gotham City and all its districts as much as you like, with a free-roaming approach made famous by Grand Theft Auto. This, alongside its incredible graphics, make The Dark Knight Rises a truly fantastic iOS game that you should certainly be playing this weekend on your new iPhone 5.

Pocket Minions — Free Kind of like Pocket God, Pocket Minions requires you to lift your characters to interact with them. But rather than electrocuting them with lightning or throwing them into the sea, you’re saving them from fire-breathing dragons.

One day, a group of hapless minions wandered into a beautiful valley and built a castle, only to find that their construction work had angered the ferocious fire-breathing dragons that lived there. It’s up to YOU – the Almighty Finger – to save them from being burned to a crisp by those angry dragons.

There are ten levels to play through right now, and you’ll need to build medieval castles for your minions to ensure they’re ready to take on all of them. You’ll also need to recruit minions with special abilities to help you catch thieves and exorcize ghosts.

Blast-A-Way — $1.99 Blast-A-Way is a great new puzzle game for people who “love to use [their] brain capacity to… save helpless little creatures” and “blow things to pieces.” The aim of the game is to help three little robot heroes save the lost Boxies throughout 80 mind-twisting levels made of wood, metal, fabric, stone, and plastic. Along the way you’ll take advantage of bombs, teleporters, rebuilders, portals and more to navigate your way around each level with “true 3D physics.” Blast-A-Way is from Illusion Labs, the creators of Touchgrind and Labyrinth 2, and like those titles, Blast-A-Way boasts gorgeous visuals and great character. It’ll certainly keep your brain active this weekend.

Temple Run — Free Temple Run is the original endless runner, and it’s so addictive it should be illegal. It tests your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs in an effort to outrun the monsters on your tail. You control your character simply by swiping the screen, but you’ll have to be quick, or you’ll be eaten. The aim of the game is simply to achieve the highest possible score. The longer you run and the more coins you collect, the better your chances of beating your friends. You can buy all kind of power-ups that will improve your chances of survival, and play as 7 different characters.

Jetpack Joyride — Free From the creators of Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride has become one of the most popular games on iOS. This game sees the return of the lovable Barry Steakfries, sporting a jetpack he stole from some evil scientists. Barry uses his jetpack with a variety of weapons to travel as far as he can without being taken out — kind of like Temple Run, but not quite. This is another addictive running game from Halfbrick Studios that just never seems to get boring.