There seems to be an endless number of games in the App Store and the list is growing every day. Games in different genres, different price ranges and different use cases. I’ve spent at least 100 hours, if not more, playing these three games that I’m about to mention on both my iPhone and iPad Pro. So if you are an iOS or iPadOS user looking for great games then these are 100% worth trying.

Before we start

As someone who doesn’t have much time to play console video games, I found that these more “casual” games satisfied my urges to play video games in some form. None of these games require you to sit down with a console controller or really need 100% of your attention, but somehow I still find myself playing these games for hours!

If there was an hour meter for this game, this might be my most played game on an iPhone of all time. If you told me I played this for over 1000 hours I wouldn’t be surprised.

Marvel Strike Force is a turn-based RPG game in which you can assemble your team of Marvel superheroes and villains to save the world. If you’ve played anything like Final Fantasy or even Pokemon, you’ll be very familiar with the gameplay. You take your five best and most powerful characters and take on missions and even play against other players. The game features over 100 characters from the Marvel Universe including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, with more being added all the time. You can improve and customize your characters, level them up and add items to them. The game features both PvE and PvP modes and the graphics and animations are stunning.

One of the best things about Marvel Strike Force is that there is no real ending to the game. The idea is to keep improving your characters and your team as a whole infinitely, eventually topping some leaderboards. If you like the Marvel Universe, like RPG based games and want to play a game that is technically “unbeatable”, then give it a try!

I’m a big American football fan. I love to watch and play physically, and of course I’ve always been a fan of console games like Madden. I love taking an underperforming team and building it up to eventually win a Superbowl. But I’ve never enjoyed the iOS version of Madden, it’s more of a cash grab to pay money to build teams. There’s no real season mode or “Be a Player” mode, and I’m enjoying that. So when I discovered Retro Bowl two years ago, I fell in love immediately.

This game takes you back to the days of pixelated graphics and simple gameplay. You play as the head coach of a soccer team and have to lead your team to victory by making strategic decisions and choosing the right moves. It has a simple user interface and is very easy to learn.

What makes this game incredible is that although the graphics are watered down and in that retro style, all the bits that make the seasonal mode fun are there. They can draft players, get free agents, hire coaches, keep stats, win league MVP, field real NFL teams, play a full 18-week season, and win the RetroBowl (their version of the Superbowl).

The game is incredibly addictive and the community behind it is crazy. There are Reddit groups that have started their own online leagues that I am a part of. Although there is no real online functionality directly in the game, fans and users have found ways to create leagues, which is amazing to see.

If you are an NFL fan and want to manage and play with your favorite team, then give it a try. I’ve spent countless hours playing this game; You can see how many seasons I’ve played with the image below! It is free to download but only costs 99 cents to unlock all features forever. No further payment is required.

Well, this is the newest and most casual of the three games for me. I like a vertically oriented, one-handed casual game to play on the way to work. Whenever I have 10 minutes to kill, this has been my new go-to.

The gameplay reminds me of Angry Birds. The idea is to crumble castles with the equipment given to you like TNT, cannonballs and more. What I like about it is that it’s incredibly immersive and the graphics and sound effects are top notch. Plus, as the castles collapse, you get great haptic feedback from the phone as the bricks and wood fall.

There are four kingdoms to defeat, each with over 150 levels in each kingdom, so it will take a while to complete. As you level up, the castles get bigger with more defense and your weapons get smaller with less power, making it more and more difficult. So if you have a 10-20 minute train commute or are waiting at a doctor’s office, this is the perfect game for that. It should be noted that this game is only available on Apple Arcade.

Wrap up

So if you are looking for great games to play on your iOS device, Marvel Strike Force, Retro Bowl and Castle Crumble are three games that you should definitely check out. Each game offers something unique and engaging, and they’re all incredibly fun to play. If I had to recommend one, I’d say Retro Bowl (even if you’re not into soccer!).

What do you think of these games? Are there some games you would recommend me to try? What would you say is your most played iOS game of all time? Let’s discuss this in the comments!

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