Top 10 iPhone & iPad Games of 2019 | Games of the Year

The iOS is slowly evolving into a reliable platform for mobile gaming in each version update. Visit our list of the Top iOS Games for the year 2019 to view the full catalog.

10. Sky: Children Of The Light

Opening this list is a breathtaking title from the makers of the award-winning indie game, Journey. After making nameless companions out in the magical dunes, it’s time Thatgamecompany takes you to an even more magical place, just right above the clouds.

Children of the Light is absolutely beautiful. It contrasts Journey’s bleak and somber atmosphere with Sky’s vibrant colors of blue and white. Everything in this game is built for simplicity.

Like Journey, it features an online feature where you make friends along the way and soar together around its enchanting skies. Teamwork is a necessary aspect in this entry and each of its mastercrafted levels offers unique surprises and challenges for you to overcome.

It is the perfect game to de-stress yourself from the woes of mankind… maybe temporarily. It receives a playscore of 8.91

9. Chess Rush

The sudden appearance of Auto-Battler titles spawned numerous clones with the same concept, but different execution.

Tencent’s Chess Rush is just like that. It’s a turn-based strategy game where you control heroes in a massive chessboard and order them to dominate the battlefield. It’s just like chess, but instead of inanimate pieces, you get to see a flurry of magical attacks all around your screen.

What makes Chess Rush different, however, is its emphasis on co-op. Teaming up with friends online makes every encounter challenging yet rewarding in its 2v2 and 4v4 modes.

It fits perfectly as a mobile title and Tencent capitalizes on its portability with seamless quality of life features. It easily took over Valve’s Underlords with a playscore of 8.92

8. Dead Cells

What better way to keep that adrenaline pumping by playing Playdigious' and Motion Twin’s slick roguelike game? The rules are simple: Make your way through randomly generated dungeons and survive a horde of dangerous enemies. The catch? You never die, you simply respawn but you have to make your way again after every defeat.

Every resurrection offers a different set of challenges for your character, and it’s what made Dead Cells unique than most roguelikes. Motion Twin captures the genre’s relentless action while adding a hefty amount of replay value for the hardcore players.

Although a controller is recommended to boost your overall experience, you can still enjoy Dead Cells with your fingers… but it’s gonna take a while to get used to… and many retries.

It has a playscore of 8.93

7. GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

The Witcher III is one of the best games in the market and lying underneath its vast open-world is a side-activity where get to play cards. CD Projekt Red listened to the many cries of Gwent-enthusiasts and created a standalone card-game that’s 10 times better than Geralt’s adventure.

Outsmart your enemies by being one step ahead of them. GWENT is a different breed of Card Game where you pick a faction, build an army, and wage war against other players across multiple game modes. Each card and faction offer hundreds of possibilities, all depending on your skill and maybe a bit of luck.

The Witcher Card Game is slowly earning its place in the CG arena. Ever since the iOS’ release, it became one of the App Store’s most popular titles. Just recently, they released their latest expansion: Merchants of Ofir, which introduces new cards and mechanics to the board.

A playscore of 8.94


Coming out of development hell was this passion project that resulted from a collective effort of renowned JRPG creators and artists from popular titles like Chrono Trigger, Luminous Arc 2, BINCHOTAN, and more. It kinda feels like mobile’s very own version an Avengers: Endgame, but for its JRPG market.

Despite its ensemble of talented people, the story is still your typical JRPG: you embark on a grand journey to save the lost future and stop the evil before anything bad happens. It's a captivating journey with a fascinating set of characters that glues you from start to finish.

ANOTHER EDEN excels in its combination of classic and modern JRPG-design. The creators made sure you get to enjoy its world full of monsters and magic. It receives a playscore of 8.94

5. Call Of Duty: Mobile

There’s not a lot of good first-person shooters on the iOS until Activision’s Mobile version of their famed Call of Duty franchise. Think of this game as a hodgepodge of all the shooter fads. Call of Duty: Mobile is not just one game. It feels like two games in one for its inclusion of a Battle Royale mode and a traditional 5 versus 5 combat.

It’s obvious that this game was made for its fans. Notable characters from the series including Captain Price and Ghost are playable characters, but only as avatars so if you’re terrible at shooting, there’s no hope for you.

It's the perfect mobile game to chill or scream around with friends on a Friday night. A playscore of 8.96

4. Star Traders: Frontiers

Go boldly where no man has gone before in this sci-fi RPG from Trese Brothers. Frontiers is the perfect space opera for you to enjoy. As captain of a powerful ship, explore a massive and procedurally generated universe with your ragtag crew of space pirates, bounty hunters and more.

As an RPG, every adventure feels new. Mold your own narrative and watch how the universe reacts to your choices. Its ever-changing scenarios give more room for replayability and some crazy experimentation if you’re up for it.

The game is well-received due to its insane amount of content for such a small studio. It rewards player choices and giving more freedom for various customizations and tactics. A playscore of 9.00

3. The Gardens Between

Time is constantly on the move and the things we take for granted might disappear eventually. As cheesy as it goes, The Voxel Agent's adventure puzzle explores all of that, letting you weave forwards and backward through time.

Traverse an array of beautiful and mysterious gardens along with two best friends, Arina and Frendt. Bask in its vibrant world, and create ripples along with your fate. It's ultimately an emotional tale of friendship and maturation.

With its charming visuals handcrafted to perfection, wrapped in Tim Shiel’s reflective soundtrack, it encourages you to think about your very own life. Will you keep holding on, or learn to let go? Either way, it’s the ideal mobile game for the iOS to give us the feels.

It’s receives a playscore of 9.01

2. Hyper Light Drifter

From the PC, consoles, then the iOS. Abylight's Hyper Light Drifter has come a long way. It only took them 3 years for a mobile release.

Set in a blaring nightmarish world of post-apocalyptic technology. This 2D adventure lets you take control of a silent Drifter as he travels between areas of unknown origins with interesting lore. Its neon-lit backdrop brings the right kind of atmosphere for its broken sci-fi civilization.

What shaped Hyper Light Drifter’s success comes from its energetic and fast-paced combat; your Drifter can do various abilities with his powerful energy sword. Encountering boss fights in each of its unique levels is similar to FromSoftware’s Dark Souls series, although with a toned-down difficulty.

The iOS could use some good action-adventures, and Hyper Light Drifter is here to deliver. A playscore of 9.05

1. Ordia

Speaking of neon, Whatoplay’s top iOS game for the year 2019 is full of it.

Bringing back the joy of one-finger platformers, Loju's Ordia is easy to learn, but difficult to master. It’s set in a bizarre and hazardous world where you get to jump, bounce, stick, and slide your way through rich and vibrant environments. Your goal is to simply guide each creature to safety in an ecosystem determined to eat them alive.

Unlike the rest of the games on the list, this is no triple-A title with boss fights waiting for you in each level, it’s just a casual game with you and your finger trapped in colorful 30 or so levels. And the best thing is? No in-app purchases!

It receives a playscore of a 9.16