Arcade games are arguably the best type of games ever created. For those of us old enough to grow up playing video games in an arcade, this list will bring back a lot of memories. Some of the classics are found on this list and they are definitely a throwback to our childhood. Check out these apps on our best arcade games list and enjoy hours of playing.
The best arcade games for the iPhone
17 Apr 2020, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Flow Free® is a simple yet addictive puzzle game. Connect matching colors with pipe to create a Flow®. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. But watch out, pipes will break if they cross or overlap! Free play through hundreds of levels, or race against the clock in Time Trial mode.
- Over 2,500 free levels available in Free Play mode, and new Daily Puzzles every day
- Game Center achievements as you solve levels and complete packs
- Strive for speed in Time Trial for the most and fastest solves
- Clean vector graphics and animations
Take a surreal journey through an otherworldly dimension, move in harmony with sound and music and smash everything through a beautiful futuristic dimension! This experience requires focus, concentration, and timing to not only travel as far as you can, but also break the beautiful glass objects that stand in your way.
- Musically synchronized gameplay: music and audio effects change to suit each stage, obstacles move to each new tune
- Over 50 different rooms with 11 different graphic styles
- Realistic glass-breaking mechanics in every stage
- Premium upgrade will enable iCloud synchronization across multiple devices and the ability to continue from checkpoints
Earth's last hope is in your hands, take control of the lone spaceship and protect Earth from alien swarms. In this space shooting game, you will be facing an increasingly large number of enemies in hazardous environments. As the game progresses, you will earn the right to upgrade your spacecraft to unleash its full lethal capacity.
- Multiplayer mode
- The game is packed with 140 levels on various difficulties
- Beautiful levels with immersive missions to complete
- High quality images optimized for tablets and large screens
It’s easy to see why this is one of the top pool games for the iOS. The more games or tournaments you win, the more trophies and exclusive cues you can earn. You can play against friends or challenge others from around the world. There’s also an option to play for coins which you earn through winning games or purchasing. This game takes real life pool playing and adapts it to your iPhone without losing the majority of elements that makes pool so much fun. You can also play this game on their official website. There are numerous in-app purchases for stacks of coins and cash.
- One of the most popular iOS pool apps
- Play against other people or friends, Play in tournaments
- Unlock exclusive cues and trophies
- Play for coins or cash (not real money)
- Numerous in-app purchases for stacks of coins and cash
This is quite possibly one of the best pinball games for the iOS. There’s 10 different pinball tables and all of them are unique with awesome graphics. The gameplay is solid with realistic physics. There’s landscape and portrait modes, built-in help for each table, local and global high scores, camera tilt, nice sound effects and voices, unique soundtracks and more. This pinball app is a one-of-a-kind experience that you don’t want to miss out on if you are a fan if this genre. There’s in-app purchases for various pinballs.
- One of the best pinball games on the iOS
- 10 different pinball tables, All with stunning graphics
- Portrait and Landscape modes, Realistic Physics
- Help section on each table, Local and Global high scores
- In-app purchases for different pinballs
It’s impossible to have an arcade list without Pac-Man. The name alone is synonymous with arcade. This app is perfectly optimized for your iDevice and brings the best of the Pac-Man world to your fingertips. There are 15 different power-ups, stay ahead of the super villain, there’s controller support, take on newer ghosts, wonderful sound effects, groovy music and more. There are in-app purchases for additional coins, but the diehard Pac-Man players probably won’t ever need to make a purchase.
- Can’t have an arcade list without Pac-Man
- Newer ghosts and a super villain
- 15 different power-ups, Cool graphics
- Wonderful sound effects and background music
- In-app purchases to buy more coins
This app is like a game within a game. You basically play as Mordecai and Rigby who love to play arcade games. The gameplay is easy, but fun. There’s not an intense amount of thinking involved, but that’s what makes it so appealing. There are 5 different arcade games to play within this app. Each one has its own unique theme and premise. Unfortunately, you will have to avoid some of the app’s advertisements. But, you can just treat that like another game within this game.
- Play different arcade games within this app
- Play as the characters Mordecai and Rigby
- Each game is unique and fun
- Shoot to get the high score in each game
- There are advertisements to deal with
Sonic is back with and better than ever. Get new and amazing 3D worlds with all new challenges and gameplay. You can play as Sonic or other lovable characters. The game features a race with characters, unleash new powers, conquer new obstacles, dash on new tracks, epic gameplay and controls, collect new magical sprites, earn prizes, level up, move up the leaderboards and much more. If you have ever been a fan of the Sonic franchise then this app is a must have for you. There are in-app purchases for various bundles.
- A must have for any Sonic franchise fan
- All new 3D worlds and characters
- Team racing, Unleash new powers, New fast-paced tracks
- Earn prizes, Unlock new challenges, Move up leaderboards
- In-app purchases for various bundles
If you don’t know who Patrick Kane is, then you probably aren’t a hockey fan at all. But, that’s OK, because this game is still enjoyable for those users who don’t follow hockey. The game features a power hockey league that has special effects like exploding pucks, take on rivals in the big leagues, choose from various tournaments, claim achievements, unlock Kane cards, move up the leaderboards, share your accomplishments via Social Media and more. The graphics are a throwback to the early-90’s with the big heads. The app offers more excitement and challenges than your standard hockey game. There are in-app purchases for a variety of options.
- This is more than just your basic hockey game
- Cool retro-style graphics, Exciting gameplay and effects
- Achievements, Leaderboards, Unlock Kane cards
- Tournaments, Unique leagues, 3v3 mode
- In-app purchases for various options and koins
Crossy Road has a long list of accomplishments, awards and praises since it came out a few years ago. But, be careful! This game can be very addicting. Don’t say we didn’t warn you ahead of time. It has numerous arcade style elements with retro style graphics that provide users with an enjoyable experience. With over 150,000,000 downloads, you know this game has to be doing something right. This is an endless style game of crossing the streets at your own peril. Think back to Frogger with a bit more features added to it. There are numerous in-app purchases for different characters.
- Endless style game of crossing the road
- Over 150,000,000 downloads, Numerous awards
- Arcade elements with cool retro style graphics
- Game is very addicting, Options for different characters
- In-app purchases to buy additional characters
You can call it a different name but, this is still the same Space Invaders style game that we all grew up playing in the arcade era. In fact, this was one of the best arcade games ever and it brings us a lot of joy to see such a wonderful adaptation to the iOS. The game has Arcade and Classic styles, smooth gameplay with 6 different methods of control, landscape auto orientation, leaderboard and achievements, expansion packs, cool music, fun sound effects and more. There are in-app purchases for expansion pack and fast forward daily.
- A throwback to the classic Space Invaders game
- 6 different methods of control, Smooth gameplay
- Landscape auto orientation, SD and HD graphics
- Leaderboards and earn Achievements
- In-app purchases for Expansion Pack and Fast Forward Daily
With this app, you can turn your iPhone into a classic arcade basketball machine. So, instead of shooting a basketball in real life, you shoot them on your iDevices. You will be surprised at just how addicting this game can be. It has cool graphics, sweet music and sound effects, smooth physics and gameplay, harder than you think and leaderboards to move up on. There are 4 levels with different modes and 30 seconds per each. The goal is to get as many points as you can by making the baskets. There are numerous in-app purchases for additional points and ball modes.
- An iOS adaptation of the basketball arcade game
- 4 levels with different modes, 30 seconds per each level
- Cool graphics and sounds, Challenging and addicting gameplay
- Smooth physics and music, Move up the leaderboards
- In-app purchases for points and ball modes