20 best iPhone/iPad games of 2013

Puzzles, adventure games, dungeon crawlers, and more fun for your favorite iOS device (during off-work hours, of course).

As we wrap up 2013, it’s time to check in and see how the mobile gaming industry has fared for Apple iOS platforms, the iPhone and iPad. Here’s a look at top rated games issued this year, based on App Store user reviews and professional reviewers on Metacritic. We hope you’ll discover a few hidden gems in here.

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Papa Sangre II
Papa Sangre II

Developer: Playground Publishing

Price: $4.99 for the iPad and iPhone 4S and newer iPhones

Ratings: 93 (out of 100) from Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users

This spooky one-player audio-only action game debuted on Halloween, and the premise is that you are dead and trying to make your way back to the other side.

DEVICE 6
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DEVICE 6

Developer: Simogo

Price: $3.99

Ratings: 92 from Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users.

Simogo describes this iPhone/iPad offering as a surreal thriller in which the written word is your map and narrator. Geography, puzzles and 3D photographs all play into this game.

Lords of Waterdeep
Lords of Waterdeep

Developer: Playdek

Price: $6.99

Ratings: 89 from Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users.

The D&D board game surfaced on iOS this year, bringing you the City of Spendor, a place run by masked and shady Lords.

Sorcery! 2
Sorcery! 2

Developer: Inkle

Price: $4.99

Ratings: 88 from Metacritic; 5 stars from App Store users.

Designer Steve Jackson’s epic adventure through sewers, buildings and ships in a city of thieves, traps and magic.

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Oceanhorn

Developer: FDG Entertainment

Price: $8.99

Ratings: 86 from Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users.

Pricier than your average iOS game, Oceanhorn gets good ratings from users, including one who says this is the game for you if you want an adventure game that doesn’t keep hitting you up for more money every time you need a new weapon. Grow from a boy to a legend in this adventure game on the high seas and beyond.

Anomaly 2
Anomaly 2

Developer: Chillingo

Price: $4.99

Ratings: 86 from Metacritic; 2.5 stars from users on App Store

This alien-smashing follow-on to Anomaly Warzone Earth has intense graphics, so isn’t recommended for earlier iPhones, according to the developer (and users do report crashes). It is, by the way, available too on BlackBerry and Android devices.

Rayman Fiesta Run
Rayman Fiesta Run

Developer: Ubisoft

Price: $2.99

Ratings: 86 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users

Take your platforming hero Rayman for an adventure that includes lunging for cocktail umbrellas, leaping for limes and punching piñatas. A follow-up to 2012’s Rayman Jungle Run.

Shadowrun Returns
Shadowrun Returns

Developer: Harebrained Schemes

Price: $9.99

Ratings: 85 from Metacritic; 3 stars from App Store users.

This crowdfunded role-playing game for iOS and Android tablets takes place in 2054, and magic has returned to the world, awakening elves, trolls, orks and more. Big bad corporations are lurking though.

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Stellar Wars

Developer: Liv Games

Price: $1.99

Ratings: 84 from Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

Futuristic successor to Legendary Wars series, features lots of flying, smashing and chasing of Planet Eaters by robots and aliens and stellar fighters.

Strata
Strata

Developer: Graveck

Price: $2.99

Ratings: 85 from Metacritic; 4.5 stars from App Store users.

This iPhone and iPad puzzler of a game involves layering colorful ribbons in the right order.

Heroes of Loot
Heroes of Loot

Developer: OrangePixel

Price: $1.99

Ratings: 84 from MetaCritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

According to the developer, this is “THE dungeon game” and walks a fine line between “dungeon crawler and shoot-em up.”

Paint it Back
Paint it Back

Developer: Casual Labs

Price: Free

Ratings: 84 from Metacritic; 5 stars by App Store users.

A puzzler based on recreating stolen paintings.

Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulus
Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous

Developer: One Man Left

Price: $2.99

Ratings: 83 from MetaCritic; 4 stars by App Store users.

A fast-paced arcade tilter involving dastardly dots, fiery weapons and lasers.

Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse

Developer: Disney Interactive Studios

Price: $9.99

Ratings: 83 on Metacritic; 4 stars by App Store users.

This re-imagining of the SEGA Genesis classic finds the high-pitched hero braving assorted threats to save Minnie.

Type: Rider
Type: Rider

Developer: Bulkypix

Price: $2.99

Ratings: 83 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users

For something a little different, uncover the history and secrets of fonts and characters.

Tic Tactics
Tic Tactics

Developer: Hidden Variable Studios

Price: Free

Ratings: 83 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

A fresh take on tic-tac-toe.

Pandemic: The Board Game
Pandemic: The Board Game

Developer: F2Z Digital Media

Price:  $6.99

Ratings: 83 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

Keep diseases at bay and find cures for them as you travel the world.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies
Sid Meiers Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies

Developer: 2K Games

Price: $4.99

Ratings: 82 on Metacritic; 4 stars by App Store users

Take flight and redefine World War II battles in this game.

GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience
GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience

Developer: Gameloft

Price: Free, though of course in-app purchases encouraged.

Ratings: 82 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

Racing simulation game includes new cars, tracks and improved graphics.

Bit.trip Run!
Bit.trip Run!

Developer: Gaijin Games

Price: $3.99

Ratings: 82 on Metacritic; 4.5 stars by App Store users.

This iOS version of Runner2 includes plenty of weirdness, including the Reverse Merman, against a rhythmic music background as you run, jump, slide and kick your way to your goal.