What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you heard the word “gaming”? Is it one of the popular FPS titles like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Overwatch, or Halo. Well, turns out there’s more to gaming than these resource-intensive and demanding titles, especially when it comes to mobile gaming. Thanks to the category, called Causal (or Hype-Casual) games, which offers a variety of games (with varying difficulties) that anyone can play on their smartphones, without having to splurge chunks of money. While you also have games like CoD Mobile, PUBG, and Fornite on the mobile side of things, it is usually the casual titles that are the most preferred ones by those who want to pass some time and do not want to spend hours fiddling around on that small screen.
This seems relevant, especially with the current scenario across the world, where countries are imposing lockdowns and asking their citizens to avoid going out and practice social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As now, on the one hand, you have people working from home and getting things done, while, on the other, there are those looking for ways to deal with the boredom. So, if you find yourself relating to the latter, here is a list of top 15 casual/hyper-casual games for iOS.
1. Snake vs Block
Snake vs Block comes from one of the popular game developers, Voodoo. The game involves simple gameplay, which requires you to drag your fingers around the screen to guide a snake and break the bricks that come in your way. Each ball you move towards shows a number on top of it that hints at the increase in the length of your snake’s tail. Similarly, each brick you could crash with also has a number displayed on it, which highlights the number of balls that you would lose if you attempt to pass through it. As the game progresses, the more balls you collect, the longer the tail grows (because Snake), and the more you crash into bricks (with bigger numbers), the shorter the tail becomes.
Not to mention, the more you play, the more levels you clear. Further, if you feel more competitive, you have an option to challenge your friends and compete with their scores. The only thing abut Snake vs Block that might disappoint some, is the ads that usually pop-up after a level gets cleared. However, there’s a way to get around it. For USD 2.99 (Rs 249), you can make an in-app purchase to upgrade to Premium and do away with the annoying banners.
With casual games, while simple mechanics and ease of play is the topmost priority, things such as visuals, design, and music are something that might get taken for granted in some titles. However, with Polyforge, that’s not the case, and the game promises to offer an immersive experience, both visually and aurally. Playing it is as simple as tapping on the screen to strike the arrows and cover the crystal on all its sides, without hitting a side twice. The crystals appear in different shapes, sizes, and colors, with beautiful visuals and an immersive atmospheric and serene sound playing in the background to offer an immersive experience.
While you usually get one shape at a time, the complexity increases as the game progress. Moreover, you can also challenge your friends and compete with their scores. Besides, there are ads in the app, which can sometimes get annoying. However, unlike Snake vs Block, the frequency is quite low with Polyforge. And you can still manage to enjoy your experience on the free version itself. Although, if you want, the Premium costs USD 0.99 (Rs 79).
If you are looking for something more challenging, you should try your hand at Horizon. The game comes from Ketchapp, which has some of the popular causal titles under its name. Talking about the gameplay, all you are required to maneuver your airplane through unpredictable obstacles that pop-up, while also collecting gems and reaching the farthest you can. Much like any other game, the more XPs you gain in a game, the higher you get ranked. Moreover, you also unlock new airplanes as you get promoted, which further enhances your performance.
Besides, there are daily reward points and the ability to compete with your friends. You can upgrade to the Premium, which costs USD 7.99 (Rs 619) and allows you to unlock premium ship and trail, revive for free, receive 150 gems daily, and most importantly, remove ads.
Another game straight from Ketchapp labs is Stack. And certainly, that means beautiful visuals and audio. As its name suggests, the game involves you to stack up blocks as high as you can. Basically, you have blocks coming in from two different directions, which you need to align perfectly with the block below it. Failing to do so, chips off the unaligned part of the block, and this way, the blocks keep getting smaller and smaller. To add to the experience, the background color and the color of the blocks change as you move further or miss out on aligning the blocks perfectly.
Although there are ads present on the Free version, the frequency is not too overboard, and the ads do not pop-up after each game, which is quite bearable. However, if you wish to have an ad-free experience, you can upgrade to the Premium for USD 2.99 (Rs 249).
5. Flappy Dunk
If you’ve heard about the infamous Flappy Bird game that became popular overnight a few years back, you can pretty much get an idea of what Flappy Dunk is about. For starters, with Flappy Dunk, your objective is to avoid the ball from hitting the floor or the ceiling while also ensuring you get a dunk, meaning you jump into as many hoops as possible. With each hoop you clear, you get one point, with cleaner dunks resulting in a swish that increases the score by x2, x3, x4 points, and so on. As you move ahead in the game, you unlock new balls based on new colors or different sports. Similarly, you also get new options for wings, hoops, and even flames.
With the Free version, you might come across ads that pop-up after a couple of games, or in some instances, after each game. You can, for a price of (USD 2.99) Rs 249, upgrade to the Premium package to remove ads on the game.
6. Color Switch
Color Switch is one of the top downloaded games on the App Store. And the experience that it offers justifies that to a greater degree. Besides, it also happens to be one of the fastest games in the App Store history to reach 50 million downloads. With all that into account, the developers recently came up with a new, reinvented version, which comes with a bunch of new mini-games, features, and soundtrack. Talking about the gameplay, the game involves the simple tap-to-play strategy and requires you to get the ball past each obstacle that comes across by matching the color pattern of the obstacle with the ball.
As already mentioned, the game includes a bunch of mini-games as well. These include Dungeon, Invader, Ghost, Ski, Galaxy, Run, and lots more, which are available under Game Modes on the home screen. Besides, with each progressing level, you get more XP points that can be used to unlock or buy things like new balls, trails, or coolers. And you can also participate in daily challenges to earn more reward points. Since it’s a Free app, it does include ads. However, there is an option to upgrade to the Premium version, which costs USD 4.99 (Rs 249) and offers you an ad-free experience.
7. Crossy Road
Crossy Road is another popular casual game, and it has been on the list of some of the most downloaded games on the App Store. As you can guess by the name, the objective of the game is to make the figurine cross the road by avoiding various obstacles that come across, while also collecting points along the way. When you are just getting started with the game, you get chicken as your figurine. However, as the game progresses and your points tally increases, you get the option to buy new characters from the store. Moreover, you can get daily rewards and can even play daily challenges to increase your points tally even further.
Another interesting feature of Crossy Road is that it allows you to play two with two figurines at a time, for which it has half part of the screen dedicated to each character. This way, you can play with your friends or family at the same time on the same device, and compete for the high score. You also get the parental control option, which you can use to disable video ads while your kids play the game.
ZigZag is again one of the popular casual games from the Ketchapp labs. The gameplay includes a ball that you need and a wall with a zigzag pattern that you need to tread while preventing the ball from falling off the edges. To do this, you need to use two fingers to guide the ball left or right as it moves forward on the zigzag path. While doing this, you collect diamonds (worth two points) along the way, which you can then use to buy new balls from the store.
Since there are ads in the game, you can pay a one-time cost of USD 1.99 (Rs 249) for the Premium, which gets rid of the pop-up and banner ads so you can enjoy your game without interruptions.
If you are into puzzle games, you should definitely check out 2048. It is one of the top games on the App Store and is surely your perfect companion to pass some spare time. The objective of the game involves adding numbers to get to reach the 2048 title. For this, you get a 4 x 4 grid with blocks (with the number 2) that appear as you merge two blocks into one or move them around to make a move for the next merge. For instance, a block of 2 combines with another block of 2, a block of 4 combines with another block of 4, and so on. You win when you manage to add up blocks to achieve the number 2048 on top of a block. And you lose when you encounter the grid to be full with no more numbers adding up together.
Besides, you also get to compete in challenges that unlock as you progress with each level. Similarly, you can play the game with more players in the multiplayer mode and compete with their score. The app usually shows ads after every other game, which is pretty annoying. However, you can get rid of these days by upgrading to the Premium for a cost of USD 2.99 (Rs 249).
10. Alto’s Adventure
Alto’s Adventure used to be a paid game on the App Store. However, with the current scenario across the world that is causing people to stay at home and practice social distancing, the company has made the game Free for now. If you want to experience something that is appeasing both in terms of visuals and audio, and yet entertaining, the serene visuals and the relatable audio in the game takes you through that experience. The gameplay involves you going on a snowboarding journey across villages, woodlands, and terrains collecting points and reaching as far as you can. As you progress in the game, you unlock new skateboards with their unique abilities.
Moreover, you can challenge your friends to compete with your high score via the Game Centre, and use the points you gather with your high scores to trade for things like helmets and other performance add-ons from the workshop. Besides, since it is a Paid app, you are not served with ads served across the game, unlike some of the other titles in the list.
11. Smash Hit
If there was ever a list of simple and beautiful games, Smash Hit would surely make it among the list of top contenders for pretty apparent reasons. The game opens up with an unearthly experience with visually appealing visuals and otherworldly dimension like experience that has objects made of glass all-around. You, as a player, get a limited number of balls, which you need to use to break the obstacles that come in your way as you move forward. For each glass broken, you earn three points, with special objects appearing at random instances offering more points.
Although the app is completely free and does not include any sort of ads throughout the game, there is a Premium pack that costs USD 1.99 (Rs 159), which you can upgrade to get features like iCloud sync, ability to resume from any checkpoint, and more.
12. Mario Kart Tour
If you’ve been a fan of Mario, and want to relive the nostalgia, you should check our Mario Kart Tour. The game basically revolves around you controlling Mario’s Kart and steering and drifting through the course to the finish of the race. While doing that, you need to collect points and other offerings to boost your performance to reach the finish line. For instance, you can activate the Frenzy mode to get an unlimited supply of certain items and become invincible. As you progress in the game, you unlock new levels, achievements, which you can use to unlock or buy new drivers, karts, badges, and more.
Mario Kart Tour requires your Nintendo account before you can enter into the game. So, you need to sign-in with your account, or, in case you don’t have a Nintendo account, sign up for an account to continue. This also allows you to compete with the score of your friends or people from across the world. And with the new multiplayer mode that recently got added, you can race with up to seven other players from anywhere in the world.
13. 8 Ball Pool
For those looking for a game that involves more than just tapping on the display to complete an objective, 8 Ball Pool is one good option to try out, especially if you are a fan of the sport itself. The game comes with different playing options, from single 1 vs 1 mode to tournament mode that earns you more rewards. Moreover, you also get the option to sign-in with your Miniclip or Facebook account and challenge your friends anytime, anywhere. As you progress and get to higher levels, you unlock new locations, add-ons, and a few other things that you can buy in exchange for the points that you’ve earned. If you wish to earn more, you can participate in the new missions that get updated every day or play mini-games that also offer rewards.
Besides, the game offers in-app purchases for various types of coins and spin packs and also a Premium subscription that comes in two packages: weekly and monthly for USD 7.99 and USD 19.99, respectively.
14. Two Dots
Two Dots is certainly one of the most addictive games on the list, and if you are into puzzles, you will definitely enjoy your time playing this game. The objective is as simple as it can be — connect the dots and complete the objectives for each level as you move ahead in the game. However, there’s a catch, you get limited moves to accomplish the objective, and there are certain rules to how you can connect dots. For instance, you can not connect dots diagonally — and the ones you connect should be in a chain to be counted.
The game has over 2500 levels to challenge your skills, and you can also connect via Facebook to compete with your friends to beat their scores and earn more reward points. Moreover, if you happen to be color blind, there is a mode for you too, and it does not cost a penny. Besides, the game offers in-app purchases for lives, powerups, boosters, and more, which can be purchased straight from the app.
15. Brain Dots
If the other games on the list so far did not interest you or you are want something fun and challenging, Brain Dots should be your go-to game. It tests your brain’s logical thinking abilities while you get to tougher levels as you progress in the game. The game basically involves two balls that are separated by a distance (or obstacles, in some instances), and all you need to do is bump the two balls together to complete the level. To do this, you need to use the provided pen to draw a line or any other shape that runs the two balls into each other before hitting the ground. As you get further in the game and earn points, you can redeem the same to collect up to 25 different varieties of pens.
Further, if you feel the levels to be not challenging enough, the game offers you the option to create your own stage and challenge yourself or other online players from across the world to complete it successfully. Moreover, you can also perform in-app purchases to get different pens and pencils to your liking. Similarly, there is an option to get rid of the annoying ads on the game. You can either watch an ad to get ad-free experience for some time or pay for a one-top Premium subscription for USD 3.97 (Rs 299).
Those were some of our recommendations for the top iOS games you can download and enjoy on your iPhone while you spend time at home during this lockdown period. Which games do you enjoy playing the most? Do let us know in the comments section below.