SpellTower: $2, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Minecraft - Pocket Edition
Now that Mojang finally updated its iOS game to include a survival mode and more cool items to craft, the pocket edition of Minecraft is a must-download app for on-the-go tinkering. Whether you're scavenging for materials to build things with, battling dangerous nocturnal creepers, mining deep underground, or erecting mighty castles, this blocky first-person sandbox offers a one-of-a-kind experience to play around in.
Minecraft -- Pocket Edition: $7, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
A captivating point-and-click adventure with RPG elements and plenty of style, this pixel perfect indie offering from Capybara tells a fascinating story of a lady-warrior and her canine companion as they embark on an ill-fated journey. Unusual ties to the in-game lunar cycle, neat character interactions, and some clever timing-based combat sequences round out the fun in this thought provoking interactive tale.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: $5, compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Infinity Blade II
Aside from being one of the most visually stunning iOS games available, Infinity Blade II's innovative sword fighting combat system is further refined in this story and action-driven sequel. Dueling against towering foes tests your reflexes as you execute carefully timed dodges, parries, and counterattacks to deal maximum damage with each blow. Delivering the sword-swinging smackdown has never been more satisfying in Chair Entertainment's combat game.
Infinity Blade II: $6, compatible with iPhone 3GS and later, third-generation iPod touch and later, and iPad
Asphalt 7: Heat
An abundance of high speeds and flashy cars give Asphalt 7: Heat's arcade-style street racing lots of horsepower. But looks aren't the only thing about Gameloft's racing offering. The game's tilt steering controls are a responsive, fun way to play, and with tons of racers to unlock and lots of events to challenge through, you won't find a slicker street racing. Fire up those engines and put the pedal to the floor.
Spooky and full of atmosphere, The Room is a mysterious puzzler that revolves around a locked safe sitting in the center of a single dark room. Initially scouring every inch of its surface for clues on how to open that safe deepens the mystery with increasingly elaborate physics puzzles. Things get creepier and stranger the more time you spent digging deeper into the room's secrets. While this version works only on the iPad, developer Fireproof Gams also makes The Room Pocket for iPhone gamers. Find out for yourself why Macworld named this one of the top iOS apps of 2012.
The Room: $2, compatible with iPad 2 and later
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.