Mobile games aren't all about massive budgets, huge advertising spend, and cynical free to play money making. There are some brilliant indie games out there on the App Store too. They'll tug your heart, they'll test your reflexes, and one of them is going to make you fall in love with a coloured square.
Obviously this isn't a definitive list, but we've picked the games that we think best represent how good indie gaming is on the App Store right now. If you've got your own suggestions or comments, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article. If you don't, well just have fun reading these lovely words instead.
Bastion - download for iOS
A beautiful-looking RPG with a story that's going to hook you in from the very start. Even now, a few years after it first came out, there's still something really rather special about Bastion. It's a game that lets you escape into a completely different world, and it's a world you're going to want to hang about in for a long time.
Super Hexagon - download for iOS
Where Bastion is huge, Super Hexagon is small. And angry. So very angry. It's the twitch genre chiseled down to the finest point. It might make you feel sick, it might make you scream in frustration, but when you start to get the hang of things it's going to make you feel like some sort of gaming god.
FTL: Faster Than Light - download for iOS
The classic game of building spaceships and surviving in the void, but squished down to fit into your pocket. Everything you love from the PC version of FTL is here, but you can comfortable play it on a bus. It's still funny, it's still incredibly addictive, and it's still the kind of game that people can talk about for hours on end.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - download for iOS
This one's a bloody and brutal roguelike that turns up the gross-out knob way past 11. There are demons to kill, skills to discover, and a whole host of awful rooms to crawl through. It's certainly not for the faint of heart, but the brutality here acts as a spur to push you on and kill ever more horrible abominations.
Thomas was Alone - download for iOS
A story about some shapes and the adventures they have. I don't want to spoil too much of the story here, but it's impressive how the game makes you care about what are essentially collections of the same-coloured pixels. Not only that, but the mix of platform and puzzling here is a joy to behold.