The 5 prettiest mobile games for iPhone and iPad

By , on August 21, 2018
Last modified 11 months ago

People say that looks aren't everything and I'm down with that most of the time. Why else would I be sat here in my baggiest trousers with my hair in full peacock mode?

While you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover it's hard not to appreciate some of the App Store's most gorgeous games. I mean, there are WAY more than just five about the place, but here at the ones that I can't seem to get out of my head.

Florence - Download for iOS

Developed by Mountains and published by Annapurna, Florence is a particularly precious experience for me. Why? Well, I didn't know how to feel about it the first couple of days after I played it.

After all, it was premium but not a particularly long game and, sure, it was pretty, but what were we getting for our money. We were getting a story and a life lesson, friends. A story and a life lesson.

Florence is about so much more than a young woman's first love, it's about discovery and its mechanics offer up a fascinating exploration into the workings of our own mind. Yeah, I know that one's pretty deep, but that's why it's stayed with me.

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Alto's Adventure/Odyssey - Download for iOS

Alto's escapades are a bit of a given to be on this list since they offer up the kind of visuals you want to frame and hang up on the wall.

Whether you're snowboarding in the mountains or sandboarding across desert dunes in this endless runner, you're going to feel plenty of butterflies flitting about your tummy when you play this series

It's games like Alto that really show just how much love and attention has gone into the development process from all of the teeny tiny details.

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Oddmar - Download for iOS

I mean, Oddmar just bounded onto the App Store screaming and singing from the top of its lungs and I, for one, was more than happy to listen to it.

Oddmar may have missed out on his chance to get to Valhalla, but he sure didn't miss out on being in a Val-hella gorgeous game. Every element, from enemies through environmental design and all of the itty-bitty details, catches your eye in a big way.

While that's pretty great, there's a big story to go alongside all of the action too… and lots of lovely animations… and cut scenes… just buy it already.

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Monument Valley 2 - Download for iOS

As one of the few mobile games I've fully played to completion, Monument Valley 2 is a special case for a number of reasons. Not only following up one of the best, most beautiful puzzlers to grace mobile, there's just so much charm oozing out of every, single pore.

MV2 knows how good it looks because it knows how good MV looked, and it certainly doesn't scrimp on the level design or art work this time around. The game swims in eye-popping, and often complementary, colours to make the visuals leap off the screen.

Plus, this time around you're following a very special journey which, if you've played the first one, will really pull you in.

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Morphite - Download for iOS

Whether you agree personally or not on whether Morphite should be on this list, I've got no doubt it's one of the best-looking games on the mobile market.

For the majority of its development stage it was being heavily compared to No Man's Sky and you can see why. Like Monument Valley 2, Morphite uses a bold and eye-catching colour scheme which I simply couldn't get enough of.

Colours aside, its geometric 3D design brought the environment to life in a way that made gamers seriously excited to dive in and start exploring. Across temples, libraries, swamps, forests, and more, there's a lot to see and a lot to do here.

And it's got MFi controller support too, so what else could you ask for?

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