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iOS - iPhone / iPadBest Adventure Games

Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff

You're stuck at home with nothing to do and you're looking for something new to try. Why not check out one of these best adventure games for iOS? 


There are plenty of great adventure games available for iOS, and this list should help you find the perfect one for your needs. Whether you want something that's light-hearted and fun or something that's a little more challenging, there's an adventure game out there that's perfect for you. So go ahead and explore some new worlds, solve some puzzles, and have some fun!


Best peripherals to play on your iPhone


There are a ton of great adventure games for iOS, but what about the best peripherals to use with your iPhone to get the most out of your gaming experience? Here are our top picks!


  • MFi Game Controller: If you're serious about gaming on your iPhone, then you're going to want to invest in a MFi game controller. There are a number of great options out there from brands like SteelSeries and Gamevice, and they'll really up your game. We recommend the SteelSeries Stratus XL - they're comfortable to play with, well-built, and offer great battery life.
  • iPhone Stand: An iPhone stand is essential for long gaming sessions. No one wants to hold their phone the whole time, so a good stand will prop it up so you can focus on playing.
  • Headphones: Headphones are a must for any mobile gamer. They'll help you get lost in the game and block out any distractions around you. Plus, they just make the whole experience more immersive, we recommend the Sony WH-1000XM3 for the best sound quality.
  • Power Bank: A power bank is a must-have for any mobile gamer. No one wants their gaming session to be cut short because their phone died, so a good power bank will keep you going for hours. We recommend the Ekrist 25800mAh portable battery.
  • Battery Case: For those long gaming sessions, a battery case is a must - it'll keep your iPhone charged up for hours.


What to play on an iPhone or iPad


There are a number of great adventure games available for iOS devices, and many of them are perfect for playing on the go. Here are a few of our favourites.


Play Solitaire a pack of cards is all you need for Solitaire, which makes it the ideal solo card game for travelling alone while bored or unable to sleep. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this card game, whether you're a child or an adult. You can play the game full screen, keep track of your stats, and it's completely free.


The Room: Old Sins is the fourth instalment in the critically acclaimed The Room puzzle game series. In this instalment, you must solve a variety of intricate puzzles in order to uncover the secrets of an old manor house. With beautiful graphics and tactile gameplay, The Room: Old Sins is a must-play for all adventure game fans.


Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who inadvertently open a ghostly rift while exploring an abandoned island. As the game progresses, the friends must deal with the increasingly dangerous consequences of their actions. With its compelling story and eerie atmosphere, Oxenfree is one of the most atmospheric adventure games around.


Life Is Strange is an episodic adventure game that follows the story of Maxine Caulfield, a teenager who discovers she has the power to rewind time. As she tries to uncover the mysteries of her ability, she must also deal with the challenges of everyday life, including friendships, first love, and family drama. Life Is Strange is an emotional and thought-provoking adventure game that is not to be missed. 


I'm a Puzzle - This game is great for players of all ages because you can set the difficulty for any jigsaw puzzle among the thousands available online. Browse through the categories like people, photo art, and places, to find the perfect fit and then adjust the settings to meet your skill level. Additionally, you can upload images to create your own puzzles and then share them with the online community. The mobile-friendly website is perfect for playing on an iPad or iPhone.


How to get started with adventure games


Adventure games are a great way to kill time and explore new worlds. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to know where to start. If you're looking for some guidance, here are a few of the best adventure games for iOS.


The first step is deciding what kind of adventure you want to have. Do you want to solve puzzles? Or do you prefer combat? Once you've decided that, you can start narrowing down your options.


Once you've found an adventure that sounds fun, it's time to start playing! Download the game and dive into the world. Be prepared to be whisked away on an epic journey that you won't soon forget.

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iOS - iPhone / iPad

Midnight Girl (2023)

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Midnight Girl is a one-of-a-kind interactive crime caper enhanced by colorful, stylized visuals. An inadequate save system is the game’s only downside.

The Isle Tide Hotel (2023)

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Wales Interactive has crafted a cleverly told tale within The Isle Tide Hotel. The mystery and choice-based scenarios blend deftly and promote multiple playthroughs, with the full-motion cinematography and performances adding to the experience.

Lucy Dreaming (2022)

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Explore the enchanting world of Lucy Dreaming; with an impressive storyline, beautiful graphics, and excellent voice acting, it’s a game worth checking out!

Dungeons of Dreadrock (2022)

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Dungeons of Dreadrock is a great puzzle adventure game with solid gameplay mechanics, well-balanced difficulty levels, an exciting narrative, and a beautiful art style.

Voodoo Detective (2022)

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Voodoo Detective is a heartfelt homage to the classics that fuses a little of everything you loved about its inspirations. While it doesn’t quite reach those heights, it’s still a fun and engaging title that’s worth checking out and a promising debut from Short Sleeve Studio.

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Born Punk (2022)

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Born Punk is an outstanding game; an engrossing story brought to life by well-executed graphics, music, interface, and voice acting.

Another Tomorrow (2022)

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Its heavy focus on puzzle-solving frequently overshadows the story, but Another Tomorrow is a well-designed game with interesting isometric graphics and a great variety of puzzles of varying difficulties.

Moncage (2021)

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The storytelling is a little vague and lacks emotional punch, but if you’re looking for some innovative mechanics and visual artistry, Moncage’s perspective-based puzzles set in colorful cube vignettes are a marvel to experience.

I Saw Black Clouds (2021)

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I Saw Black Clouds is an entertaining psychological FMV thriller where player choice actually makes a significant difference in how the story plays out. While its production values are modest and puzzles are non-existent, the solid acting, short playthrough length, intriguing mystery, and high replayability will likely keep players coming back for more.

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Overboard! (2021)

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Fast paced, fabulous looking and full of opportunities to wreak havoc, Overboard!’s endlessly entertaining choice-driven story of murder and deceit aboard a 1930s ship will have you falling hook, line and sinker.

Machinika Museum (2021)

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A solid addition to the puzzle box/escape room subgenre, Machinika Museum may lack the sleek polish of its more acclaimed inspirations, but it more than makes up for its modest production values with satisfying puzzles and an engaging sci-fi story.

Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins (2021)

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Although the titular character is disappointingly all but absent from the affair, fans of Petronella Osgood and the Weeping Angels should enjoy this voyeuristic journey through the misplaced phone of a series extra in Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins.

Riddle of the Sphinx: The Awakening (2021)

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The Awakening proves that the twenty years that have passed since Riddle of the Sphinx first released are but a drop in a bucket. With improved visuals, a great soundtrack, and quality-of-life improvements bolstering this tough-as-nails puzzle lover’s dream, the Toblers’ impressive archeological adventure has nicely stood the test of time.

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NUTS (2021)

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Every moment of NUTS is surprising and delightful; its first-time developers have created a world you’ll want to spend even longer in to explore more deeply, full of fantastic design choices and an intriguing story that gets better and better as it goes along.

Sarawak (2021)

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While certain areas of Sarawak are more developed than others, the end result is a well-crafted, beautiful mystery adventure with a uniquely literary feel that’s cleverly enhanced by an inspired interface.

ENCODYA (2021)


ENCODYA’s occasionally clunky mechanics and obscure puzzles are more than compensated for by its intricately created cyberpunk world, gorgeous aesthetic and array of interesting characters.

unmemory (2020)

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A lost-memory crime drama told through a unique take on the classic text adventure, unmemory is a slightly derivative yet incredibly compelling story that creates a vividly nostalgic atmosphere with its excellent writing and graphic design sensibilities.

Oniria Crimes (2020)

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Oniria Crimes introduces a welcome variation on mystery adventure conventions in an intriguing, attractive futuristic noir world with a rich backstory to be discovered. While some aspects could be improved, it’s definitely worth a look for players seeking out something different from the usual kind of detective game.

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If you like Leisure Suit Larry games, you’ll love Wet Dreams Dry Twice for hitting every mark you expect from the series, accompanied by a strong story and modern-day identity all its own.

Chicken Police: Paint It RED! (2020)

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Other than falling fowl of having too many unnecessary mini-games, Chicken Police intrigues with its eye-catching visuals, superb voice acting and peck-uliar film noir-style story.

Embracelet (2020)

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Embracelet doesn’t offer much challenge, it’s a welcome change of pace from the norm, and the simplicity of its gameplay and beautiful low-poly presentation nicely serve an elegantly told, astoundingly good story.

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension (2020)

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There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension takes the rulebook for what a game can and should do and sets it on fire, practically reinventing the entire medium in the process. Unceasingly hilarious, ludicrously entertaining, and utterly unique, it will remind you why you play games while forcing you to reconsider every aspect of what that means.

The Last Campfire (2020)

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The Last Campfire is a wonderful way to while away a few evenings, pondering your own mortality while having a fun time doing it by solving puzzles in a lovely fantasy world.

Heal (2020)

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Though its intentionally abstract story may leave you in the dark, Heal oozes with spooky atmosphere and uses old age and memory loss as a compelling context in which to solve engaging puzzles.

The Almost Gone (2020)

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Though it doesn’t explore its heavy themes as deeply as it could, and the needlessly small environments are overly restrictive, The Almost Gone is an enjoyable isometric puzzle game with an engaging, sensitively explored narrative.

Creaks (2020)

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Creaks has beauty, creativity and invention to spare, but don’t let its flighty facade fool you: there’s challenge aplenty here too.

Beyond a Steel Sky (2020)

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It’s not a perfect game, but Beyond a Steel Sky is a perfectly joyful experience and a faithful sequel for anyone who loved the original game, while bearing the standard for what a modern science fiction adventure should look and sound like in 2020.

Beyond Blue (2020)

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Though it never really rises above its simple premise, the gorgeously immersive Beyond Blue may just be as close to deep-sea diving as you can get without a wetsuit (or the stress).

Veritas (2020)

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In spite of some technical hiccups and a half-baked plot, great pacing and puzzle design make Veritas an easy recommendation for veterans of the puzzle-adventure genre.

A Fold Apart (2020)

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Short but very sweet, A Fold Apart is a hug in game form that’s sure to warm even the hardest of hearts.

The Procession to Calvary (2020)

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With its Monty Python-inspired silliness, cleverly recycled art and music, plenty of fun objectives and appropriately zany tasks to complete, The Procession to Calvary gives fans of Four Last Things more of what made the first game great.

LUNA: The Shadow Dust (2020)

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LUNA: The Shadow Dust is an audio-visual delight, with charming hand-drawn animation accompanied by a stellar soundtrack, though its gameplay isn’t very inventive and is ultimately more a case of style over substance.

Murder Mystery Machine (2019)

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Murder Mystery Machine provides a compellingly intricate web of crime and treachery to investigate for those not afraid to miss a few of its less obvious strands.

Down in Bermuda (2019)

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Down in Bermuda is a delightful adventure to play, especially if you want to just relax and enjoy some fun, clever puzzles in a charming isometric island setting.

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Though not as polished as its famed inspirations, Krabat and the Secret of the Sorbian King does a good job of evoking the spirit of LucasArts and Sierra classics.

Stela (2019)

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Though not as memorable as its acclaimed puzzle-platforming inspirations, Stela manages to carve out an identity of its own and is worth playing for its interesting world, atmosphere and excellent music.

The House of Da Vinci 2 (2019)

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The House of Da Vinci 2 challenges you to match wits with the master in this sequel that, despite a few hiccups, builds upon the fun recipe of puzzles and mechanical systems that the first game established so well.

Mutazione (2019)

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Mutazione is a feel-good narrative adventure that will remind you of the importance of love and family, though with minimal gameplay to master, the experience will appeal mainly to those looking for a poignant, character-driven story.

Over the Alps (2019)

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Debonair, aggressive, honest, deceiving—whatever your spy style, Over the Alps is a wonderful visual novel with a really fun mechanic. Picking this game up, with the promise of similar games still to come, is a choice no story lover will regret.

Woven (2019)

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Though definitely not aimed at impatient or directionally challenged gamers, Woven’s splendidly fashioned locales, likeable heroes and amusing transformations are tailor-made for a unique experience.

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Interrogation: You will be deceived ambitiously marries adventure, RPG and strategy elements with a dark edge that will even have you asking questions of yourself.

Mosaic (2019)

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Mosaic will be a worthwhile experience for that certain type of gamer who can appreciate style over substance in the service of an artistic statement. Without much in the way of gameplay, it’s more of an experimental atmospheric experience than a traditional piece of interactive entertainment.

Discolored (2019)

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Discolored is a surreal and atmospheric experience that is less a well-rounded adventure than puzzle game, yet it is very satisfying and enjoyable to play. Just be prepared for it to raise a lot of questions and leave you to supply your own answers about the strange events unfolding around you.

Tangle Tower (2019)

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Tangle Tower will captivate you from the start with its amusing art-themed murder and keep you hooked thanks to its likeable cast of characters, stellar production values, and clever logic puzzles.

Wanderlust: Travel Stories (2019)

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A variety of engrossing “choose-your-own” quests based on real-life travel memoirs, Wanderlust Travel Stories’ vividly written text will have you longing to start your own exotic adventure.

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