Snagged an iPhone 5? Here are 20 games optimized for it!

By Eli Cymet |

You did it. Whether by lining up since well before midnight, bravely battling your way through crowds of fellow tech. enthusiasts, or waiting lazily at home for the delivery truck, you did it. You snagged an iPhone 5 on launch day. You already know this thing’s going to be a boon to your gaming life. But my if that tall, shiny new screen isn’t looking a little… empty. 

And let’s be honest: despite its changes, the App Store is a muddled directory which often hides games better than it helps you find them. Like a library from your nightmares, that seems to stretch on infinitely into the black expanse, hiding among it the few books you actually need. But enough doomsaying! We’re here to help. We’ve scoured that other vast expanse, the internet, to compile this trusty list of games optimized for the screen – and in some cases, performance – of your brand spanking new iPhone 5. And hey, you didn’t even have to wait in line for this. 

  1. Agent Dash
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man
  3. Asphalt 7: Heat
  4. Bag It! HD
  5. Clash of Clans
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Happy Street
  8. Horn
  9. Infinity Blade II
  10. JAM: Jets Aliens Missiles
  11. Jetpack Joyride
  12. Lili
  13. MetalStorm: Wingman
  14. Minecraft: Pocket Edition
  15. Order & Chaos Online
  16. Pinball Tristan
  17. Spelltower
  18. Temple Run
  19. Tiny Tower
  20. Wild Blood

While not exhaustive, those are twenty games that should jumpstart your barren library and remove the tumbleweeds from your spiffy new iDevice! Many of the titles on that list – like Lili and Infinity Blade II – push the iPhone 5 to its graphical limits, showing off the processing power of Apple’s self-proclaimed “console-quality” phone. Each and every one of those games, however, offers play that takes advantage of the screen length and width, with Spelltower and Tiny Tower being two prominent examples of games that make perfect sense with the extra space. No letterboxing for you!

If this is your first iPhone, however, or if you simply feel in need of some great gaming suggestions regardless of optimization, always remember: we spend each month giving you a full run down of the best games on site, and all our mobile gaming selections can be found right here. If you happen to be ahead of the curve, and notice something we’ve omitted – or are better yet a developer yourself! – feel free to comment below with additions, and we’ll update the list throughout the day. 

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