5 beautiful iOS games that show what Apple hardware can do

5 beautiful iOS games that show what Apple hardware can do
iOS is home to some of the most graphically advanced and engaging games to grace the screens of mobile devices. Taking advantage of the Metal graphics API and the level of optimization made possible by the tight integration of software and hardware, developers are squeezing out mighty impressive visuals out of those PowerVR GPUs Apple's so keen on using.

Here, we lined up five recent games that make for a rather slick iOS graphics showcase. Be it hand-drawn decors or elaborate lighting models, these titles have what it takes to fill your retinas with quality vistas. But they aren't merely technological demos, for you actually get to enjoy some depth to the gameplay, too! Alright, here's what we got!

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23 Comments

1. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

All high end processors and GPUs would fly on an HD screen... uhm sorry, I meant retina or whatever it's called.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And whats the point ? It's like saying all android phones would fly if they used an A9. Btw, it's called Retina HD

21. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Most of the high end Android phones will lag alot if they use the A9. It's not made for high resolution displays.

22. nodes

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

how can you even say that? look at offscreen benchmark of A9.

5. nodes

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the problem with lags on Android is not the lack of hardware prowess, it's app optimization comes at play, Metal shines here.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Little that people know though that the iPhone 6S plus screen is actually a downscaled 1242 x 2208 to 1920 x 1080.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Even though I'm a 'former' hardcore gamer, I don't like playing video games on a smartphone, not even one bit! Perhaps, I'm too old fashioned?

6. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I really like playing video games but mobile games never get me going. I only play them once in a while to kill time for like 15-20 minutes.

4. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Isn't the iPhone/iPad hardware rather s**t and obsolete? 1-2Gb of RAM, a dual core SoC and a ≤400ppi display doen't sound that impressive to me!

7. nodes

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i hope you are just being sarcastic, but if you are not.. just read Anandtech review of iPhones for once to understand how well designed Apple's SoCs are.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

All you fandroids only care about specs it's funny. I don't want to defend Apple because the fact that 2GB of RAM came this year is f0ckin pathetic but aside from that. iPhones are more like consoles, you don't get last and newest technology available but it's tested, optimised and everything works on it without any problems. Android is like PC, it's all about preferences, iPhones don't have 16-core CPU because they don't need it. How many cores Android required to run on iP5 level in terms of smoothness? 8? My only grip with specs in iPhones is RAM, you can never have enough of it. Glad they FINALLY ditched 1GB but still 2GB is really small amount. And just FYI, most games on Android run in FHD so what's the point of having 2K screen? Seriously, what's the point?

16. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Z5 compact has no performance issues. Plus it has great battery life so you can game for longer. But if you want a higher resolution, then you have a choice with Android. If your budget is tight, you can get a Motorola.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its all thanks to their great poweVR GPU (by imagination).. android SOC's GPU for highend also great tough

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Goes to show how inferior Android is in the software OPTIMISATION front. It simply is.

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

1080 is good enough. Look at Xbox one and PS4. Running most 1080p on big screens. Looks good. Don't see a need for 4K on small screens either. Only thing about mobile gaming are the controls. Ugh.

12. rembo65

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I can't find Warhammer 40k: freeblade on the AppStore...smh

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Me neither.

14. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

I am a note 4 owner with 20/20 vision and I must say that unless you go 6+inches with one of those samsung Dimond pixel cofiguration you will be more than happy with 1080p, however that's my opinion.

15. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

hardwares make no difference in current gen phones it's all about ecoystem, ios gets bioshock, bastion, transistors while google play gets halfass fps and endless reiterations of candycrasher, tower defense, and clash of titans

17. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

even though 3 out of 5 of those game already on android iphonearena won't mention

18. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

even though 3 out of 5 of those game already on android iphonearena won't mention

19. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

What's amazing to me is that there are still iOS only developers out there. I get that it's half the market but it's only HALF the market. Its kind of a bummer too because I would totally buy some of those if they were on android.

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You mean sideload right?

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