Christmas is a time for sliding the lids off gleaming white iPad boxes and reverently peeling protective films from pristine screens.
But it's also a time for less fortunate souls to inherit scratched, battered, overstuffed old iOS devices from higher status family members.
For those poor weaklings, we've compiled a handy list of great games that came out during or before 2012, and therefore will run on Apple devices that are sliding into obsolescence.
| Angry Birds Star Wars - Rovio - 79p|
Star Wars-themed take on the epochal casual game.
| Anomaly Korea - 11bit - 79p|
Technically impressive tower defence in reverse.
| Async Corp. - Powerhead Games - 79p|
Utterly addictive, original, and loveable puzzler.
| Bad Piggies - Rovio - 79p|
Angry Birds from the pigs' point of view. Sort of.
| Bastion - Warner Bros. - 79p|
Top notch touchscreen port of the acclaimed RPG.
| Broken Sword: Director's Cut - Revolution - £3.99|
One of the best point and click adventures ever made.
| Call of Duty: Zombies - Activision - £3.99|
Surprisingly good multiplayer shooter for touchscreens.
| Candy Crush Saga - King - Free|
Notorious free-to-play monster, but surprisingly good.
| Carcassonne - TheCodingMonkeys - £7.99|
Excellent empire-building boardgame on iPad.
| Catcha Catcha Aliens! - Hotsauce - Free|
Ace casual game from the mind of Jonathan Ross.
| Chrono Trigger - Square Enix - £3.99|
Indifferent port of a bonafide classic J-RPG.
| Clash of Clans - Supercell - Free|
The pre-eminent free-to-play social multiplayer game.
| Cut the Rope - ZeptoLab - £1.49 |
Adorable puzzler about feeding sweets to a monster.
| DrawRace 2 - Redlynx - £2.29 |
Innovative touchscreen-friendly take on racing.
| Edge Extended - Mobigame - £2.29|
Formerly beleaguered isometric action puzzler.
| Fieldrunners 2 - Subatomic Studios - £2.29|
Charming and accessible tower defence classic.
| Blood of the Zombies - Tin Man Games - £1.49|
Marvellous facelift for choose-your-own-adventures
| Final Fantasy IV - Square Enix - £5.99|
See "Chrono Trigger"
| Final Freeway 2R - Newtype - 79p
Slick and faithful modern take on OutRun.
| Flick Kick Football - Sidhe Interactive - £1.49 |
Clever, tactile casual game that popularised flicking.
| Flight Control HD - EA - £3.99|
This ingenious line-drawing classic works best on iPad.
| Forget-Me-Not - Nyarlu Labs - £1.49|
Ingenious, stylish, and artsy take on Pac-Man.
| Galaxy on Fire 2 - Fishlabs - Free|
Ambitious and epic space trading game.
| Game Dev Story - Kairosoft - £3.99|
The original and best wacky Kairosoft strategy gem.
| Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective - Capcom - Free|
Excellent port of a Phoenix Wright-esque cult classic.
| GTA: Chinatown Wars - Rockstar - £3.99|
Top-down GTA with an ace drug-dealing meta-game.
| GTA: Vice City - Rockstar - £3.99|
Indisputably the best of the noughties 3D GTA games.
| Groove Coaster - Taito - 79p |
Sexy minimalist rhythm-action game.
| Hypership Out of Control - Fun Infused - 79p|
Classic arcade action done by clever indie developers
| I Dig It Expeditions - InMotion - £2.29 |
Addictive spiritual ancestor to Steamworld Dig.
| iBlast Moki 2 - Godzilab - £2.29|
Mostly immaculate bomb-themed puzzler.
| Incoboto - Fluttermind - £2.99|
Beautiful and charming heliocentric puzzler.
| Infinity Blade - Chair Entertainment - 79p|
Visually splendid gesture-based fighting game.
| Jetpack Joyride - Halfbrick - 79p|
Frenetic and addictive casual action game.
| Kingdom Rush - Ironhide - Free|
Conventional but immaculate tower defence game.
| Knights of Pen & Paper - Paradox North - £3.99|
Charming take on pen and paper tabletop gaming.
| Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Warner - £1.49|
Just another lovely TT Lego game, but on mobile.
| LostWinds 2 - Frontier - £2.99|
Polished puzzle-platformer from the creator of Elite
| Machinarium - Amanita Design - £3.99|
Utterly adorable hand-drawn point-and-click adventure.
| Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint - Zee 3 - Free|
Clever and fiendishly addictive puzzler.
| McPixel - Sos - £2.29|
Like WarioWare if WarioWare was a puzzle game.
| Micro Miners - BonusLevel.org - £1.49|
Unique mix of Lemmings and Where's My Water?
| Need for Speed: Most Wanted - EA - £3.99|
Polished high octane racing on your mobile.
| New Star Soccer - New Star Games - Free|
Super smart and addictive free-to-play football game.
| Organ Trail: Director's Cut - The Men... - £2.29 |
Amusing zombie-themed retro take on Oregon Trail.
| Peggle Classic - PopCap - 79p|
Hugely popular videogame pachinko.
| Pizza Vs. Skeletons - Riverman Media - £3.99 |
Zany action game with a huge variety of stages.
| Plague Inc. - Ndemic Creations - 79p|
Strategy game about trying to kill everybody.
| Plants vs Zombies - PopCap - 79p|
Excellent lane-based casual defence game.
| Pocket Planes - NimbleBit - Free|
Charming ultra casual free-to-play game.
| Prince of Persia Classic - Ubisoft - £1.49|
Well-judged update to the classic platformer.
| Punch Quest - Rocketcat - Free|
Ill-fated but brilliant casual arcade game.
| Puzzle Quest 2 - Bandai Namco - £2.29|
Influential mash-up of puzzle game and RPG.
| Random Heroes - Ravenous Games - Free|
Impressive and slick pixel-art platform-shooter.
| Rayman Jungle Run - Ubisoft - Free|
Super-smart mobile version of Ubisoft's classic series.
| Real Racing 2 - EA - £3.99|
Visually splendid and playable arcade racer.
| Reckless Racing 2 - Pixelbite - £1.49|
Pretty and fun top-down racer with drifting.
| Retro Racing - Mr Qwak Limited - £1.49|
Simplistic but mechanically perfect racer.
| Robot Unicorn Attack - Adult Swim - 79p|
Exuberant high score chaser complete with Erasure.
| Saturday Morning RPG - Joystick Labs - Free |
Solid RPG stuffed with knowing '80s references.
| Score! World Goals - First Touch Games - Free|
Relive a number of glorious moments in football.
| Sentinel 3: Homeworld - Origin8 - 79p|
High quality early tower defence game.
| Shantae: Risky's Revenge - WayForward - Free |
Well-made port of a well-made DS platformer.
| Sid Meier’s Pirates! - 2K - £2.29|
Top quality port of a vast and innovative classic.
| Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders - Atypical - £3.99|
Accessible and technically impressive WWII flight sim
| Skylanders Lost Islands - Activision - Free|
Loveable and astute free-to-play game based on toys.
| Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing - Sega - £2.99|
Flawless port of Sega's triumphal kart racer.
| Sonic CD - Sega - £2.29|
Faultless port of arguably the best Sonic platformer.
| Space Invaders Infinity Gene - Taito - £1.49|
Super-slick and stylish update of Space Invaders.
| Space Miner - Venan Entertainment - £2.99|
Mine stuff in space, upgrade your gear, do it again.
| SpellTower - Zach Gage - £1.49|
Tasteful letter puzzle from an acclaimed developer.
| Spider: Secret of Bryce Manor - Tiger Style - 79p|
Creepy action game with an intriguing story.
| Splice: Tree of Life - Cipher Prime - £2.99|
Stylish puzzler based on manipulating genes.
| Street Fighter IV - Capcom - £3.99 |
The '90s arcade cabinet crammed into your phone.
| Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile - Capcom - £2.29|
Capcom's best brawler adapted perfectly to mobile.
| Super Crate Box - Vlambeer - £1.49|
Frenetic, difficult, and oft-copied arcade masterpiece.
| Super Monsters Ate My Condo! - Adultswim - Free|
Surreal, funny, and polished casual puzzler
| Sword & Sworcery - Capybara Games - £3.99|
Beautiful, mercurial pixel-art adventure.
| Temple Run: Brave - Disney - £1.49|
Polished 3D endless runner with a Brave theme.
| The Big Big Castle! - Beep Games - 79p|
Frustrating but compelling casual architecture sim.
| The Journey Down - SkyGoblin - £3.99|
Well-written and tightly constructed adventure game.
| The King of Fighters-i 2012 - SNK - £2.29|
Generous mobile brawler for genre enthusiasts.
| The Lords of Midnight - Chilli Hugger - £2.99 |
Well-considered iOS port of an ages-old classic.
| The Room - Fireproof Games - Free|
One of the biggest and best puzzle games on mobile.
| The Sims 3 - EA - £4.99|
Live vicariously though small people on your phone.
| The Walking Dead: The Game - Telltale - £14.99|
Utterly devastating adventure game about zombies.
| The World Ends with You - Square Enix - £13.49|
Reassuringly expensive port of the acclaimed JRPG.
| Ticket to Ride - Days of Wonder - £2.29|
Brilliant mobile version of a brilliant boardgame.
| Tiny Wings - Andreas Illiger - 79p|
Inventive and hugely successful casual game.
| Tongue Tied! - Mojo Bones - 79p|
Very strange but undeniably polished platformer.
| Total War Battles: Shogun - Sega - £1.49|
Stripped down version of the respected franchise.
| Trainyard - Matt Rix - 79p|
Ingenious train-based puzzler from a celebrated dev.
| Triple Town - Spry Fox - Free|
A cute match-three puzzler with a killer hook.
| True Skate - True Axis - £1.49|
Polished and playable sim made for touchscreens.
| Virtua Tennis Challenge - Sega - £3.99|
The gold standard tennis sim, but on a mobile.
| Waking Mars - Tiger Style - 79p|
Explore Mars in this unbelievably likeable game.
| Where's My Water? - Disney - £1.49|
Surprisingly inventive, unsurprisingly polished.
| World of Goo - 2D BOY - £3.99|
Making bridges with goo is as fun as it sounds.
| Worms Crazy Golf - Team17 - £1.49|
An obvious and perfect use of the Worms licence.
| Zen Bound 2 - Secret Exit - £2.29 |
Meditative and beautiful proto-touchscreen puzzler.