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Top 25 best looking games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

Top 25 best looking games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

25 stunners to fill your collection - here are the best graphics iOS games

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Updated on November 24, 2021 - New entries and download links added

Looks aren't everything, goes the platitude. When it comes to video games, there's a certain type of purist who will go even further and claim that looks mean nothing - gameplay is everything.

It's as if a core part of this inherently visual medium is mere surface fluff, only useful for enticing casuals and half-wits. Rubbish, we say.

A game's graphics are how it invites you into its world, tells you a story, and sells its gameplay mechanics. It is true, however, that those graphics don't have to be opulent. The appropriate effects can be achieved with a handful of pixels.

Which raises the next question: what are 'good graphics'? It's not something we can answer in a brief intro, but hopefully, the following list will go some way to explaining.

Best graphics iOS games

The best looking games on iPhone and iPad are a varied bunch. We've got epic 3D adventures, hand-drawn oddities, abstract puzzlers, and loads more besides. All they share in common is that when we play them, our eyes feel as happy as our thumbs.

Have we missed any other gorgeous gaming specimens? Let us know what would you favourite in the comments section below.

Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff.
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1
GRID Autosport

Publisher: Feral Interactive
Available on: iOS + Switch
Genre: Racing
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GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport isn't just a console-like racer. It's a fully-fledged console racer, complete with cream of the crop visuals. You might think you know what a great-looking racing game looks like for your mobile, but if you haven't tried GRID Autosport, then you clearly know nothing (Jon Snow)!

Although you'll need a beast of a device to run it, it is one of the best graphics iPhone games out there.

Boy, is it a pretty game! Just read our GRID Autosport review to get the bigger picture. Or check out these beginner tips!

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2
The Room: Old Sins

Publisher: Fireproof Games
Available on: iOS + Android
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The Room: Old Sins

All four The Room games are among the most handsome games on mobile. For puzzle enthusiasts, there's nothing quite like it. The game cleverly combines some of the best graphics games for iOS with intriguing mechanics, making it a winner in my book.

No other series takes such delight in intricate clockwork mechanisms or renders materials in such a realistically tactile fashion. You should definitely give it a shot, especially if you have an iPad - seeing all the small details on a slightly bigger screen makes all the difference. Read The Room: Old Sins review if you're not convinced yet.

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3
My Oasis

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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My Oasis

When we think about games, we often think about something that is action-packed, wildly challenging and competitive. However, there are some titles that fall on the exact opposite side of the spectrum, and for all the good reasons. My Oasis is such a game, with its anxiety-relieving atmosphere and beautiful graphics beautifully interlaced.

A title like this deserves all the kudos, even more so if you manage to collect all the critters!

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4
Asphalt 9: Legends

Publisher: Gameloft
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Arcade, Multiplayer, Racing
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Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9 is a game that you're probably all too familiar with - at least with the name. It's been around for a good while, and with each title, the series only seems to improve (although I might not like 7 as much...). In this last title, the graphic team has outdone itself.

This is a stonker of an arcade racer, with all of the visual fidelity and OTT pyrotechnics those two works imply, and if you have a chance to play it on the bigger screen of an iPad, I strongly suggest you do so. And if you're ever looking for some game tips, we've got a massive collection of Asphalt 9 guides to help you out!

Did you know we also have an Asphalt 9: Legends review?

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5
The Unfinished Swan

Developer: Giant Sparrow
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Available on: iOS + PS Vita
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
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The Unfinished Swan

Nowadays, many games seem to have oddly similar graphic styles. All, except for The Unfinished Swan. In this almost monochrome world, where features seem to bleed into each other, a calm and relaxing adventure awaits.

The Unfinished Swan's sparse art style feels remarkably brave, as you literally fill out the details of your blank world by shooting black paint around. The gameplay is nothing like you've experienced before (I'm 99% sure of that), and believe it or not - the key to its success stands in its simplicity.

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6
Genshin Impact

Developer: MiHoYo
Publisher: MiHoYo
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: 3D, Action, Adventure
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Genshin Impact

A glorious open-world RPG that seriously evokes the sprawling fantastic grandeur of Nintendo's Breath of the Wild. It's a tribute act alright, but one that hits many of the right notes - at least aesthetically. Just read our Genshin Impact review. With millions of players worldwide, it seems like I'm not the only one who believes so.

Receiving constant updates and new features, it's never too late to start playing Genshin Impact. The experience alone will be more than you will expect at the start. We have an increasing collection of guides, covering anything from codes to individual character guides. Check them out if you ever find yourself in a stump.

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7
NUTS

Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: Adventure
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NUTS

Some walking simulators tend to get boring after a while, but if you are familiar with Firewatch, then you know the answer hides in the details. NUTS is one such beautiful walking simulator, but with a strikingly bold art style and delightfully tactile puzzles. It might not have such a compelling story, but the beautiful graphics of this iOS game are enough to make you say "WOW!" the moment you step foot into the game.

Before you dive in, you might want to check these 3 things to know about NUTS - afterwards, you can always dive into our beginner tips. They'll most likely give you all the hints you need.

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8
Frost (Kunabi)

Publisher: Kunabi Brother
Available on: iOS
Genre: Puzzle
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Frost (2017)

Frost is a beautiful minimalist puzzler that bathes your eyes in glowing, flowing particle effects. The way its illuminated dots dance around the screen and react to your touch is quite enchanting. I have to admit, you can even (try to) play this game with your cat - they might not solve the puzzles, but it'll be a blast, guaranteed!

We even have a Frost review, so if you are curious how this beautiful-looking iOS masterpiece feels while playing, make sure to check it out.

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9
Tales of the Mirror

Publisher: Lilith Games
Available on: iOS + Android
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Tales of the Mirror

Tales of the Mirror is a visual novel that takes inspiration from beautiful ancient Chinese artwork. The player is tasked to solve the mysterious murder that occurred in the village while paying close attention to his funds. To do that, the player must form bonds with the characters in the game and offer them the right gifts.

It's an absolutely stunningly-looking game that only gets better and better with each extra minute of gameplay. You can read more about it in our Tales of the Mirror review - it's a game that's absolutely worth playing, at least once.

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10
Inside

Publisher: Playdead
Available on: iOS + Switch
Genre: Platform, Puzzle
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Inside

Inside is stunning in every way, and that includes its beautifully shady art style and fluid animation. With more awards than we can name here, the game is a must-play, especially for platformer enthusiasts. Its gameplay is not only stylish, but also challenging - some puzzles are more devious than others, and its narrative only adds to this.

If there's a more stylish platformer on mobile, we haven't seen it. You need to give it a shot, especially if you loved LIMBO. You can read our Inside review before though - it'll tell you everything you need to know, and if that won't help, then our Inside tips and tricks surely will.

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11
Manifold Garden

Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: Puzzle
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Manifold Garden

Manifold Garden is a true assault to the senses - a first-person puzzler filled with impossible futuristic architecture that treats gravity as an optional setting. The graphics, while simple at first glance, will leave you searching for answers to questions you didn't even know you had. There is no other game similar to Manifold Garden, so if a unique experience is what you seek - look no further. You've found it.

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12
Unruly Heroes

Available on: iOS + Android + Steam + Switch
Genre: Platform
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Unruly Heroes

A superb 2D platformer that looks and plays as beautifully as the full-fat console game Rayman Legends - probably because it has some of the same talents behind it. Unruly Heroes is one of the games that will smile upon you the second you step foot into that world.

In fact, it's both beautiful and has a great narrative - you can read more about that in our Unruly Heroes review though. All in all, if you love platformers and haven't given this one a try yet, you need to do so ASAP. It's probably one of the best of its kind.

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13
If Found...

Available on: iOS
Genre: Puzzle
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If Found...

A narrative adventure with a truly distinctive art style, with every scene appearing to have been sketched in with a pencil, as if you were flicking through the main character's notepad. This visual style ties directly in with how the game plays, as well as simply looking gorgeous, easily being one of the best graphics iOS games.

Tip: I strongly suggest playing this game in one go, although it might take 2-3 hours. It'll be a wholesome experience and a game that you'll probably fall back to whenever you want to relax and just dive into something different. You should read more about our experience playing it in our If Found... review!

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14
Monument Valley 2

Developer: ustwo
Available on: iOS + Android + Board Game
Genre: Puzzle
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Monument Valley 2

A game doesn't have to be a lavish 3D extravaganza to gain our appreciation. Take Monument Valley 2 - an ostensibly simple isometric puzzler with an astonishing mind-bending art style. It might not be as "mind-bending" as Manifold Garden, but it falls into a similar category. If puzzles are your cup of tea, chances are you'll find Monument Valley 2 a delightful treat.

Did you read our Monument Valley 2 review yet? If you haven't, go and do that right now. It's one of the few 10/10 games in our books, and for good reason.

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15
The Witness

Developer: Thekla Inc.
Available on: iOS
Genre: Puzzle
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The Witness

Nothing else quite looked like The Witness when it made its debut on console and PC a few years ago, and nothing quite looks like it on iOS either. Thekla has created a beautifully strange and diverse island to explore, where every view is a potential wallpaper.

Solve the (stunning) puzzles, regain your memory, and why not - even take a couple of screenshots in the process. There will be nothing short of amazing when it comes to the views in this game, just as we mentioned in The Witness review we wrote some time ago.

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16
Gorogoa

Developer: Jason Roberts
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam + Board Game
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
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Gorogoa

This puzzling masterpiece has a unique aesthetic that's fit to be hung on your wall, with a comic book frame-shifting mechanic that ensures screengrab-worthy moments around every corner.

What might look like an antique, hand-drawn creation, is in fact a story. A story told by ingenious puzzles and -unfortunately- a way too short playstyle. Just like If Found... it's best played in one go. It'll be about 2 hours if you don't get overly stuck at some stages!

You can read more details about this stunning puzzler in our Gorogoa review.

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17
Assemble With Care

Developer: ustwo
Publisher: ustwo
Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: Puzzle
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Assemble With Care

You wouldn't think that a game all about fixing everyday gadgets would be so visually opulent. But then, Assemble with Care was made by the team behind Monument Valley, so it kind of figures. Every aspect of the game seems to be well-taken care of, and the colour palette is, simply put, spot on.

There is nothing quite as relaxing and satisfying as this game. If it's the best graphics game for iOS that you are after, this gem will fit your crown nicely.

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18
Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale

Developer: Slothwerks
Publisher: Slothwerks
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Card battler
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Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale

What's often overlooked with Slothwerks's Meterofall games is how stunning they are to look at, perhaps because their Adventure Time-esque style seems so breezy and casual. But boy does this masterful card battler look the part, with exquisite art direction and animation.

Every detail seems to be in place, and your best shot is to play it on an iPad - the bigger the screen, the better. Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale is easily one of the best-looking iOS games, even though it doesn't fall into the "realistic" or 3D graphics category. As for the gameplay, it's just challenging enough to keep you hooked for hours - just like we stated in our Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale review.

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19
GRIS

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Platform
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GRIS

There are better, more playable platform-puzzlers than GRIS on iOS. But is there a more beautiful or emotionally affecting example? Probably not. It's a painterly masterpiece.

With graphics inspired by watercolour blotches and simple lines that draw the player in the right direction, you can't argue that GRIS has some of the best graphics among iPhone games out there. Don't miss the GRIS review if you want to read more, and decide whether or not it is a game worth adding to your collection.

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20
League of Legends: Wild Rift

Developer: Tencent
Publisher: Tencent
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: MOBA
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League of Legends: Wild Rift

Nothing less than the king of MOBAs, right here on your phone. Wild Rift smartly streamlines the competitive top-down warring formula, but it doesn't compromise with its gorgeously fluid graphics.

Just because this game is so beautiful, it doesn't mean it's lacking essence - on the contrary. It's so good we have created individual champion guides for every single character, as well as an up-to-date tier list.

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21
Sky: Children of the Light

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Adventure
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Sky: Children of the Light

Journey creator Thatgamecompany made its first mobile-focused game in Sky: Children of the Light. The result is a suitably dreamy multiplayer experience, that leaves us wanting for even more - and more we have, just head over to our Sky: Children of the Light review!

With graphics that feel easy on the eye and a gameplay that is wildly enjoyable, yet doesn't overpower the essence of what is Sky: Children of the Light. And that is, returning the fallen Stars to their constellations. Absolutely stunning! Once you get started, you can also take a look at some useful beginner tips to help you out.

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22
CSR Racing 2

Publisher: NaturalMotion Games
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Racing
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CSR Racing 2

That's right, we've got another shiny-looking racing game on the list! CSR Racing 2 is the name, and it's not your typical racer. Unlike the previously mentioned games, in CSR Racing 2, the style arguably IS the substance. If you haven't tried CSR Racing before, then you can read our CSR Racing 2 review to get a better idea of what to expect. Otherwise, you can just check some of our best cars in CSR Racing 2.

You don't need to worry about steering your car, which means that developer NaturalMotion can zoom in and show you the real-life hardware in glorious, shiny detail - down to the nitty-gritty. Why not drive and enjoy the scenery? You don't often get to, especially in such games.

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23
Banner Saga 2

Publisher: Stoic Studio
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG, Strategy
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Banner Saga 2

To name a title that has won many people's hearts (mine included), we have Benner Saga 2. There are more than enough reasons that you should try this game for its playstyle, but one detail that's often overlooked is the graphics. In our Banner Saga 2 review we mentioned all that and a few more important gameplay details, so head over there and take a look if you're curious about this strategic masterpiece.

Banner Saga and its sequel feel quite unlike any other RPG or strategy game out there, and a large part of that is down to the art style. This solemn tale of Norse mythology appears to have been drawn by the most talented animators of the 1970s. It's absolutely beautiful, one of the best-looking iOS games!

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24
Botanicula

Developer: Amanita Design
Publisher: Amanita Design
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Adventure
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Botanicula

The name sounds cute, the graphics appear to be cute, but down to the core? It's... pure fun. You'll play as a little tree creature that set out on a journey to save the last seed from the evil parasites. Will that be easy? Sometimes. Others, you'll run into tasks that could prove to be anti-fun. We all know that's the drill with these puzzle games.

However, that doesn't make Botanicula less interesting or less awesome to look at - just don't forget to read our Botanicula review!

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25
Tender: Creature Comforts

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Tender: Creature Comforts

Developer of rock-hard abstract puzzlers Kenny Sun takes an unexpected left turn into a dating simulation. The results are suitably weird, not to mention utterly beautiful, as you play a game of intergalactic Tinder. However, this is not your typical dating sim. You have a beautiful cartoonish approach to the real-life situation, and that makes it 10 times better right off the bat.

You should check it out because it's not just a random dating sim, but one with soul and beauty. And fun - let's not forget about that.

These are all of the best graphics games for iOS that we could fit into the small list of 25 titles. There are tons of games out there that couldn't make it to the list, but you can add them in the comments below for the rest of the curious players!

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