The 17 Best Free iPhone Games of 2020

Have a little fun with that iPhone, for free

Sometimes, the best things in life are free. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the App Store, which is bursting with addictive, car-wrecking games for your iPhone that are not only super fun but also full of action, laughs and creativity. Here's a list of 17 of the top-rated free iPhone games, designed to take advantage of the full functionality of iOS.

All of these games are free to play, but some have in-app purchases so that's something to keep in mind when seeing if a game is right for you.

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Puzzle Game: Cut Up Everything With Ultra Sharp

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Ultra Sharp by Lion Studios
Highly Addictive, Cut Everything game, Ultra Sharp.

With surprisingly difficult levels, Ultra Sharp, by Lion Studios, encourages you to think outside the box to cut through colored shapes to win points.  

What We Like

  • A surprising challenging game that gives you lots of levels for free.

What We Don't Like

  • Instructions are minimal, learn as you go.

In-App Purchases: $1.99 - $4.99

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Role Playing Game: Be the Star Of Your Story with Episode

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Episode, Chose Your Story
You're the star of your own story with Episode, Chose Your Story.

With over 100,000 storylines, Episode lets you be the star of your own story, with the plot pivoting around your choices and actions. Chose from four categories, including romance, adventure, drama, and love, and customize everything from your outfit to your fate. 

What We Like 

  • The ability to publish your own story on Episode’s platform. 

What We Don't Like

  • It's easy to get hooked on the storylines, and you end up paying for passes to read what happens next. ​
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Simulation Game: Play in Clubs with 8 Ball Pool

Screen Shot of iPhone game, 8 Ball Pool™ by
Introducing Pool Clubs on 8 Ball Pool.

With the most popular requested feature added, Pool Clubs, 8 Ball Pool lets you create a club with your friends, or join an existing club and meet new players. 

What We Like

  • Accurate ball physics, with plenty of cues, rungs, and locations to unlock. 

What We Don't Like

  • Shot clock is long enough to give your opponent time to line up the perfect shot with a ruler. 

​​In-App Purchase: $1.99 - $4.99

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Board Game: Roll the Ball and Match The Color

Screen Shot of iPhone Game, Color Road! by Voodoo
Roll the ball and match the colors with Color Road!.

Highly addictive, and a bit mesmerizing, Color Road!  is a virtual race with a twist. Match the color; hit the wrong color and you lose. 

What We Like

  • Avoiding the wrong colors is more challenging than it looks. 

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks the ability to customize skins and road.
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Word Game: Train Your Brain with Word Link

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Word Link by ZHOU JIAPING
Train Your Brain with Word Link.

If you're the type of person who needs to justify idle time by being productive, Word Link may offer you all the rationalization you need. Discover new words at your own pace, so that you can expand your vocabulary​ while passing the time with a fun game.  ​

What We Like

  • No time control limits, play as many times as you want.

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes the app is inconsistent in recognizing words between levels. 
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Family Game: Relax and Increase Oxygen with Terrarium

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Terrarium ! by Jan Kovac
Relax and Increase Oxygen with Terrarium !.

If your thumb is a little brown, you might have a green thumb with Terrarium, the plant growing game where your plants always survive. When you move up a level, you get more seed to grow more plants. 

What We Like

  • There's something about gardening, without getting dirty, that is quite calming. 

What We Don't Like

  • Once you "grow" a plant, there's no way to move it or re-arrange its placement.  
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Brick Breaking Game: Satisfy the Thrill of Smashing with INFINITY BALL-Space

Screen Shot of iPhone game, INFINITY BALL - SPACE
The Thrill of Smashing INFINITY BALL-Space.

The goal is to shoot the ball so that the bricks do not touch the bottom line. Deceptively simple, but it is surprisingly harder than it looks. 

What We Like

  • The free version comes with three modes, Classic, Endless and Time-Attack. 

What We Don't Like

  • Additional costs for strategic items. 
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Role Playing Games: Cast Magic Spells with Math and Sorcery

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Math and Sorcery by Crescent Moon Games

With the clock ticking, you have five seconds to solve challenging math problems that unlock the key to battle the enemy. Practice makes perfect, and this game is a great way for kids to hone their math skills. 

What We Like

  • Educational and fun at the same time. 

What We Don't Like

  • Not the most relaxing game, with timed challenges that can keep the game tense and exciting. 
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Puzzle Game: Complete the Circle with Slices

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Slices by Good Job Games
Complete the Circle with Slices.

For those of you who have the urge to put that last piece in the puzzle, this game is for you. But you better be quick, as the game is always moving, and the sections fill up very fast. 

What We Like
A challenging game that passes the time. 

What We Don't Like
The game is challenging, and sometimes very hard to win. 

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Action Game: Better than Fortnite, Creative Destruction

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Creative Destruction
Better than Fortnite, Creative Destruction.

Without the limitations of the mobile controls, Creative Destruction is a simpler survival game. Your secret weapon, the Destructor, can eliminate anything in your path so that you can build your own bastions. 

What We Like

  • Simpler graphics make it perfect for older versions of iPhones. 

What We Don't Like

  • Is eerily similar to Fornite.
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Arcade Game: Walk The Plank With PLANK!

Screen Shot of iPhone game, PLANK!
Walk the Plank with PLANK!.

Build the plank, but make sure you get it right because if it's too short, your characters will fall. You also collect new characters while you are playing, and it's harder to gather the animals as you keep playing.  

What We Like

  • A fun easy game that quickly passes the time. 

What We Don't Like

  • The number of characters you collect is limited. 
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Arcade Game: Name that Tune with Piano Tiles 2

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Piano Tiles 2™ by Cheetah Technology Corporation Limited
Name that tune, with Piano Tiles 2™.

If you've always wanted to play the piano, Piano Tiles 2™ is your game. This is a game that the whole family can enjoy, with classic songs in different styles to satisfy everyone's tastes. Save your progress in Facebook, and share your progress with friends and family. 

What We Like 

  • Customize the game with four categories, home, music, hall and setting, with subsections in each category. 

What We Don't Like

  • Would be nice to have some current new pop songs in the repertoire. 
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Family Games: Customize your Virtual Look with Live Portrait Maker

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Live Portrait Maker, Avatar / Portrait Dress Up by Angela He
Customize your virtual look with Live Portrait Maker.

Create your own virtually-animated girl, with the ability to beautify your avatar with make-up changes, new hairstyles and more. 

What We Like

  • Avatars look more "human" than other avatar builders. 

What We Don't Like

  • Could use more options, including more options for glasses styles, clothing, and accessories. 
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Role Playing Game: Let's Relax and Stay in Bed All Day With #SelfCare

Screen Shot of iPhone game #SelfCare by Tru Luv Media, Inc.
Let's Relax and Stay in Bed All Day With #SelfCare.

In the midst of the alerts, bright lights and flashes that come into our phones, #SelfCare, by Tru Love Media, Inc., is an oasis of calm. Is it a game, or a tutorial? The scene opens with you nestled in bed, where you pick your blanket, your rug, and turns into an interactive experience with built-in breathing exercises. There are even sleep-themed word searches to do while lying in bed. 

What We Like

  • Like a yawn, the game's focus on rest is contagious. Definitely an insomnia buster.

What We Don't Like

  • You don't control the pace: when you're doing breathing exercises, the game urges you to stay calm and keep breathing, even when you're ready to move on. 
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Role Playing Game: Destroy Evil Before It Ravages our World with Darkness Rises

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Darkness Rises
Destroy Evil Before It Ravages our World with Darkness Rises.

A mobile-based RPG action game that features stunning graphics, Darkness Rises is an action game that features boss Fights, epic dungeon raids, and action-packed adventure to turn your enemies against themselves. 

What We Like

  • Options for a free custom character for all four of the types. 

What We Don't Like

  • The storyline could use a built more development, as sometimes the characters say things that are not in-sync with the action of the game. 
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Simulation Game: Create Your Own Village of Monsters with Goosebumps Horror Town

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Goosebumps Horror Town by PIXOWL INC.
Create Your Own Town of Monsters with Goosebumps Horror Town.

Discover if Earth is just a human farm for creatures from outer space by playing Goosebumps Horror Town. Based on R.L. Stine's series, "Goosebumps" lets you collect monsters to terrify the town, or play a human and defend the town against the creatures in this fun iPhone horror game.

What We Like

  • With over 100 pre-built characters, you can also create and sell your own characters. 

What We Don't Like

  • Pumpkins spawn to give you cash, but take days to earn.  
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Puzzle Game: Jog Your Way Out of this Maze with Maze Walk VR

Screen Shot of iPhone game, Maze Walk VR
Get Our of Your Chair and Walk Your Way Out of the Maze with Maze Walk VR.

By using your iPhone's built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, Maze Walk VR allows you to physically walk, as you find your way through the virtual maze on your phone. Of course, you can also just turn the phone, if you're commuting on the train. Every few weeks, new Easter Eggs appear. 

What We Like

  • A perfect excuse to get out of your chair and get moving – requires jogging. If you're too worn out, you can always bend your knees. 

What We Don't Like

  • WARNING: May cause nausea.