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Best iPhone Games Worth Paying For
The best diversions in life aren’t always free.

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by Jeffrey L. Wilson on Thursday, November 19, 2009

iphonegames_sh.jpgKick BrickBreaker to the curb. Mobile games have evolved far beyond the simple diversions that most people think of when gaming on cell phones. Thanks to more powerful processors and graphics chips, and the advent of application marketplaces that have attracted big-name developers, entertainment seekers now have mobile titles that nearly rival what you’ll find on the Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable. These app stores have a mix of free and paid titles, but if you want the deepest gaming experience, you’ll have to shell out 99 cents or more for a quality game. We’ve thoroughly tested ten of our favorite iPhone and iPod touch games to help you determine which titles are worth paying for. Game on.

Best iPhone Games Worth Paying For


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Alive 4-ever

Price: 2.99

If Alive 4-ever’s title evokes memories of another zombie-blasting franchise, Left 4 Dead, consider it a lovingly crafted homage rather than an outright rip-off.
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Arrr! Pirates vs. Aliens

Price: .99

Prove that you have enough high seas swagger to best the alien intruders in Red Knight Media’s Arrr! Pirates vs. Aliens.
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Bookworm

Price: 2.99

Featuring elements of Scrabble mixed with a bit of Tetris, the mobile version of PopCap’s massively popular PC game is here to test your brain power.
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Diceworks

Price: .99

Diceworks puts a fresh spin on puzzle games by utilizing numbers as the base element instead of colors or shapes.
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DOOM Resurrection

Price: 6.99

DOOM Resurrection retains the best aspects of the popular first-person shooter franchise (big guns, zombies) and adds touch and accelerometer functionality.
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Earthworm Jim

Price: 4.99

Retrogaming is all the rage, so it’s only fitting that one of the mid-1990s’ finest action platformers makes its grand return.
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Hip Hop All Star

Price: 1.99

Music games are all the rage, but most of them have heavily favored rock and pop catalogs. Enter: Hip Hop All Star.
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Madden NFL 10

Price: 9.99

The hard-hitting action of the NFL crashes into the App Store with EA Sports’ Madden NFL 10, the portable version of the pigskin console and PC franchise.
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Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition

Price: 6.99

If you had any doubts that Capcom could successfully squeeze a version of Resident Evil onto Apple’s platform, you can breathe easy.
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Touch KO

Price: 4.99

Chillingo’s digital interpretation of boxing bobs and weaves onto the iPhone and iPod touch with mixed results.
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