Part 1: Best fun multi-player iPhone apps to play with friends
#1: Mirror’s Edge
Modified from the console version of the game, Mirror’s edge is a third person scrolling runner game, with a multiplayer component and exciting story mode. It’s known for its realistic graphics and great music.
Pros: Easy to use and great challenge range.
Cons: Contains violence so not suitable for younger players.
#2: Worms 2 - Armageddon
The old PC classic reimagined for the iPhone, this is a great multi-player turn-based strategy game to play with friends. This new version allows you to play up to sixteen simultaneous games but also enjoy playing in single-player mode if you prefer.
Pros: Looks similar to the original, easy for seasoned players.
Cons: AI difficulty isn’t very varied for beginner players.
#3: Small World 2
Billed as being perfect for fans of Risk and called ‘one of the most compelling games’, Small World 2 is the sequel to the strategy board game masterpiece. This fantasy board game gives users special combos such as ‘Triton Merchants’ and ‘Alchemist Ratmen’, which will help you take over all the land you can.
Pros: A slick interface and accessible gameplay.
Cons: A little pricy for an iPhone game.
An old classic - you can’t go wrong with a multi-player game of Monopoly! Buy, trade and sell the famous properties from around the board to grow a real estate empire. The app version of the board game allows you to choose different levels of difficulty and save games part way through if you need a break.
Pros: An entertaining way to spend a couple of hours with friends.
Cons: There’s a good chance you’ll fall out with your friends and family if you end up becoming a Monopoly property tycoon.
#5: Clash of Clans
An addictive strategy game, Clash of Clans blends combat with strategy to bring users a unique gaming experience. Grow your town from a tiny village to a powerful war base and collect gold to upgrade your weapons and loot other villages to grow your army and take their trophies. What’s more, you can team up with friends to create your own Clan and take part in Clan Wars against other groups.
Pros: Choose whether to play on your own or part of a clan with friends.
Cons: Upgrades can only be sped up by spending money.
Part 2: Best fun iPhone apps for couples
Description:A fun, private and secure app for couples to organize their lives and socialize together. Avocado is perfect for couples in long distance relationships and helps make your partner feel as though they’re as close to you as your mobile phone.
Pros: Share your calendars, send photos and instant message - Avocado does it all.
Cons: There is a fee for the full version.
Description: A private way to share photo albums with your loved one. Eversnap can show you different events from the perspective of everybody in attendance, as you can collect everybody’s pictures and videos in one shareable album.
Pros: Unlimited storage for your photos.
Cons: No way to edit pictures once they are uploaded.
#3: IceBreaker Questions
Description: A fun app that give couples questions to help them get to know each other better. Perfect for breaking the ice on first dates, or a great way to help you learn something new about a long term partner, Icebreaker Questions throws up funny, creative questions that are great conversation starters.
Pros: Privately share messages and photos.
Cons: Can run out of questions fairly easily.
Description: A playful app that encourages couples to appreciate their relationship and bring the fun back. It’s a great way to help you and your other half create a grateful, strong relationship while having some fun along the way!
Pros: A fun way to do more with your partner.
Cons: Can make things a bit too competitive.
Description: A new communication app that allows couples to make free voice calls and send messages to each other to help stay in touch. The Line app also allows you to send fun stickers with your messages to help you brighten up your partner’s day.
Pros: No limits to the amount of calls you can make and messages you can send.
Cons: Needs an internet connection for calls to be made.
Part 3: Best fun iPhone apps for kids
#1: Tiny Wings
Description: Winner of the iPhone Game of the Year in 2011, Tiny Wings combines arcade game controls with fun characters. Perfect for anybody who still misses Flappy Bird but is looking for a slightly less stressful gaming experience!
Pros: Easy to play for young wannabe gamers.
Cons: Touchscreen technology can be inconsistent.
#2: On Beyond Bugs!
Description: Helps children learn all about insects, with the Cat in the Hat as their fun tour guide! With the Cat in the Hat kids will learn new words, discover everything from fireflies to butterflies, and you can put your own spin on the story with a personalised narration.
Pros: A nice way to get reluctant readers interested in books.
Cons: A little expensive for a relatively simple app.
#3: Justin’s World - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Description: Children’s entertainer, Justin Fletcher, brings the classic story to life with games, puzzles and activities. Your young ones will be laughing and learning as they discover the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
Pros: Simple to play for young children.
Cons: May be too simple for older children.
Description: Encourages children to hone their drawing skills and have fun learning about art. Simply boot up the app and let your child’s imagination run wild, as they use the drawing guide on screen to create their own unique masterpieces.
Pros: Can switch between five languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and German).
Cons: Requires physical art supplies rather than just a phone.
#5: Beauty and the Beast
Description: A storybook tale about Belle, who must live with Beast in his enchanted castle. The classic Grimm story comes to life in this interactive storybook app, which comes complete with plenty of games to keep children entertained for hours.
Pros: Full of a mixture of puzzles, jigsaws and activity games.
Cons: Does contain in-app purchases.
Part 4: Best fun iPhone apps for babies/toddlers
#1: Endless Alphabet
Description: The 2013 App of the Year runner-up and the App Store’s Editor’s Choice, Endless Alphabet helps children improve their reading and learn their ABCs. Coming from the team who created Sesame Street’s Monster at the End of this Book, this app is a fully interactive, educational but fun game.
Pros: Easy to use, makes learning fun.
Cons: Needs an internet connection to access the full game.
Description: Six acoustic songs ready and recorded for you and your child to sing together, or for them to sing alone. Contains classics like ‘ABC’ and ‘Row row row your boat’ and comes with an animated lyric page to help them learn the words.
Pros: A great way to keep little ones entertained on long journeys.
Cons: Does only contain six songs.
#3: Peekaboo Barn
Description: Like a pop up book in app form, Peekaboo Barn is a fun, interactive game to help children learn the names of animals and discover the sounds they make. Different modes and difficulty levels allow the game to grow with your child and get more difficult as they get older.
Pros: You can choose the voice of your narrator - adult or child, English or Spanish. You can even record your own voice.
Cons: Comes without a toddler lock.
#4: Learn to Talk First Words
Description: Learn to Talk First Words comes with 134 flash cards to help early language development in your child. The app combines both sight and sounds to teach toddlers easy vocabulary skills, and the colourful flash cards will help keep your child entertained.
Pros: A wide range of common words are used.
Cons: Unable to add words.
#5: Where’s Gumbo?
Description: Let your toddler search for Gumbo in this fun, interactive lost dog game. A digital version of a traditional ‘lift the flap’ picture book, Where’s Gumbo? helps your children develop both reading and problem-solving skills.
Pros: Great for children who love animals, will keep them entertained for hours.
Cons: Can be a little unreliable and crashes quite often.
Part 5: Best fun iPhone apps that don't need wifi
#1: Fruit Ninja
Description: Discover the addictive Fruit Ninja, where the aim is to slice fruit using your touchscreen technology. Comes with Classic, Zen and Arcade modes so there are plenty of new types of gameplay to have fun with.
Pros: Can unlock levels through quests, rather than having to pay.
Cons: No multi player option.
Description: Drop numbered discs into a Tetris-like grid and creates chains to win bonuses. New features allow you to choose between Normal, Hardcore and Sequence modes, meaning you’ll never get bored of this addictive game.
Pros: Your game state is preserved if you have to answer a call or text mid-play.
Cons: Numerous prompts to invite Facebook friends to play.
#3: Temple Run 2
Description: Redefining mobile gaming, Temple Run 2 is the sequel to the phenomenally successful Temple Run. Test how far you can run, while navigating cliffs, zip lines and obstacles.
Pros: Updated graphics and so many new obstacles and achievements you’ll never get bored.
Cons: Does contain in-app purchases.
#4: Unblock Me
Description: A simple but addictive puzzle game - all you have to do is free the red block by sliding the other blocks out of the way. Four different difficulty levels make this game great for both beginners and experienced gamers, so there’s something for everyone.
Pros: 14,500 puzzles in total - so you’ll never run out of levels to try.
Cons: Can be very frustrating so not ideal for kids.
#5: Angry Birds
Description: The classic birds vs. pigs game that went viral and spawned a million copycats, Angry Birds is the number one paid iPhone game and it’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Fire the birds at the pigs to destroy the buildings in each level - yes, it’s that simple!
Pros: A game for all ages and all levels of experience.
Cons: You will lose your scores when a new update is applied.