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Mechanical Challenge on IOS

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 31 games from the last 20 years, with 245 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Strategy
Total Likes: 245
 

 

OCO

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Spectrum 48 Games (@Spectrum48Games)

Players: This is a single player game

OCO is a sliding and jumping game set with simple colourful levels each set in a rotating planetoid. Unlike other platform games, you control everything with a single button. Each different colour of platform you slide along grants different abilities...

Threes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/02/2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Sirvo Studios (@SirvoStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Threes is a puzzle game where you slide numbered tiles on a grid. When they collide they combine their numbers, like Triple Town. You can match 1's and 2's with each other, the white tiles can match cards that are multiples of 3...

Osu!

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 16/09/2007, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action and Rhythm

Developer: Ppy (@Ppy)

Players: This is a single player game

Osu is a rhythm action game where you tap the screen in time to the music similar to the Elite Beat Agents games. This starts as a simple challenge but develops in speed and complexity. At higher levels the games is an esport with people competing to...

Dead Cells

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12-14 year-olds

Release Date: 10/05/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Deep Night Fr (@DeepNightFr)

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where you are escaping a prison. In a bright pixelated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time...

BedWars

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Blockman Go (@BlockmanGo)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Bed Wars is a game played on Minecraft servers. It's a game similar to the official Minecraft minigames but created by independent developers.

Free Fire (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Free Fire NA (@FreeFire_NA)

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Kill It With Fire

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

Players: This is a single player game

Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.

Geometry Dash

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rob Top Games (@RobTopGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Fancade

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Martin Magni (@MartinMagni)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

MudRunner

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/10/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: Tweets Saber (@TweetsSaber)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Mudrunner is an off-roading simulation where you drive ageing Soviet vehicles in extreme, muddy and unpaved environments. It's novel because of the simulated driving and that you just have a map and a compass to navigate.

QWOP

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Bfod (@Bfod)

Players: This is a single player game

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

MO: Astray

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: MO Astray Rayark (@MOAstrayRayark)

Players: This is a single player game

MO:Astray is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

Super Monkey Ball (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/06/2001, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Physically Active, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Super Monkey Ball (@SuperMonkeyBall)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Super Monkey Ball is a rolling and balancing game where you tilt platforms to control the path of a hamster ball containing a monkey. The peculiar premise is matched with accurate challenging gameplay and some great multiplayer modes (like Monkey...

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Sports and Strategy

Developer: Tsubasa DT EN (@TsubasaDT_EN)

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...

Eggggg

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform

Developer: Hyper Games (@HyperGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Eggggg is a silly platform game where you can fly by vomiting in the opposite direction. You play Gilbert who has an extreme egg allergy. Eating them makes him vomit like a fountain which you can use as a special power.

Gogogo!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Gogogo The Game (@GogogoTheGame)

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

Rolando

Skill Rating: 4-10 year-olds

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Hand Circus (@HandCircus)

Players: This is a single player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

Kolumno

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 7 features

Developer: Devilish Games (@DevilishGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: 7 th Beat (@7thBeat)

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Fingle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 21/12/2011, updated in 2016

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fingle is a Twister-style physical puzzle game played on a smartphone or tablet screen with your fingers rather than limbs. Like the popular tangley board game, it plays to this physical interaction with other players. "Explore the intimate touch of...

Doodle Jump (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/04/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Lima Sky (@LimaSky)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Doodle Jump is a jumping video game where you guide a hand-drawn four-legged creature up an endless series of platforms. Once you fall to the bottom of the screen it's game over.

Impossible Bottles

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Honig Studios (@HonigStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...

Rocket League Sideswipe

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/11/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Psyonix Studios (@PsyonixStudios)

Players: This is a single player game

Rocket League Sideswipe is a competitive sport where you drive a car and aim to put a large ball in the goal. It's the mobile/smartphone version of the popular Rocket League esports game. Unlike the main game it is played in two dimensions, but still,...

Tallowmere (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chris NZL (@ChrisNZL)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Tallowmere is a series of running, jumping and fighting games. You aim to get a high score as you journey through a vast, randomly generated 2D retro-style dungeon, dodging traps and killing enemies in gory and unusual ways. Its unique combination of...

Vectronom

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: ARTE Interactif (@ARTE_Interactif)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Vectronom is a moving and jumping game where you control a block moving through a level that's changing in time with the music. The primary colours and hypnotic beats can distract at first, but as you find the flow of moving in time with the beat a...

VVVVVV

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 11/01/2010, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single player game

VVVVVV is a running and jumping game, without the jumping. Not having the ability to jump may seem a disadvantage, but instead you can flip your character from walking on the floor to walking on the ceiling. With this ability, puzzle your way through...

Sometimes You Die

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/03/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Sometimes You Die is an unusual sliding the jumping game. As you play there is a written narrative on the walls of each level that discusses game design, player motivation and the metaphysics of life. More unusual though, is that to progress you have to...

Bam Fu

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Bam Fu is a competitive puzzle game where you must change coloured icons to match your colour by tapping them. The novelty is that you play with up to four other people on one device. Each person competes to turn the tiles to their colour. It's an...

Get Hi

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 22/05/2015, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single player game

Get Hi is an action puzzle game where you try and flick a ball up a series of tilting platforms. Touch the screen to tilt them one way, release to tilt them the other. All the platforms move together to keep it simple, but if the ball falls more than a...

Shadow Frog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Oddrok (@Oddrok)

Players: This is a single player game

Shadow Frog is a simple running and jumping game you play with a single button/tap on the screen. You play Frogo who needs to escape the caves. Using just your jump button you interact with the cave walls and platforms to get around and collect keys....

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