App Watch: the best new iPhone and iPad games released this month

These are the newly released games that'll keep your tablet or smartphone 'appy this December

It'd be an understatement to say that the Apple App Store is a big place - there are thousands of new titles hitting its digital shelves each and every week.

It's an unprecedented situation that often results in great games being overlooked, buried under a mountain of soulless endless runners, tepid Candy Crush clones, and uninspired MMOs.

With that in mind, we want to shine a spotlight on those games fighting the good fight. Here are this month's most interesting new releases.

December 2017

Far from Noise (£2.99)

You're stuck in a rusty old bucket of a car that also happens to be dangling precariously over a cliff edge. There's no way out, so what do you do? Well, when you're wedged between your own mortality and the great beyond, you might as well try and answer the biggest question of them all: why?

That's the wonderfully weird premise of Far from Noise, and as you meander through the meditative title's sanguine narrative, you might even learn a few things about yourself.

Download Far From Noise for iPhone and iPad

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (£free + IAP)

It's happened. It's finally happened. After months of waiting, Nintendo has finally brought Animal Crossing to mobile, and it's (almost) everything a fan could've wished for.

Much like its bigger sibling, this portable slice of Animal Crossing pie offers all the essentials: home improvement, animal companions, rural chills, and Tom Nook bleeding you dry. While the campsite setting means everything's a little bit scaled back, there's a lot to love in Pocket Camp, and it should tide you over while you wait for the next true instalment in the effervescent franchise.

Download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iPhone and iPad

The Inner World 2 (£4.99)

Hey you! Yep, I'm talking to you. It's your time to shine, because the family of flute-noses needs saving from some dastardly hunters.

If it all sounds downright nonsensical, that's because it is, but there's still fun to be had when the roly-poly world and its fun-loving dynasty are under threat. And you know what, there are plenty of gritty, super-serious games out there, so why not tuck into a splendid puzzler that embraces glorious absurdity.

Download The Inner World 2 for iPhone and iPad

A Boy and His Blob (£4.99)

A Boy and His Blob is back (again)! That's right, the critically acclaimed platformer has finally made its way to mobile, after ticking off most other platforms along the way.

Thankfully, the emotionally charged NES reimagining hasn't lost any of its charm since first hitting shelves in 2009. The challenges are still tough, the visuals still sumptuous, and the blob is still, well, blobby.

It's a classic for a reason, and if you've still yet to play the heartwarming original, then it's time to get stuck in.

Download A Boy and His Blob for iPhone and iPad

GRID Autosport (£9.99)

So you wanna be a player, but your wheels ain't fly? Well you gotta hit GRID up, to get a super quick ride. Okay, they might be some hastily edited Pimp My Ride lyrics, but they're not wrong.

GRID Autosport is an undisputed racing champion on iOS. It delivers everything you want from a smartphone racer: pin-sharp visuals; intuitive touch, tilt, or gamepad controls; hundreds of cars and circuits; and a pro-career mode that lets you conquer the autosport world - assuming you're fast enough…

Download GRID Autosport for iPhone and iPad

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Neverending Nightmares (£3.99)

Neverending Nightmares is a psychological horror game inspired by the developer's own battle with mental illness. As such, it's a personal and absorbing experience, but one that's equally unnerving.

As you take on the role of Thomas, whose nightmares have become all too real, you'll have to battle your inner-demons as well as those that lurk in the hellish dreamscape you currently call home.

Download Neverending Nightmares for iPhone and iPad

Corporate Salmon (£free + IAP)

Seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Well Corporate Salmon is that but with piscine perpetrators instead of DiCaprio's bunch of hoodlums.

OK, that might be stretching it slightly, but it is a tongue-in-cheek rollick that riffs on the clammy bedfellow we call capitalism. As in real life, the aim is simple: flop to the top of your chosen corporate ladder, collecting coins and avoiding clingy colleagues along the way. Don't get too big for your fin-shaped boots though, because you're only one slip away from being sent to the fishmongers.

Download Corporate Salmon for iPhone and iPad

Starman: Tale of Light (£3.99)

Starman: Tale of Light is a Monument Valley-like that manages to stand on its own two space-faring feet.

The dreamy puzzler fires players into the great star ocean and asks them to track down some mysterious looking lights that, like all glowing things in video games, are critically important. While the story packs a few surprises, the real star of the show is Starman's understated, black and white aesthetic and the ethereal puzzles themselves. The two combine to create an absorbing experience, and breathe life into a startling universe you'll want to get lost in.

Download Starman: Tale of Light for iPhone and iPad

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