With its blazing A11 Bionic processor and gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen, the iPhone X is a bona fide mobile gaming beast. And while just about any game will benefit from the iPhone X's powerful guts, only a handful of titles are fully optimized (so far) to cover every inch of the new phone's borderless display. With that in mind, here are the best games that show off what your iPhone X is capable of, from awesome augmented-reality experiences to entrancing, artsy indie games.
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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is a thrilling third-person shooter that lets you blast your way through a series of jaw-dropping environments as a towering mech. Freeblade's satisfying shooting feels incredibly intuitive, and even taps into your iPhone X's 3D Touch capabilities to let you zoom in on enemies by pressing harder on the screen. It's also a great showcase of iOS 11's augmented reality capabilities, with a separate AR mode that lets you take pictures of your mech in the real world.
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The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game that has you work through more than 120 challenges, as you unravel the app’s mysterious, philosophical storyline. While The Talos Principle's increasingly challenging puzzles and engaging plot are reason enough to play, it's also a visual stunner: The striking mix of crumbled ruins and futuristic technology make full use of the iPhone X's beefy processor and beautiful borderless display.
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Monument Valley 2 builds on the entrancing puzzle action of the original, offering up 14 gorgeous, labyrinth levels that unfold like a dizzying MC Escher painting. It's fully optimized to cover every inch of the iPhone X's beautiful OLED display, so you won't have to worry about any nasty borders keeping you from getting immersed in its colorful, mysterious worlds. In our Monument Valley 2 review, we called it an instant classic.
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Super Mario Run will look great on just about any device, but there's something special about playing it on a big, borderless OLED screen. The bright colors of the Mushroom Kingdom look extra vibrant on Apple's new flagship, and the lack of bezels on the phone makes it even easier to see every Goomba and Koopa coming.
Phoenix II is an intense, top-down arcade shooter that regularly fills the screen with dozens of enemies and projectiles. Fortunately, the iPhone X's A11 Bionic chip is more than equipped to handle it, allowing you to dodge attacks with split second timing and take down hordes of enemy ships without any slowdown to get in the way. Phoenix II's trippy sci-fi aesthetic is a visual delight, and it even taps into your iPhone X's 3D Touch capabilities to let you trigger powerful attacks with a harder press.
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Modern Combat Versus is an excellent showcase of the kinds of console-grade graphics your iPhone X can pump out. This gorgeous first-person-shooter puts a multiplayer spin on the long-running series, offering intense, bite-size matches that feel great, thanks to fluid movement and responsive touch controls.
One of the coolest iOS augmented-reality games we've seen yet, The Machines turns any real-world surface into a war zone. This AR strategy game uses your iPhone X's camera to project a richly detailed battlefield onto your table or floor, where you can command units and freely move around in real life to view the chaos from any angle.
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