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10 Nostalgic iPhone/iPad Games


Remember when you used to have time to play games on your phone? When there weren’t mountains of homework, hours of sports, and tiring days? Well, in honor of that memory, here are ten popular 2000s and 2010s iPhone/iPad games for all the nostalgic high schoolers out there.

Doodle Jump

Objective: Guide “The Doodler” up a series of platforms without falling

  • The higher you get, the more difficult the game becomes.
  • Guide “The Doodler” to jump on the moving, breakable platforms.
  • Items like jet packs and trampolines can also be found throughout the game to boost you even higher, past more platforms.
  • The game also contains different maps and costumes for “The Doodler.”

Temple Run

Objective: Guide your runner through the ruins of an old temple, while avoiding the evil monkeys chasing you and any obstacles in your path.

  • You can also collect coins along the way to buy new avatars.
  • Imangi Studios also partnered with Disney to create various versions of the app, such as Temple Run: Brave, and Temple Run: Oz.
  • Make sure to watch out for sharp turns and trees!

Toca Boca Hair Salon

Objective: Wash, cut, dye, and design the avatar’s hairstyles.

  • Design cute or crazy styles for your character and watch their reaction in the process.
  • Take a picture of the character once you have finished and it will be saved in your camera roll.

Subway Surfers

Objective: Avoid the barriers and cop chasing you while running on train tracks and on the tops of trains.

  • Collect coins to buy new characters/avatars.
  • Special powerups can be found on the tracks such as a magnet, jetpack, spring shoes, and goggles.
  • Stay focused to make sure you don’t miss powerups!

Fruit Ninja

Objective: Cut all of the fruit in half while avoiding the bombs.

  • This game is a great way to relieve your anxiety!

Cut the Rope

Objective: Cut various ropes to get the candy into the creature’s mouth.

  • Use fans and other tools to control where the candy lands.
  • Think of different strategies on how to collect stars along the way.
  • There are over 12 unique updates available for this game.

Where’s My Water

Objective: Cut through the dirt to get the water to the alligator.

  • Collect ducks, that act as stars, in the water on the way down.
  • Avoid mixing the water with acid or you will fail the level.
  • Published by Disney, with multiple versions of the game!

Angry Birds

Objective: Destroy the pigs’ towers by slingshotting different birds at the towers.

  • Different kinds of birds have different powers, helping you to destroy the pigs’ tower.
  • Make sure you knock down all of the pigs!

Banana Kong

Objective: Outrun the avalanche of bananas following you. 

  • Avoid the obstacles in your way.
  • If you collect enough coins, the game gives you a speed boost.
  • There are also different maps you can get to while playing; for example, you can go down into a cave with bats, up to the tree tops, or even onto a beach map.

Candy Crush

Objective: Match at least three of the same candies together to reach the level’s goal.

  • There are hundreds of levels to complete, and different kinds of levels.
  • Will you be able to beat the top 100 players?

Despite no longer having as much time available, it’s still important to take time for yourself to ensure your mental health. Next time, maybe try downloading one of these nostalgic games and try your luck! Maybe you’ve improved since the last time you opened the game.


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Reagan Carpenter
Reagan Carpenter, Staff Writer
Reagan Carpenter is a first-year writer for the Hawk Herald and a senior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. She participates in the National Honor Society, Kids Food Basket, Volunteer Club, FHPS Shared Voices Committee, and is a leader for Project ChARLIE. She has also played on the Varsity soccer team since her freshman year and has loved every moment of that experience. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her friends and family; you can often find her  watching a good movie or tv show in her free time.
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