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Nine great games for your new iPhone or iPad

Lucky enough to get an iPhone 5, iPad mini, or fourth-generation iPad this holiday season? Your new device may feel a little empty now, but we've got some games that will get things hopping in no time.

iOS Game Review: Battles will charm you in Outwitters

This turn-based strategy game drenches the familiar formula of asynchronous multiplayer battles in an absurd level of bubbly effervescence.

Amoebattle for iPhone and iPad

This colorful real-time strategy game for Apple's iOS devices boasts a brisk challenge to match its enticing gameplay.

Velocirapture for iPhone and iPad

Doling out benevolence or wrath puts a neat spin on this frantic prehistoric puzzle game.

Mole Kingdom for iPhone and iPad

This simulation game -- in which you build out an underground kingdom -- suffers from sluggish pacing and slow-in-coming rewards.

Monster Wars for iPhone and iPad

While it retains much of the depth and style of of its predecessor, this sequel to Legendary Wars -- in which you now control the monsters instead of the heroes -- also struggles with a few of the same weaknesses that limit the fun gained from being wicked.

Triple Town for iPhone and iPad

This iPhone and iPad game cleverly blends match-three puzzles and settlement planning gameplay in an insidiously addictive package. But the in-app purchase scheme the developer uses brings the fun to a grinding halt.

Ziggurat for iPhone and iPad

This iPhone and iPad shooter, inspired by the 16-bit era, is perfect for quick play sessions, with endless waves of attackers making the game hard to put down.