It's difficult to describe the premise of Papers, Please without making it seem crushingly dull; in some ways, it is. Manning a tiny office, your job is to slowly process a huge line of travelers at the newly opened border of a fictional Eastern Bloc country, checking their papers for discrepancies and rejecting or accepting them depending on whether everything's in order. You're paid by the number of visitors you admit during the few minutes you're open, but make too many mistakes (or "mistakes," whether they're to help someone unfortunate or earn yourself a few easy credits), and you'll be fined — which, given your hand-to-mouth existence, could spell the difference between life and death for your family at home.
The Independent Games Festival has long been a part of the Game Developers Conference, and all five of the finalists -- plus four of the five honorable mentions -- for the Best Mobile Game are available on or soon coming to iOS. Looking for the best recent and upcoming indie games for your iPhone or iPad? Here's a look at the nine iOS games honored by the IGF in the category.
Independent games don't necessarily have the budget of their blockbuster counterparts, but their immediate availability, their usual open-source/developer friendly nature and their general kookyness keep us coming back for more. We picked out 9 of the best independent games we love clicking and mousing through on a constant basis. Try them out for yourself and expand your gaming palate beyond the typical first-person shooters and endless-patching RPGs.