What are the best iOS games? Whether you’re an Apple diehard or you’ve just bought your first iPhone or iPad, chances are you’ll ask yourself that question at some point. Well, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve compiled what we consider to be the best gaming experiences you can have on your iOS device in a single space.
To help you find something that specifically appeals to you, we’ve broken it down into different genres, or you can use the links below to quickly scroll down to the game that intrigues you most. No matter your tastes, we’ve got you covered here though.
We’ve aimed for a balance between premium releases and free-to-play, so there’s a game on this list to suit any budget. That does mean you may have to prepare your wallet for a bit of spending, but there are plenty free-to-play classics for those would rather just find something new to play. We’ve also got links to a bunch of guides for the best games, and for our other list guides in case you’d like to go further down the rabbit hole.
Here are the best iOS games:
The best iOS games: FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile does exactly what it says on the tin, providing a miniature version of the smash hit shooter series that you can play wherever you are. With your favourite characters, weapons, maps, and modes from the Black Ops and Modern Warfare series, this is a must-play for old-school COD fans. If you need guidance, we’ve put together a Call of Duty: Mobile tips guide and a Call of Duty: Mobile update feature for your perusal.
The best iOS games: Puzzle
Monument Valley might well be the finest mobile game of all time. It’s a fiendishly clever puzzler that takes place in environments that draw inspiration from Escher. You spin towers and other objects to create pathways that you have to traverse to reach the end of each level.
If you’re looking for more games like Monument Valley, check out our list of the best mobile puzzle games.
The best iOS games: endless Runner
One of the biggest mobile games of all time has absolutely dominated the endless runner space on mobile, even spawning its own animated series. We are, of course, referring to Subway Surfers, the long-running and ridiculously colourful endless runner that takes you across the globe.
You can find everything you need to know about the runner in our Subway Surfers guide.
The best iOS games: RPG
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is BioWare at its absolute prime, and is easily one of the finest western RPGs ever to grace the number of different platforms its launched on. You play as a Jedi recruit who has to either put a stop to the Empire’s plans, or help make sure they happen.
Want more like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic? Well, there’s plenty more where that came from in our best mobile RPGs list.
The best iOS games: Strategy
One of the finest strategy games of all time, Company of Heroes, arrived on iPad last year, courtesy of Feral Interactive. It takes place during World War Two, and challenges you to fight back against the Axis in a lengthy single-player campaign.
We’ve put together a complete list of the best mobile strategy games if you fancy finding more like this.
The best iOS games: card
Clash Royale is basically a card game like Hearthstone but presented in a visual format. You still create a deck and play cards on a battlefield, but the cards come to life and actually fight each other just like in a traditional RTS. It’s fiendishly addictive stuff that poses a solid challenge.
Do you love the smell of cardboard in the morning? Deck builders are the games for you then. We’ve put together a separate list of the best mobile card games too, if you fancy more recommendations.
The best iOS games: platformer
Oddmar is an indie platformer by the makers of Leo’s Fortune that looks like it was made in Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework. You play as a Viking that goes on an adventure to win his place in Valhalla.
The best iOS games: racing
Mario Kart Tour is Nintendo’s finest mobile game yet, providing a solid touchscreen version of the classic battle racer. Using a single thumb or finger, you’ll drift around a variety of recognisable courses, using items to get the upper hand over your enemies.
If you need help beating the current tour, check out our Mario Kart Tour challenges list.
The best iOS games: adventure
Florence is a whimsical adventure that’s part coming of age tale, and part romantic tragedy. Really, you should experience it yourself rather than read spoilers. It’s beautiful in many more ways than its unrivalled, painterly visuals.
The best iOS games: idle
Those looking for a laid back idle game that doesn’t ask for much of your time but still gives you a sense of achievement should look no further than Coin Master. You simply have to login every few hours, spin for coins and other rewards, then upgrade your town. Occasionally, if the spin gods show mercy, you may get an opportunity to assault or raid an opponent’s village, earning more coins.
If you’d like to make the most of Coin Master, check out our Coin Master free spins guide, which includes daily updated links for free in-game goodies.
The best iOS games: MMORPG
One of the oldest MMORPGs around remains the finest on mobile, Old School RuneScape is a direct port of the PC original that shares the same servers. You can participate in PvP at the comfort of your desk before kicking back and doing some mining on your phone on the sofa, all on the same account without losing any progress.
You won’t find a better MMORPG on mobile, but you can try by checking out our list of the best mobile MMORPGs.
The best iOS games: sports management
The king of sports manager games reigns supreme on mobile, just as it does on PC and console. It helps that Touch is a feature-complete version of the original, with minimal streamlining here and there to make it easier to enjoy on the smaller screen. You’ll need an iPad for this one, but you can check out Football Manager 2020 Mobile instead if you don’t have one.
There’s plenty more where this came from on our best mobile sports manager games list.
You can enjoy the entirety of Kingdom Two Crowns with a friend on mobile, and it’s absolutely worth it. This challenging survival strategy game sees you play as two monarchs, who have to try and escape an island that’s repeatedly under assault from the Greed. You hire local peasants, build up defences, and earn enough gold to build a ship that allows you to escape.
The best iOS games: digital board game
The most relevant strategy game of our times has found a great home on mobile. It’s a permanent fixture at the top of the paid games charts, for those that care about numbers, and it’s easy to see why. Killing off the world’s population with a variety of different plagues is just so much more addictive than you’d care to admit.
Want more? Check out our list of the best digital board games on mobile.
The best iOS games: MOBA
This MOBA was made for iOS, and it really shows. Thanks to a wide variety of streamlined touches here and there, like excellent touch controls, plenty of automation, and friendliness to low-end devices, there’s no reason not to get stuck into Mobile Legends.
You can learn more about the hit MOBA with our Mobile Legends new hero, Mobile Legends tier list, and Mobile Legends free heroes list guides. We’ve also put together the best mobile MOBAs in a single article.
The best iOS games: auto chess
Picking just one best auto chess for iOS was a very challenging task indeed, with plenty of solid options to choose from. Overall though, we felt like Hearthstone was simply the best of the lot of them. That’s partially down to the fact that Hearthstone already had an established base of balanced heroes to pick from when Blizzard entered the auto chess arena, but it also helps that it offers something a little different in a field of seemingly identical games.
The best iOS games: location-based
Was it ever in any doubt? Pokémon Go might not be the first location-based game on iOS, but it’s certainly the biggest. It allows you to catch your favourite Pokémon while living your ordinary life. You might be on the way to grab a latte from Starbucks when Charmander leaps out of a bush near you. That’s just a little of the fun that Pokémon Go offers.
We’ve got plenty content to help you get started too, including Pokémon Go news, Pokémon Go event, Pokémon Go update, and Pokémon Go raids guides. You can also find similar games in our best location-based games on mobile list.
The best iOS games: roguelike
You play as a vampire who wakes up hungry every century, and proceeds to feed on any poor passersby in Immortal Rogue. But the gorgeous pixel visuals and action-packed hack and slash combat aren’t the highlight here; that would be the fact that your actions impact the future. Who you kill today will affect what happens tomorrow, and the consequences can be devastating.
Find more like it in our best mobile roguelikes list.
The best iOS games: multiplayer
If you’re looking for a mobile game to play with friends, look no further than PUBG Mobile. This multiplayer shooter lets you play with a single or multiple friends across a wide variety of game modes, and provides a pretty feature-complete version of the hit battle royale shooter, with streamlining for the small screen.
Find out more about the hit mobile shooter in our PUBG Mobile emulator, PUBG Mobile redeem codes, and PUBG Mobile update guides. You can also find more games to play with friends in our best mobile multiplayer games list.