What are the best iPhone games? Whether you’re an Apple diehard or you’ve just bought your first device, 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 iPhone in a single space.
To help you find something that specifically appeals to you, we’ve included a few different genres, so no matter your tastes, we’ve got you covered here. From Genshin Impact to Candy Crush, you’re sure to find something you enjoy. Gamers, like the games they play, come in all shapes and sizes, so we wanted to be as broad as possible with our inclusions.
We’ve aimed for a balance between premium releases and free-to-play games, 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 of free-to-play classics for those who would rather just find something new to play. We’ve also got links to a bunch of guides for the best iPhone games, and for our other list guides in case you’d like to go further down the rabbit hole.
Now, without any further delay, let’s get into our list of the best iPhone games. We’ve got some cracking recommendations for you.
The best iPhone games are:
Raid: Shadow Legends
If you like mobile games, you’ve probably heard of, if not played, Raid: Shadow Legends. It’s an absolute behemoth – and for good reason. It’s stunning, features a wealth of content to battle through and heroes to unlock, and you can do it all with friends in multiplayer.
Describing itself as “The Playable Animation” Epic Seven is an anime-inspired gacha game. As you might expect, it’s all about building up your own team of heroes (all of whom are unlocked randomly, in true gacha style), then they head out and make their way through a series of turn-based RPG battles.
What makes Epic Seven an even more appealing game is not only the fact that it’s free to play, but also that there are beautifully animated cutscenes that show you the story as it progresses. It helps you to feel much more deeply invested in the events as they unfold.
Do you enjoy a bit of fantasy and strategy? If so, Elvenar sounds like it might be a good game for you, because it’s a wonderful marriage of the two genres. It’s primarily built around developing your own towns and communities, but these are then used to gather resources which help you with quests and exploration.
As far as the quests go, you have a limitless supply of them to make your way through, with some of them progressing the game’s overall story, while others give you looping side quests which can also help you to accumulate resources. As for exploration, you’re always working to find new lands to build, allowing you to perpetually make your kingdom larger and larger. It’s addictive in just the right way, and even better, it’s free.
Forge of Empires
Are you someone who enjoys a good city-building game? Someone who enjoys a nice bit of strategy? Well, Forge of Empires is a free-to-play game that lets you build a civilisation that will stand throughout all of history, starting in the distant past and stretching out into the far future. This is a game you’ll be playing for the long haul.
At the start of the game, all you have is a patch of wilderness to start building your basic settlement on. Different types of buildings generate different resources (e.g. gold or tools), while others help to make your people happier. All of these contribute to your research efforts, which let you develop new types of building and to enhance existing ones. With wars to wage, lands to cultivate, and buildings to build, there’s a wealth of content in Forge of Empires.
Rise of Cultures
Innogames is no stranger when it comes to games that are all about creating and developing a civilisation over time, and after Elvenar and Forge of Empires, it hit it out of the park again with Rise of Cultures. Unlike the other two games, this one implements 3D models for the characters and cities that you build, giving it a slightly cutesy look and making everything feel a little more tangible.
So how does Rise of Cultures set itself apart from those other games? Well, a big feature of this game is being able to draw from various real-world historic cultures, giving you the chance to recreate things like Stonehenge or Italy’s famous Roman Colosseum. It’s much more human-centric too, with the workers having schedules that they work to, and time needed to rest. Even if you’re an old hat at both Elvenar and Forge of Empires, we still recommend you give Rise of Cultures a go.
Who doesn’t love a good farming sim? Sunrise Village plucks you out of the hectic day to day life that we’re all familiar with, and puts you down in the titular village where you begin a new life of simple farming.
Whether you’re planting crops, harvesting fruits and vegetables, sending off orders, or finding ways to grow and expand your farm, this game has something of a therapeutic quality to it. It could easily become part of your daily de-stressing routine. And guess what? If that sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck, because it’s also free-to-play.
Magic: The Gathering Arena
We’re sure that you’ve probably already heard of Magic: The Gathering, even if it’s just knowing the name, but what you may not know is that this award-winning trading card game has actually also been adapted into a mobile game – one which perfectly captures all of the fun and intricacies of the original.
If you’ve always wanted to get into MTG, but never found the time, you may find that this is the best way to start. Sure, you could go and buy a deck anytime, but it won’t come with the useful interactive tutorials that the app has. If you’re already an MTG expert, then the ability to have a game with anyone around the world whenever you want is no doubt going to be quite appealing too.
A newcomer on the mobile scene, Genshin Impact proved naysayers wrong that a true, console-quality title is totally possible on mobile. It’s absolutely stunning, with a bunch of characters to collect, a wide world to explore, and plenty of fun to be had.
Final Fantasy VIII
One of the greatest Final Fantasy games is also on mobile. Become a mercenary and take part in some intense turn-based combat, lose yourself in the epic romance, or just fly around the vast world aboard the Ragnarok.
The mobile version allows you to play at three times speed, turn enemy encounters off, and max out your stats with the click of a button.
Marvel Future Revolution
Marvel Future Revolution is the mobile game that all Marvel fans deserve. Not only does it feature fan-favourite characters from a range of franchises such as Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Spider-Man, and The Avengers, but it allows you to make these heroes your own.
The power is in your hands, upgrade them, select their abilities, and choose their gear. The worlds you get to explore in this game are fantastic and versatile. The environments remain interesting, from a city sprawling with skyscrapers to back alleys in rundown squalor. Oh, and the fact you’re doing all this to save the multiverse is the cherry on top. Yeah, that means an infinite number of worlds, and an infinite number of lives relying on you – no pressure.
King among gachas, is AFK Arena, which is a true achievement when you consider that it doesn’t borrow off a successful IP like many of its genre siblings. That’s down to developer Lilith’s very fair free-to-play mechanics. It’s also just a bunch of fun, which helps.
Thanks to a lockdown near you, Among Us exploded into life this year. It’s a near-perfect multiplayer experience that you can play across a variety of different platforms. What’s not to like?
Get started with the help of our Among Us guide.
Candy Crush Soda Saga
If you’re of a certain age, it’s highly likely that your first encounter with mobile gaming was Candy Crush. There was a time when everyone was absolutely hooked on it, and it’s easy to see why. Crushing them candies is so satisfying, and makes you feel like a genius. Anyway, Candy Crush Soda Saga is one of the more recent entries, and well worth a look.
Call of Duty: Mobile
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.
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.
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 log in every few hours, spin for coins and other rewards, and 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.
Garena Free Fire
You’ve almost certainly heard of Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, or Call of Duty Mobile, but Garena Free Fire is one of the biggest mobile battle royales going, and well worth checking out.
Kingdom Two Crowns
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.
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.
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.
Old School RuneScape
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 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.
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 of content to help you get started too, including a Pokémon Go Eevee evolution, Pokémon Go event, Pokémon Go code, and Pokémon Go raid guides. You can also find similar games in our best games like Pokémon Go list.
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 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.
Prefer creating your own games to playing them? Roblox would like a word. This game creator/community space lets you create your own customisable avatar and go absolutely wild, joining your friends in games and making your own.
We’ve got a ton of Roblox content to dig through, including Roblox promo codes, Anime Fighters codes, Shindo Life codes, Slayers Unleashed codes, Pet Simulator X codes, and Blox Fruits codes guides. We did say a ton.
Slay the Spire
It took an absolute age to make it to mobile, but it’s better late than never. Slay the Spire is the definitive card-battling roguelike, which challenges you to attempt to take one of the various characters to the top of the eponymous spire.
Ever wish Harvest Moon was available on mobile? Well, wish no longer as that’s effectively what Stardew Valley offers. Build up your own farm, explore and battle through dungeons, and get romantic with the locals.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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 it 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.
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.
Final Fantasy VII
You may have noticed Final Fantasy VIII above, but as a massive fan of the series, I couldn’t help but include VII as well. Much like VIII, this game plays great on iOS. It has a three times speed mode for easy grinding, an amazing story, and some very cool characters.
That’s it for our list of the best iOS games, we recommend you also take a look at our list of the best iPad games. If you don’t own an Apple device, take a look at our list of the best Android games you can pick up right now.