Newzoo data highlights that mobile gaming now has more than a 50% share of the gaming industry. Apple’s iPhones and iPads have undoubtedly played a big part in the rise of mobile gaming over the years. The number of console quality games for the iOS platform has increased markedly as Apple’s phones and tablets have gotten better and better. Consequently, more and more players are embracing mobile gaming. These are six of the best iOS games that you can play on your iPhone or iPad.
Riptide GP: Renegade is a futuristic racing game that’s made a splash on the iOS and other gaming platforms. The game is retailing at $2.99 on the App Store, where players rate it 4.6/5. So Riptide has been getting rave reviews, and the game is compatible with iOS platforms from 8.0 to 12.
The great thing about Riptide GP: Renegade is that its races take place on water. Players race through nine wet and wild race tracks with upgradeable hydrojets at blazing speeds. Riptide GP’s dynamic water physics that tosses hydrojets up and down adds a new dimension to the gameplay. The game’s relatively long story narrative ensures a more interesting single-player mode. Vector has also done a great job at cramming a game with slick 3D visuals into just a 105.9 megabyte app. So, Riptide GP: Renegade is certainly an arcade racer worth noting.
A lot of first-person shooting games for the iOS are restricted to aiming and shooting because of the restrictions of mobile controls. However, FZ9: Timeshift shows that first-person shooter games on the iOS and Android can match those on game consoles even without a gamepad. Timeshift is freely available for iOS platforms from 7 to 12, and you’ll need about 1.9 GB storage space for it.
FZ9: Timeshift is one of the few iOS first-person shooters that pairs a story driven single-player game alongside a solid multiplayer mode. The game includes an ingenious bullet time gameplay mechanic that enables players to slow down the gameplay speed so they can dodge bullets. Consequently, simultaneous move, aim and shoot controls, which really need a gamepad, aren’t so essential in FZ9. FZ9 also has quality 3D graphics and an interesting storyline with a few twists and turns that extends across 30 missions.
Civilization VI is the latest game in the Civ series that Aspyr has now ported over to iOS mobile devices. This isn’t some stripped down port, it’s the full-blown Civilization VI we know and love on Windows. The game is compatible with the iOS 11 and 12 platforms. Civ VI is freely available for 60 turns, but the full game is retailing at $14.99.
Civilization VI is an iOS app that shows developers can port the latest and best Windows games to the mobile devices. The game retains the same look and feel of the Windows version, and the only notable thing its missing is the online multiplayer mode. This is the same turn-based strategy game as Civ VI on Windows in which players expand and advance civilizations through the ages to fulfil numerous victory conditions. Thus, Civ VI is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most ambitious turn-based strategy games ever released for mobiles.
Hearthstone has been at the forefront of the collectible card game genre ever since Blizzard released it. This is a turn-based card game set in the World of Warcraft universe that has been flawlessly ported to the iOS and Android platforms for top-notch mobile gaming. Hearthstone is a free-to-play game that players can play on iOS 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 platforms.
Hearthstone is among the best collectible card game for iOS as its straightforward to play but also provides a lot of tactical scope for alternative playing strategies. Players can battle it out in Hearthstone’s multiplayer ranked play, Arena mode, Tavern Brawl or the numerous solo adventures that Blizzard has added to game with annual expansions. The game also features some great art and graphical effects that give it a little extra sparkle. Another good thing about Hearthstone is that it doesn’t include any ads, which is refreshing for a freemium iOS game.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a multiplayer first-person shooter that has raised the bar for the new breed of battle royale games that have emerged on Windows. This is another of the big Windows game titles that has been faithfully ported to iOS and Android mobiles. The great thing about the iOS version is that it’s a freemium app. Players can play it on iPhone and iPad devices with any iOS platform more recent than 9.0.
PUBG is much the same as the Windows version. The iOS game’s visuals are comparable to the Windows and console alternatives, albeit a little less detailed. PUBG Mobile’s Unreal Engine 4 delivers console quality graphics on iPhones and iPads. Of course, the game’s touchscreen controls are a little different from keyboard and gamepads. However, PUBG Mobile retains all the same gameplay mechanics as its Windows counterpart and still has reasonably precise controls. So, PUBG Mobile is another milestone for mobile gaming.
Asphalt 9: Legends is the latest addition to the Asphalt arcade racing game series on the iOS and other platforms. This freemium game has been getting rave reviews on the App Store and is a worthy follow-up to Asphalt 8. Players can play Asphalt 9 on iPhone and iPad devices with an iOS 9 or later platform.
Asphalt 9: Legends retains all the high-speed thrills and spills of Asphalt 8 across its 70 race tracks. Players have been blow away by Asphalt 9’s amazing graphics that are cut above A8, and most other iOS games for that matter. The game includes amazingly detailed 3D landscapes and stunning nitro boost and lighting effects. Asphalt 9: Legends has raised the bar for visual quality in mobile games, but it still retains fluid performance and gameplay. Therefore, this is undoubtedly among the most polished racing titles on the iOS.
Those are just some of the great games you can play on your iPhone or iPad. Temple Run 2, Rise of Nations, Alto’s Adventures and Odyssey, Minecraft and Clash of Clans are a few other iOS games that are also worth noting. Mobile gaming keeps getting better and better!