The introduction of official controller support in iOS 13 was a radical change for Apple. As good as games can be with touch controls, controller support adds a whole new level of playability. Here are some of the best iOS games that take advantage of controller support.
1. GRID Autosport
GRID Autosport is a known entity thanks to its widespread availability on home consoles. If you want a console-quality racing experience on your iPhone, GRID is as good as it gets. The game sets a high bar for touch controls, but it’s playing with either the Xbox One or PS4 controller that really helps GRID win the race.
Offering more than 100 cars and 100 circuits, the one-time purchase at $9.99, including DLC packs, is worth it many times over. Players can choose from super-easy to ultra-realistic difficulties depending on skill level. The only non-controller function is the lack of L3/R3 support. Support extends from the newest iPhones back to the original iPhone SE and the 5th generation iPad all the way forward.
2. Call of Duty
Arguably the best first-person shooter in the App Store, Call of Duty is exceptional with controller support. This massively popular multiplayer hit includes a number of game modes, including battle royale, 5v5 team deathmatch, sniper versus sniper and so much more.
Xbox, PS4 and MFi controllers are instantly mapped so that you can jump directly into gameplay. Call of Duty players who use the console will immediately recognize maps from Black Ops and Modern Warfare adding to the playability. The game is free to download, but unsurprisingly, there are numerous in-app purchases including new outfits, gear, weapons, accessories, etc.
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Grand Theft Auto series needs no introduction, as it’s likely you have previously played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Rockstar’s biggest game on iOS, with releases all the way back in 2014, it has been consistently updated throughout the years. The remastered version at $6.99 includes high-resolution graphics, built specifically for mobile, and support for game controllers.
Everything you know about the game and genre is contained within, including the main storyline and dozens of side missions to complete. If you really want a game that allows you to play for hours on end just to rack up money to buy new clothes and weapons, this is the game for you.
4. Dead Cells
One of the most popular games on the iOS platform, Dead Cells only gets better with a physical controller. This action platformer is a challenge right from the start.
When you die in the game, you start back at the very beginning. The appeal of this game style with its outstanding graphics has elevated Dead Cells right into dozens of “best games on iOS” lists. The $8.99 price is a one-time purchase, with no extras or in-app purchases to help you progress throughout the game. The 2D action is so much fun to play, and even with the frustration of starting from scratch, there is just something about Dead Calls that keeps players coming back again and again.
5. NBA 2K20
Another console quality game that has garnered positive controller reviews on the App Store is NBA 2K20. Available for $9.99, this is the best basketball game on the App Store and possibly the best sports game overall. Numerous aspects of the popular console game carry over to mobile, including “Run the Streets” mode, Blacktop and playing as some of the all-time great NBA teams.
If you are looking for a sports game that will keep you occupied for hours on end, this is the game for you. That it includes support for physical controllers is just icing on the cake.
6. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
This iconic game will take you back to the glory days of the original PlayStation back in 1997. The direct port of the console classic of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will let you jump, dash and run, thanks to outstanding controller support.
Everything you know and love about the classic game is here as you fight through Dracula’s castle fighting off new and challenging enemies along the way. The controllers are focused, easy to learn and help make Symphony of the Night excel on the iPhone and iPad. This RPG classic is arguably its best version ever, and you can play as both Richter or Maria right from the very beginning of the game.
7. Space Marshals 2
Top-down shooters are available across the App Store, but few hold a candle to the fun and enjoyment Space Marshals 2 offers. A self-proclaimed tactical top-down shooter, you are tasked with using the environment to take cover and choose your shots carefully. Find weapons all over each map to help you stealthily work your way through each level. Alternatively, you can load up on some of the 70 available weapons and try a more guns blazing approach. Can you make it all the way to the end? There’s only one way to find out.
The unique graphic style is incredibly fun to watch and play again and again. With more than 20 missions available for $4.99, you can add 10 more with a new mission pack for $2.99. No matter how you choose to play, Space Marshals 2 is a fantastic experience and a must download for any top down shooter fan.
While iOS games are made to play with a touch screen, making use of a physical controller adds an incredible experience. Games like the ones mentioned in the above list are some of the best iOS games with controller support, though there are thousands more. And don’t forget that you can also stream Xbox games to iOS. The biggest problem isn’t how they play, it’s how you will find time to play them all.