Taking Another Look At iOS Gaming

Gaming on iOS has been given a hard time for years now. Apple is forever being criticised because the Apple TV, and the rest of their product ecosystem haven’t made all other gaming platforms obsolete. In this sense, Apple is a victim of its own success to a certain extent.

Unless Apple is completely dominating the market it’s in, to many people, they are instantly a failure. Gaming here is no exception it seems.

I, personally, think people need to reconsider iOS gaming and appreciate it for what it is. No, the Apple TV wont replace your Xbox One, or even your Switch, but it doesn’t have to to still be a very compelling platform.

I’ve been gaming a fair bit on iOS recently, in particular on my 2018 iPad Pro 12.9”. On it’s own it’s a really compelling device for gaming, and there are some very impressive, console / PC quality games (see Civ VI for example). When you pair the iPad with an MFi controller, such as the SteelSeries Nimbus many of the already fantastic games on iOS are improved exponentially. When you consider the prices of such impressive games, it’s even more mind blowing.

Some examples of some great games that a controller helps move to the next level are the fantastic Oddmar, which is an insanely cheap £4.99 and Grimvalor. These are both, at their heart, platform games, which have never played all that well via a touchscreen, but quickly hooking up my Nimbus and they are very impressive, deep and engaging games. They would probably be a bit out of place on an Xbox, but I can totally imagine playing, and spending twice the amount on these games for my Switch any day of the week.


There are also a likely a lot more games that support controllers on iOS than you’d think. I found the list below on Reddit which gives you a good idea of some of the gems. The lists include:

  • Galaxy on Fire 2
  • Bastion
  • Wayward Souls
  • GTA: San Andreas
  • Evoland 2
  • Asphalt 8
  • Modern Combat 5
  • Terraria
  • Minecraft
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
  • GRID
  • Transistor
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Multiple Final Fantasy games

If you have an iPad, which I assume you do if you’re reading this site, I would highly recommend you give gaming on iOS another look if you’ve been avoiding it for a while. There’s a lot to love here, even if Apple hasn’t put the rest of the gaming industry out of business. Why anyone would look to that as a reason to put value in something I have no idea.