Everyone has downloaded an App Store game or two. But did you play the very best console-quality games that the App Store has to offer?
Mobile gaming was seen as a time killing option for a long time, but now times are changing. With increasing ambition of developers for mobile gaming, iPhones and iPads are slowly becoming an option for serious console-like gaming. If you prefer to play on a device with a little more room to maneuver, all these games are well-supported in iPads as well.
We’ve compiled a list of games that offer console-like experience. Let us know if we have missed any of your favorites.
Note: To have the best experience we would suggest to play these games with MFi controllers.
Some games excel at providing thrill and excitement to the gamers. You are on the last lap bumping into other cars and pushing the pedal for the medal. You gun it and you zoom past the checkered line. For a moment, you feel like you are on the top of the world. That’s the feeling we got from playing GRID Autosport.
GRID Autosport offers a console-like experience with its jaw-dropping graphics. It may fit on a small screen but is quite heavy for an app from App Store, it requires around 6 GB of device’s storage.
It’s more of a driving simulation than an arcade racing game. It’ll pose a challenge to most of the veteran racers and will amaze the casual gamers who just want a taste of a traditional racing game. Each car has a different drive that you can really feel. For instance, if you drive a single-seater the same way that you drive a stock car, you’ll fall off of the track before you know it. GRID Autosport isn’t just visually stunning, it’s also realistic.
GRID Autosport isn’t like Mario Kart. It’s such an interactive serious driving game, you’ll feel like you’re really grinding bumpers with other racers. While it will be enjoyed by the extreme racers, others may be intimidated. The good news is that the difficulty of GRID Autosport can be adjusted to be as basic or as challenging as you would want it to be. Automatic or manual gears can be used, AI levels, Stability Control, Handling Aid, Racing Line and more can be changed.
GRID Autosport is simply gorgeous. Everything about the game, from the cars to the tracks, is breathtakingly detailed. GRID Autosport doesn’t mess around. It’s not the sort of game that you’d get bored with after a week. You’ll play for hours with every car and track open, attempting to learn each car’s controls as you strive to win every race.
For a long time, 2K were releasing their sports games as console exclusives, especially their NBA, NHL, and Top Spin games. Seems that 2K has recognized the potential of the mobile platform and so have started releasing their games on mobile platforms.
In this game, you have to collect NBA player cards to build your Dream Team. After creating your own roster, you will be able to compete in different modes like Seasons, Leagues and Drills.
The League mode is what makes the game really fascinating. League is the mode where you go against other players online. The matching will be paired with players who are close to your level of skill. The matchmaking and loading are surprisingly quick, so you will not have to wait for long to compete in League matches.
NBA 2K Mobile Basketball is the perfect game for all basketball fans. We highly recommend you to download and try out this game.
If mercenaries were handled like rockstars, what will happen? That’s the idea behind Shadowgun Legends, the newest in the Madfinger’s franchise.
The violence itself is very clear. You’ll quickly be infected by the pace of high levels and higher rewards. Because for all the showy graphics and grandstanding, Shadowgun Legends is a game about the numbers.
The multiplayer, both competitive and cooperative is some of the best we have seen on mobile device. And there’s no energy system to keep you from slaughtering to your heart’s content.
Shadowgun Legends is a brilliantly balanced, eminently entertaining slice of mobile gaming. It’s furious when it needs to be, it knows what you want, and it’s not afraid to give it you. I think we have a new contender for the best FPS on mobile.
Shadowgun Legends is a brilliantly balanced, eminently entertaining slice of mobile gaming. It’s furious when it needs to be, it knows what you want, and it’s not afraid to give it you.
Hyper Light Drifter traces the path of a technology-clad drifter who, in an effort to save himself from a degenerative illness, enters a deadly, collapsed wasteland. Your weapons are just as powerful as your skills are, even when you are-effectively-more powerful than anything you come up against, with your energy sword charging as you land hits successfully. This means that at the beginning of your journey, you become as squishy and vulnerable to death as you are at the end. It is just that you are given more instruments to help you strive to manifest a dance necessary to remain alive.
Hyper Light Drifter’s whole world is oozing with characters and history. From desert to the crystalline forests, the colour palette choices are fantastic. The brilliant blue crystals Mountains, hot-pink forests, all settings have a cyberpunk inspired sense to them. The world is a post-societal nature-meets-mechanic landscape.
In short Hyper Light Drifter offers amazing pixel-art vistas, wonderful colour-schemes, and a compelling, wordless story.
Imagine Aliens invading the Earth and you’ve been made in-charge of the defence of the entire planet. Players manage the paramilitary XCOM project, and prepare the XCOM troopers to go into the battle with the best equipment possible.
2K’s introduction of a console game to a mobile platform offers identical feel except some level of graphical details and the uninteresting multiplayer mode. The touch controls feel a bit better than the controller or mouse and keyboard controls.
The graphics are noticeably watered-down on the iPhones and iPads but the soldier and alien animations, and the effects of various weapons and abilities make it quite good looking games on the platform.
Without the multiplayer or DLC features, it offers more depth than you’ll find in most, if not all, other strategy titles in the App Store.
Note: No MFi Controller Support
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, set a thousand years before the events of the first chapter, takes you on a magical journey across the vast world of Gaia, brimming with mythology and lore. A young Knight faces an impossible challenge, as Warlock Mesmeroth has returned with a formidable Dark Army. Will our hero be able to unite the Owrus, Gillfolk, and men in a fight for the fate of the world?
General exploration and puzzles overpower the combat-intensive sections. The fundamentals of this adventure – the feelings, sights, sounds, and loops – while making necessary concessions and integrating some more standard features of the RPG genre, including an XP system, makes it a worthy contender.
Note: To play Oceanhorn 2, you will have to subscribe to Apple Arcade.
This old FPS gem still holds amazingly well in 2020. Featuring both the single player campaign and multiplayer game modes, it’s closely modulated after the Battlefield and Call of Duty games on consoles and PCs.
The biggest downside of the game, the difficult touchscreen interface has been resolved with the controller support.
On your single-player campaign journey, you’ll start in Venice, Italy, and will combat in different locations like the streets of Tokyo. The game looks gorgeous and requires time to master the skills.
The introduction of Player Classes, adds so much customization to the game. Before a fight, or after dying, you can choose from Assault, Sniper, Heavy Assault, or Recon. Each of the classes has a number of weapons and accessories you can unlock by playing the game and gaining experience.
On the multiplayer side of the game, you get all the standard FPS game types, with team battle, capture the flag, and free-for-all, along with VIP (kill the marked player), and squad battle.
All in all Modern Combat 5 provides an intense gaming environment, and the controller support has revived the great FPS after 4 years of its initial release.
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