iPhone games with controller support

By , Feb 1, 2014

MOGA MFi iPhone controller (EVLeaks 001)When Apple demonstrated iOS 7 in June of 2013, one of the unmentioned, but highly talked about features that would be added was the MFi game controller SDK, which allows third-party developers to create external game pads for iOS.

Of course, we’ve talked about the subject quite a bit in the past eight months. However, one of the things we haven’t talked as much about is related to games that can be played with MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers. Well, today we have a list of the best iPhone games with controller support for iOS 7, and we think are the cream of the crop…

We have listed some of our favorite MFi-compatible games first, but we also have a long list of Made For iPhone game with controller support below. Note that this is a growing list of games that will periodically be updated.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA SAArguably the most popular GTA game, and possibly one of the most popular driving games in history finally made its way to the App Store late last year. Players are able to take out their violent tendencies on corrupt executives, greedy drug lords, and irritating passersby. The game features more than 70 hours of campaign gameplay. Plus, listen to customized playlists and take advantage of the dual stick controls for full camera movement. This game is available for $6.99.

Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

TWD 2This is another sequel that was a huge hit with fans this year. The first season of this episodic adventure was just the beginning. The follow-up looks about the same as its predecessor, but continues the story of young Clementine. What will she do now? Find out how she has faired these past few months in the first episode of the second season. Players are asked to intertwine text-based role-play adventuring with swipe action gameplay. Your decisions will affect the outcome of this story, so be careful. This game is available for $4.99.

Oceanhorn

OceanhornThis Zelda-like game made huge waves this year when it launched in the App Store. Some gamers were excited about this epic adventure. Others blasted it as nothing but a clone of Zelda. What the majority were saying was that, no matter whether it was just co-opting a preexisting game or paying homage to the greats, this is a title worthy of the high download price. This game is available for $8.99.

LIMBO Game

LIMBOThis popular puzzle platformer has been a hit with iOS users since it first launched. In September, the devs added iOS 7 game controller support, so now you can plan out your adventure with even more usability. Players help a lonely boy, searching for his missing sister and a way out of a dark world. As you move from one scene to another, you will be faced with difficult obstacles that require puzzle-solving skills. If you aren’t careful, you may end up dead. This game is available for $4.99.

Double Dragon Trilogy

Double DragonOh man, when this game first launched, I spent hours playing through all three titles on my iPad. Man, do I wish I had a game controller at that time. I ended up with sore thumbs and cramped wrists. This collection includes the first title, The Revenge, and The Rosetta Stone. There are two game modes, Arcade, which is just like it was when it originally launched, and Story, which unlocks new stages and achievements while playing. Listen along with either the original 8-bit soundtrack, or upgrade your audio with the brand new, remastered version. This game is available for $2.99.

Anomaly 2

Anomoly 2This follow up sequel to the original tower attack game is even more intense than its predecessor. Using cutting edge technology and advanced graphics, you won’t be able to tell reality from video game play as you advance on the invading alien forces. The story-driven campaign will set you on a path of destruction that will lead to different endings, depending on what you choose. There are thousands of tactical combinations. Play online multiplayer to choose between towers and troops. This game is available for $4.99.

Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2Killing zombies is more exiting than ever with this free-to-play game. Another sequel, this follow up title has better graphics, more content, and plenty of gut-splattering fun. Players take part in real-time story development, participate in global missions, and earn exclusive in-game rewards. Hook up with the Gunsmith, Medic, Scientist, Smuggler, and Engineer to unlock new weapons and gadgets. This game is available for free.

Meltdown

MeltdownThis tiny tactical shooter lets gamers take down waves of enemies by blasting them with awesome upgradable weapons. There are 30 randomly generated levels and 10 ranged weapons that can be upgraded using in-game coins. The five melee weapons let players hack enemies to bits with epic attacks. Develop your fighter’s specializations for either soldier, engineer, or medic. The game is cross-platform for co-operative multiplayer mode with up to four others. This game is available for $1.99.

Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 22013 was a very good year for sequels. Unlike many movies, these sequels don’t suck. The majority of them are so much better than their predecessors that the earlier games look like junk in comparison. This one is an example of what can be done with great graphics, streamlined features, and smooth gameplay. This 3D space combat game combines the battle of starships with trading simulation. Mine for rare minerals, sell to the highest bidder, and fight pirate miners who want your goods. This game is available for free.

The Bard’s Tale

Bards TaleThis is one of my favorite iOS games. Not because of any outstanding graphics or arcade action, but because of the hilarious gags. This game is a port of the 2004 PlayStation 2 title. It features Cary Elwes of Princess Bride fame voice acting as The Bard. The sarcastic and greedy songwriter has a hankering for something other than adventure. Fame and fortune is only part of the fun. The role-playing adventure has you controlling the quests of the amoral Bard as he drinks and fights his way to the next task. This game is on sale for $2.99.

Other iOS 7 games with controller support

This is a growing list of iOS games that support game controllers. We’ll do our best to update it from time to time. Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section below.

Do you have a favorite MFi game controller compatible game? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Capirexz

    That controller is cool..

  • Jared Steffen

    Cod strike team

    • FRITZ|FRITZ

      While COD: Strike Team does work with the MFI controllers…. it’s not the best implementation in my opinion. Too much stuff going on it’s hard to use just the controller. That being said it is fun!

      • Jared Steffen

        Gameplay is fine for me the combination of touch and control is fine

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      No multiplayer so not a real Cod game

      • Jared Steffen

        Still a fun play especially if you got it free 🙂

  • David Gitman

    I wonder if we could us Xbox 360 controller on the iphone sometime in the future

    • R4

      Or the Xbox One.

      • Joe Portman

        No because xbox controllers don’t connect over Bluetooth whereas PS3/4 controllers do

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Perhaps it could be possible for the controller to interface with a PC / Mac utility that would interface with the iOS device over Bluetooth. There’d probably be a lot of lag though…

      • R4

        Oh that sucks, the Xbone controller is amazing.

      • Philip Lafaurie

        While it maybe easier with ps3/4 due to Bluetooth, Xbox
        Uses wifi. So ad-hoc wifi works it just needs to be coded into a tweak

    • pokaprophet

      Doesn’t use Bluetooth, so no. I have XBox and had to “borrow” a PS3 controller from a friend.

    • Himanshu Oberoi

      There Is A Jailbreak Tweak in cydia called “ControllerForAll” which will be soon update with xbox controller….

      • Nate McKelvie

        No it won’t, xbox does not use Bluetooth therefor it will not connect. It’s possible they could edit the tweak to use the camera connection kit to plug a receiver into USB port and then do it that way but I would seriously doubt that

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    Asphalt 8 Too

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    You mean Controllers for all compatible games.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    The Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2 is not a great game that is compatible with MFi game controllers. Multiple times I had to use the touch screen since using a controller just would not select the thing I wanted it to (yes I was using the controller correctly). Also while I’m ranting telltale takes far too long to release each new episode. The game was released last year and still only has one episode for crying out loud! /rant

    • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

      Yeah I paid for the entire season 1, because of their stupid time release i just used a cracked version for the season 2. if the second episode is good, ill buy.

      • Marvin2302

        Minecraft?

    • Aden

      Each episode comes out every month

    • Theo Daish

      you can do things like move, or swiping with the controller by moving the analogue sticks, but you still have to tap zombies or misc items to interact which really sucks. would be really good if it just let you use ‘A’ for the regular tapping functions, and if its one of those zombie encounters where youve gotta do stuff (attack, shove, etc), there should be a random combination or button press, it sucks you still have to tap circle. at least you can do that fast tapping with the controller, they just need to at more compatability, which i bet will be in the next update.

      [EDIT] You CAN touch the circles, you move the right analogue sticks to look up and down, and after looking mostly in that direction, the options will come up at the bottom, at which point you press ‘Y’ or triangle on a PS3 controller. just discovered when i was trying to suss it out.

  • Kamal Chhabria

    How can you guys forget mordern combat 4: zero hour….!!!!one of the best game!!!

    • Straightshoota

      Can’t get Mfi support to work with this title

    • sorrento

      Unfortunately it doesn’t fit for the controller, already tried with the PS3 controller and my iPad 🙁 I’m so sad cause you right Kamal, this is one of the best ios game !!!

  • Straightshoota

    Star Wars knight of the old republic!

  • Kim Olsson

    Forgot Bastion! Plays really well using ps3-controller!

  • Chris forester

    Could someone please tell me what game is displayed on the controller on the first pic?!

  • Zower

    NBA 2K14 and Asphalt 8 should be on the list.

  • Sorbis86

    aggiungo F1 RACE STARS che funziona alla perfezione con il controller
    della ps4….il gioco è scaricabile gratuitamente dallo store di
    singapore

  • Theo Daish

    ‘Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga’ is very much compatable, its the most compatible game yet really, best implementation so far.

    Walking Dead 2 is good to the extent that all the talking and movement, and avoiding actions all work, but the only problem is that you can look at anything with the controls, you HAVE to touch the circles which sucks, because it looks so good on the big screen just using a controller, and it really sucks having to go and touch the circles to do stuff, it should just come up with ‘A’ to look at it, and if its one of those zombie encounters where youve gotta do stuff (attack, shove, etc), there should be a random combination or button press, it sucks you still have to tap circle.

  • iLogan32

    Even though this isn’t an App Store app, nds4ios and GBA4iOS is really nice with a controller.

  • WordsmithMR

    I know the MFi controllers work with quite a few FF games… But does anyone know if they work with FFTactics? I keep hearing the touch controls suck for that game (although I heard the same about VI and the touch seems fine, though I enjoy the controller better) /crossingfingers.