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When Apple demonstrated iOS 7 in June of 2013, one of the unmentioned, but highly talked about features that was added was the MFi game controller SDK, which allowed third-party developers to create external game pads for iOS devices.

This program has now evolved greatly allowing iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS devices to work with Xbox and PlayStation wireless game controllers.

In this article, we list the best iPhone games with controller support that 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 games with controller support below, including shooting and racing games. Note that this is a growing list of games that will periodically be updated. 

Best iOS games with controller support in 2020

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA SA MFi games

Arguably 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.

It’s Full of Sparks

If you enjoy games that combine the platformer genre with that of a puzzle, check out It’s Full of Sparks. Live your life as a firecracker in search of the The Old One. Your goal through the 80+ levels is to not explode as firecrackers do. Jump, fly, run, climb, and figure out how to continue your journey without having your own spark take you out. It’s Full of Sparks is available for free with in-app purchases for extra lives.

Oceanhorn

Oceanhorn MFi games

This 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 $7.99.

If you enjoy Oceanhorn, continue your adventure in Oceanhorn 2 which is currently available in Apple Arcade.

Afterpulse – Elite Army

Do you prefer to restore peace or ignite a conflict? In Afterpulse – Elite Army the choice is yours. For an exciting, 3D, console-like experience, grab your tactical gear and join the battlefield. The game is an action adventure that offers realistic maps with smart weather systems, synchronous multiplayer mode, and in-game rewards. For a test of your skills in a third-person shooter, take on Afterpulse – Elite Army which is available for free with in-app purchases.

Life is Strange

Life is Strange is an episodic game with five parts. This story-based adventure is full of choices with outcomes that you might not expect. You’ll follow Max Caulfield as she saves her friend from danger but discovers on her journey that she can rewind time. Uncover mysteries and discover the dark side of the town Arcadia Bay in this beautiful and intriguing game. Life is Strange is available for free with in-app purchases for additional episodes.

Anomaly 2

Anomoly 2

This 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 $3.99.

Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2 MFi games

Killing 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.

Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2

2013 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.

Jetpack Joyride

Strap on your jetpack and prepare for a wild ride in Jetpack Joyride. While this game has been around for many years, it still receives regular updates and is as fun as ever! Dodge missiles, customize your character, jump on crazy vehicles, and more as you fly through missions in this exciting and entertaining endless runner. Jetpack Joyride is available for free with in-app purchases for coins, packs, and rewards.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Designed exclusively for mobile devices, Call of Duty: Mobile brings exciting gameplay to your iPhone or iPad. Play multiplayer maps from Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or check out the 100-person survival map. With snipers, zombies, battles, and thrilling game action, you can compete and fight against millions in this iconic shooter. This game is available for free.

Other games that support controllers

This is a growing list of iOS games that support 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.

Action

Adventure

Arcade

Platformer

Puzzle

Role playing

Sports

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