Over the past few years, I’ve compared the best controllers for iOS and iPadOS. We’ve seen Apple finally embrace console controllers and slowly bring more controller-specific features into iOS and iPadOS, like support for Sony’s DualSense triggers and more. I even recently reviewed the new Backbone One PlayStation Edition and the Razer Kishi V2 which are both excellent controllers for the iPhone. With all that out of the way, I wanted to showcase some of the best games to play on iOS and iPadOS with controller support that are worth playing in 2022. This list is in no particular order and will cover a mix of premium and free games.
The best iOS games with controller support to play in 2022
Genshin Impact is one of the most popular games right now, and it’s great with a controller on iOS. Although it’s also great on PS5, I’ve played more Genshin Impact on iPad and iPhone recently. While fully playable with touch controls, it certainly benefits from traditional controls if you have the option. On the iPhone, it feels right at home with a Backbone One or a Razer Kishi too.
dead cells from Motion Twin got a brilliant iOS conversion via Playdigious which was regularly updated with new free and paid content. It should also receive a major update later this month, but it’s an absolute joy to play with a controller on iOS. dead cells also has amazing touch controls with an auto-tap mode that makes it perfect on touchscreens.
Minecraft is another game I hardly ever play on consoles anymore. The Xbox and Switch versions I put a lot of time into seem unstable compared to the much cheaper mobile version. The iOS version of Minecraft is the full game with support for touch, controllers, and more recently even keyboard and mouse gameplay. If you have never played Minecraft before, the iOS version is a great starting point and works as you’d expect with a controller.
Alien: Isolation from Feral Interactive is one of the biggest and best mobile conversions in recent years. While it obviously has full touch control support, Feral Interactive has also added full controller support with optional PlayStation button prompts. It’s one of the most demanding iOS games with its visuals, and it’s worth more than the asking price if you want to experience Alien: Isolation on the go with its best portable version.
Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe is one of the best games of all time, and its mobile version, while outdated from the PC version by a few updates, is still brilliant. It plays perfectly with all its control options and fully supports the controller. If you are looking for a relaxing farming and life simulation game, Stardew Valley is the best you can get on iOS right now, and it complements your controller on iPad and iPhone perfectly.
Streets of rage 4$7.99
Streets of rage 4 is a game I recommend to everyone, and the mobile version via Playdigious is basically flawless on all the devices I’ve tested it on recently. The beat ’em up plays brilliantly with touch controls, but it also supports the controller, which makes it better on iPadOS and also another great choice for Razer Kishi and Backbone One iPhone owners. If you’re not a fan of touch controls, you can get the Streets of rage 4 experience with your controller on iOS and iPadOS.
Castlevania: SotN$2.99 Including classic games here is like cheating, but it’s the only modern way to play Konami. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on the move at the moment. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on iOS, it lacks a bit of touch controls, but it fully supports the controller. If you don’t have a recent Xbox, the iOS and Android version is the only current version of the game available, and it’s an absolute steal at its asking price.
Death Road to Canada$14.99
Death Road to Canada was our game of the year when it released, and it’s absolutely essential on mobile. It’s received so many massive free content updates over the years, it seems like it’s underrated considering how much value you’ll get out of it. Death Road to Canada is another game that works great with touch or controller, and it’s one of the best controller supported games on iOS right now.
terrariums$4.99 Just like Minecraft, terrariums is one of those games that you’ll probably spend tons of hours with. It’s been on mobile for years now, but has recently improved a lot with its many content and feature updates. If you have a controller, it’s even better, and still sold at a fraction of its price on consoles. terrariums is also another game I recommend on mobile with a controller on Nintendo Switch for the best portable experience if you have a Backbone One or Razer Kishi V2 for iPhone.
GRID™ Autosport$9.99 The Feral Interactive mobile version of Autosport Grid is still the definitive mix of simulation and arcade racing on the go. It has plenty of control and graphics options to tailor the experience to your liking, and looks sublime with a controller on iOS. If you have a newer iPhone or iPad, this is one of the first games you should buy if you like runners and own a controller.
While this list obviously doesn’t cover every game on iOS with controller support, here are my picks for the best ones you can play in 2022. If you have any suggestions for more games worth recommending To anyone who recently purchased an iOS and iPadOS controller, let us know in the comments below. I’m interested to see how Apple continues to improve controller support on iOS and iPadOS in the future. Until then, read this if you’re not sure which controller you should buy for iOS and iPadOS.