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The 25 best console and PC conversions on iPhone and iPad

25 essential ports to have in your iOS collection
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated August 7, 2018: New entries added

We're champions of originality here on PG, but we're also far from immune to the appeal of a good port.

When a game's good, it's good regardless of platform. That means that if it's at all possible to get that game onto iOS, we're all for it.

Of course, it needs to make sense within the confines of a mobile phone or tablet. There are plenty of fine PC and console games that simply have don't work well on mobile.

However, if you can get those touchscreen controls right and tweak the visuals for a compact screen, you may just end up with a bone fide classic. Take these 25 expert conversions for an example of how that might work.

#1 FTL: Faster Than Light

Product: FTL: Faster Than LightFormats: Android, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Subset GamesPublisher: Subset GamesGenres: Strategy

FTL: Faster Than Light
An easy-breezy port from PC to tablet, this. Its retro art and rich, sandbox nature makes it a favourite in plenty of people's book, and the controls and ease of use between PC and mobile makes porting look a cinch.

#2 Hearthstone

Product: HearthstoneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Blizzard EntertainmentPublisher: Blizzard EntertainmentGenres: Card battler, RPG, Strategy

Hearthstone is one of the greatest card battlers of all time, and one of the best examples of free to play, too. And it's all coated in that delicious Blizzard polish. Lovely.

#3 GRID Autosport

Product: GRID AutosportFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Feral InteractiveGenres: Racing

GRID Autosport
There are plenty of brilliant mobile racers that justifiably claim to be console quality, but none have delivered the real thing to the extent of GRID Autosport. It's a deep, technically astonishing slab of premium racing action.

#4 Game Dev Tycoon

Product: Game Dev TycoonFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad

Game Dev Tycoon
It took five years to arrive on mobile, but Game Dev Tycoon truly feels like it belongs on the platform. It's a remarkably addictive simulation game full of clever writing and genuine suspense.

#5 Papers, Please

Product: Papers, PleaseFormats: iPadDeveloper: Lucas PopePublisher: Lucas PopeGenres: Simulation, Time management

Papers, Please
Papers, Please puts you in the shoes of a border control agent in a fictional communist state called Arstotzka. You have to study passports, read entry rules, and make sure no troublemakers get in. It sounds dull, but the human stories and branching narrative mean it's one of the most engrossing games on mobile. Get it played.

#6 XCOM: Enemy Within

Product: XCOM: Enemy WithinFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: 2K GamesGenres: Strategy

XCOM: Enemy Within
The new XCOM titles are well good. There's strategy and tactics and guns and aliens and spaceships and oh my god they're so good I'm gonna go play them right now - and so should you!

#7 World of Goo

Product: World of GooFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: 2D BoyGenres: Casual, Puzzle

World of Goo
Originally launched on PC and Wii back in the year that the App Store first launched, World of Goo remains a truly great example of an iOS conversion done right. Building tottering towers of living blobs just works on a touchscreen device.

#8 The Witness

Product: The WitnessFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Thekla Inc.Genres: Puzzle

The Witness
Jonathan Blow's first person puzzler masterpiece took a long time to come to iOS, but was easily worth the wait. Hiking around the beautiful island might be better suited to PC and console, but the game's line-drawing puzzles play best on mobile.

#9 Death Squared

Product: Death SquaredFormats: iPhone, iPad, Switch

Death Squared
This wonderful 3D puzzler has you guiding two coloured cubes around a series of abstract levels, flipping switches for one another. With built-in co-op gameplay, it's as good on mobile as it is on Switch.

#10 Knights of the Old Republic

Product: Knights of the Old RepublicFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: BioWarePublisher: AspyrGenres: Action, RPG

Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic is one of the finest RPGs ever made. It lets you inhabit the cloak of a flippin' Jedi Knight, for goodness sake. But what's most remarkable is that it works so well on iOS.

#11 Super Fancy Pants Adventure

Product: Super Fancy Pants AdventureFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: KongregateGenres: Platform

Super Fancy Pants Adventure
A breathlessly paced, gleefully tactile platformer that gives the player an unrivalled sense of momentum. No other mobile platformer feels as thrillingly weighty as Super Fancy Pants Adventure.

#12 Severed

Product: SeveredFormats: iPhone, iPad, PS VitaDeveloper: DrinkBox StudiosGenres: Action, Adventure, Fighting

Coming to iOS just three months after its PS Vita debut, Severed finds itself perfectly at home on mobile. The surreal story and Myst-like first-person adventuring remains, but it actually feels like an improvement when experienced on an Apple device.

#13 Inside

Product: InsideFormats: iPhone, iPad, SwitchPublisher: PlaydeadGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Playdead's stunning follow-up to Limbo bests its predecessor in virtually every way, from its grimly beautiful world to its seamless blend of puzzles and wordless narrative. Inside's slow pace ensures that this is platformer that works well on mobile, too.

#14 Football Manager Touch 2017

Product: Football Manager Touch 2017Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Sports InteractiveGenres: Sports

Football Manager Touch 2017
Football Manager Touch 2017 offers a like-for like experience with the equivalent PC mode, but with refined touch controls. It's a dauntingly deep management sim that's unrivalled on mobile.

#15 Kingdom: New Lands

Product: Kingdom: New LandsFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure, Strategy

Kingdom: New Lands
Kingdom: New Lands might have started life as a PC game, but it really feels like it belongs on mobile. Run left and right, slowly building up your beautiful pixel-art kingdom.

#16 This War of Mine

Product: This War of MineFormats: Android, iPad, SteamPublisher: 11 bit studiosGenres: Action, Simulation

This War of Mine
If you haven't played this game yet, it's a must. Emotive. Unforgiving. Truly heart breaking and frustrating. Its port from PC to mobile has been a breeze and plays just as naturally on the iPad.

#17 Darkest Dungeon

Product: Darkest DungeonFormats: iPadDeveloper: Red Hook StudiosGenres: RPG

Darkest Dungeon
Go dungeon crawling through a deliciously grim and overwrought Lovecraftian universe in Darkest Dungeon. It's a thoroughly miserable experience in the best possible way.

#18 Death Road to Canada

Product: Death Road to CanadaFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MadgardenPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Death Road to Canada
A dungeon crawler with a modern, zombie-filled twist, Death Road to Canada has you making your way across a ravage America with a motley crew of personalities.

#19 Invisible, Inc.

Product: Invisible, Inc.Formats: iPad, SteamPublisher: Klei EntertainmentGenres: Stealth, Strategy

Invisible, Inc.
Turn-based strategy meets stealth in this slick sci-fi crime caper. Invisible Inc's tense procedurally generated missions and stylish isometric visuals really sing on mobile.

#20 Banner Saga 2

Product: Banner Saga 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stoic StudioGenres: RPG, Strategy

Banner Saga 2
Just like the first, game, Banner Saga 2 melds tight turn-based battles with gripping choose-your-own-adventure decision making and a gripping Nordic folklore universe. Amazingly, it hasn't suffered one jot from the shift to mobile.

#21 Thimbleweed Park

Product: Thimbleweed ParkFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure

Thimbleweed Park
There's no more original Monkey Island on the App Store, sadly, but Thimbleweed Park is a modern effort from the brains behind it. It's a fascinating point-and-click adventure in its own right.

#22 SteamWorld Heist

Product: SteamWorld HeistFormats: iPhone, iPad, 3DS, PS VitaPublisher: Image & FormGenres: Adventure, Platform, Puzzle

SteamWorld Heist
SteamWorld Heist was always a more intuitive take on squad-based battling, thanks to its side-on perspective and light-hearted steampunk presentation. Its move to mobile was written in the stars.

#23 The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Product: The World Ends with You: Solo RemixFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Jupiter CorporationPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Multiplayer, RPG

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
This love letter to the Tokyo district of Shibuya is a gleeful mash-up of genres and ideas. It's a JRPG, but not as you know it, with a swipe-based combat system that translates well from the DS original.

#24 The Talos Principle

Product: The Talos PrincipleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: CroteamGenres: Puzzle

The Talos Principle
Here's another brilliant first person puzzler conversion to accompany The Witness. The Talos Principle is a brilliant counterpoint to all the pointless fluff that's on the App Store these days.

#25 ROME: Total War

Product: ROME: Total WarFormats: iPadPublisher: Genres: Strategy

ROME: Total War
ROME: Total War is a contender for the finest PC real time strategy game ever, so to find it here on iPad and in such fine form is quite a thing. Waging ancient war doesn't get any more involved than this.


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Jon Mundy 7 August 2018
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