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The 25 best shooting games on iPhone and iPad

Shoot for the stars
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated August 30, 2018: New entries added

Blasting everything that moves is one of the big guilty pleasures of the videogame format. There's little more satisfying than pulling the trigger on a virtual target.

And there are so many different ways to do it! There are first person shooters, third person shooters, bullet hell shmups, twin-stick shooters, and tank simulators.

All of these varied forms and more are represented on iOS. Narrowing it down to just 25 - which can seem like a generous selection with some other genres - was a task in itself.

Let's give it a shot.

#1 Steredenn

Product: SteredennFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixelnest StudioGenres: Arcade, Shooter

Steredenn might look like an old skool bullet hell shmup, but it's so much more than that. Roguelike elements and a highly customisable weapon system make this far more interesting than your average blaster.

#2 Guns of Boom

Product: Guns of BoomFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Game Insight

Guns of Boom
If you want to shoot other players, there's no better mobile game right now than Guns of Boom. It simplifies the FPS format just enough without compromising on strategy or depth.

#3 Atomine

Product: AtomineFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Broken Arms Games Pty Ltd

If you like twin-stick shooters, they don't come any more stylish than Atomine, with its glitchy cyberpunk graphics and slick arcade gameplay.

#4 Earth Atlantis

Product: Earth AtlantisFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamGenres: Action, Shooter

Earth Atlantis
A free-roaming shooter that styles itself after a classic Game Boy game, Earth Atlantis feels quite unlike anything else on this list.

#5 Downwell

Product: DownwellFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: MoppinGenres: Action, Platform

In Downwell, your guns are located in your character's boots as you embark on an endless drop. This means that as well as taking out baddies, it acts as a means of locomotion. Genius!

#6 Blazing Star

Product: Blazing StarFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SNK PlaymorePublisher: SNK PlaymoreGenres: Arcade, Retro, Shooter

Blazing Star
This classic SNK Playmore shoot-'em-up plays wonderfully on iPhone, bringing a taste of the late-'90s arcade to your pocket.

#7 PUBG Mobile

Product: PUBG MobileFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Tencent Games

PUBG Mobile
The hottest shooter sub-genre of the moment is undoubtedly Battle Royale, and PUBG is the game that kicked the craze off. Surprisingly, it works really well on mobile.

#8 Fortnite Battle Royale

Product: Fortnite Battle RoyaleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Epic GamesGenres: Action, Shooter

Fortnite Battle Royale
If PUBG started the Battle Royale craze, Fortnite took it mainstream. This is a technically stunning conversion of that game, which mixes colourful building into the brutal gunplay.

#9 Hero Hunters

Product: Hero HuntersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Hothead Games

Hero Hunters
This handsome third person cover shooter is gleefully chaotic, with a compelling team system and online PvP.

#10 Space Pioneer

Product: Space PioneerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Vivid Games

Space Pioneer
An inventive top-down shooter that takes the onus off of aiming in favour of adventuring and light RPG mechanics - all wrapped up in an adorable sci-fi art style.

#11 Space Marshals 2

Product: Space Marshals 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixelbite GamesGenres: Action

Space Marshals 2
Space Marshals is far more considered and varied game than some of the games on this list. But at its core is a brilliantly weighty drag-and-aim shooting system that lifts combat to another level.

#12 Neon Shadow

Product: Neon ShadowFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Tasty Poison GamesPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: 3D, Action, Shooter

Neon Shadow
While the first person shooter genre has gotten increasingly complex over the years, Neon Shadow returns to a time when it was all about frenetic action. Arguably the best FPS on mobile.

#13 Kick Ass Commandos

Product: Kick Ass CommandosFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade, Retro, Shooter

Kick Ass Commandos
A gleefully violent top-down shooter with satisfying action and a distinct '80s action movie aesthetic. The tone is a little wobbly, but it's consistently fun.

#14 The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (iOS)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (iOS)
A port of one of the most beloved indie games of recent years, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a twin-stick shooter that's so packed full of randomised elements that no two runs are the same.

#15 Super Hydorah

Product: Super HydorahFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Abylight

Super Hydorah
Here's a shooter for all the R-Type fans out there. It expertly emulates those classic side-scrolling shmups, but adds a sprinkling of fresh ideas.

#16 The Bug Butcher

Product: The Bug ButcherFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Awfully Nice StudiosGenres: Shooter

The Bug Butcher
Essentially Space Invaders updated for the mobile generation, The Bug Butcher has you dodging left and right while blasting the enemies that fly overhead - all with a delightful cartoony art style.

#17 Operation Dracula

Product: Operation DraculaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Operation Dracula
A really-quite-brilliant hardcore 2D shooter that evokes the memory of classic arcade machines, with pacy gameplay and chunky graphics. Operation Dracula most certainly does not suck.

#18 Neon Chrome

Product: Neon ChromeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS Vita, SwitchPublisher: 10tonsGenres: Action, Shooter

Neon Chrome
Neon Chrome feels like a proper, fully fleshed out console shooter right here in the palm of your hands. It's a twin-stick shooter with a moody story, heaps of weapons, formidable bosses and a rollicking sci-fi story.

#19 Bullet Hell Monday

Product: Bullet Hell MondayFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Masayuki ItoGenres: Action, Arcade, Shooter

Bullet Hell Monday
Bullet Hello Monday takes the more frenetic end of the shmup scale and throws all the colours of the rainbow at it. It's ludicrously OTT.

#20 Missile Dancer

Product: Missile DancerFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade, Hardcore, Shooter

Missile Dancer
This clever twist on the bullet hell shooter gives you automated targeting, but places the range finder perilously close to your craft, forcing you to duck and dive even more than usual.

#21 World of Tanks Blitz

Product: World of Tanks BlitzFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: WargamingGenres: Action, Strategy

World of Tanks Blitz
A popular online shooter that places you in the turret of a tank, World of Tanks Blitz is a much more tactical affair than your average COD wannabe.

#22 KeroBlaster

Product: KeroBlasterFormats: iPhoneDeveloper: Studio PixelPublisher: NatsumeGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Retro

KeroBlaster looks like a fairly basic retro platform-shooter, but it's actually very distinctive indeed. We're surprised more developers haven't copied its novel semi-automatic combat system.

#23 Aka to Blue

Product: Aka to BlueFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Shooter

Aka to Blue
Aka to Blue feels like a Cave shmup, even though it isn't. It's classic vertical bullet hell stuff, but with a moreish coin-hoovering scoring system.

#24 Glitchskier

Product: GlitchskierFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Shelly AlonGenres: Action, Shooter

A shooter that's retro in the truest sense, with beautifully stark BBC Micro graphics and a brutal difficulty level.

#25 Trigger Fist

Product: Trigger FistFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Lake EffectPublisher: Lake EffectGenres: 3D, Multiplayer, Shooter

Trigger Fist
Online shooters needn't be so po-faced or fiddly, as Trigger Fist goes to show. By limiting the aiming to the horizontal plane and keeping the action simple (and silly), it really works on mobile.


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Jon Mundy 31 August 2018
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