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The 25 best fighting games on iPhone and iPad

Can they kick it? Yes they can. And punch it, too.
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated February 20, 2018: New entries added

You might be the world's gentlest vegan pacifist, with a subscription to The Guardian and a CND sticker on the bumper of your electric car. But put you in front of a good fighting game, and we guarantee you'll be baying for the blood of your rival.

A good beat-'em-up gets the adrenaline pumping like few other genres, but they can come in a variety of forms. They can also be joyous, humorous, and even thoughtful experiences.

The following list contains scrolling brawlers, one-on-one pugilism sims, fantasy hack-and-slashers, and strategic simulators. All proof that there's more than one way to punch a digital man. Which really should be a saying.

#1 Skullgirls

Product: SkullgirlsFormats: iPhone, iPad

The name and publisher might have changed, but following its relaunch Skullgirls remains one of the most thoughtful console game reworkings on mobile. The graphics are stunning, the touch controls work brilliantly, and combat is fast and fluid.

#2 Beat Street

Product: Beat StreetFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Lucky Kat StudiosGenres: Fighting

Beat Street
Beat-'em-ups don't need to be complex multi-button affairs. Beat Street shows you how to get that old-school scrolling brawler feel with just a single control input - and it plays great.

#3 Punch Quest

Product: Punch QuestFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: RocketCat GamesGenres: Arcade, Fighting

Punch Quest
A glorious mish-mash of genres, Punch Quest pumps the tired old autorunner genre with the spirit of a classic side-scrolling beat-'em-up.

#4 The Executive

Product: The ExecutiveFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Riverman MediaGenres: Fighting

The Executive
An old school brawler brought bang up to date for the touchscreen generation. It's loud, brash, and silly, but there's also a surprising amount of depth here.

#5 Punch Club

Product: Punch ClubFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Lazy Bear GamesPublisher: tinyBuild GamesGenres: Simulation, Sports, Strategy

Punch Club
Here's a fighting game in which you don't actually do any fighting. Rather, you must train up an MMA fighter and guide his career (including the drudgery of day jobs) to become the very best.

#6 EA Sports UFC

Product: EA Sports UFCFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: EA Mobile

EA Sports UFC
A convincing take on arguably the most brutal professional sport in the world. EA Sports UFC features solid swipe-based combat and lots of grizzled men being mean to each other in some fairly extreme ways.

#7 Taekwondo Game Global Tournament

Product: Taekwondo Game Global TournamentFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Hello ThereGenres: Arcade, Fighting, Simulation

Taekwondo Game Global Tournament
Terrible name, brilliant game. Taekwondo Game Global Tournament is a surprisingly poised, cagey fighting game where solitary, well-timed strikes are key and button mashing will lead to a swift loss.

#8 Real Boxing 2

Product: Real Boxing 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Vivid GamesGenres: Fighting, Sports

Real Boxing 2
Just as the name suggests, you won't get a better mobile representation of classic pugilism than in Real Boxing 2. Its fights are good looking, intuitive, and tactical.

#9 Marvel Contest of Champions

Product: Marvel Contest of ChampionsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Marvel EntertainmentGenres: Card battler, Fighting, Film/TV tie-in, Multiplayer

Marvel Contest of Champions
Marvel Contest of Champions lets you pitch your favourite Marvel heroes against each other in gloriously animated one-on-one fights. The combat is a tad simplistic, but it has a certain tactile appeal to it that's tough to resist.

#10 Super Samurai Rampage

Product: Super Samurai RampageFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Brackish Games

Super Samurai Rampage
Super Samurai Rampage's brand of action is so slick and friction-free, you can almost forget what a brutal hack-and-slasher it is. Swipe to dash and slice, leaving a trail of claret in your wake.

#11 Infinity Blade II

Product: Infinity Blade IIFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Chair EntertainmentPublisher: Epic GamesGenres: Action

Infinity Blade II
Chair's opulent hack-and-slash series has influenced a fair few App Store brawlers in its time. It's a tactical, weighty action game full of parries and blocks and desperate lunges. The second one's the best.

#12 King of Fighters '98

Product: King of Fighters '98Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: SNK PlaymoreGenres: Arcade, Fighting, Retro

King of Fighters '98
Fighting game afficionados/hipsters will see your Street Fighter obsession and raise you a King of Fighters. SNK's '98 version was a greatest hits package of the series to that point, and thus one of the best games of its kind around.

#13 The King of Fighters-i 2012

Product: The King of Fighters-i 2012Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: In-housePublisher: SNK PlaymoreGenres: Fighting

The King of Fighters-i 2012
If you want a more modern reflection of the KoF series, then look no further than The King of Fighters-i 2012. It's based on The King of Fighters XIII, one of the best arcade and console fighting games of 2010, and it works splendidly on mobile.

#14 Shadow Fight 3

Product: Shadow Fight 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NekkiGenres: Action, Fighting

Shadow Fight 3
A slick, fast and handsome one-on-one beat-'em-up with a brutal focus on timing and a satisfying RPG component.

#15 Dan the Man

Product: Dan the ManFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Halfbrick StudiosGenres: Fighting, Film/TV tie-in, Platform

Dan the Man
Despite being a slick tribute to the action platformers of the early '90s, Dan the Man also manages to squeeze in a steadily expanding range of hand-to-hand combat moves to make it quite the accomplished brawler.

#16 Combo Crew

Product: Combo CrewFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: The Game BakersGenres: Fighting, Multiplayer

Combo Crew
Combo Crew might evoke memories of classic scrolling brawlers of old, but it's been built from the ground up with mobile play in mind. There are no virtual controls here - just a tactile and intuitive swipe-based system.

#17 WWE Immortals

Product: WWE ImmortalsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NetherRealm StudiosGenres: Fighting, Sports

WWE Immortals
This ain't the WWE (or WWF) wrestling you might remember from your youth. It's more like Mortal Kombat, with a silly fantasy plot and side-on screen mashing gameplay. But it's a fun and surprisingly tight fighter nonetheless.

#18 Fist of Fury

Product: Fist of FuryFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: HappymagentaGenres: Action, Arcade

Fist of Fury
More of a rhythmic reactions test than a pure a beat-'em-up, Fist of Fury has your little martial artist stood at a crossroads, dealing with ninja foes in sequence as they stream in from all sides.

#19 Wrassling

Product: WrasslingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Colin LaneGenres: Fighting, Sports

Undoubtedly the most ridiculous game on this list, Wrassling's wonky mechanics and clumsy physics-focused combat system is at the very heart of its charm.

#20 Beatdown!

Product: Beatdown!Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Ravenous GamesPublisher: Ravenous GamesGenres: Action, Fighting, Retro

The team behind ace action-platformers like Random Heroes 3 turned its hand to the side-scrolling brawler with Beatdown - with characteristic charm and conviction.

#21 Fist of Awesome

Product: Fist of AwesomeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Ouya, SteamPublisher: I Fight BearsGenres: Fighting

Fist of Awesome
How many beat-'em-ups let you punch stripper bears? Very few. Fist of Awesome does, and thus does it earn its place on this list. It's also a very accomplished ode to the 16-bit brawler.

#22 Maximus

Product: MaximusFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Mooff GamesPublisher: Mooff GamesGenres: Adventure, Arcade, Fighting

Another light-hearted nod to Streets of Rage, Golden Axe and their ilk. Maximus is even more explicit with its pop culture nods than others on this list, but it's basically more big dumb fun.

#23 Shurado

Product: ShuradoFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: GanbarionGenres: Fighting

Shurado is a third person weapons-based brawler in the mould of Infinity Blade, but with a simpler combat system and a Dark Souls-esque grim Eastern-fantasy setting. It sure is pretty.

#24 Tekken

Product: TekkenFormats: Android, iPhonePublisher: Bandai NamcoGenres: Fighting

With the latest attempt to make Tekken work on mobile, Namco has turned to Marvel's Contest of Champions for inspiration. The result is a fluid brawler that perhaps wisely trades a fair amount of depth in favour of accessibility.

#25 Prizefighters

Product: PrizefightersFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Fighting

Essentially a mobile take on Nintendo's Punch-Out series, Prizefighters offers you an intuitive, cartoony brand of over-the-shoulder boxing.


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Jon Mundy 21 February 2018
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