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The 25 best sci-fi games for iPhone and iPad

25 out-there iOS games
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated March 27, 2018: New entries added

The best sci-fi - be that books, movies, or TV shows - can transport you to another world whilst telling you something fundamentally true about life and humanity.

You can often say the same about games with a sci-fi theme. At other times, a good sci-fi game will simply let you blast aliens or fly a starship.

Whatever their precise appeal, each of the following mobile games creates a compelling science fiction universe for the player to spend some quality time in.

#1 FTL: Faster Than Light

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

FTL: Faster Than Light
It doesn't get more sci-fi than putting you in control of the many varied systems on your very own starship. Actually, it does, as FTL also sets you off on a brilliantly brutal space adventure.

#2 Knights of the Old Republic

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

Knights of the Old Republic
This much-loved RPG lets you be a Jedi in an original Star Wars story, so its place on this list was assured. After all, when it comes to sci-fi, Star Wars is an 800-pound lightsaber-wielding gorilla.

#3 Out There

Product: Out ThereFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Mi-Clos StudioPublisher: Mi-Clos StudioGenres: Strategy

Out There
A bit like FTL with less micromanagement and more narrative impact, Out There is a brilliant, lonely choose-your-own space adventure of epic proportions.

#4 Transistor

Product: TransistorFormats: iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Supergiant GamesPublisher: Supergiant GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

The mere prospect of a follow-up to Bastion, one of the most distinctive action-RPGs of the past decade, was tantalising enough. That Transistor turned out to be a completely original and thoroughly compelling slice of sci-fi is just an extra dollop of gravy on top.

#5 SteamWorld Heist

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

SteamWorld Heist
Here's another game that expertly mixes sci-fi and western elements. SteamWorld Heist is a side-on turn-based strategy game starring a cast of robotic cowboy pirates. How can you resist?

#6 Deus Ex: The Fall

Product: Deus Ex: The FallFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: N-Fusion InteractivePublisher: Square Enix Genres: RPG, Shooter

Deus Ex: The Fall
Deus Ex: The Fall may not be a perfect fit on mobile, but it brings across the compelling future-noir fiction of the source console series with surprising aplomb.

#7 The Talos Principle

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

The Talos Principle
An inventive first person puzzler that casts you as an android in a serene yet uncanny environment. The game's plot touches on classic sci-fi subjects like philosophy, VR, and AI.

#8 Gemini Rue

Product: Gemini RueFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Wadjet Eye GamesGenres: Adventure

Gemini Rue
Gemini Rue is a classic point-and-click adventure with an alluring future-noir plot. It works very well on mobile, too.

#9 Space Marshals 2

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

Space Marshals 2
Star Wars and Westworld show that the sci-fi and western genres can mix very well, and you can add Space Marshals 2 to that list. Take control of a space sheriff in this brilliantly tight twin-stick stealth-shooter.

#10 Morphite

Product: MorphiteFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Adventure

Morphite is a bit like No Man's Sky, only with a much tighter focus. It still feels like a wonderfully outward looking, explorative sci-fi adventure, though.

#11 SpacePlan

Product: SpacePlanFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Devolver DigitalGenres: Arcade

SpacePlan is a clicker with a difference - it also spins a cracking sci-fi yarn, with a healthy dose of silliness.

#12 Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?!

Product: Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?!Formats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Daylight Studios

Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?!
Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! is like the light-hearted flip-side to FTL, with a similar brand of ship-management and strategy allied to a humorous tale of talking vegetables.

#13 Ticket to Earth

Product: Ticket to EarthFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle

Ticket to Earth
Ticket to Earth is an exceptional puzzle RPG with an entertaining sci-fi plot concerning mutant insects and rampaging robots - all rendered in an entertaining comic book style.

#14 Waking Mars

Product: Waking MarsFormats: Android, iPhone, Other, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Tiger StylePublisher: Tiger StyleGenres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Simulation, Strategy

Waking Mars
An elegant platform-adventure that sees you exploring the caves of Mars and interacting with its strange plant life.

#15 Spaceteam

Product: SpaceteamFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Sleeping Beast GamesPublisher: Sleeping Beast GamesGenres: Multiplayer

Playing Spaceteam makes you feel like you're flying the Starship Enterprise with your buddies - if the Starship Enterprise was 2 million light years past its last service and being crewed by imbeciles.

#16 Neon Chrome

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

Neon Chrome
This entertainingly hardcore roguelike shooter has you running and gunning in a dystopian future dominated by corporations and neon signs. Which is typically a good thing to do, in our experience.

#17 XCOM: Enemy Within

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

XCOM: Enemy Within
XCOM: Enemy Within is a brilliant turn-based tactical game with an entertaining sci-fi B movie plot. Aliens are invading Earth, so you'd better outflank them.

#18 Invisible, Inc.

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

Invisible, Inc.
A remarkable stealth strategy game that has you sneaking through some incredibly tense missions in a stylish cyberpunk universe.

#19 Eisenhorn: Xenos

Product: Eisenhorn: XenosFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Pixel Hero GamesGenres: Action, Adventure

Eisenhorn: Xenos
Eisenhorn: Xenos sees you take on the role of a hard-bitten space detective in the grim Wargammer 40K universe. It plays a bit like a sci-fi Batman: Arkham Asylum, with plenty of action and third-person sleuthing.

#20 Causality

Product: CausalityFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: LojuGenres: Puzzle

You don't need an epic plot or space-ships to craft a solid sci-fi game. Causality is a brilliant puzzler that sees you manipulating time to help out some stranded astronauts.

#21 Space Age

Product: Space AgeFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Big Bucket SoftwareGenres: Adventure

Space Age
An old school point-and-click adventure with a witty sci-fi story, like The Secret of Monkey Island in space.

#22 Implosion - Never Lose Hope

Product: Implosion - Never Lose HopeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: RayarkGenres: Action

Implosion - Never Lose Hope
Implosion is a breathless hack-and-slash action game which sets you stomping mech free in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It's not clever, but it sure is pretty.

#23 Full of Stars

Product: Full of StarsFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: ATGamesGenres: Adventure, Endless running

Full of Stars
Full of Stars combines classic multiple-choice narrative fiction with enjoyable tappy-tappy arcade gameplay as you guide your spaceship across the galaxy.

#24 Starship Traveller

Product: Starship TravellerFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Tin Man GamesGenres: Card/board game, Retro, RPG

Starship Traveller
As a member of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of gamebooks, you'd expect Starship Traveller to provide the most compelling sci-fi story on this list. And you'd be right.

#25 Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore

Product: Galaxy on Fire 3 - ManticoreFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Deep Silver FishlabsGenres: 3D, Shooter, Simulation, Strategy

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore
Fans of the series will quibble over the status of this latest iteration, but one thing's for certain - no iOS game does sci-fi dogfights half as well as Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore.


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Jon Mundy 28 March 2018
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