When you have the latest and best iPhone, then that means you can play just about any mobile game with ease—thanks to the smartphone’s sheer power and buttery smoothness. The iPhone 15 Pro even supports console and PC games, so soon you can play games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Resident Evil 4 Remake, and so much more from the palm of your hand. But even if your iPhone is a few years old, you still have a wealth of great games to choose from for gaming on the go.
And while there are millions of them on the Apple App Store and Apple Arcade, there’s a very useful list of the most popular mobile games — divided by the most popular free games and paid games — available for the iPhone (most of these titles are available as iPad games as well).
From simple match-three games to powerful MMORPGs, we rounded up the top 10 from the top free and top paid games (20 games in total) to help you navigate the App Store easily. There are a lot of winners, below:
TL;DR – These are the Most Popular Apple iPhone games
Free iPhone Games
- My Coloring Book (Free)
- Monopoly Go! (Free)
- Royal Match (Free)
- Block Blast (Free)
- My Perfect Hotel (Free)
- Whiteout Survival (Free)
- Fruit Merge: Watermelon Puzzle (Free)
- Roblox (Free)
- Hero Clash (Free)
- Call of Duty: Mobile (Free)
Paid iPhone Games
- Five Nights at Freddy’s ($3)
- Minecraft ($7)
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 ($3)
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 ($3)
- Geometry Dash ($2)
- Heads Up! ($2)
- Ultimate Custom Night ($3)
- Bloons TD 6 ($7)
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 ($3)
- Monopoly – Classic Board Game ($5)
Most Popular Free Games
1. My Coloring Book
For those who enjoy coloring, My Coloring Book is a great addition to your app library. Featuring a variety of colors and over 350 hand-drawn pictures to fill in, it’s sure to keep you busy. It works on both iPhone and iPad and you can easily save your creations right to your Photos library to share.
2. Monopoly Go!
Everyone’s favorite board game Monopoly is available to play on the Apple iPhone with Monopoly Go!. It features the same gameplay as the original, but faster, wilder, and more ruthless. Play with your friends and family from around the world, while the object of the game is to buy property, build houses and hotels, collect Monopoly Money, bankrupt everyone, and destroy their properties.
3. Royal Match
Royal Match is a match-three puzzle game where you help King Robert restore his kingdom back to glory. The more you match, the more levels you complete, and the more you restore the kingdom. Meanwhile, you can unlock bonus levels and rooms to collect coins to stay alive.
4. Block Blast
Puzzle games are always great to have in your collection of mobile games, and Block Blast is a must. All it requires of you is to drag and drop blocks onto the board to try and clear out a row or column once it’s filled. You can build up additional points by performing combos as well.
5. My Perfect Hotel
Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your own hotel? My Perfect Hotel will help you bring that dream to life. This is a time-management game where you’ll work as a hotel manager to build your hotel from the ground up and maintain a successful business.
6. Whiteout Survival
Whiteout Survival is a survival strategy game that takes place in a snowy apocalypse. You play as a leader of one of the last citys standing who’s tasked with assigning jobs to survivors (hunting, cooking, and more), finding resources, and fighting to survive against enemies in the icy wilds.
7. Fruit Merge: Watermelon Puzzle
Fruit Merge: Watermelon Puzzle is an adorable puzzle game that tasks you with merging various fruits together – such as melons, pineapples, apples, and more – within a box. However, they can’t cross the top line, so you’ll need to find the best ways to squeeze them all in together, with the ultimate goal of fitting in the watermelon.
Immerse yourself in an entirely virtual experience in Roblox, a cross platform game that’s available on Apple iOS, Android, Windows, and Xbox. The app is part-gaming and part-social media where you can play games, create your own game, or just chat with friends from all around the world with thousands of experiences—think of it as Club Penguin, but for Gen Z.
9. Hero Clash
Hero Clash is a game fit for adventurers, with plenty of puzzles and levels to keep you busy. Per its app description page, “Come and save the continent torn apart by the evil void and explore a world full of danger and mystery.”
10. Call of Duty: Mobile
Featuring high-quality graphics on your phone with customizable controls, voice and text chat, and so much more, Call of Duty: Mobile is an excellent addition to your mobile gaming collection. It’s even celebrating Call of Duty: Mobile’s Season 10: 4th anniversary at the moment, which offers a new Ground War: Breach MP mode.
Most Popular Paid iPhone Games
1. Five Nights at Freddy’s ($3)
Given the recent release of the movie and its incredible success, it’s no surprise that Five Nights at Freddy’s has shot to the #1 spot of the Top Paid Games list. In this game, you’ll take on the role of a security guard working the night shift at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Just keep an eye out for the animatronics through the security cameras… and try to survive five nights.
2. Minecraft ($7)
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world and it’s available to play on Apple iPhone for just $7. It’s a sandbox game where players are free to create and explore the world to climb mountains, unearth caves, and mine precious ore to build homes, weapons, villages, and more.
You can also see our guide to how to play Minecraft for free.
3. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 ($3)
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 welcomes you back to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. You play as a new security guard working nights, and since the old security guard complained about the animatronics trying to break in, you’ve been given a Freddy Fazbear head to hide in just in case they come around. What could go wrong? Again, you’ll strive to survive five nights against these animatronics.
4. Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 ($3)
Stepping away from the role of a security guard, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 has you play as a young child instead who must survive the night in their room until 6am. From your bedroom, you’ll need to run from door-to-door to keep an eye out for Freddy, Chica, Bonnie, and Foxy. They’re not the only ones lurking in the shadows, though, so you’ll have to keep your flashlight close.
5. Geometry Dash ($2)
Geometry Dash is a rhythm-based platformer where players control shapes to jump from point-A to point-B with unique soundtracks for each level. The game even features a level editor where you can create and share your own levels. The app is just $2 and doesn’t include any in-app purchases, so unlocking new icons and characters is completely based on your skills throughout the game.
6. Heads Up! ($2)
It’s the game “Who Am I?,” but for the digital age. Created by Ellen DeGeneres, Head Up! is charades with a twist. You place your iPhone (screen out) on your forehead, then a name or title appears on the display, your friends or family have to act out the clues, and then you have to guess the name of the character, movie title, animal, superhero, and more within 60 seconds. You can even play via Apple Facetime or Zoom. Not bad for just $2.
7. Ultimate Custom Night ($3)
Ultimate Custom Night is, as its title states, the ultimate way to customize a night in Five Nights at Freddy’s. Trapped in an office once again, you’ll be able to choose from 50 animatronic characters and mix and match them. You can even set their difficulty from 0-20, depending on how challenging you want it.
8. Bloons TD 6 ($7)
At $7, Bloons TD 6 is a top-down tower defense where players create defenses made up of hero monkeys, structures, towers, bridges, and traps to stop “Bloons,” balloon-like objects, from exiting each map. Players collect coins to upgrade their defenses.
9. Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 ($3)
Set 30 years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 takes place in Fazbear’s Fright: The Horror Attraction, where you’ll take on the role of a security guard. However, it’s not just security cameras you’ll have to worry about, you’ll also have to check on audio devices and ventilation through the Maintenance Panel. All of this while keeping just one very dangerous animatronic away…
10. Monopoly – Classic Board Game ($5)
Now play Monopoly with your Apple mobile device. This is the classic version of the board game with new graphics and fun animations in a fully immersive mobile experience. Roll the dice and travel around the board to buy up properties, build houses and hotels, collect Monopoly Money, and bankrupt friends and family.
You can even play as classic game pieces, including the scottie, cat, T-Rex, rubber duck, and others. And since this is the paid version at only $5, it’s ad-free with no interruptions or distracting pop-ups.
How to Choose Which iPhone Games to Play
There are millions upon millions of apps and games on the Apple App Store, so it might be intimidating to start with just one to play. While the most popular game lists—either free or paid—are a good place to start, there are some other factors you should consider before you tap download. Here’s what to look for in Apple iPhone games.
First of all, if you have a very old iPhone, you should check if it’s compatible with the mobile game. Most games require your iPhone to run, at least, iOS 8 or higher—which is compatible with the Apple iPhone 4S or higher. This iPhone model was released in October 2011, so any iPhone release beforehand will not be compatible with these games.
You should also be aware of how much space you have on your iPhone. The file size for mobile games can go from a few hundred megabytes all the way up to about 20GB, so if you don’t have enough space on your smartphone, then it won’t be able to download completely on your hardware. If that’s the case, you should consider deleting a few apps to free up some space, get a new iPhone with a larger storage capacity, or think about downloading a new game altogether.
Then, you should consider the price. While there are a lot of free games available, free doesn’t necessarily mean completely free. A lot of these free games offer in-app purchases for upgrades. For example, in the game Royal Match, you have a limited number of lives to play, once you lose a life, you have to wait 30 minutes to regain it. However, if you pay, you can unlock the app to get more lives.
Unfortunately, the same thing can be said for a paid game too. Just because you have to pay for an app at first, it doesn’t mean there aren’t additional in-app purchases available. But, if a mobile game is on the pricey side, then it’s likely that the unlocked version will download to your iPhone.
Additionally, you can also get a subscription to Apple Arcade for $5/mo. to unlock all of the iOS games available with no in-app purchases to play on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple TV. If you’re an avid mobile gamer, then this is the way to go.
The final thing you should look out for in an Apple iPhone game is if it looks fun to play. If a game looks like a lot of fun or a challenge, then tap download and immerse yourself in a whole new universe and experience.
Upcoming iPhone Games
Wondering what new iPhone games are coming down the pipeline? Take a look at our guide to all of the biggest upcoming iPhone games to see what’s coming in 2023 and beyond. You can also check out our guide to the new iPhone 15 if you’re looking to upgrade your device this year, which will soon have a playable version of the Resident Evil 4 Remake.
Rudie Obias is a contributing freelance Tech writer and editor for IGN with a speciality in all things Apple products.