I’ll be honest and say that I’m pretty new to fighting games. As a kid, I did look at the arcade screens of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat with wide eyes, but I never had enough quarters to play them. The first time I picked up a controller for a fighting game was when Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out, which was just a little too late for Melee, which was about to become a big deal in e-sports.
At the time, I didn’t know anything about the genre, and terms like “hit stun,” “juggling,” and “c-c-c-combo” continued to go right over my head and my button-mashing fingers for a few years afterward. I didn’t become interested in the genre until a new arcade with tonnes of arcade machines opened in my hometown. That’s where I found Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, a game that I thought was a miracle.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not good at these games yet. But there’s something about a combo that hits me right in the heart, and every time I pick up that controller, I can live out my dream of having perfectly toned muscles and perfectly styled hair through Chun-Li.
Fighting games are hard to get good at, which might make you wonder if they’re worth buying for people who don’t have time to play at traditional arcade machines. You ask, “Can I have the same experience on the go?”
Shoryuken! I’ve put together a list of the top 10 fighting games for iOS for this roundup. Let’s get started.
Stick Fight 2
Sometimes, all it takes to make a fighting game interesting is a few lines on the screen instead of crazy graphics and well-made characters. In Stick Fighter 2, players pit stick figures against each other in brutal fights to the death. Fights can happen in an endless survival arcade mode where hordes of stick fighters with weapons attack the player, or in a competitive multiplayer duel mode where players face off in a fast-paced one-on-one showdown.
Stick Fight 2 is flexible and can be changed to fit the player’s needs. It has a variety of weapons and weapon types, as well as items and upgrades that can be used to change the player’s character. The game also changes how hard it is based on how fast and skilled players are.
If you’ve ever looked at the DC Comics roster and wondered which of your favorite heroes and villains would win in a fight, Injustice 2 is for you. The mobile port has a story that is just as good as the one on the console. The gameplay and graphics are also optimised for the platform, so players can expect a fight that is full of action and power.
Injustice 2 keeps players on their toes with daily challenges and competitive multiplayer, ensuring that there’s always a battle right around the corner. Players can also get gear that they can change and different looks for their characters.
Mortal Kombat is an all-out brawl that combines the fun of fighting games with the strategy of card games. Players get points for both combos and smart planning. Players can collect characters from all of the Mortal Kombat games, building factions and making teams that work well together to give them an advantage in 3-on-3 battles. Mortal Kombat stays true to its roots by giving its epic moves and deaths stunning, over-the-top graphics.
Every week, players get new challenges and chances to pit their factions against those of other players. This helps them level up their characters and earn rewards that they can then use to make their teams stronger.
Shadow Fight 3
In Shadow Fight 3, players use shadow energy, which is a dangerous and controversial force, to make their mark on a world on the verge of war. You can join one of three independent factions, each of which has its own way of dealing with shadow energy. As you move around the game’s huge map, you can get involved in the stories and quests of each place. Along the way, you can earn upgrades and get new weapons and tools to help you on your journey.
Players can also take part in events and duels, or they can pay for a subscription that adds daily challenges and a Boss mode that they can choose not to use.
Knight Brawl is a fast-paced adventure through a land where gladiators fight monsters and people. As part of their quest, players will try to storm the Evil Wizards’ fortress. They will do this by collecting gear and weapons in tower climb and castle rush modes, which offer both adventure and rewards.
During the games, players can also take part in large, free-for-all brawls, intense duels, and simple missions. Because there are so many different and colourful places to fight, every battle feels new and exciting. When you win a fight on a pirate ship and get the loot, there’s nothing better than buying a magical weapon with powerful passive skills with the money you got.
EA Sports UFC
If you’d rather play a realistic fighting game, EA Sports UFC might be what you’re looking for. In EA Sports UFC, players collect their favourite mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters and then start the long and difficult process of training and levelling up to get ready for live UFC events that happen in the game.
Each fighter has unique signature moves that bring the high-octane action of the octagon to the player’s fingertips. Players can move up the UFC roster by winning fights and becoming a master fighter. This lets them face new opponents and get other rewards.
Beat Street is a throwback to the old, pixelated fighter games we used to play in arcades or on our Nintendo 64. It has pretty much everything you need for a fun, casual fighting game that can still challenge the best players.
One thing that makes Beat Street stand out is that you only need one hand to play it. You move your character around the screen by moving your thumb in the right direction. When you get close to an enemy, tap the screen to see your character throw punches, kicks, and grapples at them.
When you’ve done enough damage to an opponent, you can use a super move to kill them. Even though this seems easy, the developers have made sure that this kind of repetition doesn’t get old.
There are no buttons on the screen that can be used to move the character. This adds to the fun of the game.
Real Boxing 2
Real Boxing 2 does a couple of things right. First of all, it’s a fun sports game. You probably won’t find a more realistic iPhone boxing game. Second, the fighting game is even better.
In this game, you can make a boxer and try to get to the top of the virtual boxing world. Ever wanted to be the best boxer in the world? Real Boxing 2 lets you make that dream come true.
You can play online against other players once your character is built and has a lot of experience points. Also, events and challenges are always changing, which keeps the scores and leaderboards fresh.
You have to learn how to use uppercuts, dodges, side hooks, and special skills at the right time to stay alive against some of the most dangerous fighters.
Want to feel like your character is in a stadium full of fans yelling his or her name? Real Boxing 2 does a good job of making you feel like you’re in a real boxing ring through its gameplay, graphics, and atmosphere. This game is for people who like to fight.