Best free iOS games to play on your iPhone or iPad in 2019
There's no doubt that gaming has become a staple of nowadays pop culture, permeating very well into almost any other aspect of out everyday lives. The most popular video games peek at us from books, clothes, and other mundane paraphernalia around every corner. And while mobile games are generally not as popular as the cross-platform phenomenons of the industry, there's a hefty amount of excellent time-sinkers available on the App Store. And most of them are free! Yes, the free iOS games still outnumber their premium peers by a steady number, so there's plenty to choose from.
What's better than a great smartphone game to sink some time in? Well, a great smartphone game to sink some time in, and most important of all, a free one. So, what are the best free iOS games to play in 2020?
Best free iOS games in 2019
Fortnite Battle Royale
The battle royale genre is at the peak of its popularity right now, and Fortnite is easily the most popular one out there. True, it didn't kickstart the genre, but it surely sent it to unfathomable heights. The free-to-play game is a huge time-sinker that is just as addictive as its flagship desktop version and would easily make you lose a couple of hours into intense PVP multiplayer where you strive to become the last man standing. Truly, a must-try game that somehow works quite well with the all-touch control setup of a smartphone.
Thanks to the latest update to Season 7, Fortnite will now natively run at 60fps on your iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, or iPad Pro, meeting one of the unwritten rules of gaming. Definitely a gem among the free iOS games.
PUBG is also on iOS now, just like its biggest rival - Fortnite. While PUBG was the first battle royale game to really put the novel genre on the roadmap, it has been lagging a bit behind Fortnite as far as overall popularity goes. While the two games are super-similar in terms of core gameplay, PUBG lacks the building aspect of Fortnite which makes it better or worse depending on who you ask. Of course, once you look past that, the differences are that much more easier to spot: for example, PUBG has better gunplay and more realistic drab graphics, which are a stark contrast to Fortnite's cartoony style. Needless to say, with PUBG being completely free on mobile, it's worth checking out both games.
MARVEL Strike Force
With Endgame being just around the corner, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a ton of content to offer to the millions of fans around the globe, and one of the ways to bring the vast expanse of Marvel characters to the wider public is with the help of gaming. MARVEL Strike Force is a great turn-based RPG game for Marvel fans that will allow to collect and train a truly spectacular roster of heroes, like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Venom, Captain America and Iron Man.
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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Even if you're not a Potterhead, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is very likely to strike you as an excellent game. The reason for that is rather simple - even if it wasn't set in J. K. Rowling's universe, the game would have made for a mighty fine and relaxing mobile title. Of course, this is only solidified by the rich and ever-so-vibrant wizarding world around you, which is bustling with all kinds of references to Harry Potter's gang and the newer Fantastic Beasts franchise. Also, you get to explore Hogwarts from yet another point of view, which is certainly a very redeeming aspect of the game in the eyes of Potterheads.
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Dungeon Hunter 5
If hack'n'slash action RPGs are your thing, then you should be playing Dungeon Hunter 5, no second opinion about it. With a few disclaimers in tow, the game can be also considered an MMO title that allows players to partake in asynchronous PVP battles, where other human players try to overtake your own dungeon's defenses and loot all of your gold. Your dungeon also includes an AI-controlled version of your own character, so if you've developed your base and character well enough, you might just fend off other players and protect your gold.
Full of Stars
The future is both fascinating and depressing - while it's probably certain that humanity will reach out to the stars and expand beyond the Solar system at some point, we wouldn't live to see that. In Full of Stars, however, you will be able to role-play with humanity's last Noah's ark, a ship carrying a precious cargo - the last seeds of humanity left in the universe. As earth is no more, you will have to find us a new home in this compelling story-driven adventure.
The Battle of Polytopia
The latest installment in a long series of many addictive fast-paced io-style games is Paper.io, where you play as a colorful square that has to expand its, hm, "domain" by circling around the paper world and claiming the real estate space for yourself. The game is a fast-paced multiplayer one, so other will try to foil your attempts of growing your paper kingdom too large. Overall, a rather addictive multiplayer jig that will keep you entertained for a while!
There's a reason why io-styled games are usually so addictive. They provide tons of entertainment with the usually super-short but very competitive PVP multiplayer battles that usually revolve around a simplistic gameplay mechanic. In the case of Crowd City, it is all about leadership - you have to use your character to recruit as many of the passersby as possible before your opponents do the same. The person with the largest crowd following them is the unanimous winner!
If you're still yearning for an acceptable Spiderman game on mobile, you can scratch this itch by giving Swing Star a try. It's a game that has you swing around the levels by trying to conserve your momentum and reaching the final checkpoint before falling down to your untimely death in the abyss.