Best manual-control fighting games for iPhone, iPad and Android

What are the best fighting games for your iPhone, iPad or Android device?

While there are a bunch of new fighting games like Mortal Kombat X for iOS and Android, most if not all of these new games are not quite the fighting games that we were used to playing back in the day. What do we mean? Simple: this new type of fighting games for a phone involves a lot of tapping, but not a lot of actual control over what moves your hero is making. Ain't nobody want that.

So in this here selection of fighting games we go back to the basics, and seek out the remaining fighting games that bring back the thrill of manual control over moves. These are the remaining real fighting games for iOS and Android where you can actually craft your own combos rather than mindlessly tap and get random moves. Let's go.

Street Fighter Champion Edition

Price: $2
Download on iOS | Android

Probably the one classic that has come in its purest form to mobile devices is Street Fighter. Look for the Champion Edition of the game where you get control over your player and the ability to blast out combos, hadoukens and a lot more. Of course, Street Fighter comes with all the classic characters like Ryu, Ken, Zangief, Balrok, Blanka, Vega, Chan-Li and many more.

The game is not free to play, but the few bucks that you will spend are well worth it.

Garou: MotW

Price: $4
Download on iOS | Android

Garou Mark of the Wolves is another solid fighting game where you take control over Terry Bogard, your main hero, who faces a bunch of new enemies.

You get 4 & 6 button type layouts, as well as "SP" and "FM" special buttons that allow the user to respectively activate Special and Desperation Moves with the touch of a button.

KoF 2012

Price: $3
Download on iOS | Android

King of Fighters is another classic that brings dynamic battles and full manual control over your heroes.

It comes with 34 playable characters and 6 different game modes in single player, including 1-on-1 fights, team battle classic 3-on-3 gameplay, endless mode to defeat as many opponents as possible with one character, challenge mode to clear trials by fulfilling requirements, a new time attack to compete for the best clear times by winning 10 matches, and the training mode to learn the Virtual Pad-based controls and practice your combos.


Price: Free
Download on iOS | Android

Unlike all those classics that came before, Skullgirls is a new original game for mobile that combines hot girl fighters and manual controls that make it a really dynamic and engaging experience that goes beyond tedious auto-tapping fighters. The game features hand-drawn 2D animations and is really the rare new find in this genre.


Price: Free
Download on Android

With its simple, non-pretentious graphics you might quickly write off Slashers as a game that is just too basic and while it is last on this list, it's still worth a look for those who value a manual fighting game for mobile that performs well and will give you the familiar adrenaline kick.

And this wraps our selection of the few great full-manual control fighting games that you can play on your phone.

Do you have any other favorite fighting games for iPhone and Android? Feel free to share with us in the comments right below!



1. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Nice job. Just the list I was looking for. Now, if Namco can add Tekken to this....Christmas would come early !!

2. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I mean a full fledged tekken experience. It can even be Tekken 5 DR or Tekken 6, wouldn't really mind.

3. skips

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I think the HUGE move list for characters and complex combos and the high difficuilty to master the game was part of the reason why they dumbed down the mobile port of the game. It's sad, but I get it. Kind of. I can barely play the PC port of Tekken 7 w/ keyboard or gamepad anyway lmao. Emulators are the only choice as of now. I even got PPSSPP working on my non-jailbroken iPhone. It's REALLY difficuilt to play with touch controls, as you can barely pull off any combos or semi difficuilt moves on characters. Many moves even require you to press multiple buttons at once, which on touch devices would be just barely possible to do (well I surely can't do some on an emulator) A controller is very much needed, but at that point I'd just get a used PSP for the whole experience, but I guess that's just me. I wish I could find a gamepad like Gamevice, which would be a bit less expensive (it's around 70-80GBP), cause it looks like it's very much portable and easy to carry around, unlike a whole controller (like a xbox one controller type ) with a mount. .

4. skips

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

If they would release an equivalent of like Tekken 6 on PPSSPP, I think most people still wouldn't be too happy, cause it would be hard to do most of the moves anyway, and without a gamepad it's pretty much pointless. I'm repeating myself at this point, but YEAH LOL

6. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

No , you make valid points. A gaming controller is a must for a deep game like Tekken. Can't they release a port of the full version and make a gamepad mandatory/highly advisable ?

5. Loveneesh

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Where is soul caliber?

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