Mobile games have come such a long way from their humble beginning way back in 1994. Now with such powerful mobile phones, we can play a lot more than Snake or Tetris on our devices. The mobile gaming market has also grown exponentially, with reports valuing the space at about $98bn in 2020 and projections predicting that it will only grow bigger by the end of this decade.
Mobile phones now play games that would have been considered AAA back in the day and can handle graphics that would have only been a wild dream a few years ago. With these advancements in technology, people are picking up mobile games more than ever. It has expanded the gamer base as people who normally wouldn’t play computer games are comfortable playing games on their phones. Games such as Pokemon Go and PUBG Mobile have over one billion downloads which is frankly ridiculous. This is good news for gamers and, by extension, the FGC as there are several great mobile fighting games, many of which have over tens of millions installed units. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best fighting games for android and iOS and why they are so popular.
- Best Mobile Fighting Games
- Street Fighter IV Championship Edition
- Injustice 2
- Real Steel World Robot Boxing
- Mortal Kombat
- Final Fighter
- EA Sports UFC
- Prize Fighters
- Dragon Ball Legends
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Brawlhalla is a massively popular fighting game made by Ubisoft and taps into the Vikings' rich mythology. With a simply humongous roster, players are spoilt for choice and can pick from a variety of characters depending on their playstyle, preferences, and so on. What’s more, it's a free game that can be played on both Android and iOS. Even more impressive is the online mode, which can hold up 4 players who can duke it out and produce only one winner. The custom rooms are great as they can hold up to 8 players from different platforms, which means that you can challenge your friends regardless of what device they use.
On top of that, there’s a training room where you can lab and get used to your combos which you can then deploy in a real match against friends or random people online. The matchmaking system is pretty decent as it ensures that you are paired with a player who’s close to you in skill level, which ensures that the game remains fun no matter your level of expertise.
Street Fighter IV Championship Edition
Street Fighter is easily one of the most recognizable franchises in the world, with multiple successful titles on numerous consoles. Even within the Street Fighter enclave, many will argue that the fourth iteration of the game, Street Fighter IV, is perhaps the best. This is due, in no small part, to the explosion of the game competitively, and by the early to mid-2010s, it was the most popular esports fighting game on the planet. Bringing all this hype to the mobile platform has not been easy but, Capcom has done a great job with this version. It features 32 characters and a button system that should be easy for regular players to figure out. Even then, it is still welcoming to newcomers with various game modes created to appeal to a newer audience. If you aren’t comfortable using your phone screen as a controller, SFIV CE is compatible with Bluetooth controllers, which you could use to execute combos with relative ease. In addition, it possesses varying levels of difficulty, which ensure that it has just the right difficulty for you. The only downer for this game is that it paints itself as a free game but then only comes with one free character and four AI characters, which means that you have to pay to unlock the full roster. You can download it on Android and iOS.
A sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us, this DC and Warner Bros title has all the sleek style and panache that you would expect from a console fighting game. With the option to choose between a mammoth roster of superheroes and villains, this game brings the DC universe to life in the most epic way possible. The graphics are great and immersive, and you are privy to heroes such as Superman, Batman, and The Flash. There are also a great collection of villains, including the Joker, Brainiac, and Harley Quinn. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the game is its customization. With this, you have the ability to customize your heroes as you wish, and with each victory, you gain rewards that can go towards the customization process and equip your character with gear and other things necessary to take on the multiverse.
Furthermore, there is a PvP arena that pits you against other players from around the world, and you can test your mettle against them. Also, you can team up with your friends to fight against others and power up your characters. The game, of course, is available on both Android and iOS and can be considered as one of the best fighting games for the iPhone.
Real Steel World Robot Boxing
I remember watching Real Steel back in 2011 when it was first released and being inspired by the story of the underdog robot that was able to make it to the top with grit, determination, and— steel! It helped that since they were robots, there was no blood to make me worry. Now with the Real Steel World Robot Boxing mobile game, you can relive that cinematic experience only this time; you’re in control of the situation. You can choose between 58 robots and customize their skins to your heart content. Added to the game are various modes, including a career mode through which you can truly experience the underdog tale and take your robot to the top of the boxing world. There is also an online mode that lets you play against friends to earn bragging rights and other accolades.
As with most games, it’s free to download but with in-app purchases. For some, this is a downer, but the game is made in such a way that it doesn’t feel like you absolutely have to spend money to have a good time. You can download it on Android, and on iOS.
Real Steel World Robot Boxing
Indie darling, Skullgirls, is a game that has enjoyed major success in mainstream gaming. From its cutesy design to its innovative gameplay, Skullgirls has all the ingredients to keep a fighting game enthusiast hooked. Understandably, the mobile version might not have all the perks of the main game, but trust me, it is pretty close. The graphics are sleek and easy on the eye, and the fighting system is well balanced to work for both veterans and newbies. A ‘Fight Assist’ mode holds your hands, making sure you can focus only on the most important decisions while players also have access to manual controls, which give the same feel as using a controller or fight stick. With optimized controls, you will feel comfortable playing this game. What’s more, RPG fans aren’t left out with a customization system that lets you add up to three players to your team and build them up for battle. With daily events and tasks, you can be sure that you will never get bored. And, have we talked about the stunning hand-drawn animation? We have? Forgive me, but it just had to be mentioned again. Available on both Android and iOS, you are given several options, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Bring all the blood and gore to your mobile screen with the Mortal Kombat mobile game. Choose from any of your favorite characters and unleash a world of pain on your opponents, leaving them begging for mercy as you decapitate or tear them limb from limb as you please. If you are more of a team player, there’s nothing to worry about, as you can join teams and partake in faction wars that pits you against other teams for rewards and items.
Mortal Kombat is one of the titles covered on DashFight, so you can understand the enthusiasm here. Speaking of which, DashFight has a mobile app of its own that can be downloaded on both Android and iOS. There you can check out all the news on the FGC, along with information on tournaments, tier lists, and so much more.
Oh, and the graphics! They are awesome as they bring the violence to life through your mobile device. This, of course, means that your phone needs to have more than 1gb of RAM, or it wouldn’t run as it should. With over 50 million downloads, it is easily one of the most successful and popular fighting games to play. Also, did we mention that you can download this on iOS and Android?
While not a game with an enduring legacy, Final Fighter has grown to become one of the more fancied titles on the app store. It tells the compelling story of the human race in 2050 where the world is threatened with terrorism due to the rampaging of the ‘Hybrids’. On the other side protecting the earth, are you and the ‘Soul Fighters’ an elite team of humans who are sworn to taking down the Hybrids and bring the restoration of the earth.
Available on both Android and iOS, this is an online game meaning you would require an internet connection to play it, but notwithstanding, this is still an amazing game. It comes with various modes, many of which will be of interest to you. Moreover, the online mode is fun and snappy, bringing you to confront your friends and let your skills do the talking. It also possesses some stunning graphics which make you feel as close to playing a console as possible.
EA Sports UFC
The UFC is wildly popular all around the world as some of the most brutal and riveting action the world of fighting has to offer. There are several UFC games on console, so it only makes sense that there is one for Android and iOS. The game keeps you in tune with real-world events within the UFC and lets you partake in upcoming fights letting you simulate your experience.
Furthermore, it features a career mode in which you can take your chosen fighter from the bottom of the rankings to the very top and prove to the world that you are the best. The game's intensity is almost unbearable, and with over 70 fighters at your disposal, there is a lot of fun to be had with this game. 50 million downloads tells you a lot about the perception of the game, and while EA gets a lot of flack for their financial practices, they have in EA Sports UFC, a very compelling game.
If you are more of a retro gamer, then you will surely appreciate Prizefighters. This is a boxing game reminiscent of the Punch-Out video game series. You can choose a boxer and customize him to your liking and take on the world of boxing and claim your place at the top of the standings. The graphics have that authentic retro feel that takes you back to the old days of gaming, and with fully customizable features, you can tailor your experience exactly as you want it. Even with that, it still has a tonne of fun modes that you can tackle and gain high scores in. Also, it comes with social features, including private messaging for your friends and lists for whatever you want to do. Even more compelling is the fact that it is equipped with controller support, so you can play with ease, whether with your touchscreen or with a Bluetooth controller. What's more, it is available on iOS and Android, so you have various options available to you.
Dragon Ball Legends
What would a list of the best mobile fighting games be without an anime fighter? And of all the anime we have, Dragon Ball is arguably the most popular in the world. Now, on your mobile device, you can call on Goku, Vegeta, and countless other heroes to fight it out with one another. The graphics are great, and the 3D design isn’t a disservice to the game at all. Contained in the game are PvP battles against friends and strangers alike, a satisfying and rewarding leveling-up system, and a truckload of characters to choose from.
In this game, you get to play as a new character created by Akira Toriyama, and you are thrust into a whole new storyline that is as intriguing as anything you can find in the manga or anime. Also created by Bandai Namco, Dragon Ball Legends feels fresh with voice acting that is pretty impressive and well-designed stages. Finally, you can download the game on both Android and iOS, so you don’t need to worry that your iPhone won’t let you play it.
These are the top fighting games for mobile phones. Naturally, there are thousands more that you can choose from and enjoy, and even more if you want to try out RPGs and the like. That said, this is an exciting time for mobile gaming, and you really should try out one of these titles if you are a fighting game enthusiast.