Cyberpunk games have come and gone through the years, but CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 has reignited everyone’s interest in dystopian hacker worlds lately. It also got me interested in exploring the App Store to see what the best cyberpunk games on iOS are.
After a pretty exhaustive search, I have to say that there isn’t a huge pool of quality cyberpunk games on mobile. I’m not sure what the reason for this is, but it should be corrected. All you devs out there, get to making some great cyberpunk games! In the meantime, check out this list of quality cyberpunk titles that the App Store currently offers:
Technobabylon - download for iOS
Wadjet Eye makes a ton of classic-style, point-and-click adventure games, and they’ve ported a bunch of them over to iOS. Out of all that have come out on the App Store, Technobabylon is by far the most cyberpunk, and just so happens to be one of their best releases if you ask me.
In the game, you take control of a wide cast of characters who are all somehow connected to a series of mindjackings happening across the city. Yes, you heard that right, mindjackings. If that doesn’t get your cyberpunk senses tingling, I’m not sure anything will. Anywho, Technobabylon is well worth the price of admission, as it’s a really inventive adventure game that makes full use of its futuristic setting to design a bunch of creative puzzles. If you don’t like adventure games though, I’m not sure this game would do much for you.
Leap of Fate - download for iOS
If you like cyberpunk settings with a little more of an occult flair, Leap of Fate might be just the game you’re looking for. It’s a twin-stick roguelike shooter where you jump between small arenas, taking down thugs with green mohawks, aerial drones, and future cops all along the way.
For a game that’s largely an arena shooter, it also has a surprising amount of story. There are unlockable characters, each of whom has their own backstory. Just be sure try and play Leap of Fate with an MFi controller, as the fast-paced action can be hard to handle on a touch screen alone.
Transistor - download for iOS
Transistor is Supergiant Games’s most underrated release, and it just so happens to be set in an original cyberpunk setting. You control a woman named Red who has happened upon a weapon known the Transistor that she must use to fight an cybernetic threat, The Process.
It may not have the typical trappings of a cyberpunk world, but there’s almost nothing about Transistor that’s typical. The game uses a hybrid of real-time and turn-based combat as well as a modular combat system that lets you mix and match abilities in a ridiculous number of ways. It’s fantastic, and don’t let anyone saying Transistor is “disappointing” compared to Bastion or Pyre stop you from playing this game.
DATA WING - download for iOS
A lot of cyberpunk games focus on people’s interaction with technology, but what would it be like to play a game from the perspective of the technology? That’s sort of what DATA WING is. As a Data Wing, you cruise along in cyberspace to deliver important information from node to node, and what starts as a pretty, minimal racing game evolves into a surprisingly robust and creative story-driven adventure.
DATA WING is probably the oddest fit on this list as a “cyberpunk” game, but it’s got enough cool neon styling and vaporwave aesthetics that I’m going ahead and including it anyway. It’s also the only game on this list that’s completely free, so it’s easy enough for you to grab it and decide for yourself if it’s cyberpunk enough for you.
Deus Ex GO - download for iOS
Of all of the Square-Enix’s GO releases on the App Store, Deus Ex GO is clearly the most cyberpunk. In a lot of ways, Deus Ex GO is the pinnacle of these turn-based puzzle games where you slide characters between nodes. It’s got an ambitious story, mechanics built around augmentation abliities, and weekly puzzles to make sure you don’t run out of game to play.
It’s perhaps the most understated cyberpunk game on this list, but that’s mostly just because it’s a simple puzzler. For a game that can give a little punch of cyberpunk in a small package, Deus Ex GO is probably your best bet.