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Top 15 best open world games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

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Top 15 best open world games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

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Updated on December 3, 2021: Some obsolete games were replaced

Looking for the best open world games for iPhone & iPad? Look no further, because we've brought the best six of them together into this list for you. Read on to find out the best places to lose yourself on mobile.

Whether you want to explore a realistic world or one completely submerged in fantasy, there is probably an iOS open world game for you. Often there is the option to follow stories and quests or to just wander around, exploring on your own so that you can find whatever you stumble upon. We’ve compiled a list of games that go from fantasy through hyper-realistic or full of dinosaurs all the way through to games where you can drive planes. There is something for everyone on this list.

How did the list of the best open world games for iOS come to be?

But where did iOS open world games come from? They've arguably been around for quite some time, with a lot of people citing early adventure games as some of the first examples. Arguably, any game where you can choose which path to take (or, indeed, just dilly-dally around and do nothing) is open world, which more and more games are starting to be. As a matter of fact, there aren't actually many linear games releasing these games, and a whole mass of games might have tight stories, but promote you exploring the level and making careful choices to how you proceed.

Arguably, though, the rise of open world games came within the last fifteen years, with series like Bioshock, Deus Ex, Dishonored and Hitman all promoting players thinking outside of the box, and giving people the tools to progress but little instruction. Meanwhile, other games like Skyrim, The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto, Just Cause, Legend of Zelda, and, of course, Minecraft, all gave people larger and larger worlds to explore - and as their popularity surged, we started to see more and more open world elements spreading into other games.

We've got everything here from horror-based survival games through to some of the names we've mentioned above, so do make sure to click on through to find out what we believe are the best iOS open world games for iPhone and iPad. And, of course, if you think we've missed something then leave us a comment, because we do occasionally revisit our various lists to make sure that we've kept them completely up to date.

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1
Off the Road

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Racing
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Off the Road

Exploring is sometimes more fun when you have vehicles to control along the way! Off the Road allows you to drive boats, trains, cars, helicopters, harvesters - basically anything that has wheels. You can drive wherever you want, switching your vehicles out and exploring. The game has realistic features like tire pressure, so knowing your vehicle may help.

2
Sky: Children of the Light

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Adventure
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Sky: Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light provides a beautiful, colourful world where you must restore the stars to the sky. Around you are the ghost-like shapes of other players running about and trying to solve their own little puzzles. You can only talk through gestures in Sky, but you will be chatting with others even if it is just using this, as the best part of the experience is the feeling of these others.

3
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

Developer: Klei Entertainment
Available on: iOS + Android + PS Vita
Genre: Adventure, Hardcore
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Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

I love Don’t Starve. This is a survival game where you are plopped onto a world full of horror, and as the night comes you will find more monsters, looking to steal your sanity. Your goal in Don’t Starve is simple - don’t starve to death or really die in any way. Instead, you can start gathering and finding resources, crafting, and building a way to survive.

4
Portal Knights

Publisher: 505 Games
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Adventure
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Portal Knights

Portal Knights contains a big world where you can explore, fight, gather materials, level up and more. There are different classes that change your gameplay. There are lots of really cool structures and mobs in Portal Knights, as well as just a vast land to explore. It’s a really fun game if you’re into discovering your world.

5
Second Galaxy

Publisher: Zlongame
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Multiplayer, RPG
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Second Galaxy

Maybe space is more you thing, in which case, Second Galaxy is great for space explorations! You can travel across thousands of realistic star systems, battling other ships along the way. This game is quite massive in the amount of places you can explore and really does a great job of delivering a galaxy full of adventure!

6
Morphite

Publisher: Crescent Moon Games
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Adventure
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Morphite

Traveling through a wonderful, procedurally generated world in outer space, Morphite is a wonderful adventure and exploration game that takes some aspects from No Man’s Sky and brings it to a colorful and bright polygon-styled world. You can drive vehicles or ride creatures, all depending on the planet you land on and decide to explore, until you get bored and move on to the next.

7
Dragon Raja

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, Multiplayer
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Dragon Raja

Dragon Raja is an anime MMORPG with some beautiful graphics to really help you get into the game! There are tons to do in this beautiful world from fighting in battles to fulfilling quests to simply interacting with the different people you come across. You can work on your skills by slaying monsters you find or just explore around, hoping to discover a beautiful place.

8
Goat Simulator

Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Action, Simulation
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Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator is a strange open world game, where you can run into bugs, play as a goat, explore a big world and cause all sorts of chaos. You can headbut whatever, spend time wrecking random things, harass people and really do whatever you want as a goat. You don’t really live your life like a real goat, so just embrace it and cause chaos.

9
Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Developer: Mojang
Publisher: Mojang
Available on: iOS + Android + Windows Phone + Xperia Play
Genre: Adventure, Brain training
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Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft is a game everyone has heard of - you are able to build up blocky structures, mine, fight mobs, grow food, discover temples and much, much more. The game itself has large worlds with tons to discover, but Minecraft doesn’t have a quest system, leaving you to your own devices when it comes to building the world of your dreams.

10
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Publisher: Rockstar Games
Available on: iOS + Android + Windows Phone
Genre: Action, Adventure, Racing, Shooter
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

GTA is always mentioned when it comes to open world games, so we have included Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This game has a storyline, but you don’t have to follow it and can instead start exploring around the town, driving to new areas, and just seeing where the world takes you. It doesn’t have the best graphics, but GTA is nostalgic.

11
Dawn of Isles

Publisher: NetEase
Available on: iOS + Android
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Dawn of Isles

Dawn of Isles is a beautiful looking game, full of bright colors! In this game, you are exploring different islands, crafting, farming, fishing and more on your own bright and cheery island. If you have friends, you can play with them as well, growing your island and bringing more fun to your own game. It's well worth a look, especially if you want something on the cute side.

12
Six-Guns

Developer: Gameloft
Publisher: Gameloft
Available on: iOS + Android + Xperia Play
Genre: Action
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Six-Guns

Six-Guns takes you into a realistic version of the wild west, with tons of weapons to collect, showdowns to take part in, quests to find and more as you explore an expansive version of the wild west. There is quite a bit of story sprinkled about for you to discover, but as you find the best guns and battle against your enemies, it will all be worth it in the end!

13
ARK: Survival Evolved

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Stealth
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ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK has a lot to offer in its seemingly never-ending sandbox game, where you are placed on an island full of dinosaurs, hoping to survive! You can find other players to play with, creating tribes and colonies to survive or just attempting to take it on your own. Either way, you will need to start building and crafting if you are going to make it through the night.

14
Nimian Legends: BrightRidge

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With more of a focus on landscape, Nimian Legends: BrightRidge is a lovely game where you can explore around the world, discovering all there is to find and taking pictures along the way. You can play freely, just going wherever you are drawn too or can play a story mode that will guide you and lead you to fighting enemies in the world. Either way, it’s a lovely world.

15
The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, RPG
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The Elder Scrolls: Blades

The Elder Scrolls: Blades has a massive world full of buildings, shops, treasure, monsters and more with realistic graphics to keep you wandering around, despite being in a fantasy setting. There is a lot of room for exploring, adventures and discovering more about your massive world in this RPG, which provides for some realism in their world.

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