My updated list of iOS games and apps unavailable for Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by cnev3, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. cnev3, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2013

    cnev3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    When the topic of app selection comes up with Android users, they say, "Who cares? Why do I need a thousand fart apps? Androids selection of apps is more than enough."

    To which I say, 1. It's the quality, not the quantity. Both app stores have way more apps than any person could sample in a lifetime. 2. You can't miss what you've never had. If you've only tasted Sees Candies, you won't care that you don't have access to Godiva.

    This list is mostly games because when it comes to a utility app, say like Pages, you could argue that Google Play has an equivalent app that does the same, whereas games, it's a unique and artistic thing where a copy of it is not the same thing. But I have posted some music production apps because they do deal with unique, and proprietary things like modeling from specific instruments, like Roland, and branding of instruments like Fender.

    Many of these apps I have personally played and enjoyed, and later noticed were not on Android when I made the switch to an Android smartphone. Also, i've only included apps that are rated 4 stars or higher. No junk. A list of all iOS exclusive apps regardless of rating would take too long to compile.

    1-Bit Ninja
    100 Rogues
    1001 Attempts
    247 Missles
    AC/DC Pinball Rocks
    Action Driver
    Action Movie FX
    Alive 4ever
    Alive 4ever Returns
    Amateur Surgeon 2
    Amazing Ants
    Apocalypse Max
    Arc Squadron
    Arms Cartel
    Autumn Dynasty
    Back to the Future Episode 1-5
    Ballistik Wars
    Band of the Day
    Barefoot World Atlas
    Batman Arhkam City Lockdown
    Battle Academy
    Battle Bears Royale
    Battleland: Warrior vs Monster HD
    Battle Of The Bulge (Shenandoah Studios)
    Battlefriends At Sea
    Battleship (Hasbro)
    Bike Baron
    Bit Dungeon
    Bladeslinger: Ep 1
    Bloom HD
    Blue Note
    Blueprint 3D
    Bookworm (Popcap Games)
    Bounty Bots
    Bubble Galaxy
    Bubble Seasons
    Bullet Time HD
    Bumpy Road
    Burnout Crash!
    Call Of Snakes
    Car Town Streets
    Castle Age
    Cat Physics
    Catapult King
    Catch The Ark
    Circuit Playground
    Clash Of Clans
    Coaster Crazy
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart
    Crazy Bill
    Crazy Quest (Grahams Solutions)
    Crazy Taxi (Sega)
    CSR Racing
    Cubed Rally Racer
    Cubed Rally Redline
    Danmaku Unlimited
    Danmaku Unlimited 2
    Deal Or No Deal
    Deepworld (MMO)
    Devil May Cry 4: Refrain
    Devils At The Gate: Pacific War HD
    Disney Super Speedway
    Dondonpachi Maximum
    Dragon Island Blue
    Dragon Skies
    Dream of Pixels
    Dungeon Story
    Earn To Die
    Elements Defender
    Escape The Swamp
    Eternal Legacy
    Expand It!
    Fairway Solitaire
    Fieldrunners 2
    FIFA 13
    Fight Night Champion
    Final Fantasy IV
    Final Fantasy Tactics
    Final Fantasy Chaos Rings II
    FL Studio
    Flight Unlimited Las Vegas
    Flashout 3D
    Flick Home Run
    Galactic Phantasy
    Galactic Phantasy: Prelude
    Garage Band
    Gear Jack
    Gems with Friends
    GeoDash: Wild Animal Adventure
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
    Girls Like Robots
    Golden Axe 2
    Graffiti Me!
    Groove Coaster
    GTA: Chinatown Wars
    Gun Bros 2
    Hairy Tales
    Hay Day
    Heal Me!
    Hector: Badge Of Carnage
    Hero of Sparta 2
    Heroes and Castles
    I, Gladiator
    I Am T Pain
    I Dig It
    I Dig It: Expeditions
    I Love Katamari
    iSequencer HD
    Impressionism HD
    Infinity Blade
    Infinity Blade II
    Infinity Field
    Into The Dead
    Ironman 2
    iTunes U
    Joe Danger
    Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106
    Juggle It
    Jumping Finn
    Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World
    King Cashing: Slots Adventure
    King Cashing 2
    Kingdom Rush
    Korg iElectribe
    Korg iMS-20
    Korg iKaossilator
    Korg iPolysix
    Le Havre (Codito Dev)
    League Of Evil 2
    Legendary Wars
    Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
    Leggo Harry Potter: Years 5-7
    Lightning Assault
    Little Acorns (Chillingo)
    Little Inferno
    Little Masters
    Living Earth
    Lostwinds 2: Winter of the Melodias
    Luminosity Brain Trainer
    Lunar Silver Star Story
    Macguffins Curse
    Mad Skills BMX
    Mage Gauntlet
    Magic 2013
    Marvel VS Campcom 3
    Matching with Friends
    Mega Man X
    Micro Miners
    Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes
    Mikey Shorts
    Minigore 2
    Mirrors Edge
    Monkey Island
    Monkey Island 2
    Monkey Island 3
    Monsters Inc: Run
    Monster Wars
    Mr. Ninja
    Mr. Oops!
    Multitrack DAW
    Mutant Fridge Mayhem
    Nano Studio
    Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed
    Need For Speed Undercover
    Negative Nimbus
    Neuroshima Hex Puzzle
    New Puzzle Bobble
    New Bust A Move
    Noble Nutlings
    NY Zombies
    NY Zombies 2
    Ocarina (Smule)
    ORC: Vengeance
    Ovenbreak 2
    Over HD
    Parallax 2
    Penny Arcade: The Game
    Phantasy Star 2
    Phoenix HD
    Phoenix Wright
    Pilot's Path
    Pixel People
    Pix'n Love Rush: DX
    Pocket Army
    Pocket Climber
    Pocket Heroes
    Pocket Zoo HD
    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
    Pro Pool 2012
    Puerto Rico HD
    Punch Quest
    Puppetshow: Mystery of Joyville
    Puzzle Agent
    Puzzle Craft
    Rad Soldiers
    Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard
    Rage HD
    Rage Of The Gladiator
    Rat On A Jet Ski
    Rat On A Snowboard
    Ravensword: Shadowlands
    Real Boxing
    Reckless Racing 2
    Red Conquest
    Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot
    Robot Rampage
    Roland VR-09 Editor
    Samurai II: Dojo
    Samurai Bloodshow
    Scale Wizard
    Scribble Hero
    Shadow Guardian
    Shadow Love
    Shadow Warrior
    Shining Force
    Shufflepuck Cantina
    Sid Miers Civilization
    Sid Miers Pirates
    Skate It
    Skee-Ball 2
    Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders
    Skylanders: Cloud Patrol
    Slayer Pinball
    Slender Rising
    Slingshot Puzzle HD
    Slingshot Racing
    Smash Cops
    Sonic & Sega All Star Racing
    Soul Calibur
    Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
    Split Pic
    Spunk And Moxie
    Stack The States
    Starfront Collision
    Stompbox (guitar effects)
    Storm In A Teacup
    Strange Loves 1: Vampire Boyfriends
    Street Fighter Volt
    Street Figher VS Tekken
    Summoner Wars
    Super Hexagon
    Swing King
    Tab Toolkit
    Table Top Racing
    Tactical Soldier
    Tentacles: Enter The Dolphin
    The 7th Guest
    The Gods: Rebellion
    The Grading Game
    The History Channel
    The Infinity Project 2
    The Last Express
    The Lords of Midnight
    The Math Tree
    The Room
    The Silent Age
    The Simpsons Arcade
    The Simpsons: Tapped Out
    The Sims 3: Ambitions
    The Sims 3: World Adventures
    The Sims Medieval
    The Voice: On Stage
    The Walking Dead: The Game. Episode 1-5
    The World Ends With You
    Ticket To Ride Pocket
    Ticket To Ride Europe
    Time Geeks: Find All
    Time Surfer
    Tiny Sheep
    Tiny Wings
    Toca Band
    Toca Hair Salon
    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard
    Tom Clancy's Hawk
    Total Recoil
    Touch Hockey 2
    Tractor DJ
    Trenches II
    Trivial Pursuit
    True Skate
    Turtles, Huh?
    Twisted Lands: Origin HD
    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
    Wake The Cat
    Warpspeed 2
    West Legends
    Wimp: Who stole my pants?
    Wind Tunnel
    Worms 2: Armageddon
    Worms Crazy Golf
    X-Plane (Extreme/Airliner/Helicopter/Carrier)
    Yahtzee HD
    You Don't Know Jack
    Zombie Gunship
    Zombieville USA 2
    Zuma's Revenge

    Apps added this revision:

    West Legends, Penumbear, Gravity.Duck, Zombieville USA 2, King Cashing 2, The Gods: Rebellion, Polymer, Heroes and Castles, Table Top Racing, Danmaku Unlimited, Danmaku Unlimited 2, Pixel People, Warpspeed 2, 247 Missles, Robot Rampage, Skee-Ball 2, Spunk And Moxie, Jool, I, Gladiator, Expand It!, Gun Bros 2, Crazy Bill, The Silent Age, Lightning Assault, Year Walk, Crazy Quest, Phoenix HD, Parallax 2, Flight Unlimited Las Vegas, Cyto, Bit Dungeon, Escape The Swamp, Fishmoto, Tactical Soldier, Little Acorns, Le Havre, Hairy Tales, Tractor DJ, You Don't Know Jack, ModCloth, Wind Tunnel, MathMateer, Circuit Playground, Roland VR-09 Editor, Glitchamaphone, iMPC, Blue Note, Korg iElectribe, Korg iKaossilator, Korg iMS-20, Glitchbreaks, Rockmate, iSequencer HD, Bloom HD, Orphion, Percolator, Over HD, Barefoot World Atlas, Aquaria, Infinity Field, Cinebeat, Slingshot Puzzle HD, 1001 Attempts

    Apps removed this revision:


    Mention any good apps I missed and i'll edit them in. Some apps may release an android version in the future and so they will need to be removed from the list. And of course there are bound to be new ones to be added in.

    Also it would be cool for someone to make a sister thread of good apps available only on Google Play.
  2. jeffe macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2008
    This really isn't that great of a thread IMO but if you are going to do it you might want to recheck your list. Pocket Planes, Rayman Jungle Run, Chrono Trigger, and Prince of persia are all in the play store from what I can tell, I haven't looked at the others.

    They also have tiny bird, moon chaser and dragon fly which exhibit the same game play as tiny wings so that one should also be taken off your list too.
  3. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Regarding Chrono Trigger, Android runs SNES emulators (and Gameboy, and Genesis, and PSX, and N64) so you want to know what iOS doesn't have? The entire SNES collection of games.

  4. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
  6. ReanimationN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    As already mentioned, Rayman's on Android, as is Starfront and Eternal Legacy, although you have to buy them from Gameloft's site. Chaos Rings 1 was also just released on Android. It's over 2 years late, but hey, it's there. Chaos Rings Omega and CR2 still aren't out on Android.
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    As market share shifts and as the Nexus branding/line continues to take off, so will the landscape of apps continue to change. Before, it used to be App Store rules the Play Store with numbers of apps. Now, it's getting down to a some specific apps that Android doesn't have (yet; maybe some forever), or that apps aren't perfectly optimized for tablet screens yet. Soon, those gaps, too, will close.

    It's inevitable.

    Meanwhile, there are caveats to having less fragmented apps. You have a limited number of screen sizes and resolutions that Apple can make. You can't make massive upgrades to the software that rocks the boat too much (while Android can, once in a while, throw a ICS-like overhaul of the system).
  8. cnev3, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    cnev3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    If I wanted to play 20 year old games that werent designed to be used with a touchscreen, with the wrong aspect ratio, I could download Cydia and have all the emulators I want.

    What do you do if you want to play Infinity Blade 2, or plug in a guitar and use an amp modeler?


    Then make a thread about games and apps that are available for Android only. I'm sure that thread will be much better.

    I updated the list, and removed two apps that now have android versions, and added two iOS games. BTW, Price of Persia was for Warrior Within, not the Classic version.
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    If the latest and greatest games are absolutely important to you, just enjoy your iPhone. I don't see the point you are trying to make here.

    I guess you don't realize many of us Android users also have iOS devices as well. So it's not like we are missing out. I myself still have my 4 and 4S and use my iPad 2 daily. I also haven't played most of those games you posted on iOS. It should be obvious that many choose an Android device for reasons other than gaming.
  10. cnev3, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    cnev3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Done. I also arranged the list vertically so its easier to read.


    It's not games, its apps in general. Like I said, the list is mostly games because when it comes to utility apps, you could just point out an android app that does roughly the same thing. Whereas unique apps like games is an irrefutable sign that iOS is far superior to Android as far as software goes.

    Cool features are nice to have, but at the end of the day, my device is a means to use apps. Without apps, its little more than a cell phone, music player, and camera.

    Software is just as important as hardware, if not more. Which is why the Zune HD failed, despite it having superior hardware to the iPod Touch. It had a better screen, and the best GPU of any mobile device at the time. But it wasn't enough. Content is king.
  11. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    IMO, gaming on the iPhone sucks and in general, the games on iOS are low quality, repetitive, and "freemium" that takes all the fun out. I know because I have an iPhone. I've basically stopped downloading games on iOS because I've seen it all and it keeps getting repeated.

    If you want to compare apps, iOS sucks for spreadsheets. There is so much more choice on Android if you want to be productive.
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Yeah, but you know what? People on Google Play aren't blowing $500 on mobile games either. Think about all that cash you're wasting on stuff that might not even work in the next two iOS updates. Argue all you want about getting all the hottest games, but you know what? I've spent over $1,000+ on iOS apps and I'm honestly tired of it. It's not that I don't like my iOS devices, but it's like an expensive hobby, and you've just proved that with this list that has a couple $2-10 games and apps.
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Damn, do you buy anything and everything that catches your eye? I couldn't imagine spending that kind of money on apps.
  14. dalbir4444 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2012
    Android does have a large collection of games, just not as large as iOS's. The sentence I bolded is IMO incorrect. Windows has more games than OS X, but does that make it superior? It depends on the user. People like iOS and Android for different reasons.

    There are many apps in the Play Store that don't exist in the App Store. Eg. tasker is one of them.
  15. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Software is indeed more important. That's why Jelly Bean 4.2 rules iOS 6. :D
  16. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    Also, just because the app/games is available on Android and the Google Play store, doesn't mean it'll run on your Android device.

    I have an android tablet and android phone. Tablet running ICS and phone running gingerbread. What works and what doesn't.

    Just some game examples.

    NBA Jam
    tablet - YES
    phone - NO

    tablet - NO
    phone - YES

    FIFA 12
    tablet - YES
    phone - NO

    Plants vs. Zombies
    tablet - NO
    phone - YES

    tablet - NO
    phone - NO

    tablet - NO
    phone - YES

    Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit
    tablet - NO
    phone - NO

    Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 12
    tablet - YES
    phone - NO

    Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
    tablet - NO
    phone - NO

    N.O.V.A. 2
    tablet - NO
    phone - NO
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    some of the games on your list I have seen in the play store and I am pretty sure I have a few of them I bought. Mind you they are not on my phone right now because meh I do not play them so saving space and not junking up my app draw.

    I could point out utility apps that would be useful that android has and there is no iPhone equilitlent. And no these are not hardware apps.
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    The list of apps can be made vice versa. There is plenty of quality Andriod only apps in the Play Store.

    Reasons why iOS has the bigger app store and why some apps release on iOS first. Money talks, and the iPhone has been the universal flagship smartphone and a household name since release. But things have been changing very rapidly. And for the first time with Jellybean, Android's default apps and features out weight iOS.

    Also, cross platform apps usually don't vary much in quality between iOS and Android. You'll find a small number of cross platform apps which are better quality on either platform, but in general most are basically the same quality.

    Then you have all the Android apps that will never make it to iOS due to Apple's restrictions on iOS and the AppStore. It fair to say Android actually has much more options. So there goes your superior software theory. ;)

    And that's exactly what iOS is, an app player. Android is also an app player but that's not where Android stops at. Can you set default apps? Hide apps? Disable apps from using data? And etc, etc, etc? You might not care about these things, just as other don't care about the game list you posted.

    If you think Android doesn't have enough content for you, then like I said earlier, enjoy your iPhone. But to make an assumption that the general quality and quantity of apps for Android is low....... Thats completely false.
  19. dalbir4444 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2012
    I feel like I've seen this post elsewhere. Deja Vu!
  20. Vegastouch, Nov 16, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012

    Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    LOL, ....well hey, im not a teenager so i only have like 4 or 5 games on my phone because i dont hardly play any. Some of those games it is ridiculous to try and play on a GTA or Madden.

    I dont know...if i really wanted to play games, id just use the Xbox. Not like the Vita or whatever that is called that replaced the PSP is doing very well. The games i do have are just to pass time here and there.


    Pretty sure Need for speed is on Android for the phone(i dont have a tablet)

    EDIT, just checked, there are 3 of them and one is Hot Pursuit.
    So is NBA Jam and Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and FIFA 12.

    Obviously you havent looked very hard and im sure there are probably more. I actually only looked up those i mentioned. Havent went down your whole list.
  21. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    Pretty much any launcher, any keyboard, any widget and Google Maps.
  22. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    If mobile gaming is really important to you and you want to actually play a game, instead of trying to tap on a tiny little screen and "hoping" you tap on the right spot, why in the world would you pick an iphone?
    Let's say you want to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, Dead Trigger, Modern Combat 3, NOVA 3, Shadowgun: Deadzone, Mario Kart, CHAOS, Contract Killer, Mass Effect, Grand Theft Auto III, Real Racing 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, or any old PS1 or NES/SNES game, you really find it enjoyable to tap all over the screen and obscure your vision with your hand? Personally, I prefer playing with my PS3 or XBox controller wirelessly. If I want to hook my S3 up to a 50" hdtv, its a piece of cake. No Apple TV hook up required. I also can't understand being a gamer and then stuck with the iphone itty, bitty little screen?

    You also talked about productivity. Well, when it comes to music and art productivity apps, Apple has that market cornered. If you want to talk business or school productivity apps, Android is better. Why? Android allows for both BT keyboards and mice. Android works perfectly in either touch or regular computer mode. As soon as a mouse is detected, a nice arrow pointer pops up on screen and works exactly like a pc. Plus, Word, Excel and Powerpoint are all available via OfficeSuit app. And nice features like being able to play a video in PiP mode while giving a powerpoint presentation, or surfing the web is a nice bonus.

    Apple devices have their pluses, but working well outside of the Apple ecosystem is not one of them. And being able to access usb drive data, thumb drives, use a mouse or game controller, work on any hdtv, etc really limits an iDevice.

    I am sure the iphone an ipad are great for you and your needs, but I can't believe you world prefer to tap all over a screen to play a FPS type game over using a controller. That just doesn't make any sense.
  23. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    Obviously you didn't bother to read what I wrote.

    Everything I've listed is on the Google Play Store.

    "just because the app/games is available on Android and the Google Play store, doesn't mean it'll run on your Android device."
  24. cnev3, Nov 17, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012

    cnev3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Please name Android games that are better than iOS games. And please name Android productivity apps that do things that you can't do on iOS.

    If you're going to make statements like that, give some kind of data to back it up.


    How so? I'm genuinely curious.


    I don't know what world you live in where people give powerpoint presentations on their phone, and hook up full keyboards and mouse to their phones. I've never seen that. I think I would have to try pretty hard not to laugh out loud at the sight of someone using a keyboard and mouse while looking at a 4" screen.

    Besides, bluetooth devices are supported by iOS, which includes keyboards and mouse. Not sure what gave you the idea that it doesn't.

    You should prove your point anyways, by making a list of android productivity apps that arent available for iOS.


    Yeah it's so ridiculous that GTA Chinatown Wars was one of the DS highest selling games, which had a much smaller screen than iOS devices.

    iOS has way more to offer as far as music, art, and education apps too, which are genres that aren't just for kids.


    Who cares about what app store has the highest quantity of apps? They both have an insane amount. Its about what app store has the best apps.

    Try making a list of android apps that are rated 4 stars or higher than arent on iOS and see if its even half as long as my list.


    Google is already almost finished making the Maps app for iOS, and should be released next wed. Thank God!

    What do you mean by keyboard?

    And if I want widgets to kill my battery life, and eat up my RAM and CPU for something i'll never use, I can jailbreak and get all the useless Widgets I want.

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