Following the introduction of AirPlay mirroring to Apple’s iOS operating system, game developers have been slowly adapting their games to support gameplay on the big screen. The App Store is now home to a number of terrific titles for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, that allow us to hook our devices up to our televisions and enjoy games as if they were being played on a traditional console.
In this App Guide, we’ve rounded up the best the best games with AirPlay support currently available. There’s something for everyone here — whether you’re into first-person shooters, soccer simulators, or adrenaline-pumping racers.
It’s worth noting that some games require you to use an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S for AirPlay mirroring — so be sure your device is supported before you make your purchase.
Real Racing 2 — $4.99 / $6.99 (HD)
Real Racing 2 was one of the first titles to adopt support for AirPlay, and it absolutely nailed it, which is why it remains one of the best AirPlay-compatible games available. With the title on your iOS device, you can connect to your TV wirelessly over your home network — or using Apple’s AV adapter — and enjoy each race in high-definition on the big screen.
While you play your game on your television, in high-definition with visuals that rival console racers, your iOS device will provide you with a map of the track and a timer that allows you to monitor your lap times. You can also race against friends with a split-screen multiplayer mode.
Real Racing 2 features 30 licensed cars and 15 excellent tracks, plus over ten hours of gameplay in the cup, head-to-head, championship, and time trial game modes.
FIFA 12 — $4.99 / $9.99 (HD)
For any soccer fan, FIFA 12 is a must-have. No other soccer simulator beats it (in my opinion), especially when it comes to AirPlay mirroring. It features over 22 officially licensed leagues, 500 licensed teams, 32 authentic stadiums, and more than 15,000 players. It boasts the same game modes you’ve enjoyed in previous FIFA titles, in addition to an all-new manager mode that allows you to take control over your team by trading players, upgrading your staff, scouting for talent, and leading your team to glory.
But its best feature is its AirPlay mirroring. If you have FIFA 12 on iPad, you can stream the gameplay to your TV, then use the free EA Gamepad app to control the game on your iPhone via Bluetooth. It supports two iPhones at once, so you can also go head-to-head against a friend.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation — $6.99 (Universal)
I’ve said it before — numerous times — and I’ll keep saying: Modern Combat 3 is the best first-person shooter on iOS. If you’re a fan of Call of Duty or Battlefield on consoles, this is the best substitute you’ll get on-the-go. But when you’re not on the go, play it through your TV and use your device as a controller.
It features an enthralling 13-mission campaign that takes you from Los Angeles to Pakistan, with stunning visuals and sound effects. But my favorite thing about this app is its 12-man online multiplayer, which offers six exclusive maps, and seven different game modes.
Touchgrind BMX — $4.99 (Universal)
If you were a fan of the original Touchgrind, which featured a unique way to skate around on a skateboard, you’ll Touchgring BMX. It’s just like its sibling, only — as its name suggests — you control a BMX instead. It offers features Touchgrind players will already familiar with, such as terrific 3D visuals, true physics-based gameplay, and an innovative control system. But it also introduces the ability to ride your bike on your TV while you control it from your iOS device.
Chopper 2 — $2.99 (Universal)
Chopper 2, as you may have guessed, is the sequel to the hugely popular Chopper, a side-scrolling helicopter game in which you must complete a variety of missions that will have you escorting vehicles across deserts, or rescuing stranded civilians while your allies take on rival armies.
It features over 36 different missions over 12 locations, and a completely rewritten 3D game engine with all new enemies, weapons, and more. Chopper 2 has to be one of the most addictive games in our list, and yes, like the other it has AirPlay support, allowing you to play the game on your HDTV while you use your device as a controller.
What’s Your Favorite?
So that’s our roundup of the best iOS games currently available with AirPlay support, but there are plenty out there that didn’t make it into our list. What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.