For iPhone and iPad users, using touch screen controls is second nature and often the first control method when playing games on your phone. Now that Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) is available on iOS, courtesy of Xbox Game Pass, there are even more great games available on iOS than ever before. But even with the packed Xbox Cloud Gaming Library, you'll have to use a game controller for most of the games available. Most, but not all. Here are the best Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) games with touch controls on iPhone and iPad. These games are available on Xbox Game Pass for free with an active Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Minecraft is a top-rated sandbox game that has captivated audiences with its simple but addictive gameplay for years, but Minecraft Dungeons does something entirely different. It takes the aesthetics of Minecraft and focuses on combat, turning the game into a Diablo-like dungeon crawler. Touch controls are just a way to make the game even more accessible for younger players and newcomers alike.
My first dungeon crawler
Delve into a fantasy world with a spin on the classic Minecraft universe.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is one of the best JRPGs available on Xbox Cloud Gaming, made even better thanks to touch controls. Take control of your Luminary and join a memorable cast as you fight to save a world that has sworn to hunt you down.
Old and new
This remaster of the classic Dragon Quest game is the definitive way to play.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
The Yakuza series is known for its absurd and over-the-top gameplay held together by crime drama that would make Martin Scorsese smile. Yakuza: Like a Dragon mixes the series up by taking it and turning it into a full-blown turn-based JRPG. The results are stunning; it's one of the best games made even more accessible thanks to touch controls.
Hit the streets of Japan as you embark on an epic journey in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Hotshot Racing is an arcade game that harkens back to the days of 90s/00s arcade racers, with a visual style as gorgeous as it is retro. The fast races and incredible drifts work well on the Xbox and translate just as well to touch controls.
Arcade racing fun
Racing fans who want a taste of the good old arcade racing scene will feel right at home, racing to come out on top.
If you enjoy great writing, crafting, and building relationships, Spiritfarer is your game. As the new Spiritfarer, it's your job to ferry restless spirits to the afterlife. Manage your boat and your relationships with the spirits aboard it in this heartwarming indie darling, now with touch controls.
This touching management game about death and dying is sure to make you see life in a new light.
Streets of Rage 4
Streets of Rage games have always been essential in Sega's catalog, but Streets of Rage 4 ups the ante in pretty much every regard. Amazing music and visuals and classic beat-em-up gameplay translate excellently to the iOS, with or without touchscreen controls.
A reimagined classic
Fighting fans are sure to love Streets of Rage 4, featuring excellent gameplay, hand-drawn graphics, and a thrilling soundtrack.
DiRT 5 is a new off-road arcade racing experience, featuring tons of tracks and plenty of vehicles to drive in. If you're a fan of arcade racing, but think Hotshot Racing is too clean for your taste, then get real dirty with DiRT 5.
Get a little dirty
It's time to get DiRTY in this off-road arcade racing experience.
Octopath Traveler is a gorgeous JRPG that debuted the resurgence of the HD-2D art style. Fans of older SNES JRPGs and Final Fantasy will find an adventure that evokes the same feelings as those games in its plot and gameplay. With eight party members to choose from, Octopath Traveler offers a meaty array of gaming possibilities and outcomes.
Head down eight vastly different paths in this love letter to classic JRPGs from the SNES era.
Indie platformers are a dime a dozen, but there is something so special about Celeste. The tough-as-nails platforming gameplay juxtaposes nicely with the somber story about finding and accepting yourself. It's a rewarding and thought-provoking game, from start to end.
A difficult climb
Guide Celeste up a perilous mountain as you traverse difficult platforming levels and a touching story.
Rain on Your Parade
Xbox Game Pass is great for giving visibility to smaller indie titles that might otherwise be ignored and overlooked. Rain on your Parade is an example of one such gem. Rain on Your Parade is a unique puzzle game full of charm. You'll be the hero, the villain, and the mischievous nuisance in this self-aware title.
Don't worry, be happy
This fun indie title encourages players to think outside the box as a mischievous little cloud.
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These are the best Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) games with touch controls on iPhone and iPad. The Xbox Cloud Gaming Library is stacked, and thanks to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can access tons of games on your Xbox, PC, and iOS devices. Touch controls are a great way to easily experience these great games without any extra game controllers. Our top choice is Minecraft Dungeons, an accessible Diablo-style game perfect for solo adventuring or co-op dungeon crawling.
If that isn't your cup of tea, why not try Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition? The latest installment in the long-running Dragon Quest saga is one of the best, combining classic JRPG gameplay with plenty of twists and turns that'll delight gamers of all kinds.
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