Play as Deadpool in These iPhone Games

You too can be a foul-mouthed anti-hero!

If you're a fan of movies, comic books, or explicit comedy, there's a very good chance that you've seen Deadpool. The film grossed $300 million worldwide in its opening weekend, making it the biggest R-Rated film opening of all time.

In the wake of the film's release, gamers have been eager to get their hands on a way to extend their experience with a little hands-on play. If you're a PS4, Xbox One, or PC gamer, that was do-able thanks to the late 2015 re-release of the Deadpool console game - but on mobile, things aren't so cut and dry.

There isn't an official Deadpool game on the App Store, but there are official Marvel games with Deadpool in them. Specifically, these four:

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Marvel Puzzle Quest

Deadpool - Marvel Puzzle Quest
What We Like
  • Highly rated with a lot of downloads.

  • Free to play, with in-app purchases.

  • RPG-level mechanics in a Match-3 setting.

What We Don't Like
  • In-app purchases go as high as $99.99.

  • More complex than a simple Match-3 game.

Match-3 games that mix fighting and RPG elements have been around since the original Puzzle Quest debuted in 2007, and while the first Puzzle Quest may have spawned an entire industry of like-titles, few manage to hold a candle to the games with "Puzzle Quest" right in the title. Marvel Puzzle Quest is no exception.

Players assemble a team of super-people that they pit against opposing teams in a quest to bust gems and reign supreme. As you can probably guess, a lot of the fun here is in unlocking more and more characters to choose from -- and that's where Deadpool comes in. 

Deadpool is available in his traditional wacky version, as well as a monochromatic Uncanny X-Force variant. It's not just a costume swap, either; Uncanny X-Force Deadpool brings a whole different set of powers to Marvel Puzzle Quest from his earlier version.

While there was a tournament that let you win Deadpool when he first launched, there's no easy path to unlocking your favorite hero at this point. Marvel Puzzle Quest is a game powered by random unlocks. If you want to play with 'Pool, we'll keep our chimichangas crossed for you.

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Marvel Contest of Champions

Deadpool - Marvel Contest of Champions
What We Like
  • An Apple "editors choice" game.

  • Free to play.

  • Great visual appeal and fast-paced gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • Some in-app purchases are quite expensive.

  • Alliances, events, and quests are fun but sometimes confusing given the limitations of a smartphone screen.

There are three things Deadpool is best at: punching, stabbing, and shooting. Marvel Contest of Champions is the one mobile game that lets him do all of these things -- and better yet, he gets to do them to those goodie-two-shoes "superheroes."

Marvel Contest of Champions is a 2D fighting game that's been simplified for touchscreen devices. In other words, if the crazy button combinations in Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat make your head hurt, this is the perfect game for you.

Like Marvel Puzzle Quest, players will be able to unlock both Deadpool and an Uncanny X-Force variant. Both share the same basic moves, though their "special" remains unique to each character. Original Deadpool can make use of his mutant healing factor, while X-Force Deadpool will poke the enemy right in the duodenum.

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LEGO Marvel Superheroes: Universe in Peril

Deadpool - LEGO Marvel Superheroes: Universe in Peril
Warner Bros.
What We Like
  • Great mixing of Marvel and LEGO. The entire Marvel universe is on display.

  • Doesn't require an online connection to run.

What We Don't Like
  • The game isn't free, and it also includes in-app purchases.

  • Graphics appear to be a generation or two behind.

  • Quite a few one-star ratings.

  • The game will consume 2.2 GB of space on your phone.

If you've seen the movie or read the comics, your gut is telling you that Deadpool is not a character for kids. Slap a little LEGO on anyone, though, and you can make them safe for toddlers to engage with (unless we're talking real LEGO, in which case it may be a choking hazard.)

The iOS version of LEGO Marvel Superheroes: Universe in Peril comes with a whopping 105 characters. Many of these, however, need to be unlocked through the course of play. Deadpool is no exception, requiring players to find 11 "Deadpool Bricks" scattered throughout the game. (If you need help, there's a handy cheat sheet here).

As you find the bricks, you can bring them to Deadpool in the SHIELD Helicarrier who will trade the bricks for special perks. Find all of the bricks and the final perk will unlocking the Merc with a Mouth as a playable character.