By Cody Perez
August 9, 2019
For well over a decade now, mobile games have been a staple in the video game industry. This multi-billion-dollar industry is one that can’t be ignored as billions of gamers around the world use mobile games as the primary platform for their gaming.
For many video game companies out there, mobile games are their living. There are even developers who started out on console and PC but have transitioned to creating mobile games due to how lucrative it is. As a result, there are so many games to choose from on mobile devices.
From RPGs to MOBA games to shooters, racers, gacha games, and so much more, there are literally millions of mobile games available across the iOS and Android app stores. It can be intense trying to figure out which of these games are the best and worth your time.
Thankfully, that’s where I come in. I’ve spent a lot of time playing through countless mobile games, searching through trending games, and more to figure out which are the best of the best. This is a daunting task that isn’t easy to accomplish at all.
But being such a picky person, I’ve found that the 10 games below are worth your time and money as well. These 10 games are the best at showing what mobile games do best.
If you have a smartphone or tablet, the following games won’t let you down if you’re looking for a great RPG to spend hundreds of hours with, a competitive multiplayer title with esports potential, an adventure game that you create with your own hands, and many more options.
For the purposes of this top 10 mobile games list, I wanted to make sure that these are first and foremost amazing games but also consider the price point to get in, how well the game is monetized, whether or not it’s pay to win, the longevity of the game, how well it fits the mobile platform, and also the popularity of the game within the mobile community.
With that criteria in mind, I’ve come up with the top 10 mobile games out right now that you need to play. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
Kicking off this list is the return of a classic game that you may have heard of if you have some trivia-loving friends. Trivia Crack was a game that released several years ago to overwhelming popularity. It had a simple premise that was endlessly replayable.
Trivia Crack 2 has brought the fan-favorite competition trivia game back from the dead with some new modes and additions that are key to making this game much better than its bare-bones original. It features the same general gameplay of challenging your friends and family to trivia.
According to their advertising, Trivia Crack 2 is the “5th most played game in the world”
What makes it better in this sequel is the longevity of the game. You are now encouraged to keep playing the game since there are rewards to collect, other players to beat, leaderboard rankings to climb, and much more. If you want a casual game that doesn’t ask much of you in terms of gameplay, look no further.
Yes, Pokemon is a thing on mobile devices (more on that game in a bit) but not quite in the way that the traditional games are. Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 is a lesser-known series from Japan that spawned the Persona series and features a darker, more adult version of Pokemon.
The Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 features a rich gameplay experience that resembles everything wonderful about collecting monsters without being dumbed down for mobile. You play as a character who can summon and use demons to fight in turn-based battles.
It features everything from the main series including an engaging story and countless demons to collect. You can even fuse two demons together to make a new one and more. This is all wrapped around an excellent turn-based battle system that fits mobile play well without lacking depth.
Racing games have long been a focal point of mobile games, emphasizing the ability to tilt your device to turn and the like. Of the racing games on mobile, none do it better than Real Racing 3. This title has been around for quite some time and still reigns supreme when it comes to cars.
There are well over 140 cars for you to collect and race with in this gorgeous racing simulator. Real Racing 3 eschews the typical arcadey racing experience for a more authentic game. The controls and gameplay are detailed, allowing for drifts, real braking, and more.
The content within Real Racing 3 is insane, too. You have plenty of courses to race across with countless modes to participate in. Events, elimination races, endurance matches, challenges, and more await you within this game. If you’re looking to show off your speed skills, this is the one for you.
If you’re looking for a more traditional Pokemon experience, see Shin Megami Tensei above. If you’re looking for a social experiment that appreciates the 20-plus years of the Pokemon series while offering something completely different from what we know, then check out Pokemon Go.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you already know about this game without me having to tell you since everyone and their grandma (literally) played this title. It takes the monster-catching and battling aspect of the franchise and transports it into the real world.
There really is nothing like Pokemon Go from Niantic. It’s a game that is meant to be on the go as you walk around the real world, collecting monsters from across numerous generations and counting, and participating in real-time gym and raid battles. It’s a unique experience that can only be found on mobile.
Time for a change of pace with Love Nikki. This game isn’t about fighting or high-octane action but rather dressing up your avatar in anime-style clothing to compete against other players’ creations online. If you are the type of person who spends more time customizing your character in game than playing the game itself, Love Nikki is for you.
The game features beautiful 2D anime characters that you create. You get the option to customize everything from the face and makeup to hair, outfit, accessories, effects, background, and so on. There is no game with this level of customization available on mobile.
The best part is that it’s not just customizing for the sake of doing so. You’re doing it to compete with other players, go through an interesting story, unlock more clothing and options to customize with, and so on. This is the type of relaxing game that you can spend hours lost in.
Bethesda has supported mobile games in recent years with burst-focused takes on existing, beloved franchises. But no other game from Bethesda captures the feel of its original series better than The Elder Scrolls: Blades. To begin with, you get to create your own character using a variety of fantasy races and options.
From there, you get to go on quests within a stunning world filled with monsters and rewards to find. There are lots of enemies to defeat, levels to grind, and dungeons to explore. This is by far the best-looking 3D game on mobile alone and is worth your time.
Beyond that, there are even quests to complete and an entire town that you get to make your own. With online multiplayer and more content on the way for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, this is one of those free to play mobile games that will keep you busy for years to come.
Nintendo has had mixed results in the mobile space thus far with some great hits and some duds as well. The best mobile game from the company behind Mario thus far is Fire Emblem Heroes. It does what mobile spin-offs do best: take all the best qualities of its parent series and form it to mobile.
Fire Emblem Heroes is a streamlined version of the beloved Japanese tactical RPG. Rather than change the gameplay to something else, it features the same grid-based fighting. You select a team of heroes from across the various games in the series for each battle.
You then have full control over each character, selecting where to move them on a smaller map than usual. Various weapon types are stronger and weaker against certain other weapon types, creating a depth in combat not found in similar games. This is all wrapped up in a story mode that was lengthy at launch and continues to grow over time.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is near the top of this top 10 mobile games list for one reason alone: you can do anything you want. You start out by dropping into a world with the freedom to do whatever you choose. You can build a house to survive the night against monsters, then gather resources to make a city.
You could try to recreate your hometown within the game or pay tribute to another game that you love. You’re able to dig down below and discover hidden gems and ores to create stronger armor with. The possibilities of Minecraft: Pocket Edition are limitless.
The only thing that holds this game back from being at the top of this list is its lack of content compared to its console and PC counterparts. It lacks the server and online options of the other versions. Regardless, though, this is a game that you could spend a lifetime with and still have stuff to do.
Fortnite took the battle royale genre established by other games, perfected it, and expanded upon it. The initial premise is easy to grasp: you and 99 other players drop onto an island and gather resources, build, and kill your opponents until someone is the last person standing.
But from there, Epic Games has done something, well, epic with the game. Fortnite is not just a battle royale game but a social experience and phenomenon that has changed the entire video game industry. What’s better is that the mobile version is compatible with all other versions and isn’t dumbed down.
If you want, you can compete online against enemies in numerous modes and on a map that is always changing. On the other hand, you could also just as well spend time in Creative mode, creating your own island and mode for other players to compete in. Then you can even show up to a live concert inside the game. Fortnite has done what no other game has done before, and you can experience it all on mobile.
Though Fortnite allows for so much, it isn’t the king of that. The game that allows you to participate in a wide variety of content unlike any other game and is at the top of the top 10 mobile games list is Roblox. Roblox allows you to play through thousands of games that are created by other players.
What’s crazy is almost every game on this list has a counterpart in Roblox that you can play right now. Want to dress up like in Love Nikki? Roblox has that. Want to be the last person standing in a battle royale game like Fortnite? Roblox also has that for you.
Even better, there are unique experiences that you can play that aren’t found in other games like surviving extreme disasters to playing through a video game version of the hit TV show Survivor, attempting to discover who the murderer is in your group, and countless more. Without a doubt, it’s the best mobile game ever made.