The 13 best mobile games to play now (iOS and Android) (2023)

We won't try to hoodwink you – if gaming is your main hobby then it's unlikely that mobile gaming will quench that thirst of yours forever. However, if something happens to your console or PC and you find yourself with only a phone or tablet, it's not the end. In fact, it's the perfect opportunity to explore a realm of gaming that might just surprise you.

It's also worth noting that controllers like the Backbone One and the Razer Kishi now make it possible to play games on mobile in more of a console-style fashion. You can read our recent Backbone One review to learn more about that.

To help you get started with mobile gaming, we thought we'd share what we think are the top mobile games to play at the time of writing (both iOS and Android). From card games to platformers to games slightly more unique - keep reading to see what that rectangle in your pocket is capable of.

13. Rise of Cultures

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We thought we'd start with a game you might just have seen advertised about the internet. While these dubious ads might put you off, we're here to say that this one ain't so bad. A lot of mobile games come under the genre of "idle game" - which means that after a while the game plays itself, and you only have to check in every now and again.

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Rise of Cultures is a great example of this, which means you can fit it around your busy schedule. It's also a great game for history fans who love Age of Empires but don't quite have the time to play. Maybe not one for core gamers, but great for casuals.

Download Rise of Cultures for free on Android or iPhone

12. Fortnite

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More than just a battle-royale game, Fortnite is a cultural phenomenon that features multiple ways to play. Not only can you play the main experience without the building (and without any teammates if you prefer to go it alone), but you can also undertake a number of fan-made side experiences in Creative mode.

Fortnite is changing all the time, but there's almost always something tempting in the battle pass that you work towards over time, earning XP across all the different modes in the game. It's a great way to spend your spare time, and it's free to start playing too! It also runs particularly well with mobile controllers like the Backbone One. Of course, though, you'll need a good internet connection to get the most out of it.

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11. Two Dots

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With a gorgeously simple art style and heaps of cutesy characters to boot, Two Dots is one of the most underrated games on mobile in our opinion, and it offers multiple ways to play as well.

On top of the hundreds of free levels in the main part of the game (which is a fun spin on the match-three puzzle formula), Two Dots also has weekly treasure hunts where you can peruse beautiful artwork in search of characters, items and other random stuff (think Where's Wally with a bit more chic).

Play Two Dots for free on Android or iOS

10. Before Your Eyes

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When we first played the PC version of this game, we were absolutely blown away by its heartfelt storytelling and a very unique gameplay mechanic – you control the game by blinking, with the main character's life quite literally flashing before your eyes.

You can read our Before Your Eyes review to see what else we had to say about it, or read our Before Your Eyes interview to learn all about the developers and how they ended up partnering with Netflix to get this award-winning game onto mobile devices.

Play Before Your Eyes on Android or iOS (free with a Netflix subscription)

9. Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact, like Pokemon Go years prior, took the world by storm when it came out for free. This was in the midst of lockdown, too, so - like Animal Crossing - it was a lifeline to those in need of gaming comfort.

It's a gatcha game, which means the gameplay loop revolves around in-game currency being spent to receive a random in-game item. With new items coming out all the time it might seem a little daunting to start now, but many people do, and there are plenty who swear it's never too late to start Genshin!

Download Genshin Impact for free on iOS or Android

8. Wayward Souls

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Wayward Souls is a fantasy adventure game that somewhat resembles the old top-down Zelda series, with a gameplay loop more akin to a roguelike. The challenge of this game is a step up from all we've mentioned so far, but we thought it was time to include something that tests your abilities.

If you're a fan of Hades, or even the Souls series, and fancy something similar on your phone, we recommend Wayward Souls.

Buy Wayward Souls from the App Store or Google Play Store (£6.99)

7. Super Mario Run

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Sometimes we just want a familiar face when we're out and about with only our phone for company. Well, rest assured, because everyone's favourite Italian Plumber (unless you're acquainted with a real Italian plumber) is available on mobile. And while it might look like a generic runner, the game is super fun.

It isn't an "endless runner" but an automatic runner with plenty of different stages, each with plenty of coins to collect. There are loads of different modes, too, and a Toad Garden to build and expand with the coins you earn. Happiness in the palm of your hand.

Download Super Mario Run for free on Android or iOS

6. Among Us

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In contemporary life he is ubiquitous; on birthday cakes, in memes, in the crowd at a fancy dress party. The Among Us guy is a cultural icon, and we think this is well deserved. Another game that blew up in lockdown, Among Us is a sci-fi Cluedo in which friends must work together to keep a spaceship afloat, while one to three murderous imposters try to sabotage the whole enterprise.

It's still enjoyed by many today as a quick social game to jump into whenever. Very simple, but truly one of the best mobile games.

Download Among Us for free on Android or iOS

5. Thimbleweed Park

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On the surface, a blend of X-Files, Twin Peaks, and '80s retro gaming. And once you've dived in you won't be disappointed. And it's no surprise, because this point-and-click adventure comes from the same team that made the iconic The Secret of Monkey Island.

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Winner of multiple awards, this game will be a blessing to your mobile. Don't just take our word for it – try for yourself!

Buy Thimbleweed Park on the App Store or Google Play Store (£8.99)

4. Pokémon Go

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While it's true that the craze ended about five years ago, Pokémon Go is still a great game to get into. Wandering around the real world, with an augmented Pokémon-world reality on your phone, is an absolute dream come true for fans of the franchise.

It's also a great way to get some exercise and vitamin D as you game, but please look where you're going. You don't want to fall down a man-hole as you search for that rare Pokémon.

Download Pokémon Go for free on iOS or Android

3. Marvel Snap

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It wouldn't be a complete list without the brilliant Marvel Snap. It's a card game for Marvel fans, sure, but it's also a game everyone can enjoy. The diverse decks of cards available are great, and the gameplay loop adheres to that marketing quote of "simple yet addictive".

Like a lot of mobile games it's a pick up and play kind of affair, but you can also spend all day on Marvel Snap. With the great artwork, slick gameplay, and huge range of Marvel characters, we reckon this would be a day well spent.

Download Marvel Snap for free on iOS or Android

2. Stardew Valley

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Another casual one here, but it's so adorable we just have to give it a high spot. In this role-playing sim, players take control of a character who inherits a farm. How they continue with the open-ended story after that is up to them - if you want, you can live a quiet life of solitude, or you could get married and have children.

Just look at that screenshot, though - it's a lovely looking game. And if you give it a chance, we think you'll have a lovely time.

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Buy Stardew Valley from the App Store or Google Play Store (£4.99)

1. Papers Please

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One of the best video games of all time was released on mobile earlier this year, so we had no choice but to whack it at the top of this list. Papers Please is a border-control-officer-sim, which is absolutely nowhere near as dull as that sounds.

Your decisions have consequences, both for the innocent (or not) people you're letting into the fictional dystopia of Arstotzka, and for your own family at home. It's a moral dilemma game and, dare we say it, a piece of art. You need this game, and if you haven't already played it, download it on your phone.

Buy Papers Please from the App Store or Google Play Store (£4.49)

What about the best games on Apple Arcade?

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And here's one final note. If you're playing on iPhone, it's also worth checking out Apple Arcade (click that link to learn more), a subscription service that lets you play brilliantly fun games like Alba's Wildlife Adventure, Hot Lava and Warped Kart Racers. Of everything we've tried on that platform so far, those are our favourites for sure.

Those games all support controllers, too, which is always a plus if you've invested in a gamepad attachment for your phone. We tried to focus this article on games that are available on Android, too, but check those out if you're an Apple-head!

Hungry for more gaming? Visit our video game release schedule, or swing by our hubs for more Gaming and Technology news.

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FAQs

What is the #1 mobile game right now? ›

Globally we've collectively downloaded more than 70 billion mobile apps so far in 2022 and more than half of them are games.
...
iOS: top 50 games of 2022 so far.
RankGameCombined score for downloads & revenue
1Roblox171
2Candy Crush Saga159
3Fishdom157
4Call of Duty: Mobile146
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30 Jul 2022

What is the most popular mobile game right now 2022? ›

1. GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V) Grand Theft Auto V is the world no. 1 mobile game and reimagines the open-world game in a number of ways.

What games can you play with Android and iPhone? ›

So, the next time you're looking for multiplayer games to play with friends, try the cross-platform mobile titles below.
  • Spaceteam. Henry Smith. ...
  • Words With Friends 2. Google Play Games. ...
  • Vainglory. Vainglory. ...
  • Teamfight Tactics. Teamfight Tactics. ...
  • Minecraft. Minecraft. ...
  • Hearthstone. Hearthstone. ...
  • Pokémon Go. ...
  • PUBG Mobile.
13 Nov 2022

What is the #1 game in 2022? ›

In August 2022, the top PC games in the world by monthly active users were Minecraft, the Sims 4, and Fortnite.

What are the 5 most popular game apps 2022? ›

A list full of the best mobile games to play on your iOS or Android device
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift.
  • Grid Autosport.
  • Jetpack Joyride.
  • Wayward Souls.
  • Kingdom Rush.
  • Among Us.
  • Clash Royale.
  • Reigns.
4 days ago

What is No 1 online game? ›

PUBG. PUBG is the most popular online game in 2022, with a huge fan following. PUBG has swept the internet and now has more than 100 million players.

What is the hottest game right now 2022? ›

Most Popular Online Games of 2022: Try these Top 7 Played Video Games in the World
  • PUBG. There is a huge fan following of PUBG in the world. ...
  • Minecraft. ...
  • Apex Legends. ...
  • Fortnite. ...
  • Call of Duty Mobile. ...
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. ...
  • League of Legends (LOL)
31 May 2022

Which mobile game is very popular? ›

List
GameAs ofPlayer count
PUBG MobileAugust 20211,120 million
Pokémon GoFebruary 20191,000 million
Mobile Legends: Bang BangNovember 20201,000 million
Garena Free FireJuly 20211,000 million
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What is the #1 app used? ›

Answer: TikTok has been the most downloaded app, and it is indeed the most used app so far, closely followed by Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Q #3) How many users are on TikTok? Answer: TikTok has over 1 billion active users worldwide.

Is iPhone 13 good for gaming? ›

Best iPhone for casual gamers: iPhone 13

Now, it should be noted that for casual gaming any modern iPhone will do the trick, but of the current catalogue we think that the iPhone 13 is the best balance of size, storage space and price.

What game is trending currently? ›

Games that are trending on Twitch in the past 7 days (compared to previous 7 days).
GameChange streamers
1Ark: Survival Evolved-18 (-100.2%)
2Sports1,569 (-75.7%)
3World of Warcraft8,119 (-72.8%)
4Brawl Stars-209 (-103.9%)
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Can iOS and Android play together? ›

IOS players and Android players are on different platforms, and have no way to connect.

Is iOS or Android better for gaming? ›

So, if you are looking for the best mobile platform for gaming, then Android is the clear choice. With more games available, lower hardware requirements, and more affordable options, there is no reason not to choose Android over iOS.

What should I download when bored? ›

Best Apps for Boredom
  • Flow Free. (Android, iPhone, iPad) Flow Free is a fun game that looks very simple and easy to play when you are bored. ...
  • 2048. (Android, iPhone, iPad) ...
  • Cut the Rope. (Android, iPhone, iPad) ...
  • Doodle Jump. (iPhone, iPad) ...
  • Fruit Ninja® (iPhone, iPad)

What is the most bought game? ›

1. Tetris – 520 million. Arguably the most timeless video game ever created, Tetris sits comfortably atop the list of all-time bestsellers with 520 million copies sold, according to The Tetris Company.

What is the #1 app of 2022? ›

Facebook still leads the world in monthly active users, with all four of the top four apps, followed by TikTok, Amazon, Twitter, and others.

Which app is trending now 2022? ›

Tiktok as The Top Trending App

TikTok came out in 2015, and since then, it has changed the world in a big way. The truth is that this social network is geared toward teenagers and artists who make content for entertainment. But, despite what most people think, this app is not a copy of Instagram.

What's the most downloaded mobile game? ›

Garena Free Fire from Garena was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for February 2022 with 21.8 million installs, which represented a 22.7 percent increase from February 2021.

What are the top 10 most played games of 2022? ›

Games on this list
  • Fortnite.
  • Minecraft.
  • Roblox.
  • League of Legends.
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • Valorant.
  • Apex Legends.
  • Rocket League.

Who is the most popular offline game? ›

Here are our top picks for the best offline games for Android in every major genre.
  • Platform: Once Upon a Tower. ...
  • Arcade: Jungle Marble Blast. ...
  • Brainy: Quizoid. ...
  • Action: Tank Hero: Laser Wars. ...
  • Puzzle: Sudoku (by Fassor) ...
  • Shooter: Smash Hit. ...
  • Racing: Traffic Rider. skgames. ...
  • Action/Shooter: Major Mayhem 2. App Preview.
2 Oct 2022

What are people playing right now? ›

Top Games By Current Players
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. 784,785. 1,129,095. 453,509,567.
  • Dota 2. 561,774. 990,057. 379,947,153.
  • PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS. 307,590. 425,493. ...
  • Apex Legends. 265,320. 403,157. ...
  • Lost Ark. 265,283. 285,148. ...
  • Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II | Warzone™ 2.0. 203,481. 488,897. ...
  • NARAKA: BLADEPOINT. 130,262. 166,259.

What is Game of the Year 2022? ›

Game of the year: Elden Ring

Elden Ring is so much more than an open-world Dark Souls.

What is the biggest mobile game of all time? ›

10 of the biggest mobile games of the past decade
  • Clash of Clans.
  • Monster Strike.
  • Arena of Valor.
  • Puzzles & Dragons.
  • Pokémon Go.
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile.
  • Candy Crush Saga.
  • Fate/Grand Order.
25 Oct 2022

Which is the highest GB game in play store? ›

10 Biggest Games in the Google Play Store
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. 2.44 GB / Php 326.99. ...
  • Star Wars: KOTOR. 2.44 GB / Php 445.75. ...
  • Gangstar Vegas. 2.23 GB / Free (In-app purchases) ...
  • The Dark Knight Rises. 2.03 GB / Php 316.16. ...
  • Gangstar Rio: City of Saints. ...
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. ...
  • WWE Immortals. ...
  • Order & Chaos Online.
9 Oct 2015

What apps are needed in 2022? ›

Here are some original app ideas 2022 that you can steal.
  • Restaurant POS Application. ...
  • Bike servicing app. ...
  • Fitness App. ...
  • UPI Payment app. ...
  • Augmented reality app that helps you design your room. ...
  • Scan and convert to pdf app. ...
  • Health check-up and food planner app. ...
  • Railway tracking app.
6 Jan 2022

What apps should I have on my phone? ›

We've collected the best, most useful apps that Google Play Store has to offer.
...
12 essential apps for any Android phone
  • Dropbox. Dropbox lets you access your files from anywhere. ...
  • Plex. ...
  • Pocket. ...
  • Snapseed. ...
  • VLC Player. ...
  • SwiftKey. ...
  • Google Podcasts. ...
  • CamScanner.
20 Jan 2019

Which is most downloaded app in Play Store? ›

More than 5 billion downloads
appdeveloperpre-installed
Android Accessibility SuiteGoogleyes
Google DriveGoogleyes
WhatsApp MessengerMetano
Google TVGoogleyes
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Is iPhone 13 waterproof? ›

Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups feature the best water resistance rating on an ‌iPhone‌ to date with an IP68 rating. This means that the devices can withstand water up to a depth of six meters (19.7 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

How long can iPhone 13 battery last? ›

The iPhone 13 includes up to 19 hours of video playback, up to 15 hours of streamed video playback and up to 75 hours of audio playback.

Is iPhone 13 fastest phone? ›

Thanks to its new A15 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is ridiculously fast and grabs the title of world's fastest phone.

What are the current top 10 games? ›

The 10 Most Popular Games Right Now
  • Minecraft.
  • Fortnite.
  • Fall Guys.
  • League of Legends.
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
  • CrossFire.
  • Roblox.
  • Lost Ark.
9 Aug 2022

Which app is best for sharing between Android and iOS? ›

2022 Best 7 File Sharing Apps for Android/iOS/PC
  • 1: AirDroid Personal.
  • 2: Google Drive.
  • 3: ShareIt.
  • 4: Zapya.
  • 5: Xender.
  • 6: Slack.
  • 7: Dropbox.

Can iOS use Google Play? ›

Google does offer the Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, as well as Google Play Music, and Google Play Books. You can install any of these apps to get access to that Google Play content on your iPhone or iPad.

What apps can u play with friends? ›

7 Best Apps to Play With Friends on iPhone and Android
  • Draw Something Classic. Have some artists in your friend group? ...
  • Mario Kart Tour. Who doesn't love Mario Kart? ...
  • Trivia Crack 2. Trivia games are timeless. ...
  • WikiRaces 3. ...
  • Would You Rather. ...
  • Brawlhalla. ...
  • Scrabble Go.
7 Apr 2022

Why iOS is faster than Android? ›

Software and Hardware Integration

Apple's iOS is a closed ecosystem, which means that Apple manufactures both Operating systems and hardware and no other company uses either of them to integrate with their services. It gives Apple an edge over Android to provide a better synchronization between hardware and software.

Is iOS better than Android? ›

You Want More Freedom, Control, and Customizations. Since Android is an open-source platform, it offers more freedom and customization options than iOS. You can customize almost anything on your Android device, from how your home screen looks to how you interact with your phone.

Which is best for gaming Samsung or iPhone? ›

iOS users are unanimous in their belief that iPhones provide the greatest mobile gaming experience. Android users contend that they have access to a greater variety of games and online casino options.

What are really good games to download? ›

The 18 Best PC Games To Download In 2022 For Steam And Beyond
  • 2 / 21. List slides. Vampire Survivors. ...
  • 3 / 21. List slides. Minecraft. ...
  • 4 / 21. List slides. Scarlet Hollow. ...
  • 5 / 21. List slides. Total War: Warhammer III. ...
  • 6 / 21. List slides. Disco Elysium: The Final Cut. ...
  • 7 / 21. List slides. Hitman 3. ...
  • 8 / 21. List slides. ...
  • 9 / 21. List slides.
20 Oct 2022

What games can you play that don't need Internet? ›

Games that need an internet connection sometimes contain a plethora of annoying ads and pop-ups, disturbing the overall experience.
...
Top Free Games Without Wifi or Internet
  • Super Cat Tales 2. ...
  • The Walking Dead: Season one. ...
  • Smash Hit. ...
  • Burrito Bison: launcha libre. ...
  • Alto's Odyssey. ...
  • Time surfer (1M+ downloads)
4 Jun 2021

Which mobile game is trending now? ›

The best Android games, ever:

Apex Legends Mobile. Call of Duty: Mobile. Genshin Impact. GRID Autosport.

What is the most downloaded app in 2022? ›

List of the Top Most Downloaded Apps
  • TikTok.
  • Instagram.
  • Facebook.
  • WhatsApp.
  • Telegram.
  • Zoom.
  • Snapchat.
  • Facebook Messenger.
25 Oct 2022

What game should I play now? ›

  • Final Fantasy 14.
  • Hollow Knight. (Image credit: Team Cherry) ...
  • Rocket League. (Image credit: Epic) ...
  • Alien Isolation. (Image credit: Creative Assembly) ...
  • It Takes Two. (Image credit: EA) ...
  • Doom Eternal. (Image credit: Bethesda) ...
  • Forza Horizon 5. (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios) ...
  • Monster Hunter: World. (Image credit: Capcom) ...
18 Nov 2022

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