Mobile gaming is on the rise worldwide, and not just since Corona. Whether it’s a strategy game, a puzzle, Sudoku or a course, mobile games are the ideal way to pass the time. You should know these eleven mobile games.
On the way to work or during the commercial break on the sofa – the smartphone is quickly pulled out. This availability has been triggering a clear trend for several years now: Smartphones are visibly establishing themselves as the number one gaming platform. If you’re still looking for inspiration for occasional gaming fun on your cell phone, you’ll find it here. atechbook lists eleven popular mobile games that are definitely worth a look.
- Mobile games on the rise
- You should know these mobile games
- Mario Kart Tour (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
- Hunter Assassin (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
- Gardenscapes (over 100 million) – 4.3 stars
- UNO! (over 100 Mio) – 4,3 Stars
- Ludo King (over 500 Mio) – 4,2 Stars
- Wood Block Puzzle (over 50 Mio) – 4,4 Stars
- Pokémon GO (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
- Subway Surfers (over 1 billion) – 4.6 stars
- Roblox (over 500 million) – 4.4 stars
- Happy Color – Paint by Numbers (over 100 million) – 4.5 stars
- Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles (over 100 million) – 4.5 stars
Mobile games on the rise
Mobile gaming numbers have been on the rise for years. According to current data, it is not only the games market itself that has grown internationally and in Germany. Particularly in the area of mobile devices – smartphone, tablet and console – the curve is pointing steeply upwards. Overall, the smartphone clearly leads as the most popular gaming device.
Felix Falk, Managing Director of the German Games Industry Association, says of the current developments:
Around half of gamers in Germany play games on their smartphones every day or almost every day. The technical accessibility, the large selection of games and the wide range of free-to-play titles are making mobile gaming increasingly popular in everyday life. Since almost everyone now owns a smartphone, the gaming world often opens up to many people quite incidentally.
Felix Falk, “game
You should know these mobile games
The following eleven mobile games have at least a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars (as of July 2022) and over ten million downloads in the Google Play Store. One or two of the games are pretty well known, others not so much and may still be good inspiration for mobile gamers because of that.
Tiles Hop: EDM Rush! (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
This jump’n’run game, which is designed to be endless, is all about one thing: the music. The ball has to bounce from tile to tile by the player tapping and dragging for a long time. The aim is to hit the tiles accurately and collect the objects lying on them if necessary. In “Tiles Hop: ESM Rush!” (what an unwieldy title) each player can upload his own music, based on which new LeveL are then created to match. The ball then bounces to match the beat.
Mario Kart Tour (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
The popular racing game from Nintendo also got a spin-off as a mobile game in 2019. Players can race with each other on several race tracks. Up to eight players can compete against each other with changing rules, characters and vehicles. Developer Nintendo regularly supplies new tracks, items and much more. In-app purchases are possible, but there are no ads in the mobile game so far.
Hunter Assassin (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
“Hunter Assassin” is, as the title suggests, about picking off the hunters by having the small knife-carrying avatar, controlled by the player, reach the shooters from behind. In doing so, you move through a small mini-maze and have to stay out of the hunters’ detection angle. As you level up, there are also more hunters in the maze and you sometimes have to dash around the next corner very quickly to avoid detection. If one of their comrades is hit nearby, the hunters will hear this, be on the spot quickly and shoot at you. The goal is to eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible and without being detected.
Gardenscapes (over 100 million) – 4.3 stars
“Gardenscapes” works at its core like “Candy Crush,” for example: In small mini-games, at least three objects of the same type and color must be pushed next to each other. A specific goal is set for each level. Successful completion of each level earns stars, which can be used to buy new items for the house and garden that you have inherited, to trim hedges and to move stones out of the way. The goal of the game is to restore the garden to its full glory. The game rightly received a good rating, but the advertising was also criticized for generating a completely different game concept.
UNO! (over 100 million) – 4.3 stars
The popular card game is also available as a mobile game. Whether alone on the road or at home with the family – thanks to different game modes, everything is possible. The reviews report authentic gaming fun, but also a lot of advertising.
Ludo King (over 500 million) – 4.2 stars
The app is based on the Ludo board game, better known in Germany as “Mensch Ärgere dich nicht”. Four players play against each other by moving their color-coded pieces around the board according to the number of dice rolled. At the end, all four pieces of a game should have circled the board and arrive in the center. The mobile game offers different modes in which you can play either on different difficulty levels against a computer or online against real users.
Wood Block Puzzle (over 50 million) – 4.4 stars
In “Wood Block Puzzle” the name says it all. In pre-made mini-levels, the blocks placed at the bottom of the screen have to be inserted into the picture in a fitting way. So the concept is relatively simple and self-explanatory, the levels definitely aren’t at some point. The game is perfect for in-between, can be paused at any time and is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at puzzle fans.
Pokémon GO (over 100 million) – 4.1 stars
When playing Pokémon, who hasn’t wished they could catch the little pocket monsters for real? The mobile game “Pokémon GO” makes this possible to some extent. When you’re on the move, you can meet lots of the little and big creatures with your smartphone. Buildings such as train stations or churches function as arenas in the game, where players can compete against each other. A nice side effect of the catching fun is that by collecting items on the way, the environment is perceived and explored differently.
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Subway Surfers (over 1 billion) – 4.6 stars
With “Subway Surfers” comes the next jump’n’run game in the list. The concept is also based on a never-ending course across tracks and tunnels. The player has to dodge approaching trains, jump over obstacles and collect as many coins as possible. The game also features catchy, upbeat music and addictive sound effects. With more than one billion downloads in the Play Store, the game is the leader in this category of our top ten mobile games.
Roblox (over 500 million) – 4.4 stars
In “Roblox”, players can create their own game worlds by constructing them themselves with Lego-like building blocks. Other players can then visit these worlds and move around in them. The concept is very similar to that of “Minecraft”, but “Roblox” was launched three years earlier – in 2006. Despite its age, the app is still very popular today and – unlike “Minecraft” – is free to install. In the game, however, there is the virtual currency Robux, which can be purchased for real money and can be used to buy clothing and so-called Gamepasses.
Happy Color – Paint by numbers (over 100 million) – 4.5 stars
Anyone who loves painting by numbers is well advised to use this app. There are already many hundreds of pre-made pictures available, which are divided into categories such as “food”, “nature”, “fashion”, “art” or “sports”. New images also appear daily, some of them in packages that require a fee, such as the Marvel superheroes. However, the majority is available for free, hints can be earned by watching promotional videos. The colors available for selection are numbered at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on one of them will highlight the areas to be colored in gray.
Brain Test: Tricky Puzzles (over 100 million) – 4.5 stars
The puzzle game has the highest rating on our list with 4.7 stars. The second part even has 4.9 stars, but also significantly fewer downloads so far. Each level presents a different puzzle, none of which is like the other. While one level is about tricky counting, another one is about advanced logic.