Did you know there’s one day of the year dedicated to celebrating video games? It’s on September 12, and fittingly called, National Video Games Day. If you’re a gamer, you may know this, but we’re willing to bet there’s many who don’t. To celebrate, we scoured the web for the best mobile video games out there, so far.
1) Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)
An incredibly popular open-world, last-player-standing game for console and PC, PUBG mobile beautifully translates the console intensity and experience to your hand-held device. Available for free on both iOS and Android, while PUBG mobile doesn’t give the exact precision capabilities that come with a mouse or joystick, according to Michael Higham, associate editor of Gamespot, it’s “as good as it gets.”
2) Clash of Clans
Form clans, train troops, and conquer your friends online to earn resources. That’s the beauty of Clash of Clans. Originally released in August 2012, this real-time strategy game is now more popular than ever and available for free on both iOS and Android.
3) Pokémon Go
Although not as popular as its heyday in 2016, those who’ve stuck with it to catch ‘em all have enjoyed numerous upgrades and improvements to the gameplay. Sporting a new gym system, improved multiplayer raids, more frequent quests and the recently added friends-list feature—among others—Pokémon Go is still free for both Android and iOS, and arguably the most fun way to get outside and meet-up on your device.
4) Fortnite: Battle Royale
Squad up and compete with your friends in Fortnite: Battle Royale. This open-world, last-player-standing game became very popular on PC and console before transitioning to mobile. It’s not the perfect replication of the non-mobile experience—reduced graphics and learning curve with controls—but it’s still the same 100-player map battles that gamers have come to know and love. Get Fortnite: Battle Royale for free on iOS. An Android version is reportedly coming soon.
5) Golf Club: Wasteland
E3’s 2018 conference introduced a wave of new titles. Among them is Golf Club: Wasteland. A post-apocalyptic side-scrolling game where the rich inhabit Mars and come back to Earth’s ruins for 18 holes. For $4.99 in the App Store, players control a space-suited golfer, hitting and putting his or her way across Earth’s ruined cityscapes. Metro describes it as a “highly unusual and peaceful experience.”
6) Candy Crush Saga
No list of best mobile games would be complete without the highly addictive Candy Crush Saga. Available for both iOS and Android, this match-three puzzle game contains several thousand levels perfect for endless gameplay. Fun fact: in January 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed Farmville 2 as Facebook’s most-played game.
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