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It’s always nice to be able to lớn take a break from work or school (or the general existential dread of life) & escape into another world. Thiết bị di động gaming has made that even easier, as you no longer need to be tethered to lớn a bulky console to lớn play a round.

We’re long-time gamers here at review Geek, và as such, we’ve compiled a danh mục of our favorite mobile games that we think you’ll like. They range from strategic dungeon crawlers và first-person shooters to quest-laden fantasy adventures & clever card games, so we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you like.

Note that our liên kết and availability are based on the United States—games may (or may not) be available through these or other services in different countries.

Table of Contents

Cameron Summerson, Editor in ChiefJosh Hendrickson, Senior EditorAndrew Heinzman, Staff WriterSuzanne Humphries, Associate EditorCory Gunther, Freelance WriterPeter Cao, Freelance WriterSarah Chaney, Freelance WriterDave McQuilling, Freelancer Writer

Cameron Summerson, Editor in Chief

Historically speaking, I haven’t played many di động games, but I’ve been testing the Nubia Red Magic 6R gaming phone, and it has really opened my eyes to lớn how great the di động gaming scene is these days. I’ve spent a lot of time digging through some of the more popular titles lượt thích Call of Duty di động (outlined below), which display how powerful di động hardware is now. Modern phones can easily output some graphics that would’ve been limited to lớn consoles or PCs just a few short years ago. It’s honestly kind of mind-blowing when you think about it.


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However, as fun as those games are, I think puzzle và atmospheric games like The Room series are some of the best pick-up-and-play smartphone titles out there right now. Despite being several years old at this point, the original Room is still a fantastic trò chơi that has been imitated time and time again by other developers.

Call of Duty Mobile

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I don’t usually lượt thích first-person games, và I especially don’t like first-person shooters. Or at least I thought I didn’t before I started playing hotline of Duty Mobile. I originally fired this game up to chạy thử on the Red Magic 6R, but it didn’t take long for me khổng lồ get hooked. The fast-paced kích hoạt works surprisingly well on mobile—much better than I would’ve guessed before playing the first time.

The controls scheme is laid out very well for such a complex game, making it easy khổng lồ pick up và play. There are plenty of different game modes, including ranked matches, online multiplayer, & battle royale. There are also several different modes within online multiplayer, so there’s plenty khổng lồ keep you entertained.

Whether you’re a tín đồ of the điện thoại tư vấn of Duty series in general or have never played it before, CoD sản phẩm điện thoại is a pretty fun pick-up-and-play title that’s great when you have a few minutes lớn kill. Pun intended.

Call of Duty mobile is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android. It’s không lấy phí to play with in-app purchases.

The Room Series

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Puzzle games are some of the easiest to lớn play on mobile, but they often lack any real immersion. That’s where The Room series from Fireproof Games differs. This mystery puzzle game is captivating, challenging, và has a story that makes you want khổng lồ keep digging. The puzzles are complex and will work the ol’ noodle, so this is a great choice if you need something khổng lồ get the juices flowing.

The best part is that there are currently four games in The Room series, which should keep you occupied for a while. All games are available on Android, iPad, and iPhone for various prices, though the original The Room is called The Room Pocket on iPhone.

Josh Hendrickson, Senior Editor

I tend lớn prefer something I can pick up, play for a few minutes, và then leave when it comes to sản phẩm điện thoại gaming. Something for the downtime moments that don’t require much commitment và won’t trap me when I want lớn move on. So to lớn me, Alto’s Odyssey is the perfect sản phẩm điện thoại game. It has a low learning curve, you can play it for just a few minutes, and it’s beautiful—to look at & listen to.

Alto’s Odyssey

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You’ve probably heard of Alto’s Odyssey, but just in case you haven’t, here’s the skinny. You play a sand-boarder (like snowboarding, but for other places) in an endless run-style procedurally generated level. You’ll make your way through several “biomes” that consist of sand dunes, canyons, & ancient temples. You’ll avoid obstacles, pull off tricks through backflips and grinds, & even unlock hang-gliding. Và naturally, you have goals to lớn complete, like travel a certain distance without crashing.

And if that sounds lượt thích too much, Alto Odyssey even has a no-stakes Zen Mode where crashes don’t kết thúc your run. The game is simply beautiful, too, và you can play through the literal day (and night), as the sun rises và sets, followed by the moon. It will even rain while you glide through, too. Và the more you play, the more you unlock, including new characters with new powers (like faster backflips or double jumps).

Alto’s Odyssey is one of the very few mobile games I’ve played long enough to lớn complete every single goal và unlock every character. And that’s probably because it doesn’t ask too much of me—just some spare time whenever I have any. & best of all, you can play it on iOS and Android. It’ll set you back $5.

Andrew Heinzman, Staff Writer

I’ve been trying my best to lớn get into sản phẩm điện thoại games and haven’t had much luck. Maybe I’ll follow some of my co-writers’ recommendations once this group article gets published, but in the meantime, I’m going to play PAC-MAN các buổi party Royale. It’s the only smartphone game that’s really held my attention (in recent memory), and it’s pretty easy lớn get into.

PAC-MAN các buổi party Royale


Party Royale is basically a Pac-Man deathmatch. You và three other players race around a maze to lớn pick up dots and weapons. If players are still left standing after a set amount of time, the maze starts to lớn glitch out and fall apart. This all happens in the span of about two minutes—maybe less if you run into a crazy skilled player.

Unfortunately, PAC-MAN các buổi party Royale is an apple Arcade exclusive. I initially signed up khổng lồ try Fantasian (a thiết bị di động game from the Final Fantasy guy), but it didn’t really mesh with my short attention span. I’ve kept my táo khuyết Arcade subscription because I want to lớn try trùm cuối Hunter Stories+ … despite my short attention span.

Suzanne Humphries, Associate Editor

Video games are simply fantastic and have kept me entertained since I was a kid. Naturally, smartphone games are a hearty yes for me, và I’ve played virtually every type of game out there. But out of all the many titles, however, these two simple games are my favorites. They’re cute and engaging, yet easy khổng lồ set down, so I can enjoy them little by little whenever I have downtime.

Dungeon Boss

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My go-to right now is Dungeon Boss—it allows me khổng lồ scratch my dungeon-crawling itch whenever I want without making me hop on my gaming PC (or hotline up my D&D group) to vày so. The colorful strategy-based RPG has you build teams of powerful heroes based on classic fantasy classes (like fighters, casters, và other mythical beasts) & work lớn upgrade them as you play through each turn-based level.

You can join a guild, race to complete quests, prove your might in PvP battles, & collect gold và other materials lớn upgrade things like your hero abilities, gear, moves, and so on. In the game, your heroes will fight against enemies with similar powers, và you’ll have to lớn learn all the many tricks needed lớn defeat them lớn emerge victorious. You can chat with other players, swap out hero skins for cool new looks, & participate in tons of weekly quests và events. & don’t be fooled by the game’s đáng yêu art—it is truly challenging!

Dungeon Boss is không lấy phí to play with in-app purchases.

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I’ve also been digging a quirky little trò chơi called Solitairica for some years now. It’s a mashup of a roguelike RPG and the iconic card game Solitaire, & has a fierce art style that I love. In the game, you’ll play through increasingly difficult levels as one of the six class types (warrior, monk, rogue, paladin, bard, or wizard) & slowly unlock stronger items & moves as you go.

Each màn chơi offers a new foe lớn go up against, who is just as well-armed as you are. While you might be able khổng lồ increase your shields, slice through two at a time (instead of just one), or remove all effects with the press of a button, they can vì things lượt thích stun you, inflict massive damage, or shuffle your cards lớn ruin any planned runs you might have had.

Enemies and upgrade items shuffle every time you play, so you won’t be able to bank on any particular items being available to lớn you. & even if you can beat each level, you’ll still have a final quái thú to defeat; you’ll need to bring your A-game and hope that you can snag all of the helpful upgrades you want khổng lồ capture the crown!

Solitariica is không lấy phí to play with ads và in-app purchases.

Cory Gunther, Freelance Writer

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A sản phẩm điện thoại game doesn’t have to be new for you khổng lồ enjoy it. This title came out in 2012, but it’s still one of my favorites.

Vector is a quality parkour-inspired platform game with neat tricks, stunning visuals, and just enough difficulty lớn keep you engaged for hours. It’s lượt thích hit games Canabalt & Mirrors Edge. Vector is loads of fun. You can play it offline, & when you finish, try Vector 2.

Vector is không lấy phí to play with in-app purchases.

Peter Cao, Freelance Writer

I’m not a big mobile game thủ in general, but two games stick out to lớn me when I have some downtime while away from home. SongPop các buổi tiệc nhỏ and NBA 2K21 mobile. Both are iPhone exclusive on táo bị cắn dở Arcade (sorry, android folks).

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SongPop Party

Kicking things off with SongPop Party, this trò chơi is for all my music lovers out there. It’s a simple multiplayer tuy nhiên trivia/competition game. Simply choose the genre/era you want, & the trò chơi throws you in a lobby of four. You gain points for picking the right track the fastest. You run through five rounds, & each trò chơi runs between one to lớn two minutes, depending on how fast everyone is. It’s perfect for when you have a few minutes to kill.

NBA 2K21

On the other hand, NBA 2K21 điện thoại (Apple Arcade version) is a great sit-down game. Historically, mobile NBA 2K games have been watered down, downright different versions of the game. But, outside of a few oddities, such as lack of voice commentary, 2K21 plays almost identically as the console versions do. Especially because it supports external trò chơi controllers.

Hook it up, slam it down, and you’ve got yourself a near console-like experience with myCareer, myTeam, đen Top, or a simple exhibition mode. Finally, a console-like experience on mobile.

Sarah Chaney, Freelance Writer

For me, the perfect smartphone game is one that you can easily pick up and play for ten minutes or sit down with it for an hour or two. You often can’t do both with a lot of di động games. & I’m not one who minds in-game purchases as long as the trò chơi doesn’t make you feel lượt thích you need khổng lồ spend money to progress. All that said, this is my favorite mobile game at the moment.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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I love the wizarding world of Hogwarts, và this game (Android/iOS) lets me get my Harry Potter fix without having khổng lồ binge the movies or reread the books every weekend. There are main quests và side quests that’ll keep your attention while you’re in between events. You use up energy khổng lồ complete quests và then have to lớn wait for your energy to lớn refill (unless you want to pay to lớn keep playing).

Some people hate these types of games, but I love them because it gives me a short break in between tasks throughout the day without keeping me tethered to the game. Plus, as I said, I get my Hogwarts fix. Và until Hogwarts Legacy comes out on the PS5, I’m going khổng lồ be obsessed with Hogwarts Mystery.

The trò chơi is free to play with in-app purchases.

Dave McQuilling, Freelancer Writer

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I’ve spent a fair portion of my life traveling, so thiết bị di động games have been an absolute lifesaver. Travel sounds exciting on paper, but I was sitting down waiting for a train/plane/bus most of the time, then sitting down for even longer after finally on the thing. Luckily, the nightmare rectangle we all insist on keeping with us at all times has a fair number of entertainment options, và most of them are really cheap. Along with all ad-based content, you can get a decent paid thiết bị di động game for about $5. That’s about half the price of a pint at an airport bar.

I’m not moving around as much now, but here’s what I’m currently turning khổng lồ when my friends start getting boring:


This one involves taking a character from birth khổng lồ death via a series of text-based choices và the occasional mini-game. As basic as it looks, it actually offers a surprising amount of depth và freedom. One of my recent playthroughs involved me taking the role of a San Francisco-based porn star. After a ten-year stint in the industry, she decided to call it a day, emigrate lớn Monaco, & bag herself a royal—like a kind of X-rated Grace Kelly. She then divorced the Marquess of Versace after two years và took half of his fortune to Puerto Rico before subsequently dying of a mescaline overdose. Give BitLife a bash, và this could be you! It’s không tính tiền to play with in-app purchases.

Exiled Kingdoms

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Okay, so Exiled Kingdoms is not the best RPG I’ve ever played, but looking at the amount of time I’ve spent on it, it can’t be that bad. Everything aside from the plot, which I won’t spoil, is pretty generic. You have a standard RPG setting, standard classes, side quests that involve killing X amount of Y or collecting some Z. But it does all of those things pretty well, and it will kill a lot of time.

It’s không tính tiền to play with in-app purchases.

Hard Time

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This isn’t a direct port of the MDickie game every YouTuber & their dog seems lớn have done a đoạn phim on; it’s 2D, và it actually functions to some degree. What better way khổng lồ kill some time than playing a game based on a prison, where everyone involved has a lot of time to lớn kill. There is no strict plot to lớn Hard Time, so I often find myself just beefing my stats up then trying khổng lồ make friends. That never works, so plan B involves beating everyone who is bullying me to lớn death with a roll of toilet paper as soon as I can get them khổng lồ a spot with no guards.

As with all the others, Hard Time is free to play with in-app purchases.

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As you can see, that’s a pretty big variety of games spanning fantasy, sports, scenic adventures, and battle royales. We love gaming, even when it’s just on our phones, and we hope you found a new trò chơi or two khổng lồ play.

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