Mobile gaming was once dominated by small, disposable games or gacha garbage, but the landscape of gaming on the go is certainly changing in 2021.
Mobile gaming has improved drastically in recent years, with more great games releasing all the time. Of course, 2021 is no different, with brilliant games from multiple genres being available on Google Play Store to enthrall every gaming enthusiast. Games that have released in recent years are not only encouraging mobile phone owners to upgrade their models, but also provides players with an extremely efficient experience of gaming.
Top 10 Mobile Games of 2021 are
- GRID Autosport
Priced at $9.99, GRID Autosport should prove to be a revelation to Android users who complain that they only have terrible racing games to play. Furthermore, this mobile game comes completely bereft of any advertisement, thereby ensuring that the player has an uninterrupted experience of racing through more than 100 tracks available in the game.
Players can also choose from various different cars, and one of the coolest things about GRID Autosport is that it is a simulation game. Therefore, when players bump into walls at breakneck speed, they can definitely expect some realistic reprecussions. An easy-to-operate and intuitive training module, however, ensures that drivers are well-acquainted with the game’s controls before they are hurled to race for glory.
2. Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile was our pick for the best Android game in 2021. We usually wait a while before adding a game, but Call of Duty: Mobile is so intensely popular with such a high rating that we added it more quickly than usual. The game has both a normal FPS online PvP mode along with a 100-player battle royale. That puts it in a rare category where it does battle royale like PUBG Mobile, but also regular FPS PvP like Critical Ops or Modern Combat. There is a surprising amount of stuff to do. It is a free to play game, but most of the in-game purchases are cosmetic items. You can find some more excellent FPS games here or some general shooting games here if you want more options.
3. PUBG Mobile
PUBG is arguably one of the best battle-royale games available, and, with over ten-million downloads, it is also one of the most downloaded games that exist. Following the success of its PC counterpart, PUBG released a mobile version, PUBG Mobile, as well as a further PUBG Mobile Lite. While the game mechanics and other things differ slightly from the PC version, this Android game is still a brilliant FPS/TPS.
PUBG is highly enjoyable owing to its commendable graphics, easy and simple controls, and a fun premise involving 100 different players battling it out on a large island till the last man is left standing. The playing area keeps on shrinking after a stipulated amount of time, and players must loot, hide, and kill to remain alive long enough and enjoy the Chicken Dinner. Beter still, it’s free to play.
4. GRID Autosport
GRID Autosport launched in 2019 and immediately became one of the best racing games for Android. The Riptide GP and Asphalt franchises are also quite good, but GRID Autosport hits almost all of the check marks. It’s a premium game with no in-app purchases or advertising. The game also boasts excellent graphics, excellent controls, hardware controller support, tons of content to play through, tons of cars to unlock, and a variety of racing styles. The game is a bit expensive and it’s missing some smaller things racing fanatics tend to like, but it’s otherwise one of the best racing experiences in the Play Store. Our only real gripe is the lack of updates. You can find more great racing games (including the popular Asphalt series) here.
5. Riptide GP: Renegade
Having a price of $2.99, Riptide GP: Renegade, is just as fun as its first two installations. However, Renegade changes the feel of the game, as most of the events take place in the seedy and dangerous underbelly of this futuristic sport.
Decked with the thrills of old-school arcade-style games, Riptide GP: Renegade also provides the sensibilities of modern smartphone technology, allowing players to perform myriad stunts and activate turbo-boosts on their hydrofoil by simply swiping their fingers on the screen.
GRIS is an adventure game with puzzle-platformer elements. This is one of those ones you know is good just by looking at it. The game follows Gris, a young girl lost in her own world while dealing with the painful experiences in her life. It doesn’t have anything like player death or anything like that. You simply explore the world, solve some puzzles, and enjoy. The game features almost no text and chooses instead to tell its story through visual elements instead. It’s an artsy game, but one of the best in its genre. You can find more outstanding adventure games here.
7. Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is one of the newer Android games on this list. It’s an online battler similar in scope to games like Hearthstone. Players collect cards and heroes, then build decks from those cards and heroes. You then battle opponents online. The game removes as much of the randomness as it can and it leads to a good game play experience overall. The game includes 24 champions, a bunch of cards, and you can invite friends to duel with you as well. Hearthstone donned this list for a long time, but it’s time for a new champion in this space. You can find more great card dueling games here.
Levelhead is a new platformer from Butterscotch Shenanigans, the same developer of Crashlands. Crashlands was on this very list for a good two or three years, and we expect Levelhead to be here for a while too. It’s a platformer with 90 levels, surprisingly satisfying controls, and some excellent humor. However, this one sets itself apart from others with its truly excellent custom level building. Players can build levels and upload them to the game. Other players download them and the most popular end up in the game’s prestigious vault. Plus, the game has speed running features and each level comes with its own leaderboard (even the custom ones). Finally, the game is cross-platform with cloud saves. It covers all of the bases for a mobile platformer. It’s also free with Google Play Pass if you use that. This is easily the best in its class, but here are some other good platformers to try as well.
This ARPG also features the loot feature, dark-fantasy setting, as well as the nostalgic isometric camera which just screams old-school Diablo. Furthermore, the game is free to play and can be easily installed by anyone willing to have a taste of ARPG delight on their mobile phones.
10. Donut County
Donut County was one of the best indie games of 2021, but it still remains a brilliant game to this date. Although short, when compared to the other great games available on the Android platform, Donut County comes across as fun, brilliantly developed, and extremely immersive to play. The storyline is also unique, with the player actually being a hole that has the capability to gulp everything into its depths.
It is able to gulp down small things at first, but, the more it eats the more it grows, and soon even large hills are too small a treat for this eternally hungry void. It borrows at least a few notes from the Katamari Damacy series, though it changes things up enough to feel original.