PCs and console games are cool. But mobile games are steadily catching up. The mobile games market has exploded in the last few years and its future looks promising. More and more publishers are porting console games to mobile. And some big publishers are trying to capture audiences by developing games specifically for mobile users.
Very often, veteran gamers will argue that PCs and consoles deliver better graphics. This is true up to a certain point. However, the same cannot be said for the newer titles. Games like Genshin Impact look equally great on mobile as they do on PCs.
For mobile gamers, we have picked some of the best mobile games that came out in 2021.
Top 8 Mobile Games of 2021 That You Need to Try
Here are our picks for mobile games that came out in 2021. The list is based on the number of downloads, ratings, and overall public opinion.
8. Tales of Luminaria
Bandai Namco, the creator of games like Elden Ring and Pac Man, has developed the Tales of Luminaria. If you like anime, then you will fall in love with the visuals of the RPG. Also, the game is heavy on story and takes place in a beautifully crafted fantasy world.
The game has a cast of 21 characters, and each character has their own back story. As a player, you pick a character and explore the fantasy realm. There are challenges that players have to overcome and move forward. The action scenes and cut scenes are stunning. If you're a hardcore RPG fan, then this is a must-try.
7. Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods was originally released in 2017 and was available on PS4, Xbox One, Windows, macOS, and Linux. It was later released for Switch in 2018. And finally, the game made its way to iOS in 2021. If you are a fan of adventure games with a mystery to solve, then Night in the Woods will appeal to you.
The game follows Mae, a college dropout who has moved back into her small town Possum Springs. The town's inhabitants are part-human and part-animal. Over there, Mae learns that one of her old friends has gone missing. The plot that follows is enough to give you goosebumps. Night in the Woods received positive reviews and was praised by the critics.
6. Punishing: Gray Raven
Punishing: Gray Raven was a surprise hit of 2021. The action RPG has action-packed hack and slash combat mechanics alongside visual storytelling. Players can unlock powerful characters (or Constructs, as they are called in the game) and form a team of three. As you progress, you can get more Constructs through gacha and in-game events. The game also has a huge array of weapons that players can upgrade.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where evil ‘cypberpunk-type' enemies are slowly taking over. To escape the virus and fight the enemies off, the surviving humans relocate to a space station. You, as a player, will command a squad of elites “Gray Raven” and reclaim the planet.
5. Marvel Future Revolution
Anything based on Marvel and its iconic characters rarely goes flop. So when Marvel Future Revolution came out in 2021, players were excited. With this game, players could experience 3D AAA graphics on mobile phones. Notably, the game promised and delivered immersive action and fluid combat.
Marvel Future Revolution is an open-world ARPG set in Marvel's universe. It also has a dash of some MMO elements. The game features popular Marvel superheroes. Players get to pick their hero and play the action-packed campaign. You can also customize your heroes with epic outfits from movies and comics.
If you ask players to describe Fantasian, they will definitely mention that it has stunning graphics and memorable characters. The RPG title has a captivating campaign and some combat. Much of the game takes place in an alternate universe named “Machine Realm”.
You, as the player, play as Leo, a young guy who wanders off into the Machine Realm and loses memories. Leo, accompanied by some characters, embarks on a quest to find his memories. Much of the praise that the game received was about soundtracks, visuals, combat, and the Dimengeon system.
3. Cookie Run: Kingdom
Devsisters' Cookie Run: Kingdom was a surprise hit for many. In this Cookie Run game, players have to collect cookies from the gacha and form their 5-Cookie squad. The game has several modes that keep players hooked. You can go PvP in the Arena, complete the campaign, rummage through a cake tower, and do much more. Alongside all the battles, players also have to build and develop their kingdom. As you level up, you unlock more buildings and expand your kingdom.
2. Pokemon UNITE
After the massive success of Pokemon GO, hopes were high for another Pokemon game and Pokemon UNITE managed to live up to players' expectations. Everyone was excited about a multiplayer Pokemon game and so UNITE instantly became a hit. The Pokemon Company's game is cross-platform
With Pokemon UNITE, players could finally create their little 5-player squad and go against other players. The PvP multiplayer game lets you form your team of Pokemon and plan strategic battles. With Holowear, you can dress your Pokemon in cute hologram outfits.
1. Rocket League Sideswipe
Undeniably, Rocket League Sideswipe was one of the biggest releases of 2021. The iconic game had finally made its way to the mobile and fans were excited. The cross-play between existing Rocket League games on other platforms and Sideswipe made it even more accessible. This means players across platforms can form a party and play together.
Sideswipe has three modes – 1v1, 2v2, and 2v2 Hoops. Depending on the mode you choose, you'll land into one of the three arenas – Shortstack, S.C. Field, and Dunk House. Rocket League Sideswipe is created on a 2D plane but has 3D elements. The visuals are stunning as always.
Other than this, Genshin Impact, PUBG Mobile, and Roblox were some of the best-selling mobile games in 2021. Most of these games are available on Google Play Store and App Store. They are free-to-play with microtransactions.
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