Smartphones are now a part of our everyday lives as improving technology and lower costs make them more accessible. While many of us rely on them to manage our everyday lives, growing numbers are using their phones for gaming.
Games now account for 43% of all smartphone use, while the number of active gamers worldwide is estimated at 2.2 billion and continues to grow. So, if you’re looking for some new games to play, we’ve rounded up some of the best games available right now.
If you haven’t tried playing fantasy football then it’s time to join in the fun. Fantasy Football with DraftKings is a great game to play with friends, allowing them to go head-to-head in their own league.
Gameplay is simple and open to players of all abilities, allowing them to get closer to the action and follow their score live as their team accumulates points for real-life performance in games. With constant improvements to the gameplay experience, thanks to advances in technology, DraftKings remains the number one Fantasy Football choice.
There’s a contest for everyone here, with free entry offering a shot at $10,000, or you can pay to enter a team and go for even bigger prizes. DraftKings offers the largest cash payouts in fantasy sports so if you think you can spot the next Patrick Mahomes give it a go.
Angry Birds 2
The Angry Birds franchise is so successful they’ve made two movies, and all thanks to a game that involves flinging birds at the piggies’ towers in order to bring them crashing down. In Angry Birds 2, you can team up with your friends, climb the leader boards, gather in clans, collect hats, take on challenges, and play fun events in all-new game modes. There are hundreds of levels with more added in regular updates and limited-time events, plus it’s free to download. What are you waiting for?
Mario Kart Tour
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is one of the most successful games ever made, so it’s no surprise Nintendo has brought out a mobile version called Mario Kart Tour. The game is just as much fun to play as its console big brother and even allows online multiplayer so you can compete with friends. To top it all off, it’s free to play.
Ballz is similar to the retro classic game Breakout – and just as compelling. You are given a collection of blocks to break by swiping your finger and throwing a ball. The aim of the game is to try to break as many bricks as possible before they move down to the bottom. After every level, the number of bricks increases, and the difficulty grows. Ballz is an easy game to pick up and play, and great for challenging friends to beat your high score.
Candy Crush Friends Saga
This game follows on from the very successful Candy Crush Saga, and the core game remains the same: Line up three or more of the same kind of candy pieces and make them disappear from the board. However, unlike previous versions, the aim of this game is to free the candy animals trapped underneath sections of the board. There are also new additions to freshen up the gameplay, with a yeti who tosses snowballs and a little girl who uses water to make fish-shaped candies swim across the board.
The puzzles get increasingly complicated and challenging as you progress, and with updated graphics, fun new game modes, and a host of friends to help you blast through hundreds of levels, Candy Crush Friends Saga remains a sweet offering.
What better way to spend some time than with a bit of gardening? Lily’s Garden is an intriguing combination of a love story, puzzle, and gardening game. The aim of the game is to help Lily restore her great-aunts garden to its former glory while navigating a romantic love story filled with numerous colorful characters.
While playing, you will decorate the garden, match flowers to solve challenging puzzles, uncover hidden areas and find hidden objects. With plot twists and puzzles galore, Lily’s Garden is a unique, funny, and creative gardening game for all ages to enjoy. And best of all, you don’t need to get your hands dirty.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Set in the calming, colorful world of Animal Crossing, but without the hefty Nintendo Switch price tag, Pocket Camp is all about creating your own campsite. Tents, hammocks, fireplaces, or an open-air cafe? You can mix and match to your heart’s content with this game. You can even create your very own swimming pool, music festival, merry-go-round, or theme park. The possibilities are endless.
Just like the original Animal Crossing game, collecting resources is the key to building your site. You can also help other animal residents in order to earn Leaf Tickets, which can be turned into custom-made furniture such as swings, tents, and picnic tables. With more than 1,000 pieces of furniture and 300 pieces of clothing and accessories to choose from, there’s a style to suit every taste.
Okay, this one’s going to set you back a few dollars, but it’s too good to leave out of this list. This sandbox, pixelated builder game is just as much fun on your phone as it is on the big screen. It’s also geared up for cross-platform play, which means if you want to hang out and play with friends who have a PS5, PC, or Xbox, then you can. While there are plenty of great free games out there, Minecraft at this price is worth every cent. It’s a creative, escapist, blocky bit of fun.