Mobile games have come a long way in the last decade, with many new titles reaching console quality in recent years. It’s even possible to buy dedicated gaming smartphones, complete with the classic gaming rig style cases and gaming hotkeys.
There are plenty of great mobile games available to play right now, whether you have a gaming phone or just a mainstream device. So if you’re looking to lose yourself in some video gaming on your mobile this April, here are some great options.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty is one of the best selling video game franchises in the world, although it’s usually found on consoles and PCs with powerful graphics cards. However, the title has recently made the move to mobile in a joint venture between Activision and the Chinese company, Tencent Games.
Call of Duty: Mobile is free to play, although you can pay for upgrades, earlier access to weapons, and character customizations by using the microtransaction system. You can enjoy the game without paying though, although in the odd game when you come up against a player who has forked out a lot to buy lots of weapons, it can be a little frustrating. This doesn’t happen often though, so it doesn’t negatively affect your enjoyment.
The game is available for iOS and Android and requires an internet connection to play. This is because no single-player mode is included. There are plenty of gameplay modes though, including Team Deathmatch and Domination, and you’ll find several of the best maps from the previous Call of Duty titles.
Playing card games is a little more sedate than some other mobile games, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. Poker is one of the most popular card games that’s played online, and PokerStars is one of the leading providers of online poker games.
The company has been around pretty much since the birth of online poker and has grown its reputation by providing ground-breaking features and award-winning support to its users. Now, through its iOS and Android apps, it’s possible to get the same experience on your mobile device.
You can play in poker games against users from all over the world from your smartphone or tablet, joining tournaments with just one tap. Through the app, you have the choice of playing with real money or using the free play money.
If you’re good enough, you can even play on multiple tables at the same time.
Mario Kart Tour
Nintendo carefully protects its intellectual property, far more than most other giants in the industry. This is why it is rare for you to find Mario, Luigi, or any other characters on non-Nintendo devices.
A rare deviation from this strategy is the free-to-play game, Mario Kart Tour. Released in September for iOS and Android devices, it includes many classic Mario Kart tracks including Rainbow Road, Bowser’s Castle, Koopa Troopa Beach, and Cheep Cheep Lagoon.
It also includes “Nitro” courses, which are set in real-world cities like New York, Tokyo, Paris, and London. So while the game isn’t quite at the level of the recently released Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch, the opportunity to race Yoshi and Peach past Big Ben is reason enough to download the game.
Nintendo has been careful to make sure the game retains much of the Mario magic that’s present in titles on its own hardware. Even the microtransactions, while still slightly annoying, are far less offensive than systems in other free-to-play games.
Released earlier this year, Scrabble GO brings all the gameplay elements of the board game to your mobile. It has a similar feel to the popular Words With Friends but has the advantage of being the original Scrabble game.
There are also versions of the game with modern twists, such as Word Drop which is a word search style game, and Rush, a solo speed game.
Scrabble GO lets you play with friends from afar, and the turn-based play mechanism means you can take your go while you take a break from something else and then close the app until later.