PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) for mobile is a free survival shooter that lets you experience what it’s like to be dropped on an island with 99 other players to see who will ultimately survive. But what’s great about the mobile version of this extremely popular game on PCs is that it seems to run even better on a smartphone. In other words, this is one heck of a port.
Just like the original, you’ll parachute in, loot buildings to gear up, and do your best to survive all the way to the end. You can go it solo, or create a squad of up to four players if you want to try out a team effort. Be careful though, this game is incredibly addicting.
Battleheart 2 brings back the same simple combat engine from the first game, with some nice tweaks. It also has greatly improved graphics, more characters to choose from, a multiplayer mode and best of all (and just like the first game) no micro transactions!
Snowboarding at high speed has never been so relaxing as it is in Alto’s Adventure. Very simple one-touch controls let you guide Alto (and several other unlockable characters) down the mountain while getting big air, grinding edges and performing multiple back flips.
With beautiful endless mountain scenery, amazing day-to-night transitions and a mesmerizing soundtrack (you should definitely wear headphones), this is a must have on any device. The developer for this 2015 game, Snowman, recently delayed the upcoming sequel, Alto’s Odyssey, saying they want to make sure to get it right. Once you play the original, I’m sure you’ll understand why perfection is important to the small development team.
Price: Free with in-app purchases.
Want to get your battle royale gaming fix without all the complexity? Battlelands Royale is the game for you. Pick your drop point on the island map beforehand, then parachute in to find weapons and shields. You also can chase down weapon drops for more advanced weapons like rocket launchers. From there, you can hide out in buildings and shrubbery as you lay in wait for opponents to step into your path.
What’s particularly great about this simple dual-stick survival shooter is that a game rarely lasts more than 10 minutes. This free game is fun on its own, but you can also use in-app purchases to buy new skins and it even has a Battle Pass (a la Fortnite) you can buy to earn cosmetic items as you play.
You can’t really play a console-level quality Destiny game on your iPhone, but with Shadowgun Legends it’s about as close as you can get. This first-person shooter might be the best in the app stores, with a base camp (it’s more of a city) where you can hit up shops to buy weapons and armor, a place to gamble for more in-game currency, a black market for new items, and so much more. There are tons of in-app purchases here, to be sure, but you can easily avoid them.
The gameplay itself is excellent as you plow through story missions, unlock puzzles and blast your way through enemies in order to achieve greater and greater fame. Find new weapons as you play with unique exotics and other firearms that will remind you of Destiny. Though it’s a whole different setting, Shadowgun Legends is basically Destiny for your phone and it will definitely surprise you with its depth.