If you are stuck at home or on a long commute to work with nothing to do, you can turn to mobile games for some guaranteed fun.
We’ve rounded up the top classics that you may have forgotten about, as well as new games you should try before everyone else – read on to find your new favourite mobile game!
Action & adventure mobile games
1. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja was a leading pioneer of game applications when the App Store was first launched, and has continued to be a top favourite for its simple but addictive gameplay.
Instead of attacking enemies, you get to slice all kinds of fruits while avoiding bombs – a good test of your speed and accuracy, and an easy way to kill time.
2. Draw Climber
Want a quick game while waiting for your meal? Whip out your phone and get drawing!
This game is straightforward enough – just draw legs that will help you avatar to run, and when you’re stuck at an obstacle, you can simply draw another shape to get around it.
3. Hunter Assassin
With a solid 4.6-star rating from more than 180,000 players, Hunter Assassin has often been called a great game that is easy yet creative at the same time.
At first glance it looks like a typical shooting game, where you control the assassin and hunt down your targets.
However, things get really interesting when you start using guerrilla tactics, including using your surroundings and shadows to stay hidden from flashlights!
4. Call of Duty: Mobile
This free-to-play first-person shooter game boasts amazing graphics and fairly simple controls, so all you have to do is immerse yourself in the gameplay.
There are also three modes for you to choose from (multiplayer, battle royale, and zombies), so you’ll never get tired of playing this game on your daily commute.
If you are a fan of games like Neopets, Maple Story, and Club Penguin which encourage community interaction, you’ll love this community-centred mobile game.
Roblox is a massively multiplayer online video game that allows you to design your own games and play a wide variety of different types of games created by other users. With a ton of user-created games and virtual worlds covering a wide variety of genres, there’s simply so much to explore in this game app!
6. Temple Run 2
Most of us will remember Temple Run, the addictive game that takes the main character on an endless run away from the Evil Demon Monkeys.
Temple 2 is an impressive upgrade from the original that promises even more exhilarating running, jumping, turning, and sliding through more types of landscapes, including perilous cliffs, zip lines, mines and forests.
The fun is in trying to beat your friends’ high scores, so remember to get them to join in the fun!
This mobile game has been around for nearly a decade, but avid gamers are still hooked to this video game, which really says a lot about how fun it is.
In Minecraft, you get to explore infinite worlds and build everything from homes to castles.
Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armour to fend off dangerous mobs – the possibilities are endless in this game world!
Role-playing & simulation mobile games
8. Stardew Valley
Running your own farm may be difficult in reality, but nothing’s stopping you from managing one in the virtual world!
Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life role-playing game, where you’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you are set out to revive the farm while protecting it from evil corporations. Tricky, but also so much fun!
9. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
Take a breather from the grime of daily life and join in the glamour of Kim K’s life with an interactive game set in none other than Hollywood.
You’ll get to customise your very own star to explore Hollywood’s exclusive clubs, upscale boutiques, and luxury homes, as well as encounter other celebs, dedicated fans, and persistent paparazzi.
10. Cat Condo
Cat-lovers must have this game on their phones: you get to build your very own virtual cat condo and populate them with cute kitties as you mix and match them along the way.
It’s an adorable game that kids will definitely love, and even adults will have fun unlocking many types of cats while watching their cat kingdom grow!
11. The Sims Mobile
Arguably the most popular life simulation game, The Sims allows you to build your own characters, live in the perfect home, and then grow together with them as they accomplish career goals, pursue hobbies, and even develop relationships.
With so many important decisions to make in your Sim’s life, you’ll find yourself on this app for hours on end – perfect if you have too much time on hand to spare.
12. Farmville 2: Country Escape
Whether you have 30 seconds or 30 minutes, you can spare any free time to create, build, and nourish the farm of your dreams in this game.
You’ll get to interact with a variety of interesting characters, grow and unlock special crops, and take care of animals on your farm, sans the dirty work. There is also an offline mode for you so you can continue to look after your farm even if you don’t have WiFi or data.
13. Hearts Medicine – Doctors Oath
Love watching medical dramas? You can now live out your very own drama on Hearts Medicine – Doctors Oath as well!
This intense time management game is an emotional take on the typical dash game, complete with a gripping storyline, addictive gameplay, amazing graphics, and tear-jerking decisions to make.
14. Bubble Tea!
Everyone loves bubble tea, but for those who have a strict quota on how often you can drink this sweet treat, one way to curb your cravings is playing this cute game that has earned the hearts of many players.
This is a bubble tea simulator that allows you to mix the different flavours together to create various concoctions, and while it may look like a game that you will tire of after a few levels, it actually gets more interesting as you level up!
15. Cooking Frenzy – Crazy Chef
Cooking is tough work in real life, but cooking games are absolutely engaging, such as the insanely popular Cooking Frenzy – Crazy Chef.
This strategy game invites you to complete cooking challenges all over the world in order to piece together a valuable album of worldwide cuisines, where you’ll have to cook all the right dishes and serve them to the correct customers in time.
Just a word of caution: the wonderful graphics will make you feel really hungry!
16. Monthly Idol
This gem is a top pick among K-pop fans, where the player gets to live out the dream of running an idol agency and grooming their very own celebrities.
The game requires some understanding of the Korean entertainment industry, but for those who are familiar, you’ll enjoy navigating through the intense decisions of producing music, arranging publicity schedules, and organising concerts.
Trivia & puzzle mobile games
17. The Moron Test 2
The Moron Test 2 is exactly what it sounds like: you’ll be given deceptively easy puzzles and questions to answer, eventually realising that the answer is never as simple as it seems.
This is a new version of the original game with more actions like touch, twist, and shake, and we highly recommend that you play this with your friends during a gathering or party – lots of laughing guaranteed!
18. Cooking Mama: Let’s cook!
An iconic game originally developed for the Nintendo DS, Cooking Mama has since become the dream game for all aspiring chefs… and those who may never fully master cooking.
With Mama’s help, you can easily prepare all sorts of dishes, from pork cutlets to shrimp tempuras – you could even pick up a few cooking tips here and there while you are playing the game!
19. Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga is another legendary puzzle game that probably doesn’t need further introduction.
All you have to do is match three or more candies in a row in order to clear different stages, but take note that it can get pretty difficult as you progress.
The gameplay for this game is similar to Candy Crush Saga, but what differentiates this is the adorable Disney Tsum Tsum plushies that you have to clear – aren’t they just so cute?
Strategy mobile games
21. Badland Brawl
The easy-to-play but hard-to-master physics-based gameplay of Badland Brawl has earned the approval of many mobile users.
You have to try it out for yourself to find out why some describe this as the best game they’ve ever played, but here’s a hint: you’ll have to come up with your own crazy tactical plans to ensure the most devastating chain reactions on your opponents!
22. Survival City – Zombie Defence
Survival City is like a game version of The Walking Dead – you have to command a survivor squad as you battle waves of grotesque monsters night after night while scavenging for supplies and growing your city’s fortification and population.
What really keeps you on your toes is the fact that the zombies keep evolving to adapt to your tactics, and the fact that every survivor you bring into your squad has unique stats, story, and personalities, so the gameplay is never static.
Sports mobile games
23. NBA 2K20
This is the closest that basketball fans can get to playing the real deal without leaving the house.
In this game, you can take your player from college to the NBA, starting from competing in a series of 3-on-3 streetball competitions around the world to playing with all-time great NBA teams.
24. FIFA Football
Football fans can also enjoy similar fun with FIFA Football, where you’ll get to build your own football team, train any player to be a superstar, and then join in a League or play through more than 650 events.
There are simply so many options that it’s nearly impossible to finish the game – not a bad thing, because it’s so addictive that you can just keep playing this anytime, anywhere!
25. Tennis Clash: Game of Champions
It doesn’t take real talent in tennis to enjoy this game, although you’ll still find it challenging enough to make you eager to practise more often – on mobile, of course.
Jump in a quick three-minute online 1v1 tennis game or follow your own career campaign from novice to pro in this action-packed game.
You can play realtime with other players all over the world, or invite your friends to a game of virtual tennis to see who’s the true tennis champion.
26. Real Racing 3
There are a ton of racing game apps out there, but this is the one that will get you hooked.
A lot of attention has been paid to the graphics and sound effects in this game, so everything including reflections, lens flare, scenery, and roaring of engines will have you feeling like you’re really speeding on the race course.