The best mobile games to play in 2023

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Choosing the best mobile games to play can be a difficult task — with millions of titles to pick from, it’s easy to feel like there’s almost too much choice. We’ve got you covered with a list of some of the best mobile games that you should play on iOS and Android in 2023.

Mobile phones have turned into one of the most easily accessible platforms for games. Be it a quick round of Team Deathmatch in Call of Duty: Mobile or hours of exploration through the mystical lands of Teyvat in Genshin Impact, the choices are never-ending.

Below, you’ll find the best games available on Android and iOS devices, with a strong focus on genre-defining flagship titles — and what’s more, all of the mobile games featured in this list are ideal for beginners or competitive players. Additionally, quite a few highly-anticipated mobile games are headed for release this year.

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Without further ado, let’s dive in and check out the best mobile games you can play in 2023.


What are the best Mobile Games to play in 2023

While it is difficult to select just a few games with so many choices available, below you’ll find a curated list of 10 titles, with most of these games being available to play on both iOS and Android devices. What’s more, some are free, too!

Make sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we’ll amend this list over time with new additions. However, before jumping into the list, don’t forget to check out some of the big names that are headed to your mobile devices in 2023.

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Best upcoming Mobile Games in 2023

2023 can easily be tagged as one of the biggest years for mobile gaming. With countless popular and highly-anticipated titles scheduled for release, there hasn’t been hype like this around mobile games in quite a while.

Here’s a list to name some of the big names scheduled for release this year:

  • Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile
  • Rainbow Six Mobile
  • Battlefield Mobile
  • The Division Resurgence
  • DC Heroes & Villains
  • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  • Warcraft Arclight Rumble
  • Valorant Mobile
  • Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade
  • Mortal Kombat: Onslaught

Having got that out of the way, let’s dive in and check out the best mobile games that you should be playing in 2023.

Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go is heavily responsible for the widespread knowledge of Augmented Reality in video games.

Released in 2016, the augmented reality title Pokemon Go has always ensured to keep players coming back to it. The game’s rise to fame was extremely quick and Niantic has done well to ensure that the game stays relevant in the long run.

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With continuous updates in the form of new Raid Bosses and Spotlight Hour events, Pokemon Go is a game that you should try at least once. If all of that wasn’t enough, it’s probably the best mobile game available to help you get out and be physically active.

Call of Duty: Mobile

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Call of Duty: Mobile is undoubtedly one of the best FPS titles for handheld devices.

Making its way onto mobile platforms in 2019, the Call of Duty franchise’s expansion to handheld devices has turned out to be a huge success. Apart from the usual game modes that Call of Duty usually has on offer, the mobile variant’s Battle Royale mode is what makes this title stand out.

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Be it fast-paced action or hardcore survival, the game offers plenty to keep players engaged. Tight controls, classic maps, and characters with a whole host of weapons and equipment make Call of Duty Mobile a must-try. Being a free-to-play mobile title is simply the cherry on top for all FPS fans.

Clash of Clans

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You might be missing out if you haven’t played Clash of Clans yet.

One of the most iconic mobile games, Clash of Clans was initially released for iOS platforms in 2012 and Android devices in 2013. Having been around for almost a decade, this free-to-play mobile game can now feel somewhat nostalgic.

The vast array of characters that you can choose from makes this real-time strategy game constantly surprising, and you can even create or join clans with your friends to wage wars against other clans and build your bases together.

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Clash Royale

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Clash Royale presents a fresh experience in the genre of RTS games.

Yet another spectacular real-time strategy game from Supercell, Clash Royale also involves certain elements of the MOBA genre. The primary objective is to successfully siege your enemy’s base while defending your own.

With most characters coming straight out of Clash of Clans, Supercell also added plenty of exclusive cards for Clash Royale. This ensures that despite sharing similar characters, both Clash Royale and Clash of Clans have extremely varied experiences to offer.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is arguably the best MOBA game on mobile platforms.

Moonton’s iconic MOBA, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is definitely one of the best titles in the genre. Being one of the oldest MOBA games to be released on mobile platforms, MLBB has stood the test of time.

MLBB is also an ideal choice for all MOBA fanatics who are looking for a competitive environment for mobile platforms. While the game is designed specifically for mobiles, it does draw plenty of references from titles like LoL and DOTA 2. The game is available on both Android and iOS devices and also supports crossplay.

If you’re looking for the latest codes available to claim in MLBB, make sure to check out our Mobile Legends: Bang Bang codes list.

Pokemon Unite

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Pokemon and MOBA probably shouldn’t exist together, but they do.

The deadly combination of Pokemon and the MOBA genre has taken the world by storm since Pokemon Unite’s release in 2021. While the game doesn’t follow the typical type-rules that Pokemon titles usually have to offer, the exciting battles on the battlefield that the game offers can be an absolute blast at times.

With the developers continuously working on regular updates and new content despite the mobile game being free-to-play, there are plenty of reasons to jump into the game. And, with short, quick-fire rounds full of action and very little downtime, it’s the perfect time-filler.

Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact has some of the best visuals on the mobile gaming platform.

Although not an exclusive mobile game, Genshin Impact has found a major share of its player base on handheld devices. The colorful animations and detailed stories that the game has to offer, as well as its vast open world, make it a bit of a marvel on mobile devices.

Since the game’s release, this free-to-play title has shown no signs of slowing as the developers continue to roll out regular updates with new Genshin Impact banners, a whole host of characters to play as, and events. Considering the rate at which the title is growing and expanding, this might be the best time for you to start playing if you’re not already.

Apart from being one of the best visually-acclaimed games for iOS and Android devices, Genshin Impact is also available on several other platforms and supports crossplay between every available platform.

RAID Shadow Legends

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Unlock and upgrade heroes to reach your true potential in RAID Shadow Legends.

After getting repeatedly accused by the community of being pay-to-win despite being a free-to-play mobile game, RAID Shadow Legends has undergone quite a few balancing changes to make the game even more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Needless to say, Plarium is working on putting out even more updates that will further balance the game for everyone.

Be it stunning in-game visuals or action-packed epic battles, given everything that the game has to offer, you should definitely give it a try.

Apex Legends Mobile

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Experience the stunning graphics of Apex Legends on mobile devices.

Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts’ popular Battle Royale title, Apex Legends is now available on your Android and iOS devices. Featuring stunning visuals and crisp mechanics, Apex Legends Mobile is a must-try for every Battle Royale fan. Although the game is fairly different from its PC and Console counterparts, the mobile version is pretty well-optimized in terms of controls and gameplay.

Considering everything that the game has to offer, you should definitely give it a try. Given that the developers are also constantly releasing updates to keep the game fresh, it is safe to say that Apex Legends Mobile is one of the best free-to-play mobile games to be released on the platform in 2022.

Asphalt 9: Legends

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Prove that you’re the best arcade racer by showing off your skills in Asphalt 9: Legends.

Since the rise of mobile games, the Asphalt franchise has been the flag-bearer for racing games on the platform. Beginning with a wide variety of cars to choose from, the game offers everything that an arcade racing fan could hope for. Be it crispy visuals or clean and precise control mechanics, Asphalt 9 is a must-try for everyone.

In case you’ve never tried the Asphalt franchise before, we’d recommend that you give the older games from the series a try as well. While the game has obviously developed and gotten better with the later versions, the older ones remain fun to play. Additionally, with the game being available on both Android and iOS devices, it is definitely one of the best choices in offline games from the racing category.


So, there you have it – that’s our list of the best mobile games that you should be playing in 2023. Make sure to check back in the future for any changes to the names in the list.

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