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Top 10 Most Played Mobile Games, Ranked by Downloads Count

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Everyone love PC games but in recent years mobile games have gained tremendous popularity all over the world. Since, the life is becoming far more complicated and busy as years on earth are passing people are getting much less time for entertainment.

Mobile games have gained popularity because of an advanced technology and short time in completing a game. Most mobile games end in much shorter time than PC games with vast story line. This is why mobile games have become a faster and more efficient way of mood refreshment during your working time.

So I researched and came up with the list of most downloaded and popular mobile video games which everyone must try and enjoy after a stressful working day.

10. Asphalt 8: Airborne – 120 million downloads

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Asphalt 8: Airborne is a racing mobile video game developed and published by Gameloft in 2013. The game was released on Android and IOS in 2013. Later in 2014 it was released on Windows and BlackBerry 10.

Game Description

The gameplay is very similar to its previous versions. The player can use different options to control the vehicles like tilting the phone or manual actions. There are awards given on winning the races. There are many maps or levels which you have to clear. Players get extra gold for drifting. This is one of the best mobile racing games ever.

The game is very popular among the racing game fans. The game also gain popularity because it is pre-installed in new mobile phones already, buy only demo version. But that is enough to show the quality of the game to the customers. The game has crossed 120 million download worldwide up till now.

9. Knives Out – 250 million downloads

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Knives Out is a third person shooting free to play battle royale mobile game just like PUBG and Free Fire. This 2017 game was developed and published by NetEase.

Game Description

The game is very similar to other battle royale games, where players lands on an island and equip themselves with weapons to kill other players. However, there are very minute changes in Knives Out like, after jumping from the plane players uses gliders instead of parachute and glides down to the land.

The game became popular but not like other games in the same category. Up till now the game has crossed approximately 250 million downloads. The game has grossed more than $465 million in 2018 which is even more than Fortnite.

8. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle – 300 million downloads

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Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle is a free to play mobile game which was released on Android and IOS in 2015. The game is based on the famous Dragonball anime series. The game is developed by Akatsuki and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

Game Description

The game is made up of different of board game, puzzles and card games. For example the gamer is made up of levels just like board games and the fights take place trough puzzles. Just like card games players can collect different characters and each has different orb attacks.

The game have been very popular all over the world and mostly loved by those who are anime fans. The game have crossed 300 million downloads and have grossed approximately $2 billion worldwide.

7. Super Mario Run – 400 million downloads

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Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first mobile game ever developed. Launced in 2016, it is a platform video game which is developed and published by Nintendo for both Android and IOS.

Game Description

In the game played control Mario or other characters. The character automatically starts running on the map and players have to time jumps to collect coins and avoid obstacles. The story is similar to all the other Mario games where he has to rescue Princess Peach who has been captured by Bowser. The first three levels are free but for more levels players have to give onetime payment.

 In general the game received overall positive reviews but was criticized for it comparatively high prices to unlock the full game. In its first week of release, the game had more than 50 million downloads. It reached approximately 300 million download till the end of 2018. Now, it might have crossed 400 million downloads.

6. Garena Free Fire – 500 million downloads

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Garena Free Fire or Free Fire Battlegrounds is a online only battle royale mobile game developed by 111 Dots Studios and was published on Android and IOS by Garena.

Game Description

The gameplay is very similar to that of PUBG where 50 players can jump to any location of an island with a parachute from the plane. After landing on the island they can equip themselves with the weapons and medicines which can be found on different map locations. The main motive is to kill all the other enemy players and winning the game. Similar to PUBG map shrinks as time passes.

Because of its low graphics the game could be played on cheapest and low specification mobile phones. This is why the game became the most downloaded mobile game in 2018 globally.

In 2019, Google Play Store awarded the game with “Best Popular Vote Game”. Up till now the game have crossed 500 million downloads and have grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

5. PUBG Mobile – 734 million downloads

PUBG Mobile is a battle royale free to play mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game which was released in 2018. The game PUBG is developed and published by PUBG Corporation. PUBG Corporation is a subsidiary company of Bluehole, a South Korean video game company.

Game Description

The game is similar to its PC and Xbox version. The players are dropped on the map anywhere from the plane. Players can plays as a team or solo but the main motive is to kill other players. The last team or solo player to survive is the winner. The map keep on shrinking as time passes this is to insure players hiding till the end of the game.

PUBG mobile is most popular game of the century and have surpassed 734 million downloads worldwide. Its PC version is top in the list of most played games of 2020, according to daily active player count. The game has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide by 2020.

4. Jetpack Joyride – 750 million downloads

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Jetpack Joyride is a side-scrolling endless runner action video game created by Halfbrick Studios. It was released for iOS devices and android in 2011.

Game Description

In the game players have to control a jetpack with a simple one touch. On pressing anywhere on the mobile screen the jetpack rises and Barry rises. When the player lets go, the jetpack turns off, and Barry falls. The player can only control movement along the vertical axis.

The main objective of the game is to travel as far as possible. The players have to collect coins, and avoid hazards such as zappers, missiles and high-intensity laser beams along the journey.

The game has crossed more than 750 million played according to the data provided by the company.

3. Despicable Me: Minion Rush – 950 million downloads

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Despicable Me: Minion Rush is mobile action video game by Despicable Me franchise. The game was released in 2013 on Android and IOS platform.

Game Description

Players can control any of the four characters named Dave, Carl, Jerry and Mel. The minion runs on the track which has three lanes. There are floating bananas on the track which the players have to collect.

As stated by the company in 2019 the game has crossed more than 950 million player count.

2. Pokemon Go – 1 billion downloads

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) mobile game developed and published by Niantic for iOS and Android devices in 2016. The game was build with collaboration between Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company.

Game Description

The game uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location.

The game has won many awards including “Mobile Game of the Year” in 2016. The game has succeeded the player count of 1 billion in 2019. The company is hoping for a better result in 2020.

1. Subway Surfers – 2.7 billion downloads

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Subway Surfer is a running mobile game which will never end if you do not get struck by an obstacle while running. The game was co-developed and published by Denmark private companies named Kiloo and SYBO Games in 2012.

Game Description

Player takes the role of a graffiti artist who has been chased by an officer and his dog. The artist is running on a railway metro site. While running he has avoid incoming trains and obstacles. The speed of the boy keep on increasing as time passes and then eventually a time will come when it becomes difficult to avoid obstacle. If you hit the obstacle the officer catches you and game ends here.

In 2017, Subway Surfer became the most downloaded game globally by defeating Pokemon Go. In 2018, the game passed the 1 billion download mark and during early 2020 it was recorded that the download count has crossed 2.7 billion.

This makes Subway Surfer the most downloaded mobile game of the decade.


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