April 15, 2024

The best mobile games to play in 2024

There will be no shortage of quality mobile games in 2024 and it can be difficult to sift through the sheer number of downloadable games on your phone. That’s where we come in: over the years, we’ve filled our phones with mobile games to find the best games in every genre. Are you looking for a hidden object game? A unique tower defense title? A turn-based RPG or a classic side-scrolling runner?

Let’s dive into the best mobile games you can download today. Most of these games are available on Android and iOS devices. Many of them are free to download, with in-game purchases to unlock more play time or additional items. But others require an additional subscription service, like Apple Arcade or Netflix.

Krispee Street

Where to play: Available on iOS through Apple Arcade or Netflix

Simply put, Krispee Street is a hidden object game: its cluttered visuals hide many small details to look for, some of which tell small stories within the contained worlds. There’s a lot to love about the silly, colorful art style and the characters that inhabit the world, which is based on a webcomic. (I hadn’t heard of the webcomic before coming into Krispee Streetso don’t let the lack of familiarity scare you). Krispee Street Being visually chaotic with hundreds of things (characters and objects) to find within its margins, I would describe the experience of playing as anything but.

When I want a mobile game that is absolutely fun, I open it Krispee Street and start inspecting. —Nicole Carpenter


Where to play: Available on Android and iOS

I saw somebody describe Gubbins as “Scratch with acid,” and yes, that is true. Studio Folly’s word game is a more relaxed version of Scratch, but with small annoying creatures, the gubbins, that help or harm the board. Like in Scratch, you start with a bunch of letters (using them reveals more letters, until you run out) to place them on your board and make words to get points. You want to rack up a lot of points by using your letters (and gubbins) in creative ways. Some of the modifiers will auto-fill letters, for example, or block parts of the board. It’s one of those games that is easy to play but harder to master, making it a mobile game I return to frequently. Plus, the colors and music just rule. —NORTH CAROLINA

Honkai: star lane

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS

Honkai: star lane It’s the reason I make sure my phone is fully charged before I head out for the day. Genshin Impact Creator Hoyoverse released this gacha game last spring and I found it to be the perfect game to play while you’re out and about. This ridiculous sci-fi RPG has turn-based combat that feels great on my phone’s small screen. And I like being able to sync progress while playing on PC and my iPad so I can easily perform regular tasks.

Honkai: star lane It has charming characters and awesome graphics that look surprisingly good on my phone. It turns a long bus ride into the perfect opportunity to catch up on an event or finally finish a mission I’ve been putting off. —Ana Diaz

Pocket Card Jockey: Go!

Where to play: Available on iOS through Apple Arcade

Game Freak, best known for Pokémon, has a less iconic game that should be better known: Pocket Card Jockey. It was originally released for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in 2013 and hit English-speaking markets in 2016. But the game found new life on Apple Arcade with Pocket Card Jockey: Go! The premise is the same as the original, but with a 3D twist on the horse racing element. You will see, Pocket Card Jockey: Go! is both a horse racing role-playing game and a collection game where the races include fast-paced solitaire rounds. It’s charming, just look at these little horses. —NORTH CAROLINA

two points

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS

two points It’s a classic that stands the test of time. Although it was released in 2014, two points It still receives updates and more levels, where you are tasked with meeting objectives by connecting colored dots. There are a surprising number of different ways to develop these levels, which means plenty of challenges. But two points It also has a hidden object mode to add a little more diversity to the game. —NORTH CAROLINA

Laya’s horizon

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS through Netflix Games

Laya’s horizon It fits a whole damn open world exploration game on your phone. The game was created by the developers of the viral hits. Alto’s adventure and Alto’s odysseyand sends players on a full 3D adventure where you explore by gliding through the sky. What really makes this an easy recommendation for me is that it combines a simple but beautiful polygonal art style with a touch control scheme that really makes flying feel good. Add in the fact that it’s an enjoyable, relaxing game and you have the recipe for a polished mobile game. -ADVERTISEMENT

Bad North: Jotunn Edition

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS

Tower defense is a classic genre, but Bad North: Jotunn Edition gives it a touch of real-time roguelike strategy. There’s a lot of jargon to explain it, but the premise is simple: Viking invaders are attacking your island and you’re tasked with leading the defenses against the invaders while evacuating everyone else. Each quick round takes place on a procedurally generated island, meaning there’s a lot of variation between rounds. The game’s aesthetic seems simple enough, but beyond that facade is a deep strategy game. —NORTH CAROLINA

cunning sasquatch

Where to play: Available on iOS through Apple Arcade

The general audience of cunning sasquatch It will probably be younger, but there’s a reason it’s such a beloved and highly rated game on iOS. You play as a sasquatch who scavenges through trash and campsites to find food and useful items. The beginning of the game emphasizes the stealth elements as you evade the eyes of fearful campers, but this game contains much more. You can fish, play mini-games, race cars, get a job, dress up, and even decorate your house. RAC7 also releases regular updates with new content. Before long, no one will be able to stop the sasquatch’s meteoric rise to become mayor of the city. -ADVERTISEMENT

Pokémon Go

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS

Have you heard about Pokémon Go, but you may not have realized that it’s still going strong, with regular updates and tons of Pokémon to catch. If you are somehow not familiar, Pokémon Go is a mobile-only game developed by Niantic; you walk around your neighborhood, or further away! – to search and catch Pokémon. Beyond that basic premise, there’s also a battle system to hold onto gyms and battle your friends. If you’re someone with that “gotta catch ’em all” mentality, you won’t be able to put Pokémon Go below. —NORTH CAROLINA

Jetpack Joyride

Where to play: Available on Android and iOS, while Jetpack Joyride 2: Bullet Race It is available on iOS through Apple Arcade

Another classic mobile game, Jetpack Joyride It’s what it says on the tin: it’s an endless runner where you’re jetpacking instead of running, dodging obstacles in increasingly difficult levels. It was first released in 2011 by Halfbrick Studios, but is still going strong with updates to the game. Jetpack Joyride has a sequel Jetpack Joyride 2: Bullet Race, which is available on Apple Arcade, but it’s worth keeping the original downloaded on your phone. —NORTH CAROLINA

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