Mobile gaming has evolved drastically over the last decade, with blockbuster games releasing every year and bringing in massive revenues. Mobile games have become the most consumed form of digital entertainment today. There is a wide variety of mobile games to choose from, catering to different interests and age groups.
Countless mobile games have achieved colossal popularity with hundreds of millions of downloads and enormous active player bases. Consequently, the proliferation of smartphones and high-speed internet connectivity have been instrumental in fueling the success of these breakout mobile games. Therefore, let’s examine some of the most popular mobile games in 2022 based on revenue and download figures.
PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) Mobile is one of the most played mobile games globally. The battle royale shooter game pits over 100 players against each other in a battle to survive and be the last one standing. It has surpassed over 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store alone.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush remains the most popular mobile game till date with over 2.7 billion downloads. The match-3 puzzle game has been around since 2012 and retains a loyal player base with occasional updates and new levels.
Other popular mobile games include Genshin Impact, Clash of Clans, Roblox, Garena Free Fire, Subway Surfers, Coin Master, and League of Legends: Wild Rift. All of these games have been able to gather large player bases and revenues, some even managing.
What is the most popular game genre mobile in 2022?
Our data revealed that in 2022 users overwhelmingly downloaded easy-to-play hyper-casual games in droves, with this gaming category accounting for nearly 25% of downloads for all the top games we analyzed. Action and puzzle games separately each held over 10% of the market’s download share in 2022 as well.
Most Anticipated Mobile Games of 2023
• Diablo Immortal
This is an action RPG from Blizzard Entertainment set in the Diablo universe. It is expected to be very popular due to the large fanbase of the Diablo PC games.
• The Callisto Protocol
This is a sci-fi survival horror game from the makers of Dead Space. The gameplay and visuals look scary and gory, and it is expected to be a big hit for mobile horror fans.
• Warhammer 40,000
Dark Tide: This is a cooperative first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40K universe. The gameplay looks intense and fast-paced, targeting shooter fans.
• Hogwarts Legacy
This open-world RPG is set in the world of Harry Potter and will let players experience life as a student at Hogwarts. It is expected to be a big hit with Harry Potter fans worldwide.
• Spider-Man 2
This sequel to the hit Spider-Man mobile game will presumably be another smash success, consequently capitalizing on the popularity of Spider-Man amongst all ages. Accordingly, the gameplay appears to be considerably more refined and cinematic.
• The Last of Us mobile game
Little information surrounds this rumored mobile game; regardless, the Last of Us franchise has garnered one of the most significant followings on Playstation. Developed appropriately, the game might emerge as a smash hit on mobile devices.
Those are some of the highly anticipated upcoming mobile games that have the potential to become very popular based on their franchises, target audience, gameplay and overall appeal. However, the quality of their execution will ultimately determine how successful they turn out to be.
Hyper-casual games drove 25% of mobile game downloads