26 mobile games you must play

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There are thousands of mobile games available for iPhone and Android, so it can be difficult to choose which ones are the best. Here's our list of the best mobile games on the Google Play and Apple App Store right now.

Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run marks the popular Nintendo mascot's
(Credit: Nintendo)

Super Mario Run marks the popular Nintendo mascot's first adventure on mobile phones, giving players the ability to run, jump and bounce through the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach. The game successfully takes Nintendo's classic side-scrolling formula and transports it to smartphones, meaning players will have plenty of reasons to collect coins and perfect their scores.
Price: $9.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts Unlimited is an open-world game where players
(Credit: Warner Bros.)

Scribblenauts Unlimited is an open-world game where players can generate nearly anything they can imagine, from giant purple chickens to rocket ships and more, just by writing it into their character's magic notebook. The game features a unique style and a wacky sense of humor, meaning the game is only limited by what you can dream up.
Price: $4.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Assassin's Creed Pirates

Assassin's Creed Pirates takes some of the most
(Credit: Ubisoft Entertainment)

Assassin's Creed Pirates takes some of the most fun elements of the series -- namely the naval battles -- and puts them in the palm of your hand. The game allows players to prowl the Caribbean as a pirate captain and battle across the high seas in the franchise's signature style of parkour action and vehicular combat.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

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Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes takes the characters that
(Credit: Popcap Games)

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes takes the characters that series fans love from the original tower-defense game and pits them against each other in a turn-based collectible card game format. If you're looking for a mix of humor and seriously addicting gameplay, this one is for you.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is an endless runner where the
(Credit: Halfbrick Studios)

Jetpack Joyride is an endless runner where the goal is to collect as many coins as possible. Players control Barry Steakfries as he dodges through an endless factory filled with lasers, missiles and rogue scientists. Power-ups also allow Barry to ride a motorcycle, fly on a dragon and run in a high-powered mech suit as you constantly try to beat your high score.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Five Nights at Freddy's

This popular horror game tasks players with surviving
(Credit: Scott Cawthon)

This popular horror game tasks players with surviving five terrifiying nights as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant where the anamatronic robots come to life at night and roam the hallways looking for victims. The game forces players to frantically switch between a series of security cameras and conserve energy until the sun rises, or else fall victim to Freddy Fazbear and his evil friends.
Price: $2.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Neko Atsume

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is a simple yet
(Credit: Hit-Point Co.)

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is a simple yet addictive game where players try to attract cats by customizing their in-game homes and backyards. The game features more than 20 different cats to collect and dozens of items to purchase to bring more furry friends to your doorstep.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Gear.Club

Gear.Club is a traditional racer with gorgeous graphics
(Credit: Eden Games Mobile)

Gear.Club is a traditional racer with gorgeous graphics and matches that allow players to rewind if they crash. If you love racing games like Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport, Gear.Club is definitely worth your time.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS

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Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 1

Telltale Games' first outing in the universe of
(Credit: Telltale Games)

Telltale Games' first outing in the universe of the popular "The Walking Dead" comic book universe puts players in the shoes of Lee, a man tasked with protecting a little girl and leading a group of survivors to safety in a zombie-infested version of Georgia. This highly cinematic game uses player choice to drive the narrative of the game, meaning your decisions can determine who lives and who dies.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

Don't Starve is a survival game where players
(Credit: Klei Entertainment)

Don't Starve is a survival game where players have to build and protect a settlement from invaders, all while making sure to feed and protect their character from the elements. The game features randomly generated maps and a unique paper-cutout design style, making it one of the most addictive and unique games available on mobile devices.
Price: $4.99
In-game purchases: No
Availability: iOS, Android

Pocket Morty

Pocket Mortys borrows the RPG tropes of the
(Credit: [adult swim] games)

Pocket Mortys borrows the RPG tropes of the classic Pokemon series games and adds in fan-favorite characters from the Rick and Morty universe. Players control Rick Sanchez as he and his grandson Morty travel the multiverse collecting and battling different Mortys in turn-based combat. The game features an original story and acts as a supplement for fans of the Adult Swim series.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

NBA Live Mobile

NBA Live Mobile takes all the fun of
(Credit: Electronic Arts)

NBA Live Mobile takes all the fun of console sports games and places it in your pocket, allowing players to customize their dream team and engage in 5-on-5 matches in a constantly changing season mode. Along with some incredible graphics, NBA Live Mobile also features plenty of ways to keep dedicated players coming back for more action long after basketball season is over.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Pokemon GO

The augmented-reality Pokemon game that took the world
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The augmented-reality Pokemon game that took the world by storm is still one of the most popular games on both app stores, and for good reason: it's ridiculously fun and addicting to try and capture the game's roster of 150 monsters, with additional updates promising to introduce even more of the series' signature characters.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

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Galaga Wars

Galaga Wars is a modern update to the
(Credit: Bandai-Namco)

Galaga Wars is a modern update to the classic arcade game from the '80s, where a lone spaceship takes on endless waves of alien bug ships. The latest iteration of the series sticks to the original's fast-paced shooting formula while adding modern touches like power-ups and touch controls.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Final Fantasy VII

The most well-known game in the Final Fantasy
(Credit: Square Enix Inc.)

The most well-known game in the Final Fantasy series is now available on iOS, allowing gamers to experience one of the most cinematic and well-written games of the original PlayStation era. Whether you've played Final Fantasy VII before or are experiencing it for the first time, the mobile edition is a faithful port of the RPG classic.
Price: $15.99
In-game purchases: No
Availability: iOS

SimCity BuildIt

Electronic Arts brings its popular citybuilding series to
(Credit: Electronic Arts)

Electronic Arts brings its popular citybuilding series to mobile devices in perfect form, allowing budding architects to create their very own pocket-sized city. As the mayor of your very own city, you'll need to keep citizens happy, manage taxes and strategize to create the perfect metropolis.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter allows fans of the Fallout franchise
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Fallout Shelter allows fans of the Fallout franchise to experience life in one of the series' ubiquitous vaults, where humanity hides from the nuclear war that engulfed the game's retro-futuristic world. The mobile game allows players to run and build their own vault, and also serves as a way to gather resources for Fallout 4, the companion game on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Lara Croft GO

The Tomb Raider franchise has just celebrated its
(Credit: Square Enix Inc.)

The Tomb Raider franchise has just celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and now players can take Lara Croft's adventures on the go with this beautifully crafted turn-based puzzle game.
Price: $4.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Minecraft Portable Edition

In Minecraft, players can create their own virtual
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In Minecraft, players can create their own virtual worlds using the game's charmingly simplistic block system and by tapping into the deepest reaches of their imaginations. For those who can't get enough of the series on PC and consoles, this portable version allows gamers to keep building even when they're on the go.
Price: $6.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Jade Empire: Special Edition

Jade Empire: Special Edition is an adventure RPG
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Jade Empire: Special Edition is an adventure RPG set in ancient China where players can create their own character and take on the forces of evil as they battle to save their home from outlaws, magicians and demons.
The game is a port of the original Xbox classic and was developed by Bioware, the makers of popular series including Dragon Age and Mass Effect.
Price: $9.99
In-game purchases: No
Availability: iOS

Pou

Pou tasks players with caring for a small
(Credit: Paul Salameh)

Pou tasks players with caring for a small alien creature by feeding it, keeping it happy and bathing it. The game is sure to be a hit among anyone who has fond memories of caring for a Tamagotchi back in the '90s.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Lumines Puzzle & Music

Lumines Live! is a musically inspired puzzle game
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Lumines Live! is a musically inspired puzzle game that tasks players with destroying a series of colorful blocks by creating groups of four. The game's simple premise is enhanced with a thumping soundtrack filled with dance, EDM and electro hits that will keep both your thumbs and your feet tapping.
Price: $2.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Heads Up!

Heads Up! is an easy to learn game
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Heads Up! is an easy to learn game where players have to guess the word on the screen using only your teammate's clues. This variation of charades was created by Ellen DeGeneres and is great for your next game night or to spice up a boring subway ride.
Price: $0.99
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded is a fast-paced shooter where
(Credit: Infinite Dreams Inc.)

Sky Force Reloaded is a fast-paced shooter where players rescue civilians and take down enemy fighters, tanks and giant bosses with a high-powered plane in the vein of Galaga or Space Invaders. Collectibles, extra mission objectives and upgradable weapons and armor for your ship are sure to keep players busy wherever they go.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

Pocket Politics

Pocket Politics allows players to run their own
(Credit: Kongregate)

Pocket Politics allows players to run their own political campaign for president by enlisting lobbyists to raise money, nabbing endorsements and strategizing on the best way to get yourself into the White House.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

1-Bit Rogue

1-Bit Rogue borrows its style from the classic
(Credit: Kan Kikuchi)

1-Bit Rogue borrows its style from the classic adventure games of the '80s, and allows players to travel through an extensive 50-floor dungeon as they battle dragons, collect treasure and level up their character from five selectable classes. The game is a must for fans of classic turn-based combat games from the NES era.
Price: Free
In-game purchases: Yes
Availability: iOS, Android

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