What are the Most Popular Mobile Gaming Genres in 2018?


Did you know that more than half (51 percent) of global revenues generated by the gaming industry now derive from mobile gaming? Additionally, almost two-thirds (62 percent) of smartphone owners install at least one mobile gaming app within a week of buying a new mobile, with 43 percent of time spent on smartphones now used for gaming. That’s according to Go-Globe’s “The State of the Mobile Gaming Industry” infographic, which also forecasts that mobile gaming revenues will become 57 percent of the revenue generated by the global gaming industry by the turn of the next decade.

What game should I play!!!!

Whether you’re an iOS or Android smartphone user, chances are you played a mobile game on your device already. But if you want to know the best mobile gaming genres to explore in more detail, this article intends to shine a spotlight on five of the most popular types of games people like to play on their smartphones and tablets in 2018.

Puzzle Games

In 2017, puzzle games accounted for almost one-third (31 percent) of the entire mobile gaming industry. Their pick-up-and-play style makes them especially popular with casual gamers that tend to engage with a mobile gaming app for a matter of minutes to entertain themselves or pass the time. Puzzle games are excellent for brain training, encouraging players to use their problem-solving skills to complete challenges. Word-game competitions and sequence-solving games are also exceptionally popular among 2018’s casual gamers, as they sharpen the mind as well as filling the gaps on the early morning commute, for example.

You could argue that puzzle games existed ever since the dawn of mobile phones. Who remembers the Nokia 3310, and the thrill of playing Snake on your bus to work? More recently, mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds have characterized the puzzle genre. And Monument Valley 2 is one of the best puzzle apps today, with its M.C. Escher-inspired puzzles encouraging players to get hands-on with each level.

Classic Arcade Games

Archetypal arcade games are always popular among the gaming fraternity. Their consistent challenge and basic gameplay appeal a great deal to casual gamers, which transfers over to mobile gamers, too. Of course, with mobile arcade games,there is no need to have a batch of 20p’s on the side, waiting for you to reload, but they are as addictive.

Pinball Deluxe: Reloaded tries hard to bring back the appeal of arcade pinball machines on mobile. With online multiplayer action available and the chance to customize your pinball tables (by making in-app purchases), you can create some challenging pinball boards. SEGA also sought to jump on the mobile arcade bandwagon by releasing SEGA Forever, a host of vintage SEGA arcade titles available to play on mobile, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Crazy Taxi and Golden Axe.

Action Games

Regarding mobile gaming genre penetration, Go-Globe.com says that casual gamers downloaded more than a third (34.75 percent) of action-based mobile games. Such number suggest that for mobile gamers, there is nothing quite like an intense action game to get the adrenaline pumping, and there are plenty of action titles available now on Android and iOS to help that accomplish that feeling.

If you want to spend some money on your mobile game portfolio, make sure you do so wisely on Rockstar Games’ recent release of five of its iconic Grand Theft Auto titles on mobile. They are the full versions of each game, too, giving you plenty of maps to explore. However, with that comes the realization that your smartphone or tablet has a ton of memory and disk space taken up by their installation.

Sports Games

Sports fans can now get their fix of playing or managing their favorite teams and players on their mobile as well as their games console. Leading the charge is Electronic Arts (EA), who successfully managed to replicate the magic of its sports video games onto smartphone and tablet devices. The likes of FIFA, Madden NFL and NBA 2K18 all feature EA’s trademark packaging, including hugely realistic visuals, immersive gameplay and highly accurate statistics.

Sports management sims also successfully migrated from the desktop and laptop onto mobile devices, too. Football Manager is the long-cherished football management simulator, delivering a stunningly realistic management experience on mobile. Football Manager 2019 Mobile and Football Manager 2019 Touch both suit tablet gameplay, allowing you to choose from 2,500 clubs to manage from around the world.

Strategy Games

According to Statista, more than 20 million U.S. mobile gamers downloaded some form of strategy game in the month of July 2016 alone. With an emphasis on strategy or tactics within the gameplay, strategy games prove exceptionally popular among gamers with the time to dedicate and hone their craft. these games are maybe of single player games or multi player types. Clash Royale and Clash of Clans are only two excellent examples of strategy mobile games taking the handheld gaming world by storm, generating tremendous amounts of revenue. Within a year of Clash Royale’s release in March 2016, it generated over $1 billion in revenue.

Strategic games like Clash Royale appeal to casual gamers, too, as within 15 minutes of gameplay, it’s easy to pick up the skills to progress. However, when you delve deeper into its gameplay, it becomes a more competitive gaming scene, going on to become a legitimate esports title. Many hypercompetitive Clash Royale players and players of other strategic games have been recording their gaming sessions via game recording software to stream to their online fans and help them learn where they went wrong.

What will the next AR mobile gaming craze be after Pokémon GO?

Regarding emerging mobile gaming trends, it’s also critical to note the growth of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the mobile gaming space. As AR slowly makes its way into the mainstream, due mostly to its minimal hardware requirements, VR gaming still has some way from becoming a mainstream addition due to its setup costs, making it only fit for real enthusiasts at present. However, given the fast-moving world of mobile gaming, 2019 looks like the year for VR gaming to seize the initiative.

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