With the UK now stuck in a second lockdown, people are starting to run out of things to do. But there’s nothing better than plopping down on your sofa and escaping into the wonderful world of games on your smartphone, secluded from the chaos of the outside world.
So if you’re a mobile gamer, Voice of London have taken on the tedious task of sorting through the multitude of action, puzzle and strategy games to bring you some of the popular and exciting titles you can play whilst stuck at home:
1. Among Us
There’s always that one game that makes the internet go crazy, I’m talking memes and reaction videos galore.
Among Us definitely made that list.
Though the game was launched in 2018, it suddenly came to rise during the covid pandemic and has become a popular part of lockdown culture.
The game sees ten players on a spaceship, working together to keep it running by doing demeaning tasks but not everything is as it seems.
At least 2 of those players are actually imposters, placed there to sabotage the ship and kill as many players as you can to win.
If you’re a crew-mate, you can win by completing your tasks as quickly as possible and by trying to find out who the imposters are and kick them off the ship before they kill your friends!
Mystery, a keen eye and intrigue at its finest, Among Us is available on Android, iOS and PC.
If you’re a fan of fighting games like Smash Bros, Brawlhalla is a pretty strong clone of it.
It’s a simple game, where you select a character and go head to head with up to seven other player-controlled characters where your objective is to knock out your opponents off the stage by damaging them repeatedly in a 2-D style brawl.
It’s a load of fun and once you start, it can be quite difficult to put your phone down.
3. Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom
Following in the footsteps of Subway Surfers and Temple Run, Sonic Dash 2.
Sonic Boom is an endless running game where you can play as everyone’s favourite hedgehog alongside other famous characters from the new Sonic Boom TV show including Sonic, Shadow, Amy, Tails and many more.
So jump, flip and slide your way through the dazzling new sequel in new and amazing 3D worlds.
4. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
The latest Animal Crossing game, available on Nintendo Switch, has made the internet go wild, but no need to worry, you don’t have to go out and buy the console in order to experience the magic, you can do it all on your smartphone.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, quite literally lets you have the island experience right from your pocket.
Set up your own campsite on your island and design it however you like by crafting and collecting items, doing daily tasks and participating in annual events.
You can go wild. Want to set up a music festival or even a theme park? You can do it all in the cute and natural surroundings of pocket camp.
5. Scrabble Go
A lot of us are probably going to be searching through our attics to grab all those board games but no need!
Just download Scrabble Go from the App Store!
Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to do the same and just like that, you can all play together and enjoy the Scrabble experience right from your phone, without having to wipe the dust of the box and set up all those little tiles.
6. Mario Kart Tour
Everyone’s favourite red cap wearing Italian is back, Mario and his friends are now go-karting around courses inspired by real world cities in addition to the classic Mario Kart courses!
Collect badges, karts and unlock some of your favourite Mario kart characters, who each have their special perks and items when it comes to beating other racers on the track.
So, why not keep practicing and trying out new combinations or karts, drivers and gliders to increase your score and rise to the top!
7. Call of Duty Mobile
This one is self explanatory.
We all know Call of Duty is famous on all major consoles and PCs but now the popular shooter game has people hooked on their smartphones too.
Players can choose to play ranked or non-ranked matches in multiplayer mode against their friends.
It also has two types of in-game currencies: “COD points” which have to be bought with real world money and “Credits” which are earned through playing the game.
Additionally the game offers special and limited multiplayer modes which may last for days, weeks or even for a whole game season.
These include: Capture the Flag, Prop Hunt, One Shot One Kill, Snipers Only and many more.
So strap your guns and ready your grenades for this fun, action-packed shooter game.
Words: Dina Nazari | Subbing: Grace Staley