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The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2021 (So Far)

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You got games on your phone? If there was ever a time to indulge in the vast world of phone games, now would be it. They take your mind off things, spice up a lunch break, or get your brain out of a funk with some simple fun. And mobile games, despite the gamer community’s oft-disparaging opinions, are fantastic because they’re more accessible than their console counterparts.

Anyone with a smartphone can download and get in on the action (at your own risk of addiction, of course). That accessibility is especially vital in 2021, with so many of us stuck at home, looking for new ways to break the monotony of pandemic life. As minor as a mobile game may seem in the grand scheme of things, some of them can truly unlock a better mood within you, giving you a fantastical outlet to explore when you’re just not feeling so great.

From calming, mood-boosting art games to geography-based games, multiplayer games, fantasy role-playing games, and whimsical puzzlers, there are a ton of options on the app market right now. There’s no one-size-fits-all title—so we’ve narrowed them down to the best mobile games to try this year.

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GeoGuessr

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

$3.49
This is the perfect game to satisfy your pandemic wanderlust, and just to get you (mentally) out of your living room for a few minutes. GeoGuessr drops you in a random Google Maps street view location, and you get points based on how close your guess is as to where exactly in the world you are.

Dadish 2

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

Free to Play
In this delightful retro platformer, you play as a Dad radish who must rescue all your radish children. Launch your lil’ radish self from cannons, jump through swinging chainsaws, or hitch a ride with a hamburger to complete the levels and beat the bosses.

Super Fowlst 2

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

Free to Play
From the developer of Dadish, Super Fowlst 2 is another arcade-style platformer, but in this one you are a chicken killing demons in all kinds of creative, comically graphic ways. Explode crate bombs, body-slam enemies, bounce to collect coins, don a robot-chicken suit, knock a demon into a pinball bouncer and watch it bounce around. Highly entertaining.

Among Us

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

Free to Play
You’ve probably heard of Among Us, the online multiplayer game that’s exploded in popularity and counts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its players. The game is essentially mafia on a spaceship; you play as little cartoon astronauts in funky outfits, doing tasks to keep the spaceship running, while all along an imposter lurks, violently killing members of the crew. Each round, you vote on who you think is the imposter—guess correctly and you win.

Bloons TD 6

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

$4.99
The classic 3D tower defense game is just as fun as ever. Use monkeys as snipers, helicopter pilots, and more to pop and shoot tons and tons of balloons.

Tiny Bird Garden

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

Free to Play
In this extremely wholesome game, you customize your own garden space with various items and meet, treat, and befriend tiny birds. If you want somewhere simple and pleasant to spend a portion of your time, give Tiny Bird Garden a try.

Thisissand

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

Free to Play
This is the best game for when you want something to do on your phone that doesn’t take a lot of effort or focus, and may even give you a sense of artistic calm. It’s a virtual sand art platform, where you can shift colors and create masterpieces to share with your friends (or maybe use as your lock screen).

Monument Valley 2

Get: App Store
Get: Google Play

$4.99
For a mobile game (and honestly any game), Monument Valley is a superbly beautiful and otherworldly title that is a joy to play. It’s an indie puzzle game where you guide a mother and child through their journey across a stunning, magical landscape.

Stardew Valley

Get: App Store Get: Google Play

$4.99
Stardew Valley
is another perfect fantasy to indulge in. The game transports you to the countryside, where you build and cultivate your dream farm and explore lovingly crafted scenes of country life.

Path of Exile Mobile

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The upcoming title from Grinding Gear Games seeks to be a mobile app free of “bullshit trends” and “evil garbage,” a.k.a. the plague of in-app purchases. Path of Exile Mobile is being developed specifically for mobile play, with all the same features from the popular action role-playing game.

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Anna Grace Lee is an editorial fellow at Esquire, where she covers pop culture, music, and entertainment.

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