Most Popular Mobile Games (2023)

David Curry

Updated: May 5, 2023

Mobile games make up the majority of video games released each year, with thousands of new additions to the Apple App Store and Google Play Store every year.

By the mid-2010s, mobile games had surpassed console and PC in volume and revenues, and that gap has continued to widen into the 2020s, with mobile games accounting for over 50 percent of game revenues.

In terms of popularity, hundreds of mobile games have surpassed 500 million cumulative downloads, with over a dozen even breaching the one billion mark. Candy Crush Saga, Garena Free Fire, PUBG Mobile, and Subway Surfers are just a few of the games to break the billion mark.

As mobile games have matured, the amount of game genres has expanded to include everything from shooters to adventure to racing. Mobile has also opened the door to new sub-genres of games, such as merge, match-3, idle simulators, and hypercasual.

Unlike console and PC, the vast majority of games launched on mobile are free to play. For a lot of games, revenue comes in the form of micro-transactions for cosmetics and other improvements, alongside ads.

While this may have created a substandard experience for competitive gameplay, it has also enabled millions of people in lower income countries to enjoy the experience of playing shooters and RPGs, which were previously mostly played in Western countries.

Developers of popular PC and console games now look at mobile as a bridge to a new market, with Activision, EA Games, Riot Games, and Ubisoft all launching titles specifically for mobile which mimic their console releases, but with lower computational requirements.

We have collected data and statistics on the most popular games. Read on below to find out more.

Most Popular Games Key Statistics

  • Subway Surfers was the most popular mobile game in 2022 with 304 million downloads
  • It was the most popular game on both iOS and Google Play
  • Stumble Guys saw the most growth, with 200 million more downloads in 2022 than 2021

Most Popular Games by Country

China, India, the United States, and Japan are the three largest countries for mobile game downloads.

Most Popular Games 2022

Subway Surfers was the most popular game for the second year in a row. Stumble Guys saw the most growth in 2022, reaching second place with over 250 million downloads.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers304
Stumble Guys254
Candy Crush Saga138
Race Master 3D128
8 Ball Pool120
FIFA Mobile111
Merge & Fight110
Garena Free Fire109
Bridge Race107

Sources: Apptopia

Most Popular Games in United States 2022

Subway Surfers was the most popular game in the United States as well, with 51 million downloads in 2022. Roblox edged out Stumble Guys for second place.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers51.4
Stumble Guys34
Parking Jam 3D28
Pull the Pin24
8 Ball Pool23.3
Fill the Fridge23.1
Among Us22.7
Fishdom 22.5

Source: AppMagic

Most Popular Games in United Kingdom 2022

A clone of the New York Times popular word game, Wordle, was the most popular game in the United Kingdom, reaching 5.1 million downloads.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers4.8
Fill The Fridge3.8
Stumble Guys2.7
8 Ball Pool2.7
Color Match2.6
Count Masters2.4
Magic Tiles 32.2
Text or Die 2.1

Source: AppMagic

Most Popular Games in India 2022

Ludo King was the most popular game in India with over 100 million downloads in 2022. Free Fire MAX, a new version of Garena Free Fire, came second with 82 million downloads.

AppDownloads (mm)
Ludo King107
Free Fire MAX82
Carrom Pool79
Bubble Shooter64
Candy Crush Saga63
Subway Surfers56
Subway Princess Runner54
Temple Run50
Bridge Race49
Hill Climb Racing48

Source: AppMagic

Most Popular Games by Platform

Google Play is responsible for more downloads than the Apple App Store, however, Apple generates more consumer spending.

Most Popular Games on Apple App Store 2022

Subway Surfers and Stumble Guys were the most popular apps on the Apple App Store, with Roblox dropping to third.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers57
Stumble Guys48
PUBG Mobile41
Genshin Impact29.1
8 Ball Pool27
Count Masters25.7
Candy Crush Saga25.6

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Games on Google Play Store 2022

Subway Surfers was the most popular app on the Google Play Store in 2022, followed by Stumble Guys and Ludo King.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers220
Stumble Guys175
Ludo King158
Candy Crush Saga139
Free Fire MAX132
Race Master 3D123
Bridge Race112
Free Fire 106
My Talking Tom 2103

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Games by Category

There are many categories of games, with some blending into two or three.

Most Popular Arcade Games 2022

The two most popular games of 2022 were in the arcade category. Hyper-casual games Bridge Race and Going Balls both reached over 100 million downloads.

AppDownloads (mm)
Subway Surfers304
Stumble Guys254
Bridge Race107
Going Balls101
Magic Tiles98
Piano Fire96
Among Us95
Tall Man Run92.2
Temple Run92.1
Count Masters87

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Puzzle Games 2022

Candy Crush Saga was the most popular puzzle game in 2022. Fishdom and Bubble Shooter are off-shoots of Candy Crush, with similar gameplay.

AppDownloads (mm)
Candy Crush Saga138
DOP 495
Bubble Shooter86
Fill The Fridge82
Thief Puzzle71
Pull the Pin69
Save the Doge66.8
Words of Wonders66.1
Parking Jam 3D62

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular RPG Games 2022

Mobile Legends, developed by a subsidiary of ByteDance, was the most downloaded role-playing game in 2022.

AppDownloads (mm)
Mobile Legends59
Genshin Impact53
Garena RoV32
Pokemon Unite26
Honor of Kings24
Gacha Club22
Dragon Ball Legends19
One Piece18
Diablo Immortal17.7

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Simulation Games 2022

The ‘My Talking’ series dominated the simulation genre in 2022, with five of top ten apps from the studio.

AppDownloads (mm)
My Talking Tom 2103
My Talking Tom Friends101
My Talking Angela 285
My Talking Tom76
Airport Security65
My Talking Angela58
Fashion Show54
Talking Ben the Dog50

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Adventure Games 2022

Craft games were the most popular sub-genre of adventure in 2022, with five of the top 10 most downloaded having craft in their name.

AppDownloads (mm)
School Party Craft56.8
Block Craft 3D56.5
Indian Bikes Driving 3D49
The Baby In Yellow48.8
Rope Hero: Vice Town43
PK XD42.7
Craft World42.5

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Shooter Games 2022

The most popular shooters were from Garena, the publisher behind Free Fire and Free Fire MAX. The majority of downloads came from India.

AppDownloads (mm)
Free Fire MAX109
Free Fire 106
PUBG Mobile100
Find the Alien78
1945 Air Force74
Sniper 3D58
Brawl Stars44.7
Call of Duty: Mobile43
Space shooter35

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Strategy Games 2022

Merge Master: Dinosaur Monster was the most popular strategy game in 2022, with over 100 million downloads.

AppDownloads (mm)
Merge Master: Dinosaur Monster104
Lords Mobile: Kingdom Wars58
Clash Royale55
Plants vs Zombies54
Clash of Clans51
Plants vs Zombies 246
Evony: The King's Return45
Stick War: Legacy36
Top War26

Sources: Apptopia, AppMagic

Most Popular Games Publishers

AZUR Games, which have developed a lot of hyper-casual titles like Stack Ball, Worms and Tank Stars, were the top publisher by annual downloads. It has released over 600 titles.

PublishersDownloads (mm)
AZUR Games1,376
Supersonic Studios1,194

Source: AppMagic

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