Between new console launches and PC hardware pushing games to the bleeding edge of what’s visually possible, mobile games can often feel as if they play second fiddle to that market. The market has a shovelware problem, with many games being thinly disguised attempts to score some extra cash out of your pocket. But there are some definite gems in that space that are well worth your attention, and the mobile games space in general is thriving as a business.
The best mobile games use the medium to deliver engaging gameplay and gripping story, and 2021 saw a number of pocket-sized gems. From lovingly crafted RPGs to fresh spins on existing franchises, 2021 was a stellar year for mobile gaming. Read on for a look at our picks of the five best, and then check out our full top 10 games of 2021.
Rocket League Sideswipe
For years, Psyonix’s game about rocket-powered cars competing against each other in a game of soccer has been one of the best competitive titles that you can play on PC or console. In a new form, it’s also one of the best games you can play on your mobile device, as Rocket League Sideswipe takes all the charm of Rocket League and boils it down to a highly enjoyable and fast-paced experience on a 2D plane. It’s still as fast and as furious as ever, but with an emphasis on vertical action and gravity-defying tactics, Rocket League Sideswipe is the series at its most accessible level yet while also offering plenty of advanced techniques to master.