Regardless of the discussions about what is the right way to calculate when a new ten-year cycle begins, calculations have already begun to find out which were the best games of the decade for smartphones and which apps were required for Android and iPhone smartphones.
It seems like a long time since we ventured into the messaging apps that allowed us to exchange text and make video calls on mobile without having to pay, but that was an achievement of the beginning of this decade.
App Annie, a site that specializes in mobile app and game statistics, has put together a list of the best games of the decade for smartphones. They were ranked by both the number of downloads and the monetary value invested in the game.
That is, even if an app is not among the most downloaded, if it has a high financial yield, it was included in the list. So check below which were the best games of the decade for smartphones!
1. Subway Surfers
One of the most traditional mobile games, Subway Surfers' high popularity in India has made it the most downloaded game of the decade. More than 15% of the game's download volume came from the Asian country.
5. Clash of Clans
One of the decade's best-known smartphone strategy games, Clash of Clans is a war game that puts you at the head of a Viking-inspired tribe. With charismatic characters and various possibilities to mount an army, the game remains one of the most played, even though released in the first half of the decade.
Proof of that, even though it ranks fifth in the best games ranking of the decade considering the number of downloads, Clash of Clans is considered to be the most profitable game in the world to date, even though it's a free game that lets you play without spending a penny.
The fame of the game is such that an alternative card game with the same characters was released in 2016, called Clash Royale. Spoiler: He is also present on this list!
Clash of Clans is available for Android or iPhone.
Competing directly for the most beloved virtual pet job, Pou lost to the talking kitten. This does not mean that the app is a defeat, as it is the sixth most downloaded game of the decade, among thousands of other games available at Google and Apple stores.
Recently the app has been down for a few days. However, with all their fame, the fans and homesick people who had already taken care of Pou manifested themselves and ended up bringing the virtual pet back.
What does that mean? Who can take care of your Pou again by downloading the game again on your Android or iPhone!
7. Hill Climb Racing
The first car game to feature on the list, Hill Climb Racing won its incredible number of downloads for its simplicity. Even with one sequel, the original title remains one of the best games of the decade, with an impressive 9.5 million downloads in the Play Store alone.
Although it contains cars, Hill Climb Racing looks more like a platform game, as its goal is to move through the levels collecting as many coins as possible. These coins can be used to customize your vehicle, allowing you to play with bikes, police cars or even battle tanks.
Like most of the best games of the decade, Hill Climb Racing has achieved this position by having a simple yet addictive formula.
Download the game on your Android or iPhone!
8. Minion Rush: Despicable Me The Game
Infinite racing games have dominated the best games lists of the decade. Even though they are not as famous today as they were in the early 2010s, they still have a loyal following.
Unlike Monster Strike, however, Puzzle & Dragons is available in the West. To check out the unusual mix of ?match 3? games in an RPG scenario, click the download link on your iPhone.
13. Fate / Grand Order
Like Minion Rush, Fate / Grand Order is inspired by a series of animation, only Japanese. Like most Japanese games, it brings an incredible range of characters to collect, which are obtained in lucky draws or as mission rewards.
Bringing mechanics from online RPGs and card games, you can create a combination of heroes to meet the challenges of the game, which already has a large number of missions and a lot of content to enjoy.
Fate / Grand Order is available exclusively on iPhone.
14. Arena of Valor
We know that MOBA games are a fever for those who like to play group games on the PC. But this is also reflected in mobile phones, with high profitability games. Arena of Valor is the best case to explain this, as it is on the list of best games of the decade for smartphones.
Like the other games mentioned above, you compete online with 9 other players, divided into two teams of 5. Each chooses a character with different skills and roles. The goal is to defend your base while overcoming that of your opponents.
This requires good reflexes and good team coordination. Although it's easy to learn, becoming a skilled player requires some training. The advantage? There are several professional competitions in the game!
Download Arena of Valor on your Android or iPhone.
15. Fantasy Westward Journey
It is possible that you have not heard of this game and, honestly, by the time we write this story, neither have we. Developed in China, the game is available at Google and Apple digital stores, but only in its original language.
Fantasy Westward Journey is an online adventure game known by the acronym MMORPG. This means that you create your character in the fantastic world of the game and can accept adventures to explore your map and story, along with your friends and strangers who populate the server.
As we mentioned earlier, you can download Fantasy Westward Journey on Android or iPhone, but you need to know a little of the language to enjoy it better. Before giving up, it is worth a warning: even with the barrier, it is still one of the best games of the decade for smartphones.
16. Pokmon Go
It may not be high on the list of best games of the decade for smartphones, but it was certainly the most remarkable game of that decade. Pokmon Go was responsible for reliving all the nostalgia of the early 2000s, when children and teenagers accompanied the drawing and played the game on their Game Boys.
Realizing the dream of walking the streets and catching the Pokmon, the game took over the news on its release. Today he is not so much a dawn, but still has a loyal and dedicated public, who invests hours and money in the game, making him one of the most profitable of the last ten years.
Feel like returning to the world of Pokmon and catching the little monsters while walking? Then download it again on Android or iPhone!
17. Game of War: Fire Age
This strategy game has become widely known not only for its gameplay, but for its TV ads featuring stars like Mariah Carey and Kate Upton. Despite the marketing ploy, Game of War: Fire Age is a solid strategy game for mobile phones.
Especially if the cartoon side of Clash of Clans doesn't please you. Your graver grip fits you better if you prefer something with a more dramatic tone. On the other hand, the mechanics are similar: collect resources, set up your base and raise an army to defeat the missions of the game and other players in multiplayer mode.
Game of War: Fire Age conflicts can be locked on Android or iPhone.
18. Clash Royale
Closing the list of the best games of the decade for smartphones, we can not leave Clash Royale out. Derived from Clash of Clans, the game mixed card game mechanics with MOBA game mechanics. On a smaller scale than Arena of Valor, the disputes are from player to player.
Each summons soldiers and creatures to topple the other's base and action goes out of his control as he positions his minions. Win who has destroyed the enemy castle or knocked down more towers at the end of the game, which is done in a matter of minutes.
Currently, the game is not only one of the most profitable, but as it has its own competitive scenario with professional players.
Replay Clash Royale on your Android or iPhone.
What were the best smartphone games of the decade in your opinion?
With our list, you already know what were the most memorable games of the decade that is over – or about to end!
But what really matters is your opinion! What were the best games for you? Which ones did you play the most? Comment with us!