The top 50 mobile games of 2023 (so far) (2023)

What are the top 50 mobile games of 2023 so far? I thought you’d never ask!

Globally we’ve collectively downloaded more than 255 billion mobile apps in 2022 and more than half of them were games. While apps recently finally surpassed games in the U.S. for the first time ever in terms of revenue — thanks to streaming media and subscriptions — the reality is that both globally and in both the U.S., games are both the vast majority of smartphone downloads and massively significant in terms of mobile revenue.

All of which means: it’s time to share the top 50 games of 2023 so farin the U.S.

Most downloaded mobile games so far in 2023

So far, according to SensorTower data, the top games of 2023 by downloads are pretty jammed with familiar names. On Android, the leaders are:

  1. Roblox
  2. Attack Hole
  3. Royal Match
  4. Candy Crush Saga
  5. Cat Snack Bar
  6. Mob Control
  7. Block Blast Adventure Master
  8. LightSaber – Gun Simulator
  9. Mechangelion – Robot Fighting
  10. FIFA Soccer

On iOS, the top 10 games so far, by downloads are:

  1. Dumb Ways to Die
  2. Attack Hole
  3. Chess – Play & Learn
  4. Gardenscapes
  5. Royal Match
  6. NBA All-World
  7. Township
  8. Parking Jam 3D
  9. Roblox
  10. Tap Away 3D

Note that these are the most-downloaded games right now, and that’s a list that can be pretty volatile as different games publishers invest more or less in new user acquisition. It will change over time.

But are the most downloaded games the top ones?

Each of those mobile games has a lot of downloads, but number of installs alone can’t be enough to make the list of the top 50 mobile games of 2023. Sure, scale is interesting — how many installs a game achieved — but engagement and active players and actual usage is probably much more important. One of the ways to measure that is revenue: do players playing these mobile games love them enough to lay out cold hard cash? Are these games good enough to pull out your credit card? (Or, yes, allow Apple or Google to take another little chunk out of your bank account.)

(Video) Top 50 MOBILE Games of 2023

Perhaps the best way to determine the best games of 2023 so far is a combination of both:

  • how many installs a game received
  • how much gameplay — and therefore revenue — it’s generating

That combination is important.

A top game should still be relevant to new players: it should be adding new people, or else it’s just slowly dying. In addition, it should also keep existing players engaged, interested, and having fun for at least months, and preferentially years.

That makes it fresh enough for newbies, and still interesting for veterans.

The reality is that it is only the very unusual, extraordinary game that gets released years ago — even a decade ago, Subway Surfers! — and is still big. It’s an even more extraordinary game, like Clash of Clans, Roblox, or Call of Duty, that is still at or near the top of the revenue charts years and years after its initial release.

iOS, then Android, then combined

First, we’ll look at iOS.

iOS might seem small. After all, it only accounts for about 20% of global downloads: 8 billion in Q2 2022 to Android’s 27 billion, according to SensorTower data. But even so, iOS still takes credit for more than half of all in-app mobile revenue … thanks largely to the geographies where Apple owns market share: typically richer countries in North America, Europe, and certain parts of Asia.

(Video) Top 50 Mobile GAMES of 2023

Then we’ll look at Android, where the vast majority of app and game installs happen, especially in massive Android-centric countries like India. (And China, but data is hard to come by there thanks to the proliferation of third-party app stores.)

And finally, we’ll combine scores to arrive at an overall list of top 50 games of 2023 so far.

Data will be US-centric (sorry!) but perhaps we’ll be able to do other countries or regions later. For installs, I’m looking at recent data from SensorTower: games that are hot right now, but the top grossing component of the score will bias towards games with some track record. And I’m weighting the scores about 2:1 in favor of revenue as a stronger engagement metric than pure downloads.

iOS: top 30 games of 2023 so far by revenue

Here are the top 30 mobile games on iOS by revenue. Only 8 of them are on both this list of top earners as well as the top downloads list:

  1. Gardenscapes
  2. Royal Match
  3. Township
  4. Roblox
  5. Call of Duty: Mobile
  6. Candy Crush Saga
  7. Coin Master
  8. Homescapes
RankGame
1Genshin Impact
2

Candy Crush Saga

3Royal Match
4Roblox
5Gardenscapes
6Marvel SNAP
7Coin Master
8Pokemon GO
9Township
10Clash of Clans
11Homescapes
12

Call of Duty: Mobile

13Evony
14

Jackpot Party – Casino Slots

15Fishdom
16Bingo Blitz
17

Candy Crush Soda Saga

18

Rise of Kingdoms

19

Puzzles & Survival

20

Age of Origins: Tower Defense

21

Lightning Link Casino Slots

22

Solitaire Grand Harvest

23Toon Blast
24

Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots

25Clash Royale
26Slotomania Slots
27

DoubleDown Casino Slots Game

28

Project Makeover

29

Top War: Battle Game

30

Star Trek Fleet Command

Interestingly, 5 of these top-earning iOS games are gambling, slots, or casino games, which just highlights how big mashups have become in mobile gaming.

Also interestingly, many of these top earning iOS games that have had a significant life span:

  • The first versions of Roblox were released in 2006, before the App Store (!!)
  • Call of Duty: Mobile is part of a franchise that launched in 2003
  • Pokémon GO was released in 2015, meaning it’s now 7 years old
  • Clash of Clans was launched in 2012
  • And of course the always-massive King titles such as Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga also have their genesis in 2012 (and the original, Candy Crush Saga, now has over a trillion levels played)
  • Evony has been around (in different forms!) since 2009

Android: top 30 games of 2023 so far by revenue

Possibly because Android is more geographically diverse in market share than iOS, only 5 games show up on both most-downloaded and highest-grossing lists, compared to 8 on iOS. Not coincidently, however, all of these games are also on both iOS lists as well.

(Video) Top 50 Mobile Games 2023

  1. Roblox
  2. Royal Match
  3. Candy Crush Saga
  4. Coin Master
  5. Gardenscapes

Here are the top 30 games for Android so far in 2023:

RankGame
1

Candy Crush Saga

2Coin Master
3Royal Match
4Township
5Roblox
6Bingo Blitz
7Pokemon GO
8

Evony: The King’s Return

9

Jackpot Party Casino Slots

10

Solitaire Grand Harvest

11Clash of Clans
12

Candy Crush Soda Saga

13Homescapes
14

RAID: Shadow Legends

15Gardenscapes
16

Family Island – Farming Game

17Slotomania Slots
18Fishdom
19

Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots

20

Call of Duty: Mobile

21

Last Shelter: Survival

22Merge Dragons!
23Lotsa Slots
24

Lightning Link Casino Slots

25

Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots

26

State of Survival: Zombie War

27

Goddess of Victory: Nikke

28

DoubeDown Casino Vegas Slots

29Triple Match 3D
30Toon Blast

No fewer than 7 of the top 50 games on Android are casino/Vegas/gambling games, compared to 5 on iOS.

More striking, perhaps, is the overlap between iOS top games and Android top games. More than half — 18 of the top 30 games — are tops in revenue on both the iOS and Android games lists, meaning that 60% of the top 60 games are common to both major mobile platforms.

That makes sense on a lot of levels: good games rise to the top, big marketing budgets help make both the iOS and Android versions of a game to get popular, and everyone releases for both major platforms. Also, for battle games that require a critical mass of players to form clans or teams, or to match up in fights, being big on one platform tends to help a game get big on the other.

Plus, of course, when a game gets popular it starts to generate its own buzz, and both people and platforms tend to start promoting it.

Combined iOS and Android: top 75 mobile games of 2023 so far

At last, here are the top 75 mobile games of 2023 so far based on Android and iOS and number of installs plus amount of revenue, which is a proxy for players, usage, and engagement. The combined score is based on their ranking in both top downloads and top revenue lists, with revenue being weighted 2X as much as downloads.

Completely unsurprisingly given their positioning in both the iOS and Android top lists, Royal Match, Roblox, and Candy Crush Saga are #1 and #2 and #3, respectively. Coin Master, and Fishdom round out the top 5 games of 2023 so far, while Gardenscapes and Pokémon GO sit just outside the top 5.

(Video) Top 50 BEST Mobile Games OF ALL TIME

RankGame

Combined score

1Royal Match166
2Roblox158
3Candy Crush Saga158
4Coin Master123
5Township122
6Gardenscapes117
7Pokemon GO94
8Clash of Clans82
9Bingo Blitz80
10Homescapes80
11Call of Duty: Mobile74
12Candy Crush Soda Saga66
13Genshin Impact60
14Solitaire Grand Harvest60
15Attack Hole58
16Fishdom58
17Marvel SNAP50
18Evony: The King’s Return46
19Jackpot Party Casino Slots44
20Chess – Play & Learn43
21Parking Jam 3D43
22Slotomania Slots38
23Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots38
24Evony36
25Mob Control35
26Jackpot Party – Casino Slots34
27RAID: Shadow Legends34
28Lightning Link Casino Slots34
29Frozen City31
30Dumb Ways to Die30
31Survivor!30
32Family Island – Farming Game30
33Fight For America: Defense War29
34Fight for America: Defense War29
35Cat Snack Bar26
36Rise of Kingdoms26
37NBA All-World25
38Subway Surfers25
39Block Blast Adventure Master24
40Puzzles & Survival24
41LightSaber – Gun Simulator23
42Mechangelion – Robot Fighting22
43Age of Origins: Tower Defense22
44Tap Away 3D21
45FIFA Soccer21
46Last Shelter: Survival20
47Pull the Pin19
48Ragdoll Playground19
49Merge Dragons!18
50Toon Blast18
51Stumble Guys17
528 Ball Pool17
53Woodoku17
54Triple Tile: Match Puzzle Game16
55Lotsa Slots16
56Block Blast15
57Balls’n Ropes14
58X-Hero12
59Clash Royale12
60Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots12
61State of Survival: Zombie War10
62Water Sort Puzzle: Get Color9
63Stick Hero: Tower Defense9
64Wordle!8
65DoubleDown Casino Slots Game8
66Goddess of Victory: Nikke8
67Makeover Studio: Makeup Games7
68Magic Tiles 37
69Wordscapes6
70Project Makeover6
71DoubeDown Casino Vegas Slots6
72Save the Doge5
73Top War: Battle Game4
74Triple Match 3D4
75Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game3

Amazingly, Clash of Clans continues its massive and long run of success. It’s a game that just keeps generating new users, but more importantly, one that keeps players for years and years and years.

Wordle, which had a major burst of virality, has sunk down to #64, whilePlayrix Games’ super-popular ‘scapes offerings, Homescapes and Gardenscapes continue to be heavily marketed, continue to add new users, and continue to generate massive revenue. In fact, they’re doing better so far in 2023 than they were in 2022.

Closing thoughts on the top games of 2023

There are plenty more ways to find and list the top games of any year, including 2023.

My current favorite game is 6 years old and didn’t make the list, for one thing, and another option would be to check all the game reviews of the year and see which ones are the highest rated by reviewers as well as the highest rated on Google Play and the App Store.

It’s also interesting to think about why a game might make the most downloaded but not the most profitable lists, and vice versa. Top grossing games, for instance, might be in a monetization phase: they’ve gathered a huge number of players, and now they need to make some money back for all their development and marketing. And top games by installs that don’t hit the top grossing list might just be in a category that doesn’t monetize super well — casual games, I’m looking at you — or might be focusing on scale rather than revenue.

In any case, if your favorite game didn’t make the list, that’s probably because with 10 million apps in Google Play and the iOS App Store, there’s a lot of choice. There’s something for everyone.

And that’s probably a good thing.

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