As 2019 comes to a close, it is time to bring back some of the most memorable and iconic things that have happened this decade. Phones are no longer just used for communication, it is a source of entertainment as well, and mobile games have been a significant contributor to this change in perspective.

Before moving on to what the future decade holds for gaming, let us look back at some of the apps that are the most addicting, the most played and the most loved. These are some of the many gaming apps that have left their mark from 2010 all the way to 2019.

2010: Angry Birds

Created by Rovio Entertainment, Angry Birds is a mobile game that requires the player to strategically think as there are puzzles that need to be solved with a limited amount of birds that hold different abilities to the player’s advantage. This game sparked a love for mystery solving across the world and now has different editions with more challenges.

2011: Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is an immersive running game which was created by Halfbrick Studios, who were also responsible for the game Fruit Ninja. It focuses on Barry Steakfries, a man who steals a jetpack with machine guns from a secret facility and whose goal is to escape. It’s original and straightforward elements made it one of the most played games in 2011.

2012: Horn

For gamers who enjoy the visuals of a game while playing, Horn stands as a highly acclaimed puzzle-solving adventure game with stunning graphics. Made by Phosphor Games, it uses 3D elements into their gameplay along with a storyline that entices players across the globe. It’s themes of fantasy draw you in, and suddenly you are transported to the world of Horn.

2013: 4 Pics 1 Word

LOTUM GmbH releases 4 Pics 1 Word in 2013 and is a puzzle-solving game that requires the players to use their critical thinking and deduction abilities to pass each game. It is straight forward and addicting as the players will have to use their common sense to piece together a word through provided letters with four images posing as clues.

2014: Hearthstone

Blizzard Entertainment, creators of countless notorious games such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft, released Hearthstone in 2014. This award-winning card game plays with themes of fantasy as players may duel while building their card decks. Fans of Warcraft may also be pleased to know that iconic characters from the said universe can be dueled as well!

2015: PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist

PewDiePie stands as one of the most famous gamers in our time, being one of the most subscribed YouTuber and gathering a following very early on in the said site. Outerminds Inc. collaborated with PewDiePie in an action-adventure game that is loved by gamers and fans alike.

2016: Pokemon Go

Nobody can deny that the Pokemon franchise has been loved all around the world, with video games and shows being a classic amongst adults and children. This revolutionary take on the game utilizes global maps to simulate the world of Pokemon in real life, making use of the advancing technology and capabilities of smartphones.

Players get to capture Pokemon, conquer gyms, and go on an adventure while also promoting a fun way of exploring our surroundings while also encouraging fitness and community.

2017: Super Mario Run

Nintendo brings the classic Super Mario game to mobile while also providing a fresh take with Super Mario Run. Its stylish new design differentiates itself from older games in different consoles, and new moves and levels were explicitly designed for mobile.

2018: Alto’s Odyssey

Alto’s Odyssey is another endless runner and packed with gorgeous graphics captivating players and adding more immersion into the playing experience. Noodlecake Studios created this game with additional components to separate itself from other endless runner games, making it one of the most adored mobile games of its year.

2019: Call of Duty: Mobile

Activision and TiMi Studios brings the wonders of the beloved Call of Duty into mobile with Call of Duty: Mobile. It is a first-person shooter game in which players can interact and play against each other with the convenience of it being on mobile!


These games are some of the most addicting, with users playing these apps instead of worrying about their essays and Grammarly word count, and it is very understandable why. These have been the top games of the decade, creating online communities that are avid fans.

Mobile games have grown and become more intricate throughout the years, with classics being revamped and new games being introduced. There is so much more that has to be mentioned, but these are some of the standout apps of the decade as it is coming to a close.

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