Top 10 Mobile Anime Games [Best Recommendations]

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Consoles are just so expensive. To top it off, video games are so expensive so we can’t exactly have a plethora of video games in our collection. New consoles are always being churned out too, which render previous consoles pretty “useless” as they would not be able to play the latest games only available on the latest consoles. Not many people can afford that, but with how the world works nowadays, many of us have a smartphone. And with our smartphones, we are able to play some mobile anime games! Granted, the gameplay, design, and storyline tend to be simpler, but we still have fun playing mobile anime games. If you are looking to try some amazing mobile games, you may follow some of our recommendations below:

10. Pokemon Shuffle

  • System/Platform: Nintendo 3DS, App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Genius Sorority
  • Release Date: Feb. 2015

Originally released for the Nintendo 3DS, this is a free-to-play puzzle game which is now also available on the App Store and Google Play. The goal of the game is simple; the player just needs to match 3 or more of the same Pokemon to defeat and get a chance to capture the wild Pokemon. This style of puzzle gameplay is not new but is nevertheless addictive, and the Pokemon theme is just too cute!

Pokemon Shuffle may not be as popular as Pokemon GO as it does not offer a unique gameplay. However, not all of us enjoy going out and catching Pokemon due to various reasons such as laziness, safety, and weather conditions. An alternative game for Pokemon fans would be Pokemon Shuffle as you can just play the game on your mobile device without going anywhere.

9. Digimon Heroes!

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Release Date: Jan. 2013

Digimon Heroes is a free-to-play card battle game available for iOS and Android users. Players would need to match 3 cards, preferably of the same color, to attack. There are 5 different colors and each color represents a different race. Critical damage can be achieved depending on your card combination. Besides that, each Digimon has a Main and Leader skill.

Compared to its rival Pokemon, Digimon has more complex illustrations and the monsters look fiercer overall. There are more than 1000 Digimon to collect in Digimon Heroes! so it is a game you can spend a lot of time on. You can play it with other players too as the game has PvP feature.

8. Tales of Link

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Release Date: Winter 2014

The story in Tales of Link takes place in Liafyse where deities watch over and keeps the peace. The peace is threatened when unknown entities enter the heavenly shrine and breaks the seal on the seeds of ruin. The main character is an amnesiac who later joins up with Sara and Lippy.

Tales of Link is an RPG game where you can have up to 9 heroes in your battle party. In addition, you can have up to 3 guardians who act as support characters. Players have to complete quests to progress in the story. The game features original voice actors and also alternate outfits for the characters.

7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
  • Release Date: Oct. 2014

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation is a card game. It seems like when an anime is so specialised, like in the anime Yu-Gi-Oh which is based on a card game, there are rarely games that are made out of that realm. Nevertheless, who does not enjoy a good card game? There are more than 6000 cards available to collect which includes various Traps, Magical Spells, and Monsters.

In this game, you can to enjoy a card duel with players all over the world. You can play the game against the computer too. Hence, it is a game you can play both offline and online. Therefore, you do not need to worry about Internet connection and can play while you are commuting. There is a tutorial in this game so you don’t have to watch the anime to understand the concept of the game.

6. ONE PIECE Run, Chopper, Run!

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Release Date: Winter 2013

Chopper is one of the main characters in One Piece and in ONE PIECE Run, Chopper, Run!, Chopper is the main character. If you are looking for a simple game which provides stupid fun, then we recommend this game for you.

This game is reminiscent of Flappy Bird as you would only need to tap on your screen to make Chopper jump over obstacles. However, it is easier and more interesting than Flappy Bird as Chopper get to transform into 7 different forms. Furthermore, Chopper has various costumes to make himself look cuter.

5. Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Release Date: Jul. 2015

Dragon Ball is the ever-popular anime series that to date, there are still games produced based on the series. Even though Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle sounds like it appears to be a traditional fighting game, it is actually a puzzle/adventure game. We are glad that it is not a traditional fighting game as it can be difficult to play fighting games on mobile phones as opposed to using controllers.

The battle system involves the concept of color-matching and board games. The game looks flashy but some strategy is needed or you would not be able to defeat some opponents. One of the basic strategy in the game is to pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of the enemies, as well as their types.

4. Pokemon GO

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: Niantic
  • Developer: Niantic
  • Release Date: Jul. 2016

Pokemon GO is a big hit due to the popular franchise and also its unique gameplay. This game encourages people to exercise as they would have to go out and catch Pokemon by swiping on their mobile devices. The game was an overnight success with the incorporation of augmented reality and Google Maps technology.

There are 3 teams you can choose from in Pokemon GO, which are Team Yellow, Team Blue, and Team Red. The team you choose may lead to childish squabbles if you happen to be against your friend’s team, but competitiveness makes the game fun, right? Alternatively, you may choose peace and be in the same team with your friends and go on a Pokemon hunt together in various locations, which could possibly include other countries as there are special Pokemons only available in certain countries!

3. Puzzle & Dragons

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: GungHo Online Entertainment
  • Developer: GungHo Online Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 2012

Puzzle & Dragons is a match-3 puzzle game which involves elements RPGs and strategy games. It is like a more advanced version of Bejeweled. In Puzzle & Dragons, players would have to match colored orbs which would determine which monster on the player’s team would attack the enemy, and also the amount of damages inflicted.

There are over 3000 types of monsters in Puzzle & Dragons which the player could collect. The player could pick 6 of the monsters to be added to his or her team. The monsters are interesting as they were drawn from various origins such as fantasy, mythology, religion, and characters from popular franchises.

2. Bleach: Brave Souls

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: KLab Global Pte. Ltd.
  • Developer: KLab Global Pte. Ltd.
  • Release Date: Jul. 2015

If you are not familiar with the story of Bleach, you can play this game as the story mode is pretty true to the series. In the story mode, the first character you will get is Ichigo Kurosaki, the main character of Bleach. In this game, he is a 2-star character. Playable characters are rated based on the number of stars with 1-star being the most common and 5-star the rarest.

Bleach: Brave Souls is a hack and slash game which is quite common for mobile games. However, Bleach: Brave Souls is quite well done and is among the better ones. As there are events run often, you won’t get bored of this game too quickly. Some characters are only available during certain events, so you should look out for the events to snatch some really rare characters!

1. Love Live! School Idol Festival

  • System/Platform: App Store, Google Play
  • Publisher: KLab Global Pte. Ltd
  • Developer: KLab Global Pte. Ltd
  • Release Date: Apr. 2013

Love Live! School Idol Festival is a hugely popular game that you can see people cosplay as them all the time at cosplay events. The main characters in the games are female idols from the bands known as μ's and Aqours which the player can switch between. It is a free-to-play rhythm game so you can groove along with the music.

There are 2 modes in the game which are Story Mode and Live Mode. In Live Mode, the player would have to tap on the circles based on the rhythm. Based on the scores, the player might get more idol cards or level up and transform their characters by combining the cards. In Story Mode, the player would be playing as the helper for μ. The game would progress by completing tasks such as performing songs.

Final Thoughts

Gone are the days when we need to rely on consoles to play fun anime games. Mobile games keep improving and amaze us, which is why we love technology so much! Do share other mobile games you have discovered and love.



Author: IngoKnox

My ultimate dream is to be a pampered dog or a really cool anime character. Perhaps being an anime dog would work too.

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