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Best portrait mode mobile games in November 2022

If you don’t like flipping your phone sideways to play games, we’ve got you covered.
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If you are a mobile gamer, you probably have a preference regarding screen orientation. Some prefer landscape (phone sideways) games, while others prefer portrait (phone vertical) games.

Personally, we’ve grown to love portrait mode games, often for their ease of use. Quite frankly, it’s much easier to play a mobile game while holding your phone naturally.

Because of this preference, we’ve spent quite a bit of time seeking out vertical screen phone games.

If you are in the same camp and want some great portrait mode games to play, we’ve compiled a list of some of our current favorites

Our favorite portrait mode mobile games (Android and iOS)

We’ve been diving deep into some vertical mobile games recently, and here are the ones that we enjoy the most.

Marvel Snap

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We’ve been loving Marvel Snap since it released in October. This digital card game is extremely F2P-friendly and features a ton of awesome cards.

This portrait mode game is absolutely worth checking out if you like games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone.

Marvel Snap is available on AndroidiOS, BlueStacks, and Steam.

Goddess of Victory: Nikke

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Goddess of Victory: Nikke isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re enjoying the game. While monetization can be a bit rough, the combat and vertical UI are fantastic.

Nikke is available on both Android and iOS. It is also available on BlueStacks.


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Knighthood doesn’t have the biggest fanbase, but it’s one of the games that really showed us vertical-screen mobile games could work well in the RPG genre.

It features bright, colorful graphics and a solid UI. Monetization is about standard for a mobile game, as well.

Knighthood is available on both Android and iOS.

AFK Arena

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AFK games like AFK Arena are a pretty divisive genre of mobile games. But, if you are looking for a team builder with a ton of characters, AFK Arena definitely has that covered.

The AFK part also means that it is a perfect game for people that don’t have a ton of time to play and can only play in short bursts.

AFK Arena is available on Android, iOS, and through BlueStacks.

Magic Survival

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If you are looking for a bullet hell roguelike, look no further than Magic Survival. Gather powerups, destroy countless waves of enemies, and repeat.

Don’t let the minimalistic graphics fool you, there’s a lot to like about this one.

Magic Survival is only available on Android, with no word on an iOS release. Check out other Vampire Survivor mobile alternatives here.


tetris mobile game on portrait mode screen
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You can’t beat a classic, and it doesn’t get more classic than the 1985 classic Tetris. It’s literally perfect as a portrait mode game.

If you want an easy-to-play puzzle game or just a taste of nostalgia, look no further. Your old friend Tetris is still here.

Tetris is available on both Android and iOS.

Portrait mode games are perfect for the phone

At the end of the day, playing mobile games on a vertical screen just makes sense. It’s how you normally hold a phone.

While portrait mode orientation does have some limitations, the convenience is worth it, in our opinion. Ultimately, it’s about finding the right games for you.

You might find that you prefer landscape orientation games, and that’s totally fine too. And with those, you can always use a controller to help, as well.

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