Subscription Form

Best mobile games that aren’t a waste of time in 2023

There’s nothing worse than picking up a new mobile game, playing for three days, and realizing it isn’t worth your time.
mobile games on a banner
Credit: MobileBytesGG

Being a mobile gamer means deciding on a main game and maybe a few side games. Trying to juggle any more than that can be a challenge.

But with so many great games out there, it can be hard to decide on one to really sink your teeth into. Maybe you are worried you are starting too late.

Or maybe you are worried about predatory monetization. Both of these are valid reasons to hesitate trying a new game.

Well, at MobileBytesGG, this is what we do. We research a ton of mobile games, play them, and look at a game’s financials to decide if they are worth the time.

That said, let’s get into here. Here are seven games we feel strongly about in 2023 and why you should play them.

Mobile games worth playing in 2023

Right now, we are keeping this list to seven games. But make sure to check out the honorable mentions section at the end for additional options.

Genshin Impact

genshin impact characters including lumine, ventire, shogun, and more
Credit: HoYoverse

Look, you knew it, we knew it, everyone knew it. Genshin Impact continues to be one of the best mobile games out there. From gameplay to story, there’s a ton to love about this game.

If you are worried about starting too late, that is a valid concern. You will have missed out on certain characters and events.

However, it also means you have years of story missions to enjoy. HoYoverse is also planning to allow players to revisit old events to catch up on any additional story content.

Genshin Impact is available on Android, iOS, PC, and PlayStation.

Marvel Snap

marvel snap logo with blurred card background
Credit: MobileBytesGG

Marvel Snap was our surprise game of 2022, and we are still playing it in 2023.

The game features a unique twist on many digital card games and is extremely free-to-play friendly.

The developers have created a system with a ton of longevity, and we feel strongly that Marvel Snap will continue to perform well through 2023.

If you love comics or card games like Magic: The Gathering, there is absolutely no reason not to check out Marvel Snap.

Marvel Snap is available on AndroidiOSBlueStacks, and Steam.

Neural Cloud

neural cloud logo
Credit: MobileBytesGG

We’ll start this off by saying Neural Cloud will have to continue proving itself to stay on the list because it is a newer game.

But, with a solid IP behind it (Girls Frontline), a well-running app, and interesting gameplay, Neural Cloud has a ton of potential.

If you are a fan of auto-battler/chess games and love the anime art style, this title has been a daily play for us since it was released.

It’s also a great option for emulators and one we highly recommend.

Neural Cloud is available on both Android, iOS, and emulators like BlueStacks.

Blue Archive

blue archive logo and characters
Credit: Blue Archive

Blue Archive released in February 2021 and has continued to do well financially in Japan and globally.

This tactical RPG features some great character art and consistent updates for players. It is also pretty challenging without being pay-to-win.

There is also an active Reddit community which can be a good gauge of a game’s staying power.

Ultimately, if you are looking for a challenging hero collector, Blue Archive is absolutely worth checking out and sticking with.

Blue Archive is available on Android, iOS, and emulators like BlueStacks.

Nikke: Goddess of Victory

goddess of victory nikke logo
Credit: MobileBytesGG

Nikke had a rough start when it released in 2022. But, after multiple rounds of bug fixes, the AFK shooter has proven itself as a solid idle game.

It features some great character designs, fun collabs like Chainsaw Man, and ultimately shakes up the genre in a unique way.

Goddess of Victory: Nikke is available on AndroidiOS, and BlueStacks.

Honkai: Star Rail

honkai star rail logo with blurred background
Credit: MobileBytesGG

Ok, we’ll come clean. Honkai: Star Rail isn’t out yet. But the beta has been amazing and we feel confident this game will be a huge success.

We’ll update this once it officially releases in April 2023.

These mobile games should stand the test of time

Ultimately, you should feel confident downloading any of the mobile games listed above.

While you may find that not all of them are for you, the quality of the content, the studio behind the game, and the revenue and updates should help prove these mobile games aren’t a waste of time.

That said, we will continue to update and tweak this list. We want to make sure we provide you with the best mobile game options in 2023.

If you have any games you feel deserve recognition, drop them in the comments below!

More from MobileBytesGG:

If you buy something through one of MobileBytesGG’s links, we may get an affiliate commission. Please refer to our Affiliate Disclaimer here.