Five of the biggest and best mobile games in South Africa right now

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Modern-day smartphone devices are remarkable little tools. We can follow sport on one, send a text message to a loved one, swipe right on a dating app, and share images on popular social media sites like Instagram, thanks to the high-quality cameras they possess. Another favoured choice for many is gaming, with mobile phones now capable of providing an excellent gaming experience for people.

Most mobile games are designed to be picked up and put down throughout a typical day, therefore providing smartphone users with a casual entertainment option, similar in many respects to how people dip in and out of social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp. The sheer amount of games people can access is impressively extensive, too, with mobile gamers able to dive been a console-quality release and some online casino games with ease, before ending a gaming session with a brain-training title or a football-themed creation where you can play along as Lionel Messi. Given the array of games smartphone users can typically sample on an iOS and an android device, it can be tough tracking down the biggest and best games, though. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the leading mobile titles in South Africa right now.

Subway Surfers

An incredibly fun game to session for a few hours, Subway Surfers is an endless runner title where players are tasked with running and jumping their way to success as they collect coins all while trying to avoid a grumpy inspector and his canine buddy. A fast-paced, exhilarating game to play, Subway Surfers’ popularity is entirely understandable once you give it a go.

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga has been around for a while now but it’s appeal certainly hasn’t waned. Remaining hugely popular in the world since its 2012 release, it has over a billion downloads from the Google Play Store and is adored by South African gamers, too. As far as free-to-play tile-matching puzzle products go, Candy Crush Saga is hard to beat. It can be tough to conquer on occasions, too.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Given the sophistication a typical modern-day mobile phone possesses, we have seen a growing number of console classics make the transition over to a miniature handheld device. One of them that has done it with great success is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a much-loved action-adventure classic where Carl Johnson returns home to the gang violence, drugs and corruption that he’d done so well to escape from previously. From there, chaos ensues and the game takes a number of twists and turns.


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Yet another iconic release that is now thriving on a smartphone device, Minecraft allows players to explore infinite worlds that are full of infinite possibilities. With players able to build anything from homes and mansions to castles and shopping centres, it’s a game for the creative minds among us. Alternatively, you can try and survive in survival mode, with players able to craft weapons in an attempt to fight off hordes of dangerous mobs. There is so much to do in Minecraft, making its popularity among South African gamers hardly surprising.

Ludo King

With over 500 million downloads at the time of writing, Ludo King is a free-to-play mobile game that evidently has plenty to offer given its rise up the mobile gaming rankings. Players can play in online multiplayer mode or locally, as well as against computer opponents, as this digital Ludo board game continues to be one of the most in-demand mobile games in South Africa at the moment.


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