Today we present our top 4 picks from the shooter genre that can be played on mobile devices. Let us know your favorite mobile shooter game in the comments below the article.
Lost Light, developed by the Chinese company NetEase, is an extraction shooter game that bears a striking resemblance to Escape from Tarkov, though it has a simpler game design. In this game, players can choose between four maps and their objective is to gather as much loot as possible and complete various quests before successfully extracting at designated extraction points.
As players venture through the Operation zone, they may encounter other players known as “fireflies” or AI-controlled bots called “marauders.” The marauders are generally easy to defeat and serve as a good source of starting loot. However, some of them, especially boss bots, can present a tougher challenge.
Moreover, players have the option to enter a match as a marauder themselves, equipped with preset gear. This approach is advantageous for money farming without the worry of losing one’s own gear in the process. The mode is especially fun because you can train to fight without the risk of loosing your equipment.
Quests grant money and items and are given to you by various NPCs. Items can upgrade your shelter or be used to craft new gear. Money becomes more important if you aim for the ranked mode and leaderboards.
The game offers a wide array of weapons that can be customized to suit your playstyle. Some attachments are rare, making loot from defeating other players valuable
I’d recommend this game for playing with friends, especially the pc mobile crossplay team function after you reach level 5. Cheaters are still an issue, despite developer efforts. Nonetheless, the game holds great potential for the future. I do hope that the “pay to win” aspect with the premium subscriptions for more storage space, etc doesn’t take overhand.
Arena Breakout is a mobile first person extraction shooter published by Level Infinite (part of chines mobile game giant Tencent Games) and developed by Morefun Studios. This is, atleast for me, the best extraction shooter for mobile devices at the moment. There is just nothing that’s so similar to EFT and so realistic to compare it to.
In Arena Breakout, your goal is to extract with maximum loot while taking out enemies. Plan your gear, raid duration, and playstyle – stealth or full confrontation.
Choose between Tactical Ops or Militant in Covert Ops mode. Tactical Ops allows gear from storage, while Militant offers preset gear with no risk of loss (similar idea to Lost Light). Covert Ops has a 15-minute cooldown, providing risk-free looting and potential encounters with real players.
There are 4 maps, each offering unique raid environments. Snipers excel in open maps like Valley or Northridge, while SMGs shine in Farm, the smallest map. Some maps have a “Lockdown Zone” mode with entry fees, valuable starting gear, and better supply spots.
The game also offers a detailed weapon customization feature, storage system and a quest system. The only downsights are the missing skill based matchmaking brackets. This can lead to frustrating skill differences but most of the time you just end up meeting people with better gear.
After venting my frustrations about the PC-version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds due to cheaters, bugs, and skill issues to my friends, I decided to revisit the mobile version another try. That was around 1 year ago. Surprisingly, I had a lot more fun there. PUBG: Mobile, being one of the most successful mobile shooter games with massive esport-tournament prizes, is impressively optimized and runs smoothly even on older phones. Especially the fact that the basic game installation doesn’t require much space and all gamemodes can be optionally installed is really good for older phones.
The game offers classic multiplayer mode, various versions of the Battle Royale experience, and an extraction shooter mode. Like many mobile games, skins can be purchased, but you also receive cool-looking clothes or chests as free rewards for completing weekly events.
Compared to the PC-Version, the mobile version is much more accessible for newcomers. For advanced mobile shooter players, ranked matches provide more challenging gameplay. Playing with friends enhances the experience and allows for better strategy coordination.
PUBG: Mobile can also be played through emulators on Windows devices but you won’t get matched into the same ranked brackets as mobile players.
Call of Duty: Mobile
CoD:M is, as the name suggests, an adaptation of the popular console and PC games. The game offers different multiplayer modes such as Search and Destroy, Team Deathmatch and Domination but also has a battle royale mode and a time limited zombie event mode.
Unlike the game mentioned above Cod:M has a very simple weapon customization feature but because of this is a game for the average mobile player. If you want more of a challenge, both multiplayer and battle Royale offer a ranked mode where you can play against players of your skill level.
The game is regularly updated with new seasons. They offer a battle pass (BP) with skins for both characters and weapons, ingame currency and other rewards. The premium BP can be purchased to earn more rewards. In addition to the BP there are also seasonal events that reward free skins. Skins can also be acquired by just playing the game through the completionist skin system.
Another way to get rewards is through the clan system. Each week you play against other clans and compete in challenges to see who can earn the most points. The winner earns more of a clan currency that can be later used to purchase weapon skins in a special store.
In general CoD:M is one of the best, if not the best performing shooter on market at the moment, especially because they earn so much money from gambling like ingame chests or lucky draws that are basically rigged against you. If you ignore this huge money aspect of the game, the gameplay is really fun and won’t get repetitive if you play with friends.