As an avid gamer, one of the silliest arguments I have ever heard and participated in is about mobile vs. PC games. My stance is to play whichever games that fit your needs on whichever platform you choose! Both are valid forms of gaming. The universe is large enough for all gamers, so enjoy your life.
Another legitimate reason I support mobile gaming is as it is vastly more affordable for many. I have the privilege of owning a Dell gaming laptop. It was a gift from my lover’s mother, and I am beyond grateful as it was to help with my work and gaming needs. But this is a rare financial upper hand. Would I have this laptop by myself? Absolutely and financially not! I do not have the independent means for a regular laptop.
So for many, mobile gaming is the sole option remaining. And for you all, I am so excited to share my list of suggested games! All of these games are available either on Steam or on other independent platforms, but you will also find them on iOS and Android Play Stores.
But what if I told you my list of games is also readily accessible on your mobile devices? That’s right! Today we will talk about PC games you can play on your mobile. All these games have intense storylines, immersive gameplay, and unforgettable lore that have their discussion panels.
1. Genshin Impact
In nearly two decades of gaming, Genshin Impact is the first game whose mobile gaming accessibility was welcomed with open arms.
Genshin Impact by miHoYo is a gacha masterpiece through and through. It seemed like almost no one questioned the game’s simultaneous launch on mobile, alongside other platforms. Of course, TikTok videos roasting the quality control on mobile graphics were inescapable.
But enough about the complaints. Why does this game still give players their serotonin boost?
Genshin‘s storyline still has an impact on me. While the story begins with a pair of siblings trying to find their way back to each other, there is more on that ship than I was mentally and emotionally prepared for. The storytelling is wonderfully portrayed through the game’s graphics, making us stay emotionally invested in the story’s progress even when taking a break.
The story does not always highlight the protagonists but offers exciting lore drops about all other playable and non-playable characters.
Every character has an immersive history, justifying their personalities and the aura of mystery around their objectives. Not to forget, the game handles character evolution with precaution, care, and love.
What makes a game stay relevant is its gameplay. miHoYo has ensured smooth fight scenes through and through for mobile gamers.
Switching between characters is super smooth, as is choosing weapons and artifacts. The game does not lag as much unless you have poor network services.
As a swords-user for most games, I, of course, main Kaeya Alberich. For swordsmen, precision, timing, and movement are key, and this game’s mobile version does not disappoint in the slightest.
I am a game graphics nerd, and let me tell you that Genshin Impact‘s terrains and locations are breathtaking.
The natural lighting, lamps, mountains, waterbodies, and every bit of the game’s visual aspect are a treat. The scenic beauty of this game makes for beautiful backdrops for your favorite characters’ screenshots.
There is something inexplicably alluring about the cities, villages, and forests across Genshin’s vast map. You can experience all the seasons in the game and bathe in the beauty of its day and night cycles.
The only other game that made me tear up in its in-game golden hour is Warframe. But when you stand in the lanes of Genshin‘s first city, Mondstadt, during the in-game afternoon, you will suddenly find your heart full of indescribable nostalgia.
Genshin’s mobile gaming experience stays consistent, ensuring crisp and perfect graphical performance on all phones. Yes, it might slightly lag if your phone is outdated, but you will never miss out on the scenic views.
2. Vampire Survivors
While you will find the game on Windows, macOS, and the Xbox series, it is also available on Android and iOS platforms!
While the in-game lore of Vampire Survivors involves vanquishing grotesque monsters, the developers ensured to thwart code thieves and clone game developers by bringing this game to mobile platforms.
The game has so much going on, from brawling against monsters and defeating dangerous bosses to farming for new characters and artifacts. In this game, variety is the key.
Luca Galante, the ambitious and successful developer of Vampire Survivors, deserves all the love and credit alongside his team and well-wishers. He began developing the game in 2020 and left his full-time job in 2022 to work on every aspect of this game.
The game even won the Breakthrough Award in 2022 at the Golden Joystick Awards, and we, the player base, were over the moon!
Now, the plot of Vampire Survivors is similar to a Curse of Strahd campaign. The year is 2021, and a malicious vampire, Bisconte Draculó, has summoned a large horde of treacherous demons and ghouls to attack a rural Italian village.
But all is not doomed as the heroic survivors, along with the Belpaese family, take up arms to beat the evil and defeat the evil Dracula.
While playing, you will be adventuring through unknown forests, desolate libraries, dungeons, manors, and more. One of my most feared platforms is the abandoned dairy plant.
So how does the story align with the gameplay? As the player, you can choose from multiple characters you get as unlockable characters. These are the survivors helping to defeat Draculó and his monster horde.
All characters have their specialized weapons and stats to help clear various stage layouts. The longer you survive on that stage, the better your rewards! The best part is you can also play this game offline.
Each of these platforms is massive, and defeating enemies in them grants you:
- Gold coins
- Floor chicken (heals your DP)
- Weapons and passives unlock
One character can carry 6 weapons and 6 passive power-ups. As you level up, the game grants you to choose from the following options:
- New weapon
- Active weapons’ leveling
- Weapons’ passive power-ups
- Power-ups’ leveling
Most passives sync with particular weapons, helping them evolve into a more powerful killing machine! So if you choose power-ups to upgrade your attacks, very soon, you will have better weapons for the win.
These evolved weapons are from boss drops, which are treasure chests. Both bosses and mini-bosses drop treasure chests, but only the former gives you weapon evolutions. Depending on the stage you choose, its duration could be 15 minutes or 30 minutes. As you reach the last-minute mark, the ultimate boss creature, “Death,” rushes at you for your ultimate end.
But, if you persevere with upgraded weapons and game tactics, a second Death spawns within the next minute. The stage’s game either ends with you dying or defeating Death.
The gold coins you receive can go towards unlocking new characters or upgrading your basic passive upgrades that improve the gameplay experience.
Before starting the Vampire Survivors game development project, Galante worked for the gambling industry. This spec of knowledge worked well as he used those bright and flashy graphics from slot machines in Vampire Survivors.
The game offers lots for killing mini and main bosses, all of which open with exciting and feet-thumping music alongside vibrant and quick-moving graphics. Hence he embused that feeling of thrill and drive so that we see the rewards through the sounds and sights of a casino.
Additionally, all characters, stages, and weapons are beautifully conceptualized through pixilated 8-bit sprites and platforms. The attacks and actions within each game blend beautifully with an old-school console game aesthetic, which is truly enjoyable on a mobile device.
3. Cube Escape Series (Rusty Lake Franchise)
The Cube Escape game series by Rusty Lake is a surrealistic experience at best. There are a series of games, each more uncanny than the previous one. I have been playing Cube Escape puzzle games for over 5 years, and each time was mystified by the games’ inexplicable eerie atmospheres.
To put it simply, all the games under the Cube Escape series are point-and-click mystery-solving pathways with endings that make you question general normalcy. According to the developers, Twin Peaks had much to do with the game series’ inspiration, as you solve tiny mysteries and strange puzzles in cubicle rooms.
If you play chronologically, follow this list:
- The Lake
- Harvey’s Box
- Case 23
- The Mill
- The Cave
Of course, there are a few paid series that are prequels to the main storyline, like:
- Rusty Lake Hotel
- Rusty Lake Roots
- Rusty Lake Paradise
- The White Door (not available on phones)
- Samsara Room
- The Past Within
Not to forget, ‘The Past Within’ will also have a VR co-op gaming out soon!
There are many stories, some connected intricately to others. Each has a sense of foreboding mysteries about them, complete with vague clues, questionable solving tactics, and more.
Sometimes you are a guest to various prestigious animals at the Rusty Lake Hotel, while other times, you are investigating the sudden death of an innocent woman. Each story serves as a puzzle piece when put together, tales a maddening and scattered tale from the developers’ imagination.
The gameplay is pretty unique. You start with first-person point-and-click POV and can see only one side of the cubed room each turn. Players can zoom in, click, and prod objects for clues.
The game lets you hold multiple objects, like lighters, feathers, teeth, black soot, etc., as clues. Sometimes, the game has grotesque scenes with bloodshed and human insides, which you get used to, eventually.
But the game is not always about blood, murder, and mysteries. In The White Door, we play as protagonist Robert Hill, who wakes up in a mental hospital while suffering from memory loss.
We help him rediscover his memory in fragments by exploring his dreams, helping him remember. The eerie atmosphere that the game creates truly mystifies us in a strange, intimidating, yet beautiful way.
As if we are all solving mysteries within a fever dream that we are trying to escape.
All Cube Escape and Rusty Lake prequels have a 2D, watercolor-esque, and rusty feel about them. Each scene looks like snippets from old photographs and video recordings.
The game’s graphic also curates an aura of the past with little glitches, sooty particles, flying about, and a brooding gray atmosphere, even with splashes of rare vibrancy. All in all, Cube Escape games look and feel out of the world, whether you play on your PC or a smartphone. It holds to its bizarre and puzzling settings.
4. Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft is a timeless cult favorite among gamers. But what if I told you that you can play without a PC or console?
Minecraft Pocket Edition is for those who love to play Minecraft anywhere and at any time. While the game delivers classic graphics and robust gameplay, there are some limitations. For example, you will not find as many enemies as in a proper video game. Not to forget, the world will feel smaller, and the features will feel lacking. Of course, these drawbacks are to ensure the game runs smoothly without any lags or glitches on smartphones.
In my opinion, Minecraft: Pocket Edition is a neat all-in-one game with the features of all the versions, but in restricted quantities to ensure high-quality gameplay. And I can play it on my Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones, as well as Amazon Fire tablets.
Minecraft is all about worldbuilding on a larger and beautifully pixelated gaming platform. Just like the game proper, you can use the blocky cubes to customize, refine, and recreate several architectural masterpieces.
Not to forget, you get to build your villages, fight off enemies, and craft your in-game necessities. The game encourages creativity and allows you to do nearly anything you want within the game’s overworld.
The Pocket Edition is limited, but it is a perfect Minecraft fix for those feeling withdrawal during their vacations or road trips. I do not find the restrictions to take over my experience. Although the absence of Enderman, the game’s neutral mobs felt strongly if you are a Minecraft veteran.
The gameplay is overall charming and satisfactory. You will have the same experience as a PC or console player, albeit with finite possibilities. At night, you fend off the monsters and demons, but with less effort than the PC games.
Enemies are easy to defeat on the mobile version, making this game an easy mode for first-time players. But for long-time players, the lack of challenging enemies and bosses makes the gameplay a bit mundane.
The sense of danger is not too foreboding, and as you keep playing, you might notice the overworld to be limited. For example, you will find an invisible wall if you continue to walk beyond a certain point in the open world.
Now the game also has some well-known exciting features like the Survival mode. And while chipping and collecting blocks manually might feel boring at first, the gameplay rewards are tremendous!
The graphics of Minecraft Pocket Edition feel seamless and easy to work with. The visuals are as same as PC and console versions, making it an unforgettable virtual experience.
However, the lack of space to fit inside a phone game can put a slight dent only if you have played Minecraft before. Despite these issues, the game is creative and makes the gameplay easily accessible for anyone without a PC or console.
You can play in:
- Survival mode
- Multiplayer mode
- Creative mode
Moreover, this game has parental control features, so if your kid wants to play and gets access to your device, you can let them enjoy a chunk of your childhood without any worries!
Terraria is a 2D adventure sandbox game available on all digital platforms for avid gamers. The game will remind you of Minecraft due to its voxel-like visuals, but Terraria has independently achieved favoritism among many world-building enthusiasts.
Of course, Terraria‘s creators are open about taking inspiration from Minecraft to create this masterpiece. Its platform adventure playstyle is perfect for casual gaming on the go!
The lore behind Terraria is full of adventures and mysteries. The story spins around 5 lore pages, each explaining the game’s foundation in detail.
The world belongs now to an evil world. You get to learn about the Dungeon, a beautiful city of the past, now crawling with mindless and insane inhabitants-turned-servants. Soon you realize that you are this world’s chosen here and must defeat the wicked.
The game’s mechanics, playstyle, and overall retro-like aesthetics make it a worthy choice among many PC+ mobile video games. It is a popular multiplayer game with exciting boss fights, challenging platforms, and fascinating RPG elements.
Even as a multiplayer game, its combat system is more challenging than Minecraft‘s. But that is what makes it a unique mobile game, where the creators do not cut corners to make the game fit into a mobile gaming platform.
Back in 2020, the Labor of Love update was a “thank you” letter to all players and community members, bringing in more exciting and fantastic ideas to the gameplay.
- Upside down worlds
- New items and abilities
- Features to transform your sprite into a wolf
- Melee fight upgrade
The retro pixel gaming aesthetics is a darling among many gamers. And Terraria‘s simple sandbox gaming visuals are a treat. The diverse environments are fresh of breath air.
And while you will find some repetitive patterns in the platforms, it actually simplifies the playstyle while adding challenging bosses to the game.
In conclusion, these 5 are some of the best PC games that are available on your mobile devices. They are all free to play (there is some paid content, of course) and are captivating for gamers.
While there are a few more, like Little Nightmares, and old school RuneScape, I feel the mentioned 5 take the cake. Do you have any suggestions for such PC-mobile games? If so, do share here in the comments below!