The top 50 mobile games of 2022 (so far) (2023)

What are the top 50 mobile games of 2022 so far? I thought you’d never ask!

Globally we’ve collectively downloaded more than 70 billion mobile apps so far in 2022 and more than half of them are games. While apps finally surpassed games in the U.S. for the first time ever in terms of revenue, the reality is that both globally and in both the U.S., games are the vast majority of smartphone downloads and massively significant in terms of mobile revenue.

All of which means: it’s time to share the top 50 games of 2022 so far.

Most downloaded mobile games so far in 2022

So far, according to SensorTower data, the top games of 2022 by downloads are pretty jammed with familiar names:

  1. Subway Surfers ~82 million downloads
  2. Garena Free Fire ~75 million downloads
  3. Stumble Guys ~46 million downloads
  4. Bridge Race ~45 million downloads
  5. Ludo King ~44 million downloads
  6. Roblox ~41 million downloads
  7. Tall Man Run ~39 million downloads
  8. Race Master 3D ~37 million downloads
  9. Candy Crush Saga ~36 million downloads
  10. Fill The Fridge ~35 million downloads

But are the most downloaded games the top ones?

Each of those mobile games has a lot of downloads, but number of installs alone can’t be enough to make the list of the top 50 mobile games of 2022. Sure, scale is interesting — how many installs a game achieved — but engagement and active players and actual usage is probably much more important. One of the ways to measure that is revenue: do players playing these mobile games love them enough to lay out cold hard cash? Are these games good enough to pull out your credit card? (Or, yes, allow Apple or Google to take another little chunk out of your bank account.)

Perhaps the best way to determine the best games of 2022 is a combination of both:

  • how many installs a game received
  • how much gameplay — and therefore revenue — it’s generating

That combination is important.

A top game should still be relevant to new players: it should be adding new people, or else it’s just slowly dying. In addition, it should also keep existing players engaged, interested, and having fun for at least months, and preferentially years.

That makes it fresh enough for newbies, and still interesting for veterans.

The reality is that it is only the very unusual, extraordinary game that gets released years ago — even a decade ago, Subway Surfers! — and is still big. It’s an even more extraordinary game, like Clash of Clans, Roblox, or Call of Duty, that is still at or near the top of the revenue charts years and years after its initial release.

iOS, then Android, then combined

First, we’ll look at iOS.

iOS might seem small. After all, it only accounts for about 20% of global downloads: 8 billion in Q2 2022 to Android’s 27 billion, according to SensorTower data. But even so, iOS still takes credit for more than half of all in-app mobile revenue … thanks largely to the geographies where Apple owns market share: typically richer countries in North America, Europe, and certain parts of Asia.

Then we’ll look at Android, where the vast majority of app and game installs happen, especially in massive Android-centric countries like India. (And China, but data is hard to come by there thanks to the proliferation of third-party app stores.)

And finally, we’ll combine scores to arrive at an overall list of top 50 games of 2022 so far.

Data will be US-centric (sorry!) but perhaps we’ll be able to do other countries or regions later. For installs, I’m looking at recent data from Apptopia: games that are hot right now, but the top grossing component of the score will bias towards games with some track record. And I’m weighting the scores about 60/40 in favor of revenue as a stronger engagement metric.

iOS: top 50 games of 2022 so far

Only 8 games are on both the top 50 downloads list and the top 50 revenue list in Apptopia’s data:

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Coin Master
  • Evony
  • Fishdom
  • Pokémon GO
  • Roblox
  • Stumble Guys

Naturally, they’re heavily featured in the top 50 games for iOS:

RankGameCombined score for downloads & revenue
1Roblox171
2Candy Crush Saga159
3Fishdom157
4Call of Duty: Mobile146
5Evony145
6Pokémon GO144
7Coin Master137
8Stumble Guys124
9Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle97
10Royal Match96
11Homescapes94
12Gardenscapes91
13Clash of Clans90
14Top War: Battle Game89
15Diablo Immortal88
16Clash Royale87
17Garena Free Fire86
18Hero Wars – Fantasy idle RPG83
19Candy Crush Soda Saga82
20Puzzles & Survival81
21State of Survival: Zombie War80
22Toon Blast79
23Bingo Blitz78
24DoubleDown Casino77
25Jackpot Party – Casino Slots76
26Genshin Impact75
27Slotomania Slots Vegas Casino74
28Age of Origins: Tower Defense73
29Lightning Link Casino Slots72
30RAID: Shadow Legends71
31Subway Surfers71
32Clear the Lot!70
33Township70
34Parking Jam 3D69
35Solitaire Grand Harvest69
36Boba Tale68
37King’s Choice68
38Mexican Train Dominoes67
39Project Makeover67
40Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D66
41Rise of Kingdoms66
42Fill the Fridge!65
43Marvel Contest of Champions65
44Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots64
45Collect Em All! Clear the Dots64
46Apex Legends Mobile63
47World Series of Poker63
48Dragon Ball Legends62
49Among Us!61
50Toy Blast61

Interestingly, 7 of these games are gambling, slots, or casino games, which just highlights how big mashups have become in mobile gaming.

And many of them are games that have had a significant life span, including:

  • The first versions of Roblox were released in 2006, before the App Store (!!)
  • Call of Duty: Mobile is part of a franchise that launched in 2003
  • Pokémon GO was released in 2015, meaning it’s now 7 years old
  • Clash of Clans was launched in 2012
  • And of course the always-massive King titles such as Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga also have their genesis in 2012 (and the original, Candy Crush Saga, now has over a trillion levels played)
  • Evony has been around (in different forms!) since 2009

Android: top 50 games of 2022 so far

Possibly because Android is more geographically diverse in market share than iOS, only 3 games show up on both most-downloaded and highest-grossing lists:

  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Coin Master
  • Roblox

Here are the top 50 games for Android so far in 2022:

RankGameCombined score for downloads & revenue
1Roblox169
2Candy Crush Saga143
3Coin Master130
4Evony96
5Pokémon Go95
6Royal Match94
7Bingo Blitz – Bingo Game93
8RAID: Shadow Legends92
9Jackpot Party Casino Slots91
10Fate/Grand Order90
11Candy Crush Soda Saga89
12Solitaire Grand Harvest88
13Township87
14Diablo Immortal86
15Fishdom85
16Homescapes84
17State of Survival: Zombie War83
18Top War: Battle Game82
19Puzzles & Survival81
20Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle80
21Slotomania Slots Casino Games79
22Toon Blast78
23Gardenscapes77
24Genshin Impact76
25Marvel Strike Force: Squad RPG75
26Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots74
27Craft School: Monster Class74
28Lotsa Slots – Casino Games73
29Parking Jam 3D73
30POP! Slots Vegas Casino games72
31Empires & Puzzles: Match-3 RPG71
32Stumble Guys71
33Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots70
34Junkyard Keeper70
35Aquarium Land69
36Tiki Solitaire TriPeaks69
37Hoard Master68
38Merge Dragons68
39Call of Duty: Mobile67
40Subway Surfers67
41Goods Match 3D – Triple Master66
42June’s Journey: Hidden Objects66
43Garena Free Fire65
44Woodoku65
45Crowd Evolution!64
46Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade64
47Last Shelter: Survival63
48Pull the Pin63
49DoubleDown Casino Vegas Slots62
50Fill The Fridge62

Once again, Roblox and Candy Crush Saga are #1 and #2 together. And, just like on iOS, 7 of the top 50 games are casino/Vegas/gambling games.

More striking, perhaps, is the overlap between iOS top games and Android top games. A full 32 games are on both the top 50 iOS and top 50 Android games lists, meaning that 64% of the top 100 is common to both major mobile platforms.

That makes sense on a lot of levels: good games rise to the top, big marketing budgets help make both the iOS and Android versions of a game to get popular, and everyone releases for both major platforms. Also, for battle games that require a critical mass of players to form clans or teams, or to match up in fights, being big on one platform tends to help a game get big on the other.

Plus, of course, when a game gets popular it starts to generate its own buzz, and both people and platforms tend to start promoting it.

Combined iOS and Android: top 50 mobile games of 2022 so far

At last, here are the top 50 mobile games of 2022 so far based on Android and iOS and number of installs plus amount of revenue, which is a proxy for players, usage, and engagement.

Completely unsurprisingly given their positioning in both the iOS and Android top lists, Roblox and Candy Crush Saga are #1 and #2, respectively. Coin Master, Fishdom, and Evony round out the top 5 games of 2022 so far.

RankGameCombined score for iOS & Android
1Roblox340
2Candy Crush Saga302
3Coin Master267
4Fishdom242
5Evony241
6Pokémon GO239
7Call of Duty: Mobile213
8Stumble Guys195
9Royal Match190
10Homescapes178
11Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle177
12Diablo Immortal174
13Bingo Blitz171
14Candy Crush Soda Saga171
15Top War: Battle Game171
16Gardenscapes168
17Jackpot Party – Casino Slots167
18RAID: Shadow Legends163
19State of Survival: Zombie War163
20Puzzles & Survival162
21Solitaire Grand Harvest157
22Toon Blast157
23Township157
24Slotomania Slots Casino Games153
25Garena Free Fire151
26Genshin Impact151
27Fate/Grand Order150
28Clash of Clans149
29Parking Jam 3D142
30DoubleDown Casino139
31Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots138
32Subway Surfers138
33Marvel Strike Force: Squad RPG134
34Lightning Link Casino Slots133
35Empires & Puzzles Match 3 RPG127
36Fill The Fridge127
37Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots125
38Woodoku124
39Among Us117
40Collect Em All! Clear the Dots117
41Crowd Evolution!116
42Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D113
43Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes113
44Star Trek Fleet Command111
45Junkyard Keeper104
46Wordle!104
47Wordscapes104
48The President100
49Dig Deep98
50Hoard Master97

Amazingly, Pokémon GO continues its massive and perhaps unpredictable run of success. Pokémon GO is exceptional for perhaps one other thing: the least amount of paid marketing to kick it off, thanks to the strength of the Pokémon brand and massive initial virality when it launched.

Wordle is still major, months after its brush with virality, and Woodoku carries the torch for Sudoku, but in a new, creative, and impressive way.

Just for fun, Star Trek and Star Wars are battling it out right next to each other in the #43 and #44 spot, and while Marvel Contest of Champions doesn’t quite make the combined iOS and Android list, Marvel Strike Force: Squad RPG does, thanks to its strength on Android primarily.

And in the battle of Playrix Games super-popular ‘scapes offerings, Homescapes at #10 leads Gardenscapes at #16.

Closing thoughts on the top games of 2022

There are plenty more ways to find and list the top games of any year, including 2022.

My current favorite game is 6 years old and didn’t make the list, for one thing, and another option would be to check all the game reviews of the year and see which ones are the highest rated by reviewers as well as the highest rated on Google Play and the App Store.

It’s also interesting to think about why a game might make the most downloaded but not the most profitable lists, and vice versa. Top grossing games, for instance, might be in a monetization phase: they’ve gathered a huge number of players, and now they need to make some money back for all their development and marketing. And top games by installs that don’t hit the top grossing list might just be in a category that doesn’t monetize super well — casual games, I’m looking at you — or might be focusing on scale rather than revenue.

In any case, if your favorite game didn’t make the list, that’s probably because with 10 million apps in Google Play and the iOS App Store, there’s a lot of choice. There’s something for everyone.

And that’s probably a good thing.

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