Biggest Mobile Games of the Past Decade

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Mobile gaming is just one corner of the video game market, the largest entertainment industry around the world by far.

Mobile games, in particular, are often “free to play,” meaning they can be downloaded and played to some extent at no cost, making them loved by players of all ages. 

Smartlook compiled a list of 10 games that dominated the mobile gaming world over the past decade using data on the highest reported peak global downloads.



Gardenscapes began as a different kind of game for PC, but the mobile version is a match-three game that corresponds with building a village.

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Solitaire Cube


Roblox is a free-to-use game-making platform. The game is built using a language called Lua that lets users make their own working games across a variety of genres.

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Fate / Grand Order


Fate/Grand Order is a free-to-play game that first launched in Japan in 2015 before releasing worldwide years later. The game is gacha-based and involves players drawing for different servants, people who the player controls as the master.

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Candy Crush Saga


Candy Crush Saga has remained one of the most iconic mobile games since its launch in 2012 and continues to make updates and add new levels over time. The game follows a simple match-three format, with colorful candy pieces that can be combined into power-ups.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds


PUBG started as a mod, or a player-made modification to an existing game, before becoming a free-to-play standalone game in 2017.

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