Card games are ten a penny on mobile these days. They range from all-consuming multiplayer deck builders to narrative driven solitaire experiences. There’s so many that sometimes it’s hard to decide which one you should download.
That’s where this list comes in. We’ve picked what we think are the very best mobile card games in the world right now. Give the article a read and we reckon you’re definitely going to find something that’s going to scratch your card-playing itch.
Think we’ve missed something out? Got your own suggestion for a game we should have included? Looking for something slightly different to what we’ve offered up here? Whatever the case, make sure you let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the article.
Legends of Runeterra
A smart CCG that’s set in the same universe as League of Legends. There’s a super deep experience here, and you’re going to have to put a lot of work in if you want to be the best. It’s definitely worth figuring everything out, though, since there’s so much fun to be had.
Probably the most popular digital card game in the world. Blizzard’s Hearthstone is a masterpiece of balance and compulsion. It’s regularly updated, there’s always something to do and if you get sucked into the multiplayer there’s a very good chance that you’ll never get out.
Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale
A single player experience that’s going to have you thinking carefully about every move you make. You’re exploring a world by making choices, fighting enemies and earning new skills. If you’re looking for something to play on your own, this one is well worth checking out.
Card City Nights 2
A super smart, super simple card game that builds itself up into something really special. The mechanics are smart, the graphics are great and you’re going to find yourself pushing on for one more go over and over again.
Slay the Spire
A spectacularly addictive solo dungeon crawl that’s packed so full of amazing ideas it’s hard to distill it into a single paragraph. If this one gets its claws into you then you’re going to lose hours of your life to it, that much we can guarantee.
Download Slay the Spire from the App Store
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Another CCG, this time built around the world of the Elder Scrolls games. It’s super deep, super polished and has a massive community around it as well. One of the best traditional digital card games out there.
Reigns: Her Majesty
The second game in the Reigns series builds on everything that made the original so brilliant. Follow a dark tale of magic and rebirth while trying to stop your queendom from tearing itself apart.
In this one you’re playing as a sneaky rogue. It’s a solo experience, but there’s more than enough going on that you’re going to get lost in it. Card Thief shows just how much you can accomplish with a simple, effective idea.
A magnificently massive single player card crawl. Choose your character, then work your way through a series of challenging battles using the skills and cards at your disposal to overcome your foes.
The Horus Heresy: Legions
In the grim darkness of the far future, there are a lot of cards. This CCG is set during some pivotal events in the narrative of Games Workshop’s gloomy sci-fi universe. If you’re a fan of giant space knights and the cloying whispers of Chaos, this one will be right up your street.
Knights of the Card Table
Another solo card game, but this time you’re rearranging the dungeon. It’s got a bright and cheery art-style, but don’t let that fool you. There are some meaty strategic ideas here and you need to play smart if you want to win.
This one sees you buying and selling goods in a bustling market. It’s pretty different from everything else on this list, with plenty of mechanics taken from worker placement games. It’s still an awful lot of fun, though.
The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game
If you don’t want to play against your friends, but you still want to play with your friends, you should definitely consider picking this one up. Based on the novels, you can team up to play through different scenarios and change their outcomes. Rarely has a game been so aptly named.
Five Card Quest
A smart central mechanic and a unique graphical style elevate this one above the competition. It’s a single player experience that sees you leading a group of heroes into some fast-paced and challenging scraps.
Download Five Card Quest from the App Store
Teppen is a fighting game with a difference. The difference being, as you might have guessed, that it uses cards instead of button mashing. There’s loads to love here, and plenty of fighters to collect too.
Sentinels of the Multiverse
A lot of the other games on this list deal with fantasy settings. This one is all about superheroes. Based on the physical card game of the same name, you need to save the day and defeat the villains. Easier said than done.
A CCG set in deep space. Expect space ships, alien races and bizarre technology. And on top of that, a mix of deck-building and card-collecting that’s going to have you thinking carefully about every action you take.
A super interesting mix of RPG and roguelike elements, layered on top of a classic game of solitaire. Solitairica doesn’t sound like it should work, but somehow it really, really does. Pick it up and find out for yourself.
Dinosaurs fighting zombies. Robots fighting pirates. Aliens fighting ninjas. Smash Up features all of that, as well as innumerable bonkers combinations and team-ups. It’s crazy in all of the right ways and will leave you with a big grin on your face.
A game that staunchly refuses to hold your hand. Collect cards, build up followers and uncover arcane mysteries. And then die. A lot. Every time you have a go you’ll learn something that’ll make you stronger for your next attempt.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
A single player RPG adventure that builds itself out of the mechanics of Gwent. There are hours of entertaining gameplay to sink your teeth into here, and a brilliant story that’s going to keep you pushing through to the bitter end.
Download Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales from the App Store
Shards of Infinity
The follow up to Ascension, this fantasy battler is for 2-4 players. You can play on the same device, which opens up plenty of possibilities for play with friends. And on top of that there are some wonderful ideas here that spark and fizz in just the right ways.
What happens when you take a tabletop RPG, condense it into a card game and then squish that onto a mobile phone? Something like the remarkable Pathfinder Adventures. Deep, narrative driven and an awful lot of fun.
Yeah, sure, it might not be a traditional card game, but you’re playing, collecting and upgrading cards, so we reckon that counts. If you haven’t played this card-based mini MOBA yet, do yourself a favor and rectify that as soon as possible.
This one is essentially Russian roulette, but with cats that are bombs. It’s every bit as bonkers as that sounds, and will definitely leave you with a big smile on your face. Play online, play with friends in the same room and grin from ear to ear.