Throwing down some money for a mobile game can sometimes feel pretty stressful. There are so many games and you only have so much money. That’s why we’ve gone and written this list of the 25 best premium games for mobile in 2021.
We reckon there’s something on the list for everyone. There’s action games, strategy experiences, loads of different adventures and much, much more. Seriously, give the list a read and we think you’ll find something that’s going to tickle your fancy.
If you’ve got your own suggestions then make sure you chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. We’d love to hear what you think of the list too. Before that though, here are the 25 best premium mobiles games in 2021.
A sharp and super smart downwards blaster that’s tough in all the right ways. You’ve got guns in your shoes, there are evil bats and a whole bunch of secrets to discover. Downwell sucks you in for a single go, and then you look at the clock and it’s the next day.
This one is a super deep deckbuilding adventure. It’s got gorgeous pixel-art graphics and a super deep progression system. There are few games on the App Store that manage to blend this level of strategy and fun
A bonafide mobile classic. Monument Valley is a slow-paced puzzler with a beautiful art-style and some super intelligent innovations. You’re manipulating the world to create a path and you’re going to be doing it with an awe-filled smile on your face.
A narrative puzzler that sees you moving panels of a comic book around in order to progress. It’s experimental and entertaining and will leave you scratching your head in the most pleasant ways.
A calming and pleasant game about taking over a farm. You need to build up your resources, sow and reap your crops and make sure that everything on your farm is running smoothly. It’s a great way to unwind.
A spectacular survival experience that sees you collecting and crafting your way through an entire planet. It’s a warm, hilarious experience that’s stuffed full of challenges and amazing ideas.
One of the best adventures available on any device. It’s a steampunk re-telling of Jules Verne’s classic story of global circumnavigation. Every time you take on the task you’ll find something new and you’ll enjoy every second of it.
A retro-styled action RPG that sees you crawling through a massive, randomly-generated tower. It’s super tough, but there’s a brilliant feeling of accomplishment as you push deeper into the experience.
Slay the Spire
A magnificent deck-building roguelike that’s going to consistently drag you in for one more go. It’s challenging, full of brilliant ideas, and is pretty much endlessly replayable. You owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Reigns: Her Majesty
The second game in the Reigns series is probably the best of them. It takes the Tinder-swipe gameplay of the original and adds a whole bunch of amazing ideas that don’t just keep things fresh, they make them even better.
The Room Three
While the original game might be the most intriguing, The Room Three is an even more polished and entertaining experience. It’s bigger, richer and you don’t need to have played the first two to understand what’s going on.
A heart-warming and emotional tale of love and loss. It might not be the longest game in the world, but every second of it is a charming and engaging slice of entertainment that you’re going to remember for a long time.
Sliding down a mountain has never been as entertaining as it is in the Alto series. This sequel builds brilliantly on the foundations of the original. There are always challenges to complete, and some of the visuals here will take your breath away.
Baba Is You
A super smart, charming puzzler that doesn’t just play around with its own rules, it makes subverting them a key part of the gameplay. There aren’t many games out there that force you to think in completely new ways, but Baba Is You is one of them.
A mixture of a puzzler and a deep narrative adventure, Evergarden is engaging in a whole bunch of different ways. Merge plants, grow more and discover a world of magical powers.
Where Shadows Slumber
Another mix of genres. This one sees you using light to change the world and discover new secrets. There’s also a pretty harrowing story underpinning everything that’s going to keep you playing.
Lara Croft Go
Of all of the Go games, this is probably the best of them. Play as Lara, solve puzzles, kill enemies and discover secrets. The game manages to capture everything that makes Tomb Raider great, and add even more.
This one is a fantastic hack-and-slash ARPG with shades of the Souls series. There are gross monsters to take down, a gloomy story to follow and enough polish to put Pascal’s Wager squarely in the AAA bracket.
A game all about censorship in a totalitarian state. It’s just as important as it was when it first came out, and it’s still as impressive too.
A strange and creepy adventure game based on Swedish legend. It’s the sort of experience that’s going to stick in your memory for a very long time.
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A platforming roguelite that is going to cause you the right amount of pain. It’s difficult, but every time you die you’re going to jump back in a little smarter and a little stronger.
Explore the galaxy, discover new worlds and creatures and follow a story about ancient alien civilisations. Morphite is a massive, beautiful game that you’re going to love.
A hack and slash platformer that owes a lot to the Souls games as well as the likes of Castlevania. There’s loads of swords, loads of monsters and a deep challenge waiting for you here.
An RTS built from the ground up for mobile. It works wonderfully, mixing ideas from tower defence games to create something truly portable and truly special.
Not only is this a bright and cheery open world RPG, it’s also filled with cats. Action, loot, quests and a whole bunch of feline friends. It’s hard to find anything to complain about with this one.