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The top 50 mobile games of 2022 (so far)

By John Koetsier July 30, 2022

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:

Rank Game Combined score for downloads & revenue
1 Roblox 171
2 Candy Crush Saga 159
3 Fishdom 157
4 Call of Duty: Mobile 146
5 Evony 145
6 Pokémon GO 144
7 Coin Master 137
8 Stumble Guys 124
9 Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle 97
10 Royal Match 96
11 Homescapes 94
12 Gardenscapes 91
13 Clash of Clans 90
14 Top War: Battle Game 89
15 Diablo Immortal 88
16 Clash Royale 87
17 Garena Free Fire 86
18 Hero Wars – Fantasy idle RPG 83
19 Candy Crush Soda Saga 82
20 Puzzles & Survival 81
21 State of Survival: Zombie War 80
22 Toon Blast 79
23 Bingo Blitz 78
24 DoubleDown Casino 77
25 Jackpot Party – Casino Slots 76
26 Genshin Impact 75
27 Slotomania Slots Vegas Casino 74
28 Age of Origins: Tower Defense 73
29 Lightning Link Casino Slots 72
30 RAID: Shadow Legends 71
31 Subway Surfers 71
32 Clear the Lot! 70
33 Township 70
34 Parking Jam 3D 69
35 Solitaire Grand Harvest 69
36 Boba Tale 68
37 King’s Choice 68
38 Mexican Train Dominoes 67
39 Project Makeover 67
40 Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D 66
41 Rise of Kingdoms 66
42 Fill the Fridge! 65
43 Marvel Contest of Champions 65
44 Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots 64
45 Collect Em All! Clear the Dots 64
46 Apex Legends Mobile 63
47 World Series of Poker 63
48 Dragon Ball Legends 62
49 Among Us! 61
50 Toy Blast 61

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:

Rank Game Combined score for downloads & revenue
1 Roblox 169
2 Candy Crush Saga 143
3 Coin Master 130
4 Evony 96
5 Pokémon Go 95
6 Royal Match 94
7 Bingo Blitz – Bingo Game 93
8 RAID: Shadow Legends 92
9 Jackpot Party Casino Slots 91
10 Fate/Grand Order 90
11 Candy Crush Soda Saga 89
12 Solitaire Grand Harvest 88
13 Township 87
14 Diablo Immortal 86
15 Fishdom 85
16 Homescapes 84
17 State of Survival: Zombie War 83
18 Top War: Battle Game 82
19 Puzzles & Survival 81
20 Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle 80
21 Slotomania Slots Casino Games 79
22 Toon Blast 78
23 Gardenscapes 77
24 Genshin Impact 76
25 Marvel Strike Force: Squad RPG 75
26 Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots 74
27 Craft School: Monster Class 74
28 Lotsa Slots – Casino Games 73
29 Parking Jam 3D 73
30 POP! Slots Vegas Casino games 72
31 Empires & Puzzles: Match-3 RPG 71
32 Stumble Guys 71
33 Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots 70
34 Junkyard Keeper 70
35 Aquarium Land 69
36 Tiki Solitaire TriPeaks 69
37 Hoard Master 68
38 Merge Dragons 68
39 Call of Duty: Mobile 67
40 Subway Surfers 67
41 Goods Match 3D – Triple Master 66
42 June’s Journey: Hidden Objects 66
43 Garena Free Fire 65
44 Woodoku 65
45 Crowd Evolution! 64
46 Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade 64
47 Last Shelter: Survival 63
48 Pull the Pin 63
49 DoubleDown Casino Vegas Slots 62
50 Fill The Fridge 62

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.

Rank Game Combined score for iOS & Android
1 Roblox 340
2 Candy Crush Saga 302
3 Coin Master 267
4 Fishdom 242
5 Evony 241
6 Pokémon GO 239
7 Call of Duty: Mobile 213
8 Stumble Guys 195
9 Royal Match 190
10 Homescapes 178
11 Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle 177
12 Diablo Immortal 174
13 Bingo Blitz 171
14 Candy Crush Soda Saga 171
15 Top War: Battle Game 171
16 Gardenscapes 168
17 Jackpot Party – Casino Slots 167
18 RAID: Shadow Legends 163
19 State of Survival: Zombie War 163
20 Puzzles & Survival 162
21 Solitaire Grand Harvest 157
22 Toon Blast 157
23 Township 157
24 Slotomania Slots Casino Games 153
25 Garena Free Fire 151
26 Genshin Impact 151
27 Fate/Grand Order 150
28 Clash of Clans 149
29 Parking Jam 3D 142
30 DoubleDown Casino 139
31 Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots 138
32 Subway Surfers 138
33 Marvel Strike Force: Squad RPG 134
34 Lightning Link Casino Slots 133
35 Empires & Puzzles Match 3 RPG 127
36 Fill The Fridge 127
37 Cash Frenzy – Casino Slots 125
38 Woodoku 124
39 Among Us 117
40 Collect Em All! Clear the Dots 117
41 Crowd Evolution! 116
42 Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D 113
43 Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes 113
44 Star Trek Fleet Command 111
45 Junkyard Keeper 104
46 Wordle! 104
47 Wordscapes 104
48 The President 100
49 Dig Deep 98
50 Hoard Master 97

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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