Everyone in modern India has a mobile device of some variety and slowly but surely the population is coming around to the idea of online mobile gaming.
This has been helped by both high-powered devices and data becoming more affordable for the average person, meaning they needn’t worry about bothersome lag or sky-high phone bills affecting their gaming experience.
Below are just some of the sorts of mobile games that are taking Indians by storm and are having people up and down the land frantically clicking buttons and tapping their touchscreens.
The Online Mobile Games Flourishing in India
Ludo is incredibly popular among the Indian mobile gaming community, enabling people to connect and compete at the same time
Classic Mobile Games
Mobile gaming in India is projected to be worth $6-7 billion by the time 2025 rolls around and playing a large part in that prediction are classic games. These have transferred over seamlessly into the online gaming realm in a country that boasts 368 million mobile gamers in 2022. Some of these classic games include chess, roulette, and ludo. The success of these games is due to their simple interfaces, which are then combined with complex gameplay strategies and approaches, meaning they are easy to start playing but challenging to master.
Roulette is growing in stature in India due in large part to the fact that other casino-based games like poker and blackjack are so popular, meaning that players who play one of these games will likely try the others as well. Another thing that Indian players appear to be enjoying are the new variants of roulette that are available, such as MultiFire Auto Roulette, French Roulette, and even Sapphire Roulette, with the latter being packed with special features and side-bet options.
Meanwhile, ludo is a national pastime in India, with games like Ludo King being downloaded millions of times from app stores. Part of the game’s success online is that it was a classic game that Indians have always traditionally loved, but there were no contemporary versions in app stores. Ludo King and the pretenders to its throne changed all that.
The game is also a means of meeting new people because players are encouraged to chat while they compete, enabling them to strike up the conversation regarding everything from relationships to music.
Chess is said to have originated in India as early as the sixth century, so it is no surprise that the board game has been rejuvenated since being made mobile phone friendly. The only thing keeping mobile chess games from truly hitting the big time in India is the lack of an Indian world number 1 ranked player for people to follow and look up to. If that happens in the near future, then app stores and online providers should ready themselves for a deluge of downloads and subscription sign-ups.
Mobile games continue to grow in prominence in India
Battle Royale Esports Reign Supreme
There are some online games out there that have become so popular and so competitive that they are now viewed as bona fide Esports, rather than just mere games.
Such games include ones like PUBG and Call of Duty. The beauty of titles like these is that their developers have also offered up mobile versions, many of which are incredibly playable, with some fanatical mobile players insisting that their mobile version of the game is better than the original.
With mobile Esports teams flourishing in India, lots of their fans are being turned on to games like COD, with top outfits like GodLike Esports and SynerGE fielding strong teams that compete in the game.
While COD remains a favourite among Indian mobile gamers, it is mainly PUBG and another game called Garena Free Fire which have garnered the most followers in the country. In the case of the latter this is because it can run well on low-grade mobile devices, unlike PUBG and COD, both of which demand players have more powerful phones or tablets.
Strategy Games Come a Close Second
Coming a close second to battle royale games in the mobile download stakes are those games that class as strategy titles. Some of the most played of these include Clash of Clans and Lords Mobile: Tower Defence.
The only thing that has held some Indian mobile gamers back from accessing many of the names mentioned in this piece is that Indian authorities occasionally block the usage of certain apps, depending on where they are made. Hopefully, these sorts of disruptions can soon be curtailed, so that Indian gamers can continue to follow their newfound passion.