Here are our 47 game genres, their core games and some of their included games. If you’d like to know what a core or included game is, you can see how we defined our game genres here.
Action RPG games:
Packed to the brim with narrative, leveling up your character and lots of battles we focus this genre entirely on PC and Console players and have another for mobile gamers.
Core games: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Mass Effect 3.
Included games: Diablo 3, Dark Souls 3, Bloodbourne, The Witcher 3, Dragon Age II and Fallout 4...
Battle Royale games:
The biggest trend in PC/Console gaming in 2018! The battlefields shrink and ammo gets harder to find while hundreds battle it out!
Core games: PUBG and Fortnite.
Included games: H1Z1, Arma 3, Fear the Wolves...
Brain Training games:
Focus, focus, focus. These games are much more than just time killers!
Core games: Peak and Lumosity
Included games: Elevate, 2048, Memorando, Einstein Brain Trainer, Kids Brain Trainer....
Bubble Shooter games:
Popping balloons, bubbles and whatever else comes into your path. A tried and tested game mechanic that everyone can enjoy
Core games: Angry Birds POP!, Bubble Witch Saga and Bubble Shooter.
Included games: Panda Pop, Jungle Bubble Shooter, PAC-MAN Pop, Bubble Blast, Island Bubble Shooter, Pirate Pop, Relic Rescue...
Card Battler games:
Battling with your collectable character cards is the order of the day here. With lots of titles expected to be coming out in the coming months as well as some old favorites.
Core games: Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering Arena.
Included games: Rage of Bahamut, Spellstone, Little Alchemist, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Blood Brothers 2...
Casual Resource Management games:
Strategy games without the endless resource types and intense battles, this ever popular category focuses more on collecting items and growing your base. Ever popular with its generally playful graphics!
Core games: Hay Day, Fallout: Shelter and Disney Magic Kingdoms.
Included games: Spongebob Moves In, Farmville, Gadget Tycoon, Klondike Adventures, Township, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff...
Casual Sports Games:
With simple mechanics that are easy to learn and master, these sports games are a home-run with players of all skill levels.
Core Games: WHAT the GOLF?, Fishing Clash
Included Games: Soccer Stars, Homerun Clash, Golf Rival, Football Strike...
City Simulation games:
Expand your city by managing multiple resources creating traffic lanes and much more. These games encourage long play sessions!
Core games: Anno 2205, Sim City and Megapolis.
Included games: City Island 3, Designer City, Eden: The Game, 2020: My Country, Airport City, Pocket City...
Managing a restaurant has never been so easy! Or has it? Keeping customers happy and avoiding long wait times while discovering new dishes is exactly what the chef ordered!
Core games: Diner Dash and Cooking Fever.
Included games: Rising Super Chef, Cooking Dash, Kebab World: Cooking Game, Street Food Chef: Cooking Game, Cooking Mama Let’s Cook...
Design and Fashion games:
Dressing up characters and designing rooms has been a trend which has gained serious momentum among mobile games recently.
Core games: Design Home, Covet Fashion and Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
Included games: Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen, Home Design, Dress Up, DIY Fashion Star, My Home Design Dreams...
Franchise Sports games:
You'll find the biggest names in sports games here. Unlike Casual Sports games, these games have a steeper learning curve and require a higher level of skill.
Core Games: FIFA, NBA 2K
Included Games: WWE All Stars, Madden NFL, FIFA Mobile Soccer, Tony Hawk...
Hidden Object games:
Timers, finding needles in haystacks and in depth storylines. These players will generally have good time management skills and know when to use a booster.
Core games: June’s Journey, Mystery Case Files and Freddi Fish 4.
Included games: Putt-Putt, Witches Legacy, Sea of Lies,Grim Facade, Adventure Escape, 1000 Doors...
Hyper Casual games:
The biggest trend in mobile game in 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. Games that can be played for as little as 10 seconds which keep you coming back for more!
Core games: Hole.io, Merge Plane, Helix Jump and Happy Glass.
Included games: Paint Hit, Agar.io. Paper.io, Snake vs Block, Dune!, Rise Up, Merge Gems...
Idle Clicker games:
Virtually impossible to lose in with instant gratification, Idle Clicker games are played in offices all over the world!
Core games: Idle Miner Tycoon, EZ PZ RPG and Pokémon Magikarp Jump.
Included games: Bitcoin Billionaire, Politicarts, Tap Tap Trillionaire, Drug Wars, Realm Grinder, Cookie Clicker...
Interactive Story games:
Getting lost in a good book is so 2009, now it's all about picking your characters and choosing their fate.
Core games: Episode, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Included games: Choices, City of Love, Secret High School, Demi Lovato: Path to Fame...
Life Simulation games:
Living the life of one or more virtual characters, where players get to craft their story, and start from fresh if it all goes wrong!
Included games: The Sims (PC), Second Life, BitLife, Stardew Valley, Two Point Hospital, Virtual Families...
Location Based games:
These games use both AR and player location to create a truly immersive experience. This is a very young genre, with some very exciting titles!
Core games: The Walking Dead: Our World, Jurassic World Alive and Pokémon Go.
Included games: Garfield GO, Landlord Tycoon, Ingress Prime...
Drag and drop matching items to create a new item—that's the basic rule of any merge game. Whether it's merging plants, shoes or the ingredients for cookies, this simple mechanic has been featured in many new games in recent years.
Core games: Merge Dragons!, Merge Magic!
Included games: EverMerge, Merged!, Drag n Merge, Triple Town, Merge Town!, Merge Tower Bots, Merge Gems!...
Create your character and team up with others to overcome the next quest on your list! Usually free to play, with endless open-world possibilities for you to explore.
Core games: Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls Online
Included games: New World, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Runescape, Albion Online, Final Fantasy XIV Online...
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games feature the biggest eSports titles of all time DOTA 2 and League of Legends. The format focuses on lanes, upgradeable characters and PvP action!
Core games: League of Legends and DOTA (Defence of the Ancients) 2.
Included games: Heroes Charge, Vainglory, Heroes of the Storm, Arena of Valor, Paladins Strike...
Mobile Action RPG games:
Like the console version, loads of story lines and fun battles. We’ve noticed that these players differ slightly to people who play on console. We’re really excited about the upcoming offerings from Bethesda with Elder Scrolls: Blades and Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal.
Core games: Eternium, MARVEL Future Fight and Arcane Legends.
Included games: Lineage 2: Revolution, Darkness Rises, Clash for Dawn, Taichi Panda, Age of Washu…
Mobile RPG games:
Lots of similar characteristics with Action RPG games. The difference here is within the core gameplay mechanic. Our mobile RPG games are turn based, so no running around hacking and slashing your way through levels here!
Core games: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Arcane Quest 3 and Blade Crafter.
Included games: BonniePlanet, Kingdom Hearts Union X, Pokémon Quest, Order & Chaos 2...
Mobile Shooter games:
Got good aim, a steady hand and desire to hit deer, your friends or some clever bots?
Core games: Deer Hunter, Modern Combat and Into the Dead.
Included games: Guns of Boom, Zombie Frontier, Critical Ops, Sniper Fury, N.O.V.A 3...
Mobile Strategy games:
Up until very recently the gap between mobile and PC/Console strategy games was huge. The gap is still there and present but the mobile strategy market is really taking off!
Core games: Battle of Polytopia, Clash Royale, Auralux and Autumn Dynasty.
Included games: Star Trek Timelines, Anno Build an Empire, World Conqueror 3, Grow Empire: Rome, Stick War Legacy...
Multiplayer Base Builder games:
Clash of Clans set the stage here and many have gone on to achieve great things in this genre. Time management and battle skills are essential player traits. Don’t forget to level up your heroes!
Core games: Clash of Clans, Clash of Kings and Last Shelter: Survival.
Included games: Boom Beach, Clash of Lords, The Tribez, Castle Clash. War of Nations...
Dancing, singing, tapping all to the beat! Good coordination and multi tasking abilities are required to get far in these games.
Core games: Singstar, Just Dance and Rock Band.
Included games: Piano Tiles 2, Persona 4, KickBeat, rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure, Guitar Hero...
PC/Console Real Time Strategy games:
Huge maps that are ready for you to create massive empires on and battle all sorts of enemies in far away or ancient lands. Hugely popular on PC with players that show real dedication and very good resource and time management skills.
Core games: Factorio, Age of Empires (series), Starcraft II (series) and Total War: Warhammer II.
Included games: Stellaris, Halo Wars 2, Tropico 5, Rome: Total War, Supreme Commander 2...
PC/Console Shooter games:
Use tactical prowess and the right weapons to defeat the enemy. This genre is made up of popular shooter games played on PC/Console.
Core games: Call of Duty
Included Games: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Valorant, Counter-Strike, Global Offensive, Borderlands...
We’ve got the questions. Have you got the answers?
Core games: QuizUP, Trivia Crack and SongPop.
Included games: QuizClash, Fight List, Guess the Logo, Jeopardy, 94%...
One of the classic genres, loud engines and even louder fans! Great coordination skill needed here!
Core games: Forza 4, Asphalt 9 and Gran Turismo Sport.
Included games: Need for Speed Series, F1 2018, CSR Racing, Real Racing...
Another classic, with some of our favourite games. Sometimes you’ll run, sometimes you’ll slide!
Core games: Temple Run and Alto’s Adventure.
Included games: Super Mario Run, Robot Unicorn Attack, Sonic Dash 2, Jetpack Joyride...
Shoot or be sniped! This combative genre encompasses both PC/Console Shooter games as well as Mobile Shooter games
Included games: Mobile Shooter Games, PC/Console Shooter games
Rovio kicked it off on mobile with Angry Birds, now there are plenty of titles that get players with good aim picking up their phones every day. There are some great PC and console titles in here too.
Core games: Angry Birds and Worms.
Included games: Crush the Castle, Blosics, Fragger, Catapult King, Bad Piggies...
Winner winner chicken dinner, these players love one mechanic and one mechanic only! But they’re able to spot a pattern almost anywhere!
Core games: Slotomania, Wizard of Oz Slots and Slots 777.
Included games: Huuuge Casino, POP! Slots, House of Fun, 88 Fortunes, Big Fish Casino Slots...
Social Casino games:
The rest of your favourite casino games, roulette, poker, bingo and much more.
Core games: Zynga Poker, Blackjack 21, Big Fish Casino and Super Bingo HD.
Included games: Pocket Bingo Pro, Cleopatra Casino, Boyaa Texas Poker, Monopoly Bingo...
This genre of games bring sports fans out of the stands and into the game. Two sports genres—Franchise sports games and Casual Sports games—fall under this category.
Included games: Casual Sports Games, Franchise Sports games
The aim of the game is to explore, gather, craft...and survive! Survival games will usually find players in an open-world, and somewhat hostile environments.
Core games: Subnautica, No Man's Sky and 7 Days To Die
Included games: Don't Starve, The Forest, Astroneer, Starbound, Project Zomboid...
Team RPG games:
Managing a whole team of characters offers a different take on the RPG genre. Team management skills are enough for us to separate these games from the rest for us.
Core games: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Summoners War, Heroes Charge and DC Legends: Battle for Justice.
Included games: Dungeon Boss, Unison League, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, Girls X Battle, Disney Heroes Battle Mode...
Tower Defense games:
A classic format that requires players to be very smart with their resources and upgrades.
Core games: Bloons TD6, Toy Defense and Iron Marines.
Included games: Realm Defense: Hero Legends, Monsterplants VS Bowling, Plants vs Zombies, Kingdom Rush...
Traditional/Casual card games:
A selection of old favourites that focuses on the traditional card deck and a few other classics
Core games: Uno, Solitaire, Card Shark and Blackbird.
Included games: Freecell, Klondike Solitaire Kings, Shuffle Cats, Phase 10, Durak!...
Another genre loaded with classic games, these titles require good thinkers who can work well under time pressure.
Core games: Words with Friends, Scrabble GO and 4 Pics 1 Word.
Included games: Ruzzle, WordBrain, Spelltower, Alpha Omega...
This last section is devoted to some of the most popular mobile games around. We had to split up Puzzle games into a multitude of different sub genres. In the order
form it works a bit like this:
People who play any titles in the Hybrid, Puzzle RPG or Casual Puzzle genres.
Hybrid Puzzle games:
Some of the most popular mobile titles of the past few years. Adding a story driven element to the already well tested mechanics!
Core games: Gardenscapes, Lost Island and Rancho Blast.
Included games: Homescapes, Matchington Mansion, Cradle of Rome, Family Zoo...
Puzzle RPG games:
The final piece in our RPG puzzle! Taking popular mechanics and giving them a place in battle!
Core games: Marvel Puzzle Quest, WWE Champions and Doctor Who: Legacy.
Included games: SwapQuest, Puzzle and Glory, Heroes of Alterant, Shadow Wars..
Casual Puzzle games:
People who play Pure Match-3, Pure Blast or Pure Connect and Linker games.
Pure Match-3 games:
This mechanic could be considered the godfather of mobile games! Lots of great titles here that have kept players enticed for years!
Core games: Candy Crush Saga, Gummy Drop and Bejeweled.
Included games: Fruit Nibblers, Farm Heroes Super Saga, Cookie Jam, Fishdom...
Pure Blast games:
Very popular among casual players. Lots of people prefer the explosive side of blasting tiles!
Core games: Toon Blast, Pet Rescue Saga and Angry Birds Blast.
Included games: Toy Blast, Cookie Cats Blast, Bee Brilliant Blast, Cube Blast...
Pure Connect and Linker games
These games shy away from tiles and let you make some more interesting angles!
Core games: Two Dots, Jelly Splash and Monster Busters: Hexa Blast.
Included games: Simon’s Cat: Crunch time, Critter Crunch, Blossom Blast Saga...
To round off our game genres we have the champions of casual games! Many have tried to take their throne but King.com have maintained their position as market leaders for a very long time now. This genre features all of their popular games
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