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A guide to our 56 game genres, here's where you'll find some of the games included in them.

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Written by Jack Dunne
Updated over a week ago

Here are our 55 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.

Battle Royale games:

Survival of the fittest meets explosive multiplayer mayhem as you drop into a cutthroat battleground, scavenge for weapons, and outlast opponents. The battlefields shrink and ammo gets harder to find while hundreds battle it out to be the last player standing!

Core games: Fortnite and Apex Legends.

Included games: Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, PUBG, Arma 3, Fear the Wolves, Zooba...

Brain Training games:

Sharpen your mind, boost cognitive prowess, and unlock your full mental potential with addictive games designed to challenge and entertain while enhancing memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Core games: Peak and Lumosity

Included games: Elevate, 2048, Memorando, CogniFit, NeuroNation, Kids Brain Trainer....

Brawl games:

Unleash chaotic mayhem as you battle friends and foes alike in fast-paced, action-packed arenas where victory goes to the toughest brawler standing!

Core games: Super Smash Bros., Brawl Stars and Brawlhalla.

Included games: Party Animals, Badland Brawl, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, LEGO Brawls, Tiny Heroes, Gang Beasts...

Bubble Shooter games:

Pop your way to victory with strategic aiming, colorful bubbles, and addictive gameplay. A burst of fun and excitement is guaranteed with this tried and tested game mechanic.

Core games: Bubble Witch Saga, Angry Birds POP!, and Bubble Shooter Rainbow.

Included games: Panda Pop, Jungle Bubble Shooter, PAC-MAN Pop, Bubble Blast, Island Bubble Shooter, Pirate Pop, Relic Rescue...

Card Battler/Collectible Card games:

Unleash your strategic prowess, meticulously craft a formidable deck, and engage in exhilarating card battles where every move could spell the difference between victory or defeat

Core games: Hearthstone, Marvel Snap, and Magic: The Gathering Arena.

Included games: Slay the Spire, Inscryption, Legends of Runeterra, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, The Elder Scrolls: Legends...

Casual Resource Management games:

Strategic thinking takes center stage without the complexity of endless resource types and high-stakes battles, allowing you to indulge in the joy of collecting items and expanding your own virtual empire.

Core games: Hay Day and Fallout: Shelter.

Included games: Game Dev Story, Farmville, Transport Tycoon, Klondike Adventures, Township, Project Highrise, Hundred Days...

City Simulation games:

Construct and manage your dream metropolis, as you shape its destiny from a humble plot of land to a bustling urban masterpiece. These games encourage long play sessions!

Core games: Anno 2205, SimCity and Megapolis.

Included games: City Island 3, Designer City, Eden: The Game, Airport City, Pocket City, Cities: Skylines, Frostpunk...

Cooking games:

Packed with delicious challenges and culinary creativity to bring the sizzle of the kitchen right to your fingertips! Can you keep customers happy and avoid long wait times as you whip up a virtual feast and unleash your inner chef?

Core games: Cooking Madness, Good Pizza, Great Pizza, and Cooking Fever.

Included games: Diner Dash, Rising Super Chef, Cooking Dash, Kebab World: Cooking Game, Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook...

Cozy games:

Take it easy after work with a nice comfy gaming session! Are we farming or fishing tonight?

Core games: Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, Disney Dreamlight Valley

Included games: Good Pizza, Great Pizza, I was a Teenage Exocolonist, Kind Words

Design and Fashion games:

Step into a stylish world of design, fashion games, where your creativity knows no bounds and virtual runways and interiors become your playgrounds of expression.

Core games: House Designer: Fix & Flip and Covet Fashion.

Included games: Fashion Battle, Love Nikki-Dress Up Queen, Kim Kardashian Hollywood, Fashion Show: Makeup, Dress Up, Design Home, House Flipper, Redecor, Decor Life ...

Hidden Object games:

Timers, finding needles in haystacks and in-depth storylines. Players of these games have sharp eyes and even sharper time management skills - they'll know when to use a booster.

Core games: June’s Journey and Seekers Notes: Hidden Objects.

Included games: Manor Matters, Scavenger Hunt, Criminal Case, Devcats, The Room...

Hybrid Casual games:

The ultimate fusion of casual or hyper-casual simplicity layered with mid-core depth. This genre redefines mobile gaming with low barriers to entry and a high skill ceiling to provide accessible yet engaging experiences. These games often include features such as progression systems, upgrades, or live ops events.

Core games: Archero and

Included games: Mob Control, Collect Em All!, Aquarium Land, Top War: Battle Game...

Hyper Casual games:

Addictively simple, irresistibly fun, and the ultimate boredom-busters. These games can be learned in as little as 10 seconds and always keep you coming back for more!

Core games: Going Balls, and Bridge Race.

Included games: Helix Jump,,, Tall Man Run,, Kick the Buddy...

Idle Clicker games:

Unleash your inner tycoon where every tap brings you closer to endless wealth and success! Virtually impossible to lose and with instant gratification, Idle Clicker games are played in offices all over the world.

Core games: Idle Miner Tycoon and AdVenture Capitalist.

Included games: Frozen City, Egg Inc, Legend of Slime, Idle Miner Tycoon, Realm Grinder, Cookie Clicker, Cat Snack Bar, Idle Lumber Empire...

Interactive Story games:

Getting lost in a good book is so 2000s; now, it's all about undertaking thrilling narrative adventures where every choice you make weaves a tapestry of suspense, mystery, and endless possibilities.

Core games: Episode and Life is Strange.

Included games: Choices, Stories You Play, MeChat, Whispers, Chapters, Tabou Stories, The Walking Dead, Dark Pictures Anthology, Coffee Talk...

Life Simulation games:

Living the life of one or more virtual characters, where players get to craft their story, and start fresh if it all goes wrong!

Core games: Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and The Sims.

Included games: Disney Dreamlight Valley, Second Life, BitLife, Coral Island, Two Point Hospital, Virtual Families, Toca Life World...

Location Based games:

Step into a world where reality meets imagination, the streets become your playground and adventure awaits around every corner.

Core games: Pokémon GO and Jurassic World Alive.

Included games: Pikmin Bloom, Five Nights at Freddy's AR, Ingress Prime, NBA All-World, MARVEL World...

Merge games:

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, you'll combine and collect your way to victory.

Core games: Merge Dragons! and Merge Mansion.

Included games: EverMerge, Travel Town, Merge Garden, Love & Pies, Merge Mayor, Merge Miners...

MMORPG games:

Craft your own persona and forge epic alliances to overcome the next quest on your list! Often free to play, with endless open-world possibilities to explore.

Core games: World of Warcraft and Genshin Impact.

Included games: Final Fantasy XIV Online, and The Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny 2, Runescape, Albion Online, Diablo Immortal...

MOBA games:

Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games feature some of the biggest eSports titles of all time! The format focuses on lanes, upgradeable characters and intense PvP action to create an adrenaline-fueled frenzy of epic proportions!

Core games: League of Legends and Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients).

Included games: Pokémon UNITE, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Heroes Charge, Vainglory, Heroes of the Storm, Arena of Valor...

Mobile Action RPG games:

Similar to its PC/Console counterpart, offering a plethora of captivating storylines and exhilarating battles. We’ve noticed that these players differ slightly to those who play on console.

Core games: MARVEL Future Fight and The Elder Scrolls: Blades.

Included games: Arcane Legends, Evil Lands, Eternium, Aether Gazer, Torchlight: Infinite, Bleach: Brave Souls…

Mobile Board games:

From adaptations of traditional board games to new polished and addictive takes on the genre - it's never been easier to conquer, strategize, and challenge friends anytime, anywhere!

Core games: Ludo King and Monopoly: GO!.

Included games: Board Kings, Yahtzee with Buddies Dice, Chess - Play and Learn, Dice with Buddies, RISK: Global Domination, Backgammon...

Mobile Physics games:

Unravel the laws of the universe and conquer mind-bending challenges in games that defy gravity and ignite your problem-solving prowess. Rovio kicked it off on mobile with Angry Birds.

Core games: Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Build a Bridge!.

Included games: Brain It On!, Smash Hit, Where's My Water?, Mr Bullet, World of Goo, Bad Piggies, Stupid Zombies, Lemmings...

Mobile RPG games:

Lots of comparable characteristics with Mobile 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 enemies here!

Core games: Fire Emblem Heroes and One Piece Treasure Cruise.

Included games: Age of Magic, Vampire's Fall, Questland, Pokémon Masters EX, Ninja Turtles: Legends, Lord of Heroes, Brave Nine, The Seven Deadly Sins...

Mobile Strategy games:

Conquer kingdoms on-the-go by forging empires, deploying armies, and outwitting rivals with a single swipe!

Core games: Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, Frost & Flame: King of Avalon and AFK Arena

Included games: TFT: Teamfight Tactics, Lords Mobile: Kingdom Wars, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire, Last Fortress: Underground, Art of War...

Multiplayer Base Builder games:

Clash of Clans set the stage here and many have gone on to achieve great things in this genre. Forge alliances, construct the ultimate empire and most importantly, don’t forget to level up your heroes! Mastering time management and honing battle skills are crucial attributes for any player.

Core games: Clash of Clans and State of Survival: Zombie War.

Included games: Boom Beach, Age of Apes, Forge of Empires, Castle Clash, TRANSFORMERS: Earth Wars, Guns of Glory: Lost Island...

Music games:

Dancing, singing, and tapping to the beat! Good coordination and multi tasking abilities are required to get far in these games.

Core games: Beatstar, Magic Tiles, osu!, and Just Dance.

Included games: Geometry Dash, Tiles Hop, Singstar, Guitar Hero, Beat Saber, Metal: Hellsinger, Muse Dash, Persona...

PC/Console Action RPG games:

Customize your characters destiny, and immerse yourself in a captivating blend of intense combat and deep storytelling where every choice shapes their epic adventure.

Core games: Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077

Included games: Diablo IV, Path of Exile, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4...

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: Age of Empires, Starcraft, Northgard and Total War.

Included games: Civilization, Crusader Kings, Halo Wars, Hearts of Iron, Stellaris, Halo Wars, Rome: Total War...

Quiz games:

We’ve got the questions. Have you got the answers?

Core games: Trivia Crack and Kahoot!.

Included games: Jeopardy, GeoGuessr, Trivia Star, Logo Quiz, Official Millionaire Game, SongPop...

Racing games:

One of the classic genres, loud engines and even louder fans! Great coordination skill needed here!

Core games: Forza, Asphalt, and Mario Kart.

Included games: Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, F1 Hill Climb Racing, Dirt, Wreckfest, Real Racing, CSR, Beach Buggy Racing...

Runner games:

Another classic, with some of our favorite games. Sometimes you’ll run, sometimes you’ll slide!

Core games: Subway Surfers and Temple Run.

Included games: Talking Tom Gold Run, Alto's Adventure, Sonic Forces, Minion Rush, Jetpack Joyride, Blades of Brim...

Shooter games:

Shoot or be sniped! This combative genre encompasses both PC/Console Shooter games as well as Mobile Shooter games

Included genres: Mobile Shooter games and PC/Console Shooter games

Mobile Shooter games:

Got good aim, a steady hand and desire to hit deer, your friends, or some clever bots? Unleash adrenaline-fueled chaos in the palm of your hand!

Core games: Call of Duty Mobile and Free Fire.

Included games: Modern Combat, Sniper Fury, Critical Ops, Dead Trigger, Sniper 3D, Standoff 2, Zombie Frontier...

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 and DOOM.

Included Games: Battlefield, Overwatch, Counter-Strike, Valorant, Destiny, Halo, Escape from Tarkov...

Slots games:

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 and Jackpot Party Casino Slots.

Included games: Big Fish Casino: Slots Games, Slots 777, Quick Hit Casino Slot Games, Lightning Link Casino Slots, DoubleDown Casino Vegas Slots...

Social Casino games:

Experience the thrill of real casino action from the comfort of your fingertips with the rest of your favorite casino games including roulette, poker, bingo and much more.

Core games: Zynga Poker, Coin Master, and Bingo Blitz.

Included games: Dice Dreams, WSOP Poker, Higgs Domino Island, Casino Roulette: Roulettist, Vegas Keno, Blackjack 21...

Solitaire Games:

Classic solitaire action right at your fingertips with a variety of engaging solitaire games,

Core games: Solitaire Grand Harvest, Solitaire TriPeaks, and Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Included games: Pyramid Solitaire Saga, Fairway Solitaire, Solitaire Blitz, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell Solitaire, Yukon Solitaire, and Crescent Solitaire...

Sports games:

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 genres: Casual Sports games and Franchise Sports games.

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?, Soccer Super Stars, and Rocket League.

Included Games: Head Ball, Homerun Clash, Cricket League, Football Strike, Tennis Clash, 8 Ball Pool, Skate, Shredders...

Franchise Sports games:

You'll find the biggest names in sports games here as you step into the shoes of your favorite athletes, command the field, and rewrite history. Unlike Casual Sports games, these games have a steeper learning curve and require a higher level of skill.

Core Games: FIFA and NBA 2K.

Included Games: UFC Mobile, WWE All Stars, Madden NFL, FIFA Mobile Soccer, Tony Hawk, NHL...

Survival 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: Undawn, LifeAfter, Dead by Daylight, and Rust.

Included games: Identity V, Last Day on Earth, Raft, The Forest, Don't Starve, Resident Evil, Valheim, Subnautica, DayZ...

Sudoku games:

Where numbers turn into your mental playground, offering logic challenges and the thrill of puzzle mastery in just 81 squares. Get ready to conquer the grid!

Core games: - Number Games, Sudoku - Classic Sudoku Puzzle

and Killer Sudoku

Included games: Sudoku Game - Daily Puzzles, Monopoly Sudoku

, Number Game...

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: RAID: Shadow Legends and Honkai: Star Rail.

Included games: Dragon Ball Legends, MARVEL Strike Force, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, Summoners War, and Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, Fate/Grand Order...

Tower Defense games:

Unleash your tactical genius in tower defense games; position towers, defend against relentless waves of enemies, and put your strategic thinking to the ultimate test.

Core games: Bloons TD and Plants vs Zombies.

Included games: Kingdom Rush, Rush Royale, Slime Legion, Dungeon Defenders, Orcs Must Die!, Toy Defense...

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, Rummy, Cribbage

Included games: Freecell, Klondike, Phase 10, Durak, Crazy Eights, Canasta, Spades...

User-Generated-Content platforms:

Vibrant playgrounds where imagination reigns supreme, allowing players to create, share, and explore limitless worlds crafted by the community.

Core games: Roblox, Minecraft

Included games: Roblox, Minecraft, Rec Room, Fortnite Creative...

Word games:

Another genre loaded with classic games, these titles require good thinkers who can work—and spell—well under time pressure.

Core games: Wordscapes, Words with Friends, and Wordle!.

Included games: NYT Games: Word Games, Scrabble GO, Words of Wonders, Word Connect, Word Trip, 4 Pics 1 Word...

Puzzle Games

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 like this:

Puzzle games:

Mind-teasing adventures that challenge your intellect, creativity, and problem-solving skills, leaving you craving for that satisfying "Aha!" moment.

Included genres: Hybrid Puzzle games, Puzzle RPG games, and Casual Puzzle games.

Hybrid Puzzle games:

These games add a story driven element to already well tested puzzle mechanics!

Core games: Homescapes, Gardenscapes and Royal Match.

Included games: Garden Affairs, Matchington Mansion, Project Makeover, Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, ...

Puzzle RPG games:

Traditional puzzles intertwine with classic battler mechanics, hero recruitment, and gear upgrades.

Core games: Empires & Puzzles and WWE Champions.

Included games: Puzzle Combat, Legendary: Game of Heroes, Call of Antia, Puzzle Breakers, Best Fiends Match 3 Games, Slugterra...

Casual Puzzle games:

Easily approachable and enjoyable - solve puzzles and complete challenges in a relaxed and non-demanding manner.

Included genres: Pure Match-3 games, Pure Blast games, 3D Match Games and 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 and Gummy Drop.

Included games: Fishdom, Farm Heroes Saga, Cookie Jam, Disney Emoji Blitz, The Wizard of Oz Magic Match 3...

Pure Blast games:

Very popular among casual players. Lots of people prefer the explosive side of blasting tiles!

Core games: Angry Birds Dream Blast and Toon Blast.

Included games: Toy Blast, Pet Rescue Saga, Subway Surfers Blast, Star Blast, Disney POP TOWN...

3D Match Games

The new kid of the puzzle block and defined by Triple Match 3D's success.

Core games: Triple Match 3D, Match 3D and Tile Match 3D

Included games: Goods Match 3D, Joy Match 3D, Match Mania 3D, Triple Tile...

Pure Connect and Linker games

These games shy away from tiles and let you make some more interesting angles!

Core games: Two Dots and LINE.

Included games: Blossom Blast Saga, Jelly Splash, Collect Em All!, Simon’s Cat: Crunch time, Diamond Diaries Saga, Friends Popcorn...

______________ games

To round off our game genres we have the champions of casual games! Many have tried to take their throne but 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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