According to the latest research on the African gaming market, the industry is expected to register a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period between 2020-2025. Smartphone gaming is one of the major reasons for this growth as gaming on a mobile device has become one of the biggest and most popular entertainment options for South Africans at the moment. The games on offer are only going to get bigger and better too.
Smartphone gaming has certainly gone from strength to strength in the last five or so years. Many of the impressively powerful devices we have access to today can perform a wide variety of functionalities and offer sophisticated features that many of the older mobile phone devices were lacking. Innovation in this space has been groundbreaking as companies aim to outdo one another by bringing out new devices offering a range of new functionalities. As a result, as consumers, we have been hugely spoilt.
Alongside being able to access clever apps which perform a variety of services, the gaming options for people have shown incredible progress. Gone are the days where Snake was the main gaming option on a mobile phone, but it’s now being replaced by the likes of console-quality titles such as Fortnite and PUBG, augmented reality titles like Pokemon Go, and fun games like Lucky Blackjack. The options are comprehensive, too. In fact, smartphone gamers have never had it so good.
With smartphone gaming playing its part in the overall growth of the African gaming market, which smartphone games are people downloading at the moment? Whether you’re keen to tuck into some smartphone titles while catching up on Friends: The Reunion or simply need some entertainment options for your morning commute to work, here is a look at the best games for your smartphone right now. All of the games featured are available on android and iOS unless stated otherwise.
Police Patrol Simulator
With reckless drivers taking over the streets and causing disorder everywhere, players are tasked with joining forces with the police to restore law and order and progress through the ranks.
Police Patrol Simulator is not only fun and entertaining, but it requires skill in order to become the ultimate law keeper. There are cars to unlock; you can customise them ahead of a patrol, explore the game’s open-world aspect, and a whole lot more. Police Patrol Simulator is one of the most popular smartphone games in South Africa at the moment.
4×4 Jeep Evo
Another driving game with a big following, 4×4 Jeep Evo, tasks players with driving a range of cars such as SUVs, trucks, monster trucks, and jeeps. The game boasts excellent graphics, realistic physics, action-packed entertainment from the off, and smooth controls, which are easy to master as you take on each rebellious riding challenge.
If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to solve crimes as a detective, then now’s your chance to find out. Detective Masters involves players cracking a variety of cases in an attempt to get the bad guys off the street, while also proving who is innocent too. Can you get crime out of your city?
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An action-packed multiplayer FPS game, Sniper 3D is a truly brilliant release to sample on a smartphone device. You can play online and offline, fight in a multiplayer war, practice your sniper assassin skills, unlock fun upgrades, build the biggest and best guns, and a whole lot more.
Other smartphone games being regularly downloaded in South Africa are Real Racing 3, Bridge Race, Hair Dye, Shooting Ball, and Subway Surfers.