Mobile games are taking the gaming industry by storm. With an estimated market worth of $68.5 billion (INR 12 trillion), it makes up 45% of the global gaming market, according to TechCrunch.
Card games have definitely withstood the test of time. From generation to generation, card games have been played everywhere—they’re versatile, mobile, and made for groups. With such a place in social interactions it is no surprise that many have been turned into apps.
Without further ado, here are five of the best card games available on Android:
1. Sage Solitaire
You can’t talk about card games without talking about solitaire—it’s the original card game. Sage Solitaire is the much-needed reboot of the game. It plays the same as Klondike Solitaire where you’ll only win if you remove all the cards. Except instead of building the numbers, you can only win by making hands like in poker. It’s a fun and intelligent twist for fans of the game out there. The game is refreshing yet familiar enough that you won’t have a hard time learning how to play. It’s free to download and you can remove the ads for a small fee. So, if you’re looking for another offline game to play, look no further.
2. Clash Royale
Supercell’s Clash Royale has been around for a while and it has been raking in millions of downloads. It combines card games with tower defence—two of the best casual gaming genres on Android. The goal is to destroy your opponent’s tower using troops, artillery, and spells represented as cards. The exhilarating experience combined with the randomness of card game strategies has catapulted it to become one of the top games for mobile devices. In fact, The Verge reports that Clash Royale will be entering the eSports arena sometime soon.
Poker is one of the most popular card games of all time, and Appeak lets you play the classic game on your phone against an AI or another human rival. The game is levelled at beginner and intermediate players of Texas Hold’em. As the game features a practice mode and lets you battle with progressively better opponents, it’s a good way to gain confidence in playing poker. With over 15 million players, online tournaments are now one of the most popular aspects of the card game. In partypoker’s guide to tournament basics they detail how online competitions are the next step up from individual games. This is why more players turn to online resources and mobile apps to build their skills. With Appeak, new generations of poker players can use mobile devices to join in with this ever-growing community.
4. Octro’s Teen Patti
As India is the second largest smartphone market in the world, it’s no surprise that a card game from the subcontinent will be a top game in Google Play. With over 40 million users and an engaged daily user base of 3.5 million, Octro’s Teen Patti is massive. The game features the classic Teen Patti but also modified versions including Six Patti, a fusion between Teen Patti and bridge.
5. Exploding Kittens
Party card games are a genre in their own right and Exploding Kittens is a riot of a party game. The most crowdfunded card game of all time is now an app on Android. In this card game, you draw cards from a heap and win if you don’t get the explosive baby cats. The app can be played locally or anonymously online. Exploding Kittens was the top paid app hours after its release. It’s a testament to how card games can be made better when adapted to a digital version.