The biggest mobile games in South Africa right now


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll be fully aware of the undoubted benefits of mobile gaming. Offering a convenient entertainment option, mobile games are designed to be picked up and put down and provide mobile users with yet another way they can use the array of functionalities a modern-day smartphone boasts.

With smartphones going way beyond the communication devices they were initially intended for, people are now use the gaming products on them, alongside being able to download apps for dating and apps for banking. Mobile games have never been as good as they are today either, with smartphone users able to dive into innovative live blackjack casino products and sample console-quality releases that are now making the transition over to mobile. As such, with all things considered, mobile gaming has never been so appealing, and that’s without mentioning gaming phones, gaming accessories, and even additional products mobile gamers can experience, such as virtual reality gaming.

Despite mobile gaming’s evident growth, not everyone is necessarily buying into it, though. For console gamers, the limited graphics and miniature screen is an immediate turn-off, whereas casual gamers have found that mobile gaming’s overall package suffices. In South Africa, certain games are winning over people more than others, too. In fact, some of the biggest games being downloaded in the country are well worth sampling on a smartphone device. Let’s take a look at a select few of them below.

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Subway Surfers

One of the most popular mobile games on the planet, Subway Surfers is also thriving in South Africa. An endless runner release where players surf the subways all while escaping a moody inspector and his canine companion, this fun and entertaining offering is a comical game to dive into as you aim to evade capture and wreak havoc underground. Also featuring slick graphics and easy-to-grasp gameplay, Subway Surfers is well worth downloading.

Candy Crush Saga

A truly iconic mobile game given its impact on the genre and its longevity, Candy Crush Saga is being played by millions of mobile gamers in South Africa. With over a billion global downloads from the Google Play Store, the free-to-play tile-matching video game continues to go from strength to strength as people aim to put their brain to the test and perfect their strategy. A game that is capable of keeping you entertained for hours on end, Candy Crush Saga is a great title.

Pull The Pin

Offering 100 mini-games that will put your brain power to the test, Pull The Pin is a relatively new release that is winning over more and more South Africans on a daily basis. An adventure product that was released on 24 July, it currently has over a million downloads as mobile users enjoy the convenience of jumping in and out of mini-games as and when it suits them. Not only are the games a genuine challenge but they’re fun and entertaining, too.


The most popular game on iOS and Android devices right now, Minecraft is an understandable favourite with many mobile gamers at the moment. Yet another PC and console product that has made the transition over to the mobile gaming arena, Minecraft on mobile is truly excellent. With endless building possibilities and the option of seeing off any enemies along the way, you’ll struggle to put this sandbox classic down.

Other games being downloaded in South Africa at the moment include Geometry Dash, Bloons TD 6, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Ludo King, Bridge Race, Hair Tattoo: Barber Shop Game, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Craft School: Monster Class.

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