The Best Shooter Games To Play On Smartphones In 2021

We may all look at consoles and PC platforms for video game titles to enjoy, but we all have a few games we enjoy to kill time with on our smartphones. If you’re in the market for some new games to enjoy on the mobile platforms, here are a few shooters you might be interested in trying out. Please note that these games are not ranked in any order but we’ll continue to add more titles into the list throughout the year.


#10 Dead Effect 2

Dead Effect 2 is a bit of a lighthearted version of Dead Space. In this game, players are trapped in a space station that is overrun by undead zombies. With the goal of getting out of the station, players will have to blast away at the various enemies that pop up. Visually, the game offers a bit of a cel-shaded look and you’re looking at about 20 hours of gameplay for the campaign. For those of you who like to go for collectibles, you’ll find that there are over a hundred different gear pieces to upgrade for your character along with over 40 weapon upgrades. To top it off, there is controller support so if you’re not a fan of on-screen controls then you can easily connect a controller to the game.


#9 Afterpulse

If you’re after competitive shooters then Afterpulse may be worth checking into. This game offers some pretty great level of details that would make it appealing for smartphone players and the developers are working hard to provide content that fans would enjoy so if you don’t see something that you feel would make for a good fit, reaching out to the developers will allow the feedback to be heard and adapted into the game in a future update. Still, as is the game is a pretty great alternative to the likes of Call of Duty Mobile. There are various game modes, maps, great optimization for less powerful smartphone devices, daily rewards, and even some skin purchases if you decide to spend some currency.


#8 Call of Duty: Mobile

The Call of Duty franchise has dominated consoles and PC platforms for years and it’s allowed gamers to go through a cinematic action movie experience. However, most gamers quickly pick up the latest installments not so much for the narrative campaign experience, but for the online multiplayer game modes. Luckily the franchise was ported for a mobile video game experience. Call of Duty: Mobile is a first-person shooter develop to take a wide range of game modes, characters, and maps that proved to be popular in the standard video game releases.

While the game originally had a zombies game mode as well, it was eventually removed due to it not meeting the standards that Activision had envisioned. With that said, there is a potential that the game mode could reappear in the mobile version once again. Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out that the game is free but you can still make in-game purchases along with the mobile version also featuring a battle pass.


#7 Cover Fire

Don’t have a stable internet connection or worried you’ll exceed your bandwidth limit? No problem because Cover Fire doesn’t need an internet connection. Once you download the game, you’re done with the internet usage. This is an offline shooter game with a single-player campaign. Players will be taking to different game missions where you’ll have to use an array of weapons such as snipers to assault rifles against the enemy forces. There’s a thrilling campaign story to go through and if you happen to get into a spot where wifi is accessible then there are some online multiplayer game modes to compete in.


#6 Dead Trigger 2

While we made mention of Call of Duty: Mobile and how it had a zombies mode, it’s no longer available in the game, you do have a few alternatives to enjoy right now including Dead Trigger 2. This game came out back in 2013 and is still a popular app being enjoyed today. It’s a first-person survival horror FPS that follows a storyline. It’s not a mindless wave-based shooter as you’re going to go through different scenarios and storyline missions all while earning in-game resources to either get better weapons or upgrades. Dead Trigger 2 is also developed by Madfinger Games and they are clearly a name to be reckoned with on the mobile platform. We’ve seen plenty of FPS games release from this developer so you can expect a nice overall experience.


#5 Gods of Boom

Originally known as Guns of Boom, we have Gods of Boom a PvP focused shooter. This game is all about action and just like other popular shooters, you can expect season drops similar to the likes of Fortnite. With less focus of a story and more of a drop in and start gunning away at the competition, the new seasons bring out different themed costumes and weaponry. For instance, the latest season at the time of writing this description is season 11 and it’s alien-themed with different otherworldly weapons being added into the game along with space suit style costumes.


#4 PUBG Mobile

Come on now, you all know about Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, otherwise known as PUBG. It’s been a popular battle royale for a good while now and even though other platforms have been taken up by several different battle royale games, you can still find active players on mobile. It’s essentially the same experience brought over and worked on mobile devices.


#3 Fortnite

Okay, I know that I said you all know about PUBG but even non-gamers know about Fortnite. It’s a worldwide hit that’s still actively bringing in new players. This battle royale title will be around for a good long while and if you want to take the Fortnite experience on-the-go then you can do so with the smartphone app. Again, it’s exactly like the standard Fortnite experience but just in a mobile format. If you’ve been living under a rock, this is a battle royale game mode where players drop down into a large map, collect resources and attempt to be the last man standing. It’s an addictive gameplay experience and one that has plenty of content being added in on regular basis.


#2 NOVA Legacy

Do you remember NOVA? It was an FPS video game series from Gameloft quite a few years ago and it was the go-to FPS Halo-like game on smartphones. It’s been several years since that series ended but the development studio decided to give the game series a nice little remaster. That’s right remastered editions are actually hitting smartphone games. This NOVA Legacy title is the first three NOVA games but revamped with new graphics, audio, and even some game mechanic tweaks. It’s the classic NOVA games that we all pretty much played years ago but in one collection. To top it off, there’s still multiplayer game modes you can dive into.


#1 Shadowgun War Games

Madfinger Games was mentioned in this list before with Dead Trigger 2 and again for good reason. The development studio knows how to make a solid video game experience for mobile platforms. We might not have some hero shooters that are popular on other platforms available on mobile devices, but if you wanted to experience something like Overwatch through a smartphone then you can’t go wrong with Shadowgun War Games. It’s a 5v5 tactical shooter with a hero roster with unique abilities. On top of that, you have a variety of maps and game modes to rotate through during PvP game matches. Also being a relatively new game, you can expect an active community of players available.