#5 GTA: Vice City
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Much like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the mobile platform. This time around, the game is set within the 1980s in Vice City as this narrative story focuses on one man’s attempt to rise the ranks of the criminal underground. Just like all the other mobile Grand Theft Auto video game titles, controls are tight, the graphics have been updated, and the open world is available for players to do as they wish.
#4 GTA: San Andreas
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas players take the role of Carl Johnson who was once part of the corruption of the Los Santos city. Carl was no stranger to the life of gangs and drugs though he managed to escape it for over five years. However, after the murder of his mother, Car Johnson, better known as CJ, picks back up the life of crime. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas originally released back in 2004 and now over ten years later, developers Rockstar Games has remastered the title for mobile devices with enhanced visuals. This is one of the more popular installments to the franchise as well, though it could be dated if you’re just jumping into the Grand Theft Auto series.
#3 Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition
Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition brings back the charm from the original 1998 title and best of all, everything is still here. The sixty-hour adventure comes packed in within the app which tosses players into the story of a foster child that was sent out from the comfort of his once beloved home of Candlekeep. Now left to fend for himself, players get swept into this fantasy world on the brink of a massive war along with a sinister dark secret left to be shed. While new gamers to the franchise may be delighted to play this epic once for the first time ever, the Enhanced Edition brings about new quests to complete, updated visuals, and additional worlds to explore that should give players that already played the title some incentive to replay this epic once again.
#2 Oceanhorn: monsters of Uncharted Seas
Oceanhorn: Monsters of Uncharted Seas came out all the way back in 2013 and it’s still one of the more highly recommended titles for smartphones. This is an action-adventure title that acts similar to The Legend of Zelda franchise. Players take on the role of an unnamed young boy protagonist who is on a quest to find his lost father. In order to do so, you’ll have to venture into new terrains, fight off monsters, equip a variety of weapons, and explore the world.
While at the time of writing this, Nintendo has yet to bring over the Zelda franchise to the smartphone mobile market, so this is as close as you can get at the moment. However, we do have to give a bit of a disclaimer here as this game may not be a fully open world. Instead of having a fully open world to explore, the game features a variety of islands that act like hubs for you to explore. This is also not a linear experience so you’ll have to venture off into the different islands to find new secrets or solve puzzles that may have simply caused a roadblock before you were able to proceed any further into the narrative.
#1 Minecraft Pocket Edition
You knew this one was going to top our list didn’t you? Minecraft is a massive hit and one that continues to bring in new players to its fan base on a daily basis. Overall the game of Minecraft is a rather simple one, you explore, craft items, and collect resources. This is also one game that truly inspires players to build incredible works of art and while the Minecraft Pocket Edition does fall behind from its PC predecessor in terms of content, this mobile edition doesn’t fail to skip a beat in bringing the same gameplay we came to love when it originally released on PC back in 2009 with its alpha version debut.
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