Good mobile survival games are often difficult to find. This is due to a large amount of P2W garbage in the app stores and the difficulty to implement controls. Here we have selected the 13 best survival games 2022 for Android and iOS.
Many developers have failed because of their releases and ports. However, some have made it: there are actually mobile survival games for Android and iOS.
The best mobile survival games for Android and iOS
In our list of the best mobile survival games for Android and iOS, we not only gained experience with the games ourselves but also paid attention to the Community rating. However, this list is not sorted by rating but only reflects our top 13. Have fun browsing!
Platforms: Play Store Link, App Store Link | Reminds of: DayZ in pixel art | Developer: Bohemia Interactive | Cost: free
What many do not know: Mini DayZ is also available for the PC. The pixel art shooter not only has retro charm but also has a lot under the hood. Loot, base building and zombie / multiplayer battles keep the player on their toes and skilfully transport the DayZ feeling to the mobile phone. If you haven’t tried the mobile version yet, you should definitely do so.
This is what makes Mini DayZ so special: The tried and tested DayZ formula of survival and looting dares the artistic leap into the deep end. It works so well that addiction is also guaranteed on the mobile phone.
For whom is it suitable? Pixel art fans and DayZ veterans meet here and hopefully unite to form an even larger community. Even casual gamers get their money’s worth and quickly find their way around the modes and the world.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Platforms: Play Store Link, App Store Link | Reminds of: The big desktop & console brother | Developer: Studio Wildcard | Cost: free
ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the most sophisticated survival games for Android and iOS. With the almost console-ready graphics and the implementation of all game elements of the big brother, hardly anything is left to be desired. Only with the controls, we couldn’t get along now and then. However, this is a matter of taste.
This is what makes ARK: Survival Evolved so special: The successful mix of dinosaurs and sci-fi sounds strange at first, but then ensures immense fun. Crafting and the game world are inextricably linked and create a seamless and believable gaming experience.
For whom is it suitable? Everyone who wants to experience desktop survival on their mobile phones and also dinosaur fans. Because the dinosaurs also look really good on the mobile phone!
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
Platforms: Play Store Link, App Store Link | Reminds of: Dwarf Fortress | Developer: CleverRaven | Cost: free
The “hidden gem” of mobile survival games. Cataclysm: DDA is often compared to the tough Dwarf Fortress and rightly so. The steep learning curve and the cryptic user interface are entirely to the taste of many hardcore survival players. Although there is now a pimped-up version, we advise you to play the original with all its rough edges first.
This is what makes Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead so special: The focus of Cataclysm: DDA is clearly on gameplay instead of graphics. This admission results in arguably one of the most complicated and deepest survival games we have ever seen. Those who do not give up too soon will be rewarded with great satisfaction.
For whom is it suitable? Dark Days Ahead: Gamers who miss the old-school vibe, because the ASCII graphics can only look dusty in black and white. But don’t be put off. Young players will also find the attention to detail here if you look closely.
Survive – Wilderness Survival
Platforms: Play Store Link| Reminds of: text-based adventure games | Developer: Juuso Hietalahti | Cost: free
Survive – Wilderness Survival approaches the genre a little differently: in the text-based simulation you are forced to take care of all body functions. Body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other elements play a role. The aim of the game is to get to safety.
This is what makes Survive – Wilderness Survival so special: The relaxed gameplay and the minimalist graphics clearly slow down the otherwise stressful genre. We really like this variety.
Who is Survive – Wilderness Survival for: Players who prefer to use fitness apps than joysticks feel at home here. The surface and controls are stylistically crisp and functional.
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