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Mobile gaming was better than ever in 2022, as big names made even bigger moves in that space to deliver all kinds of interactive entertainment to small screens.
Mobile games are perhaps one of the most versatile and convenient works of interactive art that you’ll ever experience, and in 2022, there was no shortage of quality games to enjoy on your iPad or your iPhone. With modern iOS hardware boasting excellent specs, developers spent the year cracking out titles that took full advantage of Apple’s impressive gear and delivered titles that didn’t only look fantastic on those smaller screens, but took advantage of their unique strengths as well.
This has been a year in which mobile gaming has seen some serious effort from big players in the scene, with Netflix entering the picture and offering its subscribers access to a number of high-profile titles. With games such as Into the Breach, Spiritfarer, and Before Your Eyes on offer, Netflix has shown a serious commitment to growing its footprint in this space. Elsewhere in the mobile gaming scene, Apple Arcade has proven to be excellent value for money, more indie developers have retooled their titles to work on iOS, and cloud gaming has had some ups and downs.
While Xbox continues to make big gains with its cloud gaming efforts, 2022 also saw Google announce that its Stadia service will be shut down next year. Beyond those big stories, there was still plenty of reason to grab your phone or tablet, boot up a game, and settle in for a cozy night of digital fun. According to the numbers tallied up from GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic, the games below earned the highest numbers from outlets across the world.