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10 Challenging Card Games You Can Play on Mobile

Do you enjoy competitive card games but don’t want to have to buy physical cards? Or are you just away from your highly customized deck? Either way, you can get your fix or try out some new card games without a trip to the game shop.

These 10 mobile card games are some of the best and most challenging games available. They’re a great way to kill time, challenge your brain, and dominate your competitors… all while having fun!

10. Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering Arena
Wizards of the Coast

Magic: The Gathering Arena is a free-to-play digital version of the iconic trading card game created in 1993. The mobile version pulls you into an immersive and engaging presentation of the physical game. The gameplay involves casting offensive and defensive spells, summoning creatures, and using magic to defeat opponents.

9. Marvel Snap

Marvel Snap

Marvel Snap is a free-to-play digital collectible card game featuring characters from the Marvel Universe. The gameplay is fast-paced, but a few minutes can easily turn into hours. Players start with 12 cards, putting one card or more face down at one of three locations. Locations have unique effects. The gameplay is relatively simple but extremely addictive.

8. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is a free-to-play digital collectible card game based on the 1999 based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is a near-perfect simulation of the physical original. Featuring a massive card catalog, and regular tournaments, it’s a Holy Grail game for hardcore duelists.

7. Clash Royale

Clash Royale

Clash Royale is a 2016 real-time strategy and collectible card game. It’s a unique mix that combines card collecting, tower defense, and an online multiplayer battle arena. Clash Royale is a spinoff of the Clash of Clans free-to-play mobile game. Insanely popular, it earned $2.5 billion in revenue in its first three years.

6. Gwent

CD Projekt S.A.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is a spinoff of the immensely popular Witcher franchise and derived from the card game of the same name featured in the novels. It’s been continually improved since its release. Play and winning are straightforward, earn more points than your opponent at the end of a best-out-of-three bout.

5. Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra
Riot Games

Inspired by the physical card game Magic: The Gathering, 2020s Legends of Runeterra is a free-to-play digital collectible card game. It features characters from the multiplayer online battle arena League of Legends and is set in the same fictional universe of Runeterra. It’s highly praised for its gameplay, visuals, and progression systems.

4. Hearthstone

Blizzards Entertainment

Hearthstone is a free-to-play online digital collectible card game that builds upon the existing lore of the Warcraft series. You’ll find similar characters, elements, and relics. It supports cross-platform play, so mobile players can compete against Windows and Mac users. Lots of care was taken to avoid the pitfalls of other collectible games.

3. Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is the digital version of the wildly popular dedicated party card game that was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2015. It’s one frantic hot potato of a game filled with humor. Childish and cartoonish maybe, but the mobile game brings all the wonderful guilty pleasure of the physical game.

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2. Thronebreaker

CD Projekt S.A.

Based on the 2018 RPG Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, is the card battle game Thronebreaker. It’s similar to Gwent but different enough to set it apart. Set in the world of The Witcher, it’s one of the best mobile card games available. It follows Queen Meve and her band of guerilla fighters. You must build an army and take back your throne.

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1. Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire
Humble Games

Slay the Spire is a testament to rogue-like deck-building games, adding procedural-generated randomness. You play as one of four characters attempting to ascend a spire of multiple floors. You battle through enemies and bosses along the way, gaining new cards to complete your climb. Considered among the very best games, Slay the Spire has won numerous awards.