Most popular arcades of 2020

Most popular arcades of 2020

Scouring various app stores for the right game can often be time-consuming, and a real hassle. More often than not, you’ll find yourself installing and then immediately uninstalling a game that is just not the right fit for you. Listed below for the benefit of game hunters are the 20 of the best arcade games available right now. Hopefully, here you’ll find what you’re looking for, without having to jump through some ridiculous hoops.

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers is an essential app for all arcade gamers out there, and if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The premise is simple – you control a character which you have to save from the wrath of the Inspector and his snappy dog who chase you down – what looks like –  an infinite train line. The game gets progressively faster, and harder, the longer you survive, but a bounty of rewards help sweeten the deal. The game is free, offers achievements, loot and coins to help you progress and is remarkably addictive. If you don’t play it, you’re missing out.

Angry Birds Classic

Angry Birds is another example of a household name in arcade gaming. This game is so prolific it even got a film adaption. The game follows a rivalry between a group of birds and their enemy, a group of pigs who have seemed to have infiltrated various structures. The aim is to launch various different types of birds  – all with unique abilities – at the structures with the goal of destroying as many pigs as possible. It supports offline playing, provides hundreds of interesting levels and is accompanied by a catchy soundtrack.

Smash Hit

Smash Hit doubles as a great arcade game and effective stress reliever – as the aim of the game is to smash everything in your way in order to get to a set location. Fifty different rooms are available to play, paired with eleven varying styles of graphics and animation. While the game is free, there is a degree of paid premiums on offer.

Crazy Taxi

Crazy Taxi is a manic arcade experience that is all about how much money you can make as a taxi driver in a set amount of time. There are four different crazy drivers available for you to control and have fun with. You can enjoy games of three, five and ten minutes sessions, all with a wide world to let loose in.

Strikers 1999

This game lets players from all across the world let loose and launch military attacks at each other. There are five special military airplanes available, with a range of different achievements for you to aim for.

Pinball King

Pinball King takes the beloved game of Pinball and transforms it into a fun, free mobile arcade game. You can play offline if you wish, or use the multiplayer mode. Achievements and leaderboards are provided so you can watch yourself progress from a pinball novice to a pinball king!

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja can proudly say that it is one of the most popular arcade games around today. During a game, you can expect hordes of various fruits to fly onto the screen for you to slice through with your customisable samurai sword. The game comes with 3 different modes for you to try, achievements with fantastic rewards to help you to stay motivated – such as themes and new swords.

Dan the Man: Action Platformer

Dan the Man does a great job of combining elements of both arcade games and platformers. At its core, the game serves as a retro fighting game and offers amazing weapons, abilities and epic boss fights. Multiple game modes are available for you to stick your teeth into, including story mode, survival and battle modes.

Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash is similar in style to Subway Surfers but with the added bonus of playing as the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog. During the game, the aim is to save Sonic from numerous obstacles and dangers that mean to slow him down. The game is free and benefits from great boss battles, iconic characters and both single and multiplayer modes.

Bricks Breaker Quest

Bricks Breaker Quest is a great arcade game that does not shy away from utilising nostalgia. The game is simple enough – launch a ball at a wall of bricks in order to break them, however, you have to recapture the ball and tactically launch the ball from the right angles in order to break the most bricks. The game offers a huge array of stages to play, with different balls equipped with different features. You can play both offline and online, with single and multiplayer modes supported.

Colour Switch

Colour Switch is one of the most popular arcade games around. In order to beat a level, you have to guide your avatar through colour based obstacles whilst keeping a level head – losing your patience may cost you a game. The game is very easy to win, but hard to master and offers a unique challenge that will keep you interested.

Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio offers a unique take on the class Angry Birds game. In this version, the story follows birds that have been captured in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Instead of destroying structures occupied by evil pigs, the goal is to save the captured birds. There are twelve episodes with over four hundred levels to master, with bonus levels on offer to those who overcome certain challenges.

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is another example of a renowned arcade game. The game assigns you missions for you to traverse with your jetpack and you must complete them in order to win. Along the way, you collect coins and various power-ups to assist you. It boasts easy controls, customizable jetpacks and great, immersive sound effects.


If you’re a fan of the cartoon Oggy and the Cockroaches Gang, then you’ll love this great arcade game. In the game, you are tasked to protect Oggy’s fridge from three cockroaches. The game boasts challenging stages, interesting power-ups and ways to improve your character’s skills.

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