It’s a cruel world out there, yet, our world is a lot better than some of the virtual landscapes you’ll venture through in the best survival games. Sometimes it really is a case of survival of the fittest, especially when it comes to survival games on mobile. The genre is well suited to portable devices, and, sometimes, it’s nice to see if you can safely lead someone to victory – though, for me, it usually ends in their doom. Ah well, better them than me and all that jazz.
So, if you want to see if you have the chops to survive zombie outbreaks, desertion on a desert island, and exile, we have the perfect list for you. We went out into the wilderness, took many risks, and made our safe return with the best survival games on mobile. Should you want even more challenges to overcome, our list of the best Switch survival games is the place to be.
If the idea of being stranded on an island and finding a Wilson of your own isn’t for you, not to worry, you can go and relax with our list of the best games like Stardew Valley. Or, if you want a more harrowing test of survival, we suggest you venture into our picks for the best Resident Evil games – there are crazy villagers, tons of zombies, and rabid dogs to boot, good luck!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the best survival games on mobile:
Backrooms: Shoot Them All
Do you ever find yourself watching the ‘found footage’ Backrooms videos, and thinking ‘If they had just brought a gun, they’d be fine’? If so, give Backrooms: Shoot Them All a try, because it gives you a gun, drops you in the titular dimension, and leaves you to survive.
No doubt, some of the creatures will look kind of silly to some players, but to others, that will be exactly the thing that makes them so frightening. In each on-rails level, you have to survive the onslaught of creatures and make your way to safe area. The deeper you go into the Backrooms, the more strange creatures you’ll encounter, and the harder they’ll be to defeat.
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition
Don’t starve, have a sandwich or something. Okay, in all seriousness, Don’t Starve is a fine choice if you’re after a survival game, and the mobile adaptation happens to be a very good version of the game. You play as Wilson (is this intentional, or a happy coincidence?) and find yourself stranded in the wilderness, all alone, with little to no resources at your disposal. You need to dig deep, chop trees, hunt for food, and withstand the elements.
Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition is a charming game, it’s full of perilous situations, and many creatures that want to ruin your day – don’t let them. Embrace your inner Bear Grylls, work your way through this strange land, uncover its mysteries, and find your way home.
It’s a harsh world out there, and, no matter where you are – be it in the frozen mountain landscapes, a scorching desert, or luscious jungles – zombies are everywhere. One of the best things about LifeAfter is that it doesn’t force you to endure such hostility alone. You can form friendships, each of which strengthens your chances of survival. Well, that’s assuming they don’t betray you at the first opportunity.
Stormfall: Saga of Survival
Survival games don’t have to just be about post-apocalyptic worlds and zombies, you know. Sometimes it’s nice to forget about the walking dead, and return to a time where it’s a bunch of angry people casting you out into exile – I know this still isn’t a great scenario, but at least there are no zombies about.
In Stormfall, you must do what it takes to survive as you build a new life for yourself in exile. You need to fight off starvation, withstand the elements, develop weapons, craft gear, and learn what it means to truly be a survivor.
Ark: Survival Evolved
Okay, we’re going even further back this time, to a period before humans walked the earth. Ark: Survival Evolved sends you to a place where dinosaurs roam the lands, and if you thought surviving at Scout’s camp was tough, well, you’re in for a rude awakening with this one.
Honestly, if ever there was a time to yell ‘I’m a survivor’ this is it, and the chances are you’re truly alone, so nobody is going to tell you to shut up – though a dinosaur’s way of doing this may be to eat you, so there’s that. Ark features all the stereotypical survival game elements – you must scavenge for food, resources, and set up camp. Furthermore, you need to modify what you wear, given the cold and heat are just as likely to kill you as a dino – such fun.
Live or Die: Zombie Survival
Here’s another game that features both a post-apocalyptic world and an obscene amount of zombies. You know the drill, gather supplies, craft your gear, and go bash a few brain munchers. Of course, it’s all about survival of the fittest here, and that means that not only must you build a base to keep the brain loving crazies outside, but a fortress that can keep out your fellow survivors. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, so all that’s left to say is live or die. Make your choice.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
How could I possibly write a list about survival games and not include Minecraft? Love it or hate it, we’ve all gone around punching trees, mining ore, and shaving sheep before. Minecraft is a great game if you want to both test your resolve, and simply vibe along while you do it – there’s no pressure here, just chill vibes, cool air, and a ton of farm animals. At least until nightfall hits, then bam, zombies, spiders, and creepers, oh my.
Seriously though, it’s a great game to play if you don’t want to think. Sometimes you just want to exist, and this game lets you do that. We also have a number of guides, such as Minecraft diamonds and Minecraft houses, in case you want a helping hand. And, if you want more games like Minecraft, head over to our picks for the best games like it on Switch and mobile.
Phew, there you have it, the best survival games on mobile – may the odds be ever in your favour. If you want an adventure that’s full of rainbows, sunshine, magic, and unicorns, check out our joyful lists of the best Mario games and best Disney games. Go on, make these part of your world.