As you know, progress does not stand in one place. Over the past few years, smartphones have become much more powerful, and today’s major game studios are getting more and more serious about focusing on projects for mobile devices as well.
In this article, we will look at the games with the best graphics for iPhones and Android devices in no particular order.
Released in 2020, Genshin Impact took the world by storm. Even if this anime-style RPG is not your cup of tea, there is no denying how gorgeous the open world of Teyvat looks. Lush, vibrant landscapes and seamless animations of special effects secure Genshin Impact a spot on our list of the best high-quality graphics games that are still popular in 2023 and probably won’t diminish in popularity any time soon.
While we can see clearly that Genshin Impact’s visual style draws inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this game has loads of unique elements and characters that move it far beyond a mere imitation.
Not only is Genshin Impact’s world beautiful, but it also offers so much to do. Wherever you step, climb, or glide, there’s a collectible, quest, or an enemy waiting for your attention so that you can easily spend hours and hours immersed in this visually appealing environment.
On the newest smartphone models, you can customize the graphics quality and crank up the visuals up to 60 FPS without experiencing any lagging. Another great thing is that you can switch between playing on a PC and your mobile device and fully experience the game’s beauty, even if you don’t have a high-end phone.
Black Desert Mobile
Another gem in the world of high-quality graphics mobile games is Black Desert Mobile, with painstakingly detailed visuals everywhere you turn. From the design of local flora, over character models, to animations for spells and abilities, it is immediately noticeable why this game created so much buzz when it came out in 2018. A few years later, it’s still one of the mobile games with the best graphics out there.
However, beauty comes at a price. To experience Black Desert Mobile at its best and get all 60 FPS, make sure to swap your old phone for one of the newest models if you haven’t already. The game will run on any device with Android 5.0 or iOS 11, but you won’t be treated to everything Black Desert Mobile has to offer visually.
Sky: Children of the Light
This visually stunning MMORPG takes you, a Descendent of Light, on a journey through 7 different realms on your quest to find spirits of stars and bring them back home. Sky: Children of the Light comes from thatgamecompany inc., the same developers who gave us Journey and Flower. If you are familiar with those games, you will see clear similarities between the visual styles of all three games.
In our opinion, Sky: Children of the Light takes the throne—and not just because of the way it looks, but for the beautiful and heart-warming story and gameplay. The game looks like a fairytale that came to life, even though the design of landscape elements and characters leans into the minimalistic style, with jaw-dropping fluid animations that will make you stay in this game for hours.
Download Sky: Children of the Light for iOS and Android.
Asphalt 9: Legends
While the gameplay may leave something to be desired, the graphics in Asphalt 9: Legends are drop-dead stunning. Even on the lowest settings on your mobile device, you will almost have a feeling of racing on a very good PC. Still, we cannot recommend enough playing on the highest settings with 60 FPS (if your device can hold up) so that you can experience every single detail—from the weather and neon glow of the city lights to the particle effects and textures of the road ahead.
Asphalt games seem to go hand in hand with the latest developments in the world of mobile devices, and the fans follow—Asphalt 9: Legends has over 100 million downloads on Google Play, and many of the user reviews praise the game’s excellent graphics in particular.
PUBG Mobile and Fortnite
PUBG or Fortnite—that is the question usually, but in this article, we join these old rivals together because both games offer similar, stunning visual experiences on mobile devices. While PUBG Mobile goes for that realistic feel in creating its environments, Fortnite is more whimsical and cartoony, but both games offer high-end smartphone users a real visual treat in their own right.
The Extreme mode on PUBG Mobile offers you the chance to crank up FPS up to 90 and get all the details with Ultra HD settings. Fortnite is still falling behind a bit when it comes to how friendly it is toward mobile devices, but it still looks excellent if your phone can support the highest settings.
We won’t help you decide between these two—they’re both excellent games that offer loads of fun. We are just here to tell you that whichever game you choose, you’re in for a treat in terms of the high-quality graphics you can expect.
And there you have it! We looked at 5 games with cutting-edge graphics that blur the lines between computers and smartphones. Now, get your thumbs ready and feast your eyes on any one of these options. Let us know in the comments which games blew your mind!