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Top 10 free mobile gaming apps on Android in India after Chinese app ban

Top 10 free mobile gaming apps on Android in India after Chinese app ban
Full list of top 10 free gaming apps on the Google Play StoreGarena Free Fire: 3volution/Critical Action: Gun Strike Ops - Shooting Game/Call of Duty: Mobile
  • India’s ban on another 118 Chinese apps in September, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), made room for other free mobile gaming apps to rise in the ranks.
  • Garena Free Fire: 3volution is currently the number one free gaming app on Google Play Store’s charts.
  • Here’s the full list of the top 10 free mobile gaming apps in India right now.
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) may no longer be available on the Google Play Store, but India’s ban against Chinese apps has paved the way for others to make their mark — like Garena Free Fire: 3voltuion.

India has banned over 200 Chinese apps over the last three months. In June, when the first ban got implemented, the Bytedance-owned short video streaming mobile app TikTok got taken off the shelves. And we witnessed a rise in alternatives, especially those made by Indian game developers.

However, when it comes to battle royale games like PUBG, there is a dearth of alternatives in the Indian market. Garena Free Fire and Call of Duty may be favoured, but one is developed by a company based in Singapore and the other in the US.

Nonetheless, the move has given Indian developers to step up their game like nCore Games, a Bengaluru-based technology company, which has plans to launch FAU-G soon.

Meanwhile, Garena Free Fire is currently the number one free gaming app, followed by Critical Action: Gun Strike Ops - Shooting Game and Ludo King.

Here’s the full list of the top 10 free mobile games for Android on the Google Play Store right now:

​Garena Free Fire: 3volution

​Garena Free Fire: 3volution
​Garena Free Fire: 3volution

Garena Free Fire has a rating of 4.1 stars and has over 500 million downloads. It’s currently the most popular alternative to PUBG on Android.

The game is developed by Garena International, which is based out of Singapore.

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​Critical Action: Gun Strike Ops - Shooting Game

​Critical Action: Gun Strike Ops - Shooting Game
​Critical Action: Gun Strike Ops - Shooting Game

Gun Strike Ops is another first-person PUBG alternative developed by US-based Top Actions Game. It has a rating of 4 stars and has been downloaded more than 50 million times.

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​Ludo King

​Ludo King
​Ludo King

Ludo King is India’s homeground family game that has been topping the charts even before the COVID-19 pandemic and got more popular during the lockdown. Developed by Gametion Technologies, Ludo King has been downloaded over 100 million times, and has a 4.3 stars rating on the Google Play Store.

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​How to Loot - Pin Pull & Hero Rescue

​How to Loot - Pin Pull & Hero Rescue
​How to Loot - Pin Pull & Hero Rescue

The single-player puzzle game requires the player to solve obstacles using logic to rescue the princess. It has a 4.5-star rating on the Google Play Store and has been downloaded more than 10 million times. Most of the app’s over 100,000 reviews are positive.

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Carrom Pool

Carrom Pool
Carrom Pool

Carrom Pool by the legacy game developer Miniclip.com is popular among casual gamers looking to pass the time during the lockdown. It’s been downloaded more than 100 million times and has a rating of 4.2 stars.

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​Hunger Assassin

​Hunger Assassin
​Hunger Assassin

It’s not an alternative to PUBG but is still an action game where you get to kill the enemy. The assassin game has a 4.2-star rating on the Google Play Store and more than 100 million downloads.

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​Subway Princess Runner

​Subway Princess Runner
​Subway Princess Runner

The action runner game by Ivy, a company based in the US, has a rating of 4.1 stars and more than 100 million downloads.

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​Call of Duty: Mobile

​Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty: Mobile is another PUBG alternative that’s received a boost in India after the ban on Chinese apps. What many don’t know is that even though the partnership has since been called off, Activision and PUBG’s parent company Tencent originally worked together to develop the game.

The first-person shooter has a 4.5 star rating on the Google Play Store and has been downloaded over 100 million times.

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Hill Climb Racing

Hill Climb Racing
Hill Climb Racing

The only racing game in the top 10, Hill Climb Racing, has a rating of 4.3 stars and has been downloaded more than 500 million times. Developed by Finland-based Fingersoft, most of the reviews for the game are positive.

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​Subway Surfers

​Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers

Subway Surfaces may be number 10 on the list, but it has the most amount of downloads compared to any other game on the list — more than one billion. The 4.4 star rated game was developed by SYBO Games, a technology company based out of Denmark.

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