The 5 Best Mobile Games Like Genshin Impact

Posted by Campbell Bird on October 6th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Genshin Impact is easily the most ambitious game to hit mobile devices to date, and we’re over here loving every second we can spend with the game. There are a few things about it that aren’t ideal though, so it’s entirely understandable why someone might walk away from it disappointed.

In light of that, we decided to put together a list of mobile games that are somewhat like Genshin Impact just in case you were looking for an alternative to play for the time-being. Check out our picks below. You can find our other game recommendation lists here.

Honkai Impact 3rd (Free)

Genshin Impact didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Developer miHoYo established themselves as powerhouse mobile developers with the release of Honkai Impact 3rd back in March of 2018. This game sports the same high level of flashy visuals and anime style, but it’s more of an arena brawler with rpg elements rather than an open world experience.

If you like miHoYo’s design and simply want (or need) a smaller-scale experience to play on your phone, Honkai Impact 3rd is the game to get (especially since it has a better combat model than Genshin Impact).

Click here to read about how to get started in Honkai Impact 3rd

Monster Hunter Stories ($19.99)

Want a colorful anime open-world with tons of stuff to collect but no free-to-play or multiplayer hooks? Monster Hunter Stories provides exactly that. As opposed to building a team of heroes from a virtual slot machine that you have almost no control over, Monster Hunter Stories lets you build a dream team of monsters by wandering the wilds, invading nests, and picking the exact eggs of monsters you want to raise while going on your grand adventure.

Monster Hunter Stories was the first mobile experience I thought of when trying to compare Genshin Impact to other experiences, and it’s probably the closest paid game equivalent on phones and tablets.

Click here to read our Monster Hunter Stories review

Dragalia Lost (Free)

If you’re running underpowered hardware or simply want a similar game that is more mobile-friendly, Dragalia Lost is a solid pick. Despite it being somewhat of a disappointment by Nintendo standards, it is basically a mini-version of Genshin Impact. You summon elemental heroes, build a team, run dungeons, etc. and can do so with a team online or on your own.

Dragalia Lost doesn’t have all of the exploration, traversal, and Breath of the Wild-like touches that Genshin Impact does, but it does have plenty of combat, teamwork, and strategy. If that’s more your speed, than pick this game up.

Click here to read our Dragalia Lost review

Crashlands ($6.99)

Genshin Impact has a lot of crafting and survival elements, and when I think of those systems in relation to mobile games, the first thing that pops into my head is Crashlands. Crashlands is an action rpg that’s all about making your way across alien environments by harvesting and designing your own protections against their native and hostile inhabitants.

This is definitely the game to get for anyone looking for a more satisfying crafting experience. Obviously, there’s plenty to gather and create in Genshin Impact, but Crashlands offers all of that and then some in a game that only asks you to pay once.

Click here to read our Crashlands review

Assassin's Creed Identity ($1.99)

The last game on this list is a bit of an odd duck, but that just goes to show how few games on mobile that approach what Genshin Impact offers. Assassin’s Creed Identity makes its way onto this list because it offers rich environment traversal and exploration in ways that few other mobile games do.

Not all of its locations are linked together like Genshin Impact, but each instanced location gives you more than enough to climb around, jump off of, and disappear into as you complete assassination contracts. As a bonus, Assassin’s Creed Identity doesn’t come with any stamina meters so you can climb and jump around to your heart’s content.

Click here to read our Assassin's Creed Identity review

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