PUBG Mobile was banned in India on September 2nd. The game was banned by the IT ministry of India along with 117 other apps under the pretext of being “involved in activities against India’s sovereignty, defense and security of states and public order.” Even after the ban, the majority of players were still playing the game but after Tencent closed down their PUBG Mobile operations in the country, players are searching for a new home. These are our top five alternatives to PUBG Mobile till the game gets unbanned.
PUBG Mobile ALternatives To Play Before PUBG Mobile Unban:
1. CALL OF DUTY: MOBILE –
Call of Duty: Mobile was launched on 30th September last year and has been gaining the traction of Indian audience since then. COD Mobile’s core gameplay is similar to its PC and console counterparts and hence, it gives a touch of nostalgia to old-school COD players who can enjoy a portable version of this game on the go.
The game has multiplayer mode in which you can battle in a 5v5 team deathmatch and more such modes, on the iconic multiplayer maps from COD: Black Ops and COD: Modern Warfare or if you love the battle-royale survival from PUBG Mobile, there are two maps named Isolated and Alcatraz that can cater your needs.
From a competitive point of view, if you are looking for a new game to kickstart your mobile gaming career then Call of Duty: Mobile is your best choice as it has already launched its own COD Mobile World Championship with a huge prize pool of $1 million and the competitive scenario around this game is bound to rise in India. Currently, teams like Mayhem are competing on the largest level in the country and they are representing India on the global stage.
Fortnite is the biggest battle royale game in the world which shifted the focus of gaming world back in the days when it was launched. Fortnite has a huge player base and was very popular on streaming platforms like Twitch. It is available on PC and Console versions but recently launched into mobile version as well.
If you are ready to challenge yourself and push to the extreme limits, this game is made for you. It is very much similar to PUBG Mobile on the basic level of battle-royale playstyle but is so much unique at the same time. Fortnite allows you to break objects, collect material and create structures according to your preferences.
The game is hard to master on its own and in the mobile version, it gets harder due to limited screen space on your mobile. It is not one of those games where you will jump in and quickly master it. Also competitively, this game has no esports scene in India hence keep in mind that you will be investing your time for fun and nothing else.
The hardware specifications for this games are pretty high to get a smooth experience so the game is mostly recommended to people with flagship devices.
3. Free Fire
The next game on this list is probably the closest match to PUBG Mobile. Free-Fire is a very fast paced game with dynamics similar to PUBG. 49 players drop into a map for a quick match of 10 minutes. Although the graphics are toned down as compared to PUBG, this game has its own fan base.
Free-Fire is also a competitive game having its own esports scene already flourishing in India. The game is more famous in American region but India does not lack behind. Indian team already competed once on the global level for this title and more local tournaments are being set up, recent most being Free Fire India Championship 2020 which had ₹50,00,000 prize pool. The game will run smoothly in any device so you don’t have to worry about performance even if your device is getting older.
4. BATTLELANDS ROYALE:
BattleLands Royale is a casual and fun game to play. It is not very complicated, has easy controls and is short and enjoyable for players looking for a very fast game style. 32 players battle out in a very fast paced manner and match ends in 3 to 5 minutes.
It has a quirky game style and this is a game you can just download and dive into it without mastering the controls or anything of that sort. The playstyle is similar to most battle royale games with slight twists. The cores of PUBG mobile like air drop supplies, cars and looting remains the same in this game too.
You can play solo or duo queues in a huge map where you have to loot, shoot and survive. The nature of this game is very casual and hence if you are looking for a fun alternative, do try out this game. This game is very low sized as compared to other games on the list.
5. SURVIVAL HEROES – MOBA BATTLE ROYALE:
This game is very unique as compared to other games. If you are one of the players who are disappointed because of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang getting banned and now PUBG Mobile being on the list, you are in for a treat.
Survival Heroes is a combination of MOBA and battle royale and its description is amusing to read as well, it says “In Survival Heroes, every player starts the same in the valley of heroes. Go pick up your first weapon and have a fair fight with others, explore the vast land of dangerous creatures and loots! Also, be wary of the bush and mist, because you will never know what’s in there.”
This amazing combination of a MOBA and battle royale game is pretty fun to play, it allows you to pick the location for dropping down and the game play is very unique itself. It has skills along with guns to play with, and hundreds of combinations to choose from. Pick the correct one and emerge victorious. This game specifically requires you to be on a strong network connection and have at least 2GB ram and android 4.0 to have a seamless experience.
This is the list of top five PUBG Mobile alternatives that closely match to the game and at the same time, differ in the core mechanics so that the user experience remains varied. These games provide the authentic battle-royale genre experience offered by PUBG Mobile but add an element of twist to it. Let us know if you like these games.