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When assessing the entertainment options for the average Indian citizen in 2021, smartphone gaming is one of the most attractive offerings. In fact, gaming on a small handheld device is booming in the country. From Kanpur to Goa and everywhere else in between, people can't seem to get enough of it.

Thanks to the powerful smartphone devices we can purchase in today's modern world, the gaming options have improved dramatically with them. As such, the games people can download within seconds have reached new heights as innovation continues to grip smartphones and elevate the all-around gaming experience on a mobile phone even further.

The sheer amount of releases worth sampling is growing on a weekly basis too. For augmented reality gamers, creations like Pokemon Go have done down a treat. For some, popular progressive slot games at a reputable Indian casino appeal also. Then, on top of that, there are sports titles in high demand, puzzle games, and brain teaser and training titles which are designed to improve memory and brain functionality.

With Indians turning to a whole host of titles already in 2021, here is a look at some of the best games for your smartphone right now.

Real Cricket 20

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in India, so the success of games like Real Cricket 20 comes as no surprise. Mimicking the cricket experience perfectly, the game offers solid graphics and good gameplay as you aim to bat your way to success. A must-have game for all cricket fans, Real Cricket 20 has 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store at the time of writing.

8 Ball Pool

8 Ball Pool is the world's favourite pool game for a reason. With the option of playing against friends or online players, every game matters as you put your coins on the line and aim to reign supreme in what is a brilliant pool game to sample. The game's potting feature makes it a realistic title to play, in particular. The graphics aren't bad either.

Indian Air Force: A Cut Above

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Taking the role of an IAF Air Warrior who is tasked with protecting India's borders and taking down any enemies along the way, Indian Air Force: A Cut Above is a title that illustrates the advancements made in smartphone gaming rather perfectly. Offering both single and multiplayer mode, you can fly your jet around with ease and deploy any weapons at the touch of a button. Escaping enemy fire is hard to master, though, in a game that requires great skill but that also offers up plenty of entertainment value.

Subway Surfers

At the time of writing, Subway Surfers has an average rating of 4.5 from 27 million reviews, which tells you all you need to know about its success. A fast-paced release where players are tasked with avoiding oncoming trains as they grab as many coins as possible, Subway Surfers is hard to put down once you attempt it. With players all around the globe aiming to set a new high score and beat their previous best, it's a blast to play. The controls are easy to grasp, too.

WWE Racing Showdown

Merging both racing and wrestling together, WWE Racing Showdown is as crazy as it sounds. Featuring the WWE stars fans know and love, you can race with the likes of Jinder Mahal, John Cena, and The Undertaker as you aim to reach the finishing line first and unlock new racing bikes in the process. A fun title to the session, WWE Racing Showdown is hugely popular at the moment.

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