PUBG or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has had one of the biggest impacts on the Indian gaming landscape. While the PC version is not as popular, the mobile version was a monumental success in the country with millions of players hooked onto the game ever since its arrival. However, just after two years of its launch, PUBG Mobile had to face a lot backlash in the country as it was reportedly affecting students especially during examinations. The game was subsequently banned by the Indian government alongside a number of apps due to their Chinese origin and the fact that they posed a threat to national security. While PUBG Mobile is still banned, there are loads of games that offer similar gameplay including popular battle royale mode.
List of best games like PUBG Mobile
- Battlegrounds Mobile India
- Call of Duty: Mobile
- Free Fire MAX
- New State Mobile
- Battlelands Royale
- Pixel’s Unknown Battle Ground
- ScarFall: The Royale Combat
Battlegrounds Mobile India
Soon after the ban of PUBG Mobile in India, there was an uproar in the gaming community to bring the game back. The original creators of the PUBG franchise, Krafton, quickly reassured everyone that a new version of PUBG Mobile dedicated for Indian fans would soon be launched. In July 2021, Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was introduced, which is basically the exact same but with changes in branding and a few country-specific events and other in-game items. The game continues the legacy of PUBG Mobile India and has over 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store. Apart from the Classic battle royale mode there are other game modes including deathmatch, Payload, and other arcade modes. If you want to experience PUBG Mobile in its full-form, BGMI is the game for you.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Probably the biggest competition for PUBG Mobile was Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile. Having a more detailed level of graphics and styling from the original Call of Duty games, this was an instant hit. Having its own set of game modes, season pass, weapons, and skins, COD: Mobile is a great alternative to PUBG Mobile, especially if you want to experience a faster gameplay with a sense of realism. Notably, it was one of the largest mobile game launches in history as it managed to generate over USD 480 million with 270 million downloads within a year. The game offers battle royale modes featuring up to 100 players where one can choose to play alone, on a two-man team, or in a four-man squad. There are also various limited modes like Sniper Challenge, Battle Royale Alcatraz, Battle Royale Blackout, 20v20 Warfare, and Battle Royale Blitz.
Free Fire MAX
Free Fire is another popular battle royale mobile game that has taken inspiration from PUBG. It was notably the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2019 and in August 2021 set a record of having over 150 million daily active users globally. The battle royale match can have up to 50 players where players have the option to play solo, or in a team of two or four players. There is also the Clash Squad which is a 4V4 deathmatch mode with a total of seven rounds out of which a team has to win four rounds. Free Fire was also recently banned in India, but you still have access to Free Fire MAX, which is touted to be a more advanced version offering better graphics giving players a more immersive experience. You can even link your old Free Fire account with the new version while maintaining your progress and items across both games. The developers have also enabled the ability to play all game modes with both Free Fire and Free Fire MAX players together.
One of the first battle royale games to be popular alongside PUBG, Fortnite is developed by Epic Games and was released in 2017. It has received multiple awards including the best ongoing game at The Game Awards in 2018 and 2019. While there are three versions of the game, Fortnite Battle Royale became highly successful and a cultural phenomenon claiming to have gained 125 million players in less than a year. The graphics are more animated looking rather than the realistic approach on PUBG. The battle royale mode is pretty standard but also includes the addition of breaking and building structures, which is a callback to Minecraft. The game also has a season system and frequently has collaborations and crossovers with big names like Marvel, DC, Rick and Morty, The Walking Dead and many more.
New State Mobile
Originally known as PUBG: New State up until January 2022, New State Mobile is the next generation title under the PUBG universe. Having similar game mechanics including the popular battle royale mode, New State features a futuristic styling when compared with PUBG as well as enhanced graphics and improved lighting. It also includes add-ons like drones, ballistic shields, neon sights, combat balancing ability, reviving dead teammates, and recruiting downed enemies, where anyone on the battleground can join your team. The game also offers secondary 4v4 multiplayer modes, such as team deathmatch and even an updated Erangel map from the original PUBG.
Battlelands Royale is a fast-paced casual alternative to PUBG featuring graphics and design elements similar to Fortnite. It isn’t as intense as some of the above mentioned battle royale games, hence this is great for the younger audience as well. It is also much smaller in terms of the map and has a fixed aerial view unlike the first person or third person perspective. Notably the game has faster load times as there are only 30 players in a match which lasts for a total of 10-minutes. Thus, there are instances where you finish a match in about four to five minutes. Apart from its own battle pass, there are some in-game items that you can buy and like most battle royale games the season pass gives you enough in-game credits to buy the next season pass.
Pixel’s Unknown Battle Ground
Another clone of PUBG, Pixel’s Unknown Battle Ground features 3D blocky-pixel characters and environment similar to Minecraft, and of course adapts the online battle royale genre. You can carry multiple weapons and throwables in this game, and it also features in-game chat, auto shooting, and low graphics settings for low-end devices. The gameplay is pretty much the same as other shooter battle royale games, you drop onto a location, find guns and other equipment, kill the other players, and survive till the end. The game also features a Team battle mode and a Zombie mode. It isn’t as detailed or immersive as PUBG, but it is definitely a fun game to try.
ScarFall: The Royale Combat
One of the only few battle royale games made by an Indian developer, ScarFall: The Royale Combat is a pretty good PUBG alternative. It is heavily inspired by PUBG and was notably one of the top made in India apps in the gaming category during the Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge last year. The gameplay resembles PUBG and you get the option of playing in first person or third person perspectives. The graphics are decent, and as for the modes there is solo or a 4v4 squad mode and of course a variety of in-game items, skins, loot crates, and frequent game updates. There are also some graphics settings that you can select according to the capability of your device.