Chris Parris 

Staff Writer

On October 1, 2019, Mario Kart Tour lost its #1 spot on the Top Chart for action games on the App Store. Stealing their spot was Call of Duty: Mobile, a game designed exclusively for mobile devices. This is the first time the Call of Duty franchise has released a free multiplayer game for mobile devices. 

According to data from Sensor Tower, Call of Duty: Mobile is the #1 free app in 33 countries, three million people have installed the game, and it ranks #59 in revenue for the United States. It should also be noted that Call of Duty: Mobile recieved 52,000+ reviews on the App Store within its first 24 hours and has a solid 4.7 stars on Google Play.


Photo Credit: Activision

Call of Duty: Mobile is not a pay-to-win game. Whenever you advance a level, weapons, XP upgrade passes, perks, weapon skills, and scorestreaks are unlocked. By Level 20, a player will have seven primary weapons. These weapons include assault rifles, sniper rifles, submachine guns, and light machine guns. Weapon attatchments such as scopes, grips, supressors, extended magazines, and laser sights gradually become available, too.

There are five different multiplayer game modes that players can choose from. In Frontline, players find themsleves on two teams. They spawn at their bases and the first team to reach 40 kills wins. In Team Deathmatch, two teams fight each other and the first team to reach 40 kills wins. In Domination, two teams fight to capture and hold objectives. In Search & Destroy, a team works together to destroy a single objective or stop their opponents from doing the same. One thing that distingushes Search & Destroy from the other multiplayer game modes is that there are no respawns. And, lastly, in Practice vs. Al, players can hone their skills against Al bots. XP is earned at a 90% reduction, however.

There are two control modes for Call of Duty: Mobile. The Simple Mode is auto-fire. Instead of having a firing button, a player’s weapon goes off when it is pointed at a target. The advantage to this mode is the ability to move and look around at a much faster pace without having to worry about tapping the screen to get a weapon firing. The disadvantage to this mode is the decrease in accurary.  The Advanced Mode has an actual fire button. This offers a lot more control over the weapon when a player is firing it.

Overall, Call of Duty: Mobile is a multiplayer masterpiece and a milestone for the Call of Duty franchise.