Call of Duty Mobile Review - As good as it gets

Bringing a multiplayer shooter game to handheld devices is always a tricky business. We all have our concerns when our favourite console game comes on mobile. With Call of Duty Declassified on vita miserably failing, none had their hopes high for Call of Duty Mobile. Let me break it to you, Call of Duty mobile is everything we ever wanted and more. 

The marketing itself of Call of Duty mobile was dope. Unlike the Call of Duty series' classic dark and intense trailers, COD mobile had flashy, vibrant, and thematic trailers. 

This is not merely a Call of Duty conversion to a mobile setup. Instead COD mobile is a reimagination of Call of Duty for mobile. It is a game designed for smartphones with Call of Duty's classic maps, weapons, and modes. 

The game starts with a detailed tutorial with Simon Riley (Ghost). Pro COD players might find this tutorial long and frustrating but it in fact gives new players all the information required. 

The controls are easy to understand yet take time to get a grip on. The left side is assigned for movement controls, while the right side has aiming controls. As you progress you can swap gear with a button on the top right. 

The multiplayer mode is a basic first-person shooter game. It provides fair and balanced matchmaking. You are put against enemies that match your level. 

Battle royale is a 100 soldier grand battlefield. The players choose to play alone, in a two-man team or a four soldier squad. The soldiers enter the battlefield on planes with just one weapon. The arena has vehicles and gear at different parts and the player must reach and upgrade themselves. The safe zones on the map shrink as the game progresses. 

The Strengths of Call of Duty: Mobile 

COD mobile sets a monumental collection of 38 maps. It offers a wide range of modes and locations from Modern Warfare, Vanguard, Warzone, and Black Ops. Along with the classic themes of the franchise, COD mobile introduces new locations, weapons, costumes and adds environmental details to maps. 

There definitely is a tradeoff in graphics and a range of hardware that supports the game. The texture of graphics is simplified up to some extent from its PC and console counterparts. But the game is supported by almost all mobile devices, not just gaming phones. 

It offers a tremendous amount of content for a free-to-play mobile game. YES, it is completely free. The game does have in-app purchases like all other free-to-play games but they are not shoved in your face. It is a pay for convenience, not a pay to win. 

You can buy cosmetics, gun skins, weapon attachments, and even gear through actual money. But these could also be attained by a few hours of playing. In addition to that, these perks get unlocked after you've reached a level of expertise in the game. In short, it has a perfectly balanced microtransaction system.  

The most impressive feature of COD mobile is The Battle Royale. The battle royale unlocks after you've reached level 7. It has a spectacular intro. The 25-minute battle gives an exemplary Call of Duty experience. 

Nothing compares playing with a controller, nevertheless COD mobile has decent controls particularly good for aiming and firing. The controls are well thought out for the mobile interface. The developers however now integrated Bluetooth connectivity as well. You can connect your controller to your phone and play with comfort. 

COD mobile represents the best the franchise has been on a handheld platform. It is a smartly developed hybrid of all Call of Duty games. Indeed it offers a full feature COD experience on the phone. 

The weaknesses of Call of Duty: Mobile 

On top of your fingers covering the screen, there are 20 buttons on the screen at all times. This makes the interface cluttered. 

The controls negatively impact usability and accuracy. Touch controls are not as responsive as the console controllers. This causes a lag in sniper guns specifically. 

The timing of battle royale is not conducive to mobile. The long game time of high-level battles turns out quite inconvenient on mobile phones. 

COD mobile is a very heavy game and takes up a lot of storage. The game takes painfully long to launch, with the additional downloads it requires to run properly.

You must always have stable high-speed internet. It gives network error if the internet speed is low. 

Suggested Improvements for Call of Duty: Mobile

When it comes to improvements, the developers have kept their ears open to the community. Since its release, many fundamental improvisations have been made. 

The fan-favourite zombie modes were relaunched with updates when players faced issues with them. 

Initially, the game didn't offer Bluetooth connectivity. This request was also addressed in the latest updates. 

The controls and accuracy balance have improved a lot since its launch. With some further improvements in touch controls and decluttering the screen, the game is good to go. 

COD mobile without a doubt is the new best friend of every gamer. Whether you're travelling or waiting for someone, you have your favourite game in all its glory right in your pocket. 

Ratings: 4.3/5


  • Entirely free
  • Immersive gameplay
  • Large collection of maps
  • Balanced microtransactions
  • Bluetooth connectivity


  • Requires large storage
  • High-speed internet
  • Crowded interface
  • Hard to grasp touch controls



CPU: Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2 GHz or equivalent
GPU: Kyro 260 or equivalent
Storage: 1.97 GB
OS: iOS 9/Android 6.0 and up
Phone: iPhone 8/Samsung Galaxy S10 or equivalent


  • This is a demanding app.
  • Your phone should have these or equivalent specs to run the app smoothly.
  • Requirements are predicted and could be bound to change as more data becomes available.
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  • Please use our resource only as a guideline and if you spot any errors let us know.

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