Apex Legends comes as a pocket edition with Apex Legends Mobile, a completely separate version of the battle royale game for Android and iOS devices. Apex Legends Mobile is nothing like its older sibling, with unique rosters, maps, modes, and progression tracks – some of which, unfortunately, detract from the overall experience. However, Apex Legends Mobile simplifies the flow of the battle royale game, creating a rather fun gaming experience.
Apex Legends Mobile is first and foremost a battle royale game. You and your teammates pick from a roster of hero characters called “Legends” and enter the map. To win, you’ll need to loot supplies and weapons, escape the progressive energy wall that gradually traps the squad in a shrinking space, and be the last team standing. When you fall in battle, your allies can pick up your flag from the death box you left behind and respawn you, keeping the entire team in the fight.
With satisfying shooting weight and fluid motion, the unique strengths and weaknesses of each playable legend encourage teams to stay and work together. Color-coded attachments and ammo types ensure that the momentum of the game keeps moving forward – at a glance, you’ll know if a pile of loot contains anything you might want or need – so you don’t waste time navigating through menus and can get back to the action.
Of course, it’s all pulled straight from the already excellent Apex Legends. If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.
In addition to Battle Royale, the game has two other modes: Arena and Team Deathmatch. Arenas is a 3v3 mode in which teams compete in a series of rounds, requiring currency to purchase items, legendary abilities and weapons at the start of each match. Arena offers a higher skill threshold than standard battle royale mode because there is no respawn. Meanwhile, TDM is more approachable, putting players in a 6v6 match where you can swap weapons or legends at any time and respawn infinitely.
Arenas are great. TDM is not. Arenas explains why Battle Royale combat is so compelling: Teams have to work together, using their guns, abilities, and map knowledge intelligently to plan attacks, execute, and adjust when necessary. None of this exists in TDM, which is the standard no-brainer shooter mode seen in just about every shooter – it lacks the uniqueness and brand flavor that Respawn captures in Arenas and Battle Royale. Even as an entry point for new players, the mode isn’t very appealing, as the TDM must be unlocked, and you’ll probably have a couple of hours by then. TDM is also not an ideal warm-up mode due to shooting range and non-ranked playlists.
Apex Legends Mobile offers rewards for players across multiple tracks. Daily and weekly challenges allow you to progress further in the free and premium tiers of the Battle Pass, experience earned by playing the game contributes to your player rank, Apex packs unlock cosmetic items for legends and weapons, plus perks system.
There’s a lot to keep track of with all of these different types of progression, but it ensures that you’re often earning something or working towards unlocking some kind of reward each game. Most of this is your typical live-service game fare, and provides compelling enough reasons to open the game up and play a quick match or two each day, though the perk system in particular presents an interesting twist.
In Apex Legends Mobile, playing as a Legend unlocks unique perks for them, allowing you to further customize your character to suit your ideal playstyle. By equipping ¡ Vámanos, you can make the speed demon octane even more elusive! For example, the perk, which gives him a speed boost if his armor gets shattered, or dabble in a riskier playstyle with his trick mode perk, which changes his thrills so it can be toggled on and off – allowing you to keep The speed of your enhancements comes at the cost of constant loss of health.
Each character can only be equipped with three of these perks at a time, and they’re grouped into categories to prevent any unfair combinations (at least, from what I’ve seen). The system adds welcome complexity to every character in Apex Legends Mobile – none of these perks fundamentally change the legend’s place in the metadata, but they do add interesting considerations in each game . Plus, even if you’re only playing the same two or three characters, the perks ensure you’re still feeling a sense of progress and change.
Regarding characters, Apex Legends Mobile starts with a healthy ensemble of 10 (though only a few are unlocked from the start). Thankfully, you unlock new characters much faster than in Apex Legends, so you won’t be stuck with the same face for too long. Interestingly, Apex Legends Mobile has an exclusive legend called Fade. Fade is a fun character and a much-needed addition to Mobile – there’s no cross-progression or cross-play between this game and Apex Legends, and having a powerhouse like New Legends to play ensures Mobile remains a long-term free-to-play option – time Apex Legends players.
Getting into this game isn’t as simple as literally starting over, mostly because of how Fade affects the in-game metadata. The only real downside to his addition is his contribution to Apex Legends Mobile’s offensive saga.It’s an issue in Apex Legends too, but it’s especially serious in Mobile half Most of the starting roster is for attacking other teams (in Apex Legends, only three starting legends are offensive characters). For players who want to focus on defense, scouting, or support, this roster is severely lacking in options.
While Apex Legends’ control scheme is designed to encourage players to use the ping system, Apex Legends Mobile is at least mechanically more focused on the fact that players can only play with their thumbs. Therefore, all inputs need to be compressed so that you can play with just two fingers.
Apex Legends Mobile has implemented some smart quality-of-life improvements to simplify its battle royale mechanics.game never play for You – Victory is still a rewarding outcome as it is still very much dependent on individual skill and teamwork of the squad. Instead, Apex Legends Mobile automates the process of looting death crates, such as quickly grabbing attachments and ammo for your equipped gun. If you want to slowly scroll through the contents of the death box for grenades, extra heals, or attachments that you don’t have access to right now but may wish to use later, you still can, but Apex Legends Mobile speeds up the process for anyone who can Not dexterous enough in the firefight to do this.
Such features ensure that the small amount of free space on a smartphone screen isn’t wasted on buttons that might not add to the experience as much as actual shooting. While most are designed to speed up the heist process and get you back into the fight as quickly as possible, there are some on the combat side as well. For example, you automatically aim the sights when shooting, eliminating the need to hold down an extra button when trying to hit further targets.
Playing games on the screen is still not an ideal setup – it’s a fast-paced shooter, after all, and the touchscreen isn’t as responsive as older gamepads. Also, even on a fairly large phone screen (I’m playing on a Samsung Galaxy S10), sometimes I accidentally shoot when I just want to look around – everything is so close, if my thumb moves a little , I accidentally pulled the trigger. And, if my teammates’ habit of randomly firing into the air or walls with no enemies is any indication, I’m not the only one accidentally doing this. In a game like Apex Legends Mobile, conserving ammo is crucial, and making sure your stalking enemies can’t hear you can be frustrating when you’re shooting unintentionally. Not every gamepad controller and handheld accessory is supported at launch, but Respawn says full support will eventually be available.
Like the Switch version of Apex Legends, Apex Legends Mobile compromises on graphics detail, draw distance, and speed of loading assets to run on Android and iOS devices. This means that long-range precision weapons are harder to use (especially touchscreen controls), which unfortunately favors the meta requiring both automatic and semi-automatic guns to win. The general frame rate issues also remain, with frequent dips when you redeploy, bounce off a jump pad, or travel on a zipline. Apex Legends Mobile also stutters if multiple squads are fighting in the same enclosed space.
Unlike the Switch version, Apex Legends Mobile doesn’t support cross-play with the Xbox, PlayStation, and PC versions of Apex Legends, so these technical issues aren’t all that serious. However, these issues are annoying when they arise (although they can be brief) and become frustrating when the result is a missed shot or a poorly timed dodging.
Overall, Apex Legends Mobile is exactly what was advertised: it’s Apex Legends, but on mobile. That means Respawn made some big concessions to its battle royale to keep the whole thing going, especially in terms of visuals and performance. Not all new additions to the formula, like team deathmatch, add anything compelling. But the perk system and the first mobile-exclusive Saga created a strong appeal for Apex Legends Mobile to exist alongside Apex Legends as a companion game. If you want to play Apex Legends on the go, this has you covered. Just don’t think it’s the best way to play Respawn’s battle royale game.