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12 games like Fortnite that you can switch to during those dreaded downtimes

Fortnite Symbiotes Carnage and Venom
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Games like Fortnite are big right now, and look like they're going to be for the foreseeable future too. Battle royale games, cartoon games, colourful shooters you can play with friends - these things are all popular, and a lot of other games are taking inspiration from Fortnite in all manner of ways. With that in mind, we made a full list of games like Fortnite that allow you to try similar experiences and expand your own gaming library.

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1. Call of Duty Warzone

Warzone Season 6

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: Free

Even if you don't own Call of Duty Modern Warfare, you can jump into Warzone; this 150-player battle royale is based on Modern Warfare's multiplayer but with some added quirks. Killstreaks can be bought, you can 1v1 players in a small cage match to respawn, and you can even get your multiplayer loadout via an airdrop. What's even better is that Warzone has full crossplay, so you can play with your pals no matter what platform they're on.

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2. Apex Legends

The title screen for Apex Legends, one of the best battle royale games

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price:
Free

This new addition comes from the developers of Titanfall 2, Respawn. But don’t expect to be piloting giant mechs or doing any wall-running in Apex Legends, as you play as one of ten Legends, each with their own special ability. Think Overwatch meets battle royale: these characters are as distinct as they get, with one that can call in an artillery strike and another that can send out a drone to heal allies. You play in groups of three, so there’s always someone to watch your back - but you don’t have to stick together if you don’t want to. The good news is if it’s just you and the people from your team left standing, you all win - no grizzly betrayal/fight to the death necessary.

3. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

An image of a selection of playable characters from PUBG Battlegrounds, one of the best battle royale games

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Available on: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Android, and iOS
Price: $29.99 / £26.99 on PC, $29.99 / £24.99 on Xbox One/PS4, and PUBG Mobile is free

Before Fortnite came along, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG, was the king of the Battle Royale genre. It has the same 99 v 1 gameplay, but it’s much more serious, realistic and macho than Fortnite, more akin to something like Call of Duty. PUBG has four maps to play on though - Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi - all of which are much larger than the Fortnite map, to the point you actually need to use vehicles to get around and stay alive. PUBG is for the crowd who like a touch of realism in their battle royale games, and don't want enemies to build a fort whenever they're shot at.

4. Ring of Elysium

Available on: PC
Price: Free-to-play

What's great about Ring of Elysium is that it has the seriousness and FPS quality that you're going to find in PUBG, but with a touch of the silliness of Fortnite. Real cat in a bubble-windowed carry backpack anyone? Yes, all of us. Not only does it have a seriously amazing character creation engine (seriously, I could tweak those dials all day), but it's also an incredibly solid battle royale game, that'll have you running from the ash storm on your BMX across Europa or aboard a skimobile on Dione. We're obsessed, and so should you be. 

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5. H1Z1

Available on: PC & PS4
Price: Free-to-play

A bit like both Fortnite and PUBG, H1Z1 actually started life as a very different game. Originally, it was a zombie survival shooter, but since the whole Battle Royale craze blew up, it’s also decided to follow suit. This version started out as a King of the Hill mode, where up to 150 players scuffle to stay alive, with matches playing out much quicker and more chaotic than Fortnite’s versions. However, now the developer, Daybreak Games, has launched the free to play H1Z1 Battle Royale (complete with Auto Royale mode) on PC and PS4. It plays out like a game that sits comfortably at the point between the colourful silliness of Fortnite, and the serious FPS-ness of PUBG. 

The Auto Royale mode is an added perk too, as it pits 30 teams of four players against each other, with one player handling the vehicle while the others deal with the firepower. The driver also has to pick up power-ups and smash gear crates as they drive. It’s basically Mad Max Battle Royale, and it’s amazing.

6. Minecraft

Available on: PC
Price: From free, depending on your OS

Minecraft has been doing Hunger Games/Battle Royale/Last Man Standing deathmatches for years, and there are still dozens of servers dedicated to such a mode on PC. Communities like Mineplex are the best for offering balanced and competitive rounds set in the wonderfully blocky Minecraft world. Seeing as destructibility and building are key selling points of Minecraft in general, it was only a matter of time until Battle Royale snuck in. Of course, the combat is never going to compare to the fluidity of Fortnite, but when it’s as adorable as Minecraft it’s always going to be great fun. And, it’s kid-friendly!

7. Knives Out

Knives Out, another PUBG clone, on Android and iOS

Available on: Android, iOS
Price: Free

Another PUBG/Fortnite clone on Android and iOS is Knives Out, which actually happens to be made by the same people as Rules of Survival. Turns out NetEase has quite the obsession with Battle Royale games. The tweak with this one is that the map is massive; much, much larger than the Fortnite alternative. And yet, despite its size, it works remarkably well on mobile thanks to its vehicles and fast-moving storm. 

8. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Fall Guys

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Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
Price: From free, varies by platform and subscription service

Wobble all you like, just don't fall down! Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a Total Wipeout/Takeshi's Castle-inspired Battle Royale platformer in which dozens of players precariously totter their way to victory. A brightly-coloured obstacle course means that while you don't always directly fight, you are in competition, either racing to the finish, trying to outlast other players, or playing sporty minigames against each other.

9. Surviv.io

Available on: Browsers
Price: Free

Think of Surviv.io as a top down version of PUBG. You can literally play it in any browser (helloooo lunch break fun) and it’s amazingly responsive once you figure out what all the pixel drops mean. It’s surprisingly good fun, and although it lacks the personality of the other games on this list, it’s kind of adorable and one to have a play with if you’re new to the genre. 

10. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds

Available on: PC
Price:
$4.99 / £3.99

Are you ready for a heady dose of absolute silliness? If not, you should be because I'm about to recommend Totally Accurate Battlegrounds. It's technically not a game like Fortnite, it's more a game that takes the battle royale genre and parodies it within an inch of its life. This slapstick tactical battler features weird, floppy characters that run like they're made of jelly, which means there's a lot of falling down and generally worming around. Don't worry, there are still vehicles, armour, weapons, and an ever shrinking circle to fight in but TABG (lol) just does things a bit non-conventionally. Just a hint though, don't forget to hit G mid-battle. It's beatboxing time. 

11. Worms Rumble

Worms Rumble

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Available on: PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch
Price: $14.99/$10.99 on PS4 and PS5, $14.99/£10.99 on Xbox, $10.99/£10.99 on PC (Steam), $14.99/£10.99 on Nintendo Switch 

Worms isn't turn-based anymore, it's a full-on third person multiplayer shooter. Thirty-two players, a big arena, and all the classic artillery and weapons from the original Worms games, now with the fuses burning away in real time in Worms Rumble. For those who found themselves enjoying the cartoony art style and chaotic combat of Fortnite, this feels like a natural relation. Just don't pet the sheep!

12. Fortnite: Save The World

Fortnite Save the World

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This is kind of a cop out because it's still Fortnite, but if it's the battle royale aspect you don't like rather than the cartoon-like building gameplay, have a go at Save the World. You need to pay to play it, but you're given a long single player or co-op campaign which sees you fighting back against zombie-like creatures called husks, where you can build traps and save survivors. Fortnite battle royale might be much more popular, but there's a lot to love with Save the World.

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