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A look at some of the best mobile games of 2018

These are just a few of the best mobile games we could find, there was plenty more to pick out, but these deserved a recommendation.

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Image: Shadowgun Legends

With E3 behind us, the current console coliseum of future releases is already filled to brim with top titles that will decimate each other if the hype is to be believed. But one area of the industry that’s been pretty quiet, or so it seems, is the mobile slot gaming platform.

We haven’t really seen a lot of PR hitting the usual places, aside from EA’s bull-headed posting of their future garbage fire that is Command & Conquer Rivals. So, with that in mind, we pooled our collective resources together for those mobile gamers out there and came up with some of the favorite games to play on our smartphones.

If you’re looking to kill some time in the bathroom or take a break from the usual stable on your phone of Pokémon Go or apps from Umbingo, then we recommend checking out the following:

PUBG Mobile

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Image: PUBG

PUBG has already seen a massive boost in popularity thanks to streamers and rightly so. There’s nothing more exciting than being dumped on an island, pockets empty and whilst hearing the sounds of distant gunfire you need to scrounge around in a panic to arm yourself.

It’s an adrenaline filled rush that never stops and now you can experience it all on mobile!

This free to play game is essentially the same as its PC older brother, but with a slimmed down interface for touch screens and a noticeable drop in graphics quality. But those aren’t criticisms, the slimmed down approach actually works and arguably makes the game better on mobile.

Since it’s harder to snipe on a phone, skirmishes in PUBG Mobile are a lot more intense and personal as you try to get close to your target without being taken out yourself. There are also a few microtransactions, but like it’s PC port it’s not to the point of being obnoxious.

If you’re looking for a great free mobile game, you can’t go wrong with PUBG Mobile.

Alto’s Adventure

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Image: Team Alto

There’s a multitude of infinite runners out there and roughly 90% of them are bursting at the seams with obnoxious microtransactions. It can be incredibly hard to find one that blends entertaining gameplay with enough of an incentive to keep playing without asking for a ton of money. But, Alto’s Adventure manages that perfectly.

In this simple side-scrolling indie game you play Alto, a small chap on a very fast snowboard that’s zooming across a gorgeous endless backdrop. With amazing day-night transitions and a killer soundtrack that sends chills up your spine, this is one title you need to stock on your phone.

Shadowgun Legends

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Image: Shadowgun Legends

If you’ve ever wanted a Destiny style game on your phone, then Shadowgun Legends is the one for you. This fast and frantic first-person shooter plants you down in a huge city filled with stores to visit and players to talk to before jumping into one of the many fun story missions with your friends.

There’s a lot of micro-transactions in this and they can be a little annoying to tap through. But they don’t negatively impact gameplay too much as you can comfortably play it without churning out too much cash, so it’s something you can happily put up with. Plus, the amount of depth to this game for a mobile title will probably surprise you.

Knights of Pen & Paper

Thanks to a boost from pop-culture, D&D has finally become a thing that’s cool in the mainstream. With that comes an influx of interesting and great games based on everyone’s favorite imaginary RPG.

One such game is Knights of Pen & Paper. This old school indie game features your classic turn-based RPG game style as you run an actual D&D game with three adorable pixelated characters.

The gameplay itself is pretty fun and straightforward. You have 12 adventure-based classes to pick from as well as a staggering 17 other characters that cover a range of different classes just like D&D. You choose the adventures you want to send these heroes on, just like a real Dungeon Master and if they clear it you earn rewards.

Currently, there are only two campaigns to pick from, but more will be added further down the line that will scratch that Dungeons and Dragons itch we all have.

Reigns

Have you ever been swiping on Tinder and wished they could turn that satisfying left and right swipe into a game?

Well, it turns out they have because in Reigns the fate of your kingdom rests on your ability to decide someone’s future with a dismissive twitch of your finger. In this fun medieval themed game, you play the ruler of a land that’s in disorder and to bring it under control you will need to decide what’s best for your citizens with a mighty finger push on their Tinder-style profile.

The best feature of Reigns is that your decisions will have weight and make too many of the wrong choices and you can kiss your kingdom goodbye.

Will you let some villagers avenge their children that were murdered by wolves, or will you tell them to get over it and continue farming?

Trying to find that right balance between making your townsfolk happy and productive is one of the more addictive yet incredibly satisfying features of this game. You feel like your decisions carry some weight and often a simple finger flip that you didn’t think about too much will come back to bite you further down the line.

Reigns is one of those perfect ‘Idle Killer’ games alongside the likes of cookie clicker that you can pull up, swipe a couple of times on and then shove back in your pocket whilst you wait for the bust.

The Verdict

These are just a few of the best mobile games we could find, there was plenty more to pick out, but these deserved a recommendation. So, if you’re in the market for new apps then you should start by throwing on a few of the great titles we mentioned above. If not, the online casino South Africa is a good bet too.

Have any other games in mind you think we missed? Let us know down below in the comments. 

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