11 best Android games of 2018!


Gaming on mobile has been improving at a far greater rate than any technology that came before it. Android games seems to hit new heights every year. With the release of Android Nougat and Vulkan API, it only stands to get better and better over time. It won’t be long before mobile sees some even more impressive titles than we have now! Without further delay, here are the best Android games available right now!


Crashlands

Price: $4.99
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Crashland was released in 2016 and it’s already among the best Android games ever made. It features an intergalactic trucker that ends up crash landed on an alien planet. Your job is to find out what’s going on, build yourself a base, collect various items (and craft them), and save the world from a nefarious plot. It has an RPG element for character development, tons of items that you can collect and craft, and the game makes itself easier by doing things like auto-sorting your inventory. It’s a ton of fun and contains dozens of hours of content. The best part? There are no in-app purchases to get in the way.

MADFINGER Games (UNKILLED, Shadowgun, Dead Trigger)

Price: Free with in-app purchases (usually)
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MADFINGER Games has a long history of success in mobile gaming. They are also have some of the most successful FPS titles available like the Shadowgun series (including the recently launched Shadowgun Legends), UNKILLED, and the Dead Trigger series. The Shadowgun series are sci-fi shooters with both campaigns and multiplayer modes. UNKILLED and the Dead Trigger games are mission-style zombie shooters with a ton of missions and stuff to do. You really can't go wrong with any of them. However, their newer titles tend to get more new features than their older stuff.

Minecraft

Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
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Minecraft is a popular game all around the world for people of all ages. For those who have never played, Minecraft puts you in a giant world where you mine stuff, build stuff, beat up bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. There is a survival mode where you must mine your own resources and food along with a creative mode that gives you unlimited everything. Frequent updates have added tons of new content and possibilities. The game is pretty much on par with its PC and console counterparts. In fact, you can play on multiplayer servers with people on those platforms. Nifty. There are in-app purchases, but they're usually just for customization things like skin packs.

Monument Valley 1 and 2

Price: $3.99-$4.99 each / $1.99 for DLC
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Monument Valley returns to the list with the release of Monument Valley 2. Both games are still very excellent. In fact, they both have virtually identical game play mechanics and graphics. The player adventures through Escher-style puzzles where levels are movable to complete the path using illusions. The premise is still charming and the Monument Valley franchise continues to stand as a couple of the best mobile games ever. The first one runs for $3.99 with an optional $1.99 in-app purchase for the Forgotten Shores DLC. The second game runs for $4.99 right now.

Noodlecake Studios

Price: Varies
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Noodlecake Studios is one of the most unique developers of Android games. Their titles are vast and varied. Some excellent titles from this studio include Framed 1 and 2 for puzzle games, Alto's Adventure for infinite runners, realMyst and its sequel for more hardcore puzzle fans, Wayward Souls for action-adventure fans, Island Delta for shooter fans, Mikey Shorts for platform fans, and many more. We also really liked Lumino City for its uniqueness and Vignettes for its simplicity. Their games run the gambit from freemium to pay-once. They have some clunkers, but most of their titles are very good. Hit the button above to check out their collection.

Pokemon Go

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Pokemon Go exploded onto the mobile gaming scene in July 2016 and immediately became of the best Android games ever. It’s an augmented reality game similar to Ingress where you walk around the real world, catch Pokemon, battle for Gyms, and hit up Pokestops to restock on items. It beat virtually every record in the books as the world's most popular mobile game. Thanksfully, the game gets frequent updates. The updates add limited time events, new Pokemon, and new mechanics. It's not the same game that came out in 2016. It'll continue to iterate and improve as long as Niantic wants it to. Recent updates have also added new Pokemon and even more stuff to do.

PUBG Mobile

Price: Free
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PUBG Mobile hit the ground running upon its releases. It already has over ten million downloads and nearly a million user reviews. Thankfully, it's actually a very competent mobile FPS. It features simple, effective controls, decent graphics. and a simple premise. Basically, 100 people drop from a plane onto an island and duke it out until only one is left standing. The island is littered with gear, weapons, and vehicles along with a mechanic that lowers the play area over time to keep matches from lasting too long. For now, it's entirely free. There are some issues, but considering how bad other games have botched launches before, PUBG Mobile is surprisingly stable for its age.

Riptide GP series

Price: $2.99
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The Riptide GP games are perhaps the best racers available in all of Android gaming. The latest title is Riptide GP Renegade. In this one, you’ll play as a racer who loses their credentials after getting caught in an illegal street race. You’ll battle your way back to the top from there. The game features good graphics, simple controls, fun tricks, and a boost system to help you gain an edge. Perhaps the best part about Renegade is that it’s a pay-once game so there are no ads and no in-app purchases to screw things up. In fact, all three games in the series so far have been pay-once, although Riptide GP2 does have optional in-app purchases if you want to max out your stuff faster (which you can do yourself with a bit of grinding).

Rockstar Games titles

Price: Varies
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Rockstar Games has a fairly decent selection of games. Some of them are ports and others are made-for-mobile titles. On the port side of things, you have classic games like Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. Topping that off is Bully, an open world adventure game that revolves around a school student. They also have Max Payne Mobile, GTA: Liberty City Stories, and GTA: Chinatown Wars. Rockstar has always had a good reputation for creating fun, open world games and that holds true on mobile as well.

Rollercoaster Tycoon

Price: $5.99 / $5.99
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Rollercoaster Tycoon is a port of the classic PC game from way back when. It's one of one of the few simulation games that isn't riddled with in-app purchases. For those who don't know, the game will have you building amusement parks. You must design each park, build rollercoasters, set up shops, and figure out ways to bring people in, keep them happy, and keep spending their money. The original purchase comes with the entire base game along with Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. Additional DLC packs are available as in-app purchases.

Square Enix games

Price: Varies
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Square Enix is one of the few “big name” developers that took mobile gaming seriously from the start and they have some of the best Android games available anywhere. Fans of jRPG games have remakes of Final Fantasy 1-7 and 9, seven Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and the freshly released Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition to play and they’re all really good. Hitman: Sniper, the original Tomb Raider, Deus Ex Go, and Lara Croft Go round out a decent selection of puzzle games. You have Heavenstrike Rivals and Final Fantasy Tactics: WotL for tactical RPGs, Secret of Mana for an action RPG, and the Deus Ex series for strategy shooter enthusiasts. Even their freemium efforts, such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and Mobius Final Fantasy are pretty good.

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