In the old days, gaming was a PC-only pastime. But times and technology have changed – now we’re much more likely to be swiping our mobile screens than clicking mouses at our desktop computers.
On average people spend over 10% of their time on their mobiles playing games – and this year the mobile gaming sector pulled in a huge $70 billion dollars in revenue worldwide. That’s almost 50% of the total for all game sales.
Mobile is close to becoming the dominant force in gaming. More are being developed – that’s why mobile games represent a huge proportion of the 400,000 or so apps added to Apple’s App Store every year. With this in mind, it can be tough to separate the best from the average. So take a look at our rundown of the top mobile games below and let us know what you think.
Asphalt 9: Legends
After a number of beta versions had been circulating since February, the latest in the long line of racing games from the Asphalt series was finally launched in July. For fans of mobile racing, it was worth the wait.
Asphalt 9: Legends is a fast-paced, heart-racing, frenetic series of challenges that includes races, time trials and even performing driving stunts in a choice of up to 50 different cars. If you’re looking for a game with a strong story line like Need For Speed, then this may not be the game for you. This is raw, high-octane gaming fun.
If you perform well in the game’s different rounds, you earn flashy new cars to kick the gas even harder. You can also get hold of so-called blueprints to add further enhancements to your motor – and even take a short cut to getting new models – by making in-app purchases. Critics have called this the best Asphalt adventure yet – commending its graphics, animation and attention to detail in particular. So it’s pretty safe bet for racing fans everywhere.
White Wizard Slot
Online slots have really upped their game in recent years. They’re more immersive and engaging than ever before, with high-quality graphics and all kinds of different themes that cater to every type of interest – including movies, music and fantasy.
The White Wizard slot from Eyecon Games is a slot game that appeals to fans of Harry Potter – and just a few short minutes playing it on your mobile will have you under its spell. Adopting the well-known and well-loved 5-reel and 25 payline structure familiar to slot fans everywhere, this enthralling game features an array of magical characters including unicorns, magic wands and the White Wizard’s special book of spells.
Among the many great game features are the chance to double your winnings on the turn of a card as well as the auto-play feature that just carries on playing without you – as if by magic. Remember to look out for the special blue dragon symbols because three or more of these appearing mean that up to 25 free spins could be on the cards for you.
All ‘one-armed bandit’ fans will be hard-pushed to find a slot as mesmerizing as this – and if fantasy’s your thing you should definitely check out the White Wizard slot game.
Fortnite Battle Royale
The PC game that took the gaming world by storm is now making waves on mobile. With an estimated 125 million players worldwide, developers were so confident they’d have the numbers on board for the mobile launch you had to actually have a special code inviting you to join to have the privilege of playing. Within a month Epic Games rolled it out to all gamers, and now anyone with a mobile device can play it for free.
It’s clear why Fortnite Battle Royale is so popular with all ages. It’s a fantastic combination of construction and destruction. It starts with hundreds of individuals and teams fighting their own corner, but as the number of players and playing area contracts, the tension builds into a suspenseful experience that’s pretty unique for a mobile game.
Add the chance to spend your own V-bucks on everything from new character skins to the famous Battle Pass and you’ve got an incredibly sophisticated, not to mention addictive, mobile game in your hands.
If you’re a trivia and quiz fan, this is definitely the game for you. Unlike most trivia quizzes that you can download and play on your mobile, this has one key difference – it can actually win you cash prizes when you compete. In fact, the biggest jackpot paid out so far: $300,000 – split between 83 winners.
All you have to do is download the free app. There’s not even any in-app purchases to pop-up and distract you – and you can take part in the quizzes in real time. There are two quizzes every day on weekdays and one a day at the weekend. Each one is relatively short – comprised of just 12 multiple choice questions and lasting 15 minutes.
HQ Trivia often has celebrity guest presenters – including A-listers Dwayne Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and even Bert of Sesame Street and The Muppets fame. If you’ve always dreamed of being part of a TV quiz show, now’s your time to put your knowledge to the ultimate test in the spotlight.
The Pokémon phenomenon really hit the headlines in 2016 with Pokémon Go and the franchise has really gone from strength to strength since then. The latest in the series is Pokémon Quest which was launched in May 2018. Within a week it not only had over 7.5 million downloads, already hacks were being published to help players win the game.
The action takes place on Tumblecube Island, a Minecraft-style environment, and the object is to gather up and capture the wild Pokémon characters running free. The way to attract the little monsters is to prepare delicious dishes which lure them out of hiding. Ingredients can be gathered out on foraging expeditions across the island for cooking up at base camp. Depending on the recipe, different kinds of the creatures can be attracted. Again, it’s a deceptively simple game that’s amazingly addictive.
Check out any one of these games and they’ll have your thumbs sore from all the hours you’ll want to play them. Got any suggestions of your own favorite mobile games? Let us know in the comments box below.