The Android mobile platform has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, evolving from a reasonably good mobile OS to a high-performance platform that can get any work done. Android has always been gamer-friendly, with new and improved titles coming out each year.
With the release of Android Nougat and support for the Vulkan API, things are getting much better for mobile gaming. More and more high-performance games are being released, increasingly targeting mid-range devices instead of high-end ones. Android devices, on the whole, are also improving slowly, which means that developers can now work on much more detailed and intricate graphics and storylines without having to worry much about device compatibility.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best gaming titles you can enjoy on your Android in 2018.
Best Android Games in 2018
Released back in 2016, Crashlands is one of the best Android games you will ever play. You are an intergalactic trucker who crash lands on an alien planet. Now, you have to find out what’s going on, build a base for yourself, collect and craft items and make your way back up in the world. There is a lot of character development available in the game which will keep you interested in the game for long periods.
2. PUBG Mobile
PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) is kind of an unusual name. But that didn’t stop it from amassing millions of downloads when it first pre-released on PC. The popular game is now available to download on mobile for free!
PUBG Mobile, like its PC version, is a shooter game with very clean and effective controls and decent graphics. A bunch of players jump from a plane onto a large map, collect weapons and equipment from buildings and kill their enemies to rise to the top. It’s a very addictive game once you get a hang of it.
Minecraft is still one of the best and most popular games out there today, with over 75 million active players. Minecraft is a sandbox game that allows players to build objects with a variety of different cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. This requires creativity on your part, which will keep you hooked up to this game for hours each day. Players can also explore in the game, gather resource, craft items and fight.
4. Evoland 2
Evoland 2, just like its predecessor, is a very unique game. It uses very similar game mechanics with a variety of gameplay elements including puzzle, RPG, top-down shooter, classic fighter, platformer and more. If you want a game that challenges you on different levels and has different modes of play, this is your game. Each change in the game mode also changes the graphics to better suit that part of the game. Evoland offers a very unique gameplay experience and offers plenty of stories to play through.
5. Monument Valley 2
Monument Valley 2 is a puzzle-adventure game that takes a mother and her child on a quest. Navigate your ways through magical architecture and illusionary pathways, control multiple characters and solve puzzles in collaboration to advance through. This game builds upon its very popular 2014 edition (which is considered one of the best games ever) and brings some unique elements into the mix.
6. Alto’s Odyssey
From Noodlecake Studios, maker of the popular Alto’s Adventures comes Alto’s Odyssey which captures all the fun and charm of the prequel title while adding new elements to the game. Move through the scenes from desert dunes to snowy landscapes, pull off tricks to avoid hazards, collect coins and explore new environments. This game can be a lot of fun without needing a lot of brain work.
7. Real Racing 3
If you’re a racing enthusiast, then there is perhaps no better progression-based racing than Real Racing 3. This game has an edge over other great titles such as Asphalt in that it has more of a simulation gameplay than an arcade one. So, it will naturally feel more realistic. Secondly, it has a great focus on career mode, where you unlock races, earns money, buy new cars and spend money upgrading them. It’s quite a challenging game as well and will keep you hooked for hours on end. The game features regular events and tournaments, allowing you to compete with your friends and the rest of the world. And like the other two games on this list, Real Racing connects to a social account so all your progress is backed up. No need to worry about starting over when you buy a new device.
8. Riptide GP: Renegade
The Riptide GP series is one of the best racers available on Android. Their latest title, Riptide GP: Renegade, is just as promising. You’re a racer who has lost their credentials after getting caught in an illegal street race. You now have to build your career from scratch and make your way back up to the top.
Although the game is paid, it is a one-time payment only. You will not be bothered again by ads or in-app purchases that drain your wallet like anything.
9. Pocket Knights 2
A very popular hack-and-slash game with progression and sandbox elements. The game allows local multiplayer, great for playing with your friends. There are many other features as well, such as huge boss fights, random events, crafting system and more.
10. Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go exploded its way onto mobile gaming fame in 2016 and quickly became one of the best games on the Android marketplace. The Augmented Reality game lets you walk around in the real world collecting Pokémon, battling for Gyms and hitting up Pokestops to restock items. This game beat almost every record in the book at the time. It has, however, changed quite a bit from what it originally was in 2016, and will continue to iterate and change/improve over time.
These were some of the best gaming titles available for Android this year. If we missed out your favorite games, be sure to mention them in the comments section below! Have fun!