2018 was a great year for mobile gaming. Not only did we get heavy hitting, console-quality games on the go in the form of PUBG Mobile and Fortnite, but we also got some fantastic single-player experiences such as Donut County. While the debate rages on about mobile gaming being as immersive or high fidelity as to what’s available on PC, PS4, and Xbox one, there’s no denying that 2018’s mobile games show that the smallest screen can have the biggest and best experiences with only a few compromises.
What’s more, you won’t need the latest and greatest smartphone to sample any of these games and in some cases, you won’t have to pay to play them either. So if you own an Android or iOS device and want to game on the go, here’s what you should check out.
Best mobile games of 2018
PUBG Mobile is perhaps the best game to hit smartphones this year. This is thanks to developer Lightspeed and Quantum’s meaningful, small screen-friendly interpretation of the PC and console hit complete with excellent moment to moment gameplay that in some cases, exceeds the versions it was based on.
Much like Pokemon Go in its heyday in India, PUBG Mobile is the rare game that’s captured the attention of those who don’t usually play video games either. It helps that Lightspeed and Quantum are extremely vocal on what to expect from the game, pushing updates at a steady clip.
From bringing in maps like Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi that are present on PC to collaborating with the likes of Mission: Impossible and Resident Evil 2, there’s always a reason to log into PUBG Mobile.
Download: PUBG Mobile (Android| iOS)
Asphalt 9: Legends
With a wealth of races, new controls and stellar visuals, Asphalt 9: Legends is the pinnacle of the long-running franchise. Since its launch we’ve seen more cars, more tracks, and even additional visual effects added in at a steady clip. The fact that it runs well on older smartphones like the iPhone 6s is an added bonus. Own an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR? You’ll be able to play it at 60fps too for a fluid, responsive experience.
On the Android side of things, Asphalt 9: Legends is equally polished. Be it mid-range devices like the Xiaomi Mi A2 or high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Asphalt 9 runs exceptionally well. This could end up being one of the most versatile games, looking as good as it plays on both Android and iOS.