Top 10 Android Games of 2018

As of December 15, 2018

Despite the dominant position of Android in device ownership, Google Play Store is still lagging behind the Apple App Store in the number of quality game releases. For this year, we tracked 620 mobile games released for Android devices. There are far more games released but we limit our monitoring to titles that gets reviewed or caught the community's attention. Of the 620, forty four received playscores and below are the ten highest-rated Android games of 2018.

Burger Shop 2

#10 Burger Shop 2

Developed by GoBit Games
Released on Feb 23, 2018

A follow-up to Go Bit Game's casual management game, Burger Shop 2 lets you start from literal scratch as you rebuild your unjustly repo-ed Burger empire. Your goal is to rise to the top and find out what really happened. In this sequel, there's over a hundred new story levels and a few more game modes, all giving you more time to serve customers in your assembly line of one.

However, what isn't much of an improvement is their basic cartoony visuals that don't stray too far from the free PC online game-like original. What sets the game apart from the hundreds of other diner dash clones is the way tells its surreal storyline over 120 exciting levels. It's gameplay also shows off a surprising depth, despite its simplistic look. Whether you want to invest in its riches to rags to riches to storyline, or challenge yourself in feverish one minute rounds, Burger Shop 2 is your one stop shop.

Spitkiss Android game

#9 Spitkiss

Developed by Triple Topping
Released on Nov 6, 2018

Embrace the beauty behind cel-shaded 2D characters as players dominate each others power levels in this godlike fighting game.

The game features a massive roster of all the best Dragon Ball characters with well-crafted visual and the mechanical experience created with Arc System’s magic. That means every moving pixel is crafted with precision and every character design is packed with detail.

Fights are blazing with steaming hot action, the huge selection of Dragon Ball heroes are unique and every map offers their own unique flair. Though it shares the same core gameplay throughout all of Arc Systems’ fighting games, FighterZ pays homage to the one of a kind abilities of each character. The use of Ki lets players take advantage of their energy to attack, counterattack and break opponent combos.

It’s flashy dramatic finishes also offers a fantastic hero to hero interaction. However, its high skill ceiling may intimidate newbies that want to learn more about the game.

Shadowgun Legends

#8 Shadowgun Legends

Developed by Madfinger Games
Released on Mar 21, 2018

Madfinger Game's futuristic shooter packs the thrills of co-op and online multiplayer into a pocket friendly package. Getting plenty of time to bake in its long development period, the wait was all worth it. Taking mobile shooting to a whole new level, it's not just the detailed graphics that looks straight outta consoles. Shadowgun Legends also offers smartphone users a place for destructive relaxation in their persistent world. Within its narrative-based campaigns, put yourself in the shoes of the eponymous task force struggling to rid itself of a deadly alien threat. In the grand scheme of the game, it doesn't really matter.

But, it serves as a great backdrop to its enthralling action. Contributing to that is its array of customizations and intricate gear system that make you feel fully in control. Still far from the dream of a fully-realized smartphone FPS, it's a step in the right direction.

One Hour One Life for Mobile

#7 One Hour One Life for Mobile

Developed by Wereviz
Released on Aug 16, 2018

Probably one the most thought-provoking one hour experiences you'll ever get on the mobile. It's an android port of Jason Rohrer's independently crafted survival game of the same name. While it explores same tropes of exploration, resource collection, and management much like any survival game, players, spawned into randomly selected "families" in a persistent world, will already have their lot decided for them in their sixty minute existence. Whether you'll be born into thriving, helpful communities, or abandoned into a life of solo struggles, will be determined by RNG. How you live is all up to you.

Despite the simple, stick figure visuals, it's these kinds of arrangements that open its players up to a rich world of emergent gameplay. If you want the less romantic route, it also falls into the trap of wonky controls and occasional server problems. But, letting you answer life's biggest questions while having a laugh.

Reigns: Game of Thrones

#6 Reigns: Game of Thrones

Developed by Nerial
Released on Oct 18, 2018

There's no twist of luck to take you out of royal living in this one. A spinoff of Devolver Digital's masterful Reigns games, Game of Thrones dives into the deep lore of the ever popular A Song of Fire and Ice series. Known as a tinder-like game of choices, the stakes are stacked even higher as you attempt to balance out battles and alliances in an attempt to claim the iron throne. Making use of already familiar characters, it's very easy to get into the feel of the game.

As enjoyable as it is, though, it's not a replayable experience. Despite the variety of cards that let you decide your adventure through fast-paced, black and white decision making, the lack of actual story and progression often leads to a repetition of events. But, it makes up for it with a wide array of objectives to achieve as well as a high score function that challenges you to do better every time. Adding a whole new dimension to their Reigns gameplay.

Super Cat Tales 2

#5 Super Cat Tales 2

Developed by Neutronized
Released on Oct 3, 2018

There is nothing more adorable than this sequel to the best catformer on the Android. Alex the Cat and his friends return to embark on a cat-tastic quest to rid the feline kingdom of Cat Land from an army of Tin Soldiers.

With over 100 levels with a cat-chy retro music and hand crafted visuals, it’s a purr-fect adventure game that retains its familiar charm and improving some of its concerns from the original. As usual, the game aims for the “ultra cute” experience where every dangerous scenario looks cute despite the cats clinging for their life.

Exploration is the best thing about this game. The more cats the player have, the more chances they have to unlock more secrets and uncover the deeper mysteries of this “cute” platformer. It’s Well-designed, and intelligent without taking itself too seriously.

Asphalt 9: Legends

#4 Asphalt 9: Legends

Developed by Gameloft
Released on Jul 26, 2018

There’s no denying Gameloft’s Asphalt series is the best of the best when it comes to the racing genre. It’s taking over our lists of Racers and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

In this latest Asphalt entry, driving feels smoother than ever. It almost feels like you’re playing on the Console instead of an android device, especially with its controversial TouchDrive feature that eases acceleration.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Legends has a massive amount of content at its disposal. Featuring realistic graphics and a top roster of real hypercars for players to drive, it’s easily the best looking game on the mobile platform so far. Racing with friends and online opponents gives players a reasonable progression reward and more customization options. It’s a true racing experience on the Android.

Altos Odyssey

#3 Alto’s Odyssey

Developed by Snowman
Released on Jul 25, 2018

Snowman’s sandboarding journey is a tale of its own. It boasts majestic backdrops, emotional soundtracks, and a graceful grinding experience. A follow-up to Alto’s Adventure, Alto returns with his friends in an endless adventure to discover secrets.

As dreamy as it could be, players dash down desert dunes, rock formations, and explore ancient ruins in simple endless runner fun. No longer are players bound to snow-capped mountains this time. By tapping the game to start, the first few seconds will fill your entire screen in a zen-like atmosphere with original ambient music and limitless potential.

This latest entry not only delivers whole new locations to grind in, it also adds more variations to its terrain. With its procedurally generated elements, every playthrough feels unique. One thing’s for sure, this game is a fantastic one-tap endless runner that retains their core gameplay with added depth and more rewards. Oh, and it’s free to play on the Android.

Motorsport Manager Mobile 3

#2 Motorsport Manager Mobile 3

Developed by Playsport Games Ltd
Released on Jul 18, 2018

When it comes to micromanaging a motorsport event at the palm of your hand, PlaySport’s racing strategy game is the perfect choice. With a promising premise at its disposal, develop a motorsport team from scratch and make every huge decision to hire drivers and develop cars.

A huge upgrade from its predecessor, MMM3 manages to break new grounds by improving its visuals and adding more content. Among those is its augmented reality feature where it provides an exhilarating realistic experience to players.

However, one of the best enhancements on this entry is its technical feats. PlaySport adds more depth to the career mode experience where players get to climb the racing ladder. Even the AI is smarter than usual. Its new system called “Influence” lets players build up their reputation whi brings more importance to driver progression. Aside from acquiring new drivers, sponsorship deals and cars, there’s just so much to do in this game and even new players can get right into the action due to its helpful tutorial mode.

Kingdom Rush Vengeance

#1 Kingdom Rush Vengeance

Released on Nov 21, 2018

Tower Defense isn’t a dying genre and IronHide Studios’ latest iteration of their critically acclaimed work is back for more TD mayhem. Vengeance offers a flurry of new content where players stop Lord Vez’Nan from taking over the world once again.

AMuch like its predecessors, the best part about IronHide’s Kingdom Rush series is its high arsenal of destruction and monster variety. The game offers a selection of mighty towers to easily decimate an entire horde of Orcs, Goblins, Demons, Dark Knights, Zombies and so much more.

Additionally, its new maps and heroes bring about a fresh new take on the Kingdom Rush experience. From icy glaciers, desolate goldmines, or abandoned villages, Vengeance never stops to give players a relentless tower defense experience that goes increasingly challenging after every level. Picking the proper heroes and the right defenses is necessary to get that juicy 3 stars. And just like 3 stars, the game deserves our number one spot.

To view our complete, up-to-ranking of all mobile game releases this year on the Google Play Store, visit our list of the best Android games of 2018.

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