10. Darkness Rises

Nexon's got your Hack and Slash cravings handled in the enveloping darkness of their fantasy universe. Praised for its console-like graphics, this epic RPG doles out immersion in huge doses with its high end textures and detailed settings. Play as Berserkers or Wizards and all and step inside their many menacing dungeons to fight against their towering bosses. The game also stands out for their unique Soul Link ability that lets you take control of the monsters you face.

Enter into the pits of hell itself and get in on the dungeon crawling fun, it has a PlayScore of 8.74

9. Nishan Shaman

While some games might have ads and microtransactions, this one's a true blue free to play title. Brought to you by six dedicated university graduates, learn the story of a legendary Shaman who saves a young boy from the grips of Evil. Just by the looks of it, you can tell that the game was made with utmost passion. Made with traditional Chinese papercutting art, it was made by the developers in the hopes of spreading the beautiful folklore of the Chinese minority tribes.

Learn more about minority Chinese culture as you dive into their mythical storyline. It has a PlayScore of 8.74

8. SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI D×2

Looks like SEGA's first order of business for one of Atlus' IP's is to bring it to the mobile. An all-new title with an all-new cast, it's a Shin Megami game that brings in the classic gameplay along with new optimizations exclusively for the smartphone. Tying in with its move to the mobile, the story also takes a turn for the digital as it takes demon collecting to a whole new level of convenience using your in-game smartphone.

Download yourself into the SMT cyberspace and summon demons into exciting battles with the click of an app. All the SMT fun distilled into a pocket-friendly form, it has a PlayScore of 8.78

7. DERE EVIL EXE

Darius Guerrero's insidious platformer will lure you in with its charming and colorful artstyle before inevitably ruining your pants. While it mirrors the pixel visuals, Dere Evil offers its own unique spin to the point where it almost parodies the platforming genre entirely. With its creepy meta narratives and self-referential humor, the game is a memorable experience which easily places it above the usual lineup.

Play as the silent hero Knightly as you run, jump, and double jump your way through various challenges. Just remember: don't collect the coins. It has a PlayScore of 8.79

6. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

A follow up to their trope heavy puzzler, Slayaway Camp, Blue Wizard Digital comes in with this daring tribute to one of the most iconic slasher film series of all time. Dedicating all their gorey puzzling to the dreaded Friday the 13th, it puts masked murderer Jason Vorhees at the center as he slices and dices--all according to mom's wishes. Maneuver through the grid-based stages as the murderous momma's boy, and avoid whatever obstacles to finish the job.

The game's voxel artstyle works wonders for the game as it lends cartoony humor to its supposedly gorey themes. A wacky brain-testing treat, it has a PlayScore of 8.92

5. Sdorica -sunset-

If they got the beat just right for your favorite rhythm games, Rayark's new venture in the world of RPG is hitting all the right notes too. They're putting their talents t9o good use in this immersive tale of light versus dark that's been made in the span of four long years. Experience the game in all its majesty and play as Watcher in the draconian world of Sdorica. Aside from taking pages from JRPG combat playbook, Sunset also owns the storytelling aspect with long expositions backed by their stirring soundtracks.

An impressive feat for a first time RPG developer, it has a PlayScore of 9.02

4. Hero Hunters

If anyone's on the lookout for console-like titles on the mobile, then this might be worth a shot. Hothead Games shows off their flair with the jawdropping graphics of their RPG Shooter hybrid. Anchoring on cover-based shooting action, their campaign follows a heated war against the army of Kurtz. Set in beautifully dilapidated cities and populated by a gorgeously rendered cast of characters--Hero Hunters has all it takes to be an RPG classic.

While the graphics are impressive, Hero Hunters is a bundle of adrenaline pumping joy, too, what with their real time PvP battles and co-op boss raids. It has a PlayScore of 9.02

3. Asphalt 9: Legends

Gameloft might have had a less than stellar reputation for their mobile clones and obsession with microtransactions, BUT they have no doubt created one of the most jawdropping line of smartphone racing games. With their Asphalt series now in its 9th installment, Gameloft shows us they're at the top of their game when it comes to freemium racing. Go for a more social driving experience with the all new club option and and take your new group of buddies to the top of the leaderboards.

Back with smooth racing mechanics and delicious graphics, it has a PlayScore of 9.02

2. Shadowgun Legends

Madfinger Games takes smartphone shooting up a notch with this innovative title. Boasting console-like visuals for the mobile, there's a lot more to see here with a persistent world to destroy and conquer. Within its narrative-based campaigns, put yourself in the shoes of the eponymous task force and rid the futuristic world of a deadly alien threat. But, that's not all it offers. Shadowgun Legends also has coop and competitive multiplayer modes for you to work together and compete with friends and strangers around the world.

Packing a mean punch in terms of game modes, customizations, and cool-looking bosses, it has a PlayScore of 9.07

Before we continue with our list, let’s take a look at the runners up

11. Identity V

NetEase Games' latest release just might be the first aysmmmetrical horror game on the platform. Play as survivors together with three other teammates, or become the ruthless hunter with a lust for blood. It has a PlayScore of 8.67

12. Fortnite

One of the trendiest games of the year is finally on the mobile. Dive into this game of survival of the fittest with a side of building, and make sure you're the last one standing. It has a PlayScore of 8.47

13. DRAGON BALL LEGENDS

A blast to the past, Bandai Namco lets you experience a brand new DB story through the eyes of a new character. It has a PlayScore of 8.43

14. Legend of Solgard

Like a sly spin on the pocket monster theme, roam around Solgard, collect monsters, and prevent the coming of Ragnarok. It has a PlayScore of 8.42

15. ilu

Another play on the battle between light vs dark, Branium's logic puzzle challenges you to spread the light and free the planets from the dark void. It has a PlayScore of 8.4

1. And the best free iOS game of 2018 so far is Space Pioneer

Become the ultimate space explorer in Vivid Games' vividly gorgeous action shooter. Within its brightly colored cosmos, you will be put in the shoes of one merciless space conquistador bent on colonising the unwitting alien planet. Discover new planet and galaxies along with your trusty robot sidekick as you lock and load against the extra terrestrial natives.

This game probably didn't deserve this whole colonial spin, but it is definitely fun, friendly, and, most of all, free. It has a PlayScore of 9.08