We’re living in the golden age of smartphone gaming, when owning a mobile device gives you access to a basically endless supply of entertainment. Whether you’re just playing for entertainment or you’re playing to win, there’s a wide range of iOS and Android casino and video games to captivate you anytime, anywhere.
Which mobile adventure will you choose?
Smartphone and mobile games have gotten hugely popular in recent years, with almost 40 billion worldwide game downloads from the Apple App Store and Google Play in 2018. Each platform—iOS and Android—has slightly different offerings, so what device you choose to buy might determine what’s available to you. Even so, the days of having to go to the video game store to buy long-anticipated new games are gone…you can download almost anything from your phone.
If combing through the huge selection of games for something worth your feels like a level you just can’t beat, get started with these five top picks for Android and iOS.
Alto’s Adventure lets you turn your smartphone into a window to a peaceful snowy mountain landscape. Your character will snowboard through obstacles and perform tricks to reach new goals, break high scores and get bonus upgrades. The tap of your finger triggers jumps and flips to score points and gain speed. You can also challenge your friends to show off your skills. This game has been praised for its awesome graphics and ambience.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an award-winning and exhilarating mobile game that will keep you on your toes as you try to survive epic battles with strategy and speed. This multiplayer game let you choose whether you’d rather play on a team, in a huge battle, or go solo. It has amazing graphics that drop you right in the middle of the action, including realistic weapons and detailed terrain. Plus, with daily challenges and continuously updated features, you’ll never get bored.
Alto’s Odyssey was Noodlecake Studio’s response to the popularity of their earlier game Alto’s Adventure. It has the same allure of an endless stretch of terrain where you use Alto’s one-touch trick system to sandboard through the desert. Your adventure will take you through beautiful landscapes like canyons and dunes, complete with hot air balloons, lemurs, and ancient hidden temples. Plus, Alto’s Odyssey offers a special Zen mode that takes away the distractions of scoring points so you can just ride through the desert, taking in the views and listening to the game’s enchanting original soundtrack.
SEGA’s classic, timeless characters are back for a fresh set of challenges. Join heroes like Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, and Gilius Thunderhead to assemble an all-star lineup to solve puzzles and take down villains by matching gems. SEGA Heroes also let you chat with your friends and challenge them to PvP games. If you really want to test yourself, try out Survival mode to see how long you can last. With lots of levels and a huge selection of characters to choose from, spanning decades of classic SEGA games, there’s an endless number of ways to play, whether you remember SEGA from your childhood or you’re playing for the first time.
This first-person shooter role-playing game is groundbreaking in the field of mobile games, because it brings all the complexity and graphics of a console game into the palm of your hand. Its creators at MADFINGER Games aren’t new to this—they have a record of bringing out top-notch games like Dead Trigger and Unkilled. In Shadowgun Legends, you’ll find yourself in a world that’s being attacked by alien invaders, and it’s up to you to fight for the human race. As you play through hundreds of missions, you have a huge number of options for weapons, as well as the ability to create your own custom armor. Once your character is suited up, you can challenge friends in PvP games or team up for four-on-four challenges. You can also enjoy online features like interacting with other players to join battle squads and chat in the game’s Hub.
Check out these games and more on your device’s app store
Fortunately, all of these games are available for both iOS, through the App Store, and Android devices, through Google Play. There are certain games such as Donut County and Inside, (both puzzle games) that are only available on IOS at the moment, but will eventually become available on both. That means basically anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection can play, so you can challenge your friends to play along with you. If you manage to master all these picks, be on the lookout for the latest new releases to keep the fun going, level after level.