One of the best things about technology is the sheer variety of excellent gaming apps it has made possible on your phone. From placing bets at the Sugarhouse Casino to managing your own virtual hotel chain with Hotel Empire Tycoon, there really is a gaming app for every taste and circumstance. Graphics, gameplay and audio on mobile platforms have all improved immeasurably over the last few years, and more developers are creating first-class products with mobile users in mind from the start. Whether you’re using Android or iOS, here are a few of the best gaming apps available in 2020.
Call of Duty: Mobile
The classic first-person shooter has arrived on mobile and is available in a range of modes, including Battle Royale. While it’s inevitably a stripped-down version of the console franchise, many familiar features have translated intact, including characters, maps and most importantly the top-flight graphics and fast-paced gaming action. The controls are surprisingly intuitive and, as it’s free to play, there’s no reason not to leap right in.
This game costs a dollar to download but is well worth that minimal fee. An addictive yet relaxing puzzle game, with Mini Metro you have to design a subway system for any of 20 different, constantly expanding cities. Draw lines between stations, navigate around the river and deal with unexpected obstacles that appear as the city grows. Different modes include the option to compete against other players in daily challenges to unlock new trains and carriages, tracks and tunnels.
Madden NFL Mobile Football
Adapted from the hugely popular console game, this is the best NFL simulator for your mobile. Put together a team and guide them to the playoffs with real rosters and NFL legends to choose from. The graphics are excellent and the controls are easy to master as you call plays, score touchdowns and head for the Super Bowl.
Enter the immersive world of this farming RPG with a wealth of intriguing characters and challenges, cute pixilated graphics and a wide range of different activities and mini-games. Tame the fields, raise crops and a family, tend to your livestock and enjoy a romance or two. If you get bored of village life, you can explore the mountains where fearsome monsters guard treasure in the caves. This is a gently-paced game you can get lost in for hours.
One of the most popular video games in the world right now is available as an Android app from the Epic Games website. Join the Battle Royale on your own or as part of a squad, going up against as many as 99 other players. You’ll need to be a master of strategy and building structures, acquiring weapons and explosives, shields and outfits, and even busting out your best dance moves.
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
This sliding puzzle game based on the popular horror film franchise isn’t as straightforward as it initially seems. You can play different versions of Jason Voorhees in a closed environment packed with gory but cartoonish violence, although this can be toned down if it feels a bit too much.
This apocalyptic RPG casts you as “The Kid” roaming a world devastated by “The Calamity” to find survivors, gather resources and ultimately rebuild the world. With over 40 hand-painted environments, this is a gorgeous game to look at, and it also has a brilliant soundtrack and narration. Start playing this award-winning game for free, and pay once you’re hooked.
Crush the Castle: Siege Maker
Updated from the classic flash game for iOS, this simple game is also utterly compulsive and the perfect way to turn off your mind and relax. Who doesn’t enjoy hurling rocks at castle walls with a trebuchet? You can vary your ammunition if you like, but it’s basically a matter of loading, aiming and firing, and who can really ask for more?
Song Pop 2: Guess the Song
This simple music quiz is a whole lot of fun, and it’s also a great way to hear some new tunes you might come to love. Choose your favorite genre or era, and go up against other players from around the world. All you have to do is identify a snippet of a song, choosing one of four multiple-choice answers. To make it more interesting, you can challenge each other with your own playlists, too.
These are just a few of the great games available as mobile apps right now. There really is something for all ages, tastes, and ability. Get on the ball and download a new gaming app today.