The mobile gaming market just keeps on defying expectations this year. While there was some recent concern that the quality of mobile games had been falling and that the market was becoming saturated with poor, rushed-out and identical games, those fears have been well and truly assuaged.
The mobile gaming industry is currently valued at around $70 billion worldwide, a number that is expected to swell significantly in the year ahead.
With both established and indie app developers bringing out some of the most creative and boundary-pushing games we’ve seen in a long time, anyone looking to avoid being bored for the foreseeable future needn’t worry. Here are the top five new mobile games you need to be playing in 2019.
Out of all the games to make a splash in 2019 so far, Guildmaster Story will likely be remembered as one of the funniest and most engrossing. You play as Ganyo, the entitled, idiotic son of a wealthy Medieval merchant, with your goal being to make it on your own and build a business empire in the fictional hamlet of Village Town. The gameplay is something between Candy Crush and Business Tycoon, but it’s the hilarious narrative and dialogue that makes this a must-play.
The Escapists II
The original Escapists game made a huge splash when it was released back in 2016, and now the sequel is finally here. In a similar vein to the first game, you play an inmate in a sandbox prison environment who must gather materials and forge alliances in order to plot your big escape. This time, the graphics and gameplay are much more polished and the world is bigger than ever before. The puzzles are also much more difficult, making this one a real head-scratcher.
Whilst there are countless online slot games you can play, Spy Rise is one of the most refreshing and playable online casino games to have been released in years. The sleek graphics and setting conjure up a Deus Ex meets Archer kind of atmosphere as you navigate a neon-lit Tokyo in this 5-reel progressive slot game. Whilst also playable as a desktop title, it runs incredibly smoothly on mobile, which is more than can be said for some other cross-platform games.
Reigns: Game of Thrones
Anyone whose life is currently consumed by the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones will likely be thrilled by this latest release from Devolver Digital. It’s a kingdom management slash choose-your-story game featuring all of the top GoT cast as playable characters. While the gameplay itself amounts to little more than point-and-click, the rich dialogue and surprisingly complex story mode make this one you’ll keep coming back to long after completion.
The original Snakebird won universal critical acclaim a couple of years back, being credited as a title which completely shook up a puzzle game genre that was becoming stale. Now they’re back with this paid Android title, and they truly are better than ever. The puzzles are not for the faint-hearted, and even the earliest levels can take close to an hour to complete. However, the feeling of completing a level is hugely rewarding, while the graphics are just as beautiful as the original.
Now you know the very best mobile games in 2019, so it’s time to start playing them. These games will keep you entertained no matter what your preferences, so download them today.