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The 50 Best iOS Games Of 2018

The 50 Best iOS Games Of 2018

It’s nearly impossible to compare games from different genres to determine which is better. How do you compare a game like 'Tropico' to one like 'I’m King Ping Pong' without giving the edge to the game that offers dozens of hours of gameplay through multiple modes and menus over the game with one mode and one style? The answer is to compare by the genre standard. It’s kind of like what the Academy Awards or The Wesminster Dog Show does in evaluating diverse movies or dogs based on the standard of its genre or breed. How well does game X fit its genre and compare to others in its genre? With that in mind, you have a basis for what we at AppAdvice are looking for in ranking the best iOS games of 2018. We also like to focus on originality, made for iOS, how well it defines its genre, graphics, sound, interface, replay factor, and more. Now, we present the 50 best games of 2018, according to AppAdvice.

Game Of The Year

Through all of the release of 2018, check out what stood above the rest to capture the crown of the 2018 iOS Game Of The Year.

Crazy Solutions
Bring You Home

Bring You Home

Alike Studio

Slide through solution scenarios

Swipe vertically across panels to introduce new elements that work towards a solution. In each level, you need to figure out the right combination of panels for Polo to traverse the danger filled level.

Runners-Up

These two outstanding games just missed out on the title of 2018 Game of The Year.

Shocking
Death Coming

Death Coming

Sixjoy Hong Kong Limited

Puzzling over Final Destination

Death Coming is a puzzle game about death and claiming souls so you can live again. It's dark, charming, and harder than you think.

Suzy Cube
Suzy Cube

Suzy Cube

Noodlecake Studios Inc

An Ornate 3D Platformer

Help Suzy Cube recover the stolen gold as you run and jump through 40 fun filled levels. The game emphasizes tight touch controls to let you fully enjoy a 3D platformer on your iOS device.

#4-10

The top 10 games of 2018 are simply amazing. You can't go wrong with any one from here on up.

Donut County
Donut County

Donut County

Annapurna Interactive

AppAdvice's Best Game of 2018: Donut County

In the unique physics-based puzzler, trash is king as you’ll attempt to devour everything in Donut County with a hole that keeps on growing. Combining the quirky story with fun gameplay, Donut County will definitely suck you in. Make sure to check it out.

Grimvalor
Grimvalor

Grimvalor

Direlight

Hack and Slash

The fast-paced combat game will test your skills with a journey through a dark realm filled with stunning landscapes and dungeons.

Tons of content
Oddmar

Oddmar

Mobge Ltd

Victory to Valhalla

Oddmar, an action-adventure platformer from the developers of Leo's Fortune, is beautiful, humorous, and challenging. The gorgeous action-adventure platformer that keeps you entertained while you prove your worth in Valhalla.

Unique roguelike card game
Meteorfall: Journey

Meteorfall

Eric Farraro

Play cards for an RPG adventure

Meteorfall is an exciting and challenging roguelike card game that packs quite a punch.

Wonder Blade

Wonder Blade

Huang YueFeng

A side scrolling action packed challenge.

Grab your sword, and get ready to build massive combos as you take on a variety of enemies across the kingdom. The game delivers buttery smooth controls to allow you to swiftly slice and dice anything that satnds in your way.

Shoot
Fortnite

Fortnite

Epic Games

Blast Away

Fortnite Battle Royale has come to iOS in its full form, and it's just a waiting game until everyone can join.

Earn your keep
PAKO 2

PAKO 2

Tree Men Games

Outrun the Cops

Tree Men Games is back with PAKO 2, a deeper and more challenging sequel to the original car chase simulator. The new game features more action and expansive locations.

#11-20

We're almost to the top 10, and these games just missed the cut.

Teen Titans Go Figure
Teen Titans Go! Figure

The Teen Titans Return

Teen Titans Go! Figure

Teen Titans Go! Figure

Cartoon Network

A sequel to Teeny Titans, the new game sees a mysterious figure ring to put the superheroes out of business. You’ll need to help get to the bottom of the mystery. Featuring 3-on-3 figure battles, there are more than 90 different figures to collect in the sequel to Teeny Titans.

Barbearian

Play as a guy in a bear suit tasked with taking out different realms.

Barbearian

Barbearian

Kimmo Lahtinen

Barbearian presents a hack 'n' slash challenge with jam packed waves of enemies to defeat. This is a grand scale challenge with literal hundreds of enemies spawned in a given level.

New mechanics
Alto's Odyssey

AppAdvice's Game of the Year Runner-Up: Alto's Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey

Alto's Odyssey

Snowman

Alto and his friends have moved from snowboarding mountains to sandboarding dunes. Alto’s Odyssey breaks the sequel mold continuing what made Alto’s Adventure great, and subtly build upon it. It's a beautiful and compelling game choice that can be enjoyed by any level of gamer.

Weird as ever
Rusty Lake Paradise

The Curious Case of Rusty Lake

Rusty Lake Paradise

Rusty Lake Paradise

Rusty Lake

The developers over at Rusty Lake have an interesting sense of style, and its even present in their games. Their latest point and click adventure delivers the familiar style, but with an all new storyline that is bound to intrigue you.

Pocket Run Pool
Pocket Run Pool

The developer of Really Bad Chess and Flipflop Solitaire has a new take on pool for you to try.

Pocket Run Pool

Pocket Run Pool

Zach Gage

A single player game of pool that emphasizes an arcade scoring system. Each pocket has a different multiplier, so that you try to aim your shots to maximize your score across multiple game modes.

GC Wasteland

An arcade golf game set in a post apocalyptic landscape.

GC Wasteland

GC Wasteland

Demagog Studio

Play golf through abandoned buildings, past wrecked cars, and through the wasteland that Earth has become in the game's storyline. There's a beautiful visual style with a subtle storyline that lets you jetpack around holes.

#21-30

Now, we're getting to the point of some true stand outs. It's like splitting hairs to rank all of these amazing games from 2018.

Eloh
ELOH

Find Your Rhythm

ELOH

ELOH

Broken Rules

A fun musical puzzle game from the team behind Old Man’s Journey, you’ll need to​ find the rhythm to solve each level.

Upgrade Dandara's abilities
Dandara

Dandara takes your idea and expectations of a metroidvania platformer and turns it upside down with a fresh new experience.

Dandara

Dandara

Raw Fury

Dandara is a vast metroidvania platformer game that will turn your world upside down.

CHUCHEL

A Comedy Adventure

CHUCHEL

CHUCHEL

Amanita Design s.r.o.

The creators of Machinarium, Botanicula, and Samrost, Chuchel should definitely make you smile. You’ll join Chuchel and Kekel to retrieve a precious cherry on a road full of challenges.

Alphabear 2
Alphabear: Words Across Time

A sequel to the 2015 original, you’ll need to be creative and use as many letters possible to spell different words to earn more points.

Alphabear: Words Across Time

Alphabear: Words Across Time

Spry Fox, LLC

A sequel to the 2015 original, you’ll need to be creative and use as many letters possible to spell different words to earn more points.

Stardew Valley

Head to the Farm

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Chucklefish Limited

In the open-ended RPG, you’ve inherited an old farm in Stardew Valley and will try to turn a dilapidated property into a thriving farm. Players can select one of five different map layouts suited to their style.

Use Lichtpowers
Lichtspeer

Lone Warrior

Lichtspeer

Lichtspeer

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Toss spears at all kinds of crazy creatures in ancient Germanic future. You're a lone wolf warrior equipped with just the​ Lichtspeer — how many penguin vikings, hipster ice giants, and burst zombies can you take out before you fall?

The Room: Old Sins

A New 3D Adventure

The Room: Old Sins

The Room: Old Sins

Fireproof Games

The fourth installment in The Room series revolves around a disappearance, a strange artifact, and peculiar dollhouse. The gameplay style returns as you interact with ornate 3D objects, and uncover the mysteries within the transforming dollhouse.

#31-40

Moving on up. The games keep getting better as we reveal the next ten in our reverse countdown to the game of the year.

Never Stop Sneakin'

A tactical strategy game that emphasizes stealth.

Never Stop Sneakin'

Never Stop Sneakin'

Humble Hearts LLC

Every president in history has been kidnapped, and it's up to you to take on the crazy band of adversaries. There are procedurally generated bases to sneak through to keep the missions fresh.

Failure
Unicycle Hero

A challenging game in which you ride a unicycle, and try to throw objects long distances.

Unicycle Hero

Unicycle Hero

Unept

Check out this challenging game in which you ride a unicycle, and try to throw objects long distances.

Bacon – The Game

Flip a strip of bacon on to all kinds of crazy items.

Bacon – The Game

Bacon – The Game

Philipp Stollenmayer

A quick action arcade game in which you try to flip a slice of bacon from a frying pan on to a stationary object. The objects include a salad, a pineapple, and even Kevin Bacon.

Touchgrind BMX 2

BMX Bike Tricks Return

Touchgrind BMX 2

Touchgrind BMX 2

Illusion Labs

Put two fingers on screen to ride the bike, and get ready to pull off a ton of tricks. The sequel maintains the Illusion Labs style, and enhances it in every way.

The Company Game
The Company Game

The unique new game is backed by a mysterious story. An anonymous source informs you that The Company is evil and needs to be stopped. You’ll do that by solving each of the puzzles in each level.

The Company Game

The Company Game

gary gogis

A puzzle game for mystery fans, the new title offers a number of AR levels to solve.

holedown

An inverted brick breaker with all new strategy elements.

holedown

holedown

webbfarbror AB

Shoot balls downward to try to take out numbered blocks in an inverse brick breaker. Aim is important as you're sending multiple balls at once that can ricochet around to do the most damage for a successful descent.

#41-50

The top 50 begins with the unveiling of numbers 41 to 50 on the list. When you see some great games this far down the list, you can't help but be excited for what's to come.

Super Fowlst

A pure action game in which a chicken takes on demons.

Super Fowlst

Super Fowlst

Thomas Young

Simple one touch controls to tap to fly to guide the chicken to bomp demons' heads. There are procedurally generated levels to move your way through with a fluid style.

Armello

A grand scale board game with fantastical card based elements.

Armello

Armello

League of Geeks

Your ultimate goal is to become king or queen of Armello as you'll quest, scheme, hire agents, explore, vanquish monsters, cast spells and face off against other players. There's an ornate 3D depiction of the world of Armello to be immersed in the fantasy RPG style, while still connecting with...

Date your favorite cat
Purrfect Date

The makers of I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator have a new crazy concept game for you to try.

Purrfect Date

Purrfect Date

Bossa Studios Ltd

Cat Island is full of felines, both wild and domesticated, and now you can date them while uncovering the island's dark secrets.

Tesla vs Lovecraft

A top down dual stick shooter with a fictional take on historical individuals.

Tesla vs Lovecraft

Tesla vs Lovecraft

10tons Ltd

Control Nikola Tesla with various weapons at his disposal to take out waves of creatures from the mind of H. P. Lovecraft. It's not stop action as you try to pick up upgrades to handle the unrelenting horde.

MIYAMOTO
MIYAMOTO

A modern twist on Solitaire with an infusion of board game mechanics.

MIYAMOTO

MIYAMOTO

HIDEKI HANIDA

Get ready for a Samurai themed card based board game with elements of turn based strategy. Place cards to add warriors to your team to try to take out the main enemy before they take you out. It's a roguelike adventure with increasing difficulty.

DERE EVIL EXE

A retro inspired platformer with a horror theme.

DERE EVIL EXE

DERE EVIL EXE

Darius Immanuel Guerrero

The game delivers a familiar retro platformer vib of running, jumping, and interacting with the environment. The structure is accented with creepy surprises throughout the adventure.

Thunderdogs

A frenetic online multiplayer shooter with dogs piloting planes.

Thunderdogs

Thunderdogs

Lucky Kat Studios

Thunderdogs is built upon the .io mold for quick connecting massive online multiplayer set-ups. The game itself stands apart with the sheer pace of action with every player vying to take you out in a compact arena.