In case you haven’t noticed yet, mobile usage has gone through the roof over the past five years or so. Not only is the British public opening more emails and making more web searches on their smartphone or tablet than ever before, they’re also using these devices to get their gaming fix too.
A recent national research study led by UKIE found that total revenue generated by the mobile gaming industry exceeded £660 million in 2016, an increase of 22% from the previous year. Compared with digital consoles, PC, boxed software and console hardware, this makes mobile gaming the fastest growing sector of gaming in terms of overall sales.
As the demand for high-quality mobile games goes up, so does the incentive for developers to claim a slice of the pie for themselves. It’s no surprise that all major mobile app stores are now brimming with new downloads every single week. In fact, there are estimated to be just under five million mobile apps in the Google Play, Apple Store and Windows Store combined.
That’s a lot to choose from. Luckily, we’re on hand to talk through a select few of the best gaming apps currently out there – so you don’t have to.
Our iGaming Top Pick: Betway Casino
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In many ways, the world of online casinos, sports bookmakers and poker rooms is tailor-made for mobile devices. Instead of having to make the trip all the way down to your local casino, what could be more convenient than logging in quickly at home, or on the bus, depositing funds and playing your preferred choice of game within a matter of seconds?
Of the vast quantity of iGaming apps currently available on the market, few do it better than the Betway mobile casino app. While the desktop version isn’t bad at all, the mobile version makes things neat, simple and straightforward from the moment you log in. The clear and engaging design is coupled with a responsive back-end framework, which makes it run like a dream compared to many other mobile casino apps. Good work, guys!
Our Puzzle Top Pick: Deus Ex Go
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So you like a good brain workout, huh? If you’re not content with the mental sweat that a game like Candy Crush Saga inspires, fear not – there’s plenty of mobile games that offer a far less disposable type of challenge.
Few do it better than Square Enix’s Go series of games. Along with their more renowned titles like Hitman Go and Tomb Raider Go, here we’ve gone for their latest (and arguably best) offering, Deus Ex Go. For less than £2, you have the ability to navigate your way past hazardous puzzles, armed guards and hi-tech defense. If you fancy yourself a budding cyberpunk, this is undoubtedly the puzzle game for you!
Our Racing Top Pick: Asphalt 8: Airborne
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Fans of the fast and furious world of racing games will be buoyed to know that the range of mobile games on offer has never been broader. In fact, there’s so much more to it than simply Fast and Furious.
Our pick of the bunch has to be Asphalt 8: Airborne, an immersive and very realistic game that succeeds in creating high-octane action with every corner that you drift around. Not only is the gameplay fun enough to play for quite a while at a time, it also boasts some of the best graphics available on your smartphone or tablet.
That’s your lot, folks. It wasn’t an easy task whittling down three major gaming categories into just three standalone titles, but we think we’ve served you well here. There’s sure to be plenty more big name releases out over the course of the coming year (especially Asphalt 9!) so keep your peepers peeled.