New iOS and Android Games You Should Play in October 2018 | Tips & Tricks

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Here are our mobile gaming picks for October 2018.

Platforms: iOS

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Isometric puzzles games have become a leading genre on mobile over the years – from Hitman GO to Monument Valley. Where Shadows Slumber feels like the natural next step and the strongest evolution of this genre we’ve seen for years.

You control an old man who journeys across a brooding world where any part that isn’t lit up or rests in shadows can completely change. It’s surreal, clever and challenging, backed up by pretty visuals and a poignant story about a person going on quite possibly their last ever adventure.

Platforms: iOS, Android

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The console hit Monster Hunter World has enamoured audiences in the west with the long-running and distinctly Japanese franchise about hunting strange creatures in a sort-of Jurassic world.

This mobile spin-off is very different from its big-budget counterpart, pitting you as a monster-riding adventurer who’s voyaging across a vivid world in search of creatures to hunt and tame. It’s more cutesy than the console version, with accessible turn-based combat that pays tribute to its JRPG lineage.

Platforms: iOS

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More puzzly goodness here (didn’t we just say mobile is a great platform for this stuff?), Donut County is a whimsical physics-based game where you’re an all-consuming hole trying to swallow up the buildings and people of Los Angeles (which is largely populated by anthropomorphic animals, it seems). Yes, it’s weird, but you’d expect no different from the inventive developers behind the brilliant Gorogoa.

It’s not just a case of hoovering the world up, as you’ll encounter puzzles along the way, and also watch the story unfold of those people you so unceremoniously suck into the centre of the Earth.

Explaining its many layers of weirdness really doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll have to try it yourself.

Platforms: iOS, Android

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It’s been around for several months on iOS, but the fact that it’s recently launched on Android makes Hungry Dragon worth bringing up again.

It’s simple stuff, as you control a ravenous dragon in search of food (like people, fish, then onto bigger and better things as you become more formidable). It’s more of a ‘destruction therapy’ experience than a challenging game, really, but if you want to chew stuff up and watch a bright and colourful world burn, then you’ll be well-served here.

Platforms: iOS

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This month’s obligatory meditative puzzle game with a beautiful fuscia-infused colour palette and a strong theme of nature is a hex-based, turn-based game where you interact with the land to prevent natural disasters from occurring and help nature flourish.

It’s relaxing but by no means easy, as the difficulty quickly ratchets up and extra layers get added – such as the various animals that turn up to help you out with the tougher challenges down the line.

Fans of old-school god games like Populous may find a little bit of solace here, and an Android release is expected soon.

Platforms: iOS, Android

If there’s one thing that mobile platforms haven’t had enough of, it’s Warhammer, the grimdark tabletop game that’s given us so many great board games and videogames over the years.

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The Horus Heresy continues Warhammer’s great videogame form. It’s a deck-building card game pitting factions of Space Marines against each other, which you can play as a single-player campaign or online, joining up with Guilds to take part in gripping card warfare.

The actual cardplay is fast-paced and well-balanced, as you build decks around special Warlord cards and need to be careful with how you expend your limited energy stores. If you fancy a darker take on the Hearthstone-style card game, then look no further.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Whenever a new entry in this long-running racing series comes out, it’s pretty much a shoe-in on our list of recommendations. Maybe Gameloft is milking it a bit, but the fact is that Asphalt remains one of the best-looking and instantly gratifying racing experiences on smartphone.

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The latest entry in the series is more iteration than reiteration, but that’s fine when the fundamentals are so good. The controls are extremely simple, you don’t even control or accelerate the car yourself, just take care of the fun stuff like drifting and jumps.

It may sound simplistic, but for the fiddly controls of the touchscreen, it may just be the perfect system for a mobile arcade racer. As it’s free to play (with no serious paywalls), you may as well hop along for the ride and see what you think.

Platforms: iOS, Android (later in the year)

Unless you’re French, you’ll probably want to forget about the inevitable heartbreak of the World Cup (while not forgetting what a great event it was). What better way to do that than to chuck on your suit or tracksuit, hit the dugout, and embrace the fantasy of being a club football manager in time for the new season.

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New Star Soccer may not have all the real names and licensing of Football Manager, but it’s a more all-encompassing game, tasking you with everything from sorting out club sponsors to carving open defences on the pitch. It may not be hardcore exactly, but it will keep you tapping through the matches, season after season, with its diverse and accessible gameplay.

Platforms: iOS, Android

Ever wondered what it’d be like to run a clan of Scotsmen on the Isle of Skye? Probably not, but this digital version of the critically acclaimed board game gives you a good reason to try it.

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The aim of the game is to make your clan as prosperous and successful as possible. The map slowly expands each turn using tiles, revealing resources like water, cows, sheep and whiskey barrels, which pop out of the ground like cabbages in Scotland. Like Settlers of Catan, it’s all about connecting your castle up to these resources and trading with other players to ensure your clan comes out on top.

Developed by Asmodee Digital, Isle of Skye is another shining example of how to convert a board game into digital form.

Platforms: iOS, Android

The best wrestling games of recent years, like Fire Pro Wrestling, have taught us that you don’t need to have a WWE license or The Rock shooting you the People’s Eyebrow to be successful. You just need to capture some of the absurdity of this ultra-violent, scantily-clad form of soap opera.

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Rowdy Wrestling does that in its own simple way. Taking place on a 2D plane, Rowdy Wrestling is a sequel of sorts to Colin Lane’s Wrassling, pitting you as an arm-swinging high-jumping wrestler, trying to create some order out of the ridiculous physics to knock your opponent out.

It’s that chaos and silliness that makes Rowdy Wrestling so fun to play, and it’s bolstered by a career mode that sees you climbing up the wrestling ranking ladder. You can keep your piledrivers and your stunners – just give us these pixelated guys with their swinging gorilla arms, and we’re onboard.

Any hidden gems that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!

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