It’s been one hell of a year in pretty much every aspect, and the world of mobile gaming is no exception. Smartphone and tablet technology keeps getting better, app developers get more creative and overall mobile games just keep getting more and more awesome.

However, with everything that went on in 2016, you might have missed many of the thousands of new mobile games that were released this year. We don’t blame you! Fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best mobile games from various genres to catch you up.

Love action and adventure? Look no further. Fancy the thrill of a mobile casino? We got you covered. Perhaps you’re more into puzzles and strategy? That’s here, too!

So, whatever type of mobile game your favourite is, make sure you don’t miss out on these top hits from 2016.

The Best Action Game Of 2016: Killer Clown Chase

Developer: Eye Box Games

Price: Free

About: This year will be remembered for many things. Any other year and the whole weirdness with people dressing up as clowns to scare one another would have been a standout feature; in 2016, this all got lost in the weirdness.

However, one mobile game stands as a testament to this particular facet of the year; Killer Clown Chase is a fantastic mobile game that sees you take on the guise of an evil clown in order to “bounce your way to clown supremacy” over the course of several levels. Brought out when the clown craze was at its height, the game still holds up well with great gameplay and quirky graphics.

The Best Casino Game Of 2016: Zynga Poker

Developer: Someone

Price: Free with in-app purchases

About: First given life on Facebook and now available on the go, Zynga Poker is the world’s largest online poker room and joins its real-money contemporaries in being available to play on your mobile. High-stakes bluffing in the palm of your hand – how’s that for a great mobile game?

Boasting tens of millions of players, Zynga Poker gives you all the action of high-stakes poker tournaments for free with slick graphics and smooth gameplay, to boot. Play against your friends or total strangers in a bid to become the king of the Zynga Poker hill. If you’re an experienced online poker veteran already, you can even buy your way to the biggest tables. If you still have to learn the basics of the game, there are many opportunities for you to try out poker games as well as other popular online casino games such as roulette before downloading the Zynga Poker app.

The Best Puzzle Game Of 2016: Block! Hexa Puzzle

Developer: BitMango

Price: Free with in-app purchases

About: Since the early days of Tetris and even before, puzzle games have been some of the most popular in the world. Fortunately, Block! Hexa Puzzle continues that legacy with aplomb; this fantastically addictive mobile puzzle game is one of the best ever.

The gameplay involves placing chains of blocks within pre-determined shapes to fill up the screen, which is a lot trickier than it sounds. Fortunately, there’s no time limit, so it’s pure logic and savvy you’re playing with in order to complete more than 300 levels. Some of them are really tricky and will have you kicking yourself when you see the solution, so you’re sure to never get bored!

The Best Sports Game Of 2016: 8 Ball Pool


Price: Free with in-app purchases

About: An absolutely classic pub game is now available on your mobile thanks to the games geniuses at Miniclip. Many of you may have already played their suite of addictive online games, so it’s no wonder that they’re dominating the mobile gaming market.

Their 8 Ball Pool is just like the real thing, with fantastic and sometimes frustrating physics that are true to life. The graphics themselves look really cool, but it’s the super functional gameplay and realistic pool feel that really brings this game into its own. The interface, showing geometric patterns for the balls, means trick shots are much easier on the virtual table than in real life, too!

The Best Strategy Game Of 2016: Mobile Strike

Developer: Epic War

Price: Free with in-app purchases

About: You have the power in the palm of your hand to become an action hero like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone or Jean-Claude Van Damme thanks to Mobile Strike. This combination of action-adventure and real-time strategy is one of the coolest modern war games you can get on your phone.

Design your own customised military base and take on millions of players around the world, forming strategic alliances and bringing your forces to bear against the enemy as you level up and increase your formidable arsenal.

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