Most Innovative Games of 2018

Last updated: November 29, 2018
These ahead-of-the-curve titles push genre boundaries, with never-before-seen mechanics and narratives that kept us spellbound.
Gorogoa
Annapurna Interactive
Beautiful, wordless, and wholly unique, Gorogoa’s illustrated panels open windows to other worlds. This brain-teasing game encourages you to think – quite literally – outside the box as you move through a thought-provoking story rich with melancholia.
4.7
3.72K reviews
50K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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Beautiful, wordless, and wholly unique, Gorogoa’s illustrated panels open windows to other worlds. This brain-teasing game encourages you to think – quite literally – outside the box as you move through a thought-provoking story rich with melancholia.
Hero Hunters
Deca Games
Contains adsIn-app purchases
Hero Hunters combines elements of various gameplay styles – first-person shooting, combat strategy, and thoughtful team-building – into one incredibly well-produced action game. Unlockable “heroes” carry special strengths, like healing teammates or obliterating enemy barriers.
4.3
165K reviews
10M+
Downloads
Content rating
Teen
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Hero Hunters combines elements of various gameplay styles – first-person shooting, combat strategy, and thoughtful team-building – into one incredibly well-produced action game. Unlockable “heroes” carry special strengths, like healing teammates or obliterating enemy barriers.
Umiro
DevolverDigital
This mysterious puzzle game artfully weaves narrative into its unique gameplay. Guide two lost souls through labyrinthine levels, uncovering memories to bring color back to the world of Umiro. Elegant design and a whimsical score will stick with you long after you’ve stopped playing.
4.2
177 reviews
5K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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This mysterious puzzle game artfully weaves narrative into its unique gameplay. Guide two lost souls through labyrinthine levels, uncovering memories to bring color back to the world of Umiro. Elegant design and a whimsical score will stick with you long after you’ve stopped playing.
Life is Strange
SQUARE ENIX LTD
In-app purchases
High production values and heady topics (like finding acceptance through the stages of grief) make Life is Strange a narrative triumph, but it's the cleverness with which they’ve managed to make what were originally console controls work on mobile that earns it a spot on our innovation list.
4.2
96K reviews
5M+
Downloads
Content rating
Mature 17+
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High production values and heady topics (like finding acceptance through the stages of grief) make Life is Strange a narrative triumph, but it's the cleverness with which they’ve managed to make what were originally console controls work on mobile that earns it a spot on our innovation list.