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.
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Gorogoa

1,299
10,000
Offers in-app purchases
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

110,943
5,000,000
Contains ads
·
Offers in-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.

Battlelands Royale

Everyone 10+
690,697
10,000,000
Contains ads
·
Offers in-app purchases
Fast-paced Battlelands Royale stands out from other battle royale games for its truly made-for-mobile design. Taken together, short matches and a novel bird’s eye view create an ideal experience for on-the-go gamers – that also happens to be really, really fun.

Umiro

101
5,000
Offers in-app purchases
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

36,028
1,000,000
Offers 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.
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