2017 was a huge year for mobile apps and produced fertile grounds for games to flourish in 2018. Equipped with High Definition graphics and touch screens, ordinary smartphones have become gaming machines. If you’re looking for a new game on the App Store or Google Play but can’t see the wood for the trees, we’ve selected the best games now available on iOS and Android.

Trivia:

HQ

Taking the App Store by storm in late 2017, HQ was one of the most downloaded apps of the year. It’s a live trivia app in which contestants try to answer 12 multiple choice questions. Get all 12 right and you could be in with the chance to win a cash prize. HQ holds two live daily trivia shows at 9pm ET, and 3pm ET weekdays hosted by the always-cheerful Scott Rogowsky. Live games, accessible trivia questions and real money payouts of up to $10,000 have turned HQ into an app store powerhouse.

QuizUp

Test, sharpen and polish your general knowledge skills with QuizUp. This popular iOS and Android trivia game features many fast and furious rounds of multiple questions, with players being scored according to how quickly they answer. Just select a category in which you want to compete and let QuizUp match you against an opponent. At the core of this app is its social element which enables players to compete with friends and chat with other players where they can discuss questions and categories. No wonder it makes our list of top apps of 2017.

Puzzle:

Swapperoo

Swapperoo is one of the greatest – if not the number 1– pure mobile puzzle game of 2017. Building upon the foundations of the hugely popular Candy Crush, Swapperoo requires you to maneuver and shuffle a grid of colored tiles, deleting matching-colored groups. However, Swapperoo is teeming with a bunch of pernickety deceptions and rules, the main one being that the game’s minimalist appearance means tiles can only move in one specific way. However, along with thousands of 2017’s gamers, you might prefer your puzzle games with a greater level of difficulty.

Racing:

Gear Club

For a realistic racing and driving experience that features fully-simulated engines, powertrains, suspensions and aerodynamics, Gear Club is perfect for you. Gear Club is much more than a quick adrenaline rush, it’s an authentic racing experience made up of online championships, friends and foes. One review on the App Store described Gear Club as “one of the greatest car simulators for the mobile platform,” and it certainly makes it on our list of the best games apps.

Slots & Table Games:

Rivers Casino

Another one of our favorite apps from 2017 is Rivers Casino. Wherever you are and whatever the time, Rivers Casino lets players enjoy an original gaming experience for free. Delve into the apps Play4Fun app where you can enjoy favorites including Invaders from the Planet Moolah!, Alice & Mad Tea Party, and Jungle Wild. The fun doesn’t stop there, becoming a Rush Rewards member means yet get unfiltered instant access to special promotions, restaurant options and more.

Please bear in mind that no tangible or monetary prizes can be won from playing Rivers Casino and winning. Download the Rivers Casino app and play free casino games  on any and every device or smartphone you own. Unlike many of the best games released in 2017, this app is free for all iOS and Android users.

Fantasy & Adventure:

Dungeon Hunter

To restore peace, justice and prosperity, you must join forces with millions of Bounty Hunters online and defeat the dark underground of Dungeon Hunter 5. The self-proclaimed most intense hack-and-slash adventure yet can be fought in solo and cooperation player mode that enables you and up to three friends take on the fight, side-by-side, as allies. Wage a war against the evil terror-inflicting bandits with your sword and 900 pieces of armor and weaponry today.

Oceanhorn

Oceanhorn is a retro gaming experience with a nostalgic vibe. A mobile game that looks and feels like the Game Boy classic Zelda, Oceanhorn is a journey across chaotic seas where puzzles must be cracked, and secrets unlocked in order to retrieve ancient treasure and unlock the mysteries that surround Arcadia, the ancient kingdom, and sea monster Oceanhorn. Incredible 3D visuals and action-packed adventures make Oceanhorn one of 2017’s best mobile apps.

Gaming on mobile platforms have been importing at a greater rate than any technology that preceded it. Stronger graphics and user engagement is testament to the new heights mobile gaming apps have reached. And it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.