Our Top Picks For The Best Free Mobile Games of 2018

January 29, 2019
Our Top Picks For The Best Free Mobile Games of 2018

We’ve had a great year for PC and console games, but not everyone has the time to go through a 15-hour story. Thankfully, mobile games are becoming better each year, and 2018 is no different. So, for those of you out there who just don’t have much time for gaming, don’t worry, your old pals at GameBuz have your back, being a mobile games news site and all. You guys saw the title so you know what's about to go down. And have no fear, we’ll be listing both free Android and free iOS games. So there should be something for everyone on this list. And without further ado, let’s just dive in.

Asphalt 9 Legends

Inamge source: Asphalt Legends official website

Developer: Gameloft
Platforms: iOS, Android

The 11th installment of the Asphalt series is here and Gameloft has outdone themselves. First of all, we want to mention how gorgeous this game looks. The graphics are pretty much console quality and so is the gameplay. Players have the option to use touch-drive which will steer your car automatically. Of course, you can also turn off touch-drive and steer with the tilt controls for a more immersive experience.

Complete races to earn credits and upgrade your ride. There are also missions and daily challenges that give you tokens upon completion. These can be used to purchase car blueprints and unlock new rides. Whether you’re new to racing games or a veteran, this game is worth picking up.

PUBG Mobile

Image source: PUBG Mobile official Facebook page

Developer: PUBG Corporation
Platforms: iOS, Android

The battle royale genre blew up in 2018 and it all started with one game. And then that one game came to mobile, so here it is. PUBG Mobile is pretty much the same game as on PC and consoles but packaged for mobile platforms. The game looks great and runs smoothly on our iPhone 8 plus here at the office. You can play it on lower spec devices too since the game offers three different graphics quality settings.

The map has some minor differences from the PC and console versions, but other than that it's pretty much the same game. There is an auto-pickup mechanic, which means that your character will pick up important items automatically. Those items will show up as yellow in the little menu and other, less important ones will show up as white. You can also lock your character to sprint and use the little eye icon to look around, just like holding the alt key on PC. If you love battle royal games you’ll definitely enjoy this one.


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Image source: Google Play store

Developer: Jam City
Platforms: iOS, Android

This one is for all of you Potterheads out there. Visit the wizarding world in this amazing adventure, create your own witch or wizard, and enroll in one of the best magic schools around. The game takes place before the events of the Harry Potter books and movies. You’ll be playing as the younger sibling of a troublesome student who got expelled. You start the game in Diagon Alley just like any young wizard. After that, you will be heading to Hogwarts for the sorting ceremony and begin your journey.

The game is sort of like a choose-your-own-adventure game. You’ll have dialog options at some points, and some of those require you to have a certain amount of points in your attributes (like in the Fallout series). You’ll also be attending classes just like any other student. Learning new spells and potions from the professors we all know and love. During classes and other activities, you will be spending energy, and will then have to wait for it to recharge if it depletes completely. This may be an issue for some but regardless it's a great game, especially if you’re a fan of the franchise.

Shadowgun Legends

Image source: Madfinger Games official website

Developer: Madfinger Games
Platforms: iOS, Android

Shadowgun Legends is the newest installment in the Shadowgun series. The comparison you’ll hear a lot is that it's kinda like Destiny for mobile, and well...it kinda is. Its a sci-fi, first-person shooter in space, much like Destiny. The game looks amazing and the gameplay is pretty good too, with great controls. It plays surprisingly well on a touchscreen. There’s also a bit of story to it but its pretty shallow.

At the start, you create your character and after a brief tutorial, you can embark on your first mission. There’s actually a bit of variety to the missions, from running and gunning to little stealth sections. You also have daily missions to complete. After you get some cash flowing you can run around the HUB area, and buy yourself some new treats, guns, armor, the works. You can even participate in PvP battles if that’s your thing. So, if you’re down to shoot some aliens in the face you should definitely give this game a try.

Dragon Ball Legends

Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Platforms: iOS, Android

We have some pretty good Dragon Ball games for the console and PC, and now we have one for mobile devices. Dragon Ball Legends is a fighting game unlike other licensed games based on anime. It has some depth to the combat and it looks gorgeous. The cell shaded graphics really capture the look and feel of the anime.

There is a story mode in this game but it drags on for quite some time. You also have events that are a bit tougher than the story battles and have bigger rewards, like unique characters. The combat system is very good with lots of combos. You can dodge, do melee combos, and unleash powerful Ki attacks on your enemy. Again, if PvP is more your thing worry not, this game has a PvP mode. Be warned though, the matchmaking in the game tends to be a bit broken and will often match you with players that outrank you my a significant margin. Overall, it’s a decent fighting game and will entertain you for quite some time.