October is upon us, and summer is rapidly becoming a distant memory, as thoughts turn to Halloween and then the festive season. But before the leaves all depart the trees and we start wrapping up for the winter months, let’s look back on some of the highlights of the last few months and take a moment to consider some of the best Android games that arrived on the scene in the summer of ’18 and that will be keeping us entertained well into next year.
Everyone likes a good slots game, and there are, of course, hundreds of them to choose from, with more coming out every week. The Jammin Jars slot was released earlier this year by Push Gaming and the traditional fruit theme has a real feel of summer about it. While the symbols might be traditional, the gameplay is bang up to date. The game is of the collapsing reel variety, with eight reels and eight paylines. Volatility is on the high side, so if you want a chance at a big win, this is the game for you. Just keep in mind that it could be a while coming!
There’s something about classic arcade action that never goes out of fashion, and this offering from Halfbrick Studios has it in spades. If you are a fan of this developer’s previous creations, expect to see some familiar faces, as you race with characters from games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. It’s simple, arcade fun, and is certain to be just as much of a hit as the games that have come before it.
Cube Escape: Paradox
The first two games were very much crowd-pleasers in tried and trusted genres. This creation is something a little different, however. It is a blend of puzzle, escape game and adventure, and while it looks a little cerebral, it is not actually too difficult, and is hugely addictive. The voiceovers and soundtrack really add to the experience. Give it a try, it’s not as geeky as it looks!
Hungry Shark has been one of the surprise hits of recent years, and this 2018 follow-up is a variation on the same theme. It’s more than a rinse-and-repeat, however, as taking to the air provides far more opportunities to explore the landscape and find more people to barbecue and consume. It’s simple, bloodthirsty and fairly mindless fun – what’s not to like?
New Star Manager
If you long for the days when football manager games were simple things you could dip in and out of without needing to devote hours of your time to get anywhere, New Star Manager is the one to see you through the winter months. It’s not FIFA, but that is the whole point. There’s a good mixture of simulation and arcade action, and while the graphics and mechanics are nothing spectacular, that really just adds to the game’s charm. It’s free to download, and you’ll be glad you did.