There is an inevitable, all-consuming obsession with quality as far as Apple is concerned. The company has forged a reputation for creating premium products at astronomical prices that seem ‘appropriate’ for the given offering. The company’s line of handheld devices is no exception, and in fact, has ruled the roost for quite a few years now. The iPhone and iPad in particular have redefined top-notch (no pun intended) technology ever since their initial releases in 2007 and 2010. iOS, the operating system these devices run on, is highly versatile and capable of doing an enormous number of tasks efficiently.
While this has led to an expected increase in the productivity of our phones and tablets, one of the more serendipitous outcomes of this versatility has been an unprecedented level of gaming. Mobile devices have been powerhouses for a long time, and we have come a long way from the casual games that thrived in the initial years of smartphones. This year has led to some terrific games that have made brilliant use of the iOS platform, and the sheer range of games is quite impressive, to say the least. Without further ado, here is the list of top iOS games of 2018.
10. Florence (2018)
From the studio that created the brilliant ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’ and the designer of ‘Monument Valley’, came ‘Florence.’ Centred around the eponymous 25 year-old and the seemingly everyday events that transpire in her life, the game is tastefully crafted with basic puzzles to give new meaning to various aspects of her life. Divided into 20 small chapters, we are taken into an arresting tour of Florence’s life as she follows her passion of painting and gets into an endearing relationship that comes across as refreshingly realistic. The minigames make us invest in the characters, and the result is a universal work of art that says more than it shows, and vindicates director Ken Wong’s decision to helm this game, his first after ‘Monument Valley.’
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9. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (2018)