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Most popular games for smartphones in 2017

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  • On October 19, 2017

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the days of the Nokia 3310 and the very addictive “Snake”. What was once considered a simple way to pass or waste time, has since become a global, multi-million dollar industry.

There are literally thousands of top-quality games developed and downloaded every single year. We’ve got the best picks of 2017 right here.

Gonzo’s Quest

This is probably the most well-known and much loved game from software giants, NetEnt Games. The game is a variant of the hugely popular online casino slot games, but the novel thing about this 5 ‘reel’ slot game, is that there are no reels. Instead, they have been replaced by Aztec blocks which fall into place beside the lovable character of Gonzo, the conquistador. The stunning 3D animations are as slick as they entertaining and it’s easy to see why this is top of most mobile games lists.

Clash Royale

Clash Royale

The fourth offering from Supercell is one of the most downloaded mobile games, even over-taking their hugely popular Clash of Clans. With over a hundred million downloads on iOS and Android systems (still to be released for Windows phones), this unique blend of multi-player online battle and real-time strategy has everything you could ever want. Clash Royale is a fun, freemium game including chat forums, leagues, the ability to form teams, join in tournaments and more.

Exploding Kittens

If you are looking for something a little bit different, then look no further. Based on the popular card game from the comic website “The Oatmeal”, the Exploding Kittens mobile app is the most-funded Kickstarter project ever. Players draw a card from the pile and if they get an exploding kitten they must draw a ‘defuse’ card or the kitten explodes, taking you out of the game. It’s not as gruesome as it sounds and no cats were harmed in the making. While it isn’t available for Windows phones just yet, with its rising popularity it’s just a matter of time.

Super Mario Run

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One of the best loved game characters has been entertaining us since he first jumped onto our screen in the arcades in the early 80s. Super Mario Run is the first mobile game from Nintendo and has all the familiar features and graphics you know and love. It may be one of the more expensive games for your pocket, but the gameplay and sheer fun factor is well worth it.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go burst onto the mobile scene in 2016, but with multiple updates keeping the game fresh and engaging, it is still one of the most popular games around. The game mixes real world exploration and social gaming while players try to “catch them all”. Exciting additions to Raid Battles, special seasonal events and even more updates planned, Pokemon Go is set to be a long-term favourite.