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The best iOS and Android games of August 2018: Donut County, Evergarden, Legend of Solgard and more

Looking back on a month in mobile gaming
Product: Game of the Month | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
   
August was a great month for mobile gam... what's that? We're already a week into September? Yeesh. Time goes fast.

Anyway, it's never too late to give a month its due. Especially not when that months saw the release of two downright mobile classics that could well figure highly in the end-of-year lists.

Besides these two gems (which we'll come to in a sec), August saw a sprinkling of solidly great games from across the genre spectrum. It was a diverse one, alright.

What else did you play and enjoy in August? Anything we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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#1 Donut County

Product: Donut CountyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Little FlagGenres: Adventure, Puzzle, Virtual Pet/Toy

Donut County
If there was an official award for 'Most charming game of the year,' it would have been wrapped up in August. Donut County has got it nailed down.

Fortunately, it's also a really great, polished, intuitive, and downright fun game. You drag a little hole around the floor of a cartoon world, swallowing up pebbles and cups. The hole grows, and so does the size of the stuff you can swallow. Brilliant.

#2 Evergarden

Product: EvergardenFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Flippfly

Evergarden
Second place in that charm contest will be hotly contested, but Evergarden could well be in the mix. Its 3D paper-craft aesthetic is quite lovely.

Beyond that, it's a very clever puzzler that riffs on the 'evolutionary matching' premise of Triple Town. You match plants, they get more complex, then match those. But those are just the basics in this beguilingly tactile experience.

#3 Barbearian

Product: BarbearianFormats: iPhone, iPad

Barbearian
Barbearian isn't a typical made-for-mobile isometric hack-and-slash game. Its levels take too long to plough through for that.

But that's a large part of its charm. This is a meaty, knotty, hardcore action game that constantly taxes you. Frankly, it's a breath of fresh air.

#4 Sneak Ops

Product: Sneak OpsFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Noodlecake GamesGenres: Action, Arcade, Casino

Sneak Ops
It's tricky to get stealth right on mobile. The slower pace, the precariousness of it all. But Sneak Ops nails it.

It strips back the stealth experience to its bare phones without sacrificing tension. Somehow, though, it retains the friendliness and accessibility of a classic high-score chaser.

#5 Golfing Around

Product: Golfing AroundFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin Lane

Golfing Around
Arguably the least Colin Lane game Colin Lane has ever made, Golfing Around is a surprisingly fleshed out and unflashy arcade sports game.

It's a surprisingly straight take on golf - albeit with an ingeniously intuitive control system and inviting graphics.

#6 Legend of Solgard

Product: Legend of SolgardFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: KingGenres: Casual, Puzzle

Legend of Solgard
One of the more interesting King games we've played in recent times, Legend of Solgard evokes the spirit of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes with its match-three RPG gameplay.

Naturally it's a lot more streamlined (and let's face it, not as good), but it remains a highly entertaining and brilliantly presented midcore experience.

#7 Super Spell Heroes

Product: Super Spell HeroesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: FlaregamesGenres: Casual

Super Spell Heroes
Super Spell Heroes takes the competitive multiplayer structure and cute presentation of Clash Royale, but swaps out the card-laying strategy in favour of tense match-three mechanics.

It works well, with a surprisingly tactical and reassuringly skill-based slant. You'll have to jump through some freemium hoops, but you should be used to that by now.

#8 Kings and Assassins

Product: Kings and AssassinsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, Multiplayer

Kings and Assassins
A very well executed multiplayer boardgame with an intriguing asymmetrical nature. It's a gloriously lop-sided game of cat and mouse.

In fact, the only thing really missing here is a single player campaign. Otherwise, it's pretty great.

#9 Juanito Arcade Mayhem

Product: Juanito Arcade MayhemFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Arcade

Juanito Arcade Mayhem
A joyous take on the classic Pang formula, Juanito Arcade Mayhem
has you scampering left and right, shooting blobby balloon monsters out of the sky.

It also folds in plenty of other loving retro gaming tributes, with levels inspired by Tetris and Super Breakout. It's all very well executed, and lovely to look at as well.

#10 Radiant One

Product: Radiant OneFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: FntasticGenres:

Radiant One
A brief but lovely story-driven game with themes of family, trauma, and taking control of one's obsessions - and the slight hint of something sinister.

With super clean visuals and a trippy dream-based setting, Radiant One is memorable despite its brevity.

 

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Jon Mundy 7 September 2018
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