7 awesome hardcore games for Android and iOS

Let's face it, most of the popular mobile games of today are designed with a single purpose – to get you addicted. Titles like Candy Crush, Angry Birds and Clash of Clans use various different methods to keep you playing and spending money while you're at it.

Limited lives, near-infinite amounts of levels and pay-to-win mechanics are undoubtedly great hooks that game developers use for the monetization of their products, but their inclusion almost always displaces the sense of gratification that derives from beating a level or achieving a high score with skill and reflexes.

You might call me nostalgic, but people who grew up with Contra, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Mega Man understand the basic concept – the games are challenging, you die a lot, sometimes there's uncontrollable rage, but when you eventually become good enough and complete the game, the sense of accomplishment is great. Far greater than doing a microtransaction to get a power-up that helps you get past level 430 in an endgame-less title.

Fortunately, there is still a good amount of developers that make solid products for less casual gamers. The titles we have for you today won't hold your hand as you play them. Some of them are challenging and rewarding, others are just ridiculously hard for the sake of it. If you're looking for a truly difficult mobile game, chances are you'll find something below to satisfy your needs.



1. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

why I never like a game anymore. they all boring me. last game that I enjoy is the sims 3 for pc.

2. aegislash

Posts: 1535; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The Sims 3 was a fantastic game, and easily one of my top favorite games of all time. But things just went so downhill with The Sims 4...

3. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Go for Defense Zone 1,2,3 or Hitman Sniper. Both are fantastic..

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You need to try some mobile VR games out. For instance Need for Speed VR blows away any other version of Need for Speed on mobile or PC. I can see why mobile VR/AR is going to grow a lot this year. Plus it's going to define and lead this market going forward.

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