9. Clash Royale
If anyone is primed to develop an addicting game, it’s mobile supergiant Supercell. With a repertoire of extremely successful freemium games like Clash of Clans, it’s no surprise that Clash Royale sucked gamers in from the get-go. They seemed to have mastered the art of quick, multiplayer mobile games that appeal to both casual and hardcore players.
Clash Royale combines elements of tower defense, collectible card games, and multiplayer online battle arenas. The battles are quick and streamlined with a straightforward goal: destroy your opponent’s tower before they destroy yours. The interface is simple and intuitive; easy to learn and understand but hard to master. Despite its simplistic concept, the game’s strategy runs deep: timing, deck building, and card selection can all make or break a match. Discovering new decks and card combos through trial-and-error alone can take hours upon hours.
While technically a freemium game, Clash Royale doesn’t actually limit you to how much you can play per day. It only limits you to how many loot chests you can have at a time. As expected, you can pay real money for these chests, but your skill arguably plays a larger part in your success than your card collection. With numerous collectibles, fast-paced multiplayer games, and unlimited play, Clash Royale hits all the right buttons to earn a spot as one of 2016’s most addicting games.