The world of online gaming is fast becoming one of the most popular sectors of the entertainment industry, accounting for more than $12 billion in revenue this year so far. As people move away from traditional console games towards a more social, collaborative form of gaming, thousands of titles have been released to try and capture a slice of the pie.
However, not all online games are created equal. We’ve seen enough WW2-themed combat shooters and run-of-the-mill MMORPGs this year to last us for a lifetime. If you’re looking for a truly unique form of online gameplay, check out these highly original titles you need to be playing in 2019.
1. A Way Out
When this multiplayer strategy game dropped with little fanfare last year, it didn’t take long for people to notice that a real game-changer had arrived. This epic crime saga can only be played in multiplayer mode, with one player able to see the POV of the other at all times. Set in the 1970s, your goal is to escape from prison and navigate the seedy criminal underworld of the US at that time. It relies on total cooperation with your fellow players to succeed, making this a whole new genre of online gaming.
2. Slingo Bingo
Game mashups can often be a fraught undertaking. However, Slingo Bingo, which combines the most exciting elements of online slots and bingo in a highly-engaging web browser game, manages to pull it off with flair. Simply click the wheel to make it spin then, once it has landed, you have twenty seconds to match the numbers of your bingo card with those on the wheel. The reward for success is real-money prizes, which gives this title an extra element of thrill.
3. PUBG Mobile
The mobile version of Player Unknown: Battlegrounds manages to bask in the afterglow of the Fortnite craze without the game feeling like a cheaply made cash-in. This free-for-all combat game combines all of the best elements of the console game into a seamless mobile experience in a way that arguably no other gaming franchise has managed to do so far. The best part? It’s completely free to play.
4. The Darwin Project
This is another open-world combat game that wins originality points for its intriguing premise. Set at the dawn of the last Ice Age, you play as a primitive human that must harness their survival skills to survive in the most unforgiving climate on Earth. As well as learning how to scavenge and hunt, you also need to be on the lookout for other players, who will happily bludgeon you to death with a rock just to get ahold of that chunk of mammoth meat you’ve got in your inventory. It’s a smooth, visually stunning online game that can be equally enjoyable whether you’ve fighting off other players or exploring the vast frozen tundra alone.
In an oversaturated online gaming market, rare gems are always appreciated. Try something different today with these unique and highly entertaining online games.