The Room: Old Sins
All four The Room games are among the handsomest games on mobile. No other series takes such delight in intricate clockwork mechanisms, or renders materials in such a realistically tactile fashion.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Arcade, Multiplayer, Racing
Asphalt 9 is a stonker of an arcade racer, with all of the visual fidelity and OTT pyrotechnics those two works imply.
Monument Valley 2
Monument Valley 2 might be a fairly simple isometric puzzler, but it's one that comes with mind-bending perspective-based puzzles rendered in a beautiful abstract art style. Lovely.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
Square Enix might have completely redone the graphics of its latest triple A console RPG, but for our money the chibi style of this mobile revamp is preferable. Mobile adventures don't come any more lavish than this.
A true console-style racer from experts in the field. Gear.Club's car models and verdant scenery are as sharp as its arcadey handling.
Cornfox & Bros.
Oceanhorn obviously owes a huge debt to Nintendo's Zelda series, but it's a very accomplished tribute. That also means that it's a lovely thing to look at, with a bright cartoony world and expressive characters.
If you want to test how capable your new Android phone is, booting up a Madfinger game is a reliable way to go. Unkilled is the latest in a line of graphically impressive, fast-moving action games from the studio, and it's pretty good fun too.
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
Apple used this game to show off one of its iPhones, but it looks great on Android too. Freeblade is a simple on-rails shooter with impressively cinematic graphics.
Oz: Broken Kingdom
Oz: Broken Kingdom is a fairly mediocre casual RPG, truth by told. But there's no denying the fact that it's also a technical showcase, with lots of detailed models and flashy effects.
Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP Renegade combines slick 3D arcade racing with realistically choppy water effects. It's another 'I can't believe that's running on a phone' game.
Marvel Contest of Champions
Card battler, Fighting, Film/TV tie-in, Multiplayer
Kabam's casual beat-'em-up renders dozens of Marvel superheroes in a gloriously solid yet thoroughly faithful style, and it all moves at a fair old lick too.
Rayman Fiesta Run
Arcade, Endless running, Platform, Retro
Rayman's mobile adventures follow on from his console games in that they look and move like a top notch Disney cartoon. Rayman Fiesta Run is the best (and most colourful) of the lot.
Sure, we've see Badland's moody 2D silhouette art style used elsewhere before. But few have pulled it off with as much atmospheric panache as this wonderful sequel.
This puzzling masterpiece has a unique aesthetic that's fit to be hung on your wall, with a comic book frame-shifting mechanic that ensures screengrab-worthy moments around every corner.
Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore
Deep Silver Fishlabs
3D, Shooter, Simulation, Strategy
Not everyone is a big fan of this third GoF game, as it marks the point at which the epic sci-fi action game went freemium. You can't argue with how beautiful its spacey vistas look, though.
Banner Saga 2
Banner Saga 2's downbeat Norse mythology-inflected story might be bleak, but its hand-drawn visuals are pretty enough to brighten up anyone's day.
Darkness Rises is a fairly generic 3D hack and slasher. But it looks amazing, with the heft and fluidity of a console action game.
Fortnite Battle Royale
Google Play shenanigans aside, Fortnite is one of the most impressive console-to-mobile ports we've ever seen. It's the full-fat battle royale experience, with virtually no compromises.
A sweet point-and-click adventure about a bunch of plant-like creatures, Botinacula really sells the idea of a living, breathing micro-world with its lush visuals.
A truly beautiful sequel to what was already one of the prettiest endless runners on the Google Play Store. Alto's Odyssey is a treat for the eyes.
Real Racing 3
The Real Racing series has long been known for its 'photorealistic' car models, but one thing it doesn't always get credit for its scalability. Real Racing 3 looks great even on cheap phones.
Into the Dead 2
A moody, atmospheric first person endless runner-cum-shooter set in a zombie-infested world. Into the Dead 2 is grim but mighty pretty.
Bullet Hell Monday
Action, Arcade, Shooter
You don't always need tonnes of polygons to impress - Bullet Hell Monday throws a ridiculous number of crazy colours at the screen. If you can keep your lunch, you'll be impressed with this shmup.
Skullgirls shows off some of the finest 2D spritework on mobile. There's highly detailed, brilliantly animated and screen-filling, and they act in service of a brilliant brawler too.
Implosion - Never Lose Hope
Robots whizzing around slicing and shooting each other is a time-honoured videogame recipe. Implosion does it with style and plenty of visual wallop.