Xiaomi Mi A2
Our previous budget gaming phone pick was the Xiaomi Mi A1, so it probably shouldn't come as a great surprise to learn that its successor has taken the spot spot.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 stands out from the rest for a couple of reasons, but the main one is the provision of a Snapdragon 660 CPU with 4GB of RAM. This might technically be a mid-range set-up, but it provides such strong performance across the board that most people won't be able to tell the difference between this and a flagship.
That includes gaming, too. I've used the Xiaomi Mi A2, and was able to run both Asphalt 9 and PUBG well on High settings.
You also get a crisp 1080p display, an un-messed with Android OS, a competent camera, and a pleasant all-metal design. A lack of NFC and no headphone jack are the only real downers.
We feel a little guilty about including the Honor 8X on this list because it currently retails for a little more than £200. But it's not loads more, and history has told us that it will almost certainly drop below that point over the coming months.
Besides, the Honor 8X is a very good gaming phone. Its custom Kirin 710 CPU makes it one of the top performers in its price range.
It's perhaps not as consistently strong in gaming terms as our top pick, and we could always do without Huawei's custom EMUI interface.
But if anything it's a more balanced, rounded phone than the Mi A2, with a more modern design and a stronger camera.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 isn't as capable as the aforementioned phones, but it currently comes in well under the £200 mark. For that price, you get a tidy phone with a Snapdragon 636 CPU and 3GB of RAM.
As we say, this isn't an outstanding performer compared to the chips in our first two picks. But it is highly competent, and more than good enough to run the latest Google Play Store games well.
You also get a crisp 6-inch Full HD display, stock Android, and an absolutely ginormous battery. Seriously, it's huge. Like, 5,000mAh huge.
That latter point will come in very handy if you're intending to play a lot of games while away from a charging socket.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Another Xiaomi effort, the Redmi Note 5 doesn't have as capable a processor as the Mi A2, nor does it have the appealing stock Android OS.
Instead you get a Snapdragon 636 CPU (which still outpaces Motorola's trend-setting G series) and Xiaomi's own custom MIUI.
Why would you choose the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 over its sibling? Well, you might have a decent set of wired headphones that you want to make use of (there's a 3.5mm port here). The Note 5 also has a significantly bigger battery (4,000mAh vs 3,000mAh).
Generally, though, we'd recommend going with the Mi A2 - unless you can find the Redmi Note 5 for significantly cheaper.
Motorola's G series always finds a place near the top of our list, but that's no longer the case.
The Moto G6, while it's a decent phone, simply isn't as fast as any of the aforementioned handsets. Still, there's a lot to be said for Motorola's design, build quality, lightweight software and general reliability. It's a rare combination at this price.
Which is why we're going with the Moto X4 as one of our picks. It's a year old now, but its slick design paved the way for the current Moto G6, while it performs even better (thanks to a Snapdragon 630), and you can grab it for a similar £200 price tag at the moment.
It's a solid all-round performer. It just isn't as good a dedicated gaming phone as the others on this list.