Recently i’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of time I play on consoles and a massive increase in mobile gaming. I always have my iPhone and 80% of the time I always my iPad with me too, so I thought I would do a quick rundown on the mobile games I am playing right now.
The days where snake and space impact were the cutting edge of mobile gaming are long gone and nowadays the more popular tablets and phones can support games with better graphics than a playstation one.
5) 8 Ball Pool
This is a really nice looking pool game from Miniclip. I was a massive Ultra Cool Pool 3D fan in my PC gaming days so to have something similar on a tablet is really nice. The graphics and sound effects are nice and the gameplay is good, though could be improved. You do however play against other real gamers so it’s always interesting in that aspect. Also, if you sign into facebook you can play friends and get weekly Facebook friend tournaments for prizes.
This game could have been a lot higher in the list but I do have a few gripes with it. First of all, it’s buggy and laggy at times when playing online. I have lost count of the amount of times I was about to win and all of a sudden it ‘loses connection’ and I ran out of time for my turn. Secondly, the are heading more and more towards the ‘buy credits to play’ structure. The game is free and you can play completely free, but they charge credits to charge the pool cues (WTF right?!) and also to buy better cues that give you added benefits (such as more time to take your shot or more power). It’s not a subtle or casual “hey, wanna speed things up or buy a fancy cue… get some credits”… it’s more like: “YOU NEED TO BUY CREDITS OTHERWISE YOU’LL SUCK AT POOL FOREVER”!
Is it worth a download? Yes. Would I purchase anything in the game with real money? No (though i’d possibly if they fixed some of the glitches and bugs that make ‘clear wins’ become random/chance).
4) Alto’s Adventure
This is a really nice game to ‘pick up and put down’ as a casual space filler. It’s a ‘runner’ game – similar to Tiny Wings or Cannabalt where your character travels along endlessly and you have to tap jump until you eventually crash. The story follows a character named Alto (and his friends) as you hurtle down scenic snow-filled mountains on a Snowboard trying to catch Llamas and complete other objectives (such as perform tricks).
The graphics are truly stunning and the gameplay is smooth and sleek to match. Alto’s Adventure is available on the App Store for £1.49 and is definitely worth a try!
3) Plants vs Zombies 2
We all remember Plants vs Zombies. Well they released a follow up and it’s pretty good. The gameplay is similar and there’s lots of different puzzles and games to play. There’s a whole host of new zombies and plants as well as improved graphics and frequent updates with new levels being added all the time.
I do have one issue with the game. Since PVZ’s creators (Popcap) were bought out buy Electronic Arts (EA), the game has taken on EA’s infamous ‘free-to-play’ styling and whilst they’re not as pushy pushy with it as 8 Ball Pool, it still makes the game feel noticeably different from the first one.
That being said, it is still extremely enjoyable and if you have the patience and enjoy the challenge, you can do it all without buying anything using real cash!
2) Asphalt 8: Airborne
I have only recently started playing this game (despite being almost 2 years old) and it’s truly a fantastic. Gameloft have taken… erm… I mean… ‘borrowed’ the best parts of Gran Turismo and Burnout and combined them into one kick-ass game. Some of the levels also feel suspiciously familiar to Burnout: Paradise City. The graphics surpass my expectations of a mobile game, the upgradeability of vehicles (as well as the use of real life vehicle models/brands) make this game a winner.
The solo mode levels are really challenging and there’s tonnes of them. Multiplayer is pretty good overall, though on occasion I have seen some bizarre activity where other players’ vehicles disappear and re-appear further ahead and after seeing that quite a few players have been banned online for ‘suspicious activity’, can only assume there are some cheats or hacks going on.
The game works on a credit basis like other ‘free-to-play’ games but you can earn a decent amount of credits by playing through the solo and online modes. It does feature ads, which is a bit annoying as you can’t pay to remove them like other free-to-play (F2P) games, but they are not overly intrusive and you can close them pretty quick.
This game is free on the iOS app store and if you like fast-paced games, worth a try!
1) Clash of Clans
Ahhh…. clash. I am a little bit biased here as I have been playing Supercell’s Clash of Clans pretty much since it’s launch and still enjoy it as much now. Again, another F2P game which is sped up buy purchasing those magical gems so many games feature. They are not a necessity though (and you do ‘find’ gems within the game) so it’s not an overly pushy sell.
Clash of Clans (CoC) is an online multiplayer game where you have a ‘clan’ where you build, train and upgrade troops, defence towers and buildings. You then attack other peoples basis to raid them of their resources (gold, elixir and dark elixir) but also have to make sure your base is strong for when others try to raid you. There’s a solo/campaign mode which helps you get started and Supercell are frequently updating the game with new upgrades and updates so you always have something to do. They also do quite a bit of game balancing which means if people start sticking to just one type of attack that they know is a sure thing, Supercell will make changes to make it more ‘balanced’ and it really does keep the game fresh.
As upgrades take time and you have a limited number of builders to work on your base, it makes it a very nice game to pick up and put down every so often when you have a spare 5 minutes. Alternatively, if like me, you join a clan with others who are active players, it becomes a social hub and with the in-game chat function, is a really great way to keep up to date with your friends who play.
What’s more, CoC has a very active community and a lot of players. It’s success has spawned a whole host of ‘me too’ games such as the “Game of War” game which is constantly and shamelessly being advertised on TV and online streaming sites with the help of Kate Upton’s cleavage (they may as well have called it Boobs of War)!
On that note, I think we’re done – you should definitely check out Clash of Clans on the App Store or Play Store if you haven’t already and feel free to tweet, comment or tell us on facebook what your favourite mobile games are right now!