Hand-held games have been increasing in popularity since their release. With the smartphone surging in popularity over recent years, the gaming market has taken advantage of this, expanding to include mobile devices as well.
Unlike other video game systems which require a user to purchase the game, most mobile games can be downloaded for free or for under a dollar. Even better, these games allow users to play against other players all over the world at no extra cost.
Users are also given the unique option to rate and provide feedback for mobile games. This allows companies to better understand their target group, allowing them to expand. Meanwhile, these ratings rank the mobile games so users can view which games are currently most popular.
While there are dozens of popular mobile games on the market today, a select three have been receiving rave reviews since their release earlier this year. Those who haven’t tried these three games yet should be sure to download them soon or risk missing out on all the fun.
1. Temple Run
Temple Run is the new guy on the block but proving to be every bit as popular as the other big mobile games. The game is unique in that it is an action game, and while most action games don’t do well due to lack of controls, Temple Run is the exception to this rule.
Players in Temple Run start by capturing a magical idol. Unfortunately, there is a large amount of demonic monkeys who are not pleased by this and begin to chase the player. Gamers must control their explorer by using various touchscreen and tilting motions with their phone.
Getting captured by these moneys will result in an instant “You’ve Been Eaten” death. The controls of the game are surprisingly accurate, which allows for realistic gameplay. This, paired with the unique and amusing plot line makes Temple Run an extremely popular game amongst smartphone users.
Pictionary was a popular board game when it was released in the 80s. When the Internet became popular, similar versions of the game, such as iSketch, popped up. Now that mobile gaming is at an all time high, DrawSomething is here to give Pictionary lovers a blast from the past.
The rules of DrawSomething are simple. Users will work with another user and must guess what the other person is drawing. Users will be given a set of scrambled letters and then must rearrange the letters in order to spell out what the drawing is. If the user guesses the picture correctly, they receive coins. These coins can then be used to purchase bombs, which act as hints in the game, or additional colors which make drawing easier.
One of the best features about DrawSomething is that users are able to choose between three objects to draw. This prevents gamers from getting something that’s virtually impossible to sketch, such as the word “Kathy.” DrawSomething also allows users to play against their friends which adds additional excitement to the game.
3. Angry Birds Space
Gamers would have to have been living under a rock for the past several years to not know what Angry Birds is. This puzzle game has been keeping everyone from toddlers to grandparents entertained since the original release in 2009. The plot of the game is simple.
Players control a series of birds who have had their eggs stolen by a herd of evil green pigs. The pigs run off and hide in various structures made of wood, ice, and stone. It’s then up to players to launch the birds into the structures resulting in the pigs death.
This is still the basic plot surrounding the newest version of the game, however, Rovio Entertainment has made the latest update more interesting by having both birds and pigs venture outside of Earth.
Players start out the game with the typical pig-stealing-egg video. Despite this, the game has several features that make it stand out above the original. For one, the pigs are unable to stay in space on their own. They must wear air bubbles on their head, which can be popped, resulting in an instant death.
The controls are also much easier and were given a nice update from the original version. Both music and sound were also updated, giving users a much more dramatic game play experience. There are also dozens of levels and multiple types of birds to unlock. Overall, Angry Birds Space is a much fancier version of the original that so many gamers have already come to love.