Both when it comes to games and applications, the mobile market is booming. Because even the mid-range phones today have the capacity to play immersive games with good graphics and advanced mechanics, there is something out there now for everyone.
And, regardless of the type of games you are interested in, there are some new contenders that will draw you in and quickly become your favorite mobile game. Some of them are quick and easy and can be played even during your commute. Others are much more engaging and will need you to focus if you want to win.
Finally, while the jury is still out if some of the practices made by these people are good or bad, they should be mentioned. Every gamer should have a choice and information if they will need to spend money on a game to be competitive or not.
The ‘’fast lane’’ gaming model is neither good nor bad but is very common in mobile gaming. For those where this isn’t the issue, or they might like the challenge, it will be a good thing. For others, this lack of a level playing field might be a deal-breaker.
New Graphics, New Mechanics
In many ways, smartphones have surpassed other devices, because they can be so many things at the same time. But, when it comes to graphics they are lagging behind because they need to work with a limited battery and as little heating as possible.
This means that most games look like some of the console games we have seen at the turn of the century. And this is not a bad thing. By many accounts, this was the golden age of console gaming, and it might be the same for mobile.
This development has allowed for some of those console and PC games to be adapted for your mobile phone. And they are some of the most played games this year.
Adaptations can be separated into two distinct categories. On one side, there are visual adaptations where some of the mechanics are removed and the graphics are somewhat downgraded. Others are outright emulations that are bringing older games to mobile.
One of these games is the critically acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (SWKotOR) that still has a lot of fans to this day even if it came out way back in 2003. The graphics and controls for this game are more or less the same as they were on the PC, and the story is as brilliant as it was back then.
For the adaptations of modern games, you will have a choice between PUBG, Call of Duty, and even Minecraft, all great games in their own right.
Although there are straight FPS games for mobile, such as PUBG, they can’t be a direct comparison to their PC or console counterparts. While the graphics are good, the lack of precise controls is a major issue.
But, there are isometric shooter games that are gaining popularity because they were usually played with just the cursor, and now you will need just a single finger. One of the better ones is Tesla vs. Lovecraft, which follows the titular Licaner, the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla, as he battles Lovecraftian horrors.
Strategies are a difficult genre even on the PC, and not that many players have the time to dedicate to playing a grand campaign. But, there are smaller tactical games, as well as simulations, that are just as fun and don’t need hours to progress somewhere.
And, there are some that connect to other games and IPs, like the GWENT game from The Witcher III. This is a somewhat Hearthstone clone, but with some of the mechanics and rules changed, and with characters from the Witcher games and Slavic mythology.
Casual games usually have a bad rep from the gaming purists that only play DarkSouls on the hardest difficulty with their hands tied and the monitor switched off. But, these are some of the most fun games around.
And, even in this category, there are those that remind us of the best era of gaming. A game like Super Mario Run is simple, fast, and loads of fun, and they can be played whenever you have the time.
#5 Casino Games
Finally, while these games can rarely be found on the Google apps marketplace, they are rising in popularity quite quickly. They are, in fact, the only type of game that gives you a chance to get some of your money back.
Because of the rise in graphics, traditional casino games are growing the fastest, because they remind people of the real experience and even let you play against other humans, which combines the joys of multiplayer with the thrill of the gamble.
And, in many cases, you can play from your demo account, without ever needing to give real money, but you might suffer from some ads for that.