Mobile games are taking the world by storm! As the technology within mobile devices becomes increasingly advanced, so does the plethora of games that are available to play. Who knows where we will be in the future, but one thing is for certain: Mobile games are definitely in it!
So what exactly is a mobile game? When we refer to this category of game, we mean a game that can be played on a mobile device, usually a smartphone or a tablet, and so these games are generally designed to be played on the go. In light of this, most mobile games are meant to be played for short periods at a time. However, a lot of them can be picked up from where you left off, with many enticing the user to develop their profile over a long period of time. What is more, many are free to download and play and can be enjoyed without spending any money at all. But players should be careful, because almost all free mobile games have in-game purchases, where players can buy extra items, or unlock certain features, without which it may be harder to progress.
To keep players interested, mobile game developers are constantly releasing new patches, adding new features, new levels, and new characters to the game. These content updates mean that players can always look forward to something new, assuming they have already completed all the current content.
There are three prominent mobile platforms that come to mind when discussing mobile games, these being:
These computer giants have monopolized the mobile gaming market, so expect most mobile games to be available on one of these platforms. Some games are available on all three, but many are not and are platform specific. So, you must first check if the game is suitable for your mobile device.
There are many aspects to mobile games that make them unique compared to console and browser games. Perhaps the most prominent difference is the controls, which utilize the touchscreens of today's mobile devices. Furthermore, many games also make use of tilt technology, and some combine the two. This makes for a unique gaming experience where players are invited to navigate the game by tilting and tapping their mobiles and tablets. A good example of a game that makes use of both forms of control would be an endless runner app such as Temple Run, where you tilt your device in the direction you wish to travel, jumping to avoid the obstacles by tapping the touchscreen.
Although there are many mobile games which can be played offline, most will require you to have an internet connection in order to use some of the features. This is because many games are multiplayer, where some are considered to be MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online). By being online, we can play together with other players and explore how they are experiencing the game. Take farming games for instance: Many of these are mobile games and many allow the user to trade goods with other players online while exploring their farms.