In my eyes, anyone who doesn’t consider mobile gaming every bit as legitimate as traditional sectors in the industry is a blind fool.
Mobile gaming has opened up the industry to the mainstream in a way that even legendary titles such as League of Legends cannot, and as a result, mobile development can end up being one of the most profitable fields in gaming (though it’s also, as we’ve seen on a number of occasions, one of the riskiest). The reason is simple: no matter who you are, you’re going to have a bit of down-time at some point in your day. You’re going to be bored, and looking for a way to pass the time.
You’ll happen to have a smartphone or tablet on you.
As human beings have remarkably short attention spans these days, there’s a good chance you’re going to eventually get bored with your current library of games. That’s where I come in.
I have a juicy list of some downright awesome titles with which you can whittle away the hours of your day you’d otherwise spend doing nothing else. I’ll spare you the obvious entries, of course. We already know of all the greats of mobile gaming; those legends which all the hacks try to imitate.
Instead, I’m going to give you guys a few lesser-known mobile titles to whet your teeth on. Enjoy!
System: iPad, Android Tablets
The premise of Gentlemen! is a simple one. You (and the friend sitting across from you; the game requires a second player to play) are two Victorian gentlemen. For one reason or another, you’ve come to odds and declared a gentlemen’s duel. Diving into one of several richly-designed arenas, you’ll strike the law of physics straight in its chiseled, statuesque jaw as you bound around like epileptic kangaroos; hurling an assortment of weapons which includes bombs, knives, and even dapper homing pigeons. I
f you’ve a few friends and a tablet, this one’s a title you won’t want to miss out on.
Originally developed on the PC, Juicy Beast’s Knightmare Tower tosses you into the polished boots of a rocket knight. What that means is that basically, you’re an armor clad putz who’s trying to rescue an assortment of ten princesses by launching himself upwards through each floor of a massive, hollow tower. Along the way, you’re going to have to keep up your momentum by bouncing off the heads of the monsters that jump up in an effort to stop you.
There should still be a free version floating around the ‘net. Give it a try.
Mankind’s gotten into the irritating mindset that they own the planet. It falls to you to prove them wrong, by engineering a downright devastating plague which (hopefully) will wipe mankind off the face of the earth. You’ll need to be careful, and balance the various different aspects of your illness in order to achieve maximum devastation. You’ve got to make sure your plague is capable of infecting people quickly enough (and adapting effectively enough) that the human race can’t stop you from spreading to every corner of the globe, and making man little more than a faded memory.
Oh, it’s a strategy game, if that didn’t already come across.
Systems: iOS, Android
If you’re looking for a beautiful, well-made, atmospheric 3D puzzle/adventure game, look no further than Fireproof Games and their fantastic iOS offering The Room. I can’t say too much without spoiling the narrative, but basically you’ve received an urgent letter from an old friend of yours, beckoning you to travel to what is presumably his/her manor. Once there, you’ll be tasked with exploring the seemingly-uninhabited structure, working out the details of what happened to your colleague and why.
If you’ve never played Baldur’s Gate, I pity you. Severe, keyboard-smashing, aneurysm-inducing pathing issues aside, it still remains one of the best RPGs I’ve ever laid eyes on. The Enhanced Edition, which is available for both PC and iPad, has been completely reworked, adding new characters, a new adventure, and new avatars/voice-sets.
The game, which will run you at around $9.99, is pretty much guaranteed to keep you occupied for hours if you’ve ever enjoyed a single RPG in your life.
Beat Sneak Bandit seems at first like a rather odd hybrid, but somehow, it works. It combines equal parts rhythm game, stealth title, and puzzle platformer into one experience as it puts players into the shoes of a thief who’s on a mission to reclaim the kidnapped clocks of an entire town from the evil Duke Clockface. Oh, the thief can only move in tune to the music of each stage, so you’re in for a bit of a challenge. But hey, some people like that.
Got any titles of your own you’d like to recommend for this list? Drop a line in the comments!