Mobile phone gaming has come along way over the years. Many phone makers have tried and failed, but it was not until Apple released the iPhone that we truly saw the emergence mobile gaming for the masses. Nowadays you can see people from all walks of life tapping their screens on the train trying to beat their best scores.
Even though the graphics and processing power of mobile phones has improved by leaps and bounds the most popular games are not necessarily the ones with the most versatile gameplay or impressive visuals. Actually some of the most popular mobile phone games have neither of these attributes. In some cases they simply provide a seriously addictive experience which you can quickly and easily play intermittently, while jumping on the bus or train while you are out and about. They are casual gaming experiences as opposed to hardcore gaming.
However with more powerful smartphones comes the opportunity to transfer console games to the mobile phone platform. And as such games like Call of Duty, Need for Speed and Fifa are becoming more complete experiences on mobile handsets.
Angry Birds has been a runaway success on Android and iPhones. If you like games like Worms you will find Angry Birds hugely addictive. It is a physics puzzle game which involves trying to destroy pigs using a sling shot and some angry birds. The game was developed by Rovio and has been downloaded over 100 million times across all platforms; there is even talk of an animated movie. This has to get 5 out of 5 for a fun experience which you can play again and again.
Doodle Jump is an iPhone classic it is simple and easy to play making it appealing to almost everyone. You control an alien tilting your phone from left to right trying to jump to different platforms while being attacked by evil aliens. You can submit your score globally to see if you are the best jumper. This game was developed by Lima Sky and has been mentioned in various media across the world. So far it has been downloaded well over 5 million times. This game has to get a rating 4 out of 5 for a retro experience with a modern twist.
Bejeweled is very simple to play but very hard to put down. You have to match gems making horizontal and vertical lines during timed play which adds a pressure element. This game has been around for years and has stood the test of time due to its appeal and addictive gameplay. The browser version of this game was reportedly launched in 2001 and apparently since that time there has been over 150 million downloads making it one of the most popular games ever. Bejeweled has a rating 4 out of 5 it is an old favourite which is good fun for players of all ages.
Tetris is an old classic first developed by Alexey Pajitnov and released in 1984. It is another puzzle game this time using blocks to make as many lines as possible. Tetris was very popular on the Nintendo Game Boy and has seen similar success on mobile phones. This game has been downloaded over 100 million times. Tetris earns a rating 4 out of 5 for a strangely hypnotic experience which causes a strange addiction to making various shaped blocks into complete lines.
Fruit Ninja is a great game if you have a certain penchant for slicing fruit. All you have to is swipe your finger across the screen and cut fruit. It sounds dull but add the inclusion of bombs and various other elements and you have a seriously addictive iPhone game. You can submit your score and there are few modes to choose from. This game was developed by Half Bake studios and has been downloaded over 20 million times. This game gets a rating 4 out of 5 simply because it has managed to make a dull domestic choir into a hugely popular gaming experience, who would have thought it?
Phone Mobile gaming has caught on in a by big way and with the launch of the Xperia PlayStation phone . Games will become far more immersive and visually stunning.