Gaming has always been a very viable industry. Game and entertainment companies continue to develop new games and consoles because of the unwavering demand from both casual and hardcore gamers. The gaming industry continued to evolve and eventually made a crossover from its traditional platforms. Gone are the days when gaming is limited only to personal computers and gaming consoles. Mobile game development has become a hot new market for game developers because of the popularity of mobile operating systems (OS) such as iOS and Android.
Mobile gaming has been around even before the rise of smartphones. However it was not very popular back then because of the stark difference in the quality of gaming experience in mobile versus handheld—its closest counterparts. You simply can’t expect PSP or Nintendo DS games to be available in mobile versions because of the lack of software and hardware compatibilities in mobile phones. I mean, how can you expect to play decent RPG using regular keypads?
But with the advent of iOS and Android, mobile gaming has finally found its much needed boost. These platforms enabled the mobile games applications with the same caliber of those in handheld. Touchscreen phones and tablets became an ideal “game pad” for RPG, first-person shooter, arcade and strategy games.
With that, let’s take a look at some of the “must-have games” for both the iOS and Android platforms:
1. Angry Birds Series
The Angry Birds franchise is undoubtedly one of the most successful mobile games in history. With the success of the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Space comes the latest from Rovio Entertainment—Angry Birds Star Wars. If you’ve enjoyed the earlier series, you’d certainly enjoy this one more. Plus, the best part is that the Angry Birds Series are all playable even on low-end devices.
2. Avengers Initiative
This game features outstanding graphics, hands down. You start out by playing the character of the Hulk, and later unlock other characters as the game progresses. This is an excellent game for Marvel fans who have long dreamt of an Avengers-themed game. You will have to shell out a couple of bucks though for this one.
3. Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most popular games not just in the mobile platform but in PC as well. This game is certainly a must have for your iOS and Android device. There is nothing more fun than watching a pea shooter chop a zombie’s head off.
4. Temple Run
Temple Run shared the same level of popularity of Angry Birds and PvZ. The objective of the game is to avoid being caught by the temple monsters or falling from the bridge while collecting as many coins as possible. There was a time when this game was the talk of the town in iOS, with Android users clamoring for it to be launched in their platform as well. Temple Run became one of the most copied game in terms of gameplay.
5. Zombie Highway
Games involving zombies are pure win. That’s why we’re including another zombie-themed game in the list. The objective of this game is to drive as far as possible on a highway before getting your brain eaten by zombies. If you won’t find this game fun, then maybe gaming is not really for you.
These are just some of the games that you should have in your iOS and Android devices. There are lots of other games that are as fun and exciting as those mentioned above. All you have to do is to browse Google Play and the Apple App Store. There’s no harm in installing games, especially the free ones, because you can easily install them if they’re bad. It also helps to read games reviews so you’ll know which games are worthy of your time and money.