Computers have invaded our lives in the last few decades, taking over our workplaces, our homes, even our pockets in the process. Today having smart watches on our wrists, a smart TVs in our living rooms, smart phones in our pocket is not science fiction anymore – it’s everyday life. And with all this technology around us we’ve discovered new forms of interaction and entertainment. One of them is video games, which have spread to all of the smart devices I mentioned above. And they are evolving continuously to make the best use of all the devices that surround us.
This is pretty amazing!
The evolution of the video game industry is definitely impressive since we are faced with so many opportunities that are available for the video gamer that is interested in playing basically any game type. It is really important that you consider all the options as a gamer and the truth is that not many think about playing online Flash games. It is quite understandable since we are looking at something that is not as great as the regular games you may be playing at the moment but when you go for an entertainment option like when you play Command Grid, you can be faced with something that you never actually experienced till now.
With the advancement in power and speeds available in mobile phones in recent years, especially with the introduction of smartphones, phones have gone from devices allowing you make and receive phone calls and messages to smaller, more mobile computers. There is almost nothing that you are unable to do on your cell phone that you can do on your laptop these days, and this has led to a massive amount of apps, games and mobile websites for you to work and relax on the go. Our favourite ways of relaxing on your mobile device are listed below in no particular order.
Although this game has been pulled by its creator in recent times due to “it destroyed my simple life” as Nguyen Ha Dong said on Twitter, it is a fantastically addictive game that sees players have to tap the screen to flap the wings of their bird to navigate through the gaps in the Mario-esque tubes. The game was downloaded more than 50 million times from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store before being pulled and it has spawned numerous copied versions, so those new to the game can still try a version of it.
The joy of the game is that simple to pick up and play, but frustrating to master and get any sort of rhythm and, as such, high scoring going. Despite this, it is still a game I’m struggling to put down on my commute to work!
Another bird featured game that has gained massive popularity since its creation and release late in 2009 is Angry Birds. It has spread from the iPhone to all smartphones and can be played in your browser too, with a film being released in 2016. The game, and its myriad of sequels, have been downloaded over two billion times and have been described as “the largest mobile app success the world has seen so far”.
The premise, again, is simple in that you must fling your angry birds from a slingshot to destroy buildings and the evil pigs on the battlefield. The fewer birds used, the higher your score. It is another devilishly simple and massively addictive game that cannot be put down once started.
As a massive online gaming junkie, I regularly play poker and bingo as well as casino and slot games in my free time on my laptop in the evenings and at weekends. Thanks to the speeds of both smartphones and mobile connections increasing in recent years it is now possible to play all of these games on your mobile device while on the go as long as you have stable connection.
There are many different versions of mobile apps and specifically designed mobile friendly websites available for all aspects of online gaming. Of all the games that you are able to play, I love the ability to play free online bingo games at Butlers on my mobile devices as the quick games allow several games while commuting, although I do switch it up on longer journeys with either poker or a long session of online slot games played on my iPhone.
After being released in early 2012 on Facebook, it did not take long for this simple game of connecting three of the same candy together to release them from the board to help complete a set task to migrate to smartphones and become an even bigger worldwide phenomenon. It could even be up to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange!
As of the end of last year, Candy Crush has been downloaded more than half a billion times and it’s Facebook page has more than 61 million likes. Everyone is playing it and it is certainly as addictive and challenging, infuriatingly so, as the other games that fill my commute with a combination of fist pumps and expletives! If none of these tickle your fancy try Weather Doodle!
The mobile gaming industry has made significant strides in terms of technological development and animation. The industry, once secondary to that of console and desktop games, now dominates the market with more than £20 million mobile gamers in the UK alone.
Many argue that the rise in mobile gaming is thanks to the launch of the very first iPhone back in 2007. The release of this product and the invention of the App Store soon after revolutionised the world of mobile gaming, and games at large.
The rise of mobile gambling
The iPhone was also one of the first to launch a mobile gambling product, and the industry has taken flight ever since. The mobile gambling sector has specifically managed to lead the way graphically, which is surprising considering the gambling industry as a whole has always been lagging slightly behind when it comes to its animation. Mobile casinos like Fortune Frenzy have impressed most users with their excellent game play, smooth animation and great graphics. Having updated most of their games in HD this year, 2014 will see the mobile casino upgrading all of their games in high definition, as well as a variety of new releases.
The improvements that Fortune Frenzy has made to its games both reflects the mobile gaming market now, and anticipates its development for 2014. The industry is due for massive expansion thanks to the increasing amount of smartphone owners, the rise in mobile games, and the amount of mobile gamers opting to gamble on their phone.
A study produced by the relatively new mobile casino shows that there is a rise in smartphone owners who gamble on their devices, or would consider gambling in the future. This statistic may be skewed by the overall increase in smartphone owners, but does point to the fact that attitudes to mobile gambling are beginning to change. Once considered a pastime that only a few indulged in, now many smartphone owners are far more tempted to have a spin or place a bet.