Mobile platforms are the new frontier for gaming, and the result is that many gaming companies are still working out the kinks.
Some games are simple and overly repetitive to keep file sizes small while others are so large that they use up all of your memory or crash constantly.
Some games are free (but ad supported) while others seem to cost more than they’re worth. And then there are freemium games that you can download for free with the addendum that they nickel and dime you with in app purchases.
The long and short of it is that this platform for gaming is still in relative infancy, so you’re bound to hit a few snags. However, one major advance that most gamers can truly appreciate is the advent of social games. Here are just a few notable titles that you may want to download to your favorite Android device.
Arguably the most popular and addictive social game, Draw Something provides free fun for anyone with an Android phone or tablet. The premise is a play on the classic board game Pictionary, wherein users are prompted to draw one of several options listed and then send the depiction to friends so that they can guess the word.
Whether you’re drawing or guessing, this is one social game that offers nearly unlimited opportunities for fun in the mobile space. And while simple, it does have 900 words, color packs to enhance your pictures, and the option to issue challenges and track leaderboards as you compete with friends.
Words with Friends
Okay, so this is basically just a re-skinned version of Scrabble that allows you to formulate words from a limited selection of letter tiles. But you can chat with friends as you play, participate in up to 20 games at a time, and even challenge players that you don’t know. It may not sound terribly impressive, but you’ll quickly find out why Alec Baldwin got kicked off a plane for refusing to turn off the game; it’s ridiculously addictive.
Raging Thunder 2
This multiplayer racing game is pretty standard fare (compete against other drivers on courses that have been plopped down in the middle of spectacular settings like beaches and abandoned temples). But considering that it can be played across multiple platforms (you can race with friends who have an iPhone, for example) and it features great graphics and streaming mechanics that run without a hiccup, this free social game provides one fun ride.
There are surprisingly few social games that center on sports (most of them want you to build cities, plant crops, or attack enemies), but this soccer management games is one that sports enthusiasts can quickly get on board with.
You’ll basically build your own club from the ground up in order to challenge other teams. You’ll manage a budget, create a roster, train your team, and basically perform all of the tasks that a real general manager would tackle. To say that this social game is immersive is an understatement.
Earth and Legend
Some of the earliest video games were in the adventure genre. But we’ve come a long way from PC text command games like Adventure. Earth and Legend is one social game that offers more than just your basic hack-and-slash experience, with real-time lighting (the gaming world follows a 24-hour light cycle), changing weather patterns, and of course, the ability to go on adventures with your online friends.