Well over two and a half billion people game worldwide with a large number of those playing online and on mobile devices. Such is the popularity of mobile gaming that tech giants Google and Apple are in the latter development stages of new platforms that are set to revolutionise the gaming world.
Google Stadia and Apple Arcade are expected to be the “Netflix of gaming” allowing players to choose from a massive selection of games through a monthly subscription. Gaming enthusiasts will be able to play on console, smart TV and mobile devices.
Some of the world’s leading games developers are jumping on board and adapting their classic games for mobile devices in preparation for their launch. With this in mind we take a look at 5 of the best games already adapted for mobile play.
Football Manager Mobile
Football Manager emerged from the ashes of Championship Manager in the early noughties and has gone on to become one of the most popular PC games of all time. The management simulation game sees players take the reins at their favourite football club and guide them to glory.
On PC one of Football Manager’s USP’s is its incredible attention to detail, something which players feared would be lost on mobile. Whilst the game has been streamlined for mobile it has lost little by way of detail and is a must download for any football fan.
(If you don’t trust yourself to come up with a revolutionary tactic for your team, you can find help on YouTube or on FM Scout.)
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For most millennials Pokémon is a fundamental part of their childhood with the media franchise taking the world by storm between 1996 and 2006. The Gameboy game Pokémon Yellow sold over 14 million units in the US alone in the early noughties with millions more of spin-offs sold.
In 2016 Niantic released the augmented reality game Pokémon Go and it took the world by storm. Within days of its release there were news stories all around the globe of people taking to the streets to hunt their favourite Pokémon. The AR component of Pokémon Go helped to revolutionise a classic game and further popularise the media franchise.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
With Apple Arcade due to launch later this year mobile phone giants Apple have renewed their promise to deliver AAA games to their users. Developed by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls: Blades was released last month and has rocked the mobile game market.
It’s often hard to maintain a graphical integrity on mobile devices, but Bethesda have not used this as an excuse with their latest release. For a mobile device game the graphics in this game are of the highest possible standard.
The story arc is fairly basic which is somewhat frustrating as you can see the obvious effort that has gone into making the game visually appealing. As a warrior you return to your village and find it in ruins, it is then your task to rebuild it and help it achieve its former glory.
That’s just a small bug bear though as the game is a real joy to play. We can’t think of one game on the mobile market that has the same attention to detail as The Elder Scrolls: Blades and that alone makes it well worth a play.
(The Elder Scrolls: Blades is probably one of the most visually appealing games available on mobile device and is a good precursor for what’s to come from the eagerly anticipated Apple Arcade.)
Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft is a guilty pleasure for millions of players worldwide and the pocket edition available on iOS & Android has already sold over 12 million copies. The very latest update of this game is practically identical to the Windows 10 version available on PC.
Understandably the graphics on the Pocket Edition fall off when compared to the Java version but other than that there isn’t that much to differentiate between the mobile and PC versions. You can still play and interact with users on PC and Xbox from your mobile.
The Pocket Edition also has stronger security protocols in place making it much more child-friendly which should put parents minds at ease. At just £6.99 to download Minecraft: Pocket Edition appeals to anyone looking to kill a bit of time on the morning commute as well as loyal fans of the franchise.
(Minecraft Pocket Edition has been just as popular (and frustrating) with YouTubers as the PC version.)