Do you remember the old Snake game? I played it a lot on older Nokia phones, and it was fantastic. Not because it was unheard of to play games on a mobile device, considering the original GameBoy existed long before that, but mostly because it was right there on the same thing I could send really simple text messages on, and even take phone calls! Back when I used to answer the phone when it rang.
Here we are, several years later and using much more advanced mobile devices. As a result, our games have become much, much better. We have long-winded adventures, which can take hours to complete over short periods of play time, or quick games, where they fill in a couple of minutes while we’re on a commute, or just waiting for something in general.
Whatever you like to play, there’s generally something for everyone. Casino-style games, action-adventure, and even horror where the best experience is one where you’ve got headphones plugged in. And that’s probably one of the greatest things about games being on our smartphones and tablets. People that never would have considered themselves “gamers” probably play a lot of different games now.
I peruse the App Store on any one of my devices quite a bit, looking for something to play. I don’t have a lot of games, because I tend to delete the ones I don’t play on a regular basis. At this point, I’ve got 12 (I just deleted one as I wrote this) that I play on a semi-regular basis. Those include things like Bejeweled Blitz, Downwell, and Alto’s Adventure.
A game that’s new to me, but isn’t new by any means, is Marvel’s Contest of Champions. It’s a game that I hadn’t considered before because it felt like it was just something developers wanted me (and everyone playing it) to dump even more money into, thanks to a variety of different in-app purchases for crystals and whatever else. After playing it for a while, my general opinion of the game hasn’t changed, but I did discover a part of the title I really like.
There’s a versus mode, where you can challenge other players in real-time fights one versus one, and with the team you’ve collected while playing (or spending on) the game. It’s actually a pretty cool feature, even if there is a cool down of almost two hours between fights, unless you use a consumable that’s not necessarily readily available and that, yes, you can pay real money to get more of to revitalize your characters to play again.
Still, with the pay-to-win mentality almost firmly in place, I’ve managed to ignore that and play the game when I can, and I’ve been having a blast. It’s made me want to play more multiplayer games on my phone and tablet, and so I went and found games from the likes of Capcom and others, and I even plan on trying out the wildly popular Hearthstone, despite not having played a card game of that style for many, many years.
And now I’m curious to find out if these multiplayer games are something a lot of people take part in. Do you play these titles, or other games like this? I know Clash of Clans has a feature like this now, and I’m sure there are plenty of other titles out there. Which ones do you play and which ones would you recommend?