I can't even remember the last time I've seen someone playing a game on their mobile phones while waiting for the bus or spending a few minutes during their coffee break at work. A recent article from Digital Spy reported that Candy Crush is one of the UK's favourite games alongside both FIFA and Grand Theft Auto franchise, the mobile title emerged as the favourite among 3,300 Britons polled by YouGov with 11.3% of the vote.
At first I was surprised by this because I actually thought that mobile gaming has finally gone quiet since the sales for the Nintendo 3DS are doing really well selling both the original and the New 3DS handhelds, games like Super Smash Bros, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon franchise have helped sales for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo have still haven't announced any more information about their new console the NX but recently this week Square Enix have announced both Dragon Quest X and XI will be heading to the new system and the first games to be announced.
Going back to mobile gaming the only other games I've played on my mobile were games like Crash Bandicoot which was already installed on my Xperia Play phone when I first got it a few years ago, I liked the idea that certain apps from the Google Play store gave you the option to download certain emulators and of course you would have to install and download files in order to play PS1 or even Mega Drive games on your phone. Other times I've always tend to try some of the indie titles like Wind-up Knight or Grabatron, some of the best games are always from the indie section while everyone else would play games like Angry Birds or Movie/TV franchises on Village app games like Smurf's Village or Simpsons Tapped Out and requiring real money for additional in-app content just to get some more minutes in to your game.
Similar to games like Puzzles & Dragons and Candy Crush series Pokémon Shuffle is a Free-to-Play puzzle game which you can download for free on your Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. Past Pokémon games have always been addicting for gameplay and trying to collect more than 150 Pokémon on each of the games over the years which has expanded even more with later titles down the line. This is in fact a spin-off title in the series doesn't do too bad for a puzzle game on a handheld console you would have think this would have been released on either iPhones or Android devices or even Facebook but it's not. I know that when Nintendo first released the 3DS they had problems with sales after its launch where not many people would buy one since most games that were released on mobiles were free to download but after Nintendo released Pokémon Shuffle back in February a lot of people I know have been playing this non-stop plus the idea of it having StreetPass support giving you one or two hearts if you StreetPass a certain amount of people. The only way to gain more hearts or coins is by trading jewels but you would need to buy them through the Nintendo eShop using microtransactions just like you would see in other Candy Crush related games. You do also have the option to wait within half an hour you'll get your five hearts restocked. You can check-in by signing in to your Nintendo account online through the Nintendo 3DS to gain some extra coins, updates and special events almost every day if you keep checking-in its encouraging you to come back every day repeating the same process.
Fallout Shelter was announced for both iOS and Android being a free-to-play Vault management and strategy game without paywall timers, and it will not require an internet connection this is a neat idea for a mobile phone shame that other games can't use that same idea on not requiring an internet connection. I liked this idea when I first heard about it but after reading reviews and plus some of my friends I know talking about Fallout Shelter it's one of those games that you wouldn't want to keep coming back to almost every day on your phone. With the release of Angry Birds 2 being released this week worldwide it does make you think will this be as successful as the first one when it hit mobiles in 2009? Plus having multiple game spin-off titles, toys, sweets, theme park and even a movie along the way you would think that Rovio Entertainment have run out of ideas by now. If not many people or even casual players end up not downloading the sequel or even finding the game disappointing maybe it is finally time that mobile gaming should throw down the towel.
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