Now I’ve replaced my clanking old iPhone 4s with a new, and considerably larger iPhone 6+ my gaming scope has increased, and I have been trying to make full use of it over the past few days. I’ve downloaded more games, and now they don’t stutter and drain the battery, I can give them a fair whack.
Ultimately, what I’m looking for in a mobile game is for it to look pretty, be engaging and ultimately be free (Dirt cheap is good but free is so much better) These are the top five mobile apps that fit that bill.
5. Dragons: Rise of Berk
One of the many of games spinning off from the Dreamworks film How to Train Your Dragon, Dragons: Rise of Berk is a resource management simulator with a bit of dragon fighting thrown in. Taking place on the island of Berk, it is your job to train dragons, gather fish and wood, and build Berk into the large Viking city it wants to be. All this needs to be done, at the same time as fighting off the invading navy with your very own dragons.
As with many other building games, there is the option to purchase in-game currency for real cash, but it’s not essential and you can still play the game but just not own some of the more exotic dragons. It’s not a game you’ll play for hours, but it is a game that you’ll keep going back to, just to gather your stuff, or train the odd dragon.
4. The Tribez
Another game firmly entrenched in the resource management genre is The Tribez. After you and your mad scientist companion crash your time machine into the Stone Age, it becomes your job to advance the tribe. Think the Prime Directive in Star Trek but in reverse.
Just how do you advance their civilisation? Well, by farming, mining, building things and fighting off the Murlods who are a race of oppressively angry attacking cavemen that you can defeat by ruthlessly tapping them.
Another game that doesn’t penalise you for not wanting to hand over real cash, but without realising it you could end up spamming your Facebook timeline if you attach your account. Every achievement and quest completion comes up with a prominent share button and the only way to not sure is to hit the red x in top right. Other than that another game that keeps you coming back for more.
3. Simpsons Tapped Out
Well, this game has been mentioned on the ‘What am I playing now’ posts for April and January and it’s one of the few mobile games that I can say I have been playing for years, which in itself tells you that it’s a game worth looking at.
In short, Homer Simpson is too busy playing a self-referential version of Simpsons Tapped Out to realise the plant is about to explode. When it goes thermos nuclear Springfield is destroyed and Homer ends up in a parallel universe/limbo situation to rebuild Springfield.
It’s not a resource game. In fact put simply the entire game is simply building things (which usually involves waiting) and sending the residents of Springfield on jobs (which also usually involves waiting).
What you lose in simplicity you gain in the regular updates to the game that introduce new characters, buildings, quests and often events which feel like little mini-games.
Rushing in to number is Games Workshop’s Warhammer Quest, an adaptation of the Fantasy board game of the same name. Your band of adventurers (Warrior, Dwarf, Elf and Wizard) investigate dungeons and crypts, finding treasure and defeating its inhabitants and once cleared they can visit neighbouring towns and villages to sell their wares, train, or visit the inn or temple, levelling up and getting better and better as they go.
It’s a faithful representation. Graphically it looks pretty and the only real additional cost is the purchase of other characters to play which add new skills and playstyles to the party, but these again, are not essential and the game is darn good without them.
There are difficulty levels, and even normal mode can see your party getting embarrassingly wiped out by rats but it happens rare enough to not be frustrating and it only makes you more defiant next time.
Another one that’s been on the most played list. Hearthstone is the biggie, Blizzard’s collectible card game based on the world of Azeroth from World of Warcraft. It has been available on desktop computers and tablets, but become available on iOS only a few weeks ago. This was a game that my 4s didn’t really like, it drained the battery and games crashed all the time, but on the iPhone 6+ it works like a dream.
Each class has a figurehead each with their own unique skill, and a number of cards only available to them and with the mass of cards available there are no end of decks to defeat (or to be defeated by).
The graphics are big, bold and gorgeous, and after a few games the strategy of how to use cards just keeps building. Importantly, games are fairly quick and even though you can spend some serious amounts of cash on the virtual cards (Up to £40 for a massive virtual box of cards) you can still buy cards by completing challenges (quests) and winning matches.
If you’re not playing Hearthstone, then you should really give it a go. If you’re a collectible card game fan, you really should download this and play a few hands, even if you don’t like World of Warcraft.
Of course this list isn’t exhaustive and you’re likely going to have a fair few of your own to add. Well, let me know what they are in the comments so I can give them a go.