Mobile gaming continues to grow year on year, and while many hardcore, lifelong gamers have scoffed at mobile games, the industry continues to grow and present numerous offerings for all types of gamers. Many may think of mobile gaming as merely fluff such as Cut the Rope or Angry Birds, games designed to be played by anyone and offer minimal challenge, but there are more options than ever before. Many companies have been porting classic games over to mobile devices for a while now, such as Rockstar and their assorted Grand Theft Auto games. The games are usually updated with crisper graphics for newer phones, and touchscreen controls that best utilize the technology offered to the players. Being able to play Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, or Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic wherever you want is definitely a plus for the lifelong gamer. Getting to revisit favorites of the past has become a great feature of advancements in mobile device technology.
Companies such as Square Enix have been taking mobile devices very seriously, and have made it a goal to have a large offering of games available to gamers. There are ports of classic titles available, such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, free-to-play games like Final Fantasy Mobius, and original titles such as Tomb Raider Go and Deus Ex Go. Square Enix has come up with a diverse offering of titles that cater to many different types of gamers, but especially to those lifelong gamers that have ties to the franchises in Square Enix’s catalogue. Most recently, Niantic’s hit Pokémon Go took the world by storm, as their ARG game became a massive hit, both for casual gamers and lifelong gamers familiar with the franchise. Being able to go out into the world and search for Pokémon was a massive success, though the game has taken a few hits due to assorted issues. Still, there are countless people still playing it, and it shows that games can be made for the hardcore and the casual gamer.
While the popularity of mobile gaming has mainly been targeted at the casual audience, lifelong gamers are finally beginning to benefit from the platform. The ability to play games like Grand Theft Auto or Final Fantasy is welcomed indeed, as well as assorted adventure games, puzzle games, sports games, you can even play online roulette games for real money. Betting apps are also serious business, and also cater to the mature gamer, looking to liven up their mobile gaming experience. There are many options of games in the mobile market, and it’s only getting better and more diverse for the hardcore, lifelong gamer.
Featured image: Deus Ex Go, Square Enix
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