This is a guest post by Clark Figureoa. Clark is a freelance video games journalist, writing on behalf of Mozy online backup.
It’s been another great year for mobile phone game aficionados as developers once again paid attention to this growing niche. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone more than 100 million people play mobile games, and this market will see spending increase to possibly $54 billion by 2015, according to Skillz.com.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular mobile games of 2013. How many of them have you played?
At two million downloads and counting, the popularity of Angry Birds as a mobile phone game cannot be denied. The object of the game is pretty simple: Players launch “angry birds” at puzzles using a slingshot. Each structure harbors pigs, and the birds, when aimed just right, destroy the pigs and the structure to complete each level. Pigs snicker at you when you miss targets. The simplicity of the game as well as the simple design and snickering pigs have led to mass merchandising and a movie expected in 2016.
This game has been available for free on Facebook and other platforms under the title Bejeweled, and it’s been very popular. In Jewels, you pair gems to make large groups of the same shape and color and make them disappear. This is another addictive game whose delivery is simplistic, which that could be why the game proves to be so addictive. It’s also free.
Candy Crush Saga
There’s nothing like a sugar rush to get you going, and one of the most popular free games does just that. Candy Crush Saga from King has hooked players of all ages. The object of the game is quite unassuming as you try to match rows of candy to clear each game level. As you get further into the game, the levels get harder and, depending on your addiction to the game, you might find yourself sending a few dollars for power-ups and other things to help you complete a level.
Infinity Blade III
Infinity Blade III is the final installment in the popular action RPG series. The game delivers unheard of graphics on such a small platform. The game play is straight forward, and in some cases uninspired. Chair is the developer of this successful franchise featuring characters that have a depth and complexity that you wouldn’t think possible on such a small platform. It doesn’t hurt that this game is running on the “Unreal” engine, taking full advantage of its technology. Gamers tap the game screen as they have their character parry or block an attack and defeat an enemy. They advance in their quests as they enter areas that show off beautiful, scenic vistas and eight worlds, with the possibility of more world maps becoming available.
Infinity Blade III is available on iOS only.
So, how many of these games have you played? Which is your favourite? Is there another game you think should have made the list? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.