Published on December 1st, 2015 | by John I.0
Mobile Games: Everything Old is New Again
One of the great things about the world we live in now is that good stuff always seems to come back. It used to be that, for example, if there was a great movie that came out, you would watch and enjoy it and that would be the end of it. Maybe you would catch it on cable or buy a copy, but it was a finite thing. Not so much anymore. Due to sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots, old movies have been resurrected. And while they may not be as good as the original, at least you now have ample opportunities to catch up with beloved characters and enjoy them all over again. TV has also started doing this, just look at Gotham or Better Call Saul.
Not to be overlooked in this department is mobile games. Pretty much everybody has played a game on his or her smartphone or tablet (I’m currently obsessed with Critical Ops for PC, case in point, a mobile game for PC is making a comeback). Games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush have been popular for a while. And even though they’re fun, they are missing a big quality because they’re newer: nostalgia. People love being reminded of simpler times, and game companies are trying to take advantage.
What was the first video game system you played? Depending on your age, it may have been Atari or maybe it was an Xbox. But for a lot of people, it was Nintendo. Many folks still have very fond memories of turning on that gray box and having hours of fun with Mario, Link, and other favorites. Therefore it comes as little surprise that Nintendo is getting involved in the world of mobile games, says GamesIndustry. Though the company has yet to announce exactly what games they will be mobilizing, the speculation is that Mario would have to be included.
If you are a fan of Mean Girls, you’ll love this news from Tech Times. The film has also made a comeback as a mobile game. Mean Girls: Senior Year is a choose-your-own-adventure game where players can create their own characters and compete with the Plastics in order to win the last open spot at a prestigious college. If you dealt with your own mean girls in high school, now’s your chance to enact a little revenge.
Remember Futurama? Well, the cult classic is also returning in the form of a mobile game. According to reports from The Verge, Futurama: Game of Drones will be a puzzle game where players have to connect delivery robots together. Guaranteed there will be some wisecracking from Bender.
Even old action stars are taking advantage of this new medium, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger who stars in Mobile Strike. Wesley Snipes and even Chuck Norris also have their own mobile games. (For more weird celebrity mobile game news, check out this piece on Pocket Gamer.)
The beauty of mobile games is that there is something for everyone. If you want to relive some childhood memories or just blow stuff up, the choice is yours. If you like casino games, you can also play those on the go. You can play online slots at WizardSlots and other games, no matter where you are. Not only that, but the platform also utilizes similar characters and licenses as those mentioned previously. Instead of your standard, typical take on slots, for example, you can find Marvel superheroes in the ranks alongside Gladiator (modeled after the great 2000 film of the same name) and other pop-culture imagery.
Has it been a while since you’ve heard anything from your favorite fictional character? Don’t worry. He or she will probably be appearing in a mobile game soon.