Games constantly change in favor and popularity, even more so in the digital age, where old games like Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders are replaced by HD Graphics and in some instances full (emerging) VR. Today, on average 10% of mobile device owners spend their time playing games, and that means either clicking or flicking mobile screens or using a mouse, joystick or other GUI for interaction with an online game.
The mobile gaming sector is worth around $70 billion and growing, and accounts for only 50% of the full game sectors value.
As such, mobile gaming is fast becoming the dominant game interaction platform, and with the constant and frequent upgrades in game design, GUI and storylines, it’s no wonder that retaining the top rank is hard, where constant new games demand continuous upgrades with significant changes to retain a top spot.
Let’s take a look at five of the most played and popular mobile games for the fourth quarter of 2018.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9, the Legends version was released in July 2018 and came after a lot of beta versions and learning on the go. This game provides driving fans with everything they ever dreamed of and includes fast paced, adrenaline pumping, full concentration (don’t disturb unless the house is burning down levels of frenetic action) challenges and races with time trials and stunt driving. There are 50 cars to choose from and loads of non-nonsense high-octane, metal top the pedal fun. If you like deep storylines, then this is not the one for you.
As you progress through the levels and improve your ratings, you get to buy new cars with higher performance levels and get blueprints to add aftermarket parts to improve your ride. In some instances, you will get a shortcut to a better model through in-app purchasing. At the moment, this game is rated by many critics as the best Asphalt adventure on the market with excellent animation, attention to detail and over graphics quality.
White Wizard Slot
If you are a lover of online gambling, then online slots are perfect for you. They are a basic algorithm based platform that uses the same model behind different graphics. As such, one site can have a million different variations of slots that all work with the same algorithm.
Now for the kicker, an online gambling site is not like a live casino. The algorithm is set to give the house a balanced pay-out of any percentage they decide. So one day the winnings could be 70:30 in favor of the player, or 40:60 in favour of the house. It’s all about balance — the more players that play online, the better the balanced pay-out. Which means you are starting at a percentage of let’s say 70:30 if only you play, meaning for every 100 coins you win back 70. So you lose all at the end of the day, however, in a balanced site where thousands of players are playing, that pay-out is randomized, as such, you can win or lose, as in real life, but the house will always win its 30% of all the income no matter what.
Now, let’s look at the current popular slots game and why it’s popular. Well to start off with its designed to be Harry Potter knockoff, with the subconscious marketing working on an appealing GUI that make players like to play the slots. The game includes all kinds of magical characters, magic wands and spells, and comes with a standard 5-reel with 25 pay line structure.
Online slots just change their appearance to match current trends, so that the players will come in and enrich the casino owners with their hard earned cash. After all, if you could take 30-40% of a dollar from a million players without any qualms, wouldn’t you take it?
The bottom line is that this game is the current leader of gambling, as well as one of the five most sought-after games online to-date.
Fortnite Battle Royale
As with most PC games, the mobile is the next step in their evolution. It was only a matter of time, after all, if Chess can be mobile, then why not all the PC games. It’s just a matter of rewriting code for mobile platforms and downscaling graphics. Sounds easy, but is actually harder than you imagine.
In this game, Fortnite Battle Royale, it had before the launch around 125 million players from around the globe. The developers were worried that a big influx of players would jam the servers, so they released special codes for players to be invited to play the new game in waves. This would enable the developers to gauge the server stress and increase as well as improve memory management on the go.
Today, Epic Games now has every player using either the PC or Mobile game platform for free. This game is a classic construction, destruction that requires players to initially build their empires in the corner of the world. All is fine, until players expand and explore, and finally battle for more land and resources. Well, that life on earth as we know it, but represented in a nice graphic, and in this game, there are no politicians, only dictators.
If you accumulate enough wealth, V-bucks, you get to buy new character skins, as well as the different options that game offers. This is a time consuming the addictive game, so be warned once you enter it, its hard to leave.
We have had racing, gambling and action games, now it’s time for some brain teasing, and the leader in this category is HQ Trivia. What makes this game attractive is more than the desire to prove your knowledge base, but to compete in a cash pay-out, where over $300,000 has already been paid out usually between 83 winners,
The app is free to download, and you get in-app purchases, as well as the pop-up ads., after all, they do need to make some money to give out. Quizzes take place twice daily, and they consist of 12 multiple choice questions that take 15 minutes to complete.
This is the game for the brain, and its fun as well clever. They also bring guest presenters, and these have been Jimmy Kimmel, Dwayne Johnson and even Bert from Sesame Street.
After brain teasing, let’s finish with exploration games, well exploration with action. This is an outdoor game played by Pokémon fans, and it demands a good GPS mobile device to help the player seek out, grab and train Pokémon wherever they may be. So it’s not a sit at home mobile app., its gate up and goes one.
This game came online in 2016 and had been downloaded over 8 million times. The object of the game is to become a Pokémon trainer. This demands you first find Pokémon, and using the poke balls (which you have a few, but need to buy more for more) . The only way to find them is by seeking them and walking up to them, then capturing them
After you have a few you can train them and use them in competitions — lots of clean fun, and very addictive to the younger players that love to run around finding new Pokémon to capture.