Having recently found myself regularly catching a bus I have a new found love of using my phone to amuse myself.
Do you remember back in the day when all you would get was ‘Snake’? I loved Snake, passed away many hours following that little 8 bit (sorry geek talk for very early and block like gaming- based on the amount of memory said game uses) line around my Nokia’s screen. I believe you can now get it as an iPhone app, I will be checking this out shortly.
Are you old enough to remember the original game boy? We had one at my parents house, black and white screen & the only game we had was Tetris. It was always in the toilet & you’d quite often have to tap on the door to get in the bathroom- having to remind the person in there that there is an outside world. Waiting for the collection of four blocks to fall, twist them round and try to make lines, the speed building up as you got through another level, which happened every ten lines you demolished. It’s a favourite and is now a Classic. Thoroughly deserved too.
I’ve found Tetris on my iPhone and am a little disappointed. The new graphics are sharp and it probably has been lovingly produced but it’s just not the same. Not for me anyway. Do let me know what u think.
I have played it at the same level and built up the speed, but the added ‘shadow’ to show u where the blocks will drop isn’t necessary and I only need to see the next blocks, not the next 4. It’s a tad confusing.
Another game which hit the iPhone market was the hugely popular Angry Birds. Once more a simple idea of catapulting a little bird to it’s doom and trying to hit the little pigs. The pigs are stacked up in ever harder pyramids and various other formations. Simple, but hugely frustrating and addictive. I have so many friends who don’t ‘game’ as such but love Angry Birds. It’s madness, but great. Rovio, the people behind AB, have cashed in on the game’s popularity and there’s iPhone cases, docking stations, speakers and much much more merchandise, I hate to think how much money it’s bringing in for them.
Angry Birds isn’t limited to the iPhone either now, it’s hit the Android phone market, as well as tablets and on Google Chrome as an app.
These games I’ve mentioned are only the beginning of what’s available on the iPhone (and Android now). With games such as Assassin’s Creed and even Mass Effect branching out into the mobile gaming market I’m sure these will develop and become sharper and crisper. Not to say they’re not already but I haven’t taken to these games as much as the ‘silly’ Tetris and Angry Birds. Things may change by the end of the week though as I have Dark Meadow, a first person shooter type game, to have a proper play with.
What are your favourite ‘silly’ games?