The emergence of the smartphone has brought gaming to a whole new audience.
No longer are we tied to the console or the computer when we want a fix of our favourite games; instead, they're within arm's reach at all times. But the in-depth epics that we play in our sitting room systems aren't really suited to the three minutes we have to spare on your daily commute.
No, mobile gaming is all about quick blasts of intense game experiences. And these titles deliver.
Canabalt (2009, iOS, Android)
One of the first examples of the "endless runner" genre that's so popular on buttonless touchscreen devices, Canabalt doesn't ask players to do anything more than jump at the right time. But its speed, style and lovely music combine to make the end result more than the sum of its parts.
Super Stickman Golf (2011, iOS, Android)
Plague Inc (2012, iOS, Android)
A world-destruction sim in which you try to infect all of humanity with a deadly virus, developing and evolving your strains before a cure is found. Charming, eh? But great fun and darkly amusing too. The necroa virus update makes it better still, adding zombies into the gruesome mix.
New Star Soccer (2012, iOS, Android)
Unlike football management sims before it, this one centres on the progress of a single player – and actually requires hand-eye coordination. Start as a young buck in the lowest divisions before rising to international fame, picking up girlfriends, sponsors and gold chains along the way.
Snake (1997, Nokia)
You played LA cop John W. Snake, seeing out his last few days on duty before retirement… not really. It's Snake. You were a snake. You wriggled around, chowing down on spritey treats but being careful not to munch your own body. It was the only mobile phone game for years, and we all loved it a bit.
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