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Asphalt games are pretty good. Loaded with microtransactions but I haven't spent a dime yet so whatever.
I'm not really fond of mobile games because I find that they're generally shallow. They're either like old arcade games or tend to have some sort of "energy" meter that requires you to make a microtransaction in order to play when your time is up. They'll also make sure that you won't run out very quickly early on in the game so that you're hooked, because they understand how an addiction cycle works.This is a problem, because when I play any kind of portable video game, it's because I need something to preoccupy myself, and often for an extended period of time. If I can only glean five minutes of gameplay from a particular game, then what use it it to me? Instead of paying a dollar for an additional few minutes, I could just take out my 3DS. I haven't bought a game yet that I didn't spend the equivalent of a dollar for every hour of logged play time on, (ex. a $40 game will have at least 40 hours of play time) so it's more bang for my buck.So I'm gonna make a request. Find me a game that's not shallow (preferably something with a storyline), doesn't have an energy system or anything that makes you take forever to progress through the game, and doesn't attempt to exploit customers with particularly expensive microtransaction. Also, make sure it's something I can at least start playing for free, because I'm not spending a cent on something I'm just testing the waters with. Impress me.
@Kaiza: I know I can emulate games using my phone, but I'm talking specifically about mobile games. Emulated games aren't designed to be played on a phone because smartphones use touch-based controls. Any sort of overlay feels awkward, unlike the natural feeling of a controller. I'm interested in seeing if there's anything that mobile gaming has to offer, and if it's all either arcade games or energy-based addiction games, then it's a clear sign that mobile gaming isn't yet worth my time.
What kind of phone do you have? Is it a smartphone?I would just like to inform everyone if they don't already know there is something called an 'emulator' that you can download for free onto your phone. I have an iPhone4S currently and I have the 'GBA4iOS' emulator which is a gameboy advance and gameboy colour emulator. I'm currently playing through Pokemon Emerald with no problems/glitches with the app. This is 100% free as tested by not only myself, but by many people. I find that emulators are often are more fun than phone apps like Angry Birds, Jetpack Joyride, etc. because they're basically your good ol' gameboy that you brought with you everywhere you went when you were a kid. Spoiler for Hidden: ^ spoiler contains youtube video on clear instructions on how to get GBA4iOS onto the iPhone.I'm not too sure about any other smartphones though and if they have emulators like the one I have on my phone. They probably do I just am not aware of any actual names.As for an actual app itself (not an emulator), I guess I could recommend some of my favourites like:- Jetpack Joyride- Fruit Ninja- Mr. Oops- PewPew or PewPew2 (basically is a geometry wars app)- BangI can't say confidently that these are games you'll be looking for Kiyza. It's hard to find an app that isn't looking for profit via addicting their consumers.
I tried emulators... I find the controls uncomfortable. I played Pokemon Emerald till the end but I was having a hard time with movement and stuff so I didn't really bother with the bike puzzles or catching Rayquaza. Maybe it was just the emulator app that I had installed, I don't know but after that, I'm not looking forward to install the app again to emulate other games. Besides, my phone is pretty slow already, installing more stuff will make it explode or something.
Interesting that you both mention the controls and the 'unfamiliar feeling' you guys get with it. I can see how that's the case as you're pressing the screen instead of real buttons. But I dunno - maybe it's just me. I don't have a problem with the 'fake buttons'. Maybe a mistap here or there causing me to go walk up instead of right in Pokemon Emerald. It happens, but it doesn't happen to myself a lot so it's still very much playable. Oh well I guess each person has their own experience. As I stated before though, I can't exactly think of any free apps that aren't looking for you money.