App Hunter: Best Mobile Games 2011
You ride the Metra and CTA. You also have a boring job. This should help kill the time.
The iPod Touch recently announced it was the number 1 gaming device in the world. The portability of powerful smart phones and blockbuster hits like Angry Birds has made casual gaming -- that's what they call it in the industry -- the fastest growing segment on any platform.
The portable gaming industry has also attracted a vast number of developers, who are making simple yet addicting games for free or under $5. That being said, this week's App Hunter looks at three of the best mobile games on the market right now.
We thought this would be a good idea for commuters and our friends with boring jobs.
Top 3 Games:
Army of Darkness / iOS
Bruce Campbell's role in the cult horror movie "Army of Darkness" was nothing short of epic. Fortunately, Bruce seems to have the magic touch, as the new iPhone game is one of the most addicting things out there.
The best part about this game is it's absolutely free, with no ads or limited play time. The premise is simple: Don't let the undead get to the Necronomicon us Morti, the book of the dead. The game is over the top and sports some very crisp graphics. It also takes all but two minutes to learn how to play. Add the fact it showcases some of the movie's most memorable one-liners, ("This is my BOOMSTICK," anyone?) and you've got yourself one charming title.
Defeating the undead earns you gold, which you then use to upgrade your castle and troops. I've shown this game to three people so far, all of whom don't play video games, and every single one of them is hooked. The fact it's free makes checking this game out a no brainier.
On a side note, you can buy gold (meaning you buy gold with actual money) to upgrade your troops and castle faster, but it's entirely unnecessary. You'll earn plenty of gold through the 50 levels that the game offers.
Of 38,000+ reviews, "Army of Darkness" for the iPhone was rated a perfect five-stars by users.
Words with Friends Android / iOS
Also a free game (although you can purchase a version without advertisements for $.99), Words with Friends is a crossword puzzle with a little bit of Scrabble mixed in. The premise is simple; use letters to create words and earn points by strategically placing them on the board.
You can either play a speed match or set a game with no time limit. The latter is super convenient and allows you to play multiple games with different friends at the same time.
The game has also gotten out of hand, however, with Internet sites showing players what words to make out of their letter jumble for the most points. It's basically cheating.
But for those of us that don't feel the need to cheat to win absolutely nothing, Words with Friends is a creative spin on a classic board game.
Fruit Ninja Android / iOS
You aren't a true ninja until you can slice lots of fruit really fast. That's the premise of Fruit Ninja.
Slice fruit by swiping your finger on your touch screen. The more fruit you slice, the more points you get.
Sound simple? Well, it is and it isn't. There are super fruits (yes, super fruits) that multiply your points. Slicing multiple fruits with one stroke also earns you bonus points. Be careful though, as the game throws bombs every so often that deduct points from your score.
Simple and addicting, this game is well worth the $.99 price tag. Of 167,000+ reviews, Fruit Ninja received a 4.5 out of 5 stars.