Yes, there were mobile games before the crushingly popular Angry Birds series. And yes, they were awesome. Let’s take a look at some of the best older mobile games in no particular order. What were your favorites?
Doom RPG took the frenetic shoot-first-shoot-later action of Classic Doom and reformatted it into a turn-based adventure with dialogue, simple cutscenes and a fresh new perspective. The game also added a few new weapons, enemies and mechanics, including a fire axe and Hellhounds which can be controlled via mind-control dog collar to attack other enemies. Oh, and one last thing, there was actually a plot. You’ve outdone yourself this time, id!
This mobile entry in the much loved S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series focuses on its core namesake of Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers, Robbers. Unlike the series’ other titles, it stays simple with no real story to speak of. But it does offer mobile gamers a whole lot of fighting, trading and gearing up, with a level system to upgrade health, strength, accuracy and bullet resistance.
Orcs & Elves
Another fine mobile entry from the development team at id Software, Orcs & Elves is a dungeon-crawler of the highest order. Colorful environments, menacing enemies, expertly-crafted level design, a solid story, simplistic yet exciting cutscenes and an effective upgrade system make it a must-play.
God of War: Betrayal
If you can’t seem to get enough of God of War’s plot repetition and chain-slashing glory, then you should experience the deepest descent into still-canonical territory with GoW: Betrayal. Its events are set between Ghost of Sparta and God of War II and your goal, as usual, is to kill until you can’t kill no more. Though it’s not 3D or cinematic, it’s a worthy, true-to-form entry. Classic side-scrolling hack n’ slash action with platforming and puzzles (and even quick-time events and a worthy soundtrack) made this a perfect entry to tide gamers over between 3D GoW titles
Yet another turn-based id Software mobile masterpiece, Wolfenstein RPG features tons of weapons, enemies, interactive items (including mix n’ match drug-filled syringes to pump yourself full of powers) and even a handful of mini games. It’s pretty lengthy, clocking in at 9 levels, and it’s even got a tank mission. B.J. FTW!
Resident Evil: The Missions
When it comes to being away from your PC or console, sometimes quantity is quality. RE: The Missions features 150 missions to be completed within the same 12-or-so room RE3 environment. The missions range from killing a certain amount of enemies within the time limit, evading the Nemesis for a certain amount of time, or killing enemies with a limited arsenal. Lots of unlockables and nice 3D graphics with a smooth frame rate add to the title’s appeal.
That’s right: ol’ green-and-black-screen Snake on your Texas Instruments scientific calculator is one of the simplest but best games of all time. Insanely difficult, yet incredibly addictive, Snake is a testament to what can be done with a few pixels, a low-end mobile device and the human mind.