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Is mobile gaming just about empty experiences? An unbiased answer from an owner of a Vita, 3DS, and iOS device.
Phone gaming has become synonymous with casual fluff like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. I’m not saying they are bad games. In fact, they are pretty ideal for killing 5 or 10 minutes of time. Launching birds at pigs does have its initial novelty, as does swiping fruit like some kind of crazed, lunatic chef. Also, both games play rather well with the strengths and limitations of any touch screen device. However, there are titles that go beyond being mindless entertainment. Some even rival, and surpass, the innovation found on traditional handheld gaming devices. Most of these gems are usually some kind of puzzler, platformer, or adventure game. The touch screen services these genres rather well. As for big budget shooters and action-adventure titles, I doubt you’ll see anything comparable to Uncharted Golden Abyss or Resident Evil Revelations for a long time…if ever! Those are genres that just work much better with analog sticks and traditional button layouts. Also, iOS or Android gamers won’t shell out $30-$40 for any of these titles…at least not now. Fortunately, I have both a Vita and a 3DS for these kinds of games. I keep my iOS device for those rarities you won’t find on either Sony’s or Nintendo’s portable platforms. Now, the following list isn’t my top 10 of all time. I left out games like Ghost Trick, which is superior to the DS version, and World of Goo (a PC/Wii game) because they are ports. I wanted to focus more on titles only available on mobile devices.
I’ve always been one of those whose thought tablets are pointless pieces of shit.
They haven’t been that much more powerful than the top mobile phones, so besides the bigger screen I haven’t really seen any major advantages. My claims aren’t entirely unfounded; I’ve had some firsthand experiences with both the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10’1.
Frankly the iPad left me unimpressed, and basically confirmed my suspicions that it was a glorified iPhone. The Galaxy Tab gave a somewhat better impression, but was akin to an out of proportion Galaxy S2. Needless to say, neither device won me over.
Something was lacking, to me tablets just seemed like oversized smartphones .. minus the phone part.
The new Transformer Prime did catch my eye though. The powerful hardware, super IPS+ display, keyboard and around 18 hours of battery life simply put it a step above the competition. I wanted to get my hands on the device that, in previews, was basically touted as a cheap tablet PC.