Digital gaming has come a long way from its roots back in 1958 when William Higinbotham created ‘Tennis for Two’ at Brookhaven National Laboratory. We now have games with us everywhere we go, or at least the option to game with the advent of the smartphone.
Mobile gaming is a massive growth industry, and our article ‘Mobile Gaming Will Become a $272bn Industry by 2030’ describes just how much it can grow. It isn’t slowing either; across single-player games and much more social experiences, the growth has been incredible. There are a plethora of apps now available metaphorically in our pocket and there are so many to choose from it could be difficult to find the best ones.
The boom in mobile gaming continues, with it being reported by Statista.com that smartphone games accounted for almost 50% of the revenue gained from video gaming worldwide. It’s clear we love to game on the go, but what about those who like the convenience of the mobile platform but want the social aspect of gaming with friends, too? Let’s take a look at some of the options out there available to both Android and iOS users
Mario Kart Tour
Who doesn’t love the iconic plumber? He’s one of the most recognisable characters in gaming history and now you can get your fix of Mario, Luigi and co in the palm of your hand. Challenge up to seven players, either friends, players nearby or across the world in the race to the finish line on courses inspired by real-world cities. Mario Kart was one game that inspired people to get back to gaming together when it arrived on the Nintendo in 1992 and its popularity continues to grow.
PokerStars Home Games
Getting together with a group of buddies for a game of poker can be one of the most enjoyable social experiences around and it doesn’t have to be just undertaken in the casinos of Las Vegas. Indeed, Poker.org describe the game as one of the world’s most popular pastimes, and that’s not just for those wagering on games; it’s a great night in with the boys, without the risk of losing any dollars. PokerStars Home Games doesn’t use real money, making it ideal for those who just want competitive play with friends. If you do want a flutter, money can be put on the table (region permitting). But for the player who thrives on the buzz of competition against friends, go create your own little poker club in your pocket, send your unique invite code to your friends and you’re good to go.
Uno is widely recognized as the World’s #1 card game and it’s available on your smart device to play with friends. There are variations of game modes but the original classic is of course in there and it’s so simple to invite your buddies for a quick game. It’s as easy as clicking on the social button at the bottom of the screen and hit the invite friends’ button. You can send the invite via your messaging service of choice like WhatsApp or Slack and you can ramp up the social experience by utilising the text to speech function. So, what are you waiting for?
8 Ball Pool
Are you missing the green slate of the pool table? Well, worry no more as you can rack up on your phone on 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip games. It’s a title that has been available for a number of years but still stands the test of time with over 100 million downloads to date. The free title allows you to take on the world in 1v1 titles, in world tournaments and of course you can invite your friends to the table to see who’s the real hustler in your group.