Every year we are inundated with advertisements for the next new and more powerful version of tablet or smart phone from the previous year. The emergence of these new technologies means that new markets have opened up for add-ons to enhance the phenomena we have seen of the tablet/smart phone experience. With the plethora of applications we see, from photo sharing apps to calorie trackers, and addictive games like the notorious Flappy Bird, there seems no end to what app developers will introduce to the world next. Though it is these more casual and practical apps that are most sought after, there is a whole other genre that is oft forgotten about; that is console turned tablet games.
This week, it was announced that the original Bioshock will be coming to the iPad and iPhone soon as a full game, following the trend of various other console and PC games before it. Over the years the App Store has seen more than a few iconic video games hit its e-shelves. 2012 saw a multi-platform release of cult favourite The Walking Dead, including iOS and even Android devices. The game was released in its entirety, with all five episodes hitting tablets within two month intervals as with the console and PC versions. This year, The Walking Dead Season 2 is also well underway in releasing its episodes on iOS. 2013 saw XCOM: Enemy Unknown follow suit with a full game release. Reviewers noted that as it is a turn based game, the game play translated flawlessly onto tablets and smart phones.
In 2010, Mirror’s Edge graced iOS devices, but not the full original game. Despite going by the same name, in the iOS version the story is set between the comic series and the events of the first game. Obviously the controls had to take a drastic change on the tablet and phone, with the introduction of swiping the screen to control the characters free running and jumps, instead of awkward button controls, which was met with warm reception from reviewers.
With every man and his dog in possession of some type of smart phone or tablet, it’s easy to see why casual gaming is accessible now more than ever. Being able to play these larger games where you want and when you want appears to be too good to be true and we can’t help wonder what the downsides would be. We here at XXIV came across these issues:
- Lower frames than consoles
- Drains battery life
- Smart phone screens feel cluttered
- Take up large amounts of device memory
- Mobile games typically miss multiplayer mode
Despite the flaws noted, for a quick gaming fix on the go along with bigger names like Bioshock joining the market, tablet and smart phone gaming sure looks like a force to be reckoned with for the future of handheld gaming devices.
Sources: IGN, Kotaku, Gamespot