That you own a lower-spec smartphone does not mean you cannot enjoy some of the best games on the market. From playing online games to cash to enjoying some old classics, there are a number of gaming options out there that’ll work on lower resolution phones.
The mobile gaming industry is still fairly new (in technology terms at least), but that didn’t stop it overtaking the PC gaming market for the first time in 2016, which is, of course, an impressive feat in itself. Unsurprisingly, further growth is expected. According to insights firm Newzoo, the mobile gaming market could account for 34% of the overall global games market by 2019 (up from 24% in 2015).
App developers are working on new games all the time and trying to trump their competitors, so there are plenty of choices to keep you entertained. And, even though good-quality smartphones are increasingly more accessible as time goes on and demand shows no signs of diminishing, many mobile subscribers own lower-spec smartphone models. If that includes you, don’t worry about missing out – you’re sure to find games you love, regardless of the RAM on your phone.
Here are just four mobile games you might want to try out:
The latest incarnation of Worms is proving to be just as popular as its predecessors. Despite having been around for years, it is still incredibly popular. One reviewer on PocketGamer believes this lastability is thanks to the fact it “manages to balance mindless fun with deep strategy”, which would appear to make for a winning formula. You don’t need to be au fait with the original '90s classic to enjoy this version either. Basically, all you need to know is that you’re a member of a team of worms fighting against another team and trying to beat them with an assortment of ordinary and quirky weapons. As well as solo play, Worms allows you to play with friends if you’ve got a decent internet connection (and people willing to join in!).
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
For less than £1.50 on an Android device, you can get your hands on this fantasy simulation of a world full of monsters, magic and chaos. The game itself revolves around a group of heroes who you pay to hunt and pester monsters on your behalf. It is slightly different from the old PC version of the game, as you won’t be controlling these heroes directly, but you’ll still get to build up your city and indulge in plenty of magical spells! Apple users don’t despair; there’s an extended version of the game available to you too.
If you’re into games where you can get monetary returns on your time investment, a mobile bingo website can be a good place to look. A number of operators offer you a new player bonus offer just for signing up, as well as a dedicated mobile app that isn’t too resource-intensive.
Such gaming sites tend to offer a range of different games, so you can play on slot machines themed on everything from Ace Ventura Pet Detective through to Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Super K.O. Boxing
Ever dreamt of being boxing champion of the world? Well now is your chance to make the dream a (virtual world) reality. You just need to box your way through 18 clashes, going up against some fairly hench boxers, to win the coveted prize. Playing in challenge or endurance modes, you can mix things up to make play even more interesting and rack up achievements along the way to unlock hidden features.
If you’ve got an Android smartphone, it is worth taking a look online for ways that you could boost game performance – even if you’ve got a lower-spec smartphone. There are obviously a number of games out of your reach at the moment, thanks to the slower processor speed on your phone, but there are tech bloggers out there who advise keeping your eyes peeled for game booster apps that release RAM to the apps you want to run. So you could play an even higher res version of Worms and Majesty, as well as an even wider range of games.
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