Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mobile Games That Live Up to '80s Video Gaming Standards

Most of us should be aware that mobile games have eclipsed traditional console and PC-based gaming. But while there are a baffling amount of derivative strategy games like Clash of Clans, the games themselves seem to be more intent on making you pay for in-app purchases than actually delivering some solid arcade gaming action.

So here’s a look at some mobile games that truly live up to the standards of the golden age of video gaming - the 1980s!


Perhaps the biggest mobile gaming hit of the past few months was Super Mario Run. It was great to see how this iconic 1980s character was successfully brought to the smartphone generation. And the simple platform-based gaming fun showed us that Nintendo doesn’t need to create anything too complicated to have a massive success.


Of course, we can’t mention Nintendo’s Mario without also talking about how Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog has also appeared on our mobile devices as part of the Sega Forever collection. Although Sonic wasn’t strictly a 1980s creation, this cool mobile game is retro enough to help us all overlook this minor technicality!


But it’s not just platform games that are giving mobile gamers an old-school blast from the past, as some of the biggest smartphone games have more of a strategic element. When Electronic Arts released the Tetris mobile adaptation in 2006, they couldn’t have guessed that this would continue to be the best-selling mobile game of all time, even a decade after it was released!

And whilst the China Shores slots game that is featured at New Jersey Online Casinos might not be quite so popular as Tetris, its retro charms of classic gameplay and lurid graphics have joined other old-school titles like Zen Pinball to show how even games that existed before the 1980s can live on into the 21st century.


It is also interesting to see how even the pixellated aesthetics of 1980s gaming culture have been a defining characteristic of some of the biggest recent gaming hits. Minecraft’s Pocket Edition is undeniably rooted in its open-world gaming format and would be hard to imagine the gameplay without the blocky graphics that are instantly familiar to anyone who played an Amstrad CPC 464 or a Spectrum ZX in the '80s.

So although our mobile games seem to be getting evermore complex, it’s nice to know that with retro characters like Mario and old-school games like China Shores slot, some things will forever remain a little bit 1980s!

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