The rise of mobile phone games has been a surprising one. They have evolved from casual gaming platforms that were not given much attention to coveted consoles. Who saw that coming? It would be safe to say that Sony and Nintendo did not. “Mobile gamers (mobile phone users who play games on mobile phones at least once per month) will reach 141 million in 2014, driven largely by the rapid increase in smartphone ownership. In 2010, smartphone gamers represented just under half (45.8%) of all mobile gamers; by the end of 2012, they will represent three-quarters of all mobile gamers.
Nearly half (49%) of mobile owners will use mobile games by 2013. By 2016, eMarketer estimates that over half (53%) of the general population will be mobile gamers.” (Marissa McNaughton)
From your basic puzzle games, such as Sudoku and tic-tac-toe, or card games to rival those such as poker, bingo and others, the Android market has been filled with extra options to cater to the tastes of everyone. One style of game that has had a surprising amount of popularity is the physics-based game. They simulate real life in the manner of mass, density and gravity, all of which impact the outcome of the game. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular games that are based on this branch of science:
Paper Toss - One of the earlier games in the new generation, this one requires you to throw a crumpled piece of paper into a trashcan with a flick of your finger. Sound simple? Guess again. There are different speed fans and settings that make your goal tricky. Determination will soon get the better of you. This game is perfect for those who have short breaks during work, or just have time to kill.
Angry Birds - The most popular physics game on the market, you need to angle the bird-clad slingshot perfectly in order to hit those pesky green pigs and bring down the structure they sit on for more points. There is a trick to the angle. Too low and the birds hits the floor. Too high and it flies over the target instead of hitting the structure. Kids and adults alike are hooked on this game. Since Angry Birds launched a couple of years ago, several versions and variations of this game have been released.
Paper Jet – From the makers of Toss It, Link It and Smiley Pops, Paper Jet is for those who fancied playing with paper jets as children. This game’s objective is straight and simple; gather all your might to throw the jet as far as you can. Your mission is to earn as many stars as possible which will allow you to buy upgrades and modify your plain paper jet to a superior one.
Apparatus – Apparatus, which retails for $2.99, is another straightforward physics-based game that is more of a workshop where users make use of different materials available to build complex structures which in turn, help solve the puzzles. This game will probably remind you of the popular 90’s TV show The Quest. The game may require you to lay out blocks or hit targets by using marbles and can be quite mechanical, making it the perfect game for those who are mechanically inclined.
Cut the Rope – This rope game is easily one of the most downloaded physics-based games in the Android Market. It is also one of the most polished. The game’s mechanics are pretty simple: cut the ropes in such a way that the creature gets to eat and swallow candy. This game may seem simple but a couple of levels into the game, you will realize that Cut the Rope demands logical thinking and keen sense of strategy.