Published: Wed, June 01, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

The top mobile games of 2016 so far

The top mobile games of 2016 so far

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for mobile phone gamers. There have been numerous recent reports on changing device habits, with many people now seeing their smartphone as their favourite mode for getting online. Because of this shift from laptops and computers, companies are flocking to make games that will be popular in what is a rapidly growing market.

One of the most eagerly awaited games of this year is Animal Crossing. Developed by Nintendo, it is a franchise that they are moving to mobile. This follows the success of Miitomo, a social networking app that has over 10 million users. Animal Crossing will be the second game from Nintendo, and is scheduled to be released this autumn.

The Animal Crossing mobile game will connect with the game that is present on other consoles. It will also work on the freemium business model – that is, the game is free at point of use, but if the user wants to enhance and customize their experience then they can purchase extras.

This year has also seen a rise in popularity for betting mobile apps. One of the most downloaded ones is developed by Coral. It is available on both IOS and Android operating systems, and allows the chance for in-play options for numerous sporting events.

If horse racing is your favourite sport, then it also allows streaming of all UK and Ireland races – meaning that all the entertainment is possible from one screen. The app is user friendly, and allows users to manage their accounts easily, including deposits and withdrawals.

Coral’s mobile app also includes online casino classics, such as slots, that have been crafted for smaller screens - as well as Marvel franchise branded games including Captain America. Their website allows you to find out more about Coral’s casino.

Another Nintendo game that is soon to be released is Pokémon GO. Many articles have shown that the company are looking to create popular games for a growing mobile game audience and to expand their portfolio.

The game is currently in the beta testing stage, but will be released before the end of 2016. It is already a highly successful franchise and storyline, and will apparently have over 100 pokémon for the gamers to catch, and will include different terrains such as the beach and woods. Pokémon GO Plus means that an external device will alert the user when something is happening in the app and they are not using their phone.

Again, the game will be free to download, but users will have the chance to customize the game to their liking. With Pokémon GO also incorporating Bluetooth functionality to add another dimension to the game, it seems that gaming is entering a golden age on mobile phones.

 

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