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Four games that need to make their way onto smartphones

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Developers Corner submission by Developers Corner
Four games that need to make their way onto smartphones

The mobile gaming industry is burgeoning. Last year in the US alone mobile games took more than $4 billion, this is a figure that is only going to continue on an upward trajectory. Despite there being an absolute colossal amount of games out there for the user to take part in, there are still some that are missing and need to make their way onto mobile devices.

Below are just some of the games or game-themes that should be available on our phones.

Horse Racing [Picture by Paul Kehrer]

It perplexes one how car racing games such as Forza or Real Racing 3 can do such good business but a horse racing game can barely get off the ground.

There is a lot of mileage in a horse racing game. For one, it can function as a quick five minute filler. On the other hand, it also has plenty of room for a decent career mode. In which you act as the owner, trainer and jockey of a chosen horse, following in a similar ilk to Mousebreaker’s Racehorse Tycoon, hoping that one day your horse will be the front-runner in the Grand National tips.

From a gameplay perspective you can see just how well a horse racing game would perform on a smartphone. All the gamer needs to do is tilt the phone in either direction to move whilst moving the phone up vertically to jump. A horse racing game would add some much needed life into the stagnating racing genre and with the added inclusion of jumps and fatigue it makes for a much more immersive racing experience.

The Hunger Games

Here lies a film that has galvanised most of the world, launching Jennifer Lawrence into the celebrity stratosphere. Therefore it comes as some surprise that there is no game to tie-in with the movie.

Instead of focusing on the film’s plot, simply allow us to compete in our very own version of the Hunger Games. Imagine taking part in a four hour survival game, or if you will really invested in the product a 12 hour version of the Hunger Games. Obviously these time scales are vastly over-exaggerated as no gamer would want to sit on their mobile for 12 hours, but the concept is there and it would be a game that would really keep the gamer on their toes.

It would make sense testing the game on mobiles as if it were to prove popular it could easily become a top-selling console game.


One of Namco’s finest creations and one of the most enjoyable PlayStation One games of all time, Tekken could really do well on a smartphone.

As much as one may protest, Tekken is merely a button mashing game, and hence could easily find a home on a mobile. On the consoles of old you needn’t have to press more than four buttons; making room for four buttons on a smartphone screen is not an issue.

Tekken on the mobile has the potential for some fine online play. Entering into daily tournaments and fighting against people from all over the world is a pretty neat idea, and the thought of getting your created character to the top is hugely enticing.


Darts is money right now. This year’s World Championship attracted a record audience in both television and attendance.

It isn’t just Phil Taylor anymore; Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson - current world champion - and Adrian Lewis are all becoming household names.

We have seen darts games fail on the PS3 before, but you do have to concede that it is incredibly difficult to get a mass audience to buy a darts game, especially four years ago when darts was nowhere near the heights it currently operates at.

On a mobile, however, a darts game could be popular, especially if it were free. It could also serve as a good barometer for someone like EA to see if there is potential for a similar game to launch on the consoles as well as phones.

DISCLAIMER: This article has been submitted via the PG Business Network and does not represent the views of Pocket Gamer.

Published on 13 February
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