Using provided or downloaded apps for business, personal organization, social networking and gaming is one of the main draws to smartphone use. Smartphone use for social networking is overtaking SMS or text messaging, but it’s gaming use that is sneaking stealthily as the number one non-communications function for mobile phone users. What game apps are drawing the most attention, and what new gaming apps are hoping to draw even more? Here are some of the popular gaming apps for the holidays.
Gaming Apps for the Holidays
First introduced a few years ago, this gaming app has gained notoriety and blossoming popularity steadily. Angry Birds is the number one gaming app series used by smartphone owners around the world. Why? They are fun, and they are great stress-relievers. BlackBerry users now have all three Angry Birds games – Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio – available for download at the BlackBerry apps store. Unfortunately, they cost $4.99 each versus the $0.99 at the Apple Apps Store or ZERO on the Android Market.
Casino Gaming Apps
Casino gaming apps have been perennial favorites since their invention. Casino games such as roulette, Black Jack and others, even Bingo, have enjoyed increasing membership from players around the world, and apps provide an easily accessed mode whenever the mood to play hits.
New Gaming Apps
The Samsung App Store is currently offering two new and free games for mobile gamers: ‘Dead Space’ and ‘Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus’ are now available for free download on the Samsung App store. If you find them elsewhere, you might have to pay the $6.99 or $0.99 price, respectively, so Samsung users get a few free bonuses for brand loyalty.
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OnLive streaming game service just launched an Android gaming app that will soon be available for iPads as well. The game programs are stored on a server and streamed onto the receiving device – your mobile phone or computer, and you play the streamed game just as if it were loaded locally. The drawback to game streaming, of course, is that you need to be connected to the Internet while playing, which can add to data usage costs of a mobile phone plan. OnLive offers a purchase option on a limited amount of titles that provides local storage of the game data, just as if you loaded it from a disk.
Kids are not forgotten in new gaming app development. The ‘I Spy Arcade: Match Attack” gaming app is available now, and the ‘I Spy’ series has three new apps already scheduled for release.
The ‘I SPY ARCADE: SPY SQUARES’ is due out this month. The ‘I SPY ARCADE: FINE LINE’ is pegged for release next month, and the ‘I SPY ARCADE: CRITTER CRAZE’ is due for release in March 2012. They are tailored for iPhone and Android mobile phones. Each game app has been closely screen for applicability for play by kids, and each meets the very high standards set by the original literature series and Scholastic’s parameters.
Don’t forget Scholastic’s books apps, as well. Titles available include ‘The Magic School Bus’ series, an ever-popular set for all ages.
Author Bio: Ethan Lewis is one of the main contributors for MobilePhones.org.uk and is an avid gamer.
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