This week, I upgraded to an iPhone – my first phone that isn’t just a phone. I have played with iOS devices in the past (specifically an iPod Touch), but never took the time to really look at the type of games that were available.
I knew that Square Enix had begun releasing games for iOS, but I had no idea how many, and I was surprised to see some other developers from the console-scene. I haven’t spent the money to buy any of the Square Enix games yet (they are considerably more expensive than most other iOS games), but I expect that I will eventually. I may have beaten Chrono Trigger countless times, but I imagine that I won’t be able to keep it off my phone forever.
So far, I’ve only spent a few dollars on some simple, but well-known, games. I’ve also downloaded a few free games. Draw Something has taken up more time than I ever expected, and I am also enjoying Jetpack Joyride. I expect to be spending more and more time playing games on my phone – this week alone has already taken hours of time away from my Nintendo DSi.
I don’t expect any touchscreen-only device to ever replace a more traditional handheld gaming system, but, for the first time, I consider them to be a legitimate alternative. If nothing else, these mobile games are fun, and that’s what gaming is all about anyway.
Upcoming content changes
I will be writing more about mobile games in the future; this will include game reviews. I am also planning to write shorter posts (like this one) more often that cover smaller topics or simply share links. I have been unable to complete as many longer articles lately, but I do not like leaving the site without updates for multiple weeks. I hope these shorter posts can help alleviate the problem.
I will still be writing game reviews, Zelda articles (published at Zelda Universe), and I hope to continue the Smash Bros. series as well. These shorter posts will be a new, additional, type of content.