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The global gaming industry has grown exponentially in recent years, with video game sales rising 13.3% between 2017 and 2018. By 2021, this market is expected to reach an astonishing $180.1 bn.

 

While console games have been popular for decades, revenue from smartphone games has now become the fastest growing. Smartphone games now possess 41% of the market, in comparison to console games at 25% and download or boxed PC games at 21%.

 

This growth can be accredited to both the rise in smartphone ownership, which is above 70% of the population in the UK, and the amount of choice in high-quality mobile games now available to consumers. 

 

From retro favourites like Sonic the Hedgehog to classics such as bingo, many of the best games, once popular on consoles and PCs, have been adapted for mobile. Here are five that we recommend you give a try:

 

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

 

First up is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, an action packed, single-player game that follows the story of felon Tommy Vercetti and his involvement in Miami's notorious criminal gangs. Players roam the city on foot or by vehicle, completing various missions as they evade police capture.

 

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was first released in 2002 on PlayStation 2 and then on Xbox and PC in the following year. The game received critical acclaim and sold 17.5 million copies within 12 months, with positive feedback being shared widely for its music, gameplay and graphic design.  However, its developers Rockstar Games did receive some criticism for its depiction of violence and criminal activity.

 

10 years after its initial release, fans of the game were delighted as it became available for iOS and Android devices in 2012. It included mobile-specific features, new camera controls, better resolution and upgraded textures. This game mode allows more customisation of its interface and is popular among both its original console players and a new audience of young adults.

 

Bingo

 

Traditionally played by a more mature audience, bingo is now increasingly popular amongst a younger generation, as it has become widely available online and on mobile.

 

Bingo halls were once a popular destination for people to gather during their downtime, however the number of bingo halls has halved in recent years as players turn to online games. There are now an estimated 3.5m online bingo players in the UK.

 

Surprisingly, playing online has become a more sociable option for many, as sites incorporate chatrooms and forums into their games. Also, with the rise of no deposit bingo sites, those interested in the game are able to win cash prizes with less input from themselves. There are many great promotional offers available online for both new and regular players, and with the use of handy comparison sites such as Bingoport, finding and comparing game choices can be done with ease.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog

 

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Bringing with it a sense of nostalgia, the classic Sega Mega Drive game Sonic the Hedgehog was released on iOS and Android in May 2013. In the game, Sonic, a blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, is given the task of rescuing animals from the evil Doctor Robotnik. Dr Robotnik plans to turn these animals into robots and achieve world domination. Sonic must battle through multiple zones in order to reach and defeat the doctor.

 

During the early noughties, newer versions of the game were released on GameCube, PlayStation and Xbox. The franchise has had many series and spin-offs, including Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Adventure and Sonic Heroes. This video game franchise is estimated to be worth $5 billion alone, not including its related TV series, merchandise and comics.

 

Now available on mobile through the Sega Forever series, the classic game has been adapted and includes new features. There is an all new time-attack mode and new characters, including Tails and Knuckles who have unique abilities. Even its catchy soundtrack has been re-mastered for the mobile game.

 

Tomb Raider

 

Developed by Core Design in 1996, Tomb Raider was originally released for Sega Saturn, MS-DOS and PlayStation. The plot follows archaeologist Lara Croft as she searches for ancient treasures across the world.

 

This version of the game achieve over 7 million sales globally and was considered one of the best games in the action-adventure genre. Many reboots of the game have been released on consoles, including updated versions in 2007 and 2013.

 

Tomb Raider 1 and 2 were released on iOS and Android between 2013 and 2014. They are similar to the original in terms of plot, however graphics and sounds have been updated to provide a more immersive gaming experience. For Tomb Raider players not used to touchscreen controls, connecting an external controller is an option.

 

Splendor


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Splendor is a multi-player card-based board game, with each player taking on the role of a gem merchant who must buy shops, mines and transportation infrastructure. Voted the best family board game by both Golden Geek and Dice Tower Gaming Awards, this classic resource management game is loved by many.

 

Adapted for mobile play, this game is now enjoyed by an even wider audience. With renaissance style graphics and music, players are immersed in its 15th century ambience. ‘Challenges' are a unique feature to the mobile game, they task individuals with scenarios based on actual historical events. For gamers with an interest in history, this mobile app provides more context and a more engaging experience than its original board game version.

 

With developments in technology and increased choice, online gaming is more popular than ever. Classic games once played on consoles or boards have developed into immersive experiences for handheld devices. These adaptations have allowed games that might have otherwise been forgotten to live on and be enjoyed by new audiences.

 

 

 


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Gone are the days where to place a bet you had to visit your local bookmaker. While many still utilise in-shop betting to gamble and access slot machines, the ability to gamble can also now be made at the comfort of your own home online and, now, even on your phone making it even more accessible to gamble your money. In 2017, the UK gambling industry reportedly took £14bn showing the gambling business is still a big business. According to the UK Gambling Commission, 49% of individuals asked had gambled at least once in the four weeks prior to the survey. However now, more people are using mobile apps to take advantage of these apps added advantages to betting in a simple and easy way.

 

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A generational change


Of those surveyed for the UK Gambling Commission report 2018, of the 49% reported to gamble, 55% were 55-56 years old. However, this included the national lottery as a method of betting. Excluding the national lottery, 45% of 25-34-year olds reported gambling within the four weeks prior showing that the younger generation are using betting services but the way they use this compared to older generations may differ.

 

With the younger generation wanting to access everything with ease from their mobile phones, it makes sense that these individuals are utilising mobile apps for betting. As a generation, they are seeing the benefits of mobile apps that are making betting more accessible.

 

Remote Betting


The use of mobile phones or tablets to gamble, whether betting or through casino game apps, is on the rise. This may be due to the easy accessibility of gambling remotely.

 

It requires little effort to get out your phone, open the mobile app and gamble. This takes less effort compared to walking to your local bookmaker to place a bet or use the machines. With mobile apps for both betting and casino games designed to emulate the slot machines and bookmakers it leaves less need to visit these betting shops in order to gamble.

 

Bet In-play


Bet in-play are bets placed while the event is currently taking place. This is usually a split decision for an individual to place a bet on a horse that is already racing or a football match that has already kicked off.

 

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While during these sporting events, you won't want to miss anything to nip off and place a bet, having a mobile app allows you to make the bet you want without interrupting the viewing of the event.

 

Mobiles apps make it even simpler for users to exploit in-play betting. With football and horse racing being the main sports that encourage bets in-play, it makes sense to have mobile apps that utilise this behaviour and making it easier for you to place the bets you want.

 

With the rise in online gambling mobile apps offering users the benefits of casinos and bookmakers from your phone, it allows you to accessibly bet, play casino games and bet in-play. For companies to have a mobile app designed to do such things, it is likely to drive more business to these betting companies where turnout to bookmakers is decreasing.


 


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Smartphones have opened up a world of possibility for us and none more so than in gaming. The mobile gaming market is massive, with more people than ever playing games on their mobile devices.

 

Apps such as Candy Crush Saga and The Simpsons: Tapped Out have given the mobile app industry a bit of a bad name amongst gaming aficionados/snobs. However, games of that ilk could soon be a thing of the past with tech giants Google announcing their eagerly anticipated streaming platform ‘Stadia' in March 2019.

 

The new subscription based platform has already been dubbed ‘The Netflix of gaming' and promises to bring AAA gaming titles to a host of enabled platforms including smartphones and tablets.

 

Before Google Stadia drops and completely rocks the world of mobile gaming apps we thought we'd take a look back at 5 of the most influential and awesome gaming apps of yesteryear.

 

Candy Crush Saga

 

Released: 2012

 

By: King

 

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Such was the early success of Candy Crush that at one point in 2013 the game's 93 million registered users were combining to log in to the game 1 billion times a day. Even if you hate Candy Crush you have to admit that they are pretty impressive figures.

 

The game itself was fairly simple, a Tetris style game where players had to ‘pop' candy in order to progress to the next level. There was nothing special about the premise of the game, but what was special was the way that the game made money.

 

It was free to download but players would regularly be prompted to spend relatively low amounts of money to progress to further levels. Candy Crush became the most iconic game in the ‘freemium' market and laid the foundations for future free games like Fortnite.

 

What was even more revolutionary about Candy Crush was its incorporation of social media site Facebook. The game's advertising relied on free word of mouth style recommendations that were facilitated through Facebook.

 

By doing this Candy Crush opened up the gaming market to an older demographic of player, reaching people that would never previously have categorised themselves as games. It could be convincingly argued that Candy Crush is one of, if not the most influential game of the past 30 years.

 

 (Undoubtedly primitive yet strangely mesmerising.)

 

Wink Bingo

 

Released: 2014

 

By: 888 Holdings

 

You might be surprised to see an online bingo app in the list of most influential mobile gaming apps but you shouldn't be. It's all part of the successful rebrand of gambling that has seen it become reclassified as ‘gaming'.

 

That switch has been made possible because of the internet and pioneering online gambling firms like 888 Holdings. As one of the first companies to get involved with internet gambling, 888 have a strong history of producing games and software that their customers will enjoy.

 

Shortly after the success of games like Candy Crush, 888 released the Wink Bingo mobile app which was aimed at the same demographic of players. It was enormously successful and helped to redefine gambling as gaming.

 

Now the mobile market is awash with virtual casinos, live streaming casino and all other manner of gambling apps. Much of that is thanks to the early work of 888 and Wink Bingo.

 

Angry Birds

 

Released: 2009

 

By: Rovio Entertainment

 

With just a few months until the official launch of Google Stadia it's hard to imagine a time when people were falling over themselves to fling cartoon birds at green pigs. Yet that was the reality in 2009 when Angry Birds took the world by storm.

 

Angry Birds was one of the first well-executed mobile games that wouldn't have looked out of place on a console platform. The graphics were for example immeasurably better than anything released on the Wii.

 

In the past decade there have been 23 releases or spin-offs in the Angry Birds franchise as well as a feature length film and a TV series. It has been downloaded more than 3 billion times and is one of the most popular mobile games ever produced.

 

For the mobile market in general it was a hugely influential release, highlighting what could be achieved with the right level of execution. Angry Birds also whet the public's appetite for quality mobile app games contributing to the current state of play in the modern market.

 

Doodle Jump

 

Released: 2009

 

By: Lima Sky

 

At the same time that Angry Birds was released another, much lower budget game was being downloaded by masses of smartphone owners. In essence Doodle Jump was a higher quality, modern derivation of the old Nokia favourite Snake.

 

The premise and objective were different but the gameplay was almost identical with players repeatedly battling themselves to beat their high score. The game was distinctly low-budget and the graphics were nothing to write home about but Doodle Jump's legacy on the industry was huge.

 

It inspired a new wave of budding app developers and helped to create the explosion of mobile games in the coming years.

 

Fortnite Battle Royale

 

Released: 2017

 

By: Epic Games

 

Fortnite developers Epic Games were amongst the first to take the idea of ‘freemium' games to mainstream console devices. Xbox and PlayStation were the platforms where Fortnite gained the most acclaim and popularity, but it was also a major success on mobile.

 

Players downloaded the game in their millions with industry trends showing that players had no qualms about which platform they played the game on. The success of Fortnite across a range of different platforms perhaps confirmed Google's belief that their Stadia streaming service would be a success.

 

In years to come gamers will enjoy the universality of Fortnite across a humongous library of AAA games. 2017 will be looked back on as the year that the gaming universe changed forever and we believe it will certainly be for the better!

 

 (Fortnite has been adapted brilliantly for a range of platforms including mobile devices.)


 


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An article by USAToday.com revealed that the mobile games industry could be worth $100 billion by 2021. Mobile games are expected to make more than 70% of all revenue made from mobile apps, and as there are more than one billion owners of smartphones and tablets, that's a huge figure.

 

 

The potential amount of money that could be made from mobile gaming has led some of the biggest game developers to put more resources into mobile. Companies like Blizzard, Epic Games and LeoVegas may be known for console and PC gaming, but these brands are all trying to grow their fanbases on mobile as the industry just keeps growing.

 

App and Browser Versions

 

Most people on mobile devices will want to download their mobile games, but for people who have weak internet connections or don't have much room on their phones, that won't be an option. The casino review site, Bonus.ca, says that online casinos have learned that and so they allow players to access games such as slots, blackjack, and roulette, through their mobile browsers. Players don't need to download an app to gamble on their phone as many casino sites only ask people to create an account to start playing. 

 

For larger games with more textures, files, and game modes, being compatible with browsers just won't be possible. However, for those game developers who can make their games work on browsers, they can appeal to many more mobile gamers. 

 

Support for Cross-Play

 

 

Many developers, such as Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, got started first on PCs and consoles. This doesn't mean that they treat mobile gamers differently, though, and the company has tried to bring all of its players together by using something called cross-play.

 

Cross-play, explains Forbes.com, allows players to compete against each other whether they are playing Fortnite on iOS, Android, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch. Switch and mobile users will be grouped together, but you can still play together across platforms if you are in a team. As more developers release their games on all platforms, expect cross-play to become a regular thing. 

 

Releasing Smaller Games

 

 

By not releasing a mobile game, companies are potentially failing to appeal to a huge number of players. However, that doesn't mean that it is incredibly easy to just bring a game over to mobile devices. Some games were created for PC and controller inputs, or they are large games that mobile devices wouldn't have room for.

 

Some game developers, such as Blizzard, have tried to find a fix for this. An article from IGN.com explains that the company will be releasing a mobile game called Diablo Immortal, which will have some of the gameplay from its popular dungeon-crawling RPG series. This allows Blizzard to appeal to mobile gamers without trying to fit such a large game onto smaller screens.

 

As more game developers rush to the gold in the mobile games industry, things are becoming more competitive. It will be much more difficult for other developers to find success, which is why these companies are trying to get into the industry now.

 


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So when it comes to Roulette for the mobile, there's a handful of choices available to everyone. With all of the different options, it can seem like there's a lot to try and figure out. The most important question of them all being "is roulette for mobile the solution?". Freetips.com decided to take a look at how you get started with something like this, so let's begin by diving into the world of roulette for the mobile.

 

Spin the Wheel of Choice

 

You have a lot of options available when you're looking at the world of roulette for your phone. The standard edition is easily noticeable, being played at tables all across Europe and America, so for an authentic casino experience, you'll want to head there first. There's a considerable number of other options to think about too, so let's talk about them as well. First of all, you've got simulation games. These use the cutting-edge graphics your phone was made to handle and create virtual representations of tables and games for your entertainment.

 

Real-life dealers are also a popular option. This takes all the excitement of the casino and makes it so you can play from your sofa. You do this by taking part in a live game, where the dealer can communicate with you and other players via webcam, and it feels a lot like you're in a casino playing. It's often massively enjoyed. The dealers are often trained to the same professional standard that you find everywhere else, so quality is assured. It's often done via live video too, so there's no chance of you missing out on the action or anything.

 

Understanding the Rules

 

A firm understanding of roulette and how it works is the best thing you can have to enjoy the game and maximise your chances of winning entirely. The rules are the same as if you were in a proper casino, but we'll go over them in case you're new to the experience.

 

All bets are placed onto what is known as a betting mat. This mat contains information on all of the different bets, numbers and combinations of bets that you could make. The first way to do this is also the most popular - you place a wager on either red or black. These colours refer to different sections of the roulette board, and there are also numbers in each of the segments that you can bet on too. The traditional odds for this are 2-1 for the red/black variants and 36-1 on the number bets. You can also bet correctly on whether the result is odd or even, high or low - there's a lot of options. However, watch out for 0 or 00 in America. This denotes a fail on any wager, so it's something that you'll hopefully avoid. You'll get money when all the bets have been placed, and the wheel has been spun. The winnings are distributed to players according to how much they bet and if the ball landed on their chosen number/colour, and then it's onto the next round. 


 

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