The top mobile games for iPhone, Droid and BlackBerry users

Nov 20, 2009
Games

Games for the iPhone and Droid are very much alike, as they have similar functionality for their touch screens. This is where BlackBerry gets left out, as many BlackBerry devices in use do not feature a touch screen, and the BlackBerry Storm’s touch screen is vastly limited in comparison to the iPhone and Droid (as […]

Games for the iPhone and Droid are very much alike, as they have similar functionality for their touch screens. This is where BlackBerry gets left out, as many BlackBerry devices in use do not feature a touch screen, and the BlackBerry Storm’s touch screen is vastly limited in comparison to the iPhone and Droid (as well as other devices that support Droid’s Google-based Android platform).

With a jump start on a mobile app store and integration with social network Facebook, Apple’s iTunes App Store offers a significant advantage over Android’s Market and platform.  Yet, a steady interest in mobile entertainment insinuates that Android apps for gamers will increase.

Here are some top mobile games compared across the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices:

Diner Dash’s Frantic Flo

Diner Dash is a highly popular game across all the major smart-phone platforms, as well as the PC.  Available on the iPhone, Android and the BlackBerry, the object of the game is to help Flo manage her diner restaurant. Business, customer service and strategy skills will bring in the big bucks for Flo.

Diner Dash is a well-distributed game, taking full advantage of the growing mobile marketplace.  This is a smart move considering the following Diner Dash already had for PC gamers, especially through social networking applications. An extensive mobile app presence is a natural move for Glu Mobile, the developers behind Diner Dash.

Simply Sudoku

Those seeking a basic and quick game available for mobile play may want to check out Sudoku, which has great reach across the major platforms reviewed in this article. One of the better iPhone versions of Sudoku is Mr. Sudoku, which features good use of the iPhone flat screen surface and thousands of games to play for $1.99.

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Among the better Sudoku games in the Android Market is the self-titled Sudoku app from the Mighty Mighty Good Games development team.  The app will run you $2.99 and has less than 1,000 games to play across four different skill levels.  BlackBerry also has some pretty good Sudoku games, including Real Dice’s Sudoku Master.

The Mystic Totemo

Solve a series of logic puzzles in order to excel at the Totemo game.  Created as an iPhone and Android application, Totemo invites you to remove spirits from the board in order to clean the screen.  As you play, each move reveals another step towards the level’s solution. 

Totemo is considerably cheaper as an iPhone app at only 99 cents. In the Android market, you will find Totemo from a UK developer, putting the price at around $3.  Aside from this, the game play is the same. BlackBerry users will miss out on Totemo as a mobile app, especially as the game is optimized for touch screens mainly found on the iPhone and Android-supported mobile devices.

The Mobile Age of Conquest

The tower defense genre of games are great for strategists.  Those iPhone and Android app users in need of a mobile challenge can check out Age of Conquest, a pretty straight forward tower defense game.  For $4.99, you can download Age of Conquest from either the iTunes App Store or the Android Market. 

The object of the game is to conquer surrounding empires in order to build up your own. There are multiple versions of the app for European and South American settings, all laid out for you to overtake. While there are better tower defense games for the iPhone, the BlackBerry has a few options, including Fierce Towers

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Scrabble it Up

Scrabble is a classic game that has won the passion of PC and mobile users alike. Already having dominated the gaming space on the iPhone device with a $4.99 game, Android platform users will have to wait awhile to get the official app from the Scrabble brand. 

As Scrabble apps for the iPhone and Facebook are now integrated, the popular word games mobile direction is becoming very social. BlackBerry also has a Scrabble game app for a steeper $6.99. Currently, the cooperation between the Apple platform and the Facebook platform make such integration more readily possible. 

However, there could be a good amount of social network integration for Android devices in the future.  If you are determined to try a classic game from the Android Market, there are a few, such as Uno.  Need a Scrabble alternative as an Android device user? Speed Word for $1.50 is comparable.

This game is just beginning

Games are fairly quick to jump onto mobile platforms, so there is already a great deal of overlap between iPhone and Android platforms.  One of the greatest differences between the Apple iTunes Store and the Android Market is the amount of classic games available for purchase.  The slow adoption of larger game developers to create games for the Android platform indicates that there is still a disparity in commercial advantage between the two mobile platforms.

iPhone’s advantage over the Google Android platform and BlackBerry’s platform is the accelerometer, which adds depth and dimension to games.  For developers, there is a greater incentive for creating iPhone app games, as the capacity of the iPhone has greater variety and a wider reach than Android-supported devices and the Android Market.

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