Back in 2014, the growth of mobile gaming was so staggering that the experts were confident enough to predict that the medium would become the dominate force in the gaming industry in 2015. Indeed, following a 42% revenue increase to $25 billion between 2013 and 2014, the excitement was certainly justified.
As the year rolled on, the rate at which the industry was expanding dropped and the targets weren’t met. However, that doesn’t mean the industry is in decline. In fact, the mobile gaming world is still very much on the up, just not at the speed many predicted.
Thanks to this recent growth spurt, the mobile market is now flooded with handheld offerings and that means you’ll be literally spoilt for choice in 2016. According to a report by Venture Beat, 2016 will see mobile gaming trends move more towards refreshable content and extendable games. Not only that but real money gaming, especially from the mobile casino sector, will continue to form a large part of the mobile gaming industry’s overall offerings.
So, to give you some idea of what to look out for, here are some of the top mobile games for 2016:
Star Wars: Uprising
With the latest film from the franchise going on release in December 2015 and two more films set to roll out in the coming years, the world is gripped by Star Wars fever and this mobile game will give you a chance to compete against your favourite characters. This real-time co-op game will see you create characters and compete in Sector Battles as you fight for the good of the galaxy.
Nintendo will launch its first mobile game in 2016 and it will give players the chance to create their own Mii character via their smartphone. The game is basically a mobile version of The Sims and players will be able to walk around virtual worlds and communicate with friends using their custom avatar.
Smart Live Mobile Casino
Continuing the trend of popular mobile casino apps, Smart Live Casino offers canny gamers the chance to play a range of slots and table games via their iOS or smartphone device. For those who enjoy a story when they gamble, slots such as Dracula and the Invisible Man will provide as much entertainment as money-making opportunities.
If you’ve got 1.4 GB of space on your mobile device then you should fill it with FIFA 16. Already a hit on PC and gaming consoles, the mobile version is certain to satisfy those with a love of the beautiful game. Although you won’t be able to experience as much game play as the PC version, you will be treated to some slick graphics and even slicker skills.
As much as the mobile gaming world is moving forward with sporty titles and mobile casino products, it’s also a medium that remembers its roots. Crossy Road is a step back in time to computer games of old and the aim is simple, get across the road safely. Blocky graphics and undertones of Frogger make this game a must for any mobile player in 2016.