Gaming

Even mobile games are fun on PCs

Thanks to a past Humble Bundle sale, I ended up with a few Sid Meier titles to play through and out of curiosity I worked through both Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol games and now Sid Meier’s Starships and though they are clearly designed with their mobile platforms in mind, I think the nature of these games make them just as relevant for PC gamers. They work really well in short bursts and should keep you entertained long enough to get your money’s worth.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a simple strategy game with a few RPG elements whose UI is a big part in its accessibility to a larger audience.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is a simple strategy game with a few RPG elements whose UI is a big part in its accessibility to a larger audience.

These kinds of mobile style games on PC aren’t necessarily new – we’ve had years of Bejeweled and Plants versus Zombies to prove that; they’ve just had a stigma associated with them being lesser games in comparison to the more complicated PC games. But as the technology on mobile platforms improve, the kind of games capable of running on them improves as well. So nowadays it’s not unusual to see MOBAs, MMOs or first person shooters happily running away on people’s phones.

And with the changing nature of PCs, their hardware configurations are often moving into that same area occupied by tablets and mobiles so it makes a lot of sense that we are seeing a larger influx of content capable of running across a variety of devices. If you like playing Candy Crush on your iPhone, why not be able to play it the same way on your touchscreen notebook? With many games utilizing the cloud to store progress, switching between platforms is not much of an issue for some of the bigger games too.

Sid Meier's Starships can feel a little like Ace Patrol but shares more DNA with PC strategy titles.

Sid Meier’s Starships can feel a little like Ace Patrol but shares more DNA with PC strategy titles.

Anyway, I’m finding it interesting that as games become more of a socially acceptable experience and slowly absorb the time of casual players, some of those same titles are making an impact in the most hardcore of gaming spaces: the PC. Maybe times are a’changing… or it’s just me. šŸ˜‰

Anyone else have a “casual” game on the PC that they’re addicted to that contradicts their usual gaming behaviour?

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