Let’s face it, everyone likes to play video games on their smartphone now and then. The type of games you can get are no longer simple things like Snake from the Nokia phones, and you can now get fully 3D games that can even rival some PC games and console games. In fact, many PC and console games have been ported to mobile platforms, and old classics such as the Final Fantasy RPG series and even Minecraft can be played on a smartphone. But with so much choice on both the Android and iOS market, how do you know what to play and what is going to be worth your money?
Much like buying any kind of product on the internet or from a retail store, people like to do their research first. Investing into a game is no exception, and you can find everything from Metacritic scores of online games to casino reviews where you can find the best places to gamble for recreation or actual money.
Most reviews on the Android and iOS app stores aren’t very reliable, however. Many free games also don’t have reviews because there are so many of them, but for many popular titles, you can often find reviews on the internet by searching Google or YouTube. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes, so if you want to get the best for your money you should utilise Google’s refund policy. If you don’t like a game, you can refund it within a 7-day period. There are, of course, some exceptions to this rule.
A lot of mobile games that are recommended have been given huge marketing budgets for them to get to those spots, but they usually aren’t the best games you can play. In fact, a lot of games that advertise to be free are in fact known as “freemium” games. This means that they are free to download and play, but a lot of the content can be paid for and you can often pay for an advantage over other players.
For instance, you could pay for extra points, extra in-game money, or even additional powers to beat other players. This is often frowned upon by gamers that come from console and PC gaming backgrounds because everything is generally fair. However, for mobile games to make a profit, they have to include these microtransactions to make money without loading the games with advertisements.
Whether or not you support freemium games is entirely up to you. For many people, they treat it as a try-before-you-buy scheme and you can fully test out a game that catches your eye before investing money into it, as opposed to paying a chunk of money for a console or PC game that you may or may not like. However, if buying a couple of power-ups in your favourite game for the price of a morning coffee gives you an hour of fun, then for many people that’s acceptable. Everyone pays for entertainment, after all.
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