The 4 Most Innovative Mobile Games of 2020
While many people frown upon the phrase “video game payer” due to its apparent nerdy connotations, the truth is we’re all video game players, including yourself most likely.
This is because while you may not have spent hours on end on the afk arena fansite like many hardcore PC gamers, you definitely have played candy crush or any of the other popular mobile games that have been around for years.
This is because mobile games are essentially the most popular form of video games, as they are played by millions of people from every corner of the globe. Just like the console and PC counterparts, they come fully equipped with psychological “progress” points to keep you addicted, and add-ones and upgrades to keep you paying. This is especially true for the free ones.
Given this huge market, the rate at which new mobile games are being created is only increasing, with each new tech start-up trying to find the next formula that will keep people addicted. In that regard, here are the biggest 4 success stories of 2020 so far.
By far the biggest mobile game of the year is Animal Crossing, which has taken the world by storm. It is a free-to-play game in which you create your own island with the help of villagers, with relationships with other characters being a big part.
According to Martijn van der Meulen, a development director with two decades of industry experience, it’s a success, like so many games, comes largely comes down to the opportunity cost of not playing.
“It’s the pressure of wanting to do the best you can for your village and your villagers. Collecting the fruits, catching the fish – you want to get as much as you can every day. It feels like a waste if you don’t shake one of the trees! That’s a few more bells you could’ve given to [your loan shark landlord] Tom Nook.”
Mini Motorways is more a strategy game, in which you plan a road system to effectively get people to and from different parts of the fictional city. It has great visuals, is addictive, and doesn’t have any pesky transactions that usually come with games of this kind.
Fortnite was a seemingly inescapable game in 2020. Even if people weren’t playing it, they were at least talking about it. Now in 2020 it’s reached the mobile market and has become, predictably, extremely popular.
It is cross-platform, you can progress you in-game assets such as skins for your console version, and is surprisingly easy to play. While it may not seem innovative, a 100-player game that can run on a smartphone is exceptionally hard to do, yet Fortnite has pulled it off fantastically
For those that enjoy the aesthetics, Valley 2 is the mobile game for you. The visuals are spectacular, in a way that is unlike anything that has come before. It is one of those games that make you really lose yourself in the world in the best possible way, despite the minimal storytelling.