The Best Mobile Games of 2013 – Little Time Commitment, Loads of Fun

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Mobile gaming is as big as it’s ever been and the market is poised to grow even more as iOS and Android devices get more powerful. Companies like MadCatz are coming up with exciting gaming accessories dedicated to mobile gaming, and that’s exciting for any early adaptors out there to look out for. Looking at the games on this list, it’s not hard to see why mobile gaming is blowing up!

Dungeon Hunter 4

After hearing many complaints from gamers over the arena-based system used by the third game in the series, Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 4 returns to the more traditional world map system from earlier games. Admittedly, Gameloft’s newest game in the Dungeon Hunter series has an insidious in-app purchases system, which many gamers justifiably decry. But if you can look past that annoyance, there’s an entertaining game to be found here. If you like Diablo-style loot gathering games, Dungeon Hunter 4 will undoubtedly scratch that itch.

Candy Crush Saga

This game is probably the most talked-about mobile game of the year. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen your friends posting about what levels they’ve beat or asking friends to send them lives. Candy Crush Saga is a match-three game like Bejeweled, but it contains a few twists that set it apart from earlier games. Some levels require you to use limited moves to achieve a target score, while other levels require you to collect a certain number of candies. Candy Crush Saga is a perfect game to play whenever you’ve got five minutes to kill. The gameplay is simple enough to learn, but there are enough twists to keep it interesting.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Putting this game (and the next one on the list) is a bit of a cheat, given that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a straight port of a game that was released in 2012, but it’s such a well-made and ambitious mobile release that it deserved a spot. As a turn-based strategy game about defending Earth from hostile alien invaders, it lends itself well to mobile platforms, and all of the features from the earlier PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions are intact. While the graphics are obviously downgraded, it never impacts the gameplay. All units are easily told apart and it still looks quite polished. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the kind of game that could easily pave the way for other games of this type to appear on mobile platforms.

Final Fantasy V

As mentioned earlier, putting this game on the list is even more of a cheat than XCOM, given that this game was originally released back in 1992. But Final Fantasy V is consistently recognized as one of the best in the series and its pedigree alone earns it a place on this list. A turn-based RPG like Final Fantasy V lends itself well to the requirements of a mobile platform, and the gameplay remains as strong as ever. If you’re looking for a nostalgic reminder of the glory days of the Japanese RPG, you can’t go wrong with this title.

All of these mobile games break the stereotypes that mobile games are boring, or lack depth, or have poor controls. While these games may be designed for short bursts of entertainment, all of these games prove that mobile gaming is capable of delivering what enticed most of us to gaming in the first place: creativity, originality, and most importantly, fun games.

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