Mobile gaming is getting increasingly advanced, to the extent that once again, the old debate is raising its head as to whether smartphones are on the verge of sending gaming consoles the same way as handhelds. That’s all interesting enough if you have the latest iPhone, but what if you are among the millions who are not interested in constantly upgrading and you are getting along quite nicely with your iPhone 4 or 4S?
Getting involved in the latest mobile eSports might be something of a challenge for an older phone, but that does not mean the world of mobile gaming is closed to you. Here, we take a look at four of the most popular games that will work just as well on older technology as they do on the latest handsets.
It’s one of those games that captured the imagination of the masses, even those who usually have no interest in gaming. It’s also one that has been constantly updated, meaning there are new challenges even for seasoned players. The beauty of it is that the game was originally created 10 years ago, right at the dawn of the smartphone age. Being designed with early smartphones in mind means it works equally well on them to this day. There have been plenty of imitations and similar games released in the intervening years, but for older phone owners especially, the original is definitely the best.
Card games never go out of fashion, and poker is the most popular of them all. The great thing here is that the gameplay does not demand cutting edge screen resolution or processing power – after all, it all comes down to the turn of a card. There are dozens of poker apps out there, whether you want to play for real money using an online platform like Cherry or just for fun with a simple video poker app. Seasoned experts will probably favor the former options, while beginners might start out with the latter to get a feel for the game and its strategy before they progress to putting some money down.
Super Stickman Golf
The Stickman range of sporting games is fun, engaging and highly addictive. At the same time, they are extremely simple and undemanding on your phone’s memory or battery. There is a whole range of games in the series that will run well on your old phone, but we’ve singled out Super Stickman Golf for its fun locations, imaginative obstacles and realistic game physics.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
There are plenty of retro games out there that will run on even the most basic phone. But let’s be honest, we’ve all moved beyond the likes of Snake and Tetris. With Space Invaders Infinity Gene, you have a classic arcade game that has been given a 21st-century twist. The basic theory of blasting your way through waves of attacking aliens remains at the heart of the game, but the scenery and nature of the invaders change as you proceed through each level. It goes to prove that sometimes even a classic has scope for improvement.