The early 2000s saw the birth of the mobile gaming craze with the introduction of Snake and Snake II. These simple games kickstarted the culture as they grew in popularity and complexity over the next few years. The evolution of WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) browsers on cell phones, which allowed users to access the internet from their phones, ushered in a new generation of competitive mobile gaming. Today there seems to be too much to choose from, but there is sure to be a game for everyone.

Nova 3 is one of the most realistic looking first-person shooter games available for mobile devices. The game scored a 4.5 out of 5 on the Google Play Store with over 5 million downloads. A free version called Nova 3: Freedom Edition exists for those who do not want to spend R89.99 on the full version of the game. This version is slightly limited, however, as it only has ten levels to explore, but its multiplayer capabilities make up for this.

Asphalt 8 is a mobile racing game that is included under the Editor’s Choice category in the Google Play Store. The game has convincing crashes and realistic car damage with graphics not seen in many other mobile racing games.

For music lovers, Cytus may be the perfect game to play when you have a bit of extra time. The game combines art and music as the player is challenged to complete a perfect round. The game includes 180 songs to play to in varying genres and difficulty levels.

Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft is a card game where one player competes against another by drawing and playing various cards. Players cast spells, call up minions, and try to outsmart their opponent in this cunning yet simple game, which is also playable on PC.

Impossible Caves is a seemingly simple game made for anyone brave enough to take on the caves. Similar to the early 2000 Nokia game Bounce, the player aims to manoeuvre the character through the caves, which are riddled with traps and obstacles. This game is deceptively difficult and addictive.

Illustration: Emmanuel Makhado

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