With so much of my time spent writing, researching features, and playing apps to review, I’m forever moaning that I’ve hardly any time to do super-important stuff like going to the cinema or lying on the couch playing Nintendo 3DS in my pants.
That being said, there are a handful of smartphone games that collectively consume a worrying amount of my free time, so much so that I should probably do the smart thing and delete them.
As is often the case with my impromptu rants, these four are presented in no particular order.
Scramble With Friends (free @ App Store, free @ Google Play) has become part of my smartphone routine: pick up phone, reply to messages, catch up with Facebook and twitter, play outstanding Scramble With Friends games.
Indeed, it’s one of very few games to a) remain installed on my iPhone following review obligations, and b) get promoted to home screen numero uno.
At this stage I have a handful of opponents across the globe at roughly the same level, and if they’re all asleep or otherwise engaged, I can always practise via Daily Challenges.
I also have a bizarre obsession with raising my average word count, which means this: absolutely nothing.
RELEASE ME FROM YOUR GRIP.
True, Sega is doing a great job with regular Sonic Dash updates, and there are tons of characters now, but I have to ask myself: WHY? What am I hoping to achieve? And as I’ve pointed out before: the other characters are merely skins; they do nothing to change the gameplay.
Worse still, I’ve somehow managed to lose all my progress, and I’m torn between starting from scratch and consigning Sonic Dash to the great virtual trash heap in the sky.
Do the smart thing, me. Do the smart thing.
I don’t really have a problem with the freemium element, since I’m managing to grind away and level up my crew without paying a penny, but there’s a lingering sense that Marvel Puzzle Quest would really appreciate a donation.
Indeed, it’s slowly dawned on me that in order to grab some of the characters and level them up to the point where they’re effective in battle, I would really have to get my wallet out.
Though now I’m thinking: if I’ve spent so much time with Marvel Puzzle Quest - and still enjoy it, maybe I should make a donation? (Voice in my head: DON’T DO IT!)
Sega seems to know how to keep people hooked on smartphone games, and one of their cheeky techniques is Daily/Weekly Challenges.
Essentially you’re awarded some sort of prize for popping back into the app on consecutive days/weeks, and that is indeed the case with Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (£2.99 @ App Store, £2.99 @ Google Play).
The worst thing about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in particular is that Shenmue’s Ryo Hazuki is being held hostage by Weekly Challenges. Complete something like five in a row and he’ll be released unharmed.
Needless to say, I almost got to five but bloomin’ forgot one week, so I’m having to start again from the beginning. Mother f…
And I’m all too aware that I’ll unlock Ryo Hazuki, use him for roughly five minutes then never play Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed again. I should probably cut to the chase and delete it now. But, y’know, it’s Ryo Hazuki, man.