Top 10 Video Game Characters That First Appeared On Mobile
Perturbed birds, a zombie-blasting hero and more round out this list of the coolest characters to come from the current mobile generation.
Console games have a long history of big time characters, including Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Master Chief, three heroes that became so popular they transcended gaming.
Turns out, the same thing has happened with mobile. Over the past few years, we've seen a variety of marketable characters dominate iOS and Android, proving yet again why people need to take smart phone and tablet games seriously. That said, we pulled ten of the coolest characters that first appeared on mobile, and as you'll see, the list includes longtime favorites and newcomers with the potential to make it big.
We have a soft spot for robots, and welcomed Cordy with open arms. The tiny droid loves to smile, and we dig its design, which is a cool fusion of futuristic and retro. That aside, can we momentarily switch off his face to watch tonight's Yankee game? That's the big question.
9. Agent Squeak
We've enjoyed Firemint's games for quite some time, but felt the developer could use a mascot. Enter Agent Squeak, the stealthy hero in the company's popular line-drawing puzzler, Spy Mouse. He's quick, slips through enemy strongholds like a ninja and possesses enough gadgets to make James Bond envious. Not only that, but he has a cat named Kiska working alongside him. That takes guts.
8. Burger Cat
Although he's the relative newcomer to this list (his game debuted last week), we see tremendous potential for this portly cheeseburger-munching feline. Burger Cat's insatiable appetite combined with his derpy antics make him impossible to resist. We just want to run up and squeeze him. At this point, it remains to be seen whether Ravenous Games has plans for Burger Cat 2, but at the very least, a branded chef's hat and apron seem like bestsellers.
7. The Scythian
We doubt many players would be brave enough to pick up a sword and go on a dangerous quest (us included), and for that, we salute the Scythian from Capybara's award-winning iOS adventure, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. This warrior, a she by the way, has no qualms charging headfirst through a fantasy world filled with monsters. It's tough to gauge her marketability in comparison to other female leads like Samus Aran and Lara Croft, but this iOS heroine deserves her due.
6. The Doodler
You know a character has made it big if there's some sort of dual and even triple promotion taking place, which is exactly what happened the moment NBA superstar Kevin Durant teamed with Sprint to appear in a commercial alongside The Doodler from the hugely successful mobile game, Doodle Jump. The Dude Abides, indeed.
5. The God King
The only villain to make the list, the infamous ruler of the Deathless returns to his castle whenever the next warrior in the bloodline attempts to defeat him. An all around badass, The God King wastes no time getting down to business, destroying players time and time again, even if it means unleashing a devastating and difficult to block (AKA cheap) combo. Seeing him in Infinity Blade II after we emerged victorious in the original was a treat.
4. Barry Steakfries
Halfbrick Studios struck gold when it created Barry Steakfries. The tough, no-nonsense hero of Monster Dash, Age of Zombies and Jetpack Joyride is the ultimate 80s action hero living in modern times. Not only does he enjoy taking risks (stealing a top secret jetpack, for instance), but he never backs down from a fight, whether said confrontation involves squaring off against a zombie T-Rex or taking down mummies while on a motorcycle. Besides, look at his name. Barry Steakfries? It's nearly on par with Dalton, John Matrix and Martin Riggs. If you know which movies those characters are from, we salute you.
Confession: At first, we thought Disney was trying too hard to make Swampy the Alligator, star of Where's My Water?, a household name. There was just something about the pitch that felt a bit forced, which shows how much we know about star power, because both the game and reptile quickly became staples of both the App Store and Android Marketplace. Now, we can't get enough of Swampy and this brilliant puzzler. Apparently, neither can millions of players worldwide, who eagerly download each batch of free levels, which makes the lack of serious merchandising all the more bizarre. By now, we should have Swampy-branded soap, bath towels, flip flops and other goodies, but the most we've seen is a poster and t-shirt. Come on, Disney. Make with the merch.
2. Om Nom
We have to hand it to Chillingo. The company knows a star when it sees him...or her...or in this case, it. Said character is Om Nom, the adorable lizard-like creature in the hit Cut the Rope series. We immediately fell in love with the little rascal, and why not? He's both cute and loves candy, two pre-requisites for rocketing up the likeability scale. The publisher apparently agrees, which is why you can purchase On Nom plush dolls, key chains, lanyards and other must have merchandise. Now all we need is official Cut the Rope candy. Seems like a no brainer.
1. The Angry Birds
When listing the most influential mobile characters, might as well start at the top. Chillingo and Rovio Entertainment first introduced us to our feathered friends in 2009. Of course, we had no idea they'd go on to become a global phenomenon of Mario, Master Chief and even Lara Croft (in her prime) proportions. More than just video game stars, the Angry Birds have transcended electronic entertainment to appear in toy stores, on various bits of clothing, hats, phone cases and even works of art; the bakery down the street has an Angry Birds-themed cake on full display. Say what you will about red bird, yellow bird, blue bird and the rest of the crew, but there's no denying the critters' global appeal, made possible because of smart marketing and distribution across millions of iOS and Android-powered devices. Next stop, Hollywood. Can you imagine the hardcore gamer backlash if an Angry Birds film, and not the infamously stalled Halo movie, receives the green light? Madness.