Summer Gaming Drought: It's Always Sunny On Mobile
Here's one thing you won't find on iOS and Android: A woeful release calendar.
We can't believe it's already July, which is a nice way of saying, bring on the fall already. Like most years, summer is a video game wasteland. A few titles hit store shelves (this year, it's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and New Super Mario Bros. 2), but for the most part, consumers have slim pickings. At the end of the day, you don't want to find yourself debating whether to pick up movie licensed game X, or cookie cutter sports game Y, two situations many people fall into.
Of course, this only happens on the console and handheld side, the latter meaning 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Mobile, on the other hand, remains hot all-year round, largely because developers/publishers can make a ton of cash regardless of month or season. With this in mind, quality iOS and Android games debut on a consistent basis. Sure, some weeks are better than others. That's a given, but for the most part, there's at least one game worth a look, and more often than not, it costs $4.99 or less; then again, free is always better.
On that note, this is yet another leg up mobile has on the rest of the gaming industry. You can argue about depth (or lack thereof), but at the end of the day, we'd rather have a plethora of games weekly than a near empty release calendar, where players must wait a month or more to finally grab something.
Consider the past couple of months. We've already had a blast playing Where's My Perry?, Temple Run: Brave, Asphalt 7: Heat, Dead Trigger, Matching With Friends, Band Together and Squids: Wild West, and that just scratches the surface of what's available. We also can't forget about free updates that feature more levels and bug fixes, along with an untold number of sales. More often than not, an iOS game will suddenly become free to download. When's the last time that happened on the console side?
Not only that, but there's the enjoyable element of surprise. An iOS and Android release schedule is more transparent than years past, but there will always be some unexpected gem few saw coming.
Don't get us wrong. We love grabbing a controller and playing the newest games on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, but when it comes to consistency, none of those platforms can touch mobile, especially during these sweltering summer months.