Is it in the graphics? The background music? The characters? What is it that really makes video games so addictive? Why do often fall victims to eye-straining, back-aching games?
If you want a game that both adults and kids – even toddlers – can understand and enjoy make it simple. “If you can’t beat em, join ‘em,” right? Minimalist games have been on a rise these past few years because of how easy they are for players of all ages.
In an article from The Kernel, titled “The Psychology of Game Addiction”, they state that “Gaming addicts are more or less on their own, and have to fight their addiction by figuring out what makes the real world so unappealing when compared the bright lights of the computer screen. And the rest of us have to keep an eye on games manufacturers stepping over the line from entertainment to exploitation.”
But just as long as we don’t let it take over our lives, video game addiction shouldn’t be a problem. After all, what are our smart phones, tablets and computers for (aside from doing work and studies)?
Here are some no-sweat games from the past few years that we obsessed over, no matter how difficult they were to beat:
The original developer of the successful PC franchise is Runic Games. But the mobile version will be handled by Fedeen Games, and published by Perfect World Entertainment.
It’s a highly anticipated game for 2017 – despite some hesitation from fans and dedicated gamers. It’s currently under closed BETA, but it looks promising with its new PvP feature and supposed faithfulness to the original PC version (even though this will be a completely NEW game, NOT a mobile conversion of the original). Fans of the franchise might be skeptical, but they’re still excited for the upcoming release of this popular RPG.
Free to play. It’s still not clear which elements would be buyable or how the game stands to profit from this project.
Torchlight Mobile would be available for both Android and iOS users once it’s released from BETA. The initial launch date was the end of 2016; however, there have been some delays. Once issues with game play/translations have been taken care of, it should be released for mobile devices during the first quarter of 2017.
Intro To Basic Game Play:
Torchlight Mobile will stay true to its original mechanics as a Dungeon Crawler/ARPG game. You choose a character, and delve into dungeons to complete quests, fight bosses, and collect loot.
It follows the story of a fantasy land, where a powerful ore, Ember, can give people and objects magical abilities. However, as you progress into the game, you will realize that the ore you seek has other ‘secrets’ that might have been the downfall of those who possessed it before.
Like other adventure/action RPGs, players will also get a pet to help them on their quests. Dungeons are made to have all kinds of secrets like trapdoors and levers, so one will never have the same adventure twice – even if it’s the same dungeon. There’s always something new and fun to explore.
The graphics are impressively stylish and flashy. Mazes and dungeons can be viewed from overhead, so it’s easy to manage and control your character. Battles and completion of dungeons are faster due to the nature of mobile gaming.
Game controls have been adapted for smoother experience on mobile devices. One main concern for mobile gamers is not being able to press the right buttons. But Torchlight Mobile seems to have nailed that issue.
Easily maneuver your character using a ball navigator on the left-hand side of the screen, and access the other controls (i.e. for fighting and skills) on the right-hand side. These controls are meant to be handled by your thumbs with little to no problems.
After you install the app on your tablet or smartphone – you’ll be surprised at its ease despite a smaller screen.
There’s the introduction of a Kitsune class, a type of character that can master the elements of nature. There’s a “rumored” fourth character class that’s somewhat similar to a Mage. However, this remains to be seen.
Total of 36 skills to choose from for your character (4 core skills plus Ultimate and main auto-attack skill) with the ability to combine
PvP – now you can battle 1×1 against players in the Arena
MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena) mini games – play with your friends, family, or total strangers
Ability to sell or exchange loot with other players