Being bored is no game – it’s serious stuff, particularly when you’ve got long travels ahead of you. It’s actually pretty harrowing to imagine yourself trapped in another era – aside from the obvious fact that travel may well have been less accessible to you, there would be very little in the way of helping you to pass the time. Those long Greyhound bus rides cross country?
You’d be lucky to read a little by daylight, until you got too travel sick. And forget Facetiming loved ones from a bumpy boat ride in Thailand; you’d be confined to your own thoughts and potential fears about the safety of your chosen transport mode. Cell phones provide us with the ultimate distraction, and the rise in mobile gaming is something that ought to be heralded. It can make such a huge difference to a modern traveller!
How Has Mobile Gaming Been Tailored For Those On The Go?
77% of Americans now own a smartphone – up from 35% in 2011 – so clearly there’s a huge and rising market here, people who want to keep busy whilst on the go, as well as have access to tools that make their life easier. Whether you’re just commuting between two towns or going all out with international backpacking or vacations, there will be a game for you.
Many mobile gaming websites have their very own apps, which takes their usability to the next level, especially when travelling. Internet connectivity tends to be much better when using an app, and the user interfaces are usually simple and attractive, thanks in part to the "material design" trend, but there are also conveniences to smartphone apps that you won't find in their desktop counterparts. For instance, if you are a fan of blackjack, slots and iGaming in general, no deposit casino games can be played with just a tap of your device, and this convenience allows for play wherever you are, as long as you’re online. The brand in question also offers an option to pay by phone bill, so there's no need to share your card details with anyone.
Some apps don’t need internet access at all, which is particularly handy when travelling abroad. With sky-rocketing roaming data charges, sometimes you just need to go off-grid altogether. Of course, you have your now-classics like Clash of Clans, but it’s always a really clever idea to download something which can allow you to interact with people literally around you, too. How about Uno? You don’t have to traipse around with an actual pack in your bag, but when meeting fellow travellers on night buses or travelling with friends on a plane, it could be a godsend!
Of course, some game creators have gotten even savvier. Recognising the fact that maybe gaming could actually become the very reason people travel, forward-looking brands have started investing heavily in augmented reality games - titles that impose an added gaming layer on reality, by using your smartphone's camera, map and GPS.
Obviously, the main one that comes to mind is Pokémon Go. Users collect Pokémon depending on where they venture to. Some Pokémon can only be found in certain countries, meaning that playing it across destinations and even continents is ever more appealing. For example, Kangaskhan can only be found in Australia. You’re then encouraged to play the game in as many places as possible, and, if trading ever comes into play, this could mean gamers arranging meetups in different countries too. There is talk of a Harry Potter game in the same vein, which would surely prove equally popular.
The Rise Of Mobile Gaming & Travel
As smartphone use becomes even more integral to our lives and necessary in our travel plans, we believe that companies will develop more games to appeal to the travel demographic. Not only do they pass time, they can also really help us to explore a new area!