And now for something for our younger readers. Hi! How are you?
Remember Doodle Jump? One of the earliest hits on the App Store, it involved simply jumping up and up through a never ending play field whilst landing on platforms to avoid falling down. It isn’t an original idea, but as early iPhone/iPad games go it was certainly an effective game.
If you’re looking for something of that ilk, though in this case on Android and specifically to introduce your child to the fun of mobile gaming without having to worry about complex controls, then Bouncing Doug by Perth’s Spaceflow might be right up your ally.
Set in a Dystopian universe where people fight to the death … no … wait … Bouncing Doug has a little bug like creature, arguably inspired by Studio Ghibli, who bounces across clouds to avoid incoming birds. That’s better. No silly war games here, kids, this is all about collecting coins, jumping on as many clouds as possible and attaining that high score.
If bouncing bugs on clouds isn’t your thing, Spaceflow has another casual experience on Android in Colour Fall, where the aim is to keep a ball in the air for as long as possible whilst avoiding coloured obstacles as they fall down upon you. So … that’s the dystopian universe falling apart, right? Okay, maybe not, but I like how again this is all about taking a simple premise and making something entirely addictive. I can assure you, however, that making a good game out of a simple premise is not as easy as it looks.
In all seriousness, casual mobile games are a perfect way to waste away boredom in a hurry, plus the challenge of beating your friends high score can always bring the best out of you. Plus it makes those long train rides a lot more enjoyable, or the drives down South with three kids in the back.