411 Games Top 5 10.05.13: Top 5 Games On The Go
Posted by Sean Garmer on 10.05.2013
From Starcraft and Chrono Trigger to Tetris, Pokemon, Plants vs. Zombies and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 games to play while on the go!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there, who doesn't game on the go?
This week the 411 staff was asked to come up with lists for the Top 5 Games to play on the Go.
*In order to qualify on the list, a game could be from past or present. But it had to be a game you could play on your phone, laptop, portable device, or something like a 3DS or VITA.*
Wyatt Beougher (Organizer of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction)
5.) Candy Crush - I swore that I wouldn't play this game, because of all the stupid Facebook invitations and whatnot that I got for it. But then my daughter left it open on her iPod while she walked the dogs, and I picked it up and played a level, and I was hooked. My progress is extremely slow, because my OCD won't allow me to move onto a new stage until I've gotten 3 stars on all of the levels of the one that I'm currently working on, but it seems like a game that I will remain motivated to finish, which is rare for me on non-console games.
4.) Blendoku - The gameplay couldn't be more simple - you get a series of colored squares of varying shades, and you have to place them in order of adjustment, either from lightest to darkest, or, as the game wears on, from one color to a completely different color. As the game gets more difficult, the patterns get more complex and the gradations more subtle.
3.) Starcraft/GLWG - I travel, A LOT, for work. Back in the day, I used to bust my laptop out on planes and play some Starcraft (to let you know how long ago this was, it was prior to the release of Starcraft II, which I still haven't played yet). Now, that's been replaced by my tablet and Greatest Little War Game. It's got the resource and troop management aspects of Starcraft, but it's obviously not quite as complex and the graphics are a lot more cartoony. Still, though, it scratches my RTS itch when I'm flying.
2.) Where's My Water - A lot of the games I install on my phone/tablet come recommended by my daughter, and this is the prime example of one of those recommendations really paying off. I quickly lost interest in the Angry Birds games, but there's something about Where's My Water (and Where's My Perry) that keeps me coming back. Simple, addictive gameplay and levels that take no time at all to complete make this one perfect for waiting rooms.
1.) Plants vs Zombies - Yes, this game is ridiculously easy once you figure out the basic strategy, but the zombies and terrains are diverse enough (and they come in such high numbers later in the game) that it's still a blast. Plus when you add in the different modes and the stupid achievements that I still had to get all of, you find yourself with a nice little time waster. The levels are short enough that you don't have to sink too much time into them in one sitting if you don't want to, but there's just the right amount of zombies on each level to keep you interested.
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Regular Contributor to Cooperative Multiplayer 411 Games Podcast, Games Top 5 Organizer)
5. Advance Wars: One of the first games I got for my GBA and it also got me to enjoy Strategy Games, probably because it was about war and it felt like that the game would make sense this way. I had so much fun and wish I still had my GBA so I could play it.
4. Elite Beat Agents: Everyone knows I'm a huge Rock Band player, but I wasn't going to go out and buy a crappy version of that for my portable system. Then I heard about this game and had to check it out. I bought it on a whim and I couldn't put it down. The game had the right mixture of awesome songs and great gameplay to make for some difficult, yet addictive gaming sessions. The best part was people always wondered what I was doing because I was constantly moving my stylus like a mad man.
3. Tetris: The ultimate on the go game! I don't know that you could have a list without it.
2. Chrono Trigger: My favorite game of all-time, if it's available on a portable device you can believe I'll be playing it.
1. Pokemon Series: The reason I bought my first Gameboy Pocket was because of Pokemon and I've played every game up to the first Black & White. My Grandparents bought me Pokemon Red & Blue and my fascination with Pokemon began. They were the main reasons I continued to buy Nintendo portables and even though they don't change much they are just so good that I have to get every one. I'm even thinking about getting a Nintendo 2DS just to get Pokemon X and Y.
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