From Casual To Hardcore Gamer In 10 Easy Steps (Or 40 Years)

While the folks at the iTunes gaming division might have trouble rooting out copycat games, what they excel at is making lists. In creating a list of 10 games that can take a mobile gamer from casual to hardcore, those Apple list-builders have created a mini history of gaming in portable form.

The Apple list almost reads like a history of gaming as a whole. We start with Letterpress, a text-based game (so-to-speak). We move on to a puzzle game in Bejeweled Blitz. We begin to experiment with the space with Zen Bound 2. Cut the Rope adds an element of physics to the puzzle game.

Ski Safari represents mobile gaming’s 2D platformer. Pitfall!, a game based on the original 2D platformer, ironically represents the move to 3D. Lili takes us off the rails a’la Mario 64. Infinity Blade applies this 3D movement to a more mature setting. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy gives us the flying freedom of a Descent-type game. Finally, Shadowgun gives us the modern first-person shooter.

As a journey from casual to hardcore, Apple’s list works quite well. More importantly, however, it serves as a much-needed reminder that all of gaming was casual at some point. Everybody had to start somewhere, right?

The Cheapest NBN 1000 Plans

Looking to bump up your internet connection and save a few bucks? Here are the cheapest plans available.

At Kotaku, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


4 responses to “From Casual To Hardcore Gamer In 10 Easy Steps (Or 40 Years)”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *