Mobile Games Galore

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I was never one for mobile games too much. When iPods came out and I got one, I played a few games because that’s all I really could do (aside from listening to music, of course). I had the bright idea to do mobile reviews for the blog and… well, I’m having more fun with it than I thought I would.

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I don’t really know why, but mobile games were never something I was super interested in. When I had my iPod I played generic Facebook games like FarmVille, Words with Friends, and other puzzle-like games. I played Dragonvale a lot, but that was the only game I played for years. All the other games I’d play for a month or so, get bored with it, and then delete it. There was a pet game as well, now that I think about it. I played that for a long time too. I can’t remember the name of it. I’ll have to see if I can track it down somehow.

Anyway, I never liked putting games on my phone because I never wanted to drain the battery. I was too paranoid (and still am) that I’ll be at work or driving somewhere and get lost when my phone runs out of battery. Yes, I have a car charger and a regular charger that I can bring places with me, but… it’s still a thought in the back of my mind that I’ll suck the battery dry.

(Now I have a new phone and the battery is a tank, but I guess I’m getting off-topic at this point.)

I got an iPad in May 2015 as a college graduation gift. At that point in my life, I was a blogger and was happy to have an iPad as an “extra” or “mini” version of my laptop. I downloaded WordPress, social media apps, and other “work-related” apps that I could take with me on the go when I didn’t have access to a computer. It never crossed my mind to have games on my iPad.

Less than a year later, February 2016, Double Jump was born. Once we started doing game reviews, I thought of ways I could take it further. Mobile games was an idea, but I didn’t decide to put that into action until just this year.

I try to do one mobile mini-review each month and I have a list of games I want to try out. Of course, that list keeps growing.

At first, I just wanted to try certain mobile games that are currently popular or made by a big company. Nintendo, for example, coming out with Pokemon and Mario mobile games. This blog is, in fact, first and foremost Nintendo games.

I ended up going down a rabbit hole in the app store the other day and now I have so many ideas for these mobile game reviews and I now have “themes.” Yes, there are many Pokemon games I haven’t tried, there are a few Mario and Sonic games I want to try.

But do you know how many farming games there are? How about tycoon games, especially Game Dev Tycoon, which is a game Kris and I got back to through Steam quite often. There are four games similar to Game Dev Tycoon on the app store. And trust me, I already started playing a few of them.

Which brings me to another point… when I decided to do mobile game reviews, I only ever looked at free games. There are four video game tycoon games – two are free and two cost money.

Microtransactions are a big no-no for me, but… I may end up spending money on mobile games, which is something I never saw coming for myself.

With that said, I hope you enjoy the mobile game reviews… because more are coming. Many, many more.

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The Sims Freeplay [Mobile Game Review]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Last month I said I was going to start playing more mobile games and do “mini” reviews on them. So, here’s the first one.

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The Sims Freeplay is a free mobile game developed by EA Mobile. It was originally released for iOS on December 15, 2011. This is a game that I had originally discovered on Facebook. I was in my second year of college at the time and I used to play it in the library on campus when waiting for my class to start or simply waiting for my friends to get out of class so we could go home. Overall, the Facebook game was a much simpler version of The Sims Freeplay… even though The Sims Freeplay is already pretty simple.

When it comes to game play for The Sims Freeplay, there’s not much to it. Once you open the game, there’s a tutorial that takes forever to get through. It’s such a simple game and most people have played The Sims, that I think we’d be able to figure out how to make our Sim go to the bathroom. Once you do get through the tutorial though, there’s not too much to do in the game. The tutorial maxed out your Sim’s needs and already had you build a new house and a career area.

The map, or neighborhood, in The Sims Freeplay is fairly big. Nothing is build and you have to do it all yourself. However, each building – which can be houses, careers, or general places such as a park or pet shop – needs to meet certain requirements. Every building costs a certain amount of money and you need to have a certain amount of Sims in your town in order to build it. Plus, some don’t unlock until you get to a certain level. Also, by building you up the worth of your town as a whole. This means, anything else you build after that, will go up in price as well the amount of Sims you need, etc.

This makes sense and normally wouldn’t be a problem, but everything is so expensive too. You start off with one Sim and even if you give them a job, they don’t make nearly enough money to save up. So, you create more Sims. But, of course, creating more Sims means more money to build houses. I ended up creating lots instead of houses because they were the cheapest. I had all my Sims at one house and bought a bunch of beds so they were “unofficially” moved into their friend’s house. It saved me a decent amount of money, anyway. Also, you can only build one thing at a time. Lots were the fastest because they were the cheapest so I was able to play longer.

Building takes time – real life time. So, if you want to build the Stadium so a Sim can become an athlete for a career, but you need five Sims in town, then you need to build a house first which could take a few hours. Once you get that, building the Stadium will take even longer.

In fact, everything in the game is real-life time. If my Sim needed to go to the bathroom, it took about six seconds. Not bad, right? But if they were hungry, it would take them 20 minutes to cook a hamburger. The more food they learned to cook, the longer it took. Eating the food afterward took 10 minutes. It got to the point where I’d have them do something and then I’d exit out of the game to play something else. I barely played at all.

When the Sims go to work, which they have to because I already talked about how expensive everything is, the time various from six hours to ten hours. Yes, these are normal work hours in real life, but… really? I guess I could send my Sim to work at the same time I go to work, but what about the weekends? The game count real life time but not real life days. Days don’t exist in The Sims Freeplay. There’s no day and night cycle – they go to sleep when they’re tired and I tell them to (sleeping varies from eight to 11 hours as well). So, if they get home from work, the game will wait a few hours and then the work button will continuously blink telling you they should go to work. It’s annoying.

Despite all this, I wanted to get far enough in the game to have two of my Sims get married, have kids, and get a pet. Well, The Sims Freeplay has “quests” that you need to download. You need to complete these quests in order to unlock certain things your Sims can do. So, even though I had spent money on building the Pet Shop, when I tried to get a pet, the game told me to download a certain quest, complete it, and then I would be able to use the Pet Shop. It was the same thing when I tried to romance two of my Sims.

The downloads are free, but takes up so much storage space. The game, without the quests, takes up a good chunk of space as well. With the other games and work apps I have on my iPad, I really didn’t want to download the various quests. I thought of doing one or two for the sake of this review, but… I really didn’t care enough to. Because honestly, as soon as this review goes live on the blog, the game is getting deleted from my iPad.

The Sims Freeplay gets a rating of…

Play It | Download It | DELETE IT

Overall, The Sims Freeplay isn’t a bad concept. I know things are limited for a mobile game, especially when it’s free. However, the game play was too minimal for me and the things I were able to do were too constricted. It was because of this I wasn’t able to have fun with it.

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Introducing Mobile Mini Reviews

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I have an iPad, as I’m sure many of us do. However, the more work I do online, the more apps I download – business, social media, etc. I used to play a good amount of games though and I decided to get out some of the games I used to play. Which, in turn, led me to find newer games to try. Some are mobile versions of consoles games, which is interesting.

I’ve decided to branch out a little and start talking more about mobile games, even though they’re not typical games I’d normally gravitate towards.

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I remember playing a lot of mobile games when I first got my iPad almost four years ago now. I also used to play a lot of “Facebook” games as well. I went onto the app store recently to look something up and I noticed some games that I’ve been wanting to try on PC or console was on there. They were free, so I downloaded them.

Then I looked up a couple of games I used to play in the past and re-downloaded those to see how they’ve changed. After I looked up the Pokemon mobile games and realized there’s a bunch I have yet to try.

I went down a long rabbit hole, guys.

I downloaded quite a few games before forcing myself to stop. But I made a list of games I didn’t download that I want to try once I’m done with these other ones. It was then that I decided to begin a new feature on the blog: Mobile Mini Reviews.

I’ve never been one for mobile games, but I want to try out all the Pokemon ones and playing games I used to way back when has been refreshing to go back to. So, I decided I’m going to play through these mobile games and do a mini review on them about once a month.

After I decided this, Nintendo announced a Dr. Mario mobile game as well as hints that there will be another new Pokemon mobile game in the works. I figured these mobile reviews are coming at a good time. I’ll be checking out the good, the bad, and the ugly of the mobile gaming world.

Wish me luck and I hope you guys are looking forward to it. I am… oddly enough.

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