Getting a shiny new phone under the tree this Chrimbo? You’ll be wanting some games to play on it, then, if only to distract you from how
rubbish underwhelming most mobile TV is. Here’s five mobile games worth downloading – and each should cost you less than a fiver! All should be available on your mobile operator’s portal.
1. SUPER KO BOXING
Cartoon punch’em’up that bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo classic Super Punch-Out. There’s a host of colourful characters to beat the living daylights out of, including a comedy parody of 50 Cent (’15 Cent’, ho ho) and a French mime artist. And you can’t punch too many French mime artists…
The game’s simple controls bely the depth as you face stronger and cleverer fighters, while the slick animations provide plenty of smiles. Read a review
2. PRO GOLF 2007 FEAT. VIJAY SINGH
He might not be Tiger Woods in the merchandising stakes, but Vijay Singh’s own mobile golf game is most definitely NOT under-par. Play a quick round or dive in to a career, which for reasons unknown takes place on the island of Mauritius. You take on a series of tournaments to win cash, which can then be used to train your skills up or buy new kit.
But it’s the smooth golfing action that makes this a must-buy, particularly as it’s the first mobile golf game to feature proper slopes. Read a review
3. MAFIA WARS YAKUZA
I’d pay to see any film that pitted mafiosi against ninjas, with fireballs and big swords. Sadly, until Quentin Tarantino gets his act together, this game will do nicely. It’s an action adventure set in the world of the Japanese Yakuza, with you going on an honourable quest to… well, shoot people.
The controls are perfect for mobile, as you fire automatically, allowing you to leg it round rooms spraying bullets like a big-screen gangster. Violence never felt so fun. Read a review
4. NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON
If you’re a console owner, you’ll know all about EA’s popular street-racer, which combines frenetic driving with suitably pricey car-pimping. And now it’s come to mobile, in an all-singing all-dancing 3D incarnation that will shock you with your mobile phone’s power. Well, it will if you’ve got a good mobile phone – on cheaper handsets, the game’s a bit ropey.
Nevertheless, if your handset rocks, the game does too, with finely-tuned skidding dynamics to help you race up a storm. Read a review
5. COMPANY OF HEROES
The flood of console military games has been matched on mobile, with a steady stream of soldier shooters. Company Of Heroes is the one to go for, with you in charge of a bunch of allied troops in WWII, doing everything from capturing buildings and ambushing German platoons to calling in airstrikes.
It also does a good job of replacing a traditional point’n'click interface with something that actually works on a mobile keypad. Bombs away! Read a review