Breaking News

The exciting evolution of mobile phone gaming

by Staff Reporter
17 December 2018 | 928 Views
With millions of apps available at our fingertips, the days where mobile phones were quite literally just phones can be difficult to recall. So, where did it all begin? When did phones start to become more than just communication tools and start to become the handheld entertainment devices we use everyday? From puzzles and role-playing titles, to online casinos like, there are now thousands of games available to us at the push of a button. Here we'll take a look back over the history of mobile phone gaming, starting with its humble beginnings on the Hagenuk MT-2000 back in 1994.

Tetris (1994)

Tetris was already a widely popular video game when it became the first ever to be played on a mobile phone. It was a pre-installed version of the original and was only available on the Danish made Hagenuk MT-2000. Nowadays, it might not seem groundbreaking to feature a paired-down version of the famous shape-stacking game on a phone, however, just by doing so, the Hagenuk corporation helped pave the way for what was to come.

Snake (1997)

Three years after Tetris hit phone screens, Nokia invented Snake. A highly addictive and now world-renowned game that saw the player maneuver the reptile towards food. As the snake grows with each bite and begins to move faster, the game becomes increasingly difficult. Snake was pre-installed on all Nokia mobile phones from 1997. To date it has been played on 350 million devices and is still enjoyed in its newer forms. A variety of Snake, available on the Nokia 6110, was also the first two-player mobile phone game ever.

Nokia N-Gage (2003)

As mobile phone companies began pre-installing more and more games on to their devices, Nokia eventually came up with an all-encompassing solution. At the same time mobile gaming devices like Nintendo Gameboys and eventually Nintendo DS, had also started to take over. The solution was the 2003 Nokia N-Gage, a mobile phone which doubled-up as a handheld gaming device. Unfortunately, the N-Gage wasn't the success it was predicted to be. This was mostly down to its design which made many games difficult to play.

iPhone (2007)

In 2007, the very first iPhone was released. With metal-casing and a 3.5 inch touchscreen, the smart phone paved the way for all the mobile phone games we love today. Whether you're fan of iOS or Android operating systems the iPhone marks a defining moment in the history of mobile gaming. Its conception was the start of a new technological era which would lead the way for mobile games with crystal clear displays, complex modes of play and real life sound and visual effects.

The App Store (2008)

The birth of the iPhone leads us, inevitably, to the App Store. Whilst the store isn't the only distributor of mobile games and serves only iOS users, it still represents an enormous leap in the evolution of the mobile phone game industry. After being launched on July 10, 2008, developers spotted an opportunity to create some of the most globally successful and enjoyable phone games in history. Following its opening, titles such as Fruit Ninja in 2010, Temple Run in 2011 and Candy Crush in 2012 began to make headlines. Not forgetting Angry Birds in 2009, which went on to become the very first commercially viable mobile phone game.

Nokia N-Gage mobile phone gaming Smart Phone

Source: Byo24News


Latest News

Banishing forex trading is 'Good times are back!' for chefs, 'Nhamo ya...

by Patrick Guramatunhu | 27 June 2019 | 0 Views

Chiwenga's health deteriorates

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 5 Views

Forex ban illegal, says Biti

by Staff Reporter | 27 June 2019 | 6 Views

Mthuli Ncube did not know about banning of the US$?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 7 Views

WATCH: Malema attacks war veterans

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 6 Views

Police arrest female drug smuggler

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 16 Views

Jonathan Moyo threatens to expose Mnangagwa's advisors

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 10 Views

Musona's nightmare

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 5 Views


by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 16 Views

PHOTOS: Mnangagwa copies Chamisa's dressing

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 14 Views

Lance Mambondiani joins BancABC Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 19 Views

MDC founder dies

by Mandla Ndlovu | 27 June 2019 | 9 Views

RBZ turns on printing press

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 4 Views

Mnangagwa appoints 2 new Supreme Court judges - President Emmerson Mna...

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 17 Views

Ex-ZPC board chair reveals other Chivayo beneficiaries

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 16 Views

Matanga tells cops to be diligent

by Staff reporter | 27 June 2019 | 7 Views


Zimbabwean rapper teams up with top selling American singer

by Staff Reporter | 17 June 2019 | 729 Views

WATCH: Penny Penny song insults Malema

by Mandla Ndlovu | 14 June 2019 | 9816 Views

Mixed feelings over Harare artistes at Econet gig - Econet Wireless' Z...

by Staff reporter | 11 June 2019 | 1026 Views

Low turnout at Sulu's birthday bash

by Simbarashe Sithole | 08 June 2019 | 2250 Views

Ivy Kombo drops 14th album - CELEBRATED United Kingdom-based Zimbabwea...

by Staff reporter | 06 June 2019 | 405 Views

The latest slots online in 2019

by Staff writer | 05 June 2019 | 818 Views

Gospel music taken to another level

by Leonard Koni | 28 May 2019 | 326 Views

Thomas Mapfumo, Winky D to headline Zimfest Live in August

by Tidi Kwidini | 28 May 2019 | 1417 Views