Breaking News

The exciting evolution of mobile phone gaming

by Staff Reporter
17 December 2018 | 816 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 www.houseoffun.com, 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

Comments

Latest News

ZUPCO return: Time for a comprehensive mass transportation system - Fo...

by Nobleman Runyanga | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Mukanya mourns Oliver Mtukudzi

by ZimLive | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Malema described Mnangagwa as a 'fool'

by ZimLive | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Mnangagwa disowns Twitter comments

by ZimLive | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

Chiwenga off to DRC - Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Ch...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

'Do not believe Mnangagwa's tweets' says Charamba

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

WATCH: 11 Women claim soldiers raped them

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 7 Views

Tuku a cultural icon, a world changer, a true superstar and legend

by Methuseli Moyo | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Harare to name street after Tsvangirai

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

'Army killings prophesied Tuku's death' says Energy Mutodi

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 8 Views

Chamisa, Mnangagwa talks offer last chance for Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 7 Views

Buses part of govt plan to get rid of kombis

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

'Queen Bee' buys chrome miner

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Zimbabwe not desperate to join Commonwealth, says Charamba

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Petrol Zimbabwe boss arrested - Catherine Katsande the Petro-Zim gener...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Mnangagwa's prosecutor General appointment above board

by Garikai Fadzi | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Lack of truthful dialogue is hurting Mthuli Ncube

by Chris Chenga | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Zimra surpasses FY18 revenue target by 17,7% - Zimbabwe's net revenue ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Chief Ndiweni calls for transitional govt

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Soldiers beat up Gweru vendors - MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe National Army...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

Zimbabweans push for national dialogue to end socio-economic crisis - ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 7 Views

Cops launch manhunt for Shurugwi murder suspects - POLICE have launche...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Edcon ups Edgars stake - EDGARS Stores Limited (EDL) shareholders have...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Prophet Makandiwa wins 'false prophecy' lawsuit - UNITED Family Intern...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Proflight airlines suspends Harare-Lusaka route

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Mawarire remains caged

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Boy (11) goes missing during riots - A CHITUNGWIZA family is desperate...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Pupils being sacrificed because of govt ineptitude - THE cold war betw...

by Editorial - newsday | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Zanu-PF activists set bases at schools - CIVIL servants yesterday clai...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Entertainment

Oliver Mtukudzi had blood cancer?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 1280 Views

'Why do you worship guns?' Mnangagwa asked

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 2801 Views

BREAKING: Oliver Mtukudzi dies

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 10787 Views

Ailing Mtukudzi misses Coca-Cola awards

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2019 | 3217 Views

LISTEN: Tocky Vibes disses soldiers

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 January 2019 | 3253 Views

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

by Agencies | 18 January 2019 | 150 Views

Mahlalela ropes in Omkhula in new film

by Staff reporter | 13 January 2019 | 375 Views

Sandra Ndebele reflects on music journey

by Staff reporter | 11 January 2019 | 310 Views