Are You Addicted to Gaming on Your Phone?

Earlier this week, our resident gaming guru, Paul Wilks, shared his list of 50 most addictive games on Android. It included classics such as Tetris and Bejeweled, relatively new mainstream hits like Angry Birds and Draw Something as well as niche indie games like They Need To Be Fed and Monsters Ate My Condo.

Upon looking at his extensive roundup, and reading Paul’s explanation for why he got addicted to each of these games, I was reminded of my own pattern. I am no “gamer”, the only console I had was back when Contra and Duck Hunt were still popular, none of my phones had Snake, the last PC game I played was NBA 2000 and my current phone only has Temple Run. However, I am prone to big bursts of mobile gaming addictions. These only occur once or twice per year, and generally last a few weeks.

Between my Java years in 2003 and my Android device now, I remember being addicted to a handful of games. The classic Bounce was the first mobile game that gripped me on my Nokia 6610, then as I upgraded my devices, it was followed by Sky Force Reloaded, Domino Fever, Scrabble, Crosslogic Unlimited — where I finished all 1756 puzzles — and the 3 games I’ve played extensively on Android are Enjoy Sudoku, Solitaire Megapack and Jelly Defense.

That’s my pattern. I’ve probably tried over 500 mobile games in the past nine years, but I rarely get “addicted” to one. But what about you? Have you played some game on your phone or tablet that kept you awake until the wee hours? Or are you more of a console gamer?