Figured I’d bump this old thread rather than make a new one, because I’ve had parental gaming on the brain, lately. As most of us know or have at least been told, the Switch is a godsend, but I wanted to share some other discoveries I’ve had lately, too: the joys of one-handed games and asynchronous multiplayer.
One-handed games are just what they sound like. Phone games you can play in portrait mode using a single thumb while the other hand is occupied (either holding my 6-month old in my lap, or holding my 4-year old’s hand while he falls asleep). The recently released Animal Crossing fits the bill, as does a game I discovered last week called Beat Street. Beat Street is cool, but the F2P grind in it is seriously oppressive right off the bat. I find myself watching ads for coins almost as much as actually playing the game. Previous favorites that fit this category have been Card Crawl, Card Thief, and Reigns, but honestly, pretty much anything other than scrolling through Twitter or Facebook feels pretty good. Lots of clickers technically fit this category, but they generally don’t hold my interest for more than a day or two.
Asynchronous multiplayer games are almost the only way my partner and I can play games together anymore, and there are some great ones on mobile, mostly ports of board games. Currently we constantly have games going of Ascension, Paperback, and Potion Explosion (this one has the added benefit of also being one-handed). It usually takes a few days to get through a whole match, but it’s a great way to share a gaming experience together when we often don’t have the energy at the end of a long day to set up a board game or deal with the stress of a real-time video game.
So does anyone else out there have any tips on any great one-handed or asynchronous gems? Or parental gaming in general?