You know what’s a helluva video game? Spaceteam.
I love matching-3 as much as the next guy, but my favorite mobile games are the ones that only work because everybody you know has a weirdly capable computer within arms reach at all times. I adore GBA-era system link games like Crystal Chronicles and Pac-Man Vs, but getting 4 working GBAs and a GameCube together often required a cosmic alignment of circumstances, even in 2003. Now, the relative ease of instigating a game of Drawful or Spaceteam makes my heart sing. It’s surprising to me that-- 10 years on-- there still aren’t many great, original local multiplayer games for phones. But maybe I just haven’t been looking hard enough (or have boring friends).
Or, for that matter, where are all the folk-style games a la 1-2 Switch that use your phone as an object instead of just a touch screen? I think Head Up! (the guessing game from the Ellen show) is brilliant in that respect. Sometimes I say that Send Me To Heaven is my all-time favorite mobile game, and not (just) to wind people up. There’s never been a scene in any horror game that’s as scary as that moment playing S.M.T.H. when you hurl your phone into the air.
If we’re talking about how the iPhone has changed us, I think that moment speaks volumes.