On the Go: Best Console Games on Mobile

The world of gaming has seen a lot of twists in turns. From the apocalyptic industry crash of 1983 to the advent of the smartphone, it’s been quite the tumultuous journey. Now though, it’s hard to picture a world without annual, multi-million-dollar gaming expos and unfettered access to history’s greatest games.

Simply put, you no longer need a $500 home console to enjoy a top tier gaming experience. If you’re in need a little bit more proof, then you best start clicking. Today, we take a look at some of the best console-first video games that have migrated their way to your smartphone. Be warned though, your days of daily face-to-face social interaction are numbered.

World of Goo

World of Goo is as fun as the name suggests. Originally released on the Wii in 2008, World of Goo asks users to channel their inner mechanical engineer. Using tiny black balls of goo, you’ll need to build sound bridges and towers in order to complete each level.

It’s fun, addictive, incredibly frustrating at times, and perfectly suited to the touchscreen controls of modern cell phones. And, for just $6.99 on iOS or the Google Play store, you can bring your goo with you anywhere.

XCOM: Enemy Within

A smash console success on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, XCOM: Enemy Within uses a turn-based strategy style to vault users into a timeless battle between humans and invading aliens. And, since the game was ported over to iOS and Android in November of 2014, you can build bases, develop tech, and save humanity all while waiting for your doctor’s appointment.

Sound amazing? That’s because it is. You can pick it up wherever you buy your mobile games for just $12.99.

Bastion

When the top-down hack and slash game Bastion hit Xbox Live Arcade back in 2011, I really didn’t know what to make of it. Thankfully I gave it a chance and I was certainly not disappointed.

Strategy, action, and adventure are combined with an end-of-the-world story motif to bring users one of the most compelling gaming experiences around. Experiment with new weapons, compete for high scores, and die over and over again. Though there are a few control issues that you’ll need to navigate, Bastion’s transition to mobile is fairly seamless.

The game isn’t available on Android just yet, but if you have an iPhone you can pick it up for just $4.99.

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