I would not consider myself a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination. But thanks to the iPhone, I have become a big fan of the casual gaming genre.
Free time is somewhat of a myth in my life. I want to believe it exists, but I just haven't found the evidence that it does. I have a lot on my plate and I try my best to stay on top of all aspects of my life whether that be as a husband, a father, an employee or a blogger/podcaster. Me-time is hard to come by. If by the rare chance it does become available to me, it is in the form of 10-15 chunks radomnly throughout the day.
I have invested in gaming systems in the past like the Playstation 3 that I picked up the day it was released or the XBox 360 with the whole Kinect set up. But those systems turned out to be a big waste because weeks would go by and no opportunity would present itself for me to enjoy them. That's the beauty of the iPhone and the casual gaming genre made popular by this device. Now if I have a few free minutes, that's all I need to pick up my iPhone and get a game going. The games are quick, easy to learn, addictive, entertaining and can often be played anywhere often using only one free hand. Another benefit is the price, you can by a few dozen of them for under the price of a top Xbox or Playstation title without sacrificing the entertainment value. That is the genetic makeup of a casual game on the iOS platform. And for some of us, it's the perfect gaming system for the on-the-go busy lifestyles a lot of us live today.
I would like to conclude this post by throwing out some recommendations to those of you interested in joining the casual game revolution on iOS. So the next time you have a couple minutes, fire one of these up.
and of course...
There are several thousand others in the App Store. So go have fun!