Whether you're a serious gamer like me or you just like to pick up and play from time to time, you've probably got a favourite or two that you know you can always go back to. For me, I will always have a soft spot for the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
More often than not, your favourite games will get sequels, spin-offs and add-ons - so you'll never run out of gaming options. So what about when they translate to a different platform? I'm going to have a little look at some of the various mobile adaptations in gaming.
I couldn't actually believe how authentic this game plays on a mobile device. Not only does it pay tribute to the famous blocky graphics, but the colours and edges actually seem even better than the original - to be expected I suppose, but a part of me still can't believe we're getting this kind of technology on a phone, when not too long ago we were impressed by seeing it on a full console.
My criticisms for this are the controls. If you think about the amount of buttons we would have to use on the console, imagine pressing all of those on a phone. A nice piece of nostalgia, but probably not the best thing to play on a handheld. Alternatively, Lara Croft GO is a puzzle game inspired by the original and it is absolutely fantastic. Controls are smooth with beautiful gameplay and it still manages to give you the same buzz that comes from the Tomb Raider franchise.
One of the most popular games on the app market is The Sims Freeplay, based on the original Maxis simulation series from 2000. It's adapted itself quite heavily to the mobile audiences, releasing as a 'freemium' game. These are popular amongst developers as they draw players in with a great quality, free game: only to encourage ‘micro-transactions' to speed up gameplay, unlock new content or restore extra lives.
Freeplay is quite a peaceful game as it works in real time, so there's no rushing about. However, because of this it can take quite a long time to do some of the basic things that wouldn't normally take any time at all to do in the full PC version. I'd also recommend keeping an eye on your wallet as it's extremely easy and tempting to buy more Simoleons, Lifestyle Points and other bits and pieces.
Whilst it would probably be a step too far to try and get such a comprehensive game as Fallout 4 onto a mobile platform, creators Bethesda didn't want to miss out on the party. So, they created Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play simulation game that captured the same classic elements of the wasteland as you develop your own vault. Despite actually being quite different to the recent console variants, Bethesda very cleverly included famous Fallout features such as radroaches, the goody-filled lunchboxes and character profiles built under the SPECIAL statistics.
This isn't the first time Fallout has been high up in the download charts. After the launch of Fallout 4, Bethesda released an app which worked with your game to turn your mobile device into a real life Pip-Boy. For you non-Fallout players, this gave gamers remote access to their inventory, statistics, maps and a view of their quests all on their mobile device.
This brand new iOS and soon-to-be-released on Android RPG is quite simply stunning. The graphics and visuals are like something out of a next gen console, never mind mobile gaming. Despite not being the first game from the franchise to be seen on a mobile device, this is in a whole other league to its predecessor, Assassins Creed Pirates. It features the same parkour adventure gameplay as the initial 2007 console release that made its name and my word, does it do it well!
It's not the kind of game that you would find yourself spending hours and hours playing, however if you enjoyed the original or you fancy something with a lot of energy and attitude, Assassins Creed Identity is definitely one to try.
The Final Fantasy franchise is one of the most successful in the industry, with Final Fantasy VII being the best-selling episode and the first in the series to incorporate 3D graphics. It first appeared on the original Sony PlayStation in 1997 and still delights gamers today with its iconic soundtrack, mystical characters and beautiful gameplay.
An iOS remake was made of Final Fantasy VII and released in 2015 in what is brilliant tribute to it's legacy as well as being a great accompaniment to the collection for fans everywhere. It's slightly different to other mobile adaptations in the sense that there are - shockingly - no in-app purchases. Instead, you have to fork out £11.99 for the game and as it's just under 2GB in size, it's not for the weak hearted - this is the real deal. Some tweaks here and there make it a bit easier to control on a mobile screen but other than that it's not much different to the original classic that fans everywhere know and love.