Digital game sales continue to grow, increasing by 33 percent in the past year, according to Games Industry International. While the older gaming demographic continues to grow, teens have plenty of representation in the digital gaming market, as well, since this is the model they grew up with. Gamers ages 18 and younger make up 32 percent of all gamers, a 2013 report by the Entertainment Software Association reports. Here are a few of the hottest new mobile games you can recommend for your teenager.
Match three gameplay never gets old, no matter how many times you’ve used that style of gameplay in the past. One popular title is “Jewel Quest,” which takes you on an exotic adventure through ruins and fascinating lands alike, your way cleared by your success at matching up the jewels you find among the ruins. It’s a treasure hunting game wrapped up in a puzzle gamer, and the two concepts go quite well together.
“Art of Mahjong” takes up the time in-between class and is a solid game that encompasses classic Mahjong gameplay, with colorful boards and a relaxing ascetic that rewards you as you progress through the game. The concept of the game revolves around gamers building up a Chinese city, with a full story mode that takes you from beginning to end in the adventure.
If you’re looking for something more meaty for the teen mind, “Living Legends: Frozen Beauty Collector’s Edition” recently released. This hidden object game puts you in the shoes of an abandoned daughter who has to take care of her younger sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth is called upon to succeed the queen, but you are wary about whether or not it’s too good to be true. This adventure game has you finding out the truth behind the invitation to the royal court, and whether you can finally live the life you dreamed of. The story will keep teens’ imaginations engaged and might even make them thankful for their own parents.
Time management games teach plenty of valuable skills that come when you try to juggle a full class schedule of AP courses. It helps when games like “Times of Vikings” make sharpening time management skills so fun and compelling.
The Dragon has awoken from his eternal slumber, and he’s not too happy about that fact. He takes it out on Yggdrasil, the tree of life, which doesn’t sit well with the Vikings. You have to search for runes throughout the land in order to build up your strength to slay the dragon and stop Yggdrasil from burning to the ground in a tragic end.
“Goblin Defenders: Steel n’ Wood,” is a tower defense game that doesn’t limit you to lanes or limited attack vectors. Instead, you have to defend every last area around you, leading to a frantic and exciting pace.
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