Mobile games are a super portable and great fun way to spend five minutes of free time, or in the case of the really good ones, hours and hours. Some are surprisingly simple, others are fiendishly difficult, but whichever game you’re playing, you can guarantee that there’s a leaderboard full of people that are annoyingly superior to you. Whether you want to get to the top of that leaderboard, or just improve your game a little, there are some useful tips on how to make sure you’re playing to the best of your abilities.
For Those Who Love a Glitch
From time to time, mobile games will experience glitches, hiccups, or loopholes that can be exploited. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t see the point in exploiting these, then by all means carry on to the next tip, but otherwise prepare for a deep dive into your favorite mobile game glitches.
One of the most famous of these loopholes is to be found on the super-popular mobile game Pokémon Go. The basis of this game requires you to walk around and catch Pokémon in the world around you. It should come as no surprise then, to learn that people have found a way to avoid walking! Using a virtual location app, it’s possible to make your phone appear as though it’s moving, and thus discover Pokémon without having to leave the couch.
Although this one is specific to this game, if you’re playing a game that’s particularly popular at the moment, like PUBG, Minecraft, or indeed Pokémon Go, then it should be fairly simple to find someone who’s worked out a way to cut out some of the more time-consuming parts of the gameplay.
For Fans of iGaming
If you enjoy everything about mobile iGaming but find your progress stagnating a little, then there are some techniques you can use to improve. If poker is your game of choice then there are handy apps that show you quickfire poker hands, allowing you to work out the action that you would take. These apps are quick, teaching you to work well under pressure and many professionals swear by them.
If blackjack is your thing then getting to know the hand charts off by heart is a great place to start. Many of us are too easily swayed by the game going badly, or going well, causing us to deviate from our own strategy. Learning the charts will help to bring uniformity to your play, which should improve your results.
One of the trickiest games in the iGaming sphere to genuinely improve at is slots. Although there is no concrete formula for how to win at slots, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that you’re giving yourself the best chance possible. The most important one is to always check the return to a player percentage before settling on a game to play. This percentage will tell you how much of your play money will make its way back to you, roughly, over time. Look for games with a high RTP and you’ll notice your play money going further.
For Quick-Fire Gamers
One of the elements of mobile gaming that is almost universally heavily relied upon is reaction time. Whether you’re trying to shoot the opposition without getting shot yourself, or burst row upon row of bubbles before the timer runs out, what your game is actually asking, is ‘how fast can you react to this challenge?’ For most people practising the tasks that the game asks will improve their reaction time to a point where they see a notable difference in their high-score, but this technique can only get you so far.
If you want to see reliable upwards change in your score then you need to learn to target the areas of skill individually. Luckily reaction time trainers are super easy to come by, both as browser-based tools and as apps to download. The Reaction Time app measures your reaction time in milliseconds, giving you a green, amber, or red score depending on how fast your reaction is.
Most people should be able to score within the green range of 350 milliseconds or less, but with a bit of continuous practice it’s possible to almost half that and get into the red zone of less than 200 milliseconds. Although milliseconds are certainly not a huge amount of time, when you add up all of those reaction times that your mobile game needs, you could end up shaving whole seconds off. Whole seconds can make the difference between the top and the bottom of the leader boards.
For Collaborative Gamers
If there’s one style of game that reinforces the adage ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, then it’s the collaborative game. Cast your mind back to the days of endless Farmville requests flooding your Facebook notifications and you’ll immediately recognize exactly what a collaborative game is. This style of game requires you to work together with other people to progress. It is possible to play a collaborative game by yourself, but it takes far longer, can often cost real money, and if we’re honest, probably isn’t as much fun.
So, if you want to get ahead in a collaborative game then we’ve already established that bothering your friends with persistent notifications is certainly the most annoying, and certainly not the most effective way of doing it. So what is? Find loads of other people who want the same thing as you!
The internet is a wonderful place that is capable of bringing people together from all over the world and one area that it really excels in this, is when people can be mutually beneficial to each other. Do a quick Google search for your favorite collaborative mobile game and you will find large communities of people who enjoy it just as much as you and are willing to help you out.
Forums, chat rooms, and online clubs are the best place to find helpful friends that are chasing the same goal as you. Join in with the communities, make friends that play the same games as you, and soon enough your homesteading dreams will come true… and if Farmville isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear this works for all collaborative games, not just that one!