I’m putting together a list of current and previous addictive games for mobile (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Nokia…), desktop, console or other devices.
What I mean by addictive is games that keep pulling the player back, games that keep players up for hours. Here is a quick list to start off with (I’m not including version or edition to keep things simpler):
- Zynga Poker
- A Monster Ate My Homework
- Angry Birds
- Plants vs Zombies
- Call of Duty
Why am I putting together this list? First of all, I want to identify the ingredients of successful and addictive games. I’d also like to find out what people are interested in and why? And hopefully this would be a place where other game developers can find inspirations to create more addictive games.
Please add to the comments of games that you feel are truely addictive (max one self-promotion allowed if you think your game qualifies as addictive to other people). Thanks!
Thanks to the Visitor Map plugin, here’s a map of recent visitor locations:
What surprises me is there is not a single visitor from inside China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau). Is this an issue with the geolocation database or the plugin? Or the Great Firewall of China blocks my site?
If you’re from China, can you please leave a comment that you can reach this site?
Update: I uploaded the latest image, and there are two dots at approximately Shanghai and Tianjin or Beijing!
From left to right: Dell 15.4″ XPS m1530, iMac 27″ quad-core, 13.3″ Macbook, Dell 24″ monitor (connected to the iMac as a second monitor).
The Macbook feels tiny. Using it for development outside of my office (e.g. at client’s office), especially when using Adobe suite, is frustrating. I often find myself swapping windows, opening and closing panels, and dragging things around. Spoiled by the new iMac screen resolution (2560×1440 + 1200×1920), compared to Macbook’s 1280×800 – that’s 5,990,400 total usable pixels vs. 1,024,000. However, my favorite screen is only at 480×320 – my iPhone 3GS (used to take this photo).
But these don’t come close to the life-size working iPhone costumes (YouTube video)!