Online casino games that you can play from a laptop or desktop computer have been around since the mid-1990s, at around the same time the first mobile games arrived. Some of you will remember Nokia’s famous ‘Snake’ which became a global phenomenon in 1997.
As mobile phone technology improved over the coming years, so too did the games. Basic online casino games, such as roulette, slots, blackjack, and video poker, first arrived on mobile in around 2008, and you could say that this helped kickstart mobile gaming fever. Nowadays, it would be known as a game which went ‘viral’.
There was a huge demand for casino games that people could play for real money on their mobile devices, which also led to a demand for other video games that people could play for free from the palm of their hand. These early games ran on the more basic Java or Flash platforms.
What were the early online casinos like on mobile?
The very first mobile casino games were rather primitive, especially when compared to today’s vast array of sophisticated games. Just like today, people had to be 18 years old to play mobile casino games, but not everyone over the age of 18 wanted to play games at an online casino. They were looking for something completely different from their mobile entertainment.
There was now a demand for other, more immersive non-casino-related games. When the first iPhone with touch-screen technology arrived, game development studios such as Gameloft quickly responded and started releasing hit titles, such as Asphalt GT.
Around this same time, social networking sites like Facebook were on the rise, which led to an explosion in social games being released, such as Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga, and Farmville. Other popular games that emerged over the coming years included Crossy Road, Flappy Bird, and Clash of Clans.
Mobile phone technology greatly improved in just a few short years, and then by around 2015/16, we started seeing hit titles that are still popular today, such as Subway Surfers and Temple Run.
Technology has now got to the point where you can now play high-end, graphically demanding video games from a mobile, which in the past, could only be accessed from a video console, such as an Xbox or Playstation.
This shows just how far the mobile gaming industry and mobile phone technology have come in just five years.
Some of the most popular games you can play today from any modern smartphone or tablet device with Wi-Fi connectivity are the following:
- Genshin Impact
- Call of Duty Mobile
- Apex Legends Mobile
- Aliens Isolation
- Dead Trigger 2
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (aka PUBG Mobile)
Many other cutting-edge video games are now available to play from today’s best smartphone devices, and the best way to enjoy these games is from one of the following devices: The Nubia Red Magic 7, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
You also have the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro, the Sony Xperia 1 IV, and the Asus ROG Phone 6D. Just like video gamers can now enjoy playing these amazing games from the palm of their hand, online casino players can also use their devices to play state-of-the-art live dealer casino games from various leading online casino software providers, such as Playtech, Pragmatic Play, NetEnt, and Evolution Gaming.
Technology continues to evolve rapidly at such an exponential rate, so who knows what the next ten years will bring in terms of mobile phone technology and the games you will soon be able to enjoy playing on them?