MOBILE/PORTABLE GAMING TITLES FOR PAX '09
One of the most attractive elements of PAX has always been the mobile gaming element of the event. There is always a mobile gaming lounge area where people can site back on bean bags and play games on their mobile platform of choice. What is listed below is my first stab at what people may want to play at this years PAX. Please don't think this is definitive in any way. It is simply a suggestion list that I'd love to have people in these forums provide additional titles or indeed add details on the ones I suggest here, or even remove them!
Starting off with the PAX favourite then, the DS/DS Lite/DSi!
The DS is a favourite at PAX thanks to its ubiquitous nature. Listed below are some of the top favourites from years past as well as some new titles you may not have heard of. Click on the spoiler button to view them:
Bomberman DS and Bomberman 2
8 player Bomberman is a big hit at PAX for obvious reasons. You're rarely short of players thanks to the amount of people in the lounge(s).Mario Kart DS
You cannot lose with this one. Unless you're exceptionally bad at it of course.Worms Open Warfare and Worms Open Warfare 2
The scorched earth clone continues to reign supreme thanks it being rather well suited to the DS.Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Stop laughing! It's a good shooter, honestly it is. Oh please yourselves.Puzzle Quest
The original, not the overly complex and slow Galactrix nonsence.
New Super Mario Brothers
A sublime platformer that has multiplayer functionality as well. Highly recommended.Tetris DS
Oh for pity's sake! It's Tetris!The World Ends with You
Bizarre Square Enix JRPG. Very popular at PAX '08.
Perfect for those multi-hour waits in line.
PAX without Pokemon? Are you mad??? There's usually a good deal of people dueling at any given time, and they do support 4 players.Geometry Wars: Galaxies
Twin stick shooting without the sticks. Great multiplayer action that will be new to PAX 09!N+
The brutally difficult yet fun N+. Multiplayer is limited to 2 people.Final Fantasy Remakes and new titles
For the long plane/train/car/donkey/skateboard/jet pack/segway rides to PAX,you can't go wrong with a Final Fantasy title. Probably.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
The spirit of GTA4 brought onto the DS. An excellent game for long queue's and travelling.Peggle DS
The fact that you are reading this blurb is troubling. IT'S FREAKING PEGGLE! *sigh*Picross DS
Excellent and intentive puzzle game for DS. Great for long queues.Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Prequel to the GameCube original that supports multiplayer. Standard dungeon hack JRPG but with the kind of TLC only Squarenix can muster.Ouendan 1 & 2/Elite Beat Agents
The crime busting male cheerleading troop have become extremely popular over the years. The original Ouendan has always been held up as the better game that the westernised Elite Beat Agents, due mainly to the Jpop sound-track. It does support multiplayer, which is said to be quite fun.Mario vs. Donkey King: Minis March Again!
This is a DSi only title, which can be downloaded from the DSi Store. A puzzle game, it has Mario guiding clock work versions of himself across various platforms in a similar manner to Lemmings
, only they don't explode or have different jobs. It has a level editor in a similar vien to LittleBigPlanet. Great for quick 10 minute breaks.Chrono Trigger
Said to be one of the finest RPG's ever appeared on the DS earlier this year. I personally will be finishing it off on the plane journey across to the Atlantic. If you have a long trip to and from PAX, take this along with you!Age of Empires: Mythologies
A sound port of the PC original. Highly recommended RTS game that builds from the original Age of Empires games. Features all the usual figures from Greek mythology.Advance Wars: Dual Strike and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Turn based strategy that first began its life on the GBA. Highly engrossing and entertaining with a deceptively shallow learning curve. A fantastic multiplayer game to boot, A+++ to use eBay vernacular.
Ahh the PSP. Much maligned by many as having 'no games'. But fear not PSP owner, there is plenty of love for Sony's first foray into mobile gaming. Click on the spoiler button to view them:
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
One of the best looking games on the PSP that also happens to play extremely well too.Outrun 2006: Coast2Coast
Great arcade racer that is replicated well on the PSP. Highly recommended.
The PSP is home to some great driving titles and this one sits amongst the best of them.Patapon 1 & 2
Patapon is a bit of a favourite of mine so I shall be bringing it along to PAX. The second game has a multiplayer co-op mode, which is nice.Wipeout Pure/Pulse
One of the finest looking and fastest games on the PSP. Amazing stuff.Resistance Retribution
3rd person shooter with 8 player multiplayer. Worth a shot. Geddit? Worth a...oh never mind.Worms Open Warfare 2
Just as solid as the DS version and works well with the wide screen aspect radio.Final Fantasy Remakes and new titles
For the long plane/train/car/donkey/skateboard/jet pack/segway rides to PAX,you can't go wrong with a Final Fantasy title. Probably.Monster Hunter Freedom 1,2 and Unite
A very deep and complex Diablo clone that is the single most popular game played on the PSP in Japan. The driver behind the game is the usual quest for truth, justice and better equipment! Only supports ad-hoc multiplayer, but is said to be very entertaining when teaming up with others.Other hack and slashers
A number of people in this thread have highlighted other Diablo clones, as it is a genre that are somewhat popular on the PSP. These include: Untold Legends the Warriors Code
, Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
(EU only release) and Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony FIFA 09
An excellent port of the home console original. Really hard to fault this one, also supports multiplayer.
Now we have the iPhone/iPod Touch. Here are my selections for iPhone /iPod Touch games. I'm sure there are many more people will want to add. Click on the spoiler button to view them:
The Amiga Classic makes a triumpant return on the iPhone. The game that launched DICE into the gaming world, this Pinball simulator had be gripped for hours on end. Highly recommended.Vector Tanks
It's Battlezone. Only on your iPhone. YAY.
Rather entertaining tower defence title.Missile Command
The iPhone and Missile Command were made for each other.Hero of Sparta
God of War clone for the iPhone. Nice graphics and animation, for an iPhone title!Pocket God
You are in control of all elements of this island and everyone on it. Cynical humor and a Wii look, but still fun.Star Wars the Force Unleashed
Is fun and looks good on the screen, but it's really a one player.Jelly Car
In Jelly Car you control a "jelly car" in a "jelly world" thru 28 levels. Joy.Blocked
Blocked is a simple but addictive puzzle game, all you have to do is make an exit path for the blue block.Enigmo!
Funky 3D puzzle game, highly recommended for standing in queues.Galaxy On Fire
Wing Commander/Free Space/[insert space shooter here] game on the iPhone. A rather entertaining one at that.iShoot
Scorched Earth clone that made someone a ton of money upon its release. Nice multiplayer game and a reasonable Worms replacement.Drop7
Tetris like puzzle game that adds another level of complexity by adding some Sudoku like elements to the gameplay. Another one for queues.Civilization Revolution
This game is a work of genius. It's utterly addictive and a direct port of the DS version. The only problem with it is that it will kill your iPhone/iPod battery!Flight Control
The game that started the draw-a-trail game genre off on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Now supports multiplayer, highly addictive and recommended.Harbour Master
Flight Control clone only with ships that drop off cargo. The player must store cargo as they guide ships of various sizes and speeds into harbor. Highly addictive and recommended.
That's it for my suggestions for mobile gaming titles. Please respond to this thread to add more or indeed pass comment on the one's I've posted up here.