The^( is a nostalgia machine – people remember it as indestructible, even though it’s not the most rugged phone form Nokia. Similarly, people view the game Snake through rose-colored glasses. In fact, ^( of the 3310 leaned heavily on Snake.
We’re not saying that Snake isn’t a great game, but it’s far from the only one. Just like the actually-rugged Nokias, these games were forgotten and they don’t deserve such a fate.
The Nokia 3310, for example, also featured^( a horizontal shoot ‘em up. The WAP-enabled Nokias even allowed you to download new chapters for the game (for free, this was before DLC). This was done through Nokia Club, which also hosted a global scoreboard.
Space Impact would see multiple sequels, including entries on the failed N-Gage gaming phone. The latest sequel was Space Impact: Meteor Shield, developed by Rovio for the^( .
Speaking of Rovio, you probably remember Angry Birds. But do you remember the^( games? They date as far back as Snake, starting with the ^( . Rovio has a long list of fun games to its name – both original and ports. Did you know the company is based in Espoo? No surprise so many of its games were featured on Nokia phones.
^( )’ width=”153″ height=”153″ src=”https://cdn.appmarsh.com/imgroot/news/19/03/counterclockwise-forgotten-games/-153×153/gsmarena_0006.jpg”> ^( ^( )’ width=”153″ height=”153″ src=”https://cdn.appmarsh.com/imgroot/news/19/03/counterclockwise-forgotten-games/-153×153/gsmarena_0008.jpg”> ^(
Bounce • Bounce Tales
You may think that 3D gaming is something that arrived with the more powerful chipsets of smartphones. And even if you remember the old 3D J2ME games, you may still be surprised at how old the first 3D games on mobile are. The^( had a tiny screen with 96 x 65 pixels, no way it could do 3D, right? Wrong. Munkiki’s Castles was a 3D platformer/puzzle game that made the best out of the tiny monochrome screen.
^( )’ width=”207″ height=”139″ src=”https://cdn.appmarsh.com/imgroot/news/19/03/counterclockwise-forgotten-games/-207/gsmarena_102.jpg”> ^( ^( )’ width=”256″ height=”300″ src=”https://cdn.appmarsh.com/imgroot/news/19/03/counterclockwise-forgotten-games/-x300/gsmarena_010.jpg”> ^(
Mozzies was an AR shooter for the Siemens SX1
Pokemon Go was another mobile gaming craze (it’s still pretty popular), but is far from the first ever location-based game. One of the first, perhaps the first, is^( . With no GPS on board, the game used Cell-ID (with help from the carrier) to shoot at competing bots by sending text messages. You also picked up upgrades for your bot along the way. Note that each text cost 20 cents!
Here’s a bit of trivia. There’s some confusion about which phone was the first to feature a game. It’s either the Siemens S1 with Tetris (where it was a hidden feature left by the firmware developer) or the IBM Simon with Scramble (the Simon is a PDA technically, not a phone).
Anyway, this rabbit hole is pretty deep – if you want to read more, here is an^( that goes in-depth. It covers things like a WAP port of ^( , the Fighting Fantasy gamebook.
Which is your favorite forgotten mobile game?