Types of cellphone games
Within a social network
There are games that can be played within a social network such as Facebook. In fact, these are some of the most popular and profitable games in the world. Candy Crush was huge on Facebook at one point, along with FarmVille and Words With Friends, amongst others. You can then invite friends to download the game and play with you, and you often get points or rewards for sending invitations, posting results and sharing from the game. Recently, Facebook messenger has also launched instant games. It isn’t available in South Africa yet, but it allows you to play games like Pacman with friends via the messenger app.
There are plenty of games which can be downloaded on to a cellphone from Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iPhone, either for free or for a cost. Many of these games are then available for you to play as much as you like even if the phone has no data or Wi-Fi turned on. These are known as offline games. Sometimes, you get extra features if connected to the internet when playing the game. The risk for these types of games is the temptation for users to buy rewards, goods or advantages to progress in the game. These are commonly referred to as “in-app purchases” and your children should know that they are not allowed to purchase anything without your consent.
These are almost exactly the same as offline games, except that you need to be connected to the internet to play them. These are more common on computers than phones, but they do exist. You obviously need to be wary of data costs as well as interaction with other online players, if this is applicable.
All of these games, online, offline and within a social network come in various forms. There are action games, simulation, puzzles, card games, arcade style games and many many more. If your concerns are around violence within the games, then it would be best to look over each game on an individual basis.