RT Cunningham


Video Games on Android Phones - My Four Favorites

video games I never thought it would happen. I’m playing video games regularly again. The last time it was a regular thing was in the early 1990s, when my children were still young.

I’m not using a console. Both of my sons, Joe and Jon, have one or more video game consoles. I can remember the older consoles, but I have no idea what they’re using now. I’m probably wrong, but I think one is using an Xbox One while the other is using a PlayStation 4.

I don’t play PC games even though I have one laptop with Windows 10 on it. No, the only place I play video games is on my Android phone, a Samsung Galaxy S4. And only because they’re free. I won’t make “in-game” purchases. I may like playing these video games, but not enough to do that.

The Video Games I Enjoy


The name of the game in Google Play is “Chess Free”. I have two or three versions of chess on this laptop, running Linux Mint, but I never play them. The Android game is superior in every way. I don’t think it’s because of the touch screen because using a mouse doesn’t bother me at all.

Hungry Shark Evolution and Hungry Shark World:

These video games are different in some ways and the same in others. They’re made by the same game development company.

There’s something about chomping down on swimmers and fish that takes the edge off. I play these games when I want to relieve myself from a little stress now and then.

Super Mario Run:

Super Mario Run just became available in the Google Play Store yesterday. I only know that because I “reserved” it and received the notification yesterday. Anyway, I’m enjoying it immensely. It’s a lot like the original “Super Mario Bros.”. You know, the first one?

Being able to hold the phone with one hand and play the game with the other is a definite improvement. I never liked the two-hand controllers. My children don’t have a problem with them.

I have a Soft Spot for Mario

Me, my wife (Josie) and my kids played both “Super Mario Bros.” and “Super Mario Bros. 3” as a family while I was stationed with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from 1988 to 1992. Joe, my older son, was the only one who liked “Super Mario Bros. 2″. I never played as Luigi in any of the Super Mario games.

I swore off newer video games with Mario in them until yesterday. That was mainly after the disappointment I felt over the movie. It’s a good movie, but I guess I expected a little more action and a little less drama.

How It Should Have Ended

I watch “How It Should Have Ended” (HISHE for short) on YouTube on occasion. The Super Café bit involving Mario should become a classic. Here it is:

Anyway… I don’t play all four video games every day. The only one I seem to play daily is the chess game and only because it’s simple and doesn’t drain the battery as fast.

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By RT Cunningham
March 25, 2017
Entertainment and Recreation