History of video games/Mobile


Foundational DevelopmentsEdit

On March 7th 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the Telephone,[1][2] sparking a telecommunication revolution by allowing people to talk to one another near instantly over long distances.

In 1966 inventor George Sweigert patents the cordless telephone,[3] laying the groundwork to take telephones on the go.

Many early game pioneers, such as Steve Wozniak, were also telephone phreakers.[4]



In 1993 the Siemens S1 phone is released, including a clone of Tetris named Klotz, but is hidden as an easter egg to dodge patent issues.[5]


The IBM Simon touchscreen smartphone is released to consumers on August 16, 1994 at a cost of $1,100, lasting six months on the market and selling 50,000 phones.[6] This phone included a puzzle game called Scramble.[7]

Also released in 1994 is the MT-2000 phone by Danish company Hagenuk, which included a variant of Tetris.[7][8]


Nokia includes Snake for the first time on the Nokia 6110, a very popular game being included in 400 million devices as of 2013, and which was also among the first multiplayer phone games due to it's two player support over inferred.[9]


On October 7th, 2003 the gaming focused Nokia N-Gage launches.[10]

By the end of the decade the Apple App Store becomes a widely used platform for downloading games on iPhones.[11]



Pokémon GoEdit

In 2016 Pokémon Go became a widely popular augmented reality game.


Apple launched Apple Arcade on September 19th, 2019.[12]

Notable GamesEdit

  • Angry Birds
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  • Fire Emblem Heros
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Subway Surfers
  • Fortnite
  • Temple Run
  • Monument Valley
  • Fate Grand Order
  • Neko Atsume
  • Snake
  • Part Time UFO
  • Send Me To Heaven
  • Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper
  • 4 Pics 1 Word / 4 Bilder 1 Wort[13]
  • Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

Pokémon GoEdit

This game prompted some interest in urban design.[14]

Flappy BirdEdit

Became a phenomenon in 2014, then was pulled from app stores by its creator at the peak of its popularity.[15]

Rebel Inc.Edit

A counterinsurgency simulator. In 2020 it's developers received assistance from the Afghan Embassy in London, including comment from then Ambassador H.E. Said T. Jawad.[16]

Console Phone HybridsEdit

Many Microconsoles and hybrid consoles made after 2000 use mobile chipsets due to their low cost, integrated features, and low heat.

Consoles with integrated mobile internetEdit

Evolution of SmartphonesEdit


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  6. "First Smartphone Turns 20: Fun Facts About Simon". https://time.com/3137005/first-smartphone-ibm-simon/. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
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  9. Blog, Microsoft Devices (16 January 2013). "10 things you didn’t know about mobile gaming". https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2013/01/16/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-mobile-gaming-2/. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  10. "N-Gage Launch - IGN" (in en). https://www.ign.com/articles/2003/10/08/n-gage-launch. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  11. Wortham, Jenna (5 December 2009). "Apple’s Game Changer, Downloading Now (Published 2009)". https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/technology/06apps.html. 
  12. "Apple Arcade: It’s time to play". https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/09/apple-arcade-its-time-to-play/. Retrieved 4 November 2020. 
  13. https://www.4bilder-1wort.de/
  14. Baker, Chris (21 July 2016). "Why 'Pokemon Go' Sucks in the Suburbs". Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/why-pokemon-go-sucks-in-the-suburbs-103309/. 
  15. Kushner, David (11 March 2014). "Exclusive: Flappy Bird Creator Speaks". Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/the-flight-of-the-birdman-flappy-bird-creator-dong-nguyen-speaks-out-112457/. 
  16. "Rebel Inc. now available in Afghanistan" (in en). www.gamasutra.com. https://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/360457/Rebel_Inc_now_available_in_Afghanistan.php. 

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