Saturday, December 24, 2011

Why do we need iOS ports for mac?

There is lots of games with more options and better graphics. So why would we want to play games designed for iOS with our macs?
Gameloft had few games on x-mas discount so I bought Asphalt 6 and N.O.V.A. 2 from Mac App Store. I have those two on my iPhone but I wanted to give them a try with mac too.
13" MacBook Pro and MacBook Airs are very popular but they come with Intel integrated graphic boards and are not suited for heavy gaming. Heavy gamers usually have a gaming laptop ,heavy desktop pc or console like I have but you cannot carry that with you. Heavy gamers also spend lots of time playing games.
But people carrying their neat and light mac laptops have sometimes some time to waste. And why not play games. Games ported from iOS are maybe not the most beautiful ones but light enough to be played with Intel graphic cards. And if you're not a heavy gamer you could like simple controls and easy gameplay. Games you don't need to spend hours to master controls or try the same jump or fight hundreds of times.
Casual gaming is going to be more popular. Everybody has a laptop and smartphones are selling with great numbers. So why not port popular iOS games for mac. They just should be ported properly remembering that laptops have a physical keyboard, bigger screen and touchpad. If everything is done correctly playing those games is easy and fun. So the answer is yes, we need those games on mac too. If you sit in a train one hour it can be spent playing N.O.V.A. 2 but for example Skyrim is too heavy stuff for just wasting time (and have some fun doing it).
N.O.V.A. 2 looks good enough for casual gaming.
Cars in Asphalt 6 are easy to handle.