It’s the eternal debate: PC versus console. While PC gamers can’t understand why a lot of bucks might be worth buying a console that is never state of the art, die-hard console fans find it hard to understand the hardware obsession of the PC community.
While both camps are currently struggling with hardware due to the scarcity of graphics cards on the one hand and the lack of next-gen consoles on the other, a quiet third party is playing their games with relish in the background.
Thanks to increasingly powerful processors that work equally well in smartphones and tablets, it can now also be played well on mobile devices.
In recent years, native support for gamepads, such as the controllers of Playstation and Xbox, has given the mobile gaming market a further boost. Thanks to gamepad support, it hardly makes any difference in terms of comfort whether you play on a console or smartphone.
Born for smartphones and tablets, Crossy Road puts many console games in your pocket, not just thanks to gamepad support. The entertaining endless runner is suitable for all ages and can be played alone or against friends and family on the split screen.
In Crossy Road we choose the right characters from countless characters and send them through the dangerous everyday life. You have to cross busy roads, railroad tracks and rivers. But we should neither run over us nor let the current carry us along.
As an additional difficulty, we shouldn’t take too much time. The vultures are waiting to take us with them.
Crossy Road is available for free on iOS and Android.
If you’re looking for a relaxing moment on the couch, Stardew Valley is the right place for you. Players take over a farm here, which can be played on according to their own taste.
We have the option of keeping one or two chickens and growing a few plants. But if you prefer to go all-in, you can also build a small empire. We can breed tons of animals, grow seasonal products or just chat with the people of the village. If you don’t feel like farming, you can also go on a treasure hunt or go fishing in the sea.
At Stardew Valley, too, the controller enables relaxed gaming on the couch without having to constantly hold up the smartphone.
Stardew Valley is available for EUR 5.49 for iOS and EUR 4.69 for Android.
The classic Minecraft also supports gaming with the controller on mobile devices. While the version for iOS and later also Android was initially only comparable to the PC version to a very limited extent, the mobile offshoot no longer has to hide.
The various platforms have been harmonizing with each other since 2017 and support crossplay across almost all devices. A memory status can be started on the PC and continued later on the smartphone.
We have the choice to immerse ourselves in the relaxed building mode or to fight against creepers and co. In the fight for survival.
Minecraft is available for € 7.99 for iOS and € 6.99 for Android.
Bridge Constructor Portal
Bridge Constructor Portal is a crossover between the popular games Bridge Constructor and Portal. The puzzle game mainly uses the mechanics of Bridge Constructor.
The aim is to build a bridge that is as stable as possible to bring our vehicle to the other side of the gorge. Equipped with a wide variety of materials in limited numbers, however, the path to a navigable bridge is not always clear.
Thanks to the crossover with portal, we are also provided with portals that sometimes make the undertaking easier, but often even more complicated.
Bridge Constructor Portal is available for EUR 5.49 for iOS and Android.
The gamepad support pays off especially for racing games. While the mobile variants can keep up with their big role models in terms of graphics, control is a rather tiresome topic.
With virtual joysticks and motion control, there is a lack of the necessary precision. GRID Autosport offers us more than 100 vehicles and race tracks that can be fully exploited with a Bluetooth controller. In drag, drift, touring car and long-distance races, we can compete with others both online and offline.
In order to avoid boredom, there are also a few levels of difficulty to choose from, some of which are frustratingly difficult.
GRID Autosport is available for EUR 10.99 for iOS and Android.
Doom is considered the mother of the FPS genre. The classic from 1993 is still popular today and almost 30 years later it gets new updates on mobile devices. Bethesda recently added gamepad support to the FPS game.
Players now have the option to play in the classic world with compatible controllers. In the role of a space marine, we fight against creatures from hell after a failed teleportation experiment.
While the soundscape cannot quite keep up with the original, Doom is also played on smartphones and tablets as it was back then.
DOOM is available for EUR 5.49 for iOS and Android.
Fortnite, the most popular shooter of the past few years, is still very popular today. While the competition in the form of Call of Duty and PUBG controllers also support, the implementation at Fortnite is used as a prime example.
Both Xbox and Playstation controllers are supported and give us some advantages when battling other gamers with virtual controls. While there is no crossplay, the game does not otherwise differ from the great role models on PC and console.
Fortnite is available for free on Android. Due to the ongoing legal dispute with Apple, the iOS version is currently not available.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Anyone who needs it action-packed gets the full boom at GTA San Andreas. The popular game from the even more popular franchise has also been featured on smartphones for a number of years and cuts a fine figure here too.
While the virtual control is not particularly popular, the console feeling is created thanks to gamepad support. Car theft, gang wars and car races are the order of the day here.
Thanks to the extensive missions we are busy with San Andreas not just for one day, but for several weeks.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is available for € 7.99 for iOS and Android.
In Thimbleweed Park we get a mixture of nostalgia and modern implementation. Created by LucasArts, the makers of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, we get an exciting story with a fresh look.
The point-and-click adventure has a mysterious murder case that needs to be solved. Rather unusual for the genre, this game also offers gamepad support. While the control via the touchscreen works just as well here, playing via the gamepad is especially suitable for comfortable gaming.
Thimbleweed Park is available for EUR 10.99 for iOS and EUR 9.99 for Android.
Steam-Link is a very interesting alternative, especially for PC gamers. If you want to play PC games bought in Steam on your smartphone and tablet, you can simply transfer them directly.
The Steam Link app enables us to stream countless games directly to a mobile device. The computing power takes place entirely on the PC, but gaming takes place on the smartphone.
In order to be able to play the games properly, a gamepad is almost a must. Common controllers such as Playstation and Xbox are supported, but to make the gaming experience as smooth as possible, we recommend using an Ethernet connection to the PC and using 5 GHz WiFi for the mobile device.
Steam Link is available for free on iOS and Android.