Why blame Pokémon? These games, too, got the better of us!

  • Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times, Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 17:53 IST
We take a look at some of the other mobile games that had everyone glued to their screens

The augmented reality video game Pokémon Go has kept the world busy ever since its launch early this month. From people beginning their day with ‘catching Pikachus at the Metro station’ to breaking up with friends, because they can’t ‘catch Pokemons at their place’, the game has fanatic followers across the world. Even celebs seem obsessed. “Demi just seriously said out loud… “There’s no f***** Pokemon here?!” American singer Nick Jonas who is touring the US with Demi Lovato, tweeted his concern about his colleague’s obsession.

Here’s a look at other mobile games that had us glued to our mobiles.

1.Candy Crush :

The Match three puzzle game too had celebrities losing their sleep over the mobile-based game.

When a mobile match 3 puzzle game was launched in 2012, it had celebs hooked to it. Many found it tough and shared their frustration on social media. “Can’t sleep! Also can’t beat level 72 of candy crush. What’s everyone else up to?” read Hollywood actor Emma Roberts’ tweets.

2.Angry Birds:

One of the first mobile games which became a global rage was later adapted into a Hollywood film.

Launched in 2009, the puzzle-based mobile game, has wingless birds being catapulted to hit targets. It was one of the earliest mobile video game that saw an obsessive craze. It became so famous that it was adapted into an animated Hollywood film.

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3.Temple Run:

The sequel of Temple Run had popular celebrities such as Bruce Lee and Usain Bolt join the game’s roster for runners.

The endless running game which launched in 2011, quickly became one of the most downloaded apps that year. The video game, which had Dangerous, an archaeologist running in the Gardens of Bomarzo, Italy, saw the developers rope in popular celebrities such as Bruce Lee and Usain Bolt for its sequel.

4.Flappy Bird:

Within a year of its release the game was taken off the app stores across various platforms because its creator thought that the game was “addictive”.

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The game that was released in 2013 got banned in 2014 because the developer felt it was “addictive”. Soon, mobiles which had the game pre-installed were being sold for higher prices. Google made a doodle for the game as it was one of the most searched Google items in 2014.

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