With the rise in popularity of story-driven games, high-quality graphics and complex storylines have become a phenomenon of sorts – so why do some mobile games still have low-res graphics? Why are some mobile games incredibly easy to play and still popular?

We are fascinated by the power and popularity of hyper-casual mobile games. You might think that a mobile game’s lower quality and more straightforward design would make it undesirable for an audience. Interestingly, some of the most popular mobile games ever created are superficial and commonplace in visual design.

Let’s discuss why hyper-casual mobile games can be as successful as their high-quality, hyper-realistic, story-driven counterparts.

Simplicity

Typically, hyper-casual mobile games stand out due to their simplicity. Mobile games offer great accessibility in terms of skill level, which means you don’t need to be a professional gamer to enjoy the game from the start. Once you get the hang of the controls required to play, it quickly becomes a fun and highly addictive mobile game.

Think about playing Snake on your old mobile phone – it’s undeniable, it’s simple but addictive. It has managed to maintain its durability pretty well, despite its simplicity at first glance. To this day, clones of the game are released or modernized versions with new mechanics.

Gameplay

Any website or application has a user interface (UX). Gameplay is the experience of the game, how the players play it and how they feel about it. This can include plot, mechanics, game rules, and any other elements of the game.

Fun gameplay is an essential factor in the performance of a mobile game. When a hyper-casual game is a huge hit, chances are it has impressive gameplay. The gameplay doesn’t have to be extensive and complex; it just has to create ebb and flow that connect the player to the game at a deep level – a kind of bliss point between simple and reasonably complex.

Free game

Since many hyper-casual mobile games are low-budget, many are free-to-play. Free-to-play offers wider accessibility, which means the game can appeal to a broader audience of players. With hyper-casual mobile games available to almost anyone with a smartphone, the chances of gaining popularity are higher.

Accidental success

Building a successful mobile game can be a success or a failure, and often even the game developers themselves don’t know what the reaction will be to their game. This is why, in hyper-casual mobile games, extreme success can sometimes be completely random.

In some ways, this is the beauty of the mobile gaming industry; in others, it is a double-edged sword. The perfect recipe for a successful mobile game can sometimes be wrong, especially for new mobile game developers.

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