My grandsons love playing army games. It’s all they ever want to do when Pop Pop (that’s me!) is babysitting, so I thought I’d try to test a few out to see what they were like. I asked my son-in-law what games to try, and he said to look into apps. I’ve never played app games before (except for Solitaire and Candy Crush), so I thought I’d try it out.
I was having trouble finding army games. There are a lot of shooter games out there (too many if you ask me), but not that many were army-themed. And then I came across this website called AppGrooves. It has a list of the best 10 military games to play on your phone.
A few of them that I tried out is really good – I’m starting to understand the appeal. My grandsons like it too because now, when they’re at my house, we can play the games together. I included my favorite games below so you can try them for yourself.
I remember seeing the Hunger Games with my grandkids years ago, and this game reminds me a lot of that. Sniper Arena lets you play as a sniper online against hundreds of thousands of other players from all over the world; it’s very cool to see. So far, I think I’ve played against people from 34 different countries.
I have noticed that the rules of gameplay in this game change fairly often. I wish this was not the case, but I understand that the game needs to be modified every now and again to make it fun and interesting for everyone.
Pros: You can play against opponents all over the world
Cons: Game rules change every now and again
Overall: While I’d prefer more consistent gameplay, I don’t mind because I have the opportunity to meet and compete against people worldwide
My grandsons especially love this game. I wasn’t sure at first, but it’s really grown on me. Zombie Frontier is a great FPS sniper game where your targets are zombies and not other humans. The 3D post-apocalyptic world is really well designed; I can feel my adrenaline pumping as I play like I’m really there, which adds an extra level of tension to the game that I enjoy.
Be warned: this game has ads. If you’re looking for a free game with no ads, I haven’t come across one of those yet. I don’t mind the ads so much, but I know some people do, so I wanted to add that disclaimer in here.
Pros: Twist on “typical” army games where zombies are your ultimate target
Cons: Ads present
Overall: The zombies make this game interesting to play, despite there being ads
Of the games on this list, this one is the most army-centric. You build a unit of brave brothers-in-arms whose skills you utilize to fight against your enemies on real World War 2 battlegrounds. There’s stuff that I remember my father talking about that the War that is included in this game, which is pretty neat.
I don’t know if it’s a bad internet speed or what, but sometimes when I’m playing this game, I’ll get knocked out (my grandsons say the word is “booted”) from the game. I don’t know why this happens, but it’s always a bummer if it happens in the middle of playing.
Pros: World War II theme, have to use your smarts to beat enemies
Cons: Occasionally get booted from a match
Overall: I really enjoy the storytelling and thematic elements of this game, but I only play it if my internet connection is strong
If I’m being honest, I didn’t think I was going to like playing these games at all. There’s a lot going on, the controls are hard (that’s what I thought, at least) and none of these games are designed for anyone over the age of thirty to play.
Boy, I was wrong. And I don’t feel bad admitting it, either. I guess this article is partially me eating crow and partially me telling you to go try these games because they really are a boatload of fun for friends, family – just about anyone really.