We love throwing around "golden age." It's the golden age of network tv, it's the golden age of podcasts, it's the golden age of piracy. What qualifies as "golden age." Just instinct? If that's the case, I'd like to add one more? It's the golden age of gaming. There are so many incredible video games out there, and many of them can be had for 99 cents. Sure, you can spend $60, and grab your Halo, Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat behemoths, but there's also minor pieces that are equally captivating. I use minor with a "small-team-small-price-tag" definition, because these games are inventive and powerful storytelling and deserve your attention. This is an improv blog about the improv comedy scene in Rocklin and Sacramento....why talk about video games? Video games, and handheld games in particular, have developed to become some of the finest storytelling mediums. Try each game and discover how the limits they put on the player create such an extraordinary experience. We're busy people, but it's nice sometimes to take a break and lose yourself in a game. These games are perfect for short gaming. It's a great way to spend a few minutes, and see the world in a different way.

1. Lifeline

lifeline

Whoa. Text adventure's don't get better or more immersive. Available on Google Play, you're about to help Taylor through some very stressful days. He's crash landed on a planet, and, well, I don't want to say anything else. The writing is phenomenal, and the minimal design, frequent 'alerts' suck you in. 3 Minute Games, LLC have crafted a gem. Save Taylor!

2. Dark Echo

Another game that limits your perspective, Dark Echo utilizes sound as your only tool. Sound will also get you killed. You can "see" your soundwaves. Take a step, and the sound waves will begin bouncing off walls, and down corridors. Avoid traps, and find the exit. Your imagination runs wild when you're being chased, and death is unsettling. I recommend wearing headphones while playing.

3. Five Night's at Freddy's

Five Nights at Freddy's

The game is now a trilogy for a reason. It's terrifying. I suggest beginnning with the game that started it all. You're a security guard, but your not safe. Freddy and his animontroic buddies are out to kill you. You can only sit in your office, monitor the security cameras, and hope to make it to morning before the animals strike. It's a simple premise with a high body count. You better put your phone in a Otterbox before you play because you're likely going to spasm and drop it. I want you to have fun, but don't break your phone.

There are so many great games available, so many wonderful stories. Where do you find good games on sale? If you use an Android phone I suggest App Sales. Best Apps on Sale or AppDeals. Great Apps on Sale. If you're using an iOS device, try appshopper.com.

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