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iPhone: Games which drain the battery faster?

12-12-2008, 11:28 AM
#1
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 131
Games which drain the battery faster?

Tetris seems to drain my battery really fast, so I am wary of buying other EA games. Also, Lux Touch. Fun game, but not very playable for me because it drains my battery in like an hour. Are there are other games you know of that one should avoid if one is concerned about this?
12-12-2008, 11:39 AM
#2
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
As games do more complicated math and make lots of OpenGL calls, they will suck the battery down to pull off these tasks.

Short line, you want good looking fun games that are more complex than "click on this button" you have to sacrifice something, battery is going to go.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.

12-12-2008, 11:41 AM
#3
What I've found useful is updating my apps when they're available. There's something to updates (even the minor ones) that helps how the application runs. Fieldrunners and Real Soccer '09 were two games that seemed to run my battery down at first but now, I don't have any problems with them. I thought the recent Hero of Sparta was a culprit but I realized I'm just playing it nonstop
12-12-2008, 11:41 AM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Chilly Minnesota
Posts: 85
My worst game right now is chocchocpop- the battery seems to drain after playing that for just a little while. In the past when I first was trying out Bugdom2 that was a battery drainer, besides being a very stupid and frustrating game. Anytime I am playing on wifi it also drains fast. I have a 1st. gen touch so I think the 2nd. gen. is supposed to be better. I will be looking forward to upgrading since in general I find my battery life to be pretty short.

As far as EA games the only one I have so far is Yahtzee and I don't find that to be a battery drainer. I plan on getting Monopoly for Christmas and also Hero of Sparta and it will be interesting to see what those do to my battery.

Last edited by Hailey; 12-12-2008 at 11:47 AM.
12-12-2008, 11:42 AM
#5
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 744
Live Poker kills my battery. Not sure if it is because you are playing on wifi the entire time, or that the phone vibrates every time it's your turn, or what... but it is a battery sucker.
12-12-2008, 12:10 PM
#6
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 430
Things that task the phone that drain battery faster are:

-3D OpenGL graphics
-Constant Wifi/Edge/3g Connections
-Decompression of compressed assets (mp3, aac, mp4, etc...)

So if someone was to map a movie onto a 3D surface, and then stream the movie to you over WiFi, it would drain the battery the fastest.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
12-12-2008, 01:00 PM
#7
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 1,612
Cubes is one of my favorite games but by far the biggest battery drainer
12-12-2008, 03:19 PM
#8
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 263
Orions drains my battery really quickly. But I rarely play that game unplugged.
12-12-2008, 03:28 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 19
Touch Grind and Pathways are juice suckers.... mmmmm... juice....

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12-12-2008, 03:41 PM
#10
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 263
OMG PATHWAYS?

That game sucks battery? Wow just CLICK delete on that game.