Gaming with Non-Digital Natives: Best Newcomer Options

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Traditionally, gaming has included a bit of a learning curve. Players need to invest time and effort into learning how to work consoles and controllers, along with figuring out gameplay mechanics. But all that time and effort spent learning one game or another won’t necessarily pan out if a gamer switches genres. 

After all, excelling in a roguelike game like Hades isn’t the same as taking down enemies in a first-person shooter like Call of Duty. Each requires different skills and tactics, which can take even a dedicated gamer weeks to learn. Newcomers might need double the amount of time to start advancing and leveling up. 

But non-digital natives are probably stuck wondering what a roguelike game is, and possibly even a first-person shooter. Despite the fact that more people are gaming now than ever before, there’s still a large entry barrier for those who didn’t grow up playing games. In fact, non-digital natives who grew up prior to the at-home gaming movement of the 1990s probably need a bit more guidance to get started.

If you’re looking to start gaming with a non-digital native, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. The multiplayer titles below can be easily downloaded to a mobile device and should offer a more manageable learning curve for newcomers.


Card Games

Digital card games are a great choice since most of these have been played for decades, if not centuries, prior to the gaming era. Solitaire is one of the best titles to start a new gamer off with. You can download a wide range of variations, from single solitaire to multiplayer versions like Racing Demon. With only a few options for drawing or laying cards, the mechanics are very straightforward.

If solitaire is too light of a challenge, then dive into a headier card game like poker. Texas Hold’em is popular, but many people also play Omaha because of its straightforward premise. Rather than keeping their draw cards a secret and building a hand from them, players in Omaha use community cards to build one. This can provide a brand new challenge for those who are already familiar with Texas Hold’em. 


Modern Classics

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Let’s move on to cover some modern classics that non-digital natives might be familiar with but haven’t had the chance to play yet. First up, we have Tetris. This timeless classic is well-known around the world, which means even the most gaming-adverse people have probably seen these colorful blocks in action. As with solitaire and poker, there are plenty of variations for you to choose from—including multiplayer options. 

Candy Crush Saga, on the other hand, is a new craze in gaming. It requires players to swipe to connect three or more symbols, slowly advancing the challenges as players level up. It’s a hypercasual game that’s best suited for someone with a shorter attention span who may just want to unwind and relax. Though there are multiplayer options, they tend to be highly competitive.


Word Puzzles

Similar to digital card games, word puzzles are probably familiar territory for the non-digital native in your life. However, there are dozens of options on the market—and new word puzzle trends tend to come up fast. Which ones are worth downloading?

We suggest trying out a classic like Wordle, which now includes plenty of mini-games and leaderboards. However, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wurdweb is similar to Scrabble for those who want a more expansive game. Typeshift, on the other hand, is similar to Wordle but includes different game modes and plenty of colorful graphics.


Numbers Challenges

Lastly, let’s round off this list with a few maths-heavy options. One of the easiest games to learn is Sudoku, as many people are already familiar with the game thanks to printed puzzle books. Similar to Wordle, there are countless variations of Sudoku that will keep you and your non-digital native gamer intrigued.

If you want to venture into new territory, try out a game like Quento. The game is incredibly simple and straightforward, challenging players to solve multiple puzzles from a single set of numbers. Threes, on the other hand, is a recent hit that incorporates cute characters and escalating puzzle challenges. It includes more ‘fluff’, adding a narrative element.

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