Diwali is perhaps the most magical few days of the year; with all the colours, sights and sounds, it is famous for capturing the imaginations of people both in India and around the world.
Sometimes the celebrations and special events are so good that no one wants them to end, leaving some folks with a bit of a Diwali hangover that can last for weeks or months.
In this article, we go in search of the mobile games that help players relive the best of Diwali over and over again, as well as having some fun along the way.
Diwali is already a magical time of the year, but some mobile games can make it even more exciting
Time-Limited Games and Comps Just for the Month of Diwali
While games that harness the spirit of Diwali are great, there are also those which expressly take place during or just after the festival, with some even incentivising players to enter contest tournaments or competitions with fellow revellers.
Many of these take place towards the end of the month, with events running from November 22-29 including everything from poker leader boards and tournaments, to the much-anticipated return of certain popular battle royale games to Indian shores.
With such gaming companies keen to bring players to their sites and apps over the festive period, customers can also expect to pick up some great deals and added incentives to help them on their way.
Some of these games are every bit as dazzling and explosive as Diwali fireworks displays
Retro Game with a touch of Diwali Flavour
Not all the best games out there at the moment are modern ones, with some of the finest harking back to players’ younger days.
One of those arcade classics, which has since been well ported to mobile, is Street Fighter, whose many colourful and playful backdrops conjure thoughts of Diwali. Add a seminal Indian video game character in the form of Dhalsim, and suddenly Street Fighter becomes the perfect Diwali mobile gaming treat.
Ludo – the Old Favourite Being Given a Diwali Twist
No Diwali period would be complete without groups of friends and family coming together to duke it out over a game of Ludo, and now that can happen even if people are on different sides of the world.
Mobile Ludo games abound in app stores and online, and there are even some popular first-person shooter games that have adapted Ludo rules into their workings for the month of November. Just make sure your mobile network is up to scratch so that your head-to-head games do not get interrupted by a bad signal.
Mobile Fireworks with Snap, Crackle and Pop
Fireworks have become an intrinsic part of Diwali and now, thanks to an ingenious app, anyone in the world can join in the firework madness without having to spend a month’s salary on rockets and bangers.
The Diwali Crackers 2020 app gives you a full range of pyrotechnics to toy around with and the added bonus is that there is no risk of setting your house or flat on fire in the process. Strictly speaking, it is not a game but tell that to your friends as they race around letting off the wild sound effects amid flashing screens.
Indian Avatars Make All the Difference
While there are not too many games out there that directly put you at the heart of a Diwali festival celebration, there are some that at least allow gamers to play as Indian characters.
Some of the very best of these include Devi Nayar and Lakshmi Bai in a game that divided critics called The Order 1886. Then there is Jayadeep Mir who appears in the timeless classic Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, a franchise that also released the wonderful Assassin’s Creed Chronicles India, which was entirely set in India.
Last but not least there is Ajay Ghale from Far Cry 4 who is arguably the most well fleshed out Indian character in any video game.