10 Great Games for long journeys
Killing time while being stuck in your seat on the train, plane or a bus can be really boring. Unless you are travelling with interesting co-passengers, having a good time waster game on your phone can be quite an essential requirement. Book and TV shows or movies may be good, but at times, you may just not have the patience or the focus.
So, here is the top 10 games that you can have on your iOS or Android phone and play them when you are bored.
Plague Inc is one of the best distraction tools out there. Your task is to evolve a virus, infecting countries one by one until you have successfully destroyed humanity before the scientists come up with a cure. Yes, it is evil, but it is also one of the most downloaded games in the apps stores. You can develop your own disease and watch them infect the world one by one. It provides with a strange satisfaction and is great for those long flights or train journeys.
In Granny Smith, you are an old woman hell-bent on thwarting criminals who are stealing your apples. The twist here is that you are a granny on roller skates.
The game is fast-paced, with slick physics and cartoon style graphics. It is quite an entertaining game that can easily get you addicted even when you are having a hard time focusing on any other game, book, or movie.
Hill Climb Racing has been one of the oldest and one of the classic time wasters. It’s a simple 2D game with a focus on physics. All you need to do is drive through undulating terrains. Your controls are acceleration and brakes. The game has a very gentle learning curve but can get really difficult in a short while.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo is quite different from most time wasters out there. Garish monsters jump up and down beside an increasingly-unstable tower of condos that fall from the sky. Flicking unwanted condos out of the way allows colour matches to be made, yielding points and upgrades and deactivating the ‘evil’ condos that make an all-too-regular appearance.
Super Monsters Ate My Condo is okay for a short while but might get a little too boring if you keep playing for long.
If you are a fan of tower defence games and also a WW2 styled games fan, then Hills of Glory 3D will appeal to you. Hills of Glory 3D is still not quite polished and works better on a tablet than a phone. The game also heavily relies on in-app purchases and it can become a real challenge if you plan on not spending any in-game currency. But it’s completely worth every penny and draws you in with the remarkable graphics.
Amazing Alex is developed by Rovio, the guys behind Angry Birds. In Amazing Alex, your target is to make Rube Goldberg Machines. In overly complicated ways, you need to do something really simple, like pop a balloon.
Since it’s a Rovio game, you won’t run out of the 100+ levels, and this game will keep you entertained for a very long time.
It may seem like just another side-scroller, but oh boy, it is one of the most action-packed side-scrollers in recent times. You ride a jetpack, or a backpack strapped to a minigun who’s recoil keeps you floating and there is just one control for the game. You need to press the screen for the jetpack, or minigun, or whatever that is keeping you up, running. Once you let go of the screen, you fall down. It is one of the most exciting and the easy to play games with multiple levels, in-game purchases and a lot more.
Quell is a little more cerebral. The idea is deceptively simple, just guiding a droplet around a series of small mazes filled with various obstacles and collecting pearls along the way.
The droplet moves in a straight line until something stops it, and there is an optimum number of moves to finish each stage.
In Contre Jour, you control the environment to move the character. It is one of the most beautiful games to be ever created and also comes with great background score by David Ari Leon. 5 chapters featuring 100 unique levels, as well as 300 collectable lights, will have you playing for hours and hours.
The award-winning monument valley, as well as its second instalment, can give you a sense of calm as embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry. Not only is Monument valley a beautiful game, but it also succeeds in instilling a sense of calm as you play it.