Your smartphone has given you more computing skills than an Apollo astronaut. So load that bad boy up with some completely pointless, can’t-stop-playing apps whose sole purpose is to waste time and distract you from more important things, like work. Or friends. Or becoming an astronaut.
Funny how the most simple distractions manage to capture and keep our full attention. Super Hexagon is a prime example; it's minimalist, but so well-designed and challenging that you'll quickly forget about all those other fancy things your phone can do.
This is one of those Tetris-style games, in that it seems way too easy, before kicking your fight-or-flight response into high gear when the game starts to speed up. We'd say it's perfect for your commute, but you'd be risking scaring your fellow passengers by screaming "NO NO NO!" at the screen.
Who it’s for: Folks who miss a good ol’ first-person shooter
Fact: N64’s Goldeneye was responsible for more blown minds than all the mushrooms in the Mushroom Kingdom. The first-person shooter genre showed kids that video games could be way more complex and action-packed than just “Make the Italian-American stereotype jump on top of the Italian-American slur."
Now you can carry a pretty badass first-person shooter in your phone. If only our 13-year-old selves knew what the future held...
Marketed as “the next Sudoku,” this disturbingly addictive puzzle may seem complicated at first, but after a few minutes (and a glance at the tutorial), you’ll figure it out. Letting it go when your lunch break is over, however, will take considerably longer.
Doug dug. is the epitome of the addictive time-waster. It's pretty pointless, it never really ends, but it's ridiculously enjoyable anyway. It won't do much more than help you pass the time, but it delivers on that potential better than most competitors.
It's a game you win by tapping the screen. Really quickly. And yeah, that's about it, but when it comes to smartphone gaming, sometimes we don't need much else. Perfect for the Red Bull addict and Morse code expert.
Unleash your inner Ken Jennings in this massively popular trivia app, which lets you play against users across the world, tackling topics ranging from general knowledge to niche interests. Justify any time wasted by telling yourself you’re training for Jeopardy!
Powder - Alpine Simulator
The little dot drops down the mountain. You make sure the little dot doesn’t hit the trees along the way. Gravity makes the little dot go faster.
Simple? Sure. But this relaxing little game is a reminder that simplicity can be a lot of fun.
Smartphone RPGs are as common as those Game of War commercials advertising Kate Upton's terrible acting. Clash of Clans doesn't need to resort to those cheap marketing tactics. It's built up a following simply by being the best in the genre.
Which is another way of saying it will completely absorb your entire life if you're not careful. Play responsibly.
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