Have you ever thought about why mobile games are so popular? They’re popular because they provide instant gratification. Gone are the days of waiting for a game to show up on the shelf at Best Buy. Browse the App Store or Google Play and quickly download the latest game. You’re up and running in no time at all. You don’t even have to be sitting on the couch at home to play. It’s this instant gratification that deserves the credit for growing the gamer demographic from teens to all ages.
As an adult, I want a game I can play for 5 minutes and walk away. I have a kid, a wife, and a life. I can no longer risk my life for an 8 hour binge session of Call of Duty. Here is my list of the top 7 games for busy adults I have loaded up on my iPad and Galaxy S4.
1. Dots: A Game About Connecting
Dots is an attractive puzzle game where you line up identically-colored dots as quickly as possible. Closing a loop of identically-colored dots gets you a bonus. At the end of a round, your collected dots are added to your pot and you can spend them on power-ups to help you get a higher score on future rounds. If playing solo isn’t your favorite, pass-and-play multiplayer is available.
At this time, TwoDots is only available on the App Store. TwoDots is the sequel to Dots. However, they are two separate beasts. Gone is the timed approach to clearing dots. Instead, you complete levels on a map by meeting their objectives. TwoDots sounds awfully similar to one of most popular mobile games ever, Candy Crush Saga, doesn’t it?
At its core, TwoDots still wants you to create lines between identically-colored dots or make a loop to clear all dots of that color. But instead of getting as many points as you can in a certain amount of time, TwoDots levels are cleared by meeting objectives shown at the start of the level in a certain number of moves.
3. Candy Crush Saga
You might as well be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Candy Crush Saga. Over 93 million people play this game more than 1 billion times a day. It’s kind of a big deal. According to King’s IPO filing, $493 million was spent on virtual items during the last 3 months of 2013. Yeah, you read that right.
The objective of Candy Crush Saga is to match 3 pieces of candy to clear it from the board. Each level has objectives that must be completed before moving on. If you’re stuck, purchasing one of many boosters from the Yeti Shop can help, but boosters are not needed to progress through the levels. According to King’s Tommy Palm, 70% of Candy Crush Saga players reached the last level without spending a dime.
4. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is one of the first games I ever downloaded for my iPhone in 2010. Players slash fruit tossed in the air before it falls from view while trying to avoid striking bombs. Fruit Ninja has weathered well, and it’s a great way to kill 5 minutes on the toilet.
Regular updates for Fruit Ninja are still released by the developer. Starfruit’s are earned through regular gameplay and can be used to purchase fancy blades, bonus fruit, and bomb deflectors.
2048 is an addictive puzzle game that sports that flat design style that’s all the rage. Combine two tiles with the same value to double it. The goal of the game is to create the 2048 tile. Sounds easy, but it’s much harder than one would think. The game is supported with advertisements. Removing them will cost you $1.99. Well worth it in my opinion.
6. Smash Hit
Smash Hit is a endless runner without any running. You smash your way through glass obstacles standing in your way by chucking metal balls at them. Continuously hitting obstacles gives you boosters that increase the damage you’re capable of. Moving on to the next level is seamless.
$1.99 for the premium version is a steal. They could have charged for levels or extra balls, like many other developers do, but they didn’t. Show your support for this fun and addictive game by forking over $1.99.
7. Flappy Bird
Why would someone making $50,000 a day up and quit? Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, felt guilty because people were becoming addicted to his game and it was affecting his sleep. After removing the game from the App Store and Google Play, he received threats against his life. It takes a strong man to walk away from that kind of money because of guilt. But to each his own.
What was all the fuss about? Flappy Bird was extremely simple and very addictive in nature. The aim of Flappy Bird is to navigate the bird through a series of green pipes. The player scores one point for each set of pipes passed. It’s no longer available on the App Store or Google Play Store. However, if you just have to try it, you can manually install Flappy Bird on your device.
What are some of your favorite mobile games to play on your limited free time?