If you’re looking to pass the time and you have a cell phone, and a few dollars to spare, have I got some news for you. Assuming you’ve already grown tired of Angry Birds and Infinity Blade, there’s an entire library of literally hundreds of titles out there on which you can pass the time. Of course, navigating this network of games can be overwhelming, to say the least, and some of them are undoubtedly better than others. Here’s a few awesome ones I’ve come across in past while – there’s pretty much guaranteed to be something for everyone on this list.
Who here has ever played Pandemic, or the sequel, Pandemic II? Plague, Inc. is basically the same idea, except on the iOS platform. Essentially, you play as a supervirus, and your goal is to wipe out the human race. You’re to accomplish this by evolving, working out the best avenues of infection and attempting to make it to a point where you’re unstoppable- at least, before the doctors of the world develop a cure. If you think too much into it, it’s actually a patently disturbing game…but it’s also addictive and very, very fun.
You can nab it from the iTunes store for $0.99.
I like Halfbrick. They’re among my favorite mobile developers, responsible for a series of simple, entertaining games like Monster Dash and Fruit Ninja. Jetpack Joyride is one of their older titles, and many of you have probably heard of it already- but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. It’s a side-scrolling action game, with a very simple premise. You are Barry Steak’n'Fries(who’s basically become Halfbrick’s mascot at this point). You stole a jetpack. You’re going to go for a joyride, collecting coins and avoiding traps, missiles, and lasers.
Those coins can be used to unlock new clothes, jetpacks, and upgrades, and ‘missions’ (essentially, achievements) can net you some decent coinage to that end. Did I mention that it’s free, and all you need to do to play is tap the screen?
Eden World Builder
Ordinarily, a Minecraft clone wouldn’t make the list, and I’d basically just consider it another ripoff of a popular premise. However, something about Eden World Builder caught my eye. Essentially, it’s Minecraft in creative mode with more creatures, more placeable blocks, and the ability to post and download maps online. Here’s the website for those of you who are interested in finding out more.
Did I mention it’s free?
Ever wanted to feel like you’re some sort of super spy? Coderunner’s just the ticket, then. Essentially, it’s an Augmented Reality Game that allows players to wander from real world location to real world location(and yes, you do have to walk around in order to effectively play the game), simulating conversation monitoring, wiretaps, and hacking. Even more exciting, players can create “dead drops’ wherever they choose, and when another player who has Coderunner installed stumbles across it, they’ll be able to download whatever the previous person left there.
Pretty awesome, right? Again, this one’s only on iOS. Sorry, folks.
Total Battle Wars: Shogun
Rounding off the list, here’s something for all you strategy buffs. Total Battle Wars: Shogun is a hex-grid based real time strategy game that seamlessly integrates multitouch and includes local multiplayer between phones. It’s by the same guys who did Shogun Total War, and set in the same time period- chances are good that if you enjoyed the total war series, you’ll like this game, too.
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