It’s good to watch TV shows, read books, and listen to music to pass the time on long flights and car rides. When there’s nothing to watch, or you don’t have the willpower to keep going, what happens?
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You can’t nap on a plane in economy class, so how can you get through all those long days of travel without taking a nap? If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a few good time-wasting games to it.
However, there are a lot of apps in Apple and Google’s stores, so it’s hard to figure out which are worth playing and which, well, don’t worth your time at all!
Fortunately, we’re here to help. We’re going to share eleven of our favourites that are great for long trips. These time-killing games are all fun to play for a long time, and they all cost less than five dollars. Some of them are free!
You should check out Void Tycoon if you like deck-building games and/or games that are like rouge-like games. The basic mechanic is very easy to figure out, like this: Battle through a number of different worlds as you try to get as close to 12 as possible while your opponent does the same.
Every time there is a fight, the person with the highest score wins. The difference between the scores determines how many hits the other person gets. Makes things (much) more interesting, though, are the many action cards you can find and buy as you go. There are a lot to choose from.
When you play the right card at the right time, you usually win or lose a game. You can change your score, add extra hits, damage, and defence to your own score, or even make your opponent weaker.
It’s going to take a lot of time to finish this game because there are so many weapons and armour types, experience-based upgrades, and four different classes to choose from.
Graphics are simple but cute and colourful, and the game runs well on almost any hardware and doesn’t slow down or use up a lot of battery.
A lot of fun will come from Void Tycoon even if you don’t spend a penny on it. However, the ads can be a little too many, so if you play the game a lot, you might want to pay to get rid of them.
Plague is very easy to play for a long time. There is a simple plan: make a deadly disease, name it whatever you want, and use it to wipe out the world.
Your enemies here are the good scientists who work together to come up with a cure for whatever vile illness you come up with and make them sick. If they do well before you can infect everyone on the planet, you lose. The game has been around for a long time, but it’s never felt more relevant than it does now.
If you want to play as scientists, there’s a new mode called “The Cure,” which turns the game upside down and puts you in their shoes. Vaccines, masks, and lockdowns are all there, in case you didn’t get enough of them in the real world.
It’s exciting to try to outsmart the smart people who want to get rid of your disease by changing your disease to stay one step ahead. As soon as you’ve mastered the basic types of disease, new variants that have their own strengths and weaknesses open up.
People like Plague Inc., too. A lot of people love this game, and it has been on a lot of best-of lists. It has almost one million five-star reviews so far.
0h h1 is a peaceful way to improve your critical thinking skills. Unlike Sudoku, this “little logic game” has you fill in grids with red and blue tiles.
As little as 44 to as big as 1212, there are many grid sizes. The bigger the grid, the more difficult it is, and there are no limits to how many puzzles you can solve.
So you can play when you want to. If you want to try to break your own records, that’s fine.
We like how simple the game is. It doesn’t have any ads, in-app purchases, or extra features that you have to pay for. You can play the game quickly when you need a low-key way to pass the time. It’s very easy to pick up and play.
Who hasn’t thought they could do a better job of designing a subway system after another long and crowded ride? If you want to, you can do that in Mini Metro, which has been nominated for a BAFTA.
As you try to keep up with the growing number of people who use public transportation in your city, the game’s simple look hides an intense, sometimes frantic, challenge that can be hard to keep up with. No two maps are ever the same, which adds to the replay value of the game.
As you get better at each city, a new one opens up. It’s not the same in every place. There are bullet trains in Osaka, small carriages in Cairo, rivers and islands that need to be taken into account, and many more things.
When a station gets too crowded, the game ends. You can keep playing in Endless mode if you want. Each city has its own set of challenges, some of which may take many games to complete.
Take out Mini Metro the next time you’re stuck on a long train ride. You can use it to make an efficient rail line that your fellow passengers would be proud to show off to them.
When you play Jetpack Joyride, you play as action hero Barry Steakfries, who takes to the skies with a cool jetpack to do a variety of things while avoiding things like missile launchers and giant mechanical dragons.
You can sign in to the Halfbrick Cloud if you want to be able to see game data on different devices. That means you can start a game on your phone, then pick it up later on your tablet. It’s great for when one device runs out of battery or when you’re on the go.
Jetpack Joyride may be a game that has been around for a long time, but the most recent versions have the same high ratings that they did before. Join the more than 500 million people who have downloaded it (including us) and have a great time.
Cut the Rope
It’s all about giving Om Nom candy. The candy is hanging from a rope, and you have to cut that rope in the right way. So, Om Nom can eat the candy.
Om Nom is more difficult to feed because of a lot of things that happen in the outside world. Among other things, you might run into electric charges, floating bubbles, or spikes that stop you from going where you want to go. Make sure your little friend has all the food he needs to keep him happy. There are 150 levels to play through.
If you have Android or iOS, you can play Cut the Rope.