Metro traffic is so bad, you probably can’t help thinking you’d be better off staying in on a Friday night. And we won’t judge you for that. But for those times when you have no choice but to brave carmageddon (i.e. weekdays, because werq!) we’ve rounded up some mobile games to help you whittle the hours away without dying of boredom. Take your pick below!
Adulting made fun (if only by a tad bit) is essentially what Fortune City stands for! It gamifies your expense tracking, so while you may only be concerned about building your city a la The Sims when you input data, it takes care of recording and computing your cash flow for you. At the end of each week, the app compiles an analytics report. And you can easily see what (ahem!) eats up most of your earnings.
If story-based gaming is more your speed, then give Oxenfree a try. You’ll play the part of teenager Alex who’s stranded on an eerie island with her stepbrother and a group of friends. Your goal is to find out as much as you can so you can leave the island intact. There’s a lot of walking and talking—you actually get to pick your dialog which can affect your relationships with other characters—as well as listening (to an old transistor radio complete with creepy crackly sound effects), and it allows you to take the time to appreciate the beautiful art and awesome animation that went into the game.
There’s really not much to this game, but there’s definitely beauty in its simplicity. All you have to do is make. Tusok. The Fishball. And some squidballs, kikiam, and hotdogs, along the way too. It is addictively challenging, with an incredibly Filipino twist.
Alto’s Adventure is another one for the books with its unique and stunning visuals. Think Subway Surfer but with a snowboard and prettier set piece. You could also learn to do a few cool snowboarding tricks while you’re at it!
Creating words out of four letters can be easy as pie, and for the first few rounds of this game, it will be. But as you get through more words, your time limit decreases and your mind starts to feel the tension building. At some point, the nerves will get to you and you’ll end up drawing a blank when you could’ve keyed in R-I-P-E. Or P-I-E-R even. So whatever you do, just DON’T. PANIC.
Remember Flappy Bird? Well, the premise for this game is the same, but instead of controlling a bird as it flaps its way through obstacles while collecting coins, you’ll be controlling John Cleese’s character from the iconic Monty Python sketch and silly walking your way as far as you can for as long as you can.
From the same company that gave us The Walking Dead games, comes another episodic piece set in a world of magical creatures. But it’s far from the pretty pictures painted in the fairy tales we’ve come to know and love. It’s along the same vein as Oxenfree, where you need to talk to other characters, move around from place to place, and do a little detective work as Sheriff Bigby Wolf. It’s a bit more gritty though, as you will have to get in a few fist fights here and there.
If you’ve played the built-in Spider Solitaire game on your PC before, then you’ll get the hang of Flipflop Solitaire easily. The objective is to reveal all the cards and arrange them in piles of the same suit in the correct order, so really nothing drastically different. But the layout is changed to better fit your phone, and it has cute card designs and backgrounds to boot!