Top 5 Super Addictive Mobile Games to Keep You Busy for Hours

When it comes to mobile games, you’re not always lucky. There are thousands of games out there, with only a few making it to the top. Even then, most of the games are either full of ads, have too many in-app purchases or are too exhausting to follow through. Even worse, some games are so hard to follow through that simpletons like me would rather not give it a chance. When I play a mobile game, I want to feel relaxed and pass time. I don’t want to deal with physics, quantum theories and color theories, not when I’m dead tired, stressed and need a game to help me pass the half an hour before dinner.

So if like me, you prefer easy yet challenging games and don’t have the room for too many complications, here is a personally curated list. Mind though, I may be late to these games, but better late than never!

Swordigo

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swordigo/id499125840?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchfoo.swordigo&hl=en

Price: Free, in-app purchases

I can’t recommend this game enough. I made sure everyone in my circle played this at least once. If you liked Zelda, you’ll love this too. Launched in 2012, the game was not quite popular until a few years later. The plot is simple enough - the protagonist’s mentor mysteriously dies, but before his death, he urges the protagonist to fight the Corruptors, gather the four shards of the Magic Blade and defeat the ultimate evil boss with the magic sword. From then on, is a 3-day journey (in my case it was a month’s journey) to different worlds, fighting bosses with varying levels of evil and getting cool treasures/magical powers in return.

The game does have its super tough moments but if you’re an excellent gamer, you’ll pull it through. If you’re a naive one, you could try a cheat sheet. Though what’s the fun in cheating a level eh? Confession time - I did try the cheat ONCE and despite that, it took me 5 attempts to clear the round. What I loved most was the game mechanics and aesthetics. It was easy to jump, roll-over and make long jumps. There were no glitches, the action was well balanced; I wasn’t rushing through like SuperSonic and I wasn’t crawling through like Leo’s Fortune. It was just perfect.

Kami

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kami/id710724007?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.stateofplaygames.kamifree&hl=en

Price: First 9 levels free

One word - do not underestimate this game. It’s mind-blowingly cool. No action, no complicated theories. Just plenty of levels to turn you into a paper-craft star - in other words, an origami star. As the description on the play store goes, Kami is, ‘deceptively simple.’ Fold papers of similar colors to clear the screen in as few moves as possible. And boy did it take me hours to clear one level. The best thing is I wasn’t in a hurry nor frustrated. I could try as many time as many moves I wanted. The game was quite instrumental in helping me visualize and strategize.

The aesthetics are beautiful and very relaxing. You just fall in love with the colors and the way they gracefully fold out of the screen with crispy paper sounds. It is definitely a soothing experience and one that can keep your mind relaxed yet busy for hours. The only drawback was the fact that they didn’t have a lot of levels even with the premium version. It’s like you go so high on something you love, want more of it and it rudely turns you away. As far as I know, they aren’t going to add any more levels anytime soon. Should you want to test it though, the first nine levels are free to play.

3. Quell

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quell/id383027157?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fallentreegames.quellfree&hl=en

Price: Free on Android, $1.99 on iOS

If there’s one game that could help you fall into a deep, peaceful slumber, it’s Quell. It’s addictive yet super relaxing and the perfect kind of game you’d want to play when settling into bed. Retro ambiance, soothing soundtrack and a gameplay that requires the most minimal effort. It’s a logic game that successfully balances the difficulty level. You don’t have to think a lot, yet you can’t underestimate it. As you go through the levels, it challenges you deeper, but it doesn’t happen all at once. You eventually get there, with no hurries, no need to pass levels aggressively. Slow and steady, nice and calm is how you go through the levels.

The only drawback to this game is you just can’t play it in a hurry. If you do, you’ll be frustrated and the game will lose its purpose. Not every game needs to be completed in a day and this is one of those. It wants to keep you occupied. Keep it as a go-to game when you’re not in the mood for anything else.

4. BubbleWitch Saga

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-witch-saga/id526656012?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.midasplayer.apps.bubblewitch&hl=en

Price: Free, In-app purchase

You ain’t a true mobile gamer if you’ve never played a bubble game, especially when it’s made by world-famous game developer King. I’m not even going to ask you about CandyCrush, assuming you’ve gone through the traumatic experience of playing games that don’t seem to end. If you’re into infinite level games and want to experience infinity, then BubbleWitch Saga is another great alternative to CandyCrush (or you can manage both if you’re a pro). Replace matching candies with shooting bubbles and you have a game that goes gaga with bonus points, rewards, magic and heavenly scores. A word of caution though - the game is highly addictive so start with this if you can afford to have your time invaded by the Bubblewitch taking you through hundreds of levels - 1710 levels to be precise.

Cons? None to be found. King’s games are pretty neat and you’d hardly come across any glaring glitch. The game mechanics are smooth, the bubble shooting is more than accurate, the characters. It might not work smoothly on a slow mobile or one that has less than 1.5GB RAM.

5. Stack

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack/id1080487957?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ketchapp.stack&hl=en

Price: Free, in-app purchases

Stack is a mesmerizing game. You’d continuously marvel at the simplicity of the game and how it fools you into believing that it can easily be messed with. Stack is about stacking colored bricks one on top of another as they come sliding in. You keep stacking it and you keep going higher. As you go higher, the speed of the brick accelerates and you need to build it fast. There’s no lose and win here. There’s just you building bricks and challenging yourself after each level to go higher. And that’s where the addictive part lies.

Slack poses itself as a relaxing game but it’s far from one. This game requires intense concentration as you go higher and since there are no levels, you always follow the same pattern for every other new game after the last one. You start slow, gain confidence and go higher and faster. There is no end to how far you can go.

So there you go folks. My personal list of top super addictive games. What’s yours?

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
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