There was a time when you were restricted to your room if you wanted to play video games. Personal computers were big and clunky, with huge CRT monitors that were rarely moved, except for an occasional LAN party. Fortunately, those days are long gone and thanks to the advent of technology, you can now play games everywhere. The advancements in mobile devices have made it possible to enjoy gaming in high resolution and developers have been taking advantage of that, creating amazing games people could play for hours. Here are some titles that take the term “addictive gaming” to a whole next level.
Hero collection role-playing games (aka Gachas) have flooded the app stores in recent years. If you are a fan of the genre, that is some great news, as you have years of content to go through, even if not a single gacha title is made in the future, which is highly unlikely. AFK Arena is among the most popular titles at the moment, thanks to its addictive gameplay, and has been praised by both critics and the audience, something we don’t get to see too often. Developed by Lilith Games based in China, AFK Arena has been downloaded more than 10 million times on Google Play alone since its launch in April 2019. As in all Gacha games, in AFK Arena your main task is to collect heroes and create teams for battles. The important thing to note is that you don’t control your heroes during the fight. Your input ends with selecting a team and choosing a formation. After that, it is up to them to defeat the enemy. The concept sounds simple, but considering how many combinations of heroes and formations exist, it is anything but.
Konami is one of the legends of gaming. Over the decades, the company has released some of the most iconic titles in gaming history. That is why it came as a surprise when they decided to sail into gambling waters. The result is magnificent, just what we expected from a developer of Konami’s standing. They managed to create one of the best skill-based slot games on the market. Beat Square is deceitfully simple. You have a 4×4 grid in front of you and 16 buttons. Buttons lit up in the rhythm of the music and you have to hit them just right to win money. The music is usually an adrenaline-pumping dance tune, adding another layer of excitement and fun to the game. There are also progressive jackpots linked across several casinos you can win, which make the game even more popular and in demand.
It is absolutely incredible how such a simple game like Ballz can be so addictive. A remake of the old Sega game, modern Balls are created by Ketchapp. It is one of the best time-killers we have ever seen and the only problem is that it is too good at what it does. You can easily lose track of time with Ballz and spend hours playing it without even realizing it. Needless to say, this can have some serious consequences for your social life. The gameplay is pure simplicity. Launch the balls by swiping on your screen and try to break as many blocks as you can. That’s it, that’s the whole game. There are no in-game purchases and the game is 100% free. Despite the lack of any bells and whistles, you will find yourself playing it for hours.
Brawl Stars had a rocky start when it first launched in 2017. IT was released in a handful of countries only and it seemed that even its creators, Supercell, didn’t have much faith in the game. However, the Finnish team used their time wisely, recreating the controls and many other aspects of the game, including the progression system, and gradually, Brawl Stars became one of the most popular and addictive mobile games. It is a smart combination of several genres, like battle royale, first-person shooter, MOBA, and a few more, packed with beautiful graphics and superb gameplay. Since the game was designed for mobile users, it doesn’t suffer from limitations like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which both suffered serious issues when ported to mobile. Unlike them, Brawl Stars runs smoothly and its gameplay doesn’t sacrifice quality for performance. The game has several playing modes, which you can unlock as you progress through it. All in all, Brawl Stars is an excellent way to kill some time while on your commute or waiting in a line somewhere.
Empires & Puzzles: Epic Match 3
Don’t let the title confuse you, Empires & Puzzles: Epic Match 3 is a pure puzzler game and one that can deliver hours of entertainment. The game is superbly designed in a way that both experienced puzzle players and novices can enjoy it. You will need to defend your empire, build fortifications as well as accompanying buildings, and solve puzzles with increasing difficulty on each subsequent level. Your enemies include monsters and other players, which can raid your keep. Your job is to arrange shields so you can match their colors, which will help you defeat them. Defense isn’t your only option though. You can also attack neighboring territories and add them to your sprawling empire. Conquest is an important part of the game, but you have to be careful with it. To help you in your mission, you can also craft items and recruit new heroes, as well as train them and find new items for them to use.
Draw Something is a great party game you can enjoy with your friends, now that Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted. The goal of the game is to guess what your partner is drawing, similar to Pictionary. There are several versions, and the basic one, called Draw Something Classic, is free. Paid versions don’t offer anything special, except eliminating ads.
When her Great-Aunt Mary dies, Lilly suddenly finds herself in possession of a sprawling piece of real estate she inherited. The catch is that she has to make it presentable in 30 days, or she will lose the inheritance. The trouble is that the estate is neglected and Lilly has to do her best to clean it up. Considering that a large portion of it is a garden, it is no easy task. To make matters worse, Lilly’s life isn’t exactly a picture of happiness and tranquility to begin with. Her boyfriend cheated on her and she doesn’t know much about gardening. Fortunately, her new neighbors are more than eager to help and with their assistance, she gets on with her task.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
When it first came out, Plants vs. Zombies completely redefined the way we think about tower defense games. Its fresh take on the genre and hilarious content made it a hit almost overnight. The sequel manages to surpass that and offer us hours of fun planning our plants and defending from the zombie hordes. Although it is a fairly old game, it is constantly updated and it still looks fresh even after all those years. There are tons of new plants and new zombie types, and the settings change from Ancient Egypt to the Wild West.
Subway Surfers is a great family game everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. It is an endless-runner title, following in the footsteps of the legendary Temple Run, but not as gloomy. Designed primarily with a younger audience in mind, Subway Surfers can provide hours of fun gameplay. Set in a train yard, the player has to avoid various obstacles, including guards and oncoming trains. Some collisions are unavoidable, but no gore is shown, so there is no need to worry about that. There are in-game purchases, but they aren’t intrusive and you or your child can easily enjoy the game without spending a dime on it.
Toon Blast is built on similar principles as Candy Crush, but with a lot more explosions. Matching rows will explode spectacularly, creating a satisfying visual image and motivating you to get another match. Not to mention that the game is advertised by Ryan Reynolds, which is definitely a plus.
Fans of both sudoku and Tetris will absolutely love Woodoku. You will need to clear rows, columns, and squares by matching blocks. It sounds simple enough, but each level is harder than the previous one, providing tons of fun. The idea is to clear the field before you run out of moves.
Words With Friends 2
You can’t really make a list of addictive mobile games without mentioning Words With Friends 2. Designed with family entertainment in mind, the game is a modern take on a classic, offering a lot of fun for aspiring linguists.