Remember the days when we could survive tens of hours in front of the TV for playing Video Games? Now times have begun to change, we never miss a smartphone a few minutes. Why? Because in the smartphone we can also fill our favorite games.
Here we goes. In 5 crazy addictive and casual games.
1. Raiden Legacy
While there are plenty of sky shoot-em-up games on the app store with fancier graphics, none of them comes close to the exalted status of Raiden.
First introduced in 1990, Raiden was a smash hit at the local arcades, ensuring subsequent expansions were released. If you’d like to relive as sweet a part of your childhood, then Raiden Legacy will be $4.99 well spent.
Unlike other games on this list, Raiden Legacy is kind of complex with its scoring system, but we’re including it because it’s real easy to pick up and, more importantly, enjoyable from the get-go. Go unleash some destruction!
At some point two years ago, the numbers game 2048 became so popular that dozens upon dozens of clones were released near simultaneously. Even today, it’s hard to pinpoint the original.
That’s not our problem, however, and we’ve got to say that 2048 is possibly the most addictive game on this list if you dig numbers puzzles. The task is simple enough: combine identical numbers until you get to a 2048 tile. And quite frankly, there’s something incredibly satisfying in doubling your biggest tile—it’s like a dopamine hit.
It’s hard explaining why Timberman is so addictive. We know it brings us pleasure to get higher and higher up a tree as we control a furry, square-ish lumberjack, but it honestly seems like the very feeling of moving past obstacles at such breakneck speeds (once you get good) directly massages the reward centers in our brain. We’re getting off by watching ourselves do good, in essence.
That’s weird. But hey, do try Timberman
4. Zig Zag
From the same guys that made Stack and (Endless) Sky, ZigZag is yet another beautifully drawn time-waster that will have you assume the role of a lonely ball trying to zig-zag its way to… well, nowhere. It’s an endless runner type deal, so there isn’t actually a final level or anything.
This may come across as rather off-putting, but we experience the kind of rush we do with Timberman when we successfully make it past a particularly complicated part of a given level. ZigZag is simple, addictive, and you’ll be making it farther and farther with each try—further fueling your addiction.
5. One More Line
In One More Line, you take the role of an illustrative space ship that moves about by lassoing and attaching to stationary dots that serve to propel you forward in this never-ending side scroller.
One More Line isn’t the easiest game to master, but you can quickly get into it and kill off time when needed. Just be careful, casual plays of this game have a way of suddenly turning into a mania. It’s addictive, so be warned.