Whether you’re hitting the road for business or pleasure, traveling can be a real drag. But traffic, tie-ups and TSA delays don’t have to be a total time suck. Sure you can do work but, what fun would that be? Time flies when you’re having fun! Banish boredom by downloading these newish gaming apps to your smartphone. Here are our top picks.
The sequel to the already classic original, this game is sure to have you both in awe and puzzled for hours. This newer version has a visual presentation as gorgeous as the first, creating an immersive world that will suck you in from the start. Like the first one, the goal is to lead your character through an environment inspired by the mind-boggling MC Escher. You’ll guide a mother and her child by manipulating stunning architecture while learning the secrets of Sacred Geometry on the way. $4.99
While most games try to lure you in with over-the-top graphics, MBRANE is for those that love classic strategy board games. This original, two-player strategy contest of power and influence is a thinker’s game and is played on an empty Sudoku board to start. Using their intellect as their weapon, players then strategically place numbers in a battle of wits and territorial conquest. Stunningly simple, yet elegantly complex, MBRANE is easy to learn, games are fast and have near forever replayability. And it’s free!
Prepare to get addicted. This uber-simple brain puzzle has a simple concept. Connect the matching color dots without any crossover pipe so that the entire board is covered completely. That’s it. No coding skills required. The colorful board and different levels will keep you endlessly occupied as you sit on the train to and from the office. Free!
Taking a slightly new twist on the basic trivia game, HQ is a social live trivia contest where you have a chance to win cash prizes if you can make it through a twelve-question multiple-choice gauntlet. Airing at 3 and 9 pm daily EST, HQ is a must-play while drinking a beer or two with your friends or even with your kids who can’t get enough of it before it’s time for them to go to bed.
If you like simple games that are perfect for 10-15 minute bursts, check out Smove. Like other popular games of this nature like Stack and Zig Zag, Smove is hands-down our favorite. Get the dots on the tic-tac-toe size board without getting hit by any balls. If you can get to level 8, we’ll be very impressed. Take a screenshot, and we’ll send you a free body wash on the house. Free!
The workweek is rough. Wouldn’t you rather be driving golf balls? When you can’t get out on the links, try the next best thing. This crazy “mini-golf” game that will keep you entertained for hours. Sure, you can play Stickman by yourself, but join up with some others in speed race mode, and you’ll forget that the weather called for rain all weekend. Free.
Think you would be better at running public transportation? This app is your chance to see how easy or difficult it is to run a subway system smoothly. Captivating from the get-go, your task is to build the most efficient train system while juggling minimal resources. A hellish commute sucks, this game doesn’t. Just remember to look up from your phone so that you don’t miss your metro stop. $4.99