Games That Should Live on Your Phone
What makes a game worthy to have a long term spot on your device? While adventure and quest games are exciting with fancy graphics and extended play time, their appeal can wear out quickly. Most of the time these games lose people when they have to pay for add-ons or continually seek participation from friends. After a quick survey from some Facebook friends, puzzle games clearly had the majority. Good puzzle games are simple, quick to play and the most popular ones don’t take up nearly as much memory space as other genres.
Based on our survey, we have compiled a short list of some truly quality puzzle games that you should try out the next time you’re perusing the app store.
1010! Is a surprisingly addictive game that looks and feels like relaxed tetris. The player tries to arrange colorful blocks of varying sizes on a board, with the goal of filling and clearing lines. A player is given three blocks at a time without knowing which pieces they will get next. The more lines you clear, the higher your score. The game ends when you can no longer fit the pieces you’re given in the spaces left.
Wanting to improve your strategy and score makes 1010! great to play over and over. Progress is saved when you leave the game, so you can always come back if your session is interrupted. 1010! only takes up 24 MB of memory so you won’t even notice it’s there, but you’ll want to go back to it again and again.
Dots & Two Dots
The premise is simple; connect the dots of the same color and earn points. However, there are two different ways to play Two Dots. The original app is called “Dots” and lets users choose between a timed, endless or move based trial. This is the simplified version but you can still complete challenges and play against friends. Two Dots is an updated version of the game where you beat levels with specific goals in each level. If you fail to reach the goal, you lose a life and you have to wait 20 minutes to get it back.
The two versions are very similar so you are free to choose based on your preference and free memory space (Dots needs 41.5 MB and Two Dots needs 133 MB). The game takes very little concentration and is a mix of skill and luck, making it perfect for long plane rides or waiting in line.
Piano Tiles (Don’t Tap The White Tile)
If you have a competitive personality, tread lightly with Piano Tiles. First a player chooses the mode: classic, arcade, zen, rush, relay or shuffle. Then all you have to do is press the black tiles as quickly and precisely as you can. Constantly wanting to beat your own score makes this the best quick and easy game to keep at the ready, plus it only occupies 16 MB. This game is also great for all ages, so hand your phone off to a younger cousin or your grandparents to see how they do.
2048 had its viral moment a few years ago when it seemed like every one of our facebook friends were trying to reach the elusive 2048 tile. We were surprised to learn that although the hype has all but disappeared, many people keep the game around for it’s replay value. In 2048, the player moves numbered tiles horizontally and vertically across a board, cramming numbers together so that they add up. With every swipe, two more number tiles get added to your board. The goal is to strategically line up numbers and combine them to eventually reach 2048. If you let your board fill up with unpaired numbers, the game is over. This game is so simple and it only takes up 8.5 MB, but it’s easy to get really into it especially if you get close to your high score.
These games are the best because they’re simple, fun and very inclusive. You can present them to someone of any age for some friendly competition or to pass some time. Have another staple game in your collection that you think we left out? Let us know in the comments!