Best Games to Pass Time on Your Smartphone

Games are the best tool to pass time with when you have nothing else to do. And now that smartphones have all kinds of games, your mind can never be idle. As the saying goes,

An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

So I have compiled a list of games that are best for you to pass time. Whether you are standing in a queue at your local supermarket, whether you are in a flight and have nothing else to do or if you are just bored and want to pass time, this list of games will keep you entertained. I have also included links to download the apps on your phone right away.

0h n0

It is a game developed by Q42 and is available on mostly all platforms and as a web version means you can play it on any device that has a web browser. The gameplay is very easy to understand. The blue dots are visible to other adjacent blue dots, their numbers tell how many. The red dots block their view.

0h n0 rules.
0h n0 rules.
0h n0 grid selection screen.
0h n0 grid selection screen.
0h n0's 5x5 puzzle.
0h n0’s 5×5 puzzle.

When you start the game, you can choose the size of the grid you want. There are four sizes, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7 and 8×8. 8×8 is the hardest to solve and takes time. You have to tap on the grid to fill it. Tapping once will make it blue, twice will make it red and thrice will return it to its original (empty state). Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to solve even the biggest grid in no time. If you are stuck you can use the hints. But even the hints are not straightforward. You have to deduce what action needs to be taken by reading the hint.

Links:
Windows Phone
iOS
Android

0h h1

This game is developed by the same group as that of 0h h1. Actually it is a companion to 0h h1 but is a lot easier to play. The rules are: every row and column must have the same number of tiles of a given colour and three adjacent tiles of the same colour are not allowed. It is very similar to Sudoku but with colours not numbers. 0h h1 also has a web version.

0h h1 grid selection screen.
Grid selection screen.
0h h1 6x6 puzzle.
A 6×6 puzzle.

At the start you will be presented by four grid sizes, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Tapping once will make it red, twice will make it blue and thrice will return it to its original (empty) state. Unlike 0h h1 the hints in this game are straightforward and tell you directly what to do next.

Links:
Windows Phone
Android
iOS
Blackberry

Hypernaut

Welcome to the world of polygons. Here you’ll see nothing other than polygons. You are a hypernaut and must traverse this world avoiding all obstacles. The aim of this game is to make the highest possible time you can stay alive in the polygon world. Controls are simple, tap left to go left and right to go right.

Hypernaut main screen.
Hypernaut main screen.
Hypernaut controls.
Hypernaut controls.
Hypernaut gameplay.
Hypernaut gameplay.

One interesting thing about this game is that when the beat of the music changes you’ll start facing some new obstacle. Another interesting thing is that the colour of the sky keeps changing which is nice to look at.

Links:
Windows Phone
iOS

Threes!

As I read on Wikipedia about this game, I came to know that this was the original game and idea behind number combining by sliding. Other games like 1024, 2048, etc. used this idea and went viral in no time. But I found this game much more interesting than the rest. It uses multiples of three. There is a grid of 4×4 on which tiles of different numbers are placed and only the tiles with the same number on them combine to form a bigger number. Like 6 and 6 will combine to one tile with 12 written on it.

Threes! main screen.
Threes! main screen.
Tile personalities in Threes!.
Tile personalities in Threes!.
Threes! game board.
Threes! game board.
Tiles combining into each other in Threes!.
Tiles combining into each other in Threes!.

The most interesting thing about this game is that the developers have given each tile a personality of its own and they shout, cheer or giggle when you touch, slide or combine them. Threes! has an unofficial web version too.

Links:
Windows Phone
iOS
Android
Blackberry

Pocket Tanks

This is one of the most oldest games that I know of. I used to play it in my childhood years when Dad bought us our first computer. When I saw this title in the Windows Store, I gave no second thought and downloaded it right away.

Pocket Tanks main screen.
Pocket Tanks main screen.
Pocket Tanks player selection.
Pocket Tanks player selection.
Pocket Tanks game start.
Pocket Tanks game start.
Ion cannon in Pocket Tanks.
Ion cannon in Pocket Tanks.
3 shot in Pocket Tanks.
3 shot in Pocket Tanks.

It is basically a tank game with any random terrain and two tanks placed on either side. Each tank is provided with ten weapons and each get to fire on the other turn-by-turn. The game ends after 10 turns and the tank with the highest points is declared the winner. Points are given based on the impact of the weapon used. It is simple to understand and fun to play.

If you are travelling with a friend you can even play multiplayer head-on. It supports playing over the LAN.

Links:
Windows Phone
iOS
Android


That’s it. These are the top five games that I think are the best ways to pass time when your mind plunges into boredom. And did I mention, they are all free.

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