Final Fantasy, Witcher, Call of Duty, Fallout. By the time you’ve booted up the console or turned on your PC, you need to invest several hours at minimum to even begin to explore the in-depth storylines, quests and unlockable achievements that are designed to give games a longer life span. However, they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, especially if players don’t have a lot of free time. Luckily, mobile gaming solves a lot of these issues, by keeping storylines short and allowing gamers the flexibility to pick up a game if they only have a few minutes to spare.
With many of us travelling further to get to work or school using public transport or finding ourselves looking at our phones when we get a break, a flexible gaming industry has exploded. There is a demand for games that focus on a quick fix rather than several hours spent working away at a game. Mobile games are fast and fun, sometimes even disposable after a few playthroughs.
To help you find something you spend a few minutes playing, we’ve put together a list of some of the best mobile games out there, so you don’t need to invest your precious time in a life-consuming console game designed for people with entire days free.
Busy Superhero features over 120 mini games, it is perfect for those with a busy lifestyle due to the games either being won or lost within minutes. However, the games are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more due to the frustrating nature of them. Players can be just seconds from victory before it all falls apart for them!
The interesting feature of these games is the lack of instructions, the games are based on reacting quickly, players must figure out how to play the min games in less than 5 seconds, they can then continue playing with the aim of winning. The app features both a story mode and minigame grid mode, leaving it up to the player how much time they choose to invest in the game in one sitting. There is a small fee for the game, but the amount of games available makes it more than worth it.
The fallout games are notorious for their incredible details, immersive worlds and long storylines. The latest in the series, Fallout 4, is easily a 100+ hours game with tons of content and a good few weeks needed to truly appreciate the post-apocalyptic city of Boston.
The good news for Fallout fans with limited time however is that Fallout Shelter accompanied the release of 4 a couple of years ago. Based on the underground vaults that saved (or evilly experimented on) people when the nukes fell, players must build a functioning safe haven and help vault-dwellers to survive with enough food, water and power. It’s kind of like the Sims, but the world has ended and daily survival is a struggle!
Although you can spend days building and customising your vault, this mobile game isn’t as ‘needy’ as other empire builders and can be left for extended periods of time without everything falling apart. Expect tons of Fallout universe guest appearances and attacks from raiders, deathclaws and radscorpions along the way!
Wink Slots has a great mobile website and app that is compatible with every device imaginable and the selection of games is simply incredible. One you’ve logged on and deposited funds, you can browse and play quite literally hundreds of virtual slot games, some of which offer, bonuses, free spins and of course progressive jackpots, some of which offer players the chance to win life changing sums of money.
The beauty of gaming on Wink Slots is that you can spend as much or as little time as you like playing. Closing the app won’t kill your games and you don’t need to spend a certain amount of time playing before a win comes along. You could drop the jackpot on the first spin! Picking up and understanding the rules is super easy and you can also find help and advice in the thriving online community and forums.
This app, available from both the Google Play and iOS store, contains a huge variety of games. The games are from the most popular genres: arcade, racing, puzzle, shooting, fighting, board, strategy, and many more. New games from every genre imaginable are added every day to ensure users never get bored of the selection.
The sheer volume of games ensures that there is something for every age group, and even the puzzle themed games do not take too long to complete, if you’re clever enough!
Don’t worry, you don’t need to time travel back to 1997 and pick up an ancient Nokia to enjoy the world’s first super addictive mobile phone again, with tons of shiny new versions available on iOS and Android. Our absolute favourite at the moment is Snake vs. Block, a kind of weird mix between 2048 and Snake 2, where players need to navigate their snake through a series of numbered blocks to win. It’s incredibly difficult after a few tries but incredibly addictive, games last a maximum of 2-3 minutes (unless you’re a wizard) meaning you can spend next to no time playing!
Slither.io is another cool spin, with multiplayer elements added in. Competing for food, the bigger your snake gets, the more chance you have of winning. This can get pretty frustrating however when someone else’s tiny snake defeats your giant, well-honed monster, so be prepared to lose your temper!
So if you’ve go next to no time but fancy switching your brain off for a few minutes, this selection of great mobile games will fill small gaps in your day. We can’t promise that you’ll not be wanting the day to finish quickly so you can get home and continue playing however!