10 Mobile Games to Start 2016 Right

05. NEKO ATSUME

TYPE: Collection Game

TIME WASTING POTENTIAL: Ironically High

This humble Japanese app game took the world by storm in the last quarter of 2014 by speaking to everyone’s Inner Cat Lady and hurdling the language barrier through its simple interface and basic controls – and now that it’s been translated into English, pretty much no one has an excuse for not trying it out. You’d think that a game where you’ve got no choice but to wait for your objectives to land in your lap wouldn’t take up so much of your day, but the truth of the matter is? It will, because you’ll want to snap pictures of the cats that come to your digital home. You’ll agonize over which toys to set, scream at your phone screen whenever Tubbs polishes off an entire can of your food, and you’ll wait with bated breath for your visitors to show their love for you by giving you mementos. Heck, you might even start surfing the internet for guides that explain the science behind the game (like this one), or troll discussion threads.

If you’re looking for a means to be true to yourself and own a house full of adorable cats, Neko Atsume is the game for you.

 

04. TOWNSMEN

TYPE: Townbuilding/Strategy Game

TIME WASTING POTENTIAL: High

This town-building game is highly underrated given the amount of strategy that’s involved in the construction of your towns. Both versions of the game – free and paid – offer scenarios that gamers can play out at multiple difficulty levels alongside open map options, and upgrades that – once purchased – apply to every campaign. If you ever liked things like Sim City, download this game now.

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03. CRIMINAL CASE

TYPE: Hidden Objects Game

TIME WASTING POTENTIAL: High

Perhaps the first sign of an app game being exemplary of its genre is that it’s good enough to get its players to try to download other games like it in the hopes of addressing their addiction – and they end up thoroughly disappointed. Another Facebook classic, Criminal Case can now be downloaded by both iOS and Android users, and none of are safe from it. Energy for the game recharges rather quickly, and you don’t have to spend anything at all in order to get the full experience. And look: it now has over 50 cases for you to solve. See you next year!

 

02. MANDORA

TYPE: Time Pressure Games

TIME WASTING POTENTIAL: High

There is absolutely no point to this game beyond gather as many mandragora plants as possible in a minute and some change. If that isn’t enough to make you want to sell your soul to it, perhaps the fact that it’s got some of the cutest graphics on Android will be. It also has a collection mechanic that’s affected by the time that you play the game and the season. Some mandoras, for example, only come out during the day while others appear at night. Still others are completely dependent on the month or season.

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It’s also got super cute music. As in, super cute. And no Mandora player is ever a loser because it’s just such a simple game. It’s like it’s built to make you feel awesome.

That may explain why it’s incredibly hard to put down.

 

01. 1010!

TYPE: Puzzle Game

TIME WASTING POTENTIAL: High

This game takes Tetris and completely fucks it up in a way that will make you want to play it forever. While Tetris involves falling blocks that you need to fit together and destroy in order to keep your screen from filling up, 1010 involves fitting preset blocks unto an empty space. You can’t turn them around, and whatever remaining piece there is from the blocks you’ve dicked around with stay in place.

Need I say more?

As a loud and proud app gamer who’s always looking for new things to get addicted to, I’d love to hear your suggestions for more ways that I can ruin 2016 for myself!

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Pam Punzalan
Pam Punzalan
29, female, not in Narnia about anything. Games, teaches, writes, reads, flails, smokes, occasionally drinks, loves cats. Answers to Kae, Pamela, Pam, Pam-Pam, Pammy, Pammeth. Pamera, and Pammu. Also part of the admin team of Girls Got Game, over at http://girlsgotgame.org/!
Pam Punzalan

Pam Punzalan

29, female, not in Narnia about anything. Games, teaches, writes, reads, flails, smokes, occasionally drinks, loves cats. Answers to Kae, Pamela, Pam, Pam-Pam, Pammy, Pammeth. Pamera, and Pammu. Also part of the admin team of Girls Got Game, over at http://girlsgotgame.org/!

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