iPhone and iPad games are very popular, I spend far too much time playing them. The problem with addictive games is that they suck your time away. One game turns into two, which turns into three, before you know it you have lost an hour of your life. I am going to list ten of my favourite and most addicting games. All are fun, have good graphics and have that one more game mentality. Before long you will have wondered where you life has gone. Each game is presented in no particular order.
One of my favourite games that I have played for a long time. Flight Control is simple enough, every couple of seconds a new aircraft enters the screen that wishes to land on the runway, you select and draw the path it needs to take. Then another aircraft appears and you draw it flight path. It simple enough until they start to cross, you have to make a quick decision on how the paths they must take. It gets addictive when you realise you could have landed one more plane.
Fruit Ninja brings out the samurai in you. As the fruit pops up, you swipe your finger across the screen to slice it in half. Its a fast pace action game where you have to cut the fruit in half before too many hit the floor. Too slow and you are out. The game becomes interesting when many fruit appear at the same time and you have to combine your slices into one big fluid movement. The more you slice, the higher the score. It very simple. I have never been so addictive to fruit.
The previous games on this list, take advantage of the touch screen abilities of your iPhone or iPad. Doodle Jump takes advantage of the gyro’s within your iOS device. By tilting your device to the left the little jumper moves the the left. All you have to do is bounce on the little platforms and move up the level. It becomes fun when you reach that higher score, bouncing higher and higher. It becomes really annoying when you miss the platform by a millimetre and have to start all over again.
I don’t have to explain too much about Angry Birds. One of the most popular titles for the iPhone and iPad. Spawning a variety of different levels and characters. Who know flinging animals into buildings would be so much fun. I have spent many train rides trying to get the high score on certain levels.
Plants vs Zombies
Some games are addictive because you want to reach the highest score possible. Some games are addictive because they are fun. Plants Vs Zombies takes the simple premise of zombies and allows you to battle them with those simplest of things, plants. Correct plant placement and combining the power ups allows you to defeat the evil horde and save your little house. Hours of fun collecting and use the variety of plant available.
Cut The Rope
A personal favourite of mine as it combines the simple puzzle game with cute little monsters. Cut The Rope, is rather simple. There is a loverly little sweet hanging from a rope. You have to cut the ropes connecting to the sweet in the right order so it falls into the monsters mouth. Simple enough in the first couple of levels, but becomes more difficult as you progress. Hours have been spent thinking about the order in which rope must be cut.
Most games give you the tools to complete a level. With Scribblenauts you have to tell the app what tool you want to use. If you want to use a helicopter, you type in helicopter and one appears. You can use the tools you have provided to complete the puzzle and move through the levels. It takes me back to the old text games where you have to type in what you want to do, although this is far more fun. To becomes fun when you have to think of different ways to complete the levels.
SpellTower is really fun once you start thinking. Each levels starts with a jumble of letters. You have to use you imagination to try and find works out of the mess of letters. The longer the words the more points you get. The more points you get the higher the score. Bonus can be found by using special characters and finding really long words. Once you begin to get the hang of the game you will find words out of a jumble of letters.
Draw Something takes me back to the old days of Pictionary. You are given a word and, as the title suggests, you have to draw something for your friend to guess. The fun comes in how quickly or elegantly you can draw something. Bonus points for if you can draw something very obscure, but your partner can guess correctly.
Pulse is slightly different to the other games on this list, it involves music as the core aspect of the game. As the music starts you press on the beats to create a beautiful melody. More notes appear and the music becomes more complex. It is easy to complete, but is hard to get 100%.
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