Mobile gaming is big business, and only likely to grow in importance as more people are lured into buying a smartphone. There are a lot of bad games stinking up the app stores, but for every 10 also-rans there is a shining gem.
These are the insanely addictive titles that have an innate ability to keep you playing long after you know you should have given up and uninstalled them. But you don’t. Because addicted.
Addicted To Addictive Addictions
We asked you, What Is The Most Addictive Mobile Game In Existence? Although the number of responses wasn’t very high, those that did answer the call delivered in spades. Not only did they offer at least one suggestion to add to the list, they explained why their game of choice was so damn addictive.
Without further ado, we present the list of 20 achingly addictive mobile games, as suggested by the MakeUseOf readership. They’re listed entirely at random, which means you can merrily stick a pin anywhere — not literally lest you ruin your screen — and find an addictive mobile game that is well worth a little of your time and attention. Which will then become a lot of your time and attention. And eventually suck your whole life away.
- Jetpack Joyride
- Candy Crush Saga
- Traveler’s Quest
- Clash Of Clans
- Knights Of Pen & Paper
- Angry Birds
- Triple Town
- Pocket Tanks
- Flappy Bird
- Road Warrior
- Subway Surfers
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- Pixel Dungeon
- The Sims FreePlay
- Color Zen
- The Creeps
- BookWorm Deluxe
If you do pick at least one of these games, download it, play it, and consequently get addicted to it, we offer our sincerest apologies. But do remember it could be worse; you could be addicted to bacon, and we mean the foodstuff rather than the actor everyone in Hollywood is seperated from by six degrees.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jim Bruce, Janet P, and Susan. Comment Of The Week goes to Xoandre, who won with this comment:
ROAD WARRIOR is one of the most addictive games I have on my Kindle fire and on my Android phone. It features fast racing, great controls and interactivity, customizable skins and features, and prize money you can use to buy better upgrades. There are “MP” points that are required to unlock better vehicles, but those are free if you watch videos and play every day.
The game is multiplayer or single player and your vehicle upgrades from single player transfer to the multiplayer gaming – so you do not have to start from scratch when you switch between modes.
There is an ultimate goal – with rogue races and grand prize runs wherein you can win huge prize money – or you play for “pinks” and get the top car in the race as a free upgrade if you finish first.
The fun and challenge of the game comes with mastering the flipping controls and shooting enemies when you have limited ammo. Every car has a different center of gravity, weight, and air resistance when you jump, flip, and land. Some cars are more agile and can flip up to 5 or even 6 times in the space where other vehicles can only flip once.
The game is updated sporadically and takes a lot of resources on lower-end devices, but is great fun and addictive as hell.
Note that you can also get free prize money by sharing your in-game account secret code with friends who also have the game installed. There are some “cheats” online with listings of multiple account codes just for that purpose.
We chose this comment because Road Warrior has clearly grabbed this commenter by the tiny hairs on the inside of his nose and is refusing to let go. We therefore get a short essay explaining the virtues of the game, and what particular attributes make it so addictive. Which was exactly what we envisioned when we posed the question.
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