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Now that smartphones have successfully invaded society, mobile gaming has taken off in a huge way. Everybody who owns a smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone 5 Reasons Not To Buy A Smartphone You may feel pressured into buying a smartphone, even though you're perfectly happy with your (so-called) dumbphone. Don't be. Read More can now be ensnared in the grip of a popular game that refuses to let them stop playing without some kind of intervention. Addiction is no laughing matter, unless Angry Birds 8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted 8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted I hate to admit it but I'm a little addicted to Angry Birds. I know many people hate the game in all its different iterations - it's for casual gamers, it sucks, it's pointless -... Read More is involved.

Must. Stop. Playing.

We want to know, What Is The Most Addictive Mobile Game In Existence? You can name just one game, so start thinking right now about which out of all the mobile games you have played over the years really caught your attention and refused to let go without a fight.

There is the aforementioned Angry Birds, which managed to claim far too many hours of my free time 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive 5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive My name is Dave Parrack, I'm a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I'm addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs... Read More before I broke free of its grasp. Then there is Candy Crush Saga. Draw Something. Plants vs. Zombies. Minecraft. Temple Run. And lest we forget Flappy Bird The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] Few mobile games enter into the collective consciousness of the mainstream in the way Flappy Bird has done. It passes into Internet folklore, but these videos will help to preserve its virality. Read More . This is just a small sample of the mobile games that can legitimately have the word “addictive” ascribed to them.


There are many more than the seven we have listed here. And you’re invited to name which mobile game has managed to turn you into a soulless, screen-staring slob. Whether you’re currently addicted or have beaten the addiction, we want need you to help us compile a list of the most addictive mobile games in existence.

As well as telling us the name of the game, we want you to explain why you personally find it so addictive. Is it the enthralling gameplay? The short, snappy levels? How frustratingly difficult it is to succeed? Perhaps you love the characters. Or the diversity of levels. Or the competitive nature it instills in you.


Consider the options and then take to the comments section below to let us know what mobile game you consider to be the most addictive of all time, and why it’s so unputdownable.

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  1. Laura
    March 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Bookworm Deluxe!!

  2. Aibek E
    March 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I am going with The Creeps!

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      What makes The Creeps your number one pick?

    • Aibek E
      March 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

      i spent way too much of time playing it)

  3. Janet P.
    March 8, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I look for games that are challenging fun without taxing my brain any more than RL does. Ergo:
    ColorZen - super cool and beautiful
    Angry Birds

    Candy Crush, please stop making me pay to win. I always return to Angry Birds in a bored lull.

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      That sounds like a good rule of thumb. Thanks for offering up a few names :)

  4. Michelle
    March 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I agree, Jetpack Joyride is super addictive. Especially now that they've added the daily S.A.M challenge.

    The upgrades, gadgets and updated clothes for Barry are reasons why I still play. I started playing in 2011 and have been hooked ever since.

    Also, Barry and the scientists are all weirdly loveable...

    Another addictive game is the Sims Freeplay. No need to explain how that can be addictive...

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      A second vote for Jetpack Joyride. I clearly need to check this game out.

  5. falcon.prj
    March 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Most of the GBA games

  6. jh
    March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Pixel Dungeon, it is a great game with a friendly dev. who keeps the game's levels just hard enough to make me go nuts.(repeatedly)

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      That's the trick, I guess, pitching the difficulty level just right to keep people playing but challenged.

  7. Frank Walker
    March 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    asphalt 8 airborne.

  8. Jim Bruce
    March 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    PYRAMID SOLITAIRE SUPREME. Apparently over 25 levels of varying intricate pyramid games ranging from all shapes and complexities.

    Personally I've managed to get to level 23 and as there are no second lives or possibility to start from a saved position, one ends up going back to the start every time.

    To state this app addictive is an understatement... There is an option to turn off the music but not the sound which means I keep needing to put my iPhone on mute - missing calls in the mean time - in order not to get caught playing at inappropriate times... It's also the reason I have to take the damn device to the toilet with me every time I'm there for a sit down session.

    It's free but would be nice to remove the ads... There is no purchasable version either which would have me remove the app in any other circumstance... But I can't

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      You have to get all the way to Level 25 in one sitting? That is insane. I think it would frustrate me more than entertain.

  9. Keith
    March 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Subway Surfers

  10. Xoandre
    March 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    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.

    VIDEO of playing the ULTIMATE challenge for Pinks:

    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.

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      That looks like a nice old-skool racing game that gives a nod to the retro games in the genre. Nice choice!

  11. Aidan
    March 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Dare I say it? Flappy Bird?

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      You may dare!

  12. Anonymous
    March 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm
    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Just reading the description of it on Wikipedia has me intrigued. Thanks for the suggestion.

  13. Manas
    March 6, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Flappy Bird! You just can't stop playing. You just wanna beat your high score!

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      What are your thoughts on it being removed from the app stores?

    • Manas
      March 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

      I think Nyugen Dong should have kept it on the store, because there were so many people who were fans and the Flappy Bird clones are'nt just as good.

  14. Jude L
    March 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Phones : Clash of Clans
    PC :Rise of Nations

  15. Harshit J
    March 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Angry birds. Very addictive.
    Triple town. Crazily addictive.
    Pocket Tanks. Most addictive.

    • Gavin Thomas
      March 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm


    • Harshit J
      March 7, 2014 at 10:36 am


    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Harshit, what is it about those three games that really does it for you?

      Gavin, it's his name, don't wear it out.

    • Harshit J
      March 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Angry birds is addictive because it is very difficult to get the 3 stars. One has to keep trying extremely hard to get more points as the points required to get 3 stars are no revealed.
      For Triple Town, I can only say that you will know why it is awesome only by playing it.
      And Pocket Tanks is all about having fun with the large amount of weapons to choose from and beating the CPU at the highest difficulty level.

  16. Level 85 Elf paladin (looking for girlfriend).
    March 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Pen & Paper knights. Period.

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      What is it about that game that appeals to you so much?

  17. Chinmay S
    March 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I don't know about mobile but for PC it's Counter Strike 1.6

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Counter Strike is indeed a great game but as it isn't a mobile game it doesn't count.

  18. me
    March 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Clash of clans

  19. Susan
    March 6, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Traveler's Quest. It's the perfect combination of individual play, but with an involved community of players to provide support and competition. Its virtual geocaching aspect can enliven a boring road trip, or provide the impetus for an exciting new one. The higher your levels, the better you can hide your own treasure, and discover other pirates' treasures to plunder.

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      This looks great, with the geocaching element definitely adding something. Thanks for the suggestion.

  20. Teguh
    March 6, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Jetpack Joyride... among the first game I install on my first iOS device, 1st gen iPod Touch on 2011 and I'm still playing it until this day with my iPhone 5. Halfbrick managed to create game with 'one more game' factor and IAP balance. They also keep updating it, giving new elements like new costume and jetpack.

    • Marc A
      March 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Candy Crush. The knowing that there are seemingly endless levels keeps you in constant anticipation. The challenge of clearing a level without using any extra boosters allows to strategize moves. The new owl level adds to the difficulty factor and feeds the addiction.
      Though I still play new levels on my original favorite Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, I have a crush on the Crush

    • Dave P
      March 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      That isn't one I had previously heard of. It looks good though, and some of the elements look to have influenced Flappy Bird, which is interesting if nothing else.

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