Some of the most popular applications on the iPhone/iPod Touch are games. A lot of these games fall into different categories, but some of the most fun games are time management ones. These are the games where you have to race against the clock to complete tasks, level up your characters, and advance through the different levels. They tend to be challenging, which is why a lot of people like them.
In this article, I’m going to cover the 10 free time management iPhone games that will keep you busy and having fun. A lot of these games put you in a scenario you wouldn’t otherwise find yourself, like running a hospital or day spa. There’s something for everyone.
Diner Dash Lite [iTunes link]
We start with Diner Dash Lite. This is the free version of the popular game Diner Dash, and has received over 4,000 5-star ratings in the app store. The goal of the game is to seat and serve customers as fast and as efficiently as you can so you can level up your diner to eventually make it a 5-star restaurant. It’s a free time management game that is modeled as easy to play and challenging at the same time.
Cooking Dash Lite [iTunes link]
Also from PlayFirst (with more to come), Cooking Dash Lite offers fast-paced action and is a good complement to Diner Dash Lite. The goal is to help Flo – the character from the first game – and her Grandma keep 5 restaurants up and running. The time management game even has Facebook integration which allows you to post your accomplishments to your wall.
SpongeBob Diner Dash Lite [iTunes link]
If you like Diner Dash Lite but would rather play the game with SpongeBob, this game is for you. Like most of these games, the key is to keep your customers satisfied. SpongeBob can seat customers, take orders, serve food, settle bills, and bus tables. Do this fast enough and you’ll advance through the 5 undersea restaurants in the game.
Wedding Dash Lite [iTunes link]
In case you didn’t want to run a restaurant anymore, Wedding Dash Lite allows you to assist couples with their weddings. Help them select the right cake, flowers, and anything that keeps the bride and groom happy. You also have to look out for wedding mishaps like falling cakes.
Supermarket Mania Lite [iTunes link]
In Supermarket Mania Lite, you have to help Nikki keep 5 stores stocked with popular items. The game allows you to upgrade your store with more shelves and things, as well as upgrade your personal abilities.
Jane’s Hotel Free [iTunes link]
Help your character Jane build a 5-star hotel with this time management game. You start out with a small 2-star hotel and work your way up by upgrading accommodations and building your reputation. Keep customers happy by serving them good meals and keeping their rooms clean.
Chocolate Shop Frenzy Free [iTunes link]
In this time management/puzzle adventure, you have to help Emma become a chocolate shop owner for 12 months so she can pay back her loan. Serve customers and upgrade your equipment to keep everyone happy as you progress through the weeks.
Supermarket Management Free [iTunes link]
Stepping back into your supermarket role, this fast-paced game allows you to be a real store manager. You can purchase upgrades and hire co-workers to make your store run more efficiently and increase profits. You can also open new shops along the way.
Sally’s Spa Lite [iTunes link]
Next up on the list is Sally’s Spa Lite. In this slightly more relaxing time management game, you travel to Laguna Beach where you manage a virtual spa. Brew some tea and light some candles to help your customers feel relaxed. There are mini games such as saunas, face masks, and massage tables for you to play as well.
Ada’s Hospital Lite [iTunes link]
Run a hospital when funds are tight and time is short. You play as Ada, a recent med school graduate, who has to manage the clinic so that it makes enough money each day to stay open. Perform lab tests and checkups, and remember not to let your customers sit in the waiting room too long.
Did I forget to mention your favorite time management game? Are you a big fan of any games on the list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.