<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/android-logo.jpg” alt=”free android games”>Have you ever had one of those days at work where you just need to take a break and get your mind off everything? One of the best ways to avoid battle-fatigue at work is to take breaks that involve an activity capable of capturing your full attention, and holding your focus on something other than your work.
Ever since I’ve had an Android phone, I’ve always been on the look out for those especially addictive games that have the ability to do just that – capture your focus and hold it for a long period of time. We’ve covered a lot of free Android games here at MUO, like Paul’s list of 5 addictive multiplayer games, Mark’s list of favorite games, and Simon’s list of brainteaser games. But when it comes to games that force you to become mindful and focused, I think I’ve found 5 of the best.
Take A Break & Fire Up An Android Game
The most addictive Android games I’ve played are those that demand your focus. Of course, I should warn you that these games aren’t only good at demanding your focus, they’re also excellent at keeping it and making you lose track of time!
Air Control is probably one of the most appropriate right now considering that the US air traffic control system seems to have a staff that’s falling apart at the moment – sleeping on the job and such. Maybe they need to try this game?
The point of Air Traffic is to help various aircraft navigate through the skies over your airport and land safely without crashing into each other. Controlling each aircraft is as simple as placing your finger over the plane or helicopter, and tracing out the route that you want it to follow.
Choose wisely, because after a while, the skies become filled with a whole assortment of aircraft. If you so much as blink, you’ll cause a crash!
Another addictive game that also tends to show up often on various gaming platforms like Wii is Tank Hero. If you’ve played video games, you’ve very likely played this one before. The concept is simple, but the competition is pretty fierce.
You’ve got to navigate near and around the various barriers, and take out the enemy tanks before they take you out. Navigation and firing is extremely simple. Just touch the arrow pad at the lower left corner of the display to move your tank around, and then tap the screen in the direction you want to shoot.
The trick of course is to use the wall to ricochet your shot around the end of a wall and into the approaching tanks. But watch out – they can pull the same exact stunt against you! Of all of these games, I think this is probably the most addictive by far.
If you’re into cars, there’s another stress-busting game called Drag Racing. In this game, it’s basically all about going as fast as you can. Sounds simple – but it’s really all about shifting gears at exactly the right time. If you’ve ever played video games like Need for Speed, then you’ll know exactly what to do in this game.
During a race, you’ll see your car in the lower lane and your opponent in the upper. At the start of the race, press the gas pedal, after that, you only need to focus on timing your shifts perfectly. Tap the plus lever to shift up, and minus to shift down.
Sounds easy enough, but until you get the hang of it, trust me, you’re going to lose the first few races. Your timing has to be absolutely perfect, or the competition will get the lead on you.
Now, for those of you who prefer much simpler games, the next couple are ones I use when I just want a way to enter into sort of a meditative state with very little effort. Paper Toss is my absolute favorite. Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk and just shooting crumpled up paper balls into the wastebasket? Well Paper Toss simulates that age-old office pastime.
The goal of the game? Flick your finger in the direction that you want to launch the paper ball, carefully taking into consideration the fan and other obstacles, and hopefully landing the paper into the wastebasket with a satisfying “thud.” Try it out – you’ll be hooked on this game for life.
Last, but certainly not least, if you were ever addicted to the Atari game “Pong,” then you’ll want to install Glow Hockey. This is almost identical to the version of pong you can play on the Wii, complete with the same glow theme and sound effects.
Control is easy. Just slide your ring around with your finger, and outsmart the computer opponent with your superior finger-flicking techniques.
So, if you’re ever stuck in the middle of an especially stressful day, why not run to the restroom for 5 minutes of one of these mind-calming games? You’ll come out chilled out and ready to take on the rest of your day.
Which of these free Android games do you like best? Do you have any other favorites you use to de-stress? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.