When you’re sitting in a waiting room or standing in line, you don’t have time for a lengthy game. Save those for later and check out these mobile options for a quick game fix. From awesome arcade challenges to perplexing puzzlers, these games will give you fast, five-minute fun.
All games are available for free on Android and iOS but contain optional in-app purchases.
Arcade games have come a long way and are now available in many forms. No quarters are required to play these fun challenges.
1. iSlash Heroes
Sharpen your blade and prepare for iSlash Heroes. Your goal is to slash pieces of the board away until the meter reaches the red ribbon. The trick is to watch out for the bouncing ninja stars because if you hit one, you must begin again. And the more pieces you remove, the less space there is for the stars to move.
2. Fishing Break
Fishing Break is a casual, colorful, and fun challenge. You will hop into your boat and travel to different watery worlds catching fish and creating a collection. Swipe to cast, then tap and hold to reel in your catch. Just be careful not to pull them in too quickly or they may break the line. Earn coins for the fish you sell and you’ll unlock better fishing spots.
3. Handbrake Valet
For a super quick challenge, test your emergency braking skills with Handbrake Valet. The goal is simple: tap on the correct side of the screen at just the right time to spin your vehicle and land it in the parking spot. You receive a star with each successful park job, get a different vehicle in every round, and can climb the leaderboards if you perform well.
Download — Handbrake Valet for Android [No Longer Available] | iOS
For a relaxing game based on shapes and sounds, check out Polyforge. As the crystal rotates, you tap to hit each side of it with color. But be cautious, because if you hit the same side twice, you must start again. Each correct tap creates a nice music tone, but a wrong tap will give you an off-key note.
Puzzles include more than jigsaws and crosswords. With birds, balls, and dots, you can enjoy a speedy brainteaser.
5. Two Dots
Containing over 1,000 levels, Two Dots has you collect colored dots to win. Connect dots of the same color to collect and remove them from the board to reach the level goal. You have a limited number of moves and lives, can use boosts and power-ups, and enjoy gifts for checking in daily and inviting friends.
6. Angry Birds Blast
You don’t have to be an Angry Birds fan to have fun with Angry Birds Blast. In this matching game, you pop adjacent balloons of the same color to set the birds free. Each of the 250 levels has a goal and you can use boosts and power-ups if you get stuck. Make large matches to create bombs and laser guns to blast away balloons. Be strategic, because you have limited moves. And, be sure to play the daily challenges for helpful rewards.
7. Roll the Ball
If you enjoy slide puzzles, then Roll the Ball is one to check out. You simply slide the tiles to create a path to guide the ball to the goal. Do your best to arrange the tiles so that you can collect three stars in each level. There are no time or move limits, the game is available offline, and you can play your way through tons of levels.
Many multiplayer games let you take your turn when you have the time. This turn-based selection is perfect for when you have minutes to spare.
8. Dice With Ellen
For a fun dice game with a Yahtzee concept and Ellen DeGeneres as the host, check out Dice with Ellen. Take turns rolling for high scores in the ones, twos, and threes as well as the full house, straight, and three-of-a-kind categories. Build up XP with your wins, choose custom dice, and challenge Ellen and her staff.
9. Trivia Crack Kingdoms
Mix the original Trivia Crack game with royalty and you have Trivia Crack Kingdoms. Play against your pals to see who rules in the world of trivia. Choose a channel topic like sports or TV shows, answer correctly to earn the crowns before your opponent, and then reign supreme.
10. Word Chums
If you like Words With Friends, then you’ll love Word Chums. In the vein of Scrabble gameplay, you can take on your Facebook friends to see who’s the better wordsmith. What makes this multiplayer word game stand out is the cute characters (Chums), colorful interface, and upbeat experience. Word Chums also offers power-ups for blasting away your letters and getting high-scoring hints.
11. Grand Gin Rummy
While Grand Gin Rummy has its longer tournaments and multi-hand games, it also offers a quick challenge. Earn chips for checking in each day and then use those to enter matches. This is a turn-based game, though you must play through until the game ends and moves are timed. However, if you are a gin rummy fan, this is a terrific way to play.
Download — Grand Gin Rummy for Android | iOS
Sports and Racing
Tee off on a wacky island or take a spin around the track. These games are quick and cool.
12. Golf Island
Play a speedy round of golf with a flick of your finger on Golf Island. This game is full of silly characters, colorful islands, and enjoyable gameplay. Flick the golf ball to land it on the green and collect diamonds. After you tee off, you can control the ball while it’s in the air and for a moment on the ground as well. Use boosts, score big, and customize your game in this awesome golf experience.
Download — Golf Island for Android [No Longer Available] | iOS
13. Subway Surfers
Swipe up to jump, down to slide, and move left and right as you charge ahead in Subway Surfers. In this upbeat, endless adventure, you’ll strap on your jetpack, hop on your hoverboard, and collect coins as you maneuver around the obstacles. Stay on top of your game, get a big score, and outrun that cop on your tail.
14. Horizon Chase — World Tour
There are plenty of amazing racing games to choose from and Horizon Chase — World Tour is one of them. Race laps around the track with easy controls, an awesome soundtrack, and turbo boosts. Challenge your friends and do your best to take first place. You receive two cars and five tracks in the free version and can unlock the full game for $2.99.
Put your brain to the test with word games that challenge your love of letters.
15. 7 Little Words
In 7 Little Words, you create words using blocks of letters to solve the seven clues. You can solve them in any order — shuffle the letter blocks or use a limited number of hints if you get stuck. Your goal is to make it through each level and you can stop and pick up where you left off later if necessary.
16. Four Letters
It takes a quick draw to succeed in Four Letters. When the four letters display, click them in the right order to spell a word. You score for each valid word you create and there are multiple answers available. The quicker you move, the better, because the challenge increases the faster you go.
In WordBrain, you swipe through the letters to create words. Those words must fill the empty slots at the bottom, so you can see how many letters each word contains. Just keep in mind that the words aren’t necessarily related. You can make as many attempts as needed to pass the level and get limited hints. The game has over 700 levels and will definitely puzzle even the smartest linguists.
What’s Your Favorite Quick Mobile Game?
When you have a few minutes to burn, do you have a go-to game? Maybe you like shooters, platformers, or strategy? Whatever your pleasure, if the game is fast, fun, and free for those five-minute fixes, let us know!
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