Games To Play To Pass The Time
If you are reading this, you probably know that I love travel. That is to say, I love exploring new places and learning new things about different cultures. I love trying something that I have never tried before, and I love the exploitative idea behind travel. Something that I do not care for though is the waiting aspect during traveling. You know what I mean, two hours in an airport or that hour into an eight-hour trip – how do you kill the time if you are not sleepy enough to catch some zzz’s?
Well, fortunately there are a number of games that you can play on longer trips. Here are a few of them with a little description. There are plenty of others of course and this is not exactly a game review site, but these are very popular, very addictive and will help you pass some of the time during those long trips.
Plants vs Zombies
Smartphones, Tablets & PC
Even though a second version just came out, the first one remains my favourite. It has a buy-it-once purchase price and while the concept seems strange (defend your home against zombies with nothing but plants?) it is a strategically hilarious game with a fun, cartoon style. It is also playable for the entire family, because the zombies are not scary at all. Check out the different version at the Plants vs Zombies website (click here).
Smartphone, Tablets and PC
Unless you are planning to bring your laptop with you, you might be stuck with the mobile version of Minecraft. The concept seems very straightforward (build your own world with blocks) but the only limit is your imagination. The game is fun to play and you are able to stop and start at a moment’s notice. There is a reason that millions of people around the world devote hours to this game. Check out the Minecraft website (click here).
Smartphones & Tablets
Before there were Angry Birds ice creams, stuffed toys, board games, etc. There was the Angry Birds videogame on your smartphone. Launching birds from a slingshot into a castle occupied by pigs may seem outlandish, but it works on so many different levels. There are so many additions and expansions that you will be bombarding pigs for hours on end before you battery runs out. There is even a Star Wars version. Find all the version on the Rovio site (click here).
This is a single player puzzle game that kind of works like a crossword puzzle. The puzzle is nothing more than a grid of little squares called “cells.” These cells are stacked nine wide and nine high, which makes for 81 cells total. Around half (or a bit less) of the cells are already filled in. The object of the game is simple: Fill in the empty cells!
That sounds straightforward enough, but you have to follow one particular rule: no repeats in any block, column, or row. This means that all nine numbers have to be used in each block, column, or row. Given that there is only one correct answer for each empty cell makes this a challenging game of figuring out what goes where. If you want to see how you do against others try LiveSudoku.com (click here).
Solitaire is a famous card game that is also known as Klondike or Patience. Like many of the older card games, the exact origins of the game are unknown. The earliest documentation comes from 1783, from a German book. It is one of the more popular games of all time.
The goal behind Solitaire is to reveal all facedown cards and build four stacks of cards at the top. This means that you have one stack for each of the four suits. If the card is numbered one less than the other card, you drag it onto the other card. Now there are quite a few different variations of the classic version and most can be found on Solitaire Bliss (click here).
This traditional Chinese game is typically played by four people. Rather than using playing cards, you use tiles. The aim is to be the first player that has a complete hand, which means a pair, and four sets of three. The rules are different depending on what version you play. Like Solitaire there are also a number of easier and harder variations of the game. If you are a Mah-Jong expert try Mahjong Titans (click here).
Trivia Questions/Trivia Games
It is unbelievably fun to see what type of knowledge is hidden away in the depth of your brain, and trivia questions allow you to find out for yourself. The only thing that you need when playing trivia is a number of different questions, you do not need anything else. There is something very rewarding about showing that you have a mastery of the subject at hand, and you might just learn a thing or two. For seriously cool trivia try Trivia Crack (click here).