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The smart phone has a myriad of different uses. As someone directionally challenged as myself, I use the GPS to get to new and foreign places. As a glutton, I constantly use apps to look at reviews for new restaurants and menus. But most importantly, as a lazy, good-for-nothing millennial, I use my smart phone the most for nothing other than… mobile app games. Especially as someone who was rarely allowed to play games growing up (because, cough, Asian household), I had a lot of catching up to do. Envision the following scene:
Tiger Dad – What are you doing on your phone all the time?!
Me – Err, reading up on the news. That stock market, eh? Gosh, I can’t wait to be a doctor!
(Just kidding, my dad never pushed the medical field on me.)
Either way, I noticed that, while I had a lot of games on my phone, there were only a handful that I turned to every single day and have become a part of my daily routine. They help me ease away boredom or anxiety, and they give me a feeling of accomplishment, which, as false as it may be, I’ll take because I need anything I can get!
So without further do, here are the five mobile app games that have become integral parts of my life!
Crowdstar Inc created Design Home not that long ago, and I have been obsessed! I’m personally not that big on interior designing (I like to force my sister to do that part in Sims), but I do enjoy seeing how other people decorate their homes and I am in love with the idea of decorating up my own place to call home someday. Since I can’t really do that right now, I turn to Design Home, which is an interior design app. You get various challenges and spend “tickets” to do a challenge. This is nice because you get different themes and requirements for each one, so you may decorate a place you would never live in but would still have fun dreaming up. For example, I love cozy and rustic, but a monochromatic, minimalist place is still fun to design. The graphics are great and the overall game play is straightforward. After completing challenges, you wait for votes to come in to see if you earned enough stars to win the rewards, and you can vote, too, for tickets.
Before Design Home, Crowdstar Inc had Covet Fashion, which I played for a while before its sister app came to being. I also greatly enjoyed this app, but actually like Design Home a lot better. This one is pretty much the same thing, except that it has to do with fashion. You will get “models” with different body shapes (a total plus) and dress them up (including hair and makeup) for rewards. Whenever you level up, you will also get new makeup, hair, and other advantages. Since it’s made by the same company, the graphics are also great (except it fails the exit test for some reason) and game play is indeed straightforward, as well.
My latest obsession, Love Nikki is a dress-up game like Covet Fashion, but a bit more complex. There is a lot more going on so the interface might confuse you at first; it’s basically an RPG game comprised of dressing up rather than fighting. They have other options too, like competing with other users one-on-one or entering a competition like Covet Fashion where votes are issued. The graphics for the previous two games were definitely good, but they are downright gorgeous in this game because they’re in a lovely Japanese anime style. They also make you feel like you’re accomplishing a lot because there are many rewards and events going on. So fun and beautiful! You could also decorate your own place in this, but it’s not as comprehensive as Design Home.
If you read my past blog post on interactive story apps, then you know my favorite is Pixelberry’s Choices. The graphics, interface, and game play are all pretty great. This is actually the only one I can’t play daily but I totally would if I could–it’s just that not all of the episodes and stories get updated that frequently. Sometimes, I replay stories I already completed. Still, there is plenty of fun to be had here, so I highly recommend it. It’s really fun to have choices in a story that could change the outcome! You’re both reader and writer.
Another Japanese game, this one is super duper fun and ridiculously cute to boot. I was obsessed with this a few years ago because I was extremely stressed at the time, but this game never failed to put a smile on my face. I got a couple of friends hooked on it, too. It’s really straightforward–honestly there isn’t even much for you to do. All you do is put out food in a virtual yard and check in once in a while to see what cats pop up. They do different postures, and each one is so adorable! It’s really fun to just open up the app to see what new cat crawled into your yard, then take a lot of pictures of it through the game’s camera. Even now, after seeing all of the cats and owning everything in the store, I like to check in daily for the sign-in and to feed the cats. And pray for a new, huge update…
So those are the five mobile app games I open up every single day! There are times when I get obsessed with a game for a few weeks, then stop (like Family Feud or Boggle), but these I have been playing consistently for a while now for the most part.
They probably consume way more of my time than they should, but if you are also looking for some stress relief and fun, then I highly recommend you get… as hooked on these mobile app games… as I did… Insert evil laughter here.
Enjoy! Oh, and Happy Friday the 13th!