The 5 mobile app games I play on a daily basis
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The 5 mobile app games I play on a daily basis

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!

Design Home

design home

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.



Covet Fashion

covet fashion

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.



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Love Nikki

love nikki

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.



Neko Atsume

neko atsume

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!


gallantly gal



  1. Nat

    April 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve played the Neko game before. It’s fun but I quit after getting frustrated that certain cats wouldn’t come to me lol. Maybe I should give the game another try… It could be my way of becoming the crazy cat lady I’ve always wanted to be. 😀

    Love Nikki looks beautiful and I have heard good things about the game, but I’m not good with making fashion choices in order to pass levels. The art style looks very relaxing and soft.

    1. gallantly gal

      April 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Haha you can cheat and see what brings the cats to the yard. It’s fun and you can definitely live your ideal cat lady life through it!

      The fashion choices aren’t actually that based on fashion if that’s your concern. It’s almost tactical because you’re given criteria and each clothing item has different criteria that fit them. For example, the challenge might ask for something cute and pure, so you look for the clothing items that are cute and pure while also checking what other, more minor criteria there are @_@ haha. It can get kind of annoying though. I get frustrated when you can’t pass a level until you create a whole outfit and each part of the outfit you have to “craft.” Yeah, it can get complicated and take a few days to pass certain rounds.

      1. Nat

        April 15, 2018 at 11:03 pm

        What! You can cheat in the game??? How did I not know that…

        Uh oh. By “craft”, do you mean like you need a certain number of parts for items and they need to be combined to make a piece of an outfit? I can’t do those things lol.

        1. gallantly gal

          April 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          Haha well by cheat I mean look up things online, like what items attract what rare cats. And yeah, that’s what I mean by craft :\ it’s really annoying and my least favorite part of the game

          1. Nat

            April 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm

            I think I’ll refrain from looking up the cheats for now so I can have fun just randomly watching to see which cats show up in the yard. 😀 Playing the game now, I didn’t remember there was a camera feature for taking pics of the cats. So cute! I only wish the game could be expanded to have different areas where the toys and food could be placed instead of just the yard…

          2. gallantly gal

            April 18, 2018 at 2:06 am

            Haha yeah. I just got impatient and wanted to see ALL the cats! Haha. Right now I did see them all but am waiting on all their mementos. Yeah the camera feature is fun! You can eventually buy an expansion and different backgrounds 😮

          3. Nat

            April 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

            Cool, there is an expansion and new backgrounds. 😯 Can I only unlock that by getting a high amount of fish or by having certain cats visit me?

          4. gallantly gal

            April 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

            You just need the moolah (aka the fish) and then you can buy the expansion and backgrounds

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