For many of us the daily commute is a real grind. For some it can take hours on public transport, with the average commute to work now 59 minutes. For those not driving, it’s the perfect opportunity to sink your head into a book, take a nap, or enjoy one of the thousands of games in the App Store. We take a look at the best games for your daily commute
Let’s face it, many of us do automatically look to our mobile devices when we’ve got a spare moment. It’s almost second nature, but rather than scroll through social media or stare blankly at your screen, why not get stuck into a new game to pass the time? There are hundreds of great games available in app stores these days and we’ve narrowed down our favourite commuter games for 2021…
Best Games for Your Daily Commute
Bingo has long been a popular game online and over the past year the number of players has risen significantly, creating a buzzing community and an ever-growing number of different variants. There are dozens of great apps in the app stores, with the likes of Ted Bingo transferring their desktop browser games into app form with ease. Games last just a few minutes, so depending on the length of your commute you can enjoy a relatively long session or a few quick games.
There are many different bingo games available through apps these days, with new versions like slingo appealing to a completely new generation of player. It’s a great commuter game, and can also help your mind start working efficiently, with the game testing reaction speed and concentration, making it ideal to get you ready for a day’s work.
Puzzles are comfortably one of the go-to games when it comes to the daily commute, with the likes of Candy Crush and Homescapes incredibly popular with players. 2021 will no doubt welcome another puzzle game that takes the world by storm, with carriages full of players in the morning.
Puzzle games are also perfect for journeys into work, as they can train your brain, with a number specifically designed to improve cognitive skills. Apps such as Peak and Lumosity are among the most popular on the market today, with the former offering a series of mini games which have been created to improve the likes of memory, language, mental agility, and attention. There are around 30 games to play, so one each day rounds off a month nicely!
Action & Adventure
When it comes to the best games for your daily commute, for many of us it’s far from fun. Crowded carriages and noisy commuters can really leave you feeling like you want to escape. Books can offer this, while many prefer to immerse themselves in a game. Action and adventure gaming apps are ideal for this, transporting you to another world. 80 Days is one of the most fun adventure games for your phone. Inspired by Around the World in 80 Days, you play Phileas Fogg’s assistant Passepartout and must help Fogg navigate the globe, using the likes of airships, submarines and many other modes, meeting plenty of characters along the way. It’s a truly fun and innovative game that allows you to compete against others and travel the world all from the comfort of your train seat.
The game doesn’t come cheap and is £4.99, but it is certainly worth it. Other excellent adventure games to escape the dreariness of the daily commute include the likes of Crashlands and Grand Mountain Adventure, a skiing and racing game which allows you to explore various tracks and mountains across the world. It’s a free app, with some in-app purchases available and again offers great escapism for long or short journeys.
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