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My recommendations for iPhones games to play on long flights

I have a post up at Babble Voices about my recommendations for Seven iPhone Games to Keep You Occupied During a Long Flight. I picked both old and new games soley based on which ones I make sure are on my phone before I leave, these are my faves. Go take a look.

There were a few other games that I wanted to note but didn’t quite make cut for being airplane-ready, here they are:

  • Hundreds
    This is the latest popular time waster. I didn’t include it because I have a love hate relationship with it, the levels become frustratingly pretty quickly and I do a lot of low-key rage quitting. But it always lures me back.
  • Babylonian Twins
    This is a platformer where you play twins who each have different skills. You can switch between them them to help each of the reach the end of a level. The game has an interesting history, it was originally created for the Amiga but never released but word of it spread from those few who played a demo and it became something of a legend. The game for iPhone has new graphics. I’m normally not a fan of platformers but I find each level combines plenty of exploration and puzzle solving. (Free lite version to try out.)
  • Rolando & Rolando 2
    Adorable graphics and great sound. I didn’t include these games in my list because the controls use the accelerometer and needing to turn and twitch your iPhone isn’t so convenient when squeezed into an airplane. I’m not sure if these have been updated for the Retina display.
  • Cross Fingers
    A game where you move wooden blocks inside a level. The sounds are nice and crisp and the visuals are pleasing. The game seems simple but can become challenging. I didn’t include this one because some levels require you to use your fingers in a way that will make it look like you’re playing a mini-Twister so it’s not perfect for airplanes. (Free lite version available to try out.)
  • Flow Free
    I compared one of the games on my recommendation list to Flow, which is better known. I had played Flow before and it didn’t hold my interest for long but revisited it when I was writing this as well as because I heard it recommended on an episode of Slate’s Culture Gabfest. And of course I am now obsessively working my way through it. I find it sort of works on my brain in the same way that knitting does. (Free levels, can buy more.)
  • Pocket Frogs
    This is a free game where you raise and breed frogs. It’s like a low-key tamagotchi. I play with this in spurts but love coming back to visit my frogs. There are a few ongoing frog goals that give in-game rewards to keep you working after you’ve bred yourself a library of frogs. I didn’t include this because some of the higher level frogs can take days to grow so it won’t help you out on a long flight. (Free, freemium.)

· comments [10] · 01-28-2013 · categories:technology ·

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  • 1 Seanna Lea // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

    These (and the other ones) look like a lot of fun. I imagine that some of them work on the iPad, so I’ll have to check them out. I don’t have an iPhone (yet. It is on my wish list), which is probably just as well for my productivity.

  • 2 megan // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Seanna Lea – We just got an iPad over and I have not tried games on it. I do know that Flow has iPad specific sets of levels. I actually suspect most of these games would be better on the iPad as I tend to like the more complicated games that are hard to use on a tiny screen.

  • 3 Johanna // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Spell Tower. I say no more. I have warned you.

  • 4 Celeste // Feb 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Yes yes yes Spider (Bryce Manor)! Such a satisfying, unusual puzzle game with the added, completely optional bonus of discovering the story. I’m looking forward to trying out the other picks (the only other one I know is Helsing’s Fire, which is also great). Thanks!

  • 5 John // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for sharing. Just in time as I have a 5 hour flight followed by a 16 hour flight next week!

  • 6 megan // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    John – Ouch, I wish you the best of patience!

  • 7 Peter Ferguson // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I am surprised that “Ticket to Ride: Pocket” is not on this list… It is free today, go get it right now, you will thank me!!!

  • 8 Anne-Marie Faiola // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I’m going on several trips in the next few weeks and I’ll have to check those out. =)

  • 9 Michel // Feb 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Not a game but a GREAT puzzle. Have you tried The Room? Very beautiful, too. I played it on my iPad but you can get ap for iPhone too.

  • 10 megan // Feb 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Peter – I just cannot get into that game, I did buy it though so I’ll give it another shot on my upcoming trip.

    Michel – I got the trial of that and feared it might become a hidden object game. I’ll buy the iPad version for an upcoming trip. Thanks for the recommendation!

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