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iPhone games to keep you happy while waiting in line at the bank

So, something in our house sprung a leak last weekend and I found water dripping down into my sewing room. We’ll be spending the week watching our ceiling get ripped out, dried up and rebuilt. We’ve been through this before and yes, it’s the same ceiling but a completely different cause this time. Let’s pretend none of this is happening and talk about video games instead!

Device 6
I’m going to admit I have not finished this yet. I tend to play iPhone games in public situations (on the bus, waiting in line) and this one will require that you either have a keen memory or the ability to take down some visible notes (codes) to enter later on. That said, it’s worth playing with your headphones on as this mostly-text game uses audible as as well as visual cues tell a story, and the game requires you to rotate and tilt the screen to advance. This game is stylish and fun. It’s won a bunch of Best of 2013 awards and I agree. Awesomeness. $3.99 in the app store.

This is a fun combination of fill-in-the-word and future fiction. You are a viewer into a series of digital conversations between an all-seeing dictatorship, a rebel group and a friend caught in the middle. Your only clues are the context of the story you’re reading. It can be frustrating if you just cannot get one of the words and you are prevented from advancing. That said, if you just don’t know the answer it’s easy (too easy?) to Google and find a spoiler in return. This is one of those instances where if you love the story it’s worth engaging a friend to Google the answers and give you more gentle clues. $2.99 in the app store.

This is a simple game that uses Bluetooth to detect other players nearby and whoever reacts first can pick the others virtual pocket. It’s amazingly fun to get a notification of somebody nearby while you’re riding a bus or arriving at a party. But, there aren’t nearly enough players yet which is why I need you all to play. It’s got the potential to be epically fun. Free.

Home Sheep Home 2
I heart everything that Aardman Studios does so I’m a wee bit embarrassed that it took me so long to play their Home Sheep Home 2 puzzle platformer involving Shaun the Sheep and his usual suspects. In each screen you’ve got to solve some puzzles to get three sheep to the exit. Each sheep has a different ability, one jumps high, one pushes heavy things, one fits through small spaces, and you’ll need all three to solve each level. The soundtrack, humor, personalities of the sheep and the crisp sound effects make a very charming game that is balanced with just enough difficulty. As you progress there are new elements presented (gravity!) and as you play there are collectibles for us completionists. That said, if you tend to play casual games in a web browser some of the levels are available online: Underground, Lost In London, as well as the original Home Sheep Home. $.99 in the app store. (Home Sheep Home 1 is also available for $.99 but know that it’s a much shorter game.)

Snail Bob
This is similar to Shaun the Sheep, you have to get the snail to the exit on each screen. You click to move things out of the way, manipulate gravity and the like and in each level there are three stars hiding. It’s not as stylized as Home Sheep Home but it makes my problem solving pleasure centers happy. You can play a bunch of Snail Bob games online for free and if you’d like to try it out Snail Bob 5, A Love Story is a good representation of what is in the iPhone game. $.99 in the app store.

· comments [8] · 02-24-2014 · categories:iphone · technology ·

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  • 1 Kendra // Feb 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Question: is it better to have played Home Sheep Home 1 first, or can I jump right into Home Sheep Home 2 right away?

  • 2 megan // Feb 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Kendra – You can jump into #2 right away, there are a few short tutorial levels so you can get the hang of it.

  • 3 alicia // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Ooh, can’t wait to try Device6!

  • 4 megan // Feb 27, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    It’s really well done!

  • 5 Britta // Mar 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I really enjoyed Blackbar (on your recommendation!)- thanks! I don’t play many iPhone games and was a bit surprised me was that the game is not super long. Still good value though, given it costs less than a fancy coffee!

  • 6 karine76 // Mar 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve dowloaded HSH2 and Snail Bob following your recommandation and have wasted quite a bit of time on them since. Thanks for the tip.

  • 7 megan // Mar 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Britta – a good point, it is a short game. I do wish there were more of it!

  • 8 megan // Mar 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    karine – I am sorry, but I hope you have enjoyed that time :)

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