Whether you’re waiting on an appointment, held up in line, or on a long journey, we all have moments when a fun, engaging app would be a godsend. Luckily, we live in the age of smartphones, so rather than counting ceiling tiles or staring at your shoes, you can use any number of apps to pass the time. Download these great time-killing apps so that the next time your power goes out, you’ll be ready.
Osmos is a unique physics-based game with gorgeous visuals. Its calming music and laid-back gameplay make it perfect for just chilling out or calming yourself down while you wait for that person who’s always late for meetings. The idea of the game is simple: you’re a galactic mote floating through space absorbing other, smaller motes. This simple game yields virtually unlimited play.
If you want something more active, try Terraria. The popular PC game has recently expanded into the mobile market, making it a perfect time-killing app. Some describe the gameplay as “Minecraft meets Mario.” You propel your character through a 2-D world while building structures and fighting monsters. And there’s always something more elaborate to build or a bigger boss to fight, so this game could easily keep you occupied through many hours of downtime.
For puzzle lovers, Monument Valley may be just the thing to while away the time and keep the boredom at bay. It’s an enchanting game filled with M.C. Escher-ish levels and a compelling storyline. The music and the artwork come together to make this app an experience you have to try to understand.
If you’re looking for something more contemplative, Quoter may be it. It’s not a game, but it supplies you with a thought provoking quote each time you open the app. Mull over one of these quotes as you wait for the barista to call your name.
For an educational app, try Memrise. It’s an app that lets you gradually learn a new language in your idle moments. It lets you learn new words and phrases as well as test yourself on what you already know.
A tried-and-true method of killing time online, Reddit has now developed its own mobile app so that you can kill time on the go. Leave behind any preconceived notions you may have about the site, because with its multitude of subreddits, there’s really something for everyone.
Words With Friends
Any compilation of apps to pass time would be incomplete without the extremely popular Words With Friends. The app automatically pairs you with another player of similar skill to play with, so if you’ve already alienated all your friends by being too competitive, you’ll still be able to play.
Stitcher is a great way to pass the time. It can be used even when driving or any other time your mind is free but your hands aren’t. It’s a podcast aggregation app that consolidates all of your favourite podcasts in one convenient place for easy listening anywhere. You can even search by topic or theme to find a few new favourites. Just be courteous and listen with headphones on the underground, please.
If you prefer to read rather than listen to your content, Pocket is the app for you. It allows you to save articles, news stories, and other content from all over the web and puts it all in your own personal curated library to read when you have the chance. It’s like a super, digital bookmark.
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