18-Apr-2019 | 3 MIN READ | CATEGORY
The Ten Best Mobile Games games to download ready for your next airport transfer!
Catching a long-haul flight from London Heathrow or Gatwick/a trip across to Europe from Stanstead, Luton or London City?
If you want something to take your mind off things while you’re flying, here are ten games for you to download and play on your next trip!
1 Monument Valley
Simply a beautiful game on all levels. Literally. There’s nothing like Monumental Valley. If you’re familiar with Escher’s staircases (the ones where it looks like you’re forever climbing… like a Transatlantic flight!) you’ll get this pretty quickly. You have to guide ‘Ida’ through twisting, turning levels that reveal new bridges and pathways as you play. You do this while enjoying a wonderfully relaxing soundtrack. Beautifully immersive for your flight.
2 Golf Clash
Free. In-play purchases available.
THE golf game. Easy to play and jump into, you’ll be punching the air in minutes! Earn coins and jewels to buy powerful and accurate clubs, balls that spin and increasingly demanding courses. You can play against the rest of the world in real-time, just make sure your flight has decent onboard wi-fi.
3 Candy Crush
Free. In-play purchases available.
The most addictive legal thing you’ll ever hold in your hands. In fact, it’s the highest grossing mobile game of all time in the United States. All you have to do to complete a level is swap pieces of candy and match three or more. Match four or more and get power ups that help you progress. Later on there are also sort of challenges (currently 1895 of them, don’t even think about finishing this game). Once you start, your life will never be the same. Be warned.
4 Smash Hit
There’s something beautifully zen about Smash Hit. You move forward, serenely at first, and break things with silver balls. When you do, you get more time and the game continues. Fail to break stuff and the time counts down. The colours and music dreamily play along. You’ll continue playing for an age just to see what new challenges lay ahead...
5 The Room Series
If you’re looking for something a little more demanding, The Room series by Fireproof is a wonderful puzzle game that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. Beautiful to look at and with some puzzles that only an 11-year old will solve (believe me, I’ve played it with an 11 year old). These games are best played when your cabin crew have switched off all the lights and (shared) headphones plugged in.
6 Five Nights at Freddy's
My kids love this game, and you might too. It’ll have you jumping out of your skin! Originally for the PC, it loses little on the small screen for thrills, scares all round creeps… It’s survival horror at its most, well, weird. You’re security guard who must survive from midnight until 6am on the overnight shift (that’s just five minutes on the mobile version, but it’ll feel a lot longer). All sorts of weird animatronic animals are trying to prevent you from doing just that throughout. If you love it, there are plenty of sequels to go at…
This is a macabre and really beautiful offering. You play a little boy lost searching for his sister. In a land that offers echoes of old black and white movies, you side scroll your way through the eerie landscape. The completely intuitive gameplay and immersive industrial soundscape transport you to a weirdly evocative world from which you may never return…
If you’ve got an appetite for gameplay, Hole.io is just the thing. You play a big hole (?) which you move around the city devouring larger and larger objects (including other players) as you go. You just need a single finger to wreak world domination – humans, cars, buildings – in two minutes you’ll gobble everything in your path, include flight time. A fun distraction between Gin & Tonics.
9 Helix Jump
Another ‘how far can I get’ game. It’s kinda hypnotic and extremely difficult to put down. Super easy to play, you bounce downwards, tapping and dragging revolving platforms in the process. As more and more challenges are loaded up, you’ll get your timing on and tear through the levels.
10 Love Island The Game
I’m not playing this. I refuse to play it. You might love it!
About The Author
Paul Reaney has been wasting his time playing games for longer than a man of his age should. The former Namco spokesperson has appeared on TV to talk about the cultural influence of PacMan and even road-tested Tekken Tag Tournament a long time before Namco Bandai realised it wasn’t brilliant idea.