8 favourite game apps on my phone

Most of us spend quite some time on our phones these days, and I am certainly no stranger to that either. As someone with a chronic illness who needs to rest quite a lot, low energy games on my phone are a great way to spend my time – especially when I am struggling with brain fog and need to spend some time doing stuff I don’t really need to think about. In this post I will talk about some of the game apps on my phone that I play the most. Some of these require some thinking, some definitely don’t, but they’re all pretty fun and low energy!

1.     Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

I think most of us have heard of the Plants vs. Zombies games before. If not: in the original version of this game you have to fight zombies approaching your house by planting plants in your garden. PvZ Heroes is a deck-building game where you can’t only fight the zombies: you can also be the zombies and fight the plants instead. The game is primarily a player vs. player game, but you can also play against the computer for a more laid-back version. The only major downside of this game is that it takes a while to get good cards and build good decks, so it can be a little hard to get into. The game is also not updated a lot anymore – but that is probably a good thing for new players, as it gives you the opportunity to catch up with all cards that are currently released.

2.     Trivia Crack

While Trivia Crack is a quiz game, I find that in general the questions are quite easy and don’t require an awful lot of thinking. That being said, this is not a game you should play while having lots of brain fog. If your brain is working fine though, this is a pretty fun game. There are several modes where you can play against other players and several modes where you play on your own to unlock rewards. It is a great way to pass the time, and sometimes to actually learn new stuff.

Screenshots of the first four game apps
From left to right: PvZ Heroes, Trivia Crack, Simon Tatham’s Puzzles, Neko Atsume

3.     Simon Tatham’s Puzzles

This puzzle app has a lot of different puzzle games (I counted 39) – some of which are hard, some of which aren’t. The games vary from well-known puzzles such as Mastermind to Sudoku, to games where you have to untangle lines so none of them overlap. All of these can be played on different difficulty levels. I find that for the types of puzzles I am good at, I can still do the easy ones when struggling with brain fog. However, this is going to be different for everyone. When it’s just your body that needs some resting though, or you just need to pass the time, this app has a lot of different puzzles and it’s going to have something for everyone.

4.     Neko Atsume

If there is one game that is super low energy and accessible, it has got to be Neko Atsume. All you have to do in this game is collect cute anime cats. You lure them to your garden by buying toys and food. The cats then give you fish as a gift, which is the in-game currency to buy more toys and food. While it is easy to play, it is definitely not too easy to collect all the cats: some cats are only attracted by one or two specific toys, so it can take quite a while before they finally show up in your garden.

5.     Nonogram

I’ve played Nonograms (also known as Japanese puzzles) since I was a kid, and I love them. So when I found out there were several apps for it as well, I decided to download one. I use the one by Easybrain, but there are several others. For those who are not familiar with Nonograms: they are logical puzzles where you have to fill in blocks on a grid. Numbers at the side show how many blocks in a line you have to fill in. When you have filled in all the correct blocks, it reveals a picture. Nonograms can be quite hard and complicated, but most apps have smaller puzzles that contain 15×15 blocks at most. Once you know how this type of puzzle works, these small puzzles are quite easy and don’t require a lot of active thought.

6.     Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump does not really require any thinking at all: just a bit of dexterity. You move your phone to let a little drawn creature jump toward platforms and try to let it jump as high as possible. There are some obstacles along the way, such as moving platforms, platforms that break when you jump on them, and monsters you can shoot by tapping the screen. It’s a really cute game, and it has several different themes to use too which slightly alter the game, such as ninjas, pirates, space or the jungle.

Screenshots from the last four game apps
From left to right: Nonogram, Doodle Jump, Candy Crush, Blendoku

7.     Candy Crush

Yes, I am one of those people who still plays Candy Crush. There have been periods of time where I barely touched it, but I have recently rediscovered it (and am now playing it way too much). I find that Candy Crush is in general a great low energy game – the only thing I have to look out for is not getting too frustrated when I get stuck in a level. While there are plenty of these ‘match three’ games, Candy Crush is the only one I keep playing. If you enjoy these kind of games, I would also recommend the other Candy Crush games such as Candy Crush Soda Saga, or similar games such as Homescapes and Gardenscapes.

8.     Blendoku

This is another game that is mostly just super relaxing. The goal is to place different color blocks in the correct order from one color shade to another. This could be from white to black, or yellow to red, for instance, but after a while the levels get more complicated and it is not always that straight-forward which color needs to go where. There also is a colorblind mode, which allows you to shift the colors of the blocks to ones that you can distinguish from each other without changing the difference between the hues. Once you have finished all the levels but want to play more, there is also Blendoku 2.

Do you play any of these games? Which game apps or other games do you play when you can’t do much else because of chronic illness or just need to relax a bit? Let me know in the comments!

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