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The Best Games To Play In Your Spare Moments

The Best Games To Play In Your Spare Moments

There are many times in your day in which you might have just a few fleeting moments of waiting. It could be standing in line, sitting in the waiting room, spending time in the bathroom, or if you're really adventurous, while sitting in traffic (don't do this). There are plenty of games you could play, but for those brief waiting periods, you really want a game that can be played at your own pace, with one hand, and without constant attention. You want a passive game like solitaire rather than a 3D first person shooter. With that in mind, check out these games to play in your spare moments.

Modern Card Games With Fresh Contemplative Challenges

Solitaire is most well known by the vanilla version Klondike. There are all new modern twists on solitaire that let you play as a thief, keep away nightmares, mix potions, and more just by playing cards. These games are perfect to play one handed at your own pace. You can look away from the screen without your performance being impacted, and still have a compelling and enjoyable experience.

Be sneaky
Card Thief

Card Thief

Arnold Rauers

Guide your thief through the dungeon as stealthy as possible with specific cards.

The board game is composed of three rows and three columns of cards. You try to move your thief past guards, through traps, and to collect gold. The game gives you limited stealth, and every move costs stealth points, so you need to be careful with every card you move to.

Make your matches
Pair Solitaire

Pair Solitaire

Vitalii Zlotskii

Solitaire with a pair-matching twist

Pair Solitaire is all about the joy of pair matching. If that sounds simple and easy, be sure you don't allow the simplicity to deceive you. Hiding underneath is a deep strategy to explore. It will bring you the simple joys of solitaire, while challenging your strategy skills at the same time.

Use key cards
Onirim - Solitaire Card Game

Onirim

Asmodee Digital

Play cards at the right time to open doors and avoid nightmares.

Onirim challenges your ability to strategize the usage of different colored and symboled cards. Your goal is open the colored doors either with using rare keys, or playing three of the same colored cards in a row with alternating symbols. It takes patience to balance when to use your hand of five cards, especially when nightmare cards pop up to try to zap you're whole hand.

Customize your game
Flipflop Solitaire

Flipflop Solitaire

Zach Gage

The maker of Sage Solitaire, SpellTower, TypeShift, Really Bad Chess, and more has a new form of solitaire for you.

Zach Gage, creator of great games like Spelltower and Sage Solitaire, is back with another fresh new take on the classic solitaire.

Combine ingredients
Miracle Merchant

Miracle Merchant

Arnold Rauers

The makers of Card Thief and Card Crawl have a new card based challenge for you to play.

The guy behind Card Crawl and Card Thief has another excellent hit on his hands.

Slide Into These Fun Puzzlers

Block sliding puzzle games let you swipe the screen with one hand to try to figure out the solution. The genre has advanced beyond simple blocks to deliver complete worlds, themes, and adventures. You can play through an actual journey at your own pace with interesting puzzle mechanics to boot.

Unique challenge
Slayaway Camp

Slide the murdered to take out camp kids in this slasher inspired puzzler.

Slayaway Camp

Slayaway Camp

Blue Wizard Digital LP

The 80s slasher flicks of Halloween, Friday the 13th, and others are a great juxtaposition for a block sliding puzzle game. This game genre is usually filled with overly cute characters, but the campy horror flicks are a great theme too. Swipe to slide the Jason inspired character into the...

Roll your way through the kingdom
Red's Kingdom

A block sliding puzzle game transformed into an adventure.

Red's Kingdom

Red's Kingdom

Cobra Mobile Limited

Swipe the screen to slide Red across the castle grounds, through dungeons, and more in this new adventure game. It's an interesting genre mash-up that offers a simple mechanic to let you focus on the neat world to interact with.

Bring me Cakes - Fairy Puzzle

A new Little Red Riding Hood themed puzzle challenge.

Bring me Cakes - Fairy Puzzle

Bring me Cakes - Fairy Puzzle

Aliaksei Huleu

A block sliding puzzle game with a Little Red Riding Hood theme. Slide to send red through the level to try to collect cakes to bring to grandma. As you advance, the big bad wold is introduced among other enemies that move as you slide.

Find The Right Order Of Operations

Your goal is to figure out the right order of operations. These games let you take your time to think about the right sequence of movements to find the solution. There is quite a bit of variety, but the core ideas require you to move this here and flip that there to solve the given puzzle.

Layering The Puzzle Challenge
Strata

Strata

Graveck

Weave your way through the challenging canvas-colored puzzles.

Strata is a game that will definitely test your puzzle-solving skills. You must weave the colored ribbons correctly to match the patterns on the grid. There are hundreds of puzzles, the ability to undo your moves, and calming music as you play.

Challenging puzzles
Invert - Tile Flipping Puzzles

Invert

Noodlecake Studios Inc

A flat Rubik's Cube waiting to be flipped and flopped.

We got to preview the game at GDC in March, and now it's available for everyone. Get ready for an all new puzzle challenge that will test you to flip and flop the tiles to make one uniform grid. It's a bit like a flat Rubik's cube as you try to figure out the right order to flip specific patterns of tiles, so that everything comes together as one.

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Draknek Limited

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

In A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, you will help the monster create friends from snow. You will use your puzzle-solving skills in little areas of the town by rolling snowballs into the correct sizes and then assembling the snowmen.

Get Your Thinking Cap On

Logic puzzles require you to contemplate the answer for quite awhile. These are the types of games in which you look at the puzzle, and then can stare off into the distance as you try to think of a solution. Get ready for puzzles that will keep your brain occupied and engaged as you're waiting.

Marple
Marple

A logic puzzle game in which you try to deduce the proper order of puzzle pieces.

Marple

Marple

Mikko Kankainen

The game gives you 20 tiles to arrange in the proper order by using the visual clues. It's all about "if this, then that" as you try to use deduction of the given clues to figure out how everything fits together. It's a visual logic puzzle game, rather than the...

Partyrs

Host a party, and try to keep everyone happy.

Partyrs

Partyrs

Shelly Alon

It's time to host a party with an eclectic invite list. Partyrs is a logic based puzzle game in which you need to keep all of the different party animals happy. Each partier wants to be next to certain other guests and away from others, and your goal is to...

Ready, Aim, Fire!

These games emphasize precision aiming, and you can take your time in lining up your shot. The goal is to take out as many enemies as possible with each one of your limited shots. You can fire at your own pace, and play one level at a time.

The Classics

Bird Boss Battles
Angry Birds 2

You choose the bird in this fun, flinging follow-up to Angry Birds.

Angry Birds 2

Angry Birds 2

Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Angry Birds 2 employs the same concept as the original Angry Birds, but takes it to a new level. Features include choosing which bird to fling, magic spells for special effects, multistage levels, and big boss pig take-downs. You can also challenge opponents in the Arena and connect to Facebook...

Who and how you can play
Words With Friends – Word Game

Take on your Facebook friends in the ultimate word game for pals.

Words With Friends – Word Game

Words With Friends – Word Game

Zynga Inc.

Words With Friends puts you against your buddies on a Scrabble-type of game board. Players take turns making words that connect to each other in hopes of outscoring their opponent using double and triple boosts for letters and words. The winner is the one with the highest score after all...

Match 3 candies to clear them
Candy Crush Soda Saga

Soda goes great with some Candy Crush.

Candy Crush Soda Saga

Candy Crush Soda Saga

King

Candy Crush Soda Saga is a sweet and tasty followup to the original Candy Crush Saga. You'll find more of the same match-three puzzle madness in Soda Saga, but with some new game mechanics thanks to the fizzy awesomeness of soda. Fulfill the level requirements, earn stars, and rack up...