You may not be a gamer by nature, but this pandemic has all of us doing things we never thought we would do. If you’ve never delved into Candy Crush or Flappy Bird then it might just be time to give in.
But don’t go jumping into an old game – now is your chance to discover all the glory the app store has to offer. It’s a literal treasure chest full of soothing distractions that can take your mind off the constant news cycle that we’re struggling to escape (if that’s what you want to do, of course).
The best part? You don’t even have to play them alone. There’s no shortage of multiplayer games for you to keep up your competitive spirit with family or friends.
From trivia and brain teasers to first-person shooters and races, these are the apps you should download right now.
Yes, it is technically a video chat application, but games are just another one of its features. Log on with your friends and you’ll be able to play anything with them from charades to geography trivia.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Animal Crossing: New Horizons may have all the hype right now, but if you don’t have a gaming console at home, you can still jump on the bandwagon from your phone.
Dots and Boxes
There’s no better way to kill a couple of hours than with this classic game—and it’s now digital, so you can play with almost anyone you know. If you’ve never played before, the game starts with an empty grid, and players take turns adding horizontal or vertical lines between dots with the goal of completing a box.
It’s the world’s most popular game for a reason, and there’s no better time to give it a try. For the uninitiated: it’s a third-person shooter game with base-building elements (like Minecraft).
Asphalt 9: Legends
Into racing games? You’ll need to download Asphalt 9: Legends, the coolest racing game available on iPhone right now. You’ll have a choice of between 60 different cars and various routes.