It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling on your own or with friends and family, long bus, car, and plane trips can become boring very quickly. Other than looking out the window and listening to music, we usually turn to various games to keep ourselves entertained.
Seeing as how you might not have a buddy to play the license plate game or 20 questions with, you will most likely turn to your phone. Here are some of the best games to help that trip go by as fast as possible.
1. Candy Crush Friends Saga
While chances are slim that you never played Candy Crush seeing as how everyone and their grandmother seem to be obsessing over it, you can consider downloading it for your trip. The premise you are surely familiar with: you have to swap candies in order to create a match of at least three same-coloured ones in a row.
There are also some additions like cascading fruits and chocolate obstacles that make the game a bit more challenging. Additionally, you’ll also be able to play Candy Crush offline and it won’t drain your battery either. Plus, if you like this type of game, there are many similar titles to choose from, including Bejeweled and Farm Heroes.
2. Scrabble GO
If you love Scrabble but realize that it’s a bit impractical to play on a plane or bus, you’ll be glad to hear that you can easily download Scrabble GO to your mobile device and play with your friends. It is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store, but keep in mind that it does require data in order to be played.
If you have an unlimited plan and are not leaving the country, you can enjoy challenging your friends and showing off your vast vocabulary. In case you find the design too distracting like some users did, you can also consider Words with Friends and Wordmaster.
Another word-based game you can consider is Pictoword. Available both on iOS and Android for free, this game is pretty simple. You will see two pictures on the screen that will represent one word and you will be offered scrambled letters underneath that you can use to make a guess. If you’re travelling alone, this is a great way to pass the time.
Even if you are with someone, you can all take turns. Other similar offline games include Heads Up!, 4 Pics Quiz, and Guess the Word.
4. Casino games
You can also take casino games into consideration, of which there is plenty to choose from. Blackjack, slots, poker, roulette et al, with such a wide variety of apps, it’s important to check which ones need internet access and which ones work offline as well. Something else to take into account is the legality and accessibility of online casino games in certain countries.
For example, if you are visiting Canada, you want a list of trustworthy casinos where you can play and potentially win some money. According to CasinoTopsOnline, playing online comes with advantages such as welcome bonuses and free spins as opposed to playing in a land-based establishment. Another great thing about online casinos is that you have so many different games available to you, regardless of where you are and what time it is.
5. Crossy Road
Even though Crossy Road might not be as popular as it was a few years back when it first came out, it is still an addictive game that will make the time fly by if you’re travelling on your own. Playing as the default character Chicken, your objective is to avoid obstacles (and dying) as you cross a never-ending series of roads. As you progress, you can unlock new characters as well. It is available for free on Android and iOS, with slight differences.
6. Fleet Battle
Fans of the classic Battleship game will love Fleet Battle. If you’ve played before, you know that your goal is to sink the enemy’s battleships before they do the same to yours. When it comes to Fleet Battle, you get the option to play against the computer in single-player mode as well as against other people in online and local multiplayer.
After playing for a few hours on the train, bus, or plane, you will rise through the ranks and become an admiral in no time. Once again, it is available both on the App Store and the Google Play Store. In case you are travelling to a country where it’s not available and you forgot to download it beforehand, you can always use a VPN to access the store and get the game.
Finally, if you are travelling with friends or family but can’t think of anything else to play, you can download What If. This fun game will present you with various interesting and challenging questions, such as “What if… you could read every person’s mind. But… they could read yours.” You can respond with yes or no and instantly see what other players said. Everyone can have a turn or you can answer with the majority’s answer. You’ll even get some insight into the human psyche.
We just barely scratched the surface of the available options for the modern traveller. With all the titles that can be downloaded these days, there is little excuse to be bored on any trip ever again. Just remember to make your picks before the trip so that come travel time you can kick back and enjoy the fun!