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What mobile games are we playing now?

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Baby geoff with ipad

This is our busiest time of year. With so many games launching at the same time, it’s hectic to get all our reviews out on time. However, even during these busy times, we somehow make time to play on our handheld devices, if only while sitting on the throne. Here’s how we occupy those few moments of downtime.

Darryn: Slots

Slots wizard

Despite his miserly tendencies, Darryn has a secret – he loves slot games. It’s fake gambling, which is probably the best form. He has a range of games that he plays, almost all of them with a lucky 7 in the title. However, his favorite is Hit it Rich from Zynga. From The Wizard of Oz to Terminator, these are some of the most popular games that you can get on mobile. Just be careful of the “mium” in Freemium – there are in-app purchases that can easily drain your wallet.

Geoff: Threes

Threes Tristine

Geoff claims that he isn’t playing anything at the moment, but considering the fact that he keeps rubbing his high scores in my face, I know it’s a lie. Geoff is actually playing Threes – a game I adored that only costs $2. It could be the music, or the unique puzzling nature of the game, but it’s addictive and fun and I’d highly recommend it. Also, Geoff’s high score is 62427. He must be lying, right?

Gavin: Logos Quiz

Logos quiz

In what sounds like the lamest game out there, Gavin has been playing Logos Quiz. Guess the names of hundreds of logos from different companies, until they run out, it seems. I’d much rather do the Logo quizzes on Quizzup, but I suppose that’s just me. No judgement for Gavin’s way of life.

Matty: MGS3/SSB

Ssb

Our tallest Porra says he isn’t playing on his mobile much at the moment. Instead, he’s making use of his handheld devices, alternating between his Vita with MGS3 and his 3DS with Super Smash Bros. Considering how much he loved SSB, I guess I’m not too surprised that he’s still playing it.

Sandy: Threes

Alessandro has also been playing Threes in his spare time, but he is far less successful at the game. While I also don’t come close to Geoff’s high score, Sandy’s is quite sad – he wouldn’t give me the exact figure, but he estimated it was about 1700. That makes my high score of 22 800 seem way better. I also find I play way better on iPad than iPhone – anyone else have this with games across their mobile devices?

Zoe: Cook, Serve, Delicious!

CSD ipad

I blame this squarely on Geoff. I normally use my tablet for Kindle reading, playing tower defense games, playing threes or checking twitter when I have a few minutes to kill. However, after mentioning my love of Cook, Serve, Delicious! on Steam, Geoff said that he only ever played it on iPad. I had never played it with touch before, and the game was certainly built for it. If you have a mobile device and are prepared to confront your OCD, you need to play the best restaurant simulator out there. Plus, it only cost me R60.

Any of these choices surprise you? What casual games fill your time?

Last Updated: November 11, 2014

47 Comments

  1. ReaperOfSquirrels

    November 11, 2014 at 15:08

    Lol, I guess it could be a worse list of mobile games. Me, I don’t have a single game installed on my phone… I’m using my phone to read the whole of Naruto at the moment.

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  2. Guild

    November 11, 2014 at 15:09

    Could Hearthstone be considered casual? I only play it on the iPad and generally when I got outside for a smoke.

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    • Viking Of Divinity

      November 11, 2014 at 15:12

      If That’s the only time you play, then yes… that’s casual…. It’s when you insessently tap until 3AM that it becomes something far more Sinister….

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      • Guild

        November 11, 2014 at 15:18

        Ya, then I would say it’s casual. I pretty much do the daily quest for gold. If I’m close to buying a pack I’ll do a few more till I get a pack. I play ranked till I start getting beaten back so I sit around 12-15 usually.

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    • RinceThis

      November 11, 2014 at 15:23

      Oi! You said you stopped!

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      • Guild

        November 11, 2014 at 15:42

        I smoke the Twisp outside. Don’t want my daughter seeing it and trying to pick it up and smoke it

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    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2014 at 15:37

      I play HS once every few weeks for a few hours. That’s pretty casual.

      Now DOTA is another story… ๐Ÿ™

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  3. Jac7

    November 11, 2014 at 15:09

    Where is the porn? I would forgive you if you added porn to each of your choices. This is just filthy.

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  4. Viking Of Divinity

    November 11, 2014 at 15:16

  5. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2014 at 15:18

    Sims Tapped Out was pretty fun for a while, but it did not last long before the “wait to play” model kick into full gear. Thanks EA

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    • Ceyber, Hans

      November 11, 2014 at 15:55

      I don’t get it… why you say that like you’re surprised?

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      • Hammersteyn

        November 11, 2014 at 16:03

        I stop playing it a year or so ago, was fun while it lasted. I tried to play off the whole buying stuff through microtransactions isn’t necessary but it was useless

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        • Ceyber, Hans

          November 11, 2014 at 16:20

          That’s a shame. Beginning to understand all your hate of anything EA.
          It’s like planting an e-toll booth in the middle of a charity run…

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          • Hammersteyn

            November 11, 2014 at 16:29

            rofl

  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 11, 2014 at 15:22

    Darryn – that’s a lie, it says play with friends.
    Geoff – given how he loses 0s he can’t play any game where you have numbers higher than 9.
    Gavin – makes sense, he needs to know who to hit up for all that ad money & then not get them confused
    Matty – not a MOBA? LIES.
    Sandy – suck up, Geoff won’t love you
    Zoe – hur hur wimmin joke!

    After just over 2 years I’ve nearly completed all the extreme level puzzles in Andoku 2 Free, only 7 left out of 1,250.

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    • RinceThis

      November 11, 2014 at 15:24

      Not sure who is the bigger loser on that list. Alien: 1,250 reasons #ForeverSp

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 11, 2014 at 15:25

        1,243 thank you very much.

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  7. RinceThis

    November 11, 2014 at 15:22

    Rince: NONE. Next.

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    • Ceyber, Hans

      November 11, 2014 at 15:57

      LIES.
      Candy Crush and soulless gaming go hand in hand!!

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      • Admiral Chief Wang

        November 11, 2014 at 16:13

        XD

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        • Ceyber, Hans

          November 11, 2014 at 16:21

          I make joke yes? ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

  8. Hammersteyn

    November 11, 2014 at 15:26

    Oh yes, I do enjoy the odd Soduko game every now and then. Also 4pics one word is fun.

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  9. Admiral Chief Wang

    November 11, 2014 at 15:30

    Bio Inc

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  10. CAE9872

    November 11, 2014 at 15:31

    Angry Birds Star Wars on my new iPhone 5

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  11. ToshZA

    November 11, 2014 at 15:31

    Plague Inc and Hearthstone are my mobile games of choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Admiral Chief Wang

      November 11, 2014 at 15:32

      I like Plague Inc, its quite good. Have you tried Bio Inc? (single patient)

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      • ToshZA

        November 11, 2014 at 15:36

        I will definitely check it out, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Admiral Chief Wang

          November 11, 2014 at 15:40

          Its quite good. If you liked Plague Inc, you will dig this as well!

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          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2014 at 15:44

            lol @ how I just take your recommendation without asking any questions. xD

          • Admiral Chief Wang

            November 11, 2014 at 15:47

            XD

    • CAE9872

      November 11, 2014 at 15:34

      I am too scared to play Hearhstone – because I know that once it sinks its teeth into me – well that will be that!

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      November 12, 2014 at 08:28

      i love plague inc. always keep it installed on my ipad ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. CAE9872

    November 11, 2014 at 15:32

    Can Super Smash Bros be classified mobile? Are we counting Vita and 3DS? My son ONLY plays Super Smash Bros – he thinks “its the best game ever!”

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  13. Anon A Mouse

    November 11, 2014 at 15:32

    I play Injustice and Star Wars Commander, but only about once a week while watching something on TV.

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    • Admiral Chief Wang

      November 11, 2014 at 15:33

      SW Commander any good?

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      • CAE9872

        November 11, 2014 at 15:35

        I hear SW Commander is good – installed it on iPad but haven’t tried it. Viking Brent on EpicBattleAxe podcast swears by it – and he strikes me as a fussy viking!

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      • Anon A Mouse

        November 11, 2014 at 15:36

        Not really, upgrading anything from level 3 onwards takes about 12hours and longer. I’m upgrading my HQ at the moment to level 5 and that takes 4days, hence the once a week playing. The rest of time you fight against other players, but I get bored quickly.

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  14. Spathi

    November 11, 2014 at 15:36

    Metal Slug: Defense

    Awesome game, well worth your time. Also no need to buy any items or stuff

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  15. Weanerdog

    November 11, 2014 at 16:02

    My wife and I play wordament the nice thing its not competitive at all.

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  16. z1n

    November 11, 2014 at 16:14

    My toilet games list (ahem, phone games): Super Stickmen Golf (this’ll be quick), geoDefence (OMG what did I eat!), 7 little words, Canabalt (every now and then) and Stick Cricket (Ok fine I’m just sitting here wasting time, when’s that deadline again?).

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    • z1n

      November 11, 2014 at 16:18

      Oh I did have the GBA emulator installed at one point when i had way too much time. Got all the old classics like Ice Climber, Bomberman, Contra, all the DBZ games. I’m also afraid to admit I’ve finished every Pokemon until GEN IV.

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  17. rollingmol

    November 11, 2014 at 18:48

    Snake…im going through and old school retro phase

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  18. FruitFLY

    November 12, 2014 at 07:59

    You guys (and girls) should try World of Tanks Blitz on the iPad (coming to android soon). So much fun to blow up a tank or two.

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  19. loftie

    November 12, 2014 at 08:26

    punch quest and dune II on android

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  20. konfab aka derp

    November 12, 2014 at 09:29

    I <3 threes as well.

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  21. JustAnotherGamer

    November 12, 2014 at 14:03

    No games on mobile. I don’t own a mobile phone.

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