Do you like doing puzzles and playing games on your mobile and are looking to add to your collection? Or perhaps you have been enjoying the 3-dimensional kind (puzzle books or newspaper sections, board games) and would like to get started with playing on your mobile? Either way you’re probably not looking for the ones that always seem to make the top 10 list with words like ‘vampires’, ‘immortal’ or ‘gunfire’ in the title. Fear not, there are loads of games available you might actually enjoy. And many have a free version!
Where to Find Games for your Smartphone
You can look for games and puzzle apps in Google Play, or if you have an iPhone, in the App Store.
If you know the name of the game or puzzle you’re after, simply open the search icon (look for the magnifying glass, see circled in yellow below) and type the name in the search bar at the top of the screen (yellow arrow below). Scroll through the search results and be aware that sponsored apps (those who pay Google or Apple a fee) will likely appear at the top of your search results even if unrelated to what you’ve typed.
If the app has a cost to enroll, it will say on the button (see yellow circle below). Otherwise it will say “Get” (see arrow below).
Any Good Game or Puzzle Recommendations?
Still think playing games on your smartphone is for kids? According to Statista, over 50% of people aged 65+ now play games on mobile. The key if finding the right game for you. If you are looking for something that will not cause stress, here are a few of the more relaxing games:
- Card Shark Solitaire and other card games
- Bubble Shooter
- Angry Birds
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Candy Crush (personally I find this one too saccharine, but it is very popular)
- Tetris (a favorite of my father)
- Slice It
- Ludo King
- Dots (Android)
Why not have a play with one or two of these and see how you get on?