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The Best Smartphone Games

I love smartphone games! If I have two minutes to spare – or two hours – you will more than likely find me reaching for my smartphone and firing up one of my all-time favorites games. Whether I’m chasing a new high score in Temple Run or trying to take down one of my girlfriends in Words With Friends, there is nothing better than losing myself in a little mobile distraction.

If you’re interested in smartphone gaming, then here are 10 of my favorites, which include some of the more popular classics. Most of them are free or cost just a couple of dollars, so all you need to do is make a quick trip to the app store and your 4G network or Wi-Fi connection will take care of the rest. Happy gaming!


One of the most popular games of all time. Just move the shapes to clear the lines and keep going for as long as you can. The latest touchscreen version adds a welcome new twist to an old classic.

Platform: iOS, Android

Bejeweled Blitz

The one-minute version of the popular Facebook game, Bejeweled Blitz is the perfect game for that back-of-the-taxi ride or when you want to kill a few minutes. Line up the jewels for points, and speed bonuses, star gems, “hypercubes” and “multipliers” will all add to your score.

Platform: iOS

Words With Friends

Perhaps my all-time favorite, Words With Friends is a strategy word game that is a lot like scrabble. You can play with Facebook friends, the person sitting next to you or random players online. Use the seven available letters to make a word – and make sure you hit those premium squares!

Platform: iOS, Android

Where’s My Perry

A beautiful game with highly polished graphics and a wonderful storyline. Help Perry navigate a treacherous path through the underground maze. A great game to play with kids, although you may end up playing it more than they do!

Platform: iOS, Android

Temple Run

An incredibly simple game that can be incredibly difficult to master! Use swipe and tilt controls to make sharp turns and jump over stumps, gaps in the path and other obstacles, all as you are chased by the Evil Demon Monkeys. In hundreds of tries I have yet to come close to my 12-year-old’s high scores!

Platform: iOS, Android

Doodle Jump

An oldie but goodie, Doodle Jump is a classic platforming game that rewards dexterity and imagination. Look for the propeller hats, trampolines and jetpacks for an extra boost. An immensely satisfying game for beginners, as your high score improves almost every time you play!

Platform: iOS, Android

Cut the Rope

Help the adorable Om Nom get his candy by cutting through the swinging ropes at exactly the right time. Another progression puzzle that starts out easily enough but gets devilishly difficult as you move through the various levels.

Platform: iOS, Android

The Sims

Yes – you can now play The Sims on a smartphone! The Sims is an open-ended game where you build characters and neighborhoods and then nurture them through various life stages. The Sims FreePlay allows you to design homes, care for pets, grow gardens and a whole lot more. The game requires a 350MB download, so you may want to use your Wi-Fi connection.

Platform: iOS, Android

Fruit Ninja

Need to get rid of some pent-up energy? The popular Fruit Ninja game allows you to chop, slice and dice your way through watermelons, oranges, pineapples and other assorted fruit, all with the swipe of a finger. A networking feature allows you to play head-to-head with friends.

Platform: iOS, Android

Angry Birds

No list of popular smartphone games is complete without the ubiquitous Angry Birds. Download the original to help those irritable avians destroy the pigs or try one of the spinoffs like Angry Birds Rio or Angry Birds Space. Either way, prepare to join the millions of people that have Angry Bird addiction!

Platform: iOS, Android

Comment by Tim Chan, posted 11/21/2012, 7:46 PM:

My wife and I love playing Bejeweled Blitz! We play it every Tuesday, when the new leader boards reset. www.timandolive.com
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