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Time Wasters: Eight apps that make you forget time

Technology has taken mobile entertainment to a whole new level. Ride a bus or a train and you’ll see what we mean. Everywhere you look, children and adults alike are hunched over their respective gadgets, either playing or checking social networking sites. Word for grandparents these days is “like,” which basically refers to that button on Facebook. With the birth of the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Galaxy Tab and Android, it’s easy to get lost in the fascinating world of technology, internet and gaming. And that’s what are apps for, which is short for application, in case you’re asking what are apps, that is, if you’re still stuck with an analog mobile device — to become the source of entertainment and information while you’re on the go.

Apps indeed has become quite a phenomenon. There are apps for business, lifestyle, health and of course, games. The gaming apps are probably among the most downloaded because of course, we all need some diversion once in a while. Games that are cool, games that are fun will always be in fashion as they momentarily ease away the stress. Ehem, yes, an iPhone or an iPod Touch is a good stress reliever, send subtle hints to your partners. Believe us, the best apps are enough to send anyone with a gadget to go crazy for a few hours, losing sleep and rest all in the name of fun and games. Productivity takes a nosedive as all you can think about is whether your tower is earning enough money so you can build more shops. How’s that for work-life balance? So what are the best apps for gaming and passing time? It’s hard to choose among the hundreds of apps to download but here’s a rundown of pure time-wasting apps. These game and apps, we tell you, will make you forget sleeping, eating, resting and waiting. They are the perfect companions during those dull, dragging days at home, work, or wherever you may be.

1. Plants vs Zombies

Time-Waster App 1: Plants vs Zombies

Time-Waster App 1: Plants vs Zombies

Ah, the worldwide phenomenon from Popcap games. This is the ultimate insomnia-inducing and sleep-and-food-depriver. PvZ is a top app until now, more than a year since it hit the market. Really, shooting all those zombies is so much fun, you still do it while sleeping. Raise your hands everyone who has had zombies attacking their lawns every night since you started playing this game! This one is very addicting and fun, you wouldn’t mind sporting eyebags the next day to work. Anyone up for some brainnnsssss?

2. Angry Birds

Time-Waster App 2: Angry Birds

Time-Waster App 2: Angry Birds

Angry Birds is also one of the top apps in iTunes since it was released. Addiction factor is also high, especially if you’re the type who wouldn’t stop not until you have finished a stage. Those pigs look very annoying so you’d do whatever you can to have all those ice cubes and wood drop down on them. This app for strategists is the perfect way to kill time while commuting to work, or surviving a dragging 12-hour workday. Just don’t let your boss catch you plotting to kill those pigs, yeah?

3. Fruit Ninja

Time-Waster App 3: Fruit Ninja

Time-Waster App 3: Fruit Ninja

Hiya! Your main mission is to slice as many fruits as you can, while avoiding those nasty bombs. Such a life goal, huh? Don’t be weirded out if your seatmate on the bus furiously slides his fingers along his iPad’s screen. He’s probably reaching 500 fruits already and it’s very critical that he doesn’t miss one. Forget impatience. It doesn’t exist in your vocabulary now that sansei needs you to chop chop all these flying fruits.

4. Tiny Tower

Time-Waster App 4: Tiny Tower

Time-Waster App 4: Tiny Tower

This is one of the top free apps for iPhone and if construction and business is your thing, you may not want to miss this one. Tiny Tower lets you build your building which you may customize per floor, adding restaurants, apartments and shop. It’s not as time-consuming as the other iPhone apps as it will take time for it to earn money through your rent and restos and shops, and that’s only when you can redesign or rebuild it. It’s the Tamagochi, why, how Jurassic this thing is, for buildings.

5. Fieldrunners

Time-Waster App 5: Fieldrunners

Time-Waster App 5: Fieldrunners

Tower defense games are always fun! You can quickly strategize and design your defense then just wait for all the action to happen. It’s like a mini-battle plan without the smashing and gnashing sounds of Red Alert. Shout in glee as these stout enemy solders get knocked down by your artillery, while bigger macho men are sloshed down by water and rockets. To have more fun, imagine these soldiers as your annoying officemates who can never stop yakking at lunch. The perfect dessert at any given day.

6. The Dash Series

Time-Waster App 6: The Dash Series

Time-Waster App 6: The Dash Series

Dining Dash, Parking Dash, Hotel Dash, Soap Opera Dash, Wedding Dash. These apps for Touch, iPhone and iPad are making such big waves in the mobile gaming industry that all these Dash franchises are always on the Top list. Whether you’re managing a restaurant or hotel or organizing a wedding, you can never go wrong as all these are very entertaining. And er, yes, time-wasting as well. It’s always easy to forego sleep just to finish 10 levels per venue or restaurant. Anyway, you can just suffer the consequences the next day.

7. The Sims

Time-Waster App 7: The Sims

Time-Waster App 7: The Sims

From the PC to your gadgets, The Sims never fail to be listed among the most amusing and entertaining games ever. This simulation game lets anyone build their dream house with all the most hi-tech appliances and for once, have a job they thoroughly enjoy. The Sims actually lets you vent out your frustrations while living the life you really want, and ignoring or annoying the people you don’t really care about. It’s so enjoyable in fact that it can make you miss your bus stop.

8. Need for Speed

Time-Waster App 8: Need for Speed

Time-Waster App 8: Need for Speed

Always wanted to drive fast but your car, and the speed limit, won’t let you do it? Type in apps free in the search bar and you’re most likely to find some car racing apps that would finally let you push hard that pedal. Be a police officer or a hardened criminal rushing to escape. Either way, you’ll have that adrenaline rush that comes with beating the red light. Well, at least this is only a game so you don’t have to fear of a real police officer flagging you down. Not unless you’re tinkering with your gadget while driving.


All these apps are surely created for us to have a semblance of an online social life, you think so? With the amount we spend playing all these apps, it surely beats the amount of time we spend coming up with a half-decent presentation for our bosses. The way one’s fingers quickly taps and slides over games such as Sally’s Spa or Ranch Rush, you may wonder if there’s a grand tourney for all of these amazing time-wasting apps. Now waiting for the bus, train or your flight has never become more enjoyable.

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