The cold approaches and with it comes darker nights, chill winds and an innate desire to stay in bed for just five more minutes while the heating kicks in. Nothing’s worse than a commute in the dark, a huddle at the bus stop in rain or snow, so we’ve gathered up five of our favourite mobile picks to keep you chugging along. Early morning trains won’t seem so gloomy with a few of these on hand.
Behold, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas! A spiritual successor to the Zelda game series, only this time on mobile, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss. Oceanhorn is an action puzzler where you, the player, control the actions of an unarmed young protagonist. The aim? To discover the fate of your lost father and defeat the sentient fortress of Oceanhorn with nought but your wits and thumbs, as you journey through the colder seasons of the year – or, more preferably, as you snuggle on the sofa with a giant mug of hot choc.
2. Jackpot Giant
A night out on the town is always an option, but when the rain and wind are lashing down is an expedition really worth the effort? Better to use your noggin’ and play from home – games like Jackpot Giant are a great alternative. Players bet, wager and tackle volcanos for a chance at the titular prize. Fingers crossed you hit the bonus round and can shoot for even more rewards while the weather clears up.
3. PUBG Mobile
Battle Royales are all the rage on any kind of console. So long as you’ve got an internet connection, battery to spare and a drive for victory then you too can compete. The premise is simple: drop in from the air, scavenge for weapons and duke it out until only one lone wolf survives. Play alone or with friends, for fun or for glory. A game can take anywhere from one to twenty to thirty minutes, depending on how long you can survive. That means a few rounds should see you through any late transport service or untimely downpour of rain.
4. Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go might not be as popular as it was on release, and it’s certainly a lot less enticing to play during the autumn and winter months, but the community is going strong nonetheless. Capture your favourite cuties, raise them, train them and check in at your local stops as and when. If you do find yourself forced to venture out into the arid wilderness cold, why not make the most of it? Get out your phone, open up Go and get to hunting.
5. Minecraft Pocket Edition
Minecraft, the eternal builder sim. With handy controls for any size screen, your masterwork creations can soar closer to competition anywhere, anytime from your pocket. The colder months can seem to go on forever, but when you’re lost in a game of progress, goals and more progress, who cares? Mine materials, craft new ones, put them down elsewhere and construct to your heart’s content.
Whatever your game of choice in the run-up to Christmas and New Year, enjoy it to the full. There’s never a dull moment with the right apps installed.