THE mind-numbing daily traffic jams are more than enough to make you want to pull out your hair in frustration. Imagine having to line up for hours at the MRT's ticketing counter, only to line up again while waiting for a train, or spending more time in traffic than, maybe, sleeping in your own bed. Carpooling is a teeny-weeny more convenient but not much better, especially if your co-rider is actually out of the way. A sliver of a silver lining: There are now a number of games available on your mobile phone to pass the time. We recommend these brain games so you can take your mind off Metro's seemingly hopeless traffic problem.
If you loved Blendoku, then you might just find yourself addicted to Blendoku 2. To complete a level, you need to organize the colors according to gradation or select the color palette that best matches a piece of classic art.
As what the name says, all you have to do in Black is black out the screen. The challenge lies in the pattern and the limited number of moves that you have to consider in every level.
Little Alchemy 2
Little Alchemy first came out as an online game before it was turned into an app for mobile. You start with four elements: Air, fire, earth, and water; then, combine them to create an entire world with hundreds of items. For example, combining air with air produces pressure; adding up air with water makes mist; and putting together two units of fire produces energy. The cooler Little Alchemy 2 even lets you create unicorns—if you know the right match.
Kumu is a locally made social media platform that lets you post live updates about yourself, join communities with like-minded people, and participate in livestreaming trivia games. Compete against other Kumu users in a 10-question test to win a huge cash prize.
Brain It On
Brain It On is all about physics and functional design. Every level provides you with stick figures that you can work with to complete the objective. For example, one puzzle requires you to tip the glass by just drawing up to one shape. Gravity and the concept of a lever come into play.
With Paydro Live, you only have one mission: Get through 11 questions and win the thousands-of- peso jackpot prize. Categories range from movie-related questions or general knowledge, so watch for #PaydroReview tweets on Paydro's social media accounts if you're serious about it.
Infinity Loop has a direct objective: Create as many loops as you can by rotating lines and curves provided in every level. This relaxing game is just what you need before your frustration turns into road rage—just make sure you're in the passenger seat though.
Logic and creativity come together in Gears. All you have to do is connect all the light-colored gears with the red gears, then make everything rotate. Bonus: You don't need to stay online to play.
Tricky Test 2: Genius Brain
Tricky Test 2 is trickier than any tricky game. (Yes, repeated for emphasis.) Questions look simple, i.e. "Which bear has no ear? A or B?", but answers are way more complicated than that, i.e. "B" (Because B-ear. Get it?). Don't say we didn't warn you.
Happy Glass is a whole like Brain It On, which lets you draw lines and shapes to complete a level. But this one has a straightforward objective: Fill up the glass with liquid.