5 amazingly addictive apps

From matching cats to tumbling tiles, these are our favourite wastes of time…
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5 amazingly addictive apps

Looking for an app to pick up and play?

Cats. That’s where it’s at. Because Cat Condo has taken The Lowdown office by storm, and we can’t get enough of it. To celebrate it’s addictive awesomeness, we’ve dedicated this article to apps that you can pick up, play, and just waste a bit of time. Because sometimes, that’s all you want to do.

Cat Condo

(Free on Android and iOS)

Here it is - the app that inspired this article. The premise of Cat Condo is simple. You start with small kittens, and then mix and match them so that they upgrade to… you’ve guessed it… cats. There are lots of different cats to discover, and you can complete achievements and gain all sorts of feline-related virtual rewards.

As one of Cat Condo’s biggest fans here says: “It’s brilliant because it’s pointless and requires no skill whatsoever”. We can’t put it better than that.

Piano Tiles 2

(Free on Android and iOS)

Music, maestro! On Piano Tiles 2 you're the pianist, and you hit the piano keys as they appear on-screen to play the song. If your reflexes are sharp enough, it won’t be long before you progress from simple nursery rhymes to having a bash at Meyerbeer’s ‘Schattentanz’.

Word Bubbles

(Free on Android and iOS)

If you’re more into words than music, step this way. WorldBubbles is a little like those traditional word search games in puzzle books, but with a twist. You’re given a set of letters, and swipe your fingers along the letter bubbles to spell words. It starts off easy (don’t they all) but gets progressively harder. There are more than over 400 levels to challenge the most hardcore wordsmiths out there.

Stack

(Free on Android and iOS)

There are lots of tile-stacking games out there, but the one for us is this one made by the French video game publisher Ketchapp.

Tiles move, and they drop when you tap the screen. The aim of the game is to stack them on top of each other, but if you don’t get it quite right, you’ll lose part of the tile. It quickly gets infuriatingly tough and you don’t get any lives, so all too soon it’s game over. But surely just one more turn is all it takes to beat that last score, right?

I Love Hue

(Free on Android and iOS)

You won’t be able to resist I Love Hue. But what exactly is it? A relaxing, beautifully crafted colour-based puzzle game? Or, as the makers describe it: “a gentle journey into colour and perception. Lovingly made for anyone who needs a few moments of visual tranquillity.” Why not download it and decide for yourself? It could be just what you need to take the stress out of your daily commute.

If you’ve got any suggestions for addictive apps that are great little time-wasters, share them below.

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