Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top 10 FREE game apps when adults have a spare minute

Since I have become a parent it seems as if my days are broken up by three minutes breaks here, one minute of spare time there. While I have given up on finishing a cup of coffee while it is still hot, I find myself stuck waiting for an appointment to start or to pick up a child throughout the day. I'd love to be able to mash all these spare minutes into one consecutive break, but that just isn't how it works. So while I'm waiting for my son's therapy to end, or school to let out for the day I indulge in a little downtime with these quick fix apps.

Most of these games are fine for children as well as adults, but there is something about having an app just for me on my device. Frozen Free Fall is actually made for kids, but I find myself playing more than my kids. The main criteria is these games do not HAVE to be played daily, you can pick it up and play for one or two minutes and then put it down until your next spare moment.

Special needs parents as well as teachers and therapists need downtime just like everyone else. So when you have a minute to escape from therapies, balancing calendars, or the latest stressor pick up one of these free apps for a quick mental break.

** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps.
Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**

Two Dots by Betaworks One 

Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths. Sharpen your skills across 135 challenging levels while uncovering many exciting new features along the way.

Bejeweled Blitz by PopCap

Enjoy one minute of endless match-3 fun from PopCap – and play for free! Detonate as many gems as you can in 60 action-packed seconds and compete with Facebook friends. Match three or more and create cascades of awesome with Flame gems, Star gems, and Hypercubes. Add up to three Boosts and use powerful Rare Gems to send your score soaring. Try limited-time Rare Gems like Flower Power, Rock-It Blast and others to dominate the weekly leaderboards!

Ruzzle Adventure by MAG Interactive

Take part in the exciting adventure of magical worlds with hundreds of levels filled with mind boggling word puzzles. Can you escape the rising waters, unlock the locked letters or outsmart the Ruzzlers?

Ruzzle Adventure features:
- Easy and fun to play, but a challenge to fully master
- Hundreds of mind boggling levels
- Leaderboards for you and your friends
- Boosters to help with those challenging levels

2048 By Ketchapp -- Many of the Smart Apps staff are addicted to this game!

Inspired by Gabriele Cirulli game available on the web: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

Join the numbers and get to the 2048 tile!

Swipe to move all tiles. When two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one.

Get to the 2048 tile, and reach a high score!

Frozen Free Fall by Disney -- Be sure to check out 90 FREE Disney apps available

Get ready for an epic puzzle matching adventure in the Kingdom of Arendelle, inspired by the newest Disney animated film, Frozen! Join Anna, Elsa, and more of your favorite characters on a journey to slide and match hundreds of icy puzzles for free!

EXCITING MATCH-3 GAMEPLAY – Slide beautiful and colorful ice crystals to match 3 or more, and test your matching skills with extra challenging objectives!

Smash Hit by Mediocre AB

Take a surreal journey through an otherworldly dimension, move in harmony with sound and music and smash everything in your path! This experience requires focus, concentration, and timing to not only travel as far as you can, but also break the beautiful glass objects that stand in your way.

Wordament by Microsoft Corporation

Why play against one person in a turn when you can play against thousands at once? Wordament® is a real-time continuous word tournament. Players compete on the same board with everyone at once. Rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter tiles, themed words, speed rounds and more. You can be a champion in many ways: find the most words possible, earn the best score, find the longest words, best your Frenemies, or beat your top score. How you win is up to you.

No Breaks by Totebo Ltd

No Brakes is a minimalist racing game with one objective: Go fast.

- One track, pure racing; nothing else.
- Simple controls allow finger-tip precision.
- Play again quickly.
- No "right" direction, go any way you like.
- Minimalist design to let you focus on racing.

Piano Tiles (Don't Tap The White Tile) by HU WEN ZENG

Watch your step, DON'T TOUCH ON ANY WHITE TILES! This is the core rule of this addictive game. Sounds easy? Give it a try, and see how well you stack up against your friends.

◈ Charming piano soundtracks
◈ Customizable playlist
◈ More than 20 awesome game modes
◈ Muti-color themes & dozens of color options (More are coming soon)
◈ Smooth gameplay
◈ Clear user interface

Bonza Word Puzzle by Minimega Pty Ltd

Bonza is a new type of crossword that has become an instant classic. It mixes word search, jigsaw and trivia knowledge to create something completely fresh. If you like a word challenge and you enjoy pushing boxes around with your fingers, then you'll love Bonza Word Puzzle.

Every day you'll be able to solve a new free puzzle. Some are based on current events, others are designed by the Bonza community.

Rachel H has a folder on the family iPad with games just for her. The other 95% of the iPad's memory contains kids apps.

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