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20 Amazing Mobile Games To Boost Your Mood And Mind

20 Amazing Mobile Games To Boost Your Mood And Mind

Over the last few years mobile gaming has become a phenomenal hit and in becoming such a success, it’s introduced new audiences to the brilliance of video games. The pastime once seen as geeky has now been embraced by individuals of all ages, and video games are becoming respected on a widespread cultural level.

To highlight how brilliant mobile games can be, the following 20 have been selected to offer a mixture of modern Indie gems, retro gaming masterpieces, and compellingly innovative new titles. All 20, in one way or another, will boost your mood and mind through a mixture of outright fun, charm, relaxation, and challenges. Take your pick and enjoy!

1. Alto’s Adventure

Alto's Adventure

    A perfect game for iOS, Alto’s Adventure is an endless snowboarding odyssey which sees protagonist Alto hurtling down a vast mountain completing missions and performing tricks. It’s at once charming, relaxing, and beautiful, whilst offering a real challenge. As you ski by sunsets and changing weather conditions, you’ll soon realize this is one of the best smartphone games ever made.

    2. World of Goo

    World of Goo

      2D Boy’s physics based puzzle game first appeared on the Wii in 2008. An instant classic, it’s quite brilliant and features a fantastic soundtrack alongside challenging and compelling gameplay. As the player you guide adorable goo balls to safety by building them into increasingly dramatic structures. A must buy.

      3. Little Inferno

      Little Inferno

        Remarkably unique, 2D Boy’s endlessly endearing Little Inferno is essentially a puzzle game, of sorts, where players take control of a largely unseen character who burns toys and appliances to keep warm. It may sound simplistic, but 2D Boy’s hilarious use of language mixes with a poignant atmosphere to create an unforgettable experience.

        4. Thomas Was Alone

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        Thomas Was Alone

          An Indie classic, Thomas Was Alone is an amusing and poignant narrative based puzzle game. The winner of numerous BAFTA awards, and featuring narration from Danny Wallace, the player guides a selection of sentient shapes on a journey of self-discovery.

          5. BIT. TRIP RUN!

          Runner 2

            Known as Runner 2 on consoles, this endless runner sees the player star as Commander Video. It’s a musical game involving the need for perfect timing, which allows you to traverse increasingly complex levels. The absolutely stunning soundtrack and relentless action will leave you thrilled, making this another Indie classic. Don’t forget your earphones!

            6. Monument Valley

            Monument Valley

              Clearly inspired by graphic artist M. C. Escher’s work, Monument Valley is an award winning puzzle game which is breathtaking to look at and a challenging experience. Guide Princess Ida through levels and enjoy the beautiful graphics along the way.

              7. Secret of Mana

              Secret of Mana

                A SNES classic from 1993, Square Enix’s (back then known as Squaresoft) excellent RPG has made a strong transition to iOS. The control system works well and you’ll be immersed in this charming world with its colorful graphics, outstanding soundtrack, and well structured story.

                8. Chrono Trigger

                Chrono Trigger

                  Another SNES classic, this time from 1995, Chrono Trigger is an RPG considered one of the best games of all time. Renowned for its excellent story-line and compelling gameplay, it was a tour de force for Square Enix 20 years ago and remains an enduring classic.

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                  9. Final Fantasy VI

                  Final Fantasy VI

                    Released in 1994 on the SNES, Final Fantasy VI is another of Square Enix’s RPG masterpieces. It costs a bit ($15.99) but it is arguably one of the best games of all time, and at a sprightly 512MB for a game of this quality you can’t go wrong.

                    10. Final Fantasy VII

                    Final Fantasy VII

                      One of the best games of all time, this legendary RPG first appeared on the PlayStation in 1997. It’s a beautiful, charming, and magical game with a highly emotional narrative. It’s just launched for iOS (August 2015), but the downside is it takes up some 1.63GB. On the upside, the game is a masterpiece!

                      11. Limbo

                      Limbo

                        The critically acclaimed Limbo is about a boy who heads off to discover his sister’s fate. It’s a puzzle and platform based game with a dark, melancholic edge, but it does have an enigmatic beauty about it and makes for a captivating experience.

                        12. BADLAND

                        Badland

                          One of the most peculiar games on this list, BADLAND is an action adventure game involving a large amount of atmospheric flying. The trick is to survive the brutal environments, and whilst you do enjoy the beautiful scenery and sound effects!

                          13. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery

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                          Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery

                            Apple noted this game as a “landmark title” – it’s an action adventure game with a mix of retro graphics and classic gameplay. As the protagonist you use your sword to perform “sworcery” in order to solve musical mysteries. It’s very charming!

                            14. Vainglory

                            Vainglory

                              This MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) is one of the best multiplayer options for iOS. Simply put, two opposing teams do battle to destroy the enemy base. It’s free to play, but if you want to upgrade there are in app purchases – if you’re willing to commit to Vainglory then it’s worth it.

                              15. Blek

                              Blek

                                This award winning puzzle game is simple, intuitive, incredibly challenging, but always beautiful. Its gesture based puzzle solving starts off easy enough, but soon becomes difficult.

                                16. 80 Days

                                80 Days

                                  80 Days is interactive storytelling with a steampunk twist! Considered one of the best iOS games of all time, this is essentially an interactive novel and it’s quite a riveting experience. You’ll find strategy, resource management, and a dose of adventure all rolled into one.

                                  17. Year Walk

                                  Year Walk

                                    Loosely based on the Swedish tradition Arsgång (a form of divination), Year Walk is an elegant adventure/puzzle game which plays out like an excellent psychological thriller film. It’s a brief experience, but it’s an intelligently crafted and thrilling little adventure.

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                                    18. Bastion

                                    Bastion

                                      This award winning action RPG made its name on the PC and is now a universal app on iOS. Yet another title boasting a brilliant soundtrack, Bastion’s mix of compelling action and adventure works wonders and immerses you into the experience.

                                      19. Odd Bot Out

                                      Odd Bot Out

                                        In this adorable puzzle game you must help Odd escape a robot factory using building blocks, electricity, and physics. It’ll test your mental abilities whilst offering a unique visual treat – well worth the budget price.

                                        20. Does Not Commute

                                        Does Not Commute

                                          Does Not Commute is a strategic driving game described as a “temporal paradox” – you have yourself to blame if your progress is hindered. You take control of commuters and guide them along their way, but each path you take can interfere with your next charge. It’s free to download – try it out and, if you like it, upgrade for save spots!

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                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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