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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!

                                          Featured photo credit: Ice/Snowman via builtbysnowman.com

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                                          Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                          Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                          Why is this so critically important to you?

                                          The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                          Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                          1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                          Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                          When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                          • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                          • The man facing the judge.
                                          • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                          • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                          • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                          • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                          These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                          Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                          Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                          2. Accept Your Fear

                                          Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                          We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                          And here’s what can be done.

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                                          3. Get Some Perspective

                                          I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                          And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                          That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                          We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                          So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                          • Are you really at risk?
                                          • Will this kill you?
                                          • Which leads us on to..
                                          • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                          4. Hold a Hand

                                          As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                          Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                          We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                          Ask yourself:

                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                          • Could that really happen?
                                          • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                          By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                          5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                          This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                          Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                          The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                          It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                          For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                          Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                          6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                          I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                          Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                          Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                          Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                          Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                          Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                          7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                          Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                          I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                          It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                          One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                          Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                          It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                          8. Assume the Worse

                                          If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                          Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                          • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                          • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                          • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                          And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                          When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                          Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                          9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                          If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                          Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                          Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                          10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                          One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                          11. Go with Fear

                                          When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                          I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                          Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                          One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                          However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                          We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                          12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                          And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                          The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                          What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                          13. Own Your Fear

                                          Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                          We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                          You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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