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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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                                          10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                          10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                          Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                          Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                          Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                          If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                          Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                          1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                          Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                          Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                          Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                          2. No Motivation

                                          Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                          This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                          If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                          3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                          Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                          A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                          A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                          The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                          4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                          One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                          We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                          Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                          You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                          5. Upward Comparisons

                                          Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                          The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                          These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                          Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                          6. No Alternative

                                          This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                          Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                          Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                          Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                          7. Stress

                                          As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                          When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                          We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                          If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                          8. Sense of Failure

                                          People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                          Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                          Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                          If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                          9. The Need to Be All-New

                                          People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                          These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                          10. Force of Habit

                                          Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                          Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                          These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                          There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                          [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                          [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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