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20 Fun Gaming Apps For Creative People

20 Fun Gaming Apps For Creative People

Got some time to kill? Your first reaction might be to pull out your smartphone and start browsing through Facebook and all the other social apps you use – which is fine if you’re into the endless stream of clickbait headlines, photos of your friends’ kids, and YouTube links to videos of pets doing strange things…

But if you’re craving something more stimulating than simply skimming through all the junk that filters through your social feeds, your next best option would be to start hunting around for cool apps that are entertaining and creatively challenging. Now that the world has embraced mobile technology as much as it has, you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across at least a few great apps to try out that appeal to your interests.

For starters, you can check out some of the suggested gaming apps below.

1. French Girls

Download Link: iOS

    French Girls is an app where you draw other people’s selfies and have your own selfies drawn too. Since the app is community-driven, it comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which you’ll quickly learn as you go about using it. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and get a very talented artist to draw you. Other times, you’ll get a drawing back that’s purposefully rude or offensive.

    2. Fab Tattoo Artist Secret Salon

    Download Link: Android

      Ever wonder what it’s like to work as a tattoo artist? This game puts your creative ink drawing skills to the test, presenting you with all sorts of demanding customers who want tattoos to fit their unique personalities. You can get started by taking your first challenge, or alternatively play in free style mode. This game is wickedly fun if you’re fine with it looking a bit like a flash animation from 10 years ago, and the only real downsides to it are the lack of colour choice variety and limited number of challenges.

      3. Drawn Together

      Download Link: iOS

        If you have an iPad you can try Drawn Together – a drawing game inspired by the notion that people can come up with all sorts of different creative ideas when given the same simple challenge. You get a minimal tool set of colours and shapes to come up with your own interpretations. If you don’t mind the simplicity and minimal feel of it all, this could be turn out to be a great way to give your mind a workout. On the other hand, if you prefer more options for adding as much detail as you want to your drawings, this app may not be for you.

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        4. Dots

        Download Links: iOS | Android

          Dots is a purposefully simple but highly addictive game. To test your speed and colour-matching skills, the game tasks you to build up your points by connecting one dot to another in order to make squares or rectangles. You can get really creative by trying to plan out how you’re going to make your next square. If you’re into minimal-style games, this is a great way to kill time.

          5. Colormania

          Download Links: iOS | Android

            Colormania is a truly unique gaming app that lets you play around with colours and tests your pop culture knowledge at the same time. You’ll be shown a small section of an image from recognizable brands, celebrities, TV shows, and more, which you’ll have to dig through your memory to identify and see if you can colour in correctly. This game is highly recommended for people who love pop culture.

            6. Kaleidoscope Doodle Pad

            Download Links: iOS | Android

              You don’t need a real kaleidoscope to see the beautiful colours and patterns that can be created. This app lets you challenge yourself to make your very own, using a variety of models and brushes to work from. The interface is a little bit difficult to use for drawing, but if you can learn how to make the right gestures and pick your tools wisely, the results will be breathtaking.

              7. Jigsaw Puzzle

              Download Links: iOS | Android

                If colouring isn’t your thing, why not try a puzzle game? With an app like this Jigsaw Puzzle one, you never have to worry about the pieces going missing. Bonus: the larger your device, the more pieces you’ll have to work with – up to 400-piece puzzles if you use the app on an iPad! This is a great alternative to physical puzzles at at a fraction of the price and the convenience of portability and durability.

                8. Cross Fingers

                Download Links: iOS | Android

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                  Jigsaw puzzles can be fun but if you want to step it up a notch, try Cross Fingers – a game that challenges you to combine wooden pieces into a huge tangram puzzle. The game is designed to seriously test your thinking and imagination, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself zoning out as you focus intensely on trying to solve the puzzle.

                  9. Smash Hit

                  Download Links: iOS | Android

                    Got a pair of headphones handy? You’ll need it to play Smash Hit – an artsy game that takes you through strange and colourful dimensions, challenging you to move along with the sounds and smash things that get in your way. With over 50 different futuristic rooms to explore, this app has received some incredibly positive reviews from its users and has been featured as an Editor’s Choice on the iTunes App Store.

                    10. Let’s Create! Pottery

                    Download Links: iOS | Android

                      Who says you need clay to start experimenting with sculpting your own pottery? All you really need is this incredibly fun and easy to use pottery app, which offers you a 3D sculpting experience unlike any other. If you have a real creative fire burning inside of you and the urge for something different, this is one app that definitely fits the bill. You get to embark on ceramic-making quests where you’ll be able to mould the clay in all sorts of different formations, create your own colour palettes, and even fire up your own kiln to complete each pottery project.

                      11. Finger Paint Magic

                      Download Link: iOS

                        One of the best things about mobile apps is you get to use your fingers for everything. What better way then to start finger painting without all the mess of real paint? Finger Paint Magic lets you choose different brushes, adjust for size and thickness, and even create mirrored effects on your paintings. It’s one of the best finger painting apps available, and it’s free.

                        12. Impossible Draw

                        Download Links: iOS | Android

                          If you’re looking for a truly unique drawing experience, take an intense journey through cyberspace with Impossible Draw: an app that brings you hundreds of dream-like drawing challenges to get your creative juices really flowing. With special effects, audio tracks, and different themes to choose from, this is one of those gaming apps that really stands out from the rest.

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                          13. One Touch Drawing

                          Download Links: iOS | Android

                            Can you draw shapes without ever lifting your finger? If you’re up for the challenge to try and do it, One Touch Drawing is the app that you need. You get some hints with arrows that point you in the right direction, but you can’t draw on the same line twice. This is one of those simple games that brings a new sense of creativity to a classic game and only gets harder as you keep going.

                            14. Monument Valley

                            Download Links: iOS | Android

                              Are you an architecture nerd? If you are (or you think you could be) then you’ll love Monument Valley. This stunningly difficult game guides you through strange worlds of impossible structures and optical illusions for each different challenge, all in 3D. For those who are picky about the mobile games they play and prefer them to be as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as possible, you can’t get much better than this one.

                              15. Shadowmatic

                              Download Link: iOS

                                It’s pretty incredible to see just how creative some of these gaming apps can get with 3D graphics, and Shadowmatic is no exception. For this game, you rotate abstract objects around until you can see recognizable shapes come to life in the shadows behind them. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous, and your imagination will really be put to work with each new challenge.

                                16. Blek

                                Download Links: iOS | Android

                                  The award-winning Blek app has been praised for its elegance and genius gameplay that’s really incomparable to anything else out there. Designed to build off of the imagination and your own unique personality, the goal of the game is to create a shape from a line that collects all coloured circles while avoiding the black holes. With a seemingly endless amount of creative possibilities and 80 levels to get through, you can count on this app for killing boredom.

                                  17. Last Voyage

                                  Download Link: iOS

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                                    Here’s a unique gaming app that combines the vast mysteriousness of space exploration with creative challenge. In this game, you set out on a journey to find what lies beyond human culture and technology and are faced with new concepts to explore and different puzzles to solve. For gamers who love to get lost in the stories and unique atmospheres that the visuals present, this app is a must-have.

                                    18. Deemo

                                    Download Links: iOS | Android

                                      Deemo is a game that combines both storytelling and music rhythm as you embark on a quest to help a little girl who fell from the sky to return home. The app features over 50 songs in over 150 variations, with real instrumental feedback offered as you play. It’s the perfect game for any fantasy or music lover.

                                      19. Zengrams

                                      Download Links: iOS | Android

                                        For those who like the minimal look but are still looking for a good challenge, Zengrams is worth a look. The game features abstract puzzles for you to solve, inspired both by origami and logic. There are over 70 levels (with no hints) for you to work through, bringing you a completely different gaming experience with incredible visual mechanics you won’t find in any other app.

                                        20. har•mo•ny 2

                                        Download Links: iOS | Android

                                          Lastly, here’s a game that combines puzzles, colour, and music all into one. The app has been praised for being both relaxing and mentally stimulating, featuring over two hours of beautiful ambient music that carries you through hundreds of mesmerizing levels where you’ll work to rebuild colour palettes. If you’re skeptical that an app can offer both stress relief and a good mental challenge at the same time, you need to give this one a try!

                                          Every app on this list has the potential to leave you feeling like a true creative genius. You’re not just wasting time with mindless gameplay – you’re actually challenging your brain and helping yourself unleash new ideas that are just waiting to be brought to life.

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                                          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                          Joe’s Goals

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                                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                            Daytum

                                              Daytum

                                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                              Excel or Numbers

                                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                Evernote

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                                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                  Access or Bento

                                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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