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10 Mobile Games To Ease Your Commute

As summer draws to a close, we highlight 10 recent and upcoming mobile games that will help you ease back into your hectic worklife and face the fourth quarter with a smile.
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(Image: Phyllis L. Randolph via Pinterest)

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Mobile games help us tolerate life's harrowing inconveniences, such as passing the time in long queues at Starbucks, or finding a way to have a little fun in the airport while our flight is delayed yet again. The greatest public service offered by games on our smartphones and tablets is that they help ease our commuting time.

With summer holidays coming to an end, we decided it was a good time to highlight our favorite mobile games released in the past six months. As you return to your daily commute and full workdays, we hope these will make your transition into the fourth quarter a little less painful.

To land on this list, a game had to either be released in the last six months, or have had a major update in that time. Our list is eclectic in styles, types of games, and even business models.

[ What do you want in your next smartphone? Read iPhone 6s: 9 Features On Our Wishlist. ]

You'll see "old fashioned" freemium model games, plus a growing number of paid single-player games that resemble the console and PC gaming experience of a few years ago. There are even a couple of games taking advantage of unique smartphone and tablet features in new and genre-busting ways -- including multiplayer options.

Once you've checked out these offerings, let us know which are your favorites in the comments section below. A word of caution: Please don't try these games while driving. And, if you decide to test any of these out while using the restroom, don't blame us if you drop your phone in the toilet.

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9/8/2015 | 6:26:16 AM
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@Joe you are partially right. Some of my friends use it with non smart phones but other can type a message with smart accuracy without even seeing on the mobile screen. I was really surprised to interact with one such individual. He typed a message within no time blindfolded.  :)

I cannot do it after practice of even many years.  :)

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9/5/2015 | 5:54:44 AM
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"I have few friends who can even type in dark."

Wait a minute... can't they see the letters anyway because of the light of the phone?

Or are you talking about "non-smart" phones?
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9/4/2015 | 11:48:41 AM
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Joe I can share with yoy an incident happened with me on my recent gtrip to china. I was in a bakers shop and wanted to order a cake. The lady on the counter was asking me the order in every possible way which I was not conversant with. Finally once we are not getting to any conclusion of our deal she took her mobile out and pointed towards the "WeChat" app and pointed to my mobile. To her shock I told her that I am not having it. She got so much saddened like her last hope of getting an order from me vanished. On inquiry from some of my peers with me on trip, it was revealed that "WeChat" has an inbuilt translation tool which can translate chinese into english and vice versa. It was so that I immediately downloaded the app and rest of my trip went without a problem.  :)

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9/4/2015 | 11:42:57 AM
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@Joe :0

Its interesting to hear that. I am not that old fashioned at least. I take all kind of help from this tech but sometimes it pays me well in wrong direction. The autocorrect and auto complete sometimes work so well that it conveyed the meaning total opposite to what I actually wanted to convey. You can well imagine the consequences. I think I better not narrate the event and hope you can well understand the whole situation :)

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9/4/2015 | 5:13:22 AM
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I'm not so sure about *particular* apps being status symbols so much as number and/or quality of apps.

I have a friend who has been making fun of me (lightheartedly) for not having or using Waze or any other GPS apps.  For my own part, though, I prefer to keep my mind and direction sense sharp by not relying on GPS and stay safe by not fiddling with the phone so much while driving.

Plus, I can't stand the GPS-lady voice.  ;)
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9/4/2015 | 5:10:19 AM
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Of course, autocomplete and autocorrect are super helpful in completing text messages more quickly -- but I'm so old-fashioned that I ignore the frequently correct suggestions that I get.  I suppose I should get out of that habit.  ;)
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9/3/2015 | 10:38:46 PM
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@Joe you are right. Its a trend in the market that people start downloading the apps without any requirement just to give them a hot and trial. On the other hand few start using an app after seeing others using it without having any need just to cut on that sorry figure infront of others just the way you mentioned. Its getting a status symbol to have a perticular mobile brand and using particular apps. If you are not among those either you are naive or an old bird in the field of tech.

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9/3/2015 | 10:34:40 PM
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@Joe I believe typing a msg is an art on mobile. I have few friends who can even type in dark. :)

I am not sure how many messaging hours they are having on their mobiles. And to my utter surprise I can hear dozen of msg tones that means that other person whom they are communicating are also typing with same speciality. On the other hand I need to find a letter and then after word is complete I need to verify whether I wrote the correct one or not.  :)

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8/31/2015 | 11:30:59 PM
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Some companies offer stipends or other discounts/consideration to their employees for commuting expenses (free or reduced-rate parking, subsidized mass transit passes, etc.).  Think of how much money companies could save with telecommuting compared against a reasonably effective and secure telecommuting platform deployment (which most enterprises already have anyway so that managers and on-call employees can be available from home for important functions/projects).
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8/31/2015 | 11:28:38 PM
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@progman: I showed my phone to a friend of mine recently, and she facetiously remarked that my phone was "lame" for not having much in the way of apps.  And, indeed, it is pretty boring.

My old phone had a bunch of nifty apps, but most of them I quickly stopped using.  When I got a new phone, I didn't bother to go app-happy.
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