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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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Joe Stanganelli
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8/21/2015 | 10:30:26 PM
Her Story
Her Story sounds very reminiscent of some really old CD-ROM games -- specifically, 1993's Who Killed Sam Rupert?

Of course, the problem with that type of game is that it doesn't have a lot of replayability.
David Wagner
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8/28/2015 | 2:29:23 PM
Re: Her Story
@Joe- True about replayablity. But that's what sequels are for. :)
Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2015 | 11:52:51 PM
Re: Her Story
@Dave: ...or, at least, DLC.  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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8/21/2015 | 10:31:21 PM
Re: Games to commute with
I feel like such an outsider when I'm on the subway and everyone has their phones out and I have a book.

Like, a real paper book and not a Kindle.  ;)
David Wagner
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8/28/2015 | 2:30:55 PM
Re: Games to commute with
@Joe- Don't be a hipster. Pull out your phone. :)

Actually i feel like I see a 50/50 mix out here in SF. There's nothing wrong with a book. I'll have a books for Fall article out soon.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/29/2015 | 11:56:16 PM
Re: Games to commute with
@Dave: No way!  I spend more than enough time looking at a screen.  ;)

(In any case, I'd rather drive.)
Joe Stanganelli
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8/22/2015 | 9:45:43 PM
Re: Games to commute with
Well, yes, to be fair, in rush hour subway-riding situations where everyone's crowded together and most people are standing, yeah, that would be difficult, but it's also difficult to hold your phone in front of you to play a game (at least, in my experience).

This is why I make every effort to avoid public transit during rush hour.
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8/23/2015 | 11:46:35 PM
Re: Games to commute with
I'm not sure most people are interested in chatting with strangers on the subway regardless of the country.  ;)
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8/24/2015 | 10:53:17 AM
I like Zombies
If you like Zombie games like me give Dead Trigger 2 a try.  Zombie GunShip Zero can also get addicting.  For my Note 4 I like to play Fuit Ninja using the sytlus.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/26/2015 | 11:33:08 PM
Re: Games to commute with
Perhaps it's different here in Boston; I see traveling companions on the subway talking with each other all the time.
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8/28/2015 | 2:33:17 PM
Re: Games to commute with
I think talking on wechat is a completely fine thing to do on the subway. Why talk to strangers when you can talk to your friends? That said, I clearly don't have the typing chops some people have because that would kill my thunbs.
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8/29/2015 | 11:58:02 PM
Re: Games to commute with
@Dave: I saw a girl on the bus a few weeks ago with perhaps the most dextrous thumbs I have seen, texting and messaging on some dating app like a madwoman.

I can type about 120 wpm on a QWERTY keyboard, but on a cell phone I'm a hunt-and-pecker.
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8/28/2015 | 2:34:40 PM
Re: Nobody Walks in LA
@djameson910- Yeah, sorry, I should have translated for socal. :) 

Use 'em however you need to in LA. I try to do anything I can to avoid driving in LA except when going aroudn it to get to Disneyland. :)
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8/30/2015 | 12:02:57 AM
Re: Games to commute with
@Angel: I use earplugs myself...but more to drown out the noise of the train/subway itself than the noise of the people nearby.

...although they do come in further handy when someone gets on the subway thinking it's a good idea to be playing a stereo.  No headphones or anything like that...just a stereo, so everyone can hear.
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8/30/2015 | 12:05:33 AM
Re: Games to commute with
It occurs to me that one of the huge incentives for businesses to allow employees to telecommute would be that they could then ask extra time -- and expect extra productivity -- out of their employees, who save on commuting time and can sleep in a little longer and/or get other personal activities done.
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8/31/2015 | 11:28:38 PM
Re: Games to commute with
@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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8/31/2015 | 11:30:59 PM
Re: Games to commute with
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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9/4/2015 | 5:10:19 AM
Re: Games to commute with
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.  ;)
Joe Stanganelli
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9/4/2015 | 5:13:22 AM
Re: Games to commute with
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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9/5/2015 | 5:54:44 AM
Re: Games to commute with
"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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