Without a doubt, iPhones are one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology to ever be invented. Their significance and the way that they have revolutionised the phone industry is perhaps not fully appreciated at the moment, but in decades to come, they’ll be looked back upon with affection.
They have evolved though. Where they were once phones that attempted to incorporate other aspects into the device, such as a camera with poor definition, they now successfully tailor themselves as truly multipurpose tools – they’re our phone, our streaming medium, our source for news, our camera, our fitness guru etc. But with the purpose of the iPhones being so broad, the novelty of what they can do has faded over time, and consequently they are not as fun as they once were.
Back in the day, we had apps like iBeer – a simple concept, where a full pint would occupy your screen. The idea was to tilt your phone back as though it were they pint, and watch on in delight as the beer slowly drained from the virtual glass – as though you were really drinking it.
It was the definition of simplicity, and yet brought about a little pleasure and fun. There was absolutely no other point than that. It wasn’t useful. It wasn’t clever. It wasn’t insightful. It wasn’t revolutionary. It was a simulation of an everyday (or more realistically once or twice a week on weekends) task. But it was simply for fun.
So to make sure you don’t get bogged down in the purpose and functionalities of your iPhone, here are a few free apps that you can download to restore a bit of fun into your life – don’t worry, they’re a bit more complex than iBeer!
1. Flight Control
It would have been few children’s dreams to grow up to be an air traffic controller. At a young age, realism and practicality goes out the window when anticipating exactly what job you’d want to do when adulthood was reached, it was all about what was perceived as fun to us.
However, Flight Control abolishes any connotation of air traffic control being boring. It’s a simple concept. The player has to draw our paths for incoming planes looking to land on the correct platform. They’re three types of aircraft to land on the correct corresponding runway, with all aircraft travelling at varying speeds.
My words cannot do this game justice. It’s one of those that must be played, and once played you’ll not likely put it down. It’s a very fun game, but be warned: if you’re a bad multi-tasker this one might not be for you!
From simple to more complex, the game of poker is one of the most challenging and intellectually stimulating games you can play.
It combines skill, mental capabilities and mathematical logic in a card game that has so many depths and levels.
The PokerStars App specifically has been dynamically designed to offer the very best possible user experience. You’ll seamlessly be connected to hundreds of thousands of other poker players across the globe. No other platform, site or app even comes close to offering the variance that PokerStars does either in terms of the types of poker games available to play.
If you’re looking for fun, efficiency and a good degree of complex gameplay, the PokerStars app is for you.
3. Candy Crush
Candy Crush (also commonly known as the most addictive game on the App Store) will provide hours of screen-gripping fun.
Again, it’s brilliance is in its simplicity. Candy Crush is not a new concept. For years the classic ‘group-things-together-to-make-them-disappear’ type game has been very popular. What sets Candy Crush out above the rest though is simply how fun it is to play. With all sorts of bonus sweets to create, and a range of different type of level – some are timed, some end after a certain number of ‘turns’ etc. – the game never gets boring and always keeps you motivated on reaching that next level.
Who doesn’t like a quiz? QuizUp lets you test your knowledge with a whole database of players from every inch of the world. Not only will you be paired with a random opponent, but you can also challenge friends and there’s even a chat feature which will allow you to dispense in friendly conversation, or perhaps berate your opponent, after you’ve played them.
Once again, this game’s diversity is what it’s got going for it. From Estonian words to type of tree, you really will struggle to find a topic that doesn’t have a quiz. What’s more, you can even make your own quiz up and play it with friends, or release it for the public to play. Educational? Yes, but also very fun.
5. Doodle Jump
To finish off, here’s an absolute classic. Doodle Jump started out the most basic of games, and its basic premise is still there. However, updates have ensured it remains fresh, with topical themes such as Halloween and Christmas settings being available.
It’s weirdly satisfying, as your character launches off from one platform to another. Doodle Jump is a timeless classic that still offers endless amounts of fun.