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Are you tired of awkwardly whistling to yourself on the bus to pass the time? Sick of being bored while skipping gym class to avoid getting smacked with a dodgeball by Brock, your older brother’s mean best friend? Then boy, oh boy, do we have the games for you! All kinds of games. Mobile. Browser. Even TI-84 calculator games, for you future architects and engineers out there. After all, who needs parabolas and higher education when you have Super Mario?
If you need a distraction, nothing will kill the time better than the games on this finely curated list. Say goodbye to boredom, hello to entertainment and enchantée to some of the best time killers ever programmed.
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Not only does Duet feature simple-to-play, hard-to-master, obstacle-dodging gameplay and a killer chillstep soundtrack, but it also sports a deceptively complex narrative. Delivered entirely through level titles, an Australian woman’s soothing voice and your own reactions to in-game failure, Duet explores the Kübler-Ross model (otherwise known as the five stages of grief). As you play and hear the mysterious woman’s ASMR intonations feed strange riddles to you, you start to realize she wants you to examine how you deal with the five stages of grief everytime you die across the game’s plentiful, bite-size levels.
With that said, you can totally tune out and ignore all the metatextual stuff going on if you just want to experience one of the best, hardest, most boredom-relieving mobile games ever.
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If you ever wanted to be a glowing, rainbow-colored caterpillar, this is the game for you. It’s a browser-based MMO where you go around collecting orbs and growing your caterpillar, all while avoiding other people’s bigger, more hungry caterpillars. If you touch another player, you die and turn into the very orbs you were just so happily feasting on. It’s a macabre game that speaks to the nature of life, and how our deaths help sustain the universe. Now go, feast on the orbs of your deceased caterpillar brethren, and glow brighter than they ever could.
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It’s neon pinball, ’nuff said. If you want a dope soundtrack, crazy retro-’80s color palette and the pure fun of a nearly endless pinball table, there’s no better way to lose yourself for hours, mashing flippers and shouting curse words until your phone’s battery is dead and you’re left wondering how it got dark outside so fast.
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Marvel: Contest of Champions (mobile)
This game’s for the folks who want to mindlessly tap their thumbs and watch Iron Man beat the snot out of Deadpool. Is it fun? For sure. It’s shallow, visually extravagant fun — the kind that is perfect for filling boring voids in the daily grind. Marvel’s Contest of Champions has a gazillion different modes to play through, so expect as much brawling as you can handle. With dozens of unlockable characters, hundreds of playable missions and microtransactions out the wazoo, this is a Marvel-flavored-diet fighting game that’s immensely enjoyable to look at and almost half as fun to play — just remember to turn it off and go outside, at some point.
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Ultimate Flash Sonic (browser)
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No game permeates the browser history of grade-school computers more than Ultimate Flash Sonic, otherwise known as Sonic Advance: Student Edition. If you couldn’t whip out your Game Boy in the middle of technology class, you’d quietly open a new tab and bounce over to this bad boy. Featuring the Angel Island soundtrack, two different zones and four playable characters, this remains one of the best browser experiences a Sonic the Hedgehog fan or platformer-genre fanatic can have when a standard console or handheld isn’t available.
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Lara Croft: Relic Run (mobile)
While infinite runners are a pretty overdone genre in the mobile scene, I can’t help but acknowledge this game starring everybody’s favorite tomb raider. Featuring running, platforming and lots of gunslinging, Lara Croft: Relic Run is a fun game that packs diverse, fully realized environments (some of which include motorcycles and dinosaurs!) and tons of replayability. If you want a mobile time killer with some cinematic flair, this is the one to download.
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10 Bullets (browser)
For those whose boredom can be satisfied only by an endless cacophony of explosions and destruction, 10 Bullets is the game to play. The rules are simple: you have 10 bullets, and once they’re spent, it’s game over. The goal is to set off a chain reaction with each bullet, causing targets to combust, explode and detonate each other until the dust settles, at which point you’ll need to expend another bullet. This means you click once and, if you timed it well, won’t click again for another minute or two. It’s the most fun I’ve had doing nothing in a long, long time.
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