For fans of simulation games that don’t quite have the time to sit down and play classics like the acclaimed Sims 4, Idle Life may be an option. For me, an avid player of simulation games who has a fair amount of time to play a variety of games, Idle Life still manages to be a cute game to check into once or twice a day. The game is relatively new, so there is definitely room for it to grow, but for what it is now it’s your pretty average Idle-style game with the added fun of being about to buy houses, furniture, and clothes for your sim character.
The style of Idle Life is cute, and somewhat reminiscent of Animal Crossing with its chibi style character design. It’s easy to navigate with a well organized layout. The only issue with their layout is the imposing in-app purchase icons at the bottom of the screen. Like many idle games this game is free-to-play with the option of in-app purchases, such as No Ads, 2xs profits, and increased inactive income. These in-app purchases are more expensive than usual, so beware. If you want any of those features it’s going to cost between 5 to 10 dollars.
Nowadays with so many apps available and phones with such high capacity it’s easy to clutter your device’s memory with hundreds of apps. If you’re a fan of puzzles those apps can add up quickly: an app for sudoku, crosswords, match ‘ems and so many more. It can be a bit overwhelming and easy to lose track of your favourites amongst the cluttered folders. As a fan of puzzles I was quite pleased when I found Puzzledom, as it has a library of entertaining puzzles all in one place!
The game is sleek and easy to navigate with (as of this being written) 18 different puzzles available, all with 350-800 individual puzzles for you to solve. The game encourages you to play by having you unlock different puzzles, with only a few immediately available upon downloading. Doing so is not hard, as earning the in-game currency is quite easy. While the game offers in-app purchases, it is entirely possible to play the game without ever spending a dime! Additionally new puzzles are added frequently to their already large library.
The game recently introduced a paid membership, which at a glance may not seem worth it. At current time I cannot recommend said membership due to its high price and minimal additional benefits. Maybe in the future this will change, but for now there is little to be desired when the free edition is so great to begin with.
There are few games as nostalgic as Pokemon. And, thankfully, Nintendo is continuing to grace us with more and more mobile games featuring the legendary pocket monsters. Pokemon Cafe is their most recent release for mobile phones (and is also available for the Nintendo Switch.)
When first opening the game you are introduced to a short story introduction and tutorial. The game is a simple matching game, where you gather all the same pokemon by swiping your finger along the screen. The game is easy to play and learn as well as doesn’t require the player to spend real money, but (of course) give the player the option and will occasionally put forth a particularly hard level in an attempt to get a player to buy power-ups. There does not seem to be a definite paywall, but beware of the temptation they will try to create.
The game is easy to navigate and is absolutely adorable as it includes many longtime favorites such as Togepi, Eevee, Charmander, and Pikachu. The foods that you learn as the game goes on are also adorable pokemon themed drinks, desserts and lunches. Once loaded, there is minimal lag in the game as you navigate it, this mixed with the adorable visuals makes for pleasant gameplay. For new and old fans of Pokemon, I would definitely recommend this game!