Gaming When Life Gets in the Way

All Work and No Play makes Jack a Dull Boy


Busy life leaving you no time to game? Perhaps you only have access to a laptop or tablet PC?  Maybe you’re just looking for something you can play while on the go? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some excellent games for playing in less than optimal circumstances.


The Tablet Gamer:

I love my windows tablet, it’s versatile and does everything I need it to do. Sadly it won’t be running the Witcher 3 anytime soon. But don’t worry, if you are looking for a great tablet friendly game, look no further than Door Kickers.


Door Kickers has you draw out the paths for your swat team, setting up intricate chains of commands for the squad. You then hit play and watch the carnage unfold. You can pause time at any point to issue new orders, but you are rewarded more for completing each short mission with a single chain of orders. Door Kickers works great whether you’re using a mouse, stylus/pen or even the touch controls for windows tablets. Missions are short but satisfying and action-packed, so perfect for journeys on public transport or completing a few after getting in from work.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

You may have had to saw off your legs to fit into your Easyjet seat. Perhaps you’re on the train and some guy is hogging the armrest. As long as you have enough space to get your laptop out, then you’ll be in good stead. Requiring just two buttons to play, One Finger Death Punch will turn your drab commute into a melange of martial arts madness.


Despite looking a bit like an old flash game from the noughties, One Figner Death Punch is a frantic and addictively simple game. You have two buttons. One hits right. One hits left. All you have to do is wait for the enemies to enter you hit range, and press the appropriate button. The difficulty scales to your performance, ramping up as you do well and dropping each time you fail.


The Machiavelli on the move:

Wishing you had time for a grand game of strategy and diplomacy with your friends but too busy for Civ V or Europa Universalis? Subterfuge is perfect for the out and  about Admiral. Played on your iPhone or Android device, Subterfuge is a week long multiplayer strategy game.


The aim of the game is to be the first player to produce 200 Neptunium. You control bases, that are either factories, mines or generators. Factories produce submarines (your tools of war), mines produce neptunium and generators power the whole lot. Diplomacy is intense as you plot and negotiate with your fellow players via in-game or external means. You can log orders to occur at specific times allowing you to set the days orders in the morning, check how they’re going during lunch and see their payoff after work. Often though you’ll wake up to find yourself betrayed, hurriedly try and consolidate before sending paranoid messages to your neighbors in the hope of aid.

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2 thoughts on “Gaming When Life Gets in the Way

  1. This is such a good posts. Sometime life really does get in the way of gaming, so neat little distractions like this help tide over until you get that moment to really dig into your favorite games.

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