21 New Games and Fun Apps to Brighten Your Day
There’s something for everyone in our top picks of websites and apps that are sure to make you smile.
If you like cats, try: Cat Bounce (cat-bounce.com)
Head to this site and little kitties will start bouncing across your browser. Toss them around, or pile on more with the “make it rain” button.
If you like Crossword Puzzles, try: Spelltower (spelltower.com)
A cross between a traditional word search and Tetris, SpellTower challenges players to find and eliminate words in a massive stack of letters. Each time letters are cleared, the tower rearranges itself, so the astute can set up major combos. Available on iOS, Android, and Mac.
If you like little-known facts, try: Mental Floss Quizzes (mentalfoss.com/quizzes)
Test your knowledge on a variety of subjects, from serious (“Name All the Vice Presidents in 10 Minutes”) to silly (“Lifetime Movie or Megadeth Song?”).
If you like Sudoku, try: Nuclien (nuclien.com)
Easy to learn, hard to master, this brain-twisting puzzler presents a series of numbers on-screen. If the numbers are surrounded by squares, tap them in ascending order; if circles surround them, tap them in descending order. It seems simple until the game throws both at you simultaneously with a brutal countdown timer. Available on iOS and Android.
If you like fishing, try: Ridiculous Fishing (ridiculousfishing.com)
Cast your line as deep into the ocean as possible while avoiding fish by tilting your phone. Then grab as many fish as you can as you reel the line back up and score points by shooting them out of the sky. Available on iOS.
If you like Etch A Sketch, try: Sketch Swap (sketchswap.com)
This site’s ethos: “Draw 1 to Get 1.” Sketch something on your screen, submit it, and then watch as another person’s drawing appears for you to enjoy.
If you like YouTube and Instagram, try: Viddy (viddy.com)
If you like ping-pong, try: TNNS (tnns.rabbx.com)
Players guide a paddle along the bottom of the screen, whacking around a ball while trying to hit specific goal markers or power-ups. Random obstacles and a breakneck pace keep things interesting. Two people can play against each other on one device for instant frivolity with friends. Available on iOS and Android.
If you like historical trivia, try: This Day in History (history.com/this-day-in-history)
Who knew: Eighty years ago, the Loch Ness monster was first “sighted” in Scotland. Go to this page for an enlightening lesson each day.