Mobile gaming is perfect for filling up some dead time. Time like the time it takes you to get to and from work. But what are the best games to spend your commute playing? That’s a very good question, and to answer it we’ve written this here list.

Whether you’re looking for something that’s going to pass the time, turn your brain off or make you think in a completely different way, we think we’ve got you covered.

So, without any more preamble, here are the 10 best mobile games to play on your commute in 2021, complete with links to download them from the App Store or Play Store.

Merge Dragons

A game that’s all about – you guessed it – merging dragons. It’s got that simple, brain-off style that’s going to make your commute fly by. Hey! Dragons fly too! Games that you can dip in and out of are perfect for your bus or train ride home, and Merge Dragons is definitely one of those.

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Candy Crush Saga

Short levels, not too challenging, quite a lot of fun. Candy Crush Saga ticks a lot of the boxes that a decent commute game requires. It’s a great way to wind down and let your brain turn off, which is what we all want on the way back home. Just don’t get too frustrated when you get stuck – that’s just how the game’s designed.

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Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game

If you’re looking for something with a bit of a faster pace, then this is a perfect one to try out. You need to tap keys as they roll down the screen. There’s a decidedly arcade flavor to the experience, but you’re going to have to be careful you don’t accidentally elbow your fellow commuters if you get too involved.

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CSR Racing 2

Speed is hardly the essence of the commute, but CSR Racing 2 can change that with its pedal-to-the-metal drag races. Your brain doesn’t have to be particularly switched on to enjoy this one, since you’re just tapping the screen at the right time to change gears. But sometimes, a change in gear is what we all need.

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Kingdom Rush: Vengeance

If you want something a bit more strategic for your commute, then this one is a good bet. It’s a tower defense game with some interesting twists, and a decent amount of depth too. You’ll be able to squish a couple of levels or more into your commute, and you’re going to enjoy every second of it.

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Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire games usually last a lot longer than a commute, but since the game saves your progress, you’re not going to lose anything. It’s a smart deck-building roguelike that’s full of monsters and loot and it builds a great world for you to lose yourself in.

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Build houses, solve puzzles, and generally have a pretty laid back time. Those are the core foundations of Homescapes and it nails them all pretty darn well. It’s another great game for putting your brain into cooldown mode after a day at work.

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One of the best puzzle games available on mobile. It’s all about combining tiles to make every larger numbers, and it’s an awful lot of fun. The smash hit game 2048 was essentially a re-working of Threes, and Threes is about a million times better so you should definitely give it a try.

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Monument Valley 2

A contemplative adventure platformer that sees you deforming worlds to get from A to B. It’s lovely, it’s clever and it’s pretty much the polar opposite of all the miserable soul-grinding things you have to do at work.

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Stillness of the Wind

Another game that takes a more contemplative look at things. It’s about goats and communication and connection. And the end of the world. It’s dreamlike, simple, and a perfect way to get lost.

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