The 10 Best Games to Play When You're Bored

A ton of fun things to do online when bored

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Sometimes boredom strikes, whether we're commuting to work or enjoying some time relaxing on the weekend. However, you don't have to let boredom get you down. Online and mobile games are a great way to unwind while curing boredom and exercising your brain at the same time. We've compiled a list of our favorite fun games to play when bored.

Screenshot of Candy Crush on Desktop

Candy Crush has been wildly popular for a few years now thanks to its eye-popping interface and easy to understand gameplay. It's the best game for those who enjoy a puzzling saga, complete with tons of levels that vary in difficulty.

Candy Crush is available to play online as well as on Android and iOS devices. The game is free to download and play with access to in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • Candy Crush is addicting and the perfect game for playing on the go.

What We Don't Like:

  • The game tends to get repetitive after a number of levels. However, new levels are added every two weeks to keep things interesting.
Screenshot of Plants vs Zombies on Desktop

What started as a fun and unique one-off game has turned into a beloved franchise. The original Plants vs Zombies is a fun arcade-style game that includes growing plants in your garden to ward off zombie visitors.

The family of Plants vs Zombie games include the original, Plants vs Zombies 2, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, and more. Plants vs Zombies is available to be played online and on all Android and iOS devices. The game is free to download.

What We Like:

  • Gameplay is easy to learn and becomes more challenging over time.

What We Don't Like:

  • The Plants vs Zombies app is prone to crashing during gameplay.
Screenshot of Crossy Road on Desktop

Do you remember the game Frogger? Crossy Road is a new and improved version but without the beloved frog. To play, simply guide a host of animals across highways and more in an adventure that's perfect for when you're bored.

Crossy Road has over 200 million downloads due to its addicting gameplay. The game is available for iOS and Android devices and is also available to play online. Crossy Road is free to download but does offer in-app purchases to enhance your play.

What We Like:

  • Crossy Road's design is simple and looks great on all devices.

What We Don't Like:

  • There's a slight learning curve in the beginning and some aspects of the game can be difficult to understand without some practice.
Screenshot of Super Mario Emulator on Desktop

There's nothing better than a plumber throwing fireballs at turtles, especially when the plumber's name is Mario. Super Mario Bros. lives on thanks to this online emulator. Using your typical "WASD" keyboard moves, you get to move Mario around his world once again. From going down tunnels to jumping onto flags, this online game will provide hours of enjoyment.

The Super Mario Emulator is available online for desktop play and is free to play for all.

What We Like:

  • Everything is as it should be. This online game looks exactly like the original, perfect for that dose of nostalgia.

What We Don't Like:

  • Ads in this game may get in the way of gameplay.
Screenshots of Two Dots on iPhone

An awarding winning adventure, Two Dots is the perfect game for casual play. Saga and puzzle lovers alike will enjoy Two Dots' puzzling matching games, weekly treasure hunts, and playing endlessly in Expedition mode. The game is visually stunning, easy to learn and completely addicting.

Two Dots is the second creation after Dots and also has another sibling: Dots & Co. Two Dots is free to download and play on all Android and iOS devices.

What We Like:

  • It's the perfect mix of adventure and puzzle in one beautiful game.

What We Don't Like:

  • If you need them, power-ups and extra moves are a bit difficult to get without spending some cash.
Screenshot of Incredibox on Desktop

Making music has never been as fun as it is with Incredibox. A bit unusual from the rest in this list so far, Incredibox puts the power of beatboxing and making unique melodies right on your desktop.

Simply visit Incredibox and choose from six different versions. From there, you'll drag and drop melodies, sound effects, beats, and voices to create a custom mix. You can record your new track to share it on social media and have the chance to enter the Top 50.

Incredibox is available to download on both Android and iOS devices and is also available online. The game is free to play online but requires $3.99 to download the app.

What We Like:

  • Whether you're a seasoned DJ or not, your mix is bound to sound good.

What We Don't Like:

  • To access the two newest versions of Incredibox, you'll need to download the app for $3.99.
Screenshot of Virtual Bubblewrap on Desktop

Who doesn't enjoy popping bubble wrap? This fun and quirky online game is perfect for stress relief and boredom. Simply log onto the website and get to poppin'. You can choose from the original bubble wrap, music bubblewrap, or the insane bubblewrap complete with wacky noises.

Want to send bubble wrap to a friend? You can do that, too. Virtual bubble wrap is available online or on Android devices. Both the app and the online version are free to use.

What We Like:

  • It sounds like bubble wrap and is just as satisfying as the real thing.

What We Don't Like:

  • The website is definitely outdated and a bit difficult to navigate.
Screenshot of Gardenscapes on iPhone

Gardening and puzzling come together to form Gardenscapes, a fun and engaging matching game. You'll restore your garden to its original glory through fun puzzles and unique challenges in this adventure. Decorate your own virtual garden with flowers, plants, decor, and even move in next door to your Facebook friend neighbors.

Gardenscapes is free to download and play for both iOS and Android devices. For extras, there are in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • There's something new to do everywhere you turn.

What We Don't Like:

  • Higher levels of the game become a bit difficult to complete without purchasing in-app extras.
Screenshots of Age of 2048 on iPhone

Age of 2048 is a unique, fast-paced city builder and puzzler all in one. Starting at the beginning of time, you'll match civilization blocks to one another to build new structures. Over time, you'll move throughout history, discovering unique world wonders. Be careful though, each move you make adds a new block to the gameplay area. 

Age of 2048 is free to download and play on both Android and iOS devices. The app offers in-app purchases if you desire to use them.

What We Like:

  • Age of 2048 isn't your typical puzzle game. It moves fast and engages your mind.

What We Don't Like:

  • Accidental swipes can happen that could cause the game to end, and you can't undo them once they occur.
Screenshot of Unpuzzle 2 on Desktop

Everything you knew about putting together a puzzle is no longer correct. That's the idea behind Unpuzzle 2. Once you begin, you'll see a puzzle on the screen already put together. Your goal? Taking apart the puzzle piece by piece. It sounds simple, but you'll soon find out that interlocking pieces cannot move until the others move around them. It's challenging, it's unique, and it's addicting, all rolled into one.

Unpuzzle 2 is only free to play online at this time. There isn't an app for this game yet.

What We Like:

  • It's challenging enough to be fun, and simple enough to not frustrate.

What We Don't Like:

  • At the beginning, there isn't a lot of explanation about what to do. You have to figure out how to get started on your own.