Brit MP Nigel Mills is not alone. The British Conservative MP was caught on camera playing Candy Crush on his iPad a little while ago – not just for a few minutes, mind, but for well over two hours during a Parliamentary committee meeting. Research by Three mobile has recently revealed that nearly one in five of Britain’s workforce admit to gaming during meetings. The report, conducted with 1,000 British workers, also reveals the most popular games played during work meetings, shown here.
1. Candy Crush Saga
If you’re still a kid at heart, you’ll love Candy Crush Saga. Described as a “match-three puzzle video game”, the game is enormously popular (it was the most downloaded iOS app in 2013), so much so that its developer King netted an income of $500 million in 2014.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Adobe Flash
2. Angry Birds
This hugely successful video game franchise boasts more than two billion downloads across all platforms. Angry Birds, a Finnish production, has been lauded for its “addictive gameplay, comical style, and low price”. Originally released for iOS, there are now versions for Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 operating systems.
Solitaire is a card game that’s played with all 52 cards. The objective of the game is to get all your cards onto “foundation piles”, using a variety of allowed moves. If you are familiar with cards, “foundations” are the rank and suit of cards. The app is available on the iTunes Store and on Google Play.
According to the official Tetris website, Tetris is not just a video game; it’s an “intellectual sport that combines continuous fun with mental stimulation”. Developed by Nintendo, Tetris is available on a number of platforms and can be downloaded from either iTunes or Google Play.
Bejeweled is described as a “tile-matching puzzle video game”. Produced by PopCap Games, the aim of the game is to create vertical or horizontal chains of three or more ‘gems’ of the same colour (probably harder than it sounds!) Bejeweled is available on a number of platforms including, but not limited to, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10.
Sudoku has been hailed as an aid to concentration and “brain power”. Described on the official Sudoku website as “one of the most popular puzzle games of all time”, the aim of the game is to complete a 9 x 9 grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 grid have within them all the numbers between 1 and 9. Sudoku is compatible with all browsers.
Scrabble enjoys huge global popularity: it is sold in 121 countries and is available in 29 languages, according to Wikipedia. Scrabble is a “word game” and its aim is to make words using tiles which bear a single letter, and according to the rules of the game. Scrabble users can now enjoy Cross-Platform Play which allows them to have the last word with friends on a range of devices and platforms: Android, Facebook and iOS.
Crosswords are ubiquitous. They’re also fun and (apparently) good for the brain. Crosswords have changed a great deal from the staid, back-of-the-newspaper item of yesteryear; many are interactive with gaming elements incorporated to boost the fun factor. Check out either Google Play or the iTunes Store to browse the available crossword apps.
9. Brain Trainer
There are many well-recognised brain trainer apps and games, although the jury’s still out as to whether they actually do improve brain function. They’re fun, though. If you’re interested, try Lumosity (available for web, iOS and Android) which rates how well you’re doing across various cognitive variables.
Snake is a video game. In one version of the game, the player maneuvers a snake around various obstacles for the purpose of eating mice. When the said mice are eaten, the snake grows longer, making it more difficult to maneuver. Perhaps its simplicity is the main attraction here. Snake is available on most Nokia phones, plus iTunes and Google Play.
There is much to commend the MP Nigel Mills. Three’s research found that, on average, a gaming session lasts ‘only’ around 16 minutes – scant compared with the MP’s two-hour session. And less than 10 percent play for more than 40 minutes. I’d say the MP should stick with his job.