1. Alpha Zen by Large Animal Games
If you're a sucker for quotes from the greatest authors, politicians and pop culture icons, you'll love Alpha Zen. The game presents you with two words from a certain quote:
The quotes get increasingly complicated as you move along, and pretty soon, you end up having to connect seven or eight words, in a limited space. It's quite challenging, but it's also fun trying to guess what the quote is.
The levels are beautifully designed. It's a minimalist design, of course, but it works quite well. The audio was created by Steve Woodzell, and it brings to mind thoughts of floating through space and just drifting. The game is pretty straightforward. It's a no-nonsense puzzle game that's perfect for late nights when you can't sleep, or short breaks at work. The game also lets you create custom levels out of your Facebook friends' posts, so it has excellent replay value.
The downside is that while the game has many different levels and categories, only the initial level is available in the Free version. The full Classic pack costs $1.99 (88php), and while I think that's a fair price for such a marvelous game, I still haven't bought it (Sorry Team Large Animal!).
2. Fun Ways to Think by All In a Day's Play
Last year saw a huge number of word combination games, from 4Pics1Word to PicCombo and all the other games that followed suit. Fun Ways to Think is different though, because it's actually quite smart. The game presents you with a picture and a bunch of letters:
I remember playing with a bunch of these puzzles growing up in St. Scholastica. One of my friends was great at these, and I'm pretty sure there's a name for this specific kind of puzzle. Just can't put my finger on it right now. In any case, some of the puzzles are easy, like the one above. Some are entertaining,
Language majors should have the advantage, of course, what with their knowledge and training in lexical construction and morphemes. It's much easier to break words down and to make sense of the pictures being shown on the screen.
There's only 175 levels (for now), but ADP Games is constantly updating the game. It's a great way to pass the time, and it's alllll free. Third-world country casual gamers rejoice!
3. Devil's Attorney by Senri
Devil's Attorney by Senri that's been reaping the awards since its release in 2012. It's gotten perfect reviews from the industry's greatest aggregate review sites and critics, and has been awarded No.1 Android Game for 2012 by QualityIndex.
Fans of Phoenix Wright (objection!) will find Devil's Attorney a worthy adversary. It's a lawyer simulation game that puts players in the shoes of Max McMann, "a defense attorney that's high on charm but low on moral fiber" (think Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman). Again, enforcing the stereotype that lawyers are one metathesis away from being liars, Max McMann does everything in his power to prove that his clients are innocent, even when they aren't. Just another excellent lawyer!
The downside? Nothing this good could be free. It's $1.99 (96PHP on Google Play). It's an excellent buy though, and this one, I did pay for (Sorry, Team Large Animal, you know I love you). It's a game everyone with half a brain will love, but English majors are sure to appreciate the chance to start reading case files and practicing CDA.
BONUS: Duolingo by... Duolingo (lolwut)
When I was studying French back in UP, I didn't learn shit. Honestly, the only phrase I remember (aside from the quintessential "je m'appelle" and "je t'aime") is "je ne sais pas" which translates to "I don't know". My prof was a pain in the ass who called me "prétentieux" for pronouncing the "f" in "often". If smart phones had been more mainstream back in 2009 and Duolingo had been this accessible, I probably would've learned more than how to say "I don't know".
I'm always in search of better games! Any English majors out there who've got favorite mobile games of their own? Let me know! Unless it's Scrabble or Word Finder or something like that. Please, be original. Pfft.