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10 Best Android and iPhone Games to Help You Survive Social Distancing

Throughout the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic, one recommendation has been doled out over and over again: stay home. Maybe you once fantasized about never having to leave the house—a time when you’re supposed to be lazy and stay inside for the good of society. It’s a glorious proposition, but after several months, we’re all going stir-crazy. If you need a break from The Office reruns, check out some of the mobile videogames we’ve rounded up below. They’re sure to distract you from all the bad news, at least temporarily.

Prefer to game on a larger screen? Check out our favorite console and PC games to play if you’re stuck inside. For passing the time passively, our list of what to watch while you’re stuck inside and our favorite geeky YouTube channels may help.

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Updated for July 2020: We’ve added a couple of new games and updated descriptions to reflect recent gameplay updates.

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    Solve Puzzles in Solitude

    Ravenhill: Hidden Mystery

    In Ravenhill, you need to find hidden objects in pictures, kind of like those bizarre I-Spy books from when you were a kid. Come for the immersive storyline, satisfying sounds, lovely graphics, and fun minigames. Stay because of the rewarding gameplay. There are tons of free boosters and monthly events that make any in-game purchases unnecessary. I’ve played this game every day since October 2019, and I have yet to get sick of it. If it’s a bit too easy for you, the same developer makes a tougher version called Seeker’s Notes. (Yes, I play that one, too.)

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    A Game Where You Stay in Bed

    #SelfCare

    This game is all about staying in bed. There’s no way to win, no clear objectives, and no timers or countdowns. #SelfCare encourages you to be gentle with yourself and mindful of your own mental state. Sweet reminders (there’s no rush) and bits of encouragement (the storm will pass) will leave you feeling peaceful after each session. Added bonus? Your laundry sorts itself with just a few taps. MyOasis (Android, iOS) is a similar game with a less overtly feminine design.

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    Play Your Cards Right

    Hearthstone

    This is a controversial pick, given Blizzard’s less-than-stellar history as a company. Still, if you’re looking to sling cards à la Magic the Gathering but prefer to sling them in the Warcraft universe, Hearthstone is what you want. The game is easy to learn and tough to master. Weekly tavern brawls and solo game modes keep things feeling fresh. Fans of card games (or The Witcher) might also like Gwent.

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