I'm going crazy during train rides every morning and evening because most apps don't work well offline. I'm not looking to interact, but mostly to "read" stuff.

Depending on my mood I like apps like these:

  • Quotes from bash.org (see the french version on the appstore, DansTonChat)
  • 9Gag
  • Some addictive/challenging game, that could be as simple as pressing one button to achieve something stupid. Like flappy birds or the stuff that ketchapp makes. "one button apps"

Though these are only examples, I'm really lacking some apps that can keep my head distracted and light for my morning ride, and I would just love some recommendations.

Don't be afraid to give me more than 1 app, worst case scenario is that I won't like it and it'll still keep me busy for 1 trip :D

I obviously have excellent data access outside of the train so if it only needs to sync "every once in a while" it'd be a sufficient network requirement for me. 100% offline apps are obviously easier but not required.

Get your guns out guys !

  • Seems pretty open-ended/opinion based. You're asking for an open-ended list of things to entertain you.
    – Flimzy
    Apr 27 '15 at 20:13
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    But if you like to read, have you considered installing an eReader, and reading a book?
    – Flimzy
    Apr 27 '15 at 20:13
  • Waw. I actually havent.
    – Gil Sand
    Apr 27 '15 at 20:21
  • I usually like reading articles and just news about science or technology, when it comes to novels I'm really a poor reader, and I feel like it's not the kind of reading that is "okay" to do 20 minutes here and there, isn't it?
    – Gil Sand
    Apr 27 '15 at 20:33
  • Subscribe to New Scientist, etc., download before setting off then read on the train. Apr 28 '15 at 5:19

Recomendation 1 I recommend you to use Stockfish Chess.

Its one of the worlds best and powerful chess engine.

Good News: 1. Its Free and Open-Source 2. It runs on multiple platforms 3. It can be played offline

You can play it in the tournament mode, so both you and your iOS device get exactly 5 minutes to complete the game, and the game will end within 10 minutes. So assuming both the players use all the given time, you can play 2 games, 10 minutes for each.

Its fun and challenging.

And as this is just a for-fun-game, you can ask any friend of yours to accompany you, so it will be you-and-your-friend vs Stockfish-on-apple-device.

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    I'm downloading that right now, as I am sitting on the train dock
    – Gil Sand
    Apr 28 '15 at 6:46
  • @Zil great! I hope u found it fun. Ill be suggesting more as a different answer
    – user13550
    Apr 28 '15 at 6:52
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    Thanks :) anything relaxing or not too mind-heavy is perfect
    – Gil Sand
    Apr 28 '15 at 6:54

Recommendation 2 Bad Piggies

From Wikipedia:

Bad Piggies is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment, and was its first spin-off to Angry Birds. The game launched on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac on September 27, 2012. Unlike the Angry Birds games, the player controls the pigs in building devices that travel on land and air to find pieces of a map to find and take away the Angry Birds' eggs. As of October 2012, Bad Piggies was the fastest-selling game on the Apple App Store, and the quickest one to reach the top of the list, in just three hours. It was released for BlackBerry 10 in October 2013 and for Windows Phone in April 2014.

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