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10 Relaxing Mobile Games To Soothe Your Stressed-Out Brain Cells

For when you just need to zone out for a bit.
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Living in the Philippines means playing the game of life on extra-difficult mode—but the past few weeks have been something else entirely. If you want to zone out for a bit and quiet down all the scary thoughts, you can check out these relaxing games. They’ll help you reset your brain to focus on just one thing at a time and hopefully help you do what you need to do. You’ll have to face reality sooner or later (and it’s healthier to do so ASAP!) but nobody can blame you if you need five minutes to just breathe. Plus, did we mention that these are free to download? Check out these 10 relaxing mobile games you can download for free:

Viridi

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If you can’t take the commitment needed to take care of an actual living being, why not take care of a virtual plant? Viridi lets you grow small potted plants in real time—minus the actual consequences if you don’t take enough care of them. You can take your time choosing, decorating, and growing all kinds of succulents in your pot. It’s a quiet place to retreat to when everything gets too messy outside.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Penguin Isle

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This game takes “chilling out” to the next level. Here, you start with a small iceberg and a couple of cute penguins. You can help them build an entire city on the iceberg but your main “job” is just to watch as the isle grows and grows. You could drop in some fun things and watch as the penguins’ habitat evolves; spot an outdoor cinema, their own “beach,” and even a rocket station.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Alto’s Odyssey

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You might remember the little T-Rex that pops up on Google Chrome whenever you lose connection—well, this game is quite similar except this one has calming graphics and even smoother gameplay. All you have to do is guide Alto as he drifts along on his sandboard through dunes, canyons, and other fantastical areas in the dessert. You can also play on Zen mode; there are no points to be earned here so you can sit back, listen to the calm music, and glide with Alto across the cool landscape.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

hocus.

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If twisting your brain cells around is your idea of a fun time, then hocus. is worth checking out. This puzzle game uses illustrations based on Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher’s famous perspective-bending works. All you have to do is lead the red square though the maze-slash-puzzle—just don’t let the perspectives confuse you. Plus, you can create and share your own mind-bending puzzle. It’ll take all your last three brain cells working together to play this game, meaning you thankfully won’t have time to think of anything else.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

I Love Hue

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As the Marie Kondo method proves, organizing stuff is a surefire way to get back into the groove—and even get a sense of satisfaction. I Love Hue is a pretty straightforward game: simply move the color tiles around to get them in a visually satisfying order. Aside from the minimal graphics—and of course the colors’ soft hues—practically everything about this game invites you to play at ease. There’s no timer, no points to earn, and no pressure.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play

Infinity Loop

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This is another game that will entail every last one of your brain cells focusing on one thing. Infinity Loop is all about tapping a set of lines on the screen so that they rotate until it forms one cohesive image. The game supposedly has an infinite amount of levels—we’re not sure how to prove that—which means you can spend all the time you need just zoning out and tapping away to connect the lines. It won’t max out your brain cells, but it will absorb you into a few moments of zen.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play

Mekorama

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We know there’s a part of you that’s fascinated by dioramas. In Mekorama, you lead a somewhat clumsy but very adorable little robot through 50 puzzle-filled dioramas. You do more than just tap in this game as parts of the little islands are interactive and can be moved around to get your robot where he needs to go. The cool 3D graphics, smooth sounds, and the lack of a timer or all let you figure out the puzzle at your own pace. Plus, each level presents a different kind of challenge so you’re sure to keep finding new stuff.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play

OCO

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Those who have a hard time following a beat may find this game more challenging than relaxing, but we’re sure the musically-inclined will enjoy. OCO is what a person with a word-count quota to fill would call an “audio-visual game that looks great and sounds even better, as long as you play it right.” All you have to do is tap the screen to make a dot glide, jump, and hang through a cool-looking, circular platform puzzle; the goal is to collect the other dots. The background music is a great clue on how to move as a beat plays every time you pass through a dot—so you can get your groove on, too.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play

Terrarium: Garden Idle

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Here’s another game for the plantitas and plantitos out there. Discover and collect all kinds of adorable virtual plants and take care of them; the plants give off oxygen, which you can use to buy and expand your garden. You can take a step back, relax, and watch as your garden grows in this idle game. Just give your plants a check whenever you need a bit of a breather.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Shadowmatic

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Remember those games you used to play with shadows whenever power goes out? Well, this one’s just a much-improved mobile game version of that. Shadowmatic mixes cool 3D graphics and ambient sounds to let you really focus—while letting your imagination fly—as you move an object around to create a familiar shape with its shadow. There’s no pressure here, so you can take your time discovering what cool shapes you can make.

Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

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Eren Rodriguez 22 hours ago

This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________

Coffee

It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie 22 hours ago

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One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

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