At the moment of writing this article, we're counting more than 170,237 Covid-19 cases and more than 6,526 deaths! Country by country, the world is slowly but surely being put under quarantine.
And while taking a bit of time off from working or studying can certainly be fun, it can also quickly become rather boring. Unless you've got some apps to pass your time with.
So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!
If you're older than 20, there is a good chance that you've already heard about Minesweeper. The problem is that as kids, many of us never got around to actually learning how to play it.
So, if you also belong to that category, now is your chance to give it a try! Or if you belong to a younger generation, this is your chance to try out one of the classics!
It's basically a sort of mini-game that can easily become very addictive. And the concept is pretty simple, so, everyone can get into it.
All you have to do is to avoid falling into any mines. That can be done by unveiling the numbers that indicate how many mines they are touching.
For example, if you come across a number 1 and you already know where its single mine is, then you can safely reveal the other numbers that surround it. After all, a number cannot be touching more mines than it indicates.
Speaking of mines and games, Minecraft is another very decent option. It costs 7 euros in most parts of Europe - but it's well worth the price for what it offers.
The good thing about Minecraft is that you're free to do anything you want. You can go into survival mode and fight against wild animals, zombies, and other monstrosities - or you can also pick creative mode and build a whole world on your own.
Otherwise, there is also the option of playing online with your buddies or strangers.
Last, but not least, there's also a sort of story/quest that you can chase after while on survival mode. It's fully playable on both PC and mobile - but keep in mind that you'll have to buy separate copies.
9GAG is quite possibly the king of time-passing apps. If memory serves right, this is where meme first became popular.
Admittedly, it's more like Facebook and Instagram now. But that doesn't change the fact that it's still the #1 choice for memes and endless scrolling.
Keep in mind that a big part of the community can get rather toxic at times. So, consider staying away from the comments section if you value your sanity.
A good thing that 9GAG has been working recently is the individual sections. This means that you can enjoy memes and media for specific categories such as animals, anime, cars, cosplays, gaming, movies, music, etc.
Reddit is by far the biggest internet community that one can find at the moment - rivaled only by the most popular social media, search engines, and porn websites (Dead serious about the last one).
To be more accurate, it's more like a combination of various communities that are called subreddits. And these communities can be about anything from pictures of cats to discussions about real-life problems or even NSFW content from everyday people.
The rabbit hole goes really deep with this one. Since there are little to no restrictions - you can post and find pretty much everything. If memory serves right, Reddit draws the line at racism, homophobia, and anything related to them. And it makes sense.
It goes without saying that each community has its own rules. So, pay attention to them before posting.
As for the app itself, "Reddit is Fun" is just a 3rd party program that gives you access to the website in a convenient way and UI. There's also an official app - but we personally came to prefer this one.
Of course, you can go ahead and pick whatever fits you best instead.
Badoo is more of a dating app rather than something to pass the time. The thing is that unlike Tinder, you can also use it just for chatting, meeting people, or just checking what's good in your area.
If you live in a highly-populated area, this app can easily become one hell of a time killer. Before you know it, you'll be chatting with tens of people at once.
After all, unlike Tinder, there is no need to match with someone in order to have a chat. There is the option of finding somebody with common interests and/or purposes and then you can hit him/her up for a chat. It's as easy as that.
Of course, there is always a chance that they won't bother replying - especially if we're talking about an attractive woman cause you know how dating apps work with that.
Since this is still considered a dating app, even if you're there for a chat, minors are not allowed.
6: Home Workout
Since you're stuck inside anyway, why not spend that time making some indoor exercises? Not only you'll be able to pleasantly pass the time - but you'll also be improving your body image and health.
There are tons of exercises to choose from and different levels depending on your current physical condition. We're talking about abs, chest, arms, legs, and shoulders.
And while both guys and gals can use these exercises, do keep in mind that there is also a female fitness version which includes a few extra options such as exercises for the butt and thighs.
The cool thing about it is that it also includes a ton of animations for the individual exercises. So, even if you're new to all this, you'll get a pretty good idea of what needs to be done.
7: Fruit Ninja
This is one of the most popular apps/games to ever come out for Android. And it still kind of is - but most would probably call it a classic at this point.
As the name implies, your sole purpose here is to cut fruits by using your finger as a sword. The thing is that there are multiple modes to play on with the most popular mode being "Classic".
While in classic, you need to slice as many fruits as you can while avoiding the bombs. If you slice a bomb or miss 3 fruits, it's game over until the next try. You only have your high-score to beat. So, take it as far as you can.
Admittedly, the game isn't exactly well optimized for modern devices. So, there is a good chance that you'll experience minor stutters every now and then.
In a way, Bottle Flip is kind of silly. All you have to do is flip a bottle in the air and bypass any obstacles to reach the finish line.
So, it's definitely not the most interesting concept in the world. But, hey - it's kind of fun, easy to play, and in our case, it gets the job done.
If there's going to be one massive downside, then that's definitely the annoying ads that pop-up almost every time you lose or go through a level.
Magic Tiles used to be all about playing piano songs by using 4 buttons - kind of like Guitar Hero. But, nowadays, it offers a wide variety of music.
All you have to do is press the buttons as they come and that's about it. If your timing is on point, you get extra points. And if you miss as much as one note, it's game over.
The biggest downside is that unlike the older versions, you need to beat a lot of levels to advance. This means that you'll have to play through quite a lot of songs that you may dislike.
Elevate is a brain training app/game. You can use it to improve your brain in numerous aspects.
We're talking about writing, match, logical thinking, and more. Each option comes with its own set of mini-games.
A cool thing about this app is that it can estimate your individual skill levels from a short test. For example, as expected, we scored much higher in speaking and writing than we did in maths - because as writers, we spend so much more time, well, writing rather than calculating.
Apps to Pass Time While in Quarantine: Wrapping Up
That's all for now. We tried to include a variety of different options from mini-games to silly ones and even productivity-related apps so that everyone will be able to get something interesting.
Still, if you've got any good recommendations, feel free to let us and everyone else know about them in the comments section down below!