Looking for some new mobile game to kill time with on your next commute, or something to play for a few minutes before bedtime? Any of these five gems will do nicely.

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Blazin’Aces

iOS, Android, Windows Phone
R10.99

This locally-made arcade shooter has you dogfighting with World War II-era planes across different environments, using intuitive touchscreen controls that are easy to pick up while a beautiful orchestral score plays in the background. A neat story links the single-player campaign into a cohesive whole, or you can simply play skirmish missions to test your mettle against competent AI.

 “Dogfighting dynamics done right!
 Get it for Apple, Android, Windows Phone 

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Plague, Inc

Android
Free, with in-app purchases

4/5

Plague, Inc. tasks you with creating the perfect super-virus that must infect people at a terrific rate, and adapt to every cure humanity can throw at it. Your aim is to get the job done in as little time as possible by earning DNA points that upgrade your super-virus’s abilities to be more resistant to study (and therefore a cure), resilient to environmental conditions or simply violently effective so that it can spread faster than a cure can be developed.

 “Wiping humanity out has never been this fun

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Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

Android, iOS
R26 (Google), R10.99 (iOS), with in-app purchases

Do you like swiping at your screen, chopping and breaking things like a boss using nothing more than your fingers? If you do, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is for you. It’s more of a puzzler than an action game, challenging you to get your Vikings back to their Longboat by using your chopping, slicing and hammering skills to hack through icy obstacles and ropes.

 “Satisfying swiping and pitch-perfect puzzling

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Hitman GO

iOS
R54.99 with in-app purchases

Hitman: GO brings the murder and mayhem of the Hitman series to a turn-based, boardgame-like setting. Instead of 3D worlds, you’ll be planning your target’s assassination in gorgeous isometric environments while looking for creative ways to remain under the radar. This unique puzzler scratches both the murder and puzzle-solving itch the series is known for, just from a new perspective.

 “Cold, calculating but pretty murder sim

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Hearthstone

iOS
Free with in-app purchases

This charming card-duelling game looks just as amazing on iPad as it does on a PC or Mac, and is both challenging and addictive. Play solo or against live players and rank up, earning card unlocks and other rewards along the way. You don’t have to spend a cent, either – you can earn plenty of extra cards for your deck completing the game’s quests and levelling up your characters.

 “Beware the ‘just one more round!’ bug
Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.