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Lockdown Survival Guide #11

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

Sometimes the only gaming device you have in your home is your phone. I know a lot of people who wouldn't consider themselves gamer but have still managed to clock up over 100 hours on Candy Crush. Here are our recommendations for those who prefer to game (or not) with only your index finger!;

Konami Pixel Puzzle Collection

Like most I've dabbled in mobile games during the excitement that was the advent of smart phones. Angry Birds, Words with Friends, Draw Something, are all great games but over time I've become less and less engaged with my phone beyond being a handheld internet and messaging device. That was until I found Konami Pixel Puzzle Collection. The game is Picross, essentially plotting where squares on a grid belong using number hints on the X and Y axis but I am unable to resist the charm of doodling small character sprites as the solutions...It's free and there is barely any advertising and it's a great nostalgia kick for those who like that sort of thing. Like me!

You Must Build a Boat

Building on from the popular match three style of gaming, You Must Build A Boat is a combination of an endless runner, an RPG and a gem matching game. Rather than swiping individual icons each row or column acts as a wheel, allowing you to spin them until you find your desired match. With each dungeon run you will get closer to unlocking new crew for your growing boat, unlocking upgrades and specialisms as you do so. Your boat growing in size each time allows you to be able to row to more challenging dungeons up river. Great for casual couch gaming and with a progression system to keep your attention.

Neko Atsume

“Neko Atsume” which translates to “Kitty Collector” works as a pretty good description of this game. The aim of the game is to take your empty yard and to fill it with items to attract cats, why? To take photos of them for your album, of course! Items like beds, food, toys all cause a host of adorable moggies to take temporary residence in your garden with different items attracting different/possibly rarer cats. This isn’t a game that can be rushed through though, the idea is to set the stage and to check back throughout the day to see who has visited your garden and possibly left you gifts. Not that kind of gift. This game is so successful that it even spawned a VR game and live action Japanese movie! I don’t really play games on my phone however I have had this one downloaded for years. 

What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!

Make sure you check back tomorrow for #12!


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