There are times when big games can get to be too much. You need to remember books-worth of story, figure out what all the buttons do, and try and find plenty of time to set aside to play them. That's why hyper-casual games come in. Within seconds you can be playing a game, and within minutes you'll be racking up highscores.
But what are the best hyper-casual games for mobile? There are so many of them out there, clogging up every pore of the App Store, that sometimes picking one can feel like more of a chore than playing one. Which is where this list comes in.
We reckon these five are, if not the best, certainly among the best quick-fire, one-finger arcade games that you can pick up right now. Let us know what you think in the comments, especially if you've got your own suggestions.
Tomb of the Mask - download for iOS
A super-quick dungeon crawler that's packed with enemies, coins, masks, and more spikes than you can ever hope to count. You make your way through maze-like levels, swiping to move up, left, down, or right. You'll keep moving that direction until you hit something. If it's a wall, you keep playing. If it's something that'll kill you, well, it'll kill you.
Color Tube - download for iOS
A game that's all about shooting down a tube made of colours. Well, duh. The ball you're controlling changes hue as you move through the levels, and it'll only survive if it passes through a gate that's the same shade. It's smart, it's twitchy, and there's a very good chance you'll get addicted.
Ball Blast - download for iOS
You're controlling a cannon, and there are blocks raining down on you from above. Shoot them. The play here is super simple, but there's still a decent slosh of challenge mixed in. Upgrade your cannon, do more damage, and see how far you can get before one of those dastardly blocks squishes you.
Snake vs Block - download for iOS
This one's on here for its multiplayer more than anything. It takes ideas from the .io games, mixes them together with a block-smasher, and then throws a snake in for good measure. And when you're playing against other people, everyone trying to grab the same power-ups and get through the same small holes, it's breathless fun.
Hole.io - download for iOS
There aren't that many games that see you controlling a hole, but this is one of them. You need to suck up as much of a city as you can, while keeping away from the other player-controlled holes and building up your size. A bigger hole can eat a smaller one, and if you get got it's game over. Worth it just because you can eat enormous skyscrapers in one swift move.