All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, we are reliably informed. It also dulls the senses, and when you are studying, there comes a point where pressing on does more harm than good. A 20 minute break makes all the difference, but to allow your brain to really recharge it is important to distract it with some fun and entertaining diversion.

If there’s one thing that your trusty smartphone is good at, it is providing a distraction. But rather than fall down the rabbit hole of social media, give your grey cells the equivalent of a few stretching exercises with one of these gaming classics.

Words with Friends

It’s one of the most popular mobile games of all time, and with good reason. Scrabble is a classic in its own right, but the Words with Friends platform makes it easy to play remotely. The social aspects are a great bonus, and if you’re not great at keeping up with family members, it’s a fun way of doing so. Seriously, what other game is there that you can play with your crush one minute and with your grandmother the next?


Speaking of classics, they don’t come much more iconic than the most famous card game of all time. If you’re new to the game, there’s no need to worry. Save the Texas Holdem tournaments for another time and log on to one of the sites listed at that’s offering special deals on simple versions like video poker or Caribbean stud.

Pokémon Go

Here’s the thing about Pokémon games. Everyone goes completely crazy about them for a couple of months and then we seem to forget they exist. That’s a shame, because Pokémon Go is a cracking and innovative game. Now the hype has died down, it makes for a better overall gaming experience for the casual player on a study break. Download the free game from Google Play or the App Store and find out what all that fuss was about.


If your idea of an evening well spent is an hour or two at the snooker hall, or perhaps playing pool in the student bar, then this is definitely the game for you. ProSnooker 21 is one of the best free sports games out there. It has an excellent choice of different types of pool or snooker games, including some crazily shaped tables if you want a real challenge. Play one-off games or tournament mode – you can step away any time and the game will still be waiting for you when you return.

Hidden Folks

Finally, something a little out of the ordinary. Hidden Folks is a fascinating creation from an independent game designer, and it can be best descried as a surreal variation on “Where’s Waldo.” The different scenes and the quirky artwork are an absolute delight. One thing is for certain – we said you needed distraction, and this game delivers by the bucketload!