12 of the best free addictive apps to kill time with

After all, time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time

Stuck in a queue? Waiting for the train to arrive? Or just simply need to do something while in the toilet? There's only so much Facebook browsing to do before you get bored. 

Both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store are jampacked with great (and sometimes, addictive) apps to help you pass the time. Here are 12 of the best apps that you can engage in with limited time and effort. Best of all, they’re all free. Do yourself a favour and download a few - or all - of these. 

Words With Friends

Sharpen your vocabulary and kill time all at once. Words With Friends is a Scrabble-like word game that pits you against either your friends or random opponents online. You get a set of letters that you create words with, scoring additional points for landing on certain tiles. There’s even solo play if you need to brush up on your word power. 

Download Words with Friends on Android/iOS


Try QuizUp if quiz games are more up your alley. From mathematics, economics and history, to The Simpsons, Final Fantasy and celebrities, the QuizUp app is a fun pick up and play game with over a hundred topics and themes to really give your brain a short workout. Challenge your friends or play against random opponents from around the world. 

Download QuizUp on Android/iOS


The puzzle word game WorldBubbles is your old school word search game with a twist. You’ll be given a set of letters, and you swipe your fingers along the letter bubbles to spell words. There are over 400 levels that get progressively harder, and daily challenges to keep you hooked. This is a quick, no nonsense game that isn’t 

Download WordBubbles on Android/iOS



Peak is a brain-training app developed by neuroscientists and gaming experts to train and build up your cognitive skills. There are over 30 quick games to sharpen the brain, with in-depth statistics available to track your progress. The game difficulty scales with your in-game skills to always give you a challenge. Add your friends and compete with them. 

Download Peak on Android/iOS