The average gamer spends hours every week playing their favorite titles, which isn’t surprising when you consider just how moreish they can be. Whether you’re a fan of logic puzzles, platform games, or multi-player team challenges, the temptation to progress a little further can keep you playing long into the night.
If you want to find your next gaming nemesis, take a look at the most addictive games ever made:
One of the best-selling titles of all time, GTA V remains as popular today as it was when it was first released back in 2013. Since then, unofficial mods and cheats have kept gameplay fresh, while online versions make it easy to team up with friends and play together virtually. By gameplay hours alone, it’s likely to be the most addictive game ever produced. Until GTA VI is released, that is.
Popular with gamers and non-gamers alike, Tetris has been keeping us in front of screens since 1984. First available on the PC and now playable on a wide range of devices, it’s a game that’s easy to play but impossible to beat. While new backgrounds and increasing levels are introduced regularly, it’s the original style and music that always keeps us coming back for more.
Minecraft may have only been around for a few years, but it’s certainly made its mark. Popular with all ages, the ability to build structures, mine for diamonds, iron, and gold, as well as fighting zombies and skeletons offers enough versatility to keep the game fun and exciting. It isn’t the most advanced title in terms of graphics but that doesn’t prevent you from wanting to spend ‘just a little longer’ in the world of Minecraft.
Candy Crush Saga
If you own a smartphone, chances are you’ve got Candy Crush Saga installed on it. Originally released for Facebook, Candy Crush quickly become a worldwide phenomenon. As smartphones became even more ubiquitous, mobile games became increasingly tempting, as highlighted by ragezone.com. Now available on iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Windows phone, it’s a game that almost everyone has played…more than once.
Around since the turn of the millennium, it’s been 20 years since we first experienced the joys of creating a whole new world with The Sims. Control businesses, build houses, have relationships, and even raise children – all with total control over the environment. What’s not to love?! With nearly 200 million copies sold, it’s one of the best-selling games ever and will undoubtedly be enjoyed by the next generation of gamers too.
What Makes Games So Addictive?
If you’ve ever glanced at the clock when playing and wondered where six hours went, you’ll probably want to know just what makes your favourite titles so addictive? Is it the never-ending challenge, the sense of achievement, or the immersion into a different environment? All three, of course, and much more besides.
As a way to socialize, challenge ourselves, learn new skills, and be entertained, gaming is hard to beat. It’s a hobby that really does have something for everyone, which is, perhaps, why we find it so hard to resist.