With the arrival of Chinese New Year, comes the mandatory tradition of visiting our family and friends. Between pocketing red packets and entertaining the same ol’ questions from your kaypoh relatives, there’s only so much festive goodies you can stuff yourself with before you get bored. Fret not – add these time-killing apps into your CNY survival kit!
Expand your creativity with the old-school art of origami, made virtually possible with Paperama. Fold through different shapes and figures, with the 3D effect making each touch on your screen feel as close as possible to folding actual paper, and watch your very own origami world come to life. With over 70 paper creations to choose from, this beautiful app makes for the perfect new hobby to master with your fellow artsy cousins!
As much as we all love popping bubble wraps, it’s impractical to lug around chunky pieces of plastic with you when you’re out house visiting. Enter the Bubble Wrap app, which gives you the virtual satisfaction of bursting those irresistible bubble sheets anytime, anywhere. While it may not feel the same as real-life plastic, the ‘pop’ sound each burst makes is just as comforting. Plus, you’re able to adjust the size and colour of the bubbles, and even make it a personal challenge with various stages to complete.
Free, available on Apple iTunes App Store
Remember the pre-selfie days when snapping neoprints was the go-to way to pass time among our friends? One minute you had a blue bird above your head, the next you were on a rollercoaster! Those fun times don’t have to be long gone, because a similar app version is here. The app does not really have a long-term purpose besides its simple functions, but you’ll still have a blast playing around with the effects, face changers and voice alterations. In case anyone accuse you of being anti-social, rope the fam in for the fun – create hilarious movies with the cuzzies, lipsync to your favourite songs or even prank your relatives with it!
Connecting dots seems simple enough, but a couple of attempts into Two Dots will have you realising otherwise. Difficulty aside, what makes this app so maddeningly addictive is its sleek interface and straightforward gameplay – you’ll challenge yourself to complete every level without being aware of how much time has passed, and it’ll be time to pack up before you even know it!
Put those years of mathematics to the test with Twenty, a modern take on the classic bricks game that your relatives can definitely relate – but this time around, it’s made more puzzling with numbers attached to each block. Stack and match tiles of the same number to combine them, but once a tile hits 10, that’s where the real challenge starts. If you’re up for competition, the TwentyTwo function also lets you challenge your cousins. Thoroughly intense, this game will have you hooked once you figure out its mechanics.
If you thought studying physics in secondary school was a drag, think again. Put on your thinking cap and get ready to have hours fly by with the Bridge Constructor app. Logic and budgeting play major roles in mastering the art of bridge building – watch your commuters travel safely, or fail the level and witness them crash and burn. Get the ad-free version at $2.98 to avoid any distractions in your new virtual occupation!
Don’t just keep these apps to yourself – share this list with your family and get everyone on board for the fun!
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