Life gets stressful. And making time for work, family and everything in between can often feel impossible. So, how can you do it all without feeling overwhelmed? Interestingly enough, people are playing online time management games to do just that. Not only are games like Cake Mania and Built-a-lot fun, they’re also great at instilling the proper tools to help you effectively get through the day with a smile on your face.
Time management games are a subgenre of strategy video games, which focus around fast, real-time allocation of resources in a consequent order to fulfill the level objective. Most have time constraints, and players must react to the incoming requests that occur as they play and serve them in the most effective manner to get the greatest possible reward. Your actions can improve on how you play, step-by-step, and in the process your mind and body can learn naturally. Such tasks help you develop on three aspects of time management — speed of action and reaction, mental alertness and discipline, and memory and recall. And all these skills can save you time, preserve your energy and help you relax.
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So, what are the best games on the market? That all depends on you. Finding your favorite is half the fun — the game that’s best suited for you depends on a variety of factors, like the type of game play and theme. Try free online versions to see which types you like and go from there. To help you on your gaming adventure, here are our Top 5 games that make time management fun.
5.) Airport Mania 2
In Airport Mania 2, you can run your own airport straight from your smartphone. You direct planes, board and un-board, and repair aircrafts in this fast-paced game. You’re in charge of the whole show rather than a single character, so it requires concentration and quick thinking. This is the 2.0 version, though playing the first Airport Mania isn’t necessary to conquer this game, and the graphics are improved this go-round.
It’s easier to play on a tablet or computer, though playing on an iPhone may just add an extra challenge. Without a storyline, you’re free to manage the game as you please and have some fun. When things get hectic, you’ll have to get creative and learn to maneuver planes around each other and keep things in order. It gets complicated but the challenge makes it extra rewarding.
4.) Diner Dash
Diner Dash is popular among both men and women and is the most classic time management game on the market. You play a waitress named Flo who runs a diner. You’ll seat customers, take and drop off orders, clean dishes, serve patrons, etc. It becomes addictive and routine, but it always stays entertaining!
3.) Farm to Fork
This unique game stands out among the rest, and there’s a lot of farm games to choose from. In Farm to Fork, you’ll plant and grow food to sell. You’ll multitask and attempt to keep your inventory empty, so you’ll pick up various items along the way as you need them.
Things grow and your customers (cooks) need their ingredients, so you’ll have to keep up with collecting items and delivering produce. You also have to fill up your truck, collect money and empty your inventory to keep progressing. Each level has new tasks and goals. There’s a lot to this game that can be understood by testing it out. The graphics are fantastic, and the game is really fun to play!
2.) Jojo’s Fashion Show
In Jojo’s Fashion Show, you run the show! You get to design clothes, and in the process, you have to meet precise design requests in order to earn points. This time management game is great because you get to organize fashion shows and are held accountable with a time limit to organize each model’s outfit. You’ll also have to memorize various styles and requirements in order to earn additional points.
It’s chaotic (much like a real-life fashion show!) and fun because it’s one of the few fashion-show themed games out there.
1.) All My Gods
Coming in at No. 1 is All My Gods, because it’s entertainingly unique. In this game, you play a God and control land, which is occupied by people. It’s your duty to build and explore the area that you govern.
It’s a lot like Sim City, but there is a much more elaborate storyline in play. This game doesn’t have levels but acts as a continuous story where you can complete achievements. Once accomplished, Greek Gods will either ask you for favors or try to destroy you. You’ll be busy playing this one!
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