Go through your phone and it’s likely you’ll see a bunch of old apps that you were once obsessed with. Here are five that might take you on a digital trip down Memory Lane (or maybe you’ve never heard of them and are about to get addicted to a time-wasting game for the first time).
Temple Run was a fiendishly addictive endless runner
Taking its visual identity from Indiana Jones, Temple Run was all about escaping a vine-choked ruin and collecting treasure along the way. You had to tilt your phone left and right to get past some areas, but a mistimed jump could end your fun before it began. This is one of those games that you see in your dreams when you play too much.
The cats never loved you back in Neko Atsume
So quickly we abandon our furry friends. Neko Atsume saw thousands around the world attracting cats to a designer garden with edible treats, long before we started throwing incense and berries at Pokemons to get them to stick around. Add in a collectible element in the form of rare cats like Conductor Whiskers and Billy the Kitten, and this barely-even-a-game was addictive as.
Flappy Bird could make you murderously angry
Can you even believe how popular this stupid thing was? So, so difficult – any contact with a pipe would end your game – and responsible for making its creator, Vietnamese artist Dong Nguyen, $50,000 a day from advertising (at its height). That was before he mysteriously pulled it from both the Apple and Google app stores in 2014.
It was a sad life for the talentless in Draw Something
Bringing Pictionary to the phone, this innovative app was on everyone’s home screen for a while there. But as soon as you started playing against someone with a ridiculous amount of artistic talent, some of the joy was sucked out of those stick figures that were meant to mean “dignity”. Zynga bought the app for $180 million, but the fans didn’t follow.
Foursquare was a victim of its own success
It was so beautiful for a while – the ability to tell your friends exactly where you were, and earn badges for things like visiting the same place more than anyone or being on a boat. But as soon as Facebook found out about it and added a “check in” feature to their site, it was only a matter of time for poor Foursquare.