Hands up if you’ve spent longer than you should inside your office toilet cubicle trying to get to the next level on your mobile game. Of course, there are other ways to cyberloaf on your smartphone, like endlessly stalking your ex’s Facebook photos and trying to figure out who her new boyfriend is, but you have to admit that mobile games are at the top of the list!

So here are five games that we’ve gotten way too addicted to. They’ve made it to the news, to television shows, and even investment bankers play these games when nobody’s watching. But you better not download any of them, or you’ll never get your life back..

1. Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies has a sequel. Credit: Game Mob

Plants vs Zombies has a sequel. Credit: Game Mob

It’s an incredibly weird premise, if you think about it. How can a sunflower defeat an undead horror? But the graphics are so cute, and there are so many plant puns in there. Take the Winter Melon for example – it’s a plant which lobs giant winter melons that deal heavy damage and slows down zombies! But this classic tower defence game (a game where you’re effectively building an army of missile launchers to defeat a group of infantry soldiers) has sucked the time away from many a productive executive.

At it’s deepest, though, it’s an allegory for the battle between nature and commercialisation (as represented by the hordes of mindless worker drones zombies). Bet you never thought of it that way.

2. Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird. Credit: Happy Wheelaz

Flappy Bird. Credit: Happy Wheelaz

Flappy Bird came and went in just a matter of a few short months. It gained popularity during Chinese New Year of 2014 (since we were all so bored during our visitations that the prospect of navigating a clumsy bird through small holes became vastly more exciting), and then died down as quickly as it arrived. It was an addictive game, but difficult to play well. The creator, Dong Nguyen, couldn’t cope with all the comments and complaints about the game that he decided to pull the game from the app store. Shortly after announcing that on Twitter, he received numerous death threats and went into hiding.

But now there’s a sequel!

3. Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans. Credit: Tech Plus Whiz

Clash of Clans. Credit: Tech Plus Whiz

If you’ve played any mobile games, you’ll remember the Clash of Clans commercial that would play every so often. It’s a classic strategy game that sees you building structures and battling goblins. But that’s not the addictive part. It’s the Clan Wars, where you team up with other players to wage war on rival players! It’s helped build so many friendships since you’d want to get the most skilled players on your team, and in the course of decimating your foes, you’ll probably learn a thing or two about your allies.

It’s like NS, but fun. And with goblins.

4. Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga. Credit: Game Revolution

Candy Crush Saga. Credit: Game Revolution

You probably became aware of this after your auntie sent you 15 Candy Crush Saga notifications on Facebook in one day. That’s also the day you learnt to block game notifications on Facebook. And you also didn’t think much of the game, until you actually downloaded it and started matching similar candies to wipe them out. Next thing you know, you’re on level 19 and it’s 3am.

It’s terribly addictive since you don’t actually have to spend money, as long as you’re willing to wait for a recharge when you lose a level – but you’ll be scheduling your time around the next time it becomes available to play!

That sounds a lot like how our television stations used to work.

5. Angry Birds

Angry Birds. Credit: Heroes Wikia

Angry Birds. Credit: Heroes Wikia

Then we come to the grandfather of mobile games – Angry Birds! It’s simple, really. Catapult super-powered birds onto precariously built structures to defeat evil pigs. But the replayability comes from how well you clear each level! The better you play each level, the more stars you earn. So the thrill comes from getting three stars for all your levels, and not just finishing the game.

And now there’s a whole bevy of Angry Birds games – Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Transformers… is there nothing that can’t be Angry Birds-ised?

Poster for Angry Birds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Poster for Angry Birds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you’re not keen on giving up your life to play all the Angry Birds games and getting three stars for each level, there’s always The Angry Birds Movie! It brings the adorable birds to life and pits them against the pigs.

Before you ask – yes, it has angry birds catapulting themselves against rickety wooden structures that house pigs! But the real story is how they get into such a position, and how they rile themselves up into Angry Birds. Catch The Angry Birds Movie to see some real life catapulting bird action!

Best of all, it’ll take up less time than actually playing the game.

Credits: Game Mob, Happy Wheelaz, Tech Plus Whiz, Game Revolution, Heroes Wikia, Golden Village CinemasThe Independent