Most addictive portable video games

…that aren’t Candy Crush or Angry Birds. These 10 games, available for DS, 3DS, PSP, Vita, and smartphones will keep you glued to the small screen.

Elite Beat Agents

The “spiritual successor” to the Japanese rhythm game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, Elite Beat Agents features comic-style scenes of the agents cheering while you tap the DS screen to the rhythm of the music.

Sadly, the sequel was only released in Japan.


Rhythm Heaven (Paradise)

Very similar to Warioware in style, Rhythm Heaven (Rhythm Paradise in Europe) is not only addictive – it’s also really hard!

Both the DS and Wii versions are great, successors of the original Gameboy Advance game, and there’s a sequel for 3DS. This game can definitely test your patience.



The number 1 classic. After so many years, it’s amazing that so many people can still get hooked to Tetris. There are versions for practically every platform, including Tetris DS, and Tetris Ultimate for 3DS and Vita.


Lumines series

Another block-dropping game but what’s great about the Lumines series is the music! Background music and “skins” will change with every level, as will the speed of the game.

Very challenging. Available for PSP, Vita and iOS.


Picross 3D

Talk about addictive. You may think you’re just going to try Picross but this game gets you hooked from the start. It happens with both versions (2D and 3D) but particularly with Picross 3D where you’ve got a big (bigger each time) gray box with small cubes and numerical clues on the sides to figure out the figure that lies underneath.



The adorable Patapons worship their god: that’s you.

Similar to Lemmings, you’ve got to lead your army of Patapons to the goal (rhythmically) while they collect items, destroy stuff and fight enemies. There are 3 games for PSP and the first one has been remastered for PS4 and is available via PSN.


WarioWare series

WarioWare Touched is a critically acclaimed portable game that’s considered one of the games which best utilizes the features of the Nintendo DS, Its sequel, D.I.Y. (do it yourself) allows you to create your own minigames.

It’s not portable but the Wii edition, Smooth Moves, is equally addictive.

Game & Wario has been described as a spiritual successor to the WarioWare series born in the Gameboy Advance and the Gamecube systems.


7 Wonders of the Ancient World

7 Wonders of the Ancient World could be considered yet another Bejeweled clone (like Candy Crush) but the ancient Egypt theme and nice animations make it stand out as a fun, entertainment game for both the DS and PSP.


Puyo Pop Fever / Puyo Pop Tetris

Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop in the US and Europe) is a mix of Tetris of Dr. Mario, with little creatures with eyes falling and filling the screen. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever played Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, you’ve actually played the first Western version of Puyo Puyo.

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a crossover between both series available for PS Vita and 3DS.


Bust-a-Move (Puzzle Bobble)

The mother of all “connect three” games (at least for a whole generation of players), Puzzle Bobble (known as Bust-A-Move in North America) is a series of addictive games.

Available for DS, iOS, and Android among others, the latest installment, Puzzle Bobble Universe for 3DS, has been criticized for being too short.


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