#1 Posted by dancingpolkabear (216 posts) -

So lately I've been looking for games to play when I'm extremely tired or half focused. I've wanted to have several games to play while listening to podcasts or when I'm unwilling to exert any mental effort. The main selling point is that it has to be easy to pick up gameplay, with little emphasis on story or atmosphere. I started Borderlands with the intention of doing this, but I could never bring myself to actually enjoy it. So I have come to the Giant Bomb forums, asking those with much more experience than me for suggestions.

#2 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -

What systems do you own?

#3 Posted by believer258 (12204 posts) -

Trials Evolution seems this way. I've only played the demo, though.

Geometry Wars.

#4 Posted by dancingpolkabear (216 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

What systems do you own?

PC, 360, Wii, PS2, GCN, N64, SNES

#5 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

When I get off of work, and am mentaly drained, I just play the sims 3.

#6 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

@believer258 said:

Trials Evolution seems this way. I've only played the demo, though.

Geometry Wars.

Not these games. Not to me anyway. They are far to hectic to be mindless.

I would say Journey, Flower, Beyond Good and Evil, Enslaved, the two DeBlob games, and Kameo come to mind.

#7 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (1148 posts) -

There is nothing more mindless than a Dynasty Warriors title.

#8 Edited by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Terraria
  • Torchlight
  • Pac-Man CE DX
  • Tetris
  • Geometry Wars
  • Jamestown

Edit: I could have kept going, but then I stopped caring.

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#11 Posted by CJduke (800 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:


This. Popcap games are the way to go. Stuff like Geometry wars, binding of Isaac take a lot of focus if you want to have fun with them. Peggle and Plants vs Zombies is easy fun when you are tired

#12 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

The last game I played for this very situation is Realm of the Mad God. It's a very...unique game, but it definitely fits the "mindless" bill. Especially if you roll into a Death Train with everyone else on a map.

#13 Posted by DarthOrange (3906 posts) -

My mindless fun game is Gran Turismo 5 but since you don't have a PS3 I guess Forza 4 is pretty much the same thing. Also Dead Island doesn't require too much thought and is fun to just wonder around and whack zombies.

#14 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4702 posts) -

Any MMO.

#15 Edited by Zacagawea (1614 posts) -
  • Minecraft
  • Torchlight
  • Trials Evolution
  • Bejeweled
  • Dynasty Warriors
  • SSX
  • Saints Row 3 if you're just doing side stuff
  • Orcs Must Die
  • Viva Pinata
  • Full House Poker
  • Fallout NV/3 if you're just exploring
#16 Posted by Ferros (223 posts) -

@DrDarkStryfe said:

There is nothing more mindless than a Dynasty Warriors title.

This man speaketh the truth. I play the Dynasty Warrior titles in the exact way you're describing, half switched off while listening to podcasts.

#17 Posted by Jeust (10860 posts) -

In my experience: 

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Prototype
#18 Posted by PH3R0 (1 posts) -

What I usually play when I'm shit tired

- Postal 2

- Minecraft

- Oblivion

#19 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Minecraft, Dead Rising 2, COD4, Prototype 2, Amnesia(ssh, just go with it you lame people who wanna ruin his fun with games)

#20 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8607 posts) -


#21 Posted by Willin (1285 posts) -
Leave brain at the door, thank you.
#22 Posted by Cincaid (2959 posts) -

Binding of Isaac is pretty much my go-to game whenever I'm bored and have 10-30 minutes to spare.

#23 Posted by foggel (2764 posts) -

Tropico 4 is nice. I usually play this game when hung over with a nice 2 litre bottle of ice cold coka cola, while waiting for my big mac to arrive.

#24 Posted by stewmody (22 posts) -

I second Dead Rising 2. It's mindless fun to see how many zombies you can kill. Also Zuma which was one of the first 360 Arcade games is pretty addictive.

#25 Posted by ABritishNerd (318 posts) -

FIFA 12 if you're European or understand 'soccer'.

#26 Posted by vikingdeath1 (1006 posts) -

Mass Effect 3.

dude I fell asleep playin it last night! when you gotta walk around the citadel just Talkin to people... talking and talking and walking and "A" button...... i''m getting sleepy as we speak..

#27 Posted by dankempster (2257 posts) -

@Willin: Just Cause 2 really is the poster-child of "mindless fun" games. I came into this thread expecting people would have recommended it right off the bat, and was shocked to see it absent from the first page. The fact it's also dirt cheap at this point makes it a perfect title to pick up and enjoy without having to feel any commitment to it.

#28 Posted by Deathmachine117 (376 posts) -

Just Cause 2, The Saboteur, Dead Rising 1 or 2, Saints Row 1,2,3 and Red Faction Guerrilla. Any really open world or sandbox games would do for mindless fun.

#29 Posted by Emperor_Jimmu (249 posts) -

I play turn based strategy games while listening to podcasts. It requires some concentration, but the pace is set by you.

#30 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5154 posts) -

Just Cause 2.

#31 Posted by Echofoxz (98 posts) -

@ABritishNerd said:

FIFA 12 if you're European or understand 'soccer'.

I would agree. Also, Civ 5.

Just turn down the difficulty and enjoy your mindless fun.