We all know that when you’re in charge of the little rascals, you don’t get much time to yourself. You might want to play that new video game, but by the time they’re safely in bed there’s so much more to do that you can’t really spare those few hours you’d need to get into it properly. Luckily, the internet is full of quick and fun flash games that you can play for a few minutes while the kids are busy, and are easy to put down again should they need you.
Smartphones and tablets have hundreds of games to choose from that just sit in your pocket and wait for those precious few moments. Games like Words With Friends and Draw Something are especially popular as they only require a minute or two at a time; set up several games with friends of yours and when you find yourself with a minute just check up to see if you have any games waiting. Words With Friends, a Scrabble emulator, is a good way to keep your brain active without having to leave small tiles in precarious positions, and Draw Something encourages you to think outside the box – and if you get really stuck, maybe the kids will see something you can’t.
If you’re up for trying something a bit different, online casinos websites with fruit machines and roulettes are easy to pick up. It might take a little while to sign up to the website, enter your details and find a game you like but once you’ve got your favourites sorted they are so easy to pick up whenever you feel like it. You might enjoy poker, but a good game online will take up all of your concentration and time; instead have a search on http://www.gamingclub.co.uk for something quick and simple like slots. If your kids are prone to needing you at inconvenient times, playing for free is a good way to ensure that you don’t lose any money when you have to drop the game at short notice.
Websites like Newgrounds and Miniclip have a huge amount of quick and simple flash games. The only downside to these is that you won’t be able to save your process, but luckily that doesn’t mean too much for super simple games like Trivia Machine, a version of Trivial Pursuit which will get the cogs turning in your brain. The website Smashinggames.com even has a quick arcade function which gives you instant access to some simple and classic games like Asteroids, Frogger, Pacman and Solitaire. In fact most of your favourite classic games can be found online in some version or other; even things like Sudoku can be found in a digital format.
Just because you’re a dad, doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself to the Sunday crossword. There are plenty of simple, conveniently accessible games to keep your mind occupied in those moments away from finger painting and cartoons, if you know where to look.