Sometimes you're on the lookout for a game that's going to last for a long, long time. Which is why we've come up with this short list that breaks down three games that we think are going to suck up vast swathes of your free time. And, if you're not careful, vast swathes of the time you should be doing productive and life-prolonging things.
This, as you can tell, is a pretty short list, which means it's possible we've missed out something that you've spent hours on - that doesn't mean we hate those games though, and we'd love to hear the reasons you think they've stuck around for so long on your iPhone or iPad.
You'll find even more awesome lists by smashing a click right here - from genres to play-time, from style to art-style, we've got something for everyone in our huge list of lists. Right, enough time wasting, let's list the games that are the very best for wasting your time on.
New Star Manager
The key to NSM is that it's so simple - there might be a lot going on, but you never feel overwhelmed. Where other strategy titles might drown you in stats, this one gives you choices to make. You've got a budget to spend, players to buy, and trainers to keep happy, and it's all done with a few swipes and taps.
Alongside the management there's a tappy flicky kickabout to get stuck into as well. And that adds even more compulsion to a game that's already stuffed full with little triggers to suck you back in. In short, it's brilliant, even if you don't like soccer.
At the other end of the lots to do spectrum we've got this one. It's all about action, collecting cards, and showing off your skills to the rest of the world. There's a reason Clash Royale is so popular - simply put it's because it's really, really, really, really good.
Everything is perfectly balanced, new content gets added at regular intervals, and the squishy cartoon art style is a pleasure for the eyes. You could make the argument this is the most addictive multiplayer game on the App Store, if you weren't so busy playing the damn thing.
The other games on this list are free to play, whereas this one is just enormous. It gives you a huge, side-on world to explore, then fills it with secrets, inaccessible areas, and a whole bunch of evil monsters to try and smash into chunks with your big chopper.
The combat here is deep, the universe is huge, and the action is fast, furious, and intelligent at the same time. You might have passed over this one because it looks like a side-on Dark Souls, but Grimvalor is so much more than that. Stick in controller support and you're on to a real time-eating winner.