Nimble Quest

Nimble Quest


From the company that created Tiny Tower and Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Nimble Quest is a new take on the classic video game, Snake.

Form a line of heroes and steer through endless levels fighting enemies. Just like in Snake, you can’t stop your heroes from moving forward and you have to avoid running into enemies and walls. Collect gems and power ups, avoid damage and obstacles, buy upgrades, and clear levels to unlock more heroes.

Nimble Quest


Simple and cute, Nimble Quest is a clever re-imagining of Snake. Levels start out easy and gradually get more difficult. On the downside, it can feel grindy and repetitive.

In addition to gems, there is a premium token currency. Before I figured out how levels worked and that tokens are rare, I stupidly wasted all of my tokens retrying levels (which the game prompts you to do). If you decide to play the game, don’t do that. 😛

If you’re looking for a game you can pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, this would be a good pick. I played the PC version, but I think Nimble Quest would work well on mobile devices (it was designed for them). Although the game is free-to-play on mobile, you have to pay to unlock red gems (worth 10x as much as normal green gems).

You might like this game if you like…

  • The classic video game, Snake
  • Casual games
  • RPG elements

Want to play?

$4.99 on Steam (I got it on sale for $0.49) | Free on Android and iOS

Tiny Death Star

Tiny Death Star: Leia fighting a stormtrooper

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star was released last week, a Star-Wars-themed version of Tiny Tower. In Tiny Tower, you build up a tower by adding floors of residential and commercial areas to attract virtual people (“bitizens”) to move there and spend money, so you can build your tower further. It’s a simple game, but it’s one that I was hooked on for a while. It also won iPhone Game of the Year in 2011.

Gameplay in Tiny Death Star is very much the same as Tiny Tower, but with a Star Wars theme. The “bitizens” take the form of pixelated ewoks, droids, and stormtroopers and characters like Leia, Lando, and Boba Fett make occasional appearances. Perhaps the biggest difference is the addition of Imperial floors, which let you build floors beneath the tower to interrogate rebel spies and create star maps.

Tiny Death Star: Elevator
Using the Elevator
Tiny Death Star: Suspect
Rebel Suspect
Tiny Death Star: Workers
Bitizen Workers

Tiny Death Star is every bit as addicting as the original version (since it’s more or less a reskin) and I think they did a great job with the Star Wars theme. I’ve noticed a few issues with the game, though. Although you can link it to your Google+ account, you cannot sync the game across multiple devices. Bizarre. The game also continues to play sound effects even when you have them turned off in the settings menu. Hopefully, those will both get fixed in an update or something.

Tiny Death Star is free in the Google Play Store and iTunes Store.

Assorted Casual Games I Used to Play

I used to play most of these games at a call center job I had while I was in college. In between calls, we were allowed to do homework, study, read, play games, or whatever as long as there weren’t other jobs to do. Because I had to be able to drop what I was doing to answer a call at any moment, I had to find games that didn’t require my constant attention.

Shakes and FidgetShakes & Fidget

Shakes & Fidget is a Flash-based role-playing browser game. You can go on quests to gain gold and experience, buy gear from shops, battle other characters, join guilds, and fight bosses in dungeons. The characters are pretty autonomous, though; they do their own fighting and you control their gear and tell them what to do. It’s not a challenging game, but it was a nice way to pass the time.


Godville caught my attention when it claimed it was a massively-multiplayer zero-player game. I wondered how the heck it could be a zero-player game. Kind of like Shakes & Fidget, your character is autonomous, though Godville takes it to the extreme. You have very little control over your character’s actions. They fight things, go adventuring, buy and sell gear, learn skills, join guilds, adopt pets, fight other characters, etc. all on their own. As their god/goddess, all you can do is use your limited “godpower” to make suggestions, encourage and punish them, and resurrect them when they die. Godville is available as a mobile app and a browser game.

Lord of UltimaLord of Ultima

I was really excited when I heard about Lord of Ultima, a massively-multiplayer real-time strategy game. It is reminiscent of Age of Empires – you start with one small town and build an empire. New players’ cities are protected for the first week, but after that, other players can attack you. You can join alliances for protection, though, and you can trade goods with other players. I had a lot of fun playing Lord of Ultima for a while, but things became too difficult to manage once my empire got too big, so I gave away my cities and stopped playing. Lord of Ultima is done in JavaScript, rather than Flash, which I thought was pretty impressive.

Kingdom of LoathingKingdom of Loathing

Kingdom of Loathing is a silly primarily text-based humorous MMORPG playable in web browsers. Unlike Shakes & Fidget and Godville, you directly control your character’s actions. Kingdom of Loathing uses a turn-based system and incorporates a lot of humor through word play, pop culture references, and goofy ideas. Players can complete quests, join clans, and fight each other in PvP combat.

Corporation Inc.Corporation Inc.

Corporation Inc. is a browser-based strategy game. You start with a little money and the goal is to build the world’s most profitable company. You can build offices; hire, fire, and promote workers; add decorations to improve workers’ moods; etc. It’s a fun game, but, like Lord of Ultima, it becomes difficult to manage once you have a large corporation. I recently started playing a similar game, Tiny Tower, on my phone. Tiny Tower is different in that you can only build your tower vertically and you can move the workers (called “bitizens”) between different jobs. Bitizens also have dream jobs and vary in how good they are in certain types of jobs. So if you like Corporation Inc., be sure to check out Tiny Tower (or vice versa).