Published:  01:47 AM, 03 April 2020

Fun games to pass time without your phone

 Fun games to pass time without your phone

Priyadarshini Rajendran

Are you waiting somewhere, like a doctor's office? Traveling? Low battery on your phone? Simply bored?

Time pass games

Worry not! You are in for an overload of fun with the simple games listed in this post. What's more, you can enjoy these offline games for time pass and recharge your batteries!


When I travel with friends on a long journey in our own or a rented vehicle, we play different games to pass time in an interesting way. I am the proud initiator of most of the games too (Yes, I rock ;))

That is when I thought that anyone who faces some idle time can use these fun games and wrote this blog post. Hope you enjoy these games as well.

As an awesome bonus, these games do not involve you staring at your mobile screens.

Cool games

Try these easy to play games to pass your down time. You do not need anything like a pen, paper, board or dice to play these fun games. You just need to be your fun-self ??


If you have one or more people with you in your idle time, you could try playing dumb-charades. It is a simple game of word guessing.

The rules:

A player shuts his lips and tries to convey a movie name or an actor's name, or any word for that matter, to the other person through sign language. The number of words being conveyed can be indicated with fingers.

For example, if the word is 'high wave', the player could stretch himself up and indicate that it is the first word using his fingers, the other player would then start guessing (tall, big, stretch….finally high); when the correct word is identified, the next word can be taken up and similar process followed.

Identify the movie

If you have one or more people with you in your idle time, you could try this game where one person forms the questions and asks something like:

"Name any movie in which Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were cast as the lead pair?"

"A movie that has kung fu and comedy"

This is a very fun game, which can be played to identify songs in a movie, or other such unique things.

Total Recall

This game can be played even if you are alone. Recall the events of your day.

Try to identify every single event from the time you got up in the morning including specifics like what you had for breakfast.

You will find this very interesting, and your brain gets stimulated too. This game not only trains your memory but also sharpens it.

If you do this regularly, you will be amazed to find that each day your ability to recall keeps increasing. It is a great work-out for your brain.

You can also try to play this game to recall the route you have taken to reach any place, try to remember all the details you have spotted on the way, like the door color of your neighbor's house.

Name, Place, Animal, Thing

For young children, this game is a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. Fun-loving adults can also try this game.

For each letter in the Alphabet, try to name a person, place, animal and thing. It's very interesting to note that, at the time of need, the actual word slips our mind ?? right?

Keep scores for each item a person misses and the game can get very competitive too.

Reader's suggestion: One person tells a name starting with a chosen letter and then the next person has to tell a word that starts with the last letter of the first person's word. Cool, right?

Cards and other related games

If you are not into the regular card games, try these enjoyable ones.


Of course, this game needs you to be in a room with your friends, but  you would love it. Does any of your friends totally hate drawing?

This game would bring out the artist in you and ensures that there are many fun moments because not everyone can draw, and it can get very tricky to draw and express the word when you are under pressure!

The writer is a freelancer

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