Remember the days when you used to get that one blessed free period in school and you used to play games like chip chop and tic tac toe to pass the time? You didn't have cards or dice so the only tools you had to entertain yourselves with were your pen and paper. I scourged the App Store for my childhood and found these gems. The awesome part – most of them are free!

Dots

Dots Free (L) and Dots Deluxe Free (R)

Dots Free (L) and Dots Deluxe Free (R)

Remember that game where you draw a 9 dot by 9 got box and each person draws a line between dots till you start making boxes and the person with the most boxes wins? I found Dots and Dots Deluxe Free. With Dots you can make an even square grid (either 6 x 6 or 7 x 7) or a rectangle (8 x 6 etc). You play against the computer in either medium or hard settings but as in a few other games where you play against the computer, the computer has an ego. It ups its difficulty when you win because it definitely does not like losing! Dots Deluxe Free is slightly better designed and gives an intergalactic feel to the game and the computer here is a little nicer about losing. You can't customize the size of your grid here though. Both versions of Dots are available for free in the App Store. On Android, the same game (under a different developer) is available for free and is called Squares Game.

Hangman

Hangman on the beach

Hangman on the beach

There are multiple versions of Hangman available for the mobile device but the one I'm recommending is developed by Mobilityware. Traditionally we used to play with movies but this version goes beyond and includes Cars, Elements and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. It also includes some Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving fun. Check the images above for some of the cooler graphics this version bring to the table. Hangman is available for free in the App Store. Android has Glow Hangman, available for free in the Market.

F.L.A.M.E.S

Test your love!

Test your love!

Remember that really childish yet super addictive game where you compare a boy and girl's name for compatibility based on the FLAMES test? F stood for friends, L for love, A for affection (why are love and affection seperate?) M for marriage, E for enemies (the one bad guy in the lot) and S for sister (gross). A developer called JanaGana.com, LLC (an Indian company) made Love Flames, the mobile version of this love-soothsayer and it sells for 99 cents (approx Rs. 45) in the App Store.  It does go for free sometimes, for instance, in celebration of Valentine's Day this year, the app went free in celebration. Flames Love Game is an Android version, developed by Tapp and App, available for free in the Market. 

Knots and Crosses

Tic Tac Toe WiFi

Tic Tac Toe WiFi

What we fondly call knots and crosses here, is more commonly known as Tic Tac Toe in the App Store. There are countless Tic Tac Toe options in the App Store, however, most need you to play with the computer or on multiplayer options, you and your friend would have to battle it out on the same device. Tic Tac Toe WiFi (available for free in the App Store) (Android doesn't have the WiFi version but has a glow version) makes life a little simpler where you and your friend can play the game using two seperate devices connected to the same Wifi network. What would really be ideal is if you both could connect to the game in chat room fashion and even play from opposite ends of the globe but you can't have them all right?

Boggle

Quordy, connecting the globe with Boggle

Quordy, connecting the globe with Boggle

Wrong! I admit, I'm cheating by allowing Boggle to come on to this list but it is my personal favourite and the mobile version of it is pretty incredible. The version I like playing is Quordy which sells for $2.99 (Rs. 134 approx) in the App Store. You can play alone or against friends with this app. To challenge your friends, you either play in Pass and Play mode or you make a challenge and send a friend the same board you played via email. They get a notification and after this connection has been set up once, it saves in your 'Quordy contacts'. You could be sitting on opposite ends of the globe and play the same game. It's pretty neat. Android doesn't have Quordy but has Boggle Droid for $4.14 (Rs. 186 approx). A lite version of Boggle Droid is also available for free. 

So that's it for my childhood. If you guys are addicted to any mobile versions of your childhood games, let us know in the comments section below. 

Publish date: March 4, 2011 12:17 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:24 pm

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