Anyone who has lived in London knows the stresses and strains that come with travelling on the London Underground network. It is constantly beset by delays and line closures and is always a sound excuse for turning up to work late or for missing a crucial meeting. One of the ways to let all that stress and commotion wash over you is by donning your headphones or earbuds, and immersing yourself in some form of entertainment, whether you are on a moving train or just cruising down an escalator. This could be a Netflix series you’ve downloaded, your favourite podcast, or even a spot of online gaming because WiFi is available across the tube network.
[Here at Londonnewstime](https://londonnewstime.com/about-us/) we detail just some of the mobile games that are most commonly played on the tube, so that the next time you see someone frantically button or screen bashing away, you will have an idea of what it is they are playing.
The London tube is an iconic transport system but one that presents plenty of challenges for those passengers who want to play games while on the move
Londoners have always had a soft spot for classic games of the past, due in part to the fact that venues like Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and the Hippodrome casino have offered up incredible live gaming experiences. Traditionally, these have been based around the likes of chess and casino staples such as slots and blackjack. Those games have now been taken online so that Londoners can use the online casino Betway provide, or the free chess tournaments offered up by chess.com or lichess.org. Such mobile gaming providers have also gone to great pains to ensure that their games come accompanied by promotions like special prize wheels, as well as in sped up formats that suit commuters. It also helps that gaming companies like Betway sponsor London football clubs such as West Ham, giving their games further appeal in the capital.
Thanks to many online gaming apps and websites it has never been easier for tube passengers to log on and play a quick game of blitz chess or to spin a few slots reels
Games That Feature the Tube
It is easy to tell just what an impact travelling on the Tube has on Londoners because there is a whole raft of mobile games out there which are based solely on the idea of travelling on the London Underground. These include titles like Severe Delays and World of Subways 3, both of which have garnered thousands of downloads. PlayStation have even taken to partnering with TFL to give Tube stations a new look for a limited time, so many of their PlayStation Remote Play games will also have been played on the hop by London commuters.
There are times when weaving your way through the London Underground system can feel like you are trapped in a maze or never-ending puzzle, and it is perhaps for this reason that mobile puzzle games are as popular as ever with Londoners. Some of the games being played as trains whoosh by long forgotten stations, as well as those they are supposed to stop at, include Lumen, Maze Machina, and Mini Metro, with the latter certainly drawing more than a little inspiration from transport networks such as the London Underground.
Sudoku and Crossword Replacements
Rarely is there room for London commuters to unfurl the pages of a broadsheet newspaper so they can tackle the crossword or sudoku. Due to this, many travellers are now also playing such puzzlers on their mobile screens, and therefore discovering other letter and number crunchers like Threes and Wordle. Perhaps it is for this reason that the likes of the New York Times are busy buying up games like Wordle, so that they can remain ahead of the commuter gaming curve. With more and more people heading back to the office in 2022, there is no doubt that other similar games will continue to grow in prominence on packed trains and platforms, where people want to read London-specific news and game at the same time.