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Best Games To Cure Boredom - Top 10 Games To Play When You're Bored

It's hard to be bored nowadays with so many games out there to play. But, if you do find yourself looking for something to kill some time, look no further!
Best Games To Cure Boredom - Top 10 Games To Play When You're Bored

Video games, the internet, and Netflix have almost eradicated the possibility of feeling any kind of boredom nowadays. However, with oceans of content ready to be consumed at the press of a button, it can sometimes be daunting even to begin looking. There is definitely such a thing as too much choice.

So, that's what we're here today to help alleviate! If you've somehow found yourself particularly bored, these games are here to reignite that fire inside you! Let's get started.

What Are The Best Bored Games?

In such a saturated market, games nowadays have to not only grab our attention but maintain it as well. A game featuring 3 hours of straight tutorials upon boot-up is likely going to find its way back onto the shelf quicker than expected.

Whether it be thanks to the near endless content these games have to offer or their addicting gameplay loop, this is the definitive list of best games to play when you're bored. 

10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing is deceptively addictive (Picture: Nintendo)

Animal Crossing is a great game to play when you just want to switch your brain off and have fun. There are no boss battles, no waypoints, and no enemies looking to kill you. Just you, your house, and all the time in the world to collect and explore.

It's very easy to spend an entire real-life day pottering around in Animal Crossing without accomplishing that much. Yet, the game never feels like a waste of time, just a nice respite from your real-life responsibilities. 

9. World of Warcraft

WoW WotLK Classic
WoW and WoW Classic are great to play with friends (Picture: Blizzard)

When it comes to modern pay-to-play MMORPGs, World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV are the most talked about.

While FFXIV is a great game deserving of any player's time, World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic are seeing a resurgence in popularity thanks to the most recent Wrath of the Lich King update. Never before has there been a better time to jump into this new world and get questing!

8. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the wild is one of the most unique Switch games out there (Picture: Nintendo)

A lot of games recently have been trying to create lived-in open worlds that are both sprawling and entertaining. It is very easy to create a lot of empty space, but populating your open world with quests and challenges is the difference between being placed in the gaming hall of fame or being returned to Gamestop.

Breath of the Wild manages to walk the line effortlessly by providing fans with a vast world to explore and tons of things to do inside it. Collecting Korok Seeds alone will take players hours upon hours to complete while the main quest waits patiently for you to tackle it. 

7. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a nice casual timesink (Picture: ConcernedApe)

Sometimes, a crazy action-packed adventure game is just too much effort to get invested in. Stardew Valley is a nice casual timesink in which you can repair your farm and interact with locals.

The game becomes truly immersive the further you dive into it, as you build relationships and ultimately fall in love. When life gets too much or too boring, a brand new life awaits in the world of Stardew Valley. 

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is still going strong all these years later (Picture: Bethesda)

There is a reason people continue to play Skyrim to this day, and that is because of the endless well of content the game has on offer. Tons of dungeons to explore, tons of sidequests to complete, and tons of classes to replay the entire storyline with.

These are just some of the reasons why Skyrim continues to stay relevant and receive rereleases on modern-day consoles. Fantasy worlds have never felt so lived-in as they do in Skyrim. Each NPC is bursting with personality, and it becomes a joy to reach a new location and interact with the locals. While we wait patiently for the Elder Scrolls VI, Skyrim still has plenty more to offer.

5. Fortnite

Fortnite Dragon Ball Z
Things can get pretty crazy in a game of Fortnite (Epic Games)

The fan-favorite Battle Royale that singlehandedly launched a dying genre into the stratosphere, Fortnite is still just as fun now as it was during release. The game has leaned in drastically to its chaotic nature, including crazy new moves such as Goku's Kamehameha!

Fortnite takes a lot of skill to play at the top level but can be just as engaging when playing casually with a few friends. With tons of new updates constantly being released and an ever-expanding player base, Fortnite is the game to play for Battle Royale fans. Furthermore, it is completely free-to-play, so there is no excuse for having not checked it out already!

4. Hearthstone

Hearthstone Murder at Castle Nathria
Hearthstone is one of the most fun TCGs ever made (Picture: Blizzard)

Hearthstone, despite being out for nearly a decade at this point, continues to evolve and adapt its metagame and provide a great experience. With new expansions being released periodically, the meta is constantly shifting, and overpowered threats never outstay their welcome for too long. 

Aside from the base game, tons of additional features have been added, including Battlegrounds and Duels, in which you can square off against multiple opponents at once. Yes, to get the most fun out of Hearthstone, you'll need to steadily build up your collection. But, if you're complaining about being bored, you clearly have enough time to get it done!

3. Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact
Genshin is a breath of fresh air for open world games (Picture: miHoYo)

Genshin Impact has taken the world by storm with its beautiful graphics, thoroughly entertaining narrative, and addictive gameplay loop. A lot of games include some kind of PVP functionality in order to keep players coming back for more. After all, PVP is an endless source of content.

What makes Genshin Impact so special is that the game is purely PVE. You can level up and progress in the world at your own pace without ever feeling like you're trailing behind. Yes, some content might be too difficult at your current power level, but there is never a threat of being teabagged in an endgame lobby for not having the highest-level gear. 

Overall, for fans of anime games and sprawling open-world RPGs, Genshin Impact is exactly what you're looking for. 

2. Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the highest-grossing games ever made (Picture: Mojang / Xbox)

The great thing about Minecraft is that it never really ends. There is always something to do in this game, from gathering resources in Survival Mode, or building pixel-perfect artworks in Creative Mode. 

Minecraft won't do much for those lacking in creativity. Being dropped into a procedurally generated world and told to "go" will stump those without any creative vision. But, those willing to invest the time into farming materials, avoiding enemies, and building something wonderful, will feel a sense of satisfaction like no other. 

Since becoming one of the most, if not the most, popular video game franchises of all time, Minecraft has branched out into other avenues, such as Minecraft: Story Mode, where players can enjoy a single-player experience developed by Telltale games. Or, if the Elder Dragon has been vanquished more times than you can count, create your own rules! Hardcore modes that eliminate players after a single death or mods that spice up physics are a great way to pass time in Minecraft.

1. League of Legends

League of Legends
League of Legends is the most popular MOBA of all time (Picture: Riot Games)

When it comes to overall replayability, addictiveness, and varying content, League of Legends stands unrivaled as one of the biggest time sponges ever to exist. Considering it takes around ten minutes to load into a game from the lobby and around thirty minutes on average to finish a match out, the day will likely be over before you manage to get your first win!

League of Legends appears, on the surface, to be a relatively simple game with only one map and a repetitive gameplay loop. However, when you add to this a massive pool of champions and items to pick from, a constantly evolving metagame, and new players to play with and against, no two League of Legends matches will ever be the same. 

And, if you ever find yourself tilting off the face of the planet in ranked mode, there are a ton of casual and rotating game modes as well. Aside from mainstays like ARAM and other modes like U.R.F, Teamfight Tactics is an entirely new game playable in the League of Legends client. 

Falling down the League of Legends rabbit hole is easily done, and a literal ocean of content, from animations to music videos, awaits you once you do so!

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Featured image courtesy of Riot Games.